May 2014

3 best answers to “Why on earth would I play in a recital?” So, you’re having a great music lesson.  Having fun with the teacher.  Learning a new song.  Everything  is fine until your teacher says “What are you going to play for the recital”?  All of a sudden you get the sweats, your shaking...

Music recital
Music recital

3 best answers to “Why on earth would I play in a recital?”

So, you’re having a great music lesson.  Having fun with the teacher.  Learning a new song.  Everything  is fine until your teacher says “What are you going to play for the recital”?  All of a sudden you get the sweats, your shaking like a leaf and you reply with “RECITAL???”  “Why on earth would I play in a recital?”

There are so many reason to perform music for other people but I only have so much space so here are the top 3

1. The confidence that you build over time is immeasurable.
You will encounter public performance situations throughout your entire life.  Every time you play in a concert or recital you gain a new level of confidence, and your anxiety decreases.

2. Goal Setting
When you sign up for a recital what you are really doing is setting a goal.  You are telling yourself that you are going to play a song the best you can by a certain date.  THIS WILL make you a better musician because you need to work extra hard on your performance piece.  More practice = better performance = better musician…Simple!

3.  Music is a performing art that is meant to be shared
There is something magical about live music that you can’t get from any other activity.  Both the audience and the performer finish the performance feeling fulfilled and appreciative.

So, What are you playing at the Spring recital?


The Great Referral Round Up

Refer a friend and get 2 free music lessons!

referral round up
referral round up

Do you have a friend who might like to take lessons? If you refer them to the Academy and they sign up for lessons, we’ll give you 2 free music lessons! We’ll even give them a free trial lesson to make sure they like the teacher.  You can take your 2 free lessons on any instrument you like.

It’s very easy to refer someone. Just ask your friend to mention your name when they register There’s no maximum to the amount of friends you can refer


Student Feedback

adultviolinlessons_1“Upon retiring 6 months ago, I started taking violin lessons at the Academy of Music with James as my teacher. I recieved my violin as a gift almost 60 years ago so you could say this has been a long journey and not an easy task for James to take on. I look forward to my weekly lessons as James makes them fun and challenging. He has made me believe that I actually can play the violin after all these years – and have fun too!”
Norma Firth – Retired

Say something nice about YOUR teacher! Email us at [email protected]


Student of the Month


Alexa Veithch

What instrument do you play?
How long have you been playing?
7 Years
Who is your favourite musical artist?
I don’t have one


Welcome to the new students that signed up in March and April!

[one_half]Calvin A
Ethan G
Sarah S
Emilie N
Martin H
Keiffa W
Dan M
Jenna S
Irina I
Dylan K
Sophia K[/one_half]
[one_half_last]Emily K
Alma G
Clark R
Ethan S
Ricardo Q
Anna Q
Fernanda H
Rex M
Ethan G
Amelia V[/one_half_last]



Many teachers have sold out. If you need a schedule change or would like to be added to a waiting list
for a particular teacher, day or time, please contact our office and we can add you to the waiting list.
There are still limited lesson spots available. To inquire about openings for June send an e-mail to
[email protected] or call the office,  Oakville (905) 845-1227 – Georgetown (905) 877-2770.

Here’s a partial list of who’s currently full:

[one_half]Andrew Barbisan – Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Drums
Monday 4:30pm – 8:30pm  FULL
Wednesday 4:00pm – 7:30pm  FULL

Elizabeth Aumonier, Piano, Voice
Monday 4:00pm – 8:00pm FULL
Thursday 4:00pm – 7:30pm FULL

Lucia Capobianco – Piano, Voice
Monday 4:30pm – 9:00pm FULL

Rocco Castrucci – Drums, Guitar
Monday 4:00pm – 8:30pm FULL[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Ella Klis – Piano, Voice, Flute
Monday 4:00pm – 7:30pm  FULL
Wednesday 4:00pm – 8:00pm  FULL
Thursday  4:00pm – 7:00pm FULL
Saturday 9:30am – 4:00pm FULL

Gail Stoneman – Violin, Viola
Wednesday 5:30pm – 8:00pm  FULL
Thursday 4:00pm – 8:00pm FULL

Tim Connelly – Drums
Thursday 5:00pm – 8:30pm  FULL

Prince Cave – Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute
Friday 4:00pm – 7:30pm  FULL[/one_half_last]


Did You Read Your Newsletter Contest!

To increase readership of the Academy Newsletter each month we’ll feature a new contest winner or a new contest.  Be sure to read your newsletter each month to see if your name has been drawn or you might miss out!

This month’s winner is:

Carmela Ramos

Carmela has won a ten dollar iTunes gift card!
To redeem your prize just bring this to the office to claim your iTunes card. Congratulations!

Be sure to read your newsletter each month!


Refer a Friend and get $25 Cash!

If you refer a friend to the Academy and they register for lessons we will send you a thank you gift of $25.00 by refunding $25.00 to your account.

It’s EASY to refer.referral
Just have your friend mention your name when they register and we’ll take care of the rest!

We greatly appreciate your referral!
Referrals are not valid for immediate family.
Add a family member to your account and get a free $25.00 registration.



Sign up is easy and parent-friendly, with helpful staff available seven days a week to serve you. Because we only offer lessons on a month-to-month basis, there are no large upfront payments, no complicated contracts, no annual material or performance fees, and no semester minimums.
The Academy of Music in Oakville Ontario teaches piano, guitar, ukulele, drums, voice, saxophone, clarinet and flute


Lessons are first come, first serve, so contact us today to arrange your first lesson!


$40/30 minutes
$80/60 minutes (Recommended for the serious student)


Monday – Thursday 9:00am - 9:00pm
Friday 11:00am - 7:30pm
Saturday 9:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday 9:00am - 4:00pm

A one-time registration fee of $25 (due only at time of registration)
Music lessons are HST exempt!
Fees must be paid by auto debit or pre-authorized credit card at time of registration.

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