News And Events


We are once again looking beyond the cold winter nights to sunny spring days and blooming flowers, and of course, the annual Spring Concerts!
The concerts will take place throughout the afternoon on Sunday, June 7th.  Once again this year we will be staging the event at the Button Factory in Uptown Waterloo.
All students are welcome to participate in these voluntary showcases.  Bring your friends and family, guests are welcome!  The concert is presented courtesy of the Sound Factory Music School with no charge to students or guests, so come out and support our young musicians!  Due to number of performers, there will be 2 concerts with start times of 1pm and 2:30pm, with a 4:00pm show if required.  If you wish to participate, please confirm with your teacher, or with our office by no later than Friday, May 1st.   The form to the right of this page can be used to register online.

25 Regina St S, Waterloo, ON N2J 1R8

The Sound Factory Music School would like to welcome Norm Zabala to our wonderful roster of professional teachers.  He will be taking on a role as guitar instructor, and we are thrilled to have this wonderful musician and experienced teacher joining our team!

Now there's even more reason to give music a try.  The Ontario Children's Activity Tax Credit came into effect January 1, 2011, allowing parents of children enrolled in music lessons to claim a refundable tax credit. Learn more at  Begin a lifelong love of music and be rewarded in more ways than one!


For 2011 and subsequent years, the federal budget proposes a new non-refundable tax credit based on eligible expenses paid for the cost of registration or membership of your or your spouse's or common-law partner's child in a prescribed program of artistic, cultural, recreational or developmental activity (eligible program).

The CATC will let you claim eligible expenses of up to $500 per year for each of your children (under the age of 16, or under the age of 18 and eligible for the disability tax credit.)

Learn more about this new program at

Musicians Spot Mistakes More Quickly And More Accurately Than Non-Musicans

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.

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?

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.
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.

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.

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.
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.
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.