Programs

Our teachers provide each student with instruction tailored to their individual needs allowing each student to progress at their own pace.

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Private Lessons

Piano, Voice, Guitar, Violin: Online

 

Private Lessons are 30, 45, or 60 minutes per week and are offered online for Piano, Voice, Guitar, and Violin. Private lessons maximize individual attention and are suitable for ages 6 – adult. Students will learn to play music they love combined with ear training, solfege, technique, theory, reading skills, composition, and improvisation. Recitals are held online twice per year, in December and June, and give students the opportunity to perform live for an audience.

Digital Music

6 Week Course – 1 hour/week: Online

Instructor: Toshio Hirasawa

 

This course explores a wide range of methods and conceptual approaches to creating electronic sounds. The course will survey some of the basic concepts and production techniques used in electronic music, video, and sound art. Students will develop skills that enable them to find their own creative voice through composition and sound design, integrating their own life experiences, imagination, and musical preferences into the work they create. Tools used may include Ableton, Max/Msp/Jitter, Logic, FMOD, Bandlab, Sonar, keyboard synths, effects pedals, and virtual instruments – Kontact 5, Equator, fxpanson. 

1 on 1 tuition: $360

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Songwriting Simplified

6 Week Course – 1 hour/week: Online

Instructor: Toshio Hirasawa

 

Writing a song is not as difficult as you think!  If you can play some basic chords on Piano or Guitar, this course will teach you literally everything you need to know to get you started writing songs like a pro. You will learn practical music theory, chord progressions, melodies, song structure, lyric writing, creativity, and songwriting tips and tricks. You do not need to know how to read music, this course will take you step by step through the entire songwriting process, and by the end of the course you will have written a complete song that includes chords, melodies, and lyrics. 

1 on 1 tuition: $360

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Film Music

6 Week Course – 1 hour/week: Online

Instructor: Toshio Hirasawa

 

This course consists of a 1 hour lesson per week for six weeks, and begins with an overview of important considerations for composing music for visual media, including how to balance music and dialogue, how to influence the audience’s emotional response, and how to create music that elicits a location or time period. Each week focuses on a different genre of music for film and TV—themes such as romance, drama, action, horror, and fantasy. This course analyzes each genre in terms of melody, harmony, counterpoint, tempo, rhythm, and orchestration, forming a template for each genre that you can apply to your own writing.

1 on 1 tuition: $360

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Group Lessons

Online

 

New students begin with a 30 minute introductory private lesson where they will learn hand position, posture, fingering, and several new songs. They will be given all of the necessary tools needed to begin a fun and enjoyable journey exploring and learning the piano. We suggest continuing with individual lessons until your child is confident to join our group lesson program.

Students then join weekly group sessions held online with 3-4 students where they will spend 1 hour learning songs, technique, reading skills, theory, ear training, solfege, composition, and improvisation. Whole group activities and games are integrated into lessons to provide an enjoyable learning experience that reinforces basic music principles.

RCM Exam Prep

Online

 

The RCM Certificate Program is considered one of the finest music education systems in Canada and around the world. With the completion of each level, students further hone their skills and develop their ability to play music independently while nurturing a lifelong appreciation for music making.

High quality: The Royal Conservatory offers a rigorous, internationally renowned standard of music education, discipline and assessment.

Comprehensive: The RCM Certificate Program incorporates repertoire, etudes/studies, sight-reading, ear training, technique and theory.

Structured: The program provides a clear leveled path for well-rounded musical training, and a consistent and meaningful structure for recognizing achievement, and rewarding excellence.

Credit: Achievement in examinations is recognized as credit toward secondary school graduation in many Canadian schools, as well as being an important element in entrance requirements for college and university music programs.

Master Classes

Our teachers conduct monthly master classes open to all students in the studio. Master classes present opportunities to expand and broaden your learning and to gain experience performing for master teachers and performers.

What Do Lessons Include?

-- IMPROVISATION

  • Learn the skills to improvise your own music from Jazz to New Age to Popular music.

-- COMPOSITION

  • Learn to compose your own music in any style from Pop to Jazz and classical.

-- PERFORMANCES

  • Winter and Spring recitals
  • Multiple performance opportunities throughout the year.

-- EAR TRAINING

  • Training the ear may be the single most important skill when learning music, and we make it fun!

-- SOLFÈGE

  • Sight singing is an essential skill and we train you how to read music at sight.
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-- TECHNIQUE

  • We go deep into the technical mechanics of learning your instrument.

-- SIGHT READING

  • Sight reading is an essential skill for any musician, we create great readers.

 

-- MUSIC THEORY

  • We teach you the essential background theory of how music works.

 

…and much more!

F.A.Q.

What device do I need ?

You need a desktop, or laptop, or iPad or Tablet. You can enhance the sound with headphones or a Bluetooth speaker though it’s not essential.

What technology do you use?

We use a variety of apps that are game based and make learning fun and motivating for students. We can discuss the options we offer during your free consultation. 

What methods of payment do you accept?

We accept monthly auto-draft through our payment app, or by cheque for one term. An invoice will be sent before we can reserve your weekly time. You are able to cancel payments at any time.

Do you host recitals?

Absolutely! There’s no better way to grow as a musician than to perform live, and we encourage it as often as possible.

For years, we’ve hosted recitals concerts for our students at least twice per year — but while we’re still in social distancing mode, our recitals have turned into awesome virtual recitals held through Zoom, each with a maximum of 12 performers. We also pre-record performances and splice all of the performances together for a live broadcast over our private YouTube channel or our Facebook group. Make some popcorn and pull up a chair and enjoy with live chat!

Is my child ready for piano lessons?

If your child has the desire to take lessons, then it is worth setting up a free consultation with us so we can assess if they are ready or not. We do have some lesson options that are more appropriate for really young beginners. There are many factors in determining if a child is ready. How is their attention span? Can they read letters A-G, numbers 1-4? Can they follow directions? Get in touch and we can help you decide.

How many lessons per year?

There are 36 lessons per school year from Sept-June. Individual lessons are also available during the summer in addition to Summer Camps and Workshops.

Do I need to sign a contract?

Not at all!

Once you start the monthly membership, you’ll only be billed one month at a time, and you can stop anytime as long as we receive notice at least 7 days before the start of the next month.

How do I officially cancel my lessons?

If you’re enrolled in our monthly plan and need to stop lessons, send us an email at least 7 days before the end of the month, and we’ll stop all future charges. Tuition is non-refundable once billed! If you cancel in the middle of a month after paying for that month, you can still use your remaining lessons.

Is there a registration fee?

There is a $$40 CDN one-time signup fee (per family, not per student) due on the first invoice when students start the monthly membership.

How much should I practice?

In our group lesson program students learn all of their music during the lesson, ranging from 2-6 new songs every lesson! This way we do away with the idea that kids should ‘practice’ at home, instead we want kids to leave lessons feeling empowered and inspired to play their music at home. And enjoy it!

While our Private lessons include learning music during the lesson, the focus is more on learning practice strategies and will involve home practice. We recommend 4-6 sessions during the week of 10-20 minutes each. 

Let’s Learn Together! 

At Piano Time Music Studio we believe students learn faster and with greater results when they are exposed to a variety of approaches, have the opportunity to acquire collaborative skills, and engage in peer level learning.

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