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13 Great Reasons for Music in Education

• Build self-confidence
• Stimulate the imagination
• Strengthen hand-eye coordination
• Develop better listening skills
• Increase pattern recognition
• Improve language and communication
• Enhance memory
• Teach self-discipline
• Cultivate creativity
• Reduce stress, improve focus
• Help and inspire at-risk students
• Improve academic scores
• Foster empathy, teamwork, and cooperation


Parent-child semi-private guitar lessons are now available.  Book a single time slot and you can both learn to play together.  It's a great way to spend quality time and build a common interest. 
Acoustic or electric, wide variety of styles, and flexible schedules available.  Contact us to book a trial

Music therapy services are available at the Sound Factory Music School, under the direction of Linda Gambell, MMT
Consultations available by appointment,


"I think it is very unlikely that I would have ever become president had I not been in school music from the time I was nine until the time I was 17. It taught me discipline and creativity. It made me see the world in different ways. It made me understand things in different ways."
- Bill Clinton

"I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for in the patterns of music and all the arts are the keys of learning."
-- Plato

“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.”
-- Albert Einstein




Vocal Training, Not Just For Singers

Important business presentation? 
Arguing a case in court?
Big sales pitch coming up?
Considering politics?
Teaching a class?


Management, Public relations, activism, law, business, the arts and education; most of our lives require effective communication involving public speaking and persuasion.  Vocal training can help you control and project the confident voice you need to succeed. 

STEP UP TO THE MICROPHONE AND SHINE!

Work with a professional vocal coach to learn the techniques and skills you require for effectual results.


Book on a month by month basis, or occasional sessions that fit your needs.
Returning March Break 2015!
Ages 5-8
A Kid Friendly Introduction to Music Theory


Through fun and interactive games and activities, students will become acquainted with basic musical building blocks and great composers/eras (music history/appreciation). 

No instruments necessary.  No experience required.







MARCH BREAK 2015:
 
WRITE AND RECORD AN ORIGINAL SONG FROM SCRATCH!
During this week-long day camp, students will learn about the process of crafting a recorded song from the ground up.  Learn how to write, arrange, and perform an original song. Then go that extra step and learn about recording your song in a professional studio setting. At the end of the week you will go home with a CD of your very own original song!




20% Early-bird rates available before January 31st, 2015 and class sizes are limited so register early! 

Office Hours

The office is open for regular business and retail during the following hours.  Music lessons and programs are also available Monday to Saturday by appointment, during and outside of office hours.

 Monday
 1:00 - 9:00pm
 Tuesday  1:00 - 9:00pm
 Wednesday  1:00 - 9:00pm
 Thursday  1:00 - 9:00pm
 Friday  1:00 - 8:00pm
 Saturday  11:00am - 3:00pm
 Sunday  Closed
(*July/August hours Monday to Thursday, 12am - 7pm.  Regular lessons available all summer by appointment.)




TRY SOMETHING UNIQUE

Learn the bagpipes and draw a crowd whenever you play

Percussionists - consider the marimba, or become a snare specialist and start a marching band!

Prefer strings?  What about a ukulele


Learn from a professional musician experienced in a variety of instruments and musical styles




2014 Spring Concerts

Sunday, May 25th saw the staging of our 2014 spring concerts, featuring over 100 young musicians entertaining friends and family throughout the day.  It was a successful afternoon with a few surprises, and some great performances, and we want to thank all those who participated, and all of the guests who came out to support the students.  Well done!

Our next concerts will take place in the fall, before the Christmas break, and we hope to see you all there!


      
Children are the center of MYC … their learning styles and needs are met through a multi-sensory approach. The understanding of music will expand into positive problem-solving skills, areas of self-expression, the growth of memory skills and excellent self-confidence and self-esteem. With these natural outcomes children can easily take on the skills required to read other languages and master other tasks.

