Classical Piano (RCM)


(Ages 5 to adult – All Skill Levels) “For Your Young Mozart”

Alderwood School of Music is located in the community of Alderwood in South Etobicoke (near Sherway Gardens, by the Mississauga border). We are proud to offer a fresh take on traditional music lessons with a focus on fun, creativity, motivation, and inspiration.

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Like all lessons at Alderwood, our Classical Piano (RCM) lessons are PRIVATE, modern, progressive, individualized, and taught by meticulously selected professional musicians and educators who live the life they teach.

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Weekly lessons are offered in 30, 45, and 60 minute lengths.

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  • Classical Music is some of the most beautiful music ever written.

  • Teachers are registered RCM teachers and are passionate about what they teach!

  • Even Classical Piano Lessons need to stay current: We use a multi-media approach to enhance lessons including internet, sending videos to students etc.

  • We NEVER force students to take RCM exams but offer detailed and warm, supportive preparation for those who do.

  • Teachers provide regular verbal and/or written feedback to parents.

  • Piano students are given an opportunity to record and perform with other students, solo, and in front of others at our annual “Un-Recital”.

  • Modern music is not forgotten – Occasional fun songs are used to spice up the lessons.

  • Our teachers are quality people and make outstanding role models – this is SO important!

Classical Piano Students have Access to our World-Class Concert Grand Piano

At Alderwood we are the proud owners of a truly gorgeous Nikolaus W Schimmel 7 foot hand crafted German Concert Grand Piano. It would not be an exaggeration to say this is amoung the nicest pianos in any music school in Canada. Although regular use of this fine instrument requires an additional fee, occasional use is FREE of charge and is invaluable for bussing classical musicians who need to feel the responsiveness of a grand piano to truly experience the music (and potentially to prepare for an exam).

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All lessons at Alderwood, including Classical Piano Lessons, include regular feedback to parents, opportunites to record and perform, access to our massive library of classical music, a comfortable waiting room for parents with free wi-fi and MUCH more.

 


Helping Your Child Relax Before an RCM Exam

Over the years we have seen many students try exams and with mixed results. Often the idea to take the exam came from the parent and / or the teacher and, while this doesn’t make it a bad idea, it can sometimes be a frightening experience for a child. Here are some tips to help you or your child relax before an upcoming piano exam.

Hands on Piano

Be Over-Prepared – This may seem obvious but far too often it is overlooked. Preparing a song is a big task but getting it “just” good enough won’t cut it when nerves kick in. Sometimes even just the thought of “Will I make a lot of mistakes?” is enough to increase anxiety by a lot. The cure is always to be OVER prepared. When you can play a song “in your sleep”, it makes it far less daunting to play it once in front of a stranger at an exam.

Do a Practice Exam – Classical Piano teachers at Alderwood agree that this is a great idea for a lesson before the exam. Not only does it help to determine the state of preparedness a student has achieved but it also takes some of the fear out of the experience by simulating the experience BEFORE the big day.

Wipe Your Hands – When we are nervous we usually under-perform a bit as our shaky and sweaty hands shake a little. The solution is quite simple. Before and between every song at the exam take a deep breath, let you hands fall and relax and, if needed, give them a quick wipe on your lap to remove sweat.

Don’t Focus on the Mark – Instead focus on the pride felt in completing a grade and the experience of graduating to a new level. As parents, when you remind your young student that piano exams should not be seen like school exams, it keeps the fun in the experience. This doesn’t mean we don’t want them to do well but we believe it is important that no student ever fully associates a creative art with an evaluation mark. There is no “failing” in music. Music should be a joy.

At Alderwood we are proud to have prepared students who have achieved First Class Honours from Grades One to Ten but we are equally proud of every student (young and old) who ever bravely took an exam. We hope to consistently improve our techniques in not only helping students achieve RCM honours but also to keep the experience fun and as relaxing as possible.

 

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