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MUSIC

EPDA offers exceptional music instruction and lessons with a range of options for children to adults. We offer lessons in piano, flute, alto saxophone and music theory.

Our music program offers a variety of classes at every level, geared specifically towards providing high quality music lessons. Our teacher is highly qualified and has extensive performance experience. Most importantly, our staff strive to relate their teaching to each individual student's learning style.

Group classes work well for preschool music programs, and theory lessons. However, when actually learning how to play an instrument, private lessons are far superior to a group lessons since privates give the student the opportunity to learn at their own pace so they don’t miss key points. This also means that the teacher does not have to teach a class at a middle-of–the-road level, but has the time and focus to work on the individual student’s strengths and weaknesses. For that lesson period, the student is the primary focus of the teacher. The teacher also enjoys this as they do not have to divide their attention between 5 - 10 students at a time and can help the student be the best they can be.

ABRSM examinations are offered when the teacher feels the students are ready.

(Class duration: 30 - 60mins / Age: 5 years - Adult)

Why play piano?

From classical to jazz, pianos can be found almost anywhere. Learning piano is also one of the best musical foundations you can have; most professional musicians have some background in piano. For anyone interested in composing, songwriting, or music theory, piano is nearly essential. John Williams, composer for classic films like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and E.T. began his career as a pianist. But even if you don’t care about playing professionally, piano is a great way to learn to read music, train your ear, and have fun playing your favourite songs!

Piano is unique, in part, for the way it fully engages all parts of the mind and body. Pianists are required to read more music than most other instrumentalists (both bass and treble clef, often simultaneously), play independently with both hands, and make use of both feet. This means that not only does learning piano promote coordination and musicality, but it fully engages the brain. A study revealed that the cerebral cortex, a portion of the brain which is important in memory, attention, perceptual awareness, thought, language, and consciousness, was significantly more developed in subjects who had studied piano as opposed to similar subjects who had no musical training.

For both children and adults, learning to play the piano can be an incredibly rewarding experience, whether your goal is to become a concert pianist or just to play songs in your own time.
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SINGING

Why should I take voice lessons?

“I can sing. Why should I bother with voice lessons?" It’s true that some people are born with better singing voices, just like other people are born able to run faster. And just like practice running under the regimen of an experienced coach or trainer helps a runner run faster and longer while avoiding injury, training your voice under the guidance of an experienced teacher helps you sing stronger with a better range, more control, and less risk of straining your vocal cords.

We hear people ask if it’s safe for children to take vocal lessons. Of course it is! Vocal coaching helps children develop their natural instrument and avoid damaging it through improper technique. Children can be great singers, and vocal lessons can help them have more fun with something they probably already enjoy! Like most musical pursuits, learning to sing brings with it a myriad of benefits, including increased self-confidence, improved academics, and development of artistic and creative capacities, but unlike other instruments, your voice is always with you. People connect through singing, and song can be used to bring people together, both professionally and socially.

ABRSM examinations are offered when the teacher feels the students are ready.

(Class duration: 30 - 60mins / Age: 5 years - Adult)

 
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