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Monthly Tuition Includes;

40 Lessons (September to June)
4 Lessons (July to August)
Flexible Makeup Policy

Unlimited Access to Performance Opporunities
Unlimited Access to Workshops
Recording Opportunities
and More!

 

Info for 2017

Holidays and Closures 

Labour Day – Monday, September 4, 2017

Thanksgiving Day – Monday, October 9, 2017

Halloween – Tuesday, October 31, 2017

December Break
Monday, December 25, 2017
to
Friday, January 5, 2018

Family Day – Monday, February 19, 2018

March Break
Monday, March 12
to
Friday, March 16, 2018

Good Friday – Friday, March 30, 2018

Easter Monday – Monday, April 2, 2018 (Private Classes Optional)

Victoria Day – Monday, May 21, 2018

 

We offer private music lessons in Kingston for Teens on piano, voice, guitar, singing, ukulele, theory and songwriting.

Lessons for Teens

Ages: 12 to 17
Format: Private or Group
Length: 30, 45, or 60 mins
Regular Year: September – June
Summer Programs: July – August

In this program, students have the opportunity to learn from exceptional teachers, explore different musical genres and perform with like-minded peers.

The teachers for our teen programs are all exceptional musicians and passionate educators.  They work to ensure students stay motivated and accountable for their learning and practice habits.  The teachers build a list of goals and objectives with the student to ensure the student learns what they interested in, but our instructors also provide direction to ensure a balance of our 12 Core Components is achieved.

 

We offer private music lessons in Kingston for Adults on piano, voice, guitar, singing, ukulele, theory and songwriting.

Lessons for Adults

Ages: 18 and up
Format: Private
Length: 30, 45, or 60 mins
Regular Year: September – June
Summer Programs: July – August

Was there an instrument you wanted to learn growing up, but never got the chance?  Maybe you started taking lessons as a child, but stopped for some reason and now you regret it.   We can help you fit music into your hectic schedule so you can now either learn a new instrument, or pick up where you left off!   At Inspired Minds, we are flexible, and understand that our adult students have busy lives so we also offer bi-weekly lessons for adults.  We believe that adding music to your life can be a great stress reliever and provide a great sense of fulfillment and pride!

 

We offer private music lessons in Kingston for Kids on piano, voice, guitar, singing, ukulele, theory and songwriting.

Lessons for Generation X!

Ages: Errr…. 29?!
Format: Private
Length: 30 min Private
Regular Year: September – June
Summer Programs: July – August

Many students come to us shortly after beginning retirement.  It’s wonderful how common it is for Generation X to continue pursuing goals.  Whether it is learning that instