If only everything in life were as simple as stacking together a few toy building blocks. At MusicQube, that's the approach instructors take to music education. MusicQube acts as a one-stop education centre that aims to to nourish each child's potential and creativity by offering classes for fine arts and academics. Singing, piano, drums, woodwinds—kids get a chance to try them all. All of these are focused on four areas: playing different music styles, building confidence, developing a love for music and art, enhancing creativity, and setting attainable goals. The education centre also hosts classes for adults, MYC programs, and summer camps on topics ranging from acting to writing to cooking.
An associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, Victoria Warfield has dedicated her life to music. Experienced in performing as a concert pianist and directing choirs, Victoria also offers private lessons that tutor music-makers as young as 3 years old in specialized Parent & Tot sessions. Older students can tailor their efforts toward the Royal Conservatory of Toronto examinations or veer into pop or jazz styles. Adult lessons shake off rust from years of neglect or fruitless attempts of practicing the flute on a hollow churro to give students a new artistic outlet during classes that focus on music appreciation.
Cadenza Music offers a massive selection of books and resources for beginner and advanced musicians. Students looking to enhance their repertoire can find solace in private and group lessons in piano, voice, harmony, and rudiments. Books and materials divulge information on violin techniques, guitar methods, and ukuleles, alongside CDs and reference books.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Certified instructors at Ko Vocal Studio teach singing lessons using the "Institute for Vocal Advancement Technique" which is built on vocal science and puts vocal health first. It is used in many different styles; from rock to pop, jazz and opera. Over 100 Grammy winners use it. We tailor our lessons to fit your unique voice so you can expand your range, gain confidence and hit high notes with power.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
I have taken singing/speaking lessons from many distinguished teachers from all over the world and those treasured experiences not only changed the range and strength of my voice, but also transformed my human qualities. Through voice lessons I overcame my shyness, which was a big transformation. I've decided to become a voice teacher to help students to develop not just vocal ability, but also to experience personal transformation big and small.
What do you love most about your job?
Nothing in this world can be more rewarding than watching my student’s voices improve and their self-esteem grow.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
It's always great to see the excitement in my student's eyes when they feel a positive change in their voice. One of my students gave me a high five after his big vocal breakthrough. It was a pretty cool moment!
Stepping to the tune of her husband's guitar, celebrated flamenco performer Rosario Ancer bridges continents with her knowledge of dance. She trained in Spain and toured in multiple countries before opening Centro Flamenco in 1989, where she and her instructors pull from cultural, musical, and choreographic teachings to guide their students. All the while, Rosario deftly walks the tightrope between authenticity and evolution. Her regular travels to workshops and shows in Spain imbue her lessons with history, yet she hopes to see the art form flourish in experimental ways, inciting guests to stretch their creative muscles during classes.
Rosario exposes amateurs and advanced dancers alike to flamenco's commanding rhythms. As her pupils progress, they learn more about the social significance behind the moves, and eventually sync their kicks to stylized guitar strums. Whether they are mastering simple beats or preparing for a theatre piece, the studio sets them on a structured track, which ends when their smouldering glance can set a tablecloth on fire.
One of Studio Cloud 30's missions is to bridge "the gap between music schools and major label development." The sleek studio is an open-concept facility that caters to aspiring entertainers of all skill levels. Vocal coaches train singers with tips for both live performances and studio sessions; percussion teachers drill drummers on rhythm, groove, and pocket; and acting instructors deliver one-on-one assistance for excelling in auditions for roles in theatre productions and commercials advertising stage trapdoors. The studio professes a credo of "for artists, by artists," a message of support for up-and-coming performers of all kinds.