Welcome to Leslieville School of Dance & Music! For us, music is more than just a passion, it’s a way to connect with others, express ourselves, learn greater focus, expand our minds, and create a sense of personal accomplishment. We are a growing music community, expanding our program to include more exciting performance opportunities and optimal family involvement while also keeping an open mind to the changing way in which we share experiences and information.
All of our instructors are seasoned musicians with higher education who understand that learning to play an instrument requires structure and discipline mixed with the right balance of fun and enthusiasm. They understand that learning should be enjoyable but also present a challenge. It is our goal to create a nurturing, supportive, and encouraging environment for our students where they feel comfortable being themselves and inspired to push their abilities to the next level.
When registering for music lessons, you must complete the appropriate forms and submit a method of monthly payment. In order to secure your chosen teacher and timeslot, we require a deposit of 1 month’s tuition in advance. This will be paid at the time of registration and will be used towards your last month of lessons. It is understood that when you register for music lessons, you are committed to attending until the end of the school year in June.
Your account will be billed on the 1st of every month at a prorated amount based on the day of the week your lesson falls on. This monthly tuition is charged to your credit card or debited from your bank account using autopay, our monthly pre-authorized payment system.
If you choose to cancel your lessons before the end of the 10-month regular school year, you will need to provide 30 days’ written notice (by email) and your pre-paid registration deposit will be used to cover the remainder of your lessons. For any questions related to payments, refunds, and cancellations, please contact our administrative staff.
Transaction history may be viewed online in your Parent Portal at your convenience.
In order to maximize the benefits of your music lessons, additional materials for purchase may be required. Your teacher may recommend certain books or sheet music for purchase throughout the school year that can cost anywhere from $8-$60. Information about recommended materials will be communicated to parents before the family account is charged.
There will also be multiple opportunities for performance throughout the school year. Students are welcome to attend masterclasses and recitals. These events may require purchasing tickets or paying participation fees. Any payment required will be communicated in advance by email or by written notice.
Who to Contact
Should you need any assistance, please consult the information below about who to contact.
Daphne MacDonald, studio administrator: email@example.com
o Class cancellation and rescheduling
o Payments and fees
o Trial lessons
o Permanent class cancellation
Rebecca Hall, Music Director: firstname.lastname@example.org
o Information about music events
o Lesson advice
o Concerns about teachers or lessons
o Exam information
General Inquiries, info line: email@example.com
o Holiday closures
o Studio hours
o General information
Lessons will begin in September and end in June to correspond with the school year. Each school year is divided into 2 terms of 18 weeks, with an additional week scheduled at the end of each term for the completion of make-up lessons.
The dates for this year’s terms are as follows:
18 Weeks—September 10th, 2022 to January 28th, 2023
Make-Up Lesson Week—January 30th to February 4th, 2023
18 Weeks—February 6th to June 17th, 2023
Make-Up Lesson Week—June 19th to 24th, 2023
Summer Music Classes
For some students, taking an extended break from music lessons in the summer can cause a major setback in progress or take away a weekly outlet for stress and personal enjoyment. The regular school year will conclude in June, however, we offer a limited number of spaces available each summer for private lessons. In order to secure a time slot in the summer, a minimum 4-class commitment will need to be made. The schedule for summer classes will be delivered every year after March Break. Summer lessons are not eligible for make-up lessons or refunds.
A one-time trial lesson can be scheduled for students who want to test out an instrument or teacher before making a bigger commitment. Lessons are charged in advance and fees are non-refundable. Trial lessons can be scheduled beginning in September for the upcoming school year.
Masterclasses will run twice per school year. These classes are low-stress, student-only performance workshops where students can prepare and perform a piece of their choice for their peers. The purpose of the class is to give students experience performing in front of an audience and to increase confidence with their instrument. A small participation fee is required to attend the class. Details about dates and registration will be communicated throughout the school year.
Parent Viewing Week
Parent Viewing Week presents an excellent opportunity to connect with your child’s teacher and get updates on your child’s progress. During this week, parents are invited to sit in for the last 15 minutes of their child’s music lesson. Information about Parent Viewing Week will be communicated throughout the school year.
