Enrichment Classes

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Jean Lyons School of Music conducts enrichment classes to enhance the musical knowledge of pupils and create companionship in these efforts.

PIANO PLAY, for ages 5 to 8 at all levels, takes place on alternate Saturdays with Holly Duff. Activities focus on developing the musical ear, sight-reading, and improvisation through a series of games in a fun and encouraging environment. In addition to the piano, students will explore various rhythm instruments. Always a popular class, Piano Play nurtures children’s musical enthusiasm while exposing them to the wider contexts of music and musicianship. $150 for 10 Sessions.

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STUDIO CLUB is designed for Piano Play ‘graduates’ and all students aged 9 to 11. Students will benefit from enriching and enjoyable musical activities to develop musicianship and cultural awareness. The class is conducted as a ‘club’ with a President, Vice-President, and Secretary elected by the students. Holly Duff directs the class and encourages leadership skills and team-building challenges. $150 for 10 Sessions.

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PIANO ENSEMBLE PROGRAM is for students of all ages who have reached the minimum level of RCM Grade 4. Students will be placed with a partner of the same level, and will be coached by a teacher. The goal will be either to perform in recitals and competitions (weekly lessons), or simply to enjoy music-making with friends (bi-weekly lessons). Follow in the footsteps of our international prize-winning ensemble, Lyons Quatuor Piano. Discover the pleasures of collaborating with other pianists, whether for concerts, competitions, or just fun music-making! Please consult your private teacher for further information and fees.

MASTERCLASSES are arranged throughout the year with various teachers and nationally renowned professional artists. These classes are generally intended for students taking higher-grade exams and diplomas or preparing for major competitions. It is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn from watching their peers and to allow music professionals to pass on their knowlege and their experience to future generations. Check for upcoming Masterclasses on our School News page or our Calendar of Events.

SCHOOL CONTESTS – The School arranges special contests from time to time. For our most recent Composition Contest, Canadian Composer Lorna Paterson was the judge. She assessed students’ works and provided invaluable instruction and suggestions for improvement. We also schedule ‘Fun Contests’ such as “O Canada” , “Happy Birthday” and “The Wedding March” to prepare students to entertain their family and friends at social events. Our “Musical Fitness” Contests prepare students for the technical aspects of examinations, and serve as our own form of musical participaction. Stay tuned for upcoming school contests or check our Calendar of Events!