FALL 2014 SCHEDULES NOW AVAILABLE.  Visit the MYC page for class details.  Cass sizes are limited; contact us to reserve your spot for September.

Music Theory Group Classes
FALL 2014.  Royal Conservatory Preparatory, Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Rudiments classes.  Groups of 3-6 students.  Students prepared for the spring 2015 theory examinations.
Visit our PROGRAMS PAGE for more details, or CONTACT US to reserve a spot.


Ages 8-11.  Activities and exercises focusing on vocalisation, hip hop composition, and dramatic delivery, organized and delivered for a younger cohort.  This workshop is ideal for young vocalists interested in the hip hop genre, musical theatre/performing artists, and kids with a general interest in vocal techniques. 
Visit our PROGRAMS page for syllabus. 

Workshop class dates will be available throughout the year.  The next available class takes place on Saturday, February 22nd, 1pm-3pm.  Contact us with inquiries or to register. $15 per student (20% off for Sound Factory students.)


Rock Band Classes 
For intermediate or more experienced players.  Come together in a group and work on the skills of playing parts in an ensemble/band setting.  Instructed by professional studio/performing musicians, this is the next step in becoming a musician.

Groups are formed according to ability, interests, and age groups.  Group pricing in effect.  Evening or weekend sessions available.  Jams occur throughout the year in weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly sessions.  All instruments welcome!


Find out why choosing music is one of the most important, beneficial, and enjoyable decisions you ever make.
Invest in Yourself
 
Information and Communications Technology Council Report:
Support Music Education, Scenes to Foster Skilled Tech Workforce

22 August 2013 | Support from all levels of government for music education and scenes can help foster a talented tech workforce a report published today shows. Music education, the report finds, helps bridge gaps between technical know-how and critical soft skills, while the presence of music scenes in cities can help attract and retain skilled workers. 

The Independent (UK)
Sep 13, 2013
New research has shown that individuals who play an instrument are more capable at identifying errors and correcting mistakes...
[The results] suggest that higher levels of musical training might result in more efficient information processing in general (indicated by faster overall speed across tasks without accuracy tradeoff), and confirms earlier reports indicating a positive link between mental speed and musical ability.
 

CBC, McGill University
Feb 13, 2013
Starting piano or violin lessons before the age of seven appears to cause permanent changes to the brain that are linked to better motor skills. Those changes in brain development don't occur in people who learn to play an instrument when they are older, a new study has found.
Singing has been shown to have several benefits. Research has suggested singing can aid in respiratory problems, heighten mood and well-being, and now may improve a student’s ability to learn a foreign language.
Singing has been shown to have several benefits. Research has suggested singing can aid in respiratory problems, heighten mood and well-being, and now may improve a student’s ability to learn a foreign language.
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/861295/singing-improves-ability-to-learn-foreign-language/#biqbdqioWVRQvkha.9

Is Music the Key to Success?


New York Times
Oct 12, 2013
Multiple studies link music study to academic achievement. But what is it about serious music training that seems to correlate with outsize success in other fields?


The Many Benefits of Music Education

Toronto Star
May 13, 2013

The Toronto District School Board is considering cuts to music programs, but experts say there are good reasons to continue vocal and instrumental instruction.

In today’s economy, Asselin believes the creativity fostered through music will become almost essential for people who have to generate their own opportunities for employment.

Making Music Makes Children Nicer: Study

CTV News MyHealth
Sep 7, 2013
Making music can make a young child nicer, more willing to help, and better at problem solving, a new study finds.

Principal fires security guards to hire art teachers - and transforms elementary school

NBC News
May 1, 2013
The school was plagued by violence and disorder from the start, and by 2010 it was rank in the bottom five of all public schools in the state of Massachusetts.  That was when Andrew Bott — the sixth principal in seven years — showed up, and everything started to change.


Music lessons are now tax deductible.  Learn about the Government of Canada's Children's Arts Tax Credit,
and the Ontario Children's Activity Tax Credit.