At the end of every school year, we will host a recital for our students. The Year-End Recital is both exciting and terrifying for some students. But, the benefits of pushing boundaries and gaining a sense of achievement and personal pride that comes with participating are invaluable for personal development. The recital provides a focal point throughout the year, offering an opportunity for students to show off their skills, increase their self-confidence, and get inspiration from their fellow students and teachers. The performance will take place at a separate location and is free for performers but will require the purchase of tickets for audience members. We encourage all students to participate in this recital regardless of skill and experience level. Our students are treated with compassion and care as we gently push them into personal greatness.
RCM Exam Preparation
For students who want to take their lessons to the next level, preparing for an exam is an excellent way to further their skills. Exams take place 3 times per school year, but most students will begin preparation in the fall for exams running in early June. Exams require a lot of hard work, determination, and a firm constitution. Students learn lessons about perseverance, discipline, and goal setting. Upon successful completion of an exam, the student will receive a grade and feedback from an official RCM examiner, as well as a certificate to commemorate the completion of the level. Students who successfully complete Level 8 can apply at their high school for credit and can list this achievement on their resume to demonstrate their personal accomplishments. Interested students should discuss with their teacher if preparing for an exam is the right direction for them.
While attending class or waiting at the school for students to begin or finish classes, we kindly ask that students and parents please adhere to the following studio etiquette:
In the Music Studios
For an optimal learning experience, it is important that we keep our music studios clean, safe, and distraction-free. Food and beverages, with the exception of water, will not be permitted inside the music studios. Please finish eating snacks or meals before attending class. Toys and cell phones will also not be allowed in music studios as they can cause the student to lose focus while learning. If you bring a cell phone into the studio, we ask that it remains on silent and tucked away inside a bag or jacket. Students are also asked to thoroughly wash their hands before entry into the music studio.
In the Hallway
While waiting for lessons, please do not make loud noises in the hallway and please refrain from gathering outside of studio doors. Sounds transfer quite easily and we want our students to be able to learn without distraction. If you have questions for your teacher, please initiate a conversation before the lesson begins to avoid interrupting the time of the next student’s lesson. If further communication is required, it is possible to arrange a discussion with the teacher via the studio administrator or Music Director.
It’s important for students to attend their lessons weekly and arrive on time in order to achieve regular, steady progress. Students are expected to arrive on time for their lessons with lesson materials in hand. Failure to show up consistently for lessons will result in slow progress and make achieving goals very difficult. Long interruptions in attendance can lead to frustrating setbacks where students must spend extra time reviewing material in order to catch up.
During lessons, students are expected to listen to their teacher’s instructions and behave in a polite and respectful manner. Proper lesson etiquette includes: listening and completing exercises as asked, using respectful language, remaining seated unless instructed by their teacher, and treating their instrument with respect. Students who fail to follow these rules will be asked to leave their lesson and parents will be notified.
Classes can be cancelled easily by logging in to your Parent Portal. In order to secure your 1 make-up lesson per term, you must cancel your lesson with 24 hours’ notice. Please see the section on make-up lessons for more details. If the student can no longer attend their regularly scheduled lesson time, please inform the school administrator as soon as possible to find a suitable new time. Snow days will be communicated via email no later than 12pm on the day of lessons.
Make-up Lesson Policy
Each student is entitled to 1 make-up lesson per school term. There are 2 terms per school year, one ending in January and the second ending in June. Specific term dates will be delivered to families at the beginning of the school year or at the start of each term.
In order to qualify for a make-up lesson, you will need to cancel the original lesson with at least 24 hours’ notice. Students who do not provide at least 24 hours’ notice will not be eligible for a make-up lesson. Make-up lessons will be scheduled during make-up lesson weeks, which occur at the end of each school term (the end of January and the end of June).
If you miss more than one lesson in a school term, you will not be eligible for an additional make-up lesson. If you do not show up for your scheduled make-up lesson or cancel it, you will not be given an additional make-up lesson time.
If you are entitled to a make-up lesson, please call or email the school administrator who will assist in scheduling your make-up lesson during make-up lesson week. Your lesson will not be automatically scheduled—you will need to contact our studio administrator and request a time.
If a student shows up ill for a lesson, jeopardizing the health of other students and the teacher, the teacher may send the student home and the missed lesson will be treated as a late cancellation with no make-up available. There must be clearly visible signs that a student is ill in order to be sent home. Clear signs include vomiting, fever and/or chills, pink eye, severe nausea, disorientation, persistent coughing, inability to talk or sit up for lessons, and digestive issues.
You will be notified in advance if your teacher plans to be absent from your lesson. A studio-vetted and -approved substitute teacher will be provided, and your lesson will continue as usual at your regular lesson day and time. Teachers will communicate student information to the substitute teacher to keep students progressing as planned. If your teacher is sick, an attempt will be made to find a studio-approved substitute teacher until your teacher is well enough to return to teaching. If a substitute cannot be provided, a refund or credit will be issued to the student’s account.
In the event of dangerous winter conditions, the studio will call a snow day and close for the day. Notification of snow day closures will be delivered by email no later than 12:00pm noon on the day of the event. Lessons will be cancelled, and a refund or credit issued to the student’s account.
Guitar and Bass
Classes in acoustic or electric guitar and bass are offered at the studio. Beginner students first learn to interact with the instrument (strings, frets, finger placement), learn basic technical concepts, and from there move into either a tab-based song stream or a sheet music-based structure. Your teacher will select a program based on the student’s interests and tailor the lesson structure based on the student’s learning style and pace.
Ukulele is a fun instrument for beginners or anyone who would like to take up a new and enjoyable hobby. The ukulele is small and easy to handle, which makes it a great option for any student whose fingers aren’t quite ready for a guitar or who would prefer an easy-to-carry instrument. Students will begin by learning basic chords and strumming patterns for their favourite songs then continue on to learn to pick melodies and play along with fellow students. The ukulele is also an excellent instrument to learn the basics of music and music theory.
Many students come to vocal lessons with an idea about a particular song they want to learn or an artist that they admire and want to emulate. Teachers will listen to their ideas but guide them in a direction that will teach them to sing in a safe and gradual way, slowly improving their ability to build a real foundation without damaging vocal cords. Vocal lessons teach students to sing with confidence and use the correct technique. Exercises and warm-ups are key and students will be taught how to execute these on their own to practice at home.
Learning to play the piano is a skill that is appreciated at all ages. The piano is an excellent instrument to begin your musical journey because of the ease of creating a pleasing sound quickly, the depth of options in musical styles available, and the transferability of musical knowledge from the piano to other instruments. There is something for everyone in learning the piano, from taking RCM piano exams to learning to play the melody of your favourite pop song; or taking a classical course to improve coordination, relaxation, and a state of mental focus, and to get a sense of personal achievement. Our instructors take the time to learn your goals and musical style before they decide on the appropriate curriculum for your lessons.
Instruments Available for Use
Although we encourage you to rent or purchase an instrument for practice at home, we are happy to provide drum kits, pianos, electric and acoustic guitars (child sizes), electric bass, and acoustic ukuleles for in-studio use.
Music Classes Begin – September 10th, 2022
Thanksgiving – Studio Closed – October 10th, 2022
Halloween – Music Classes Cancelled – October 31st, 2022
Masterclass #1 – December 3rd, 2022
Winter Break – Studio Closed – December 24th, 2022 – January 6th, 2023
Parent Viewing Week (Music) – January 16th – 21st, 2023
End of Term #1 – January 28th, 2023
Make-Up Lesson Week #1 – January 30th – February 4th, 2023
Term #2 Begins – February 6th, 2023
Family Day – Studio Closed – February 20th, 2023
March Break – Studio Closed – March 13th – March 19th, 2023
Easter – Studio Closed – April 7th – April 10th, 2023
Masterclass #2 – May 13th, 2023
Victoria Day – Studio Closed – May 22nd, 2023
Year-End Music Recital – June 17th, 2023
Last Day of Music Classes – June 17th, 2023
Make-Up Lesson Week #2 – June 19th – June 24th, 2023
Summer Semester Begins – July 4th, 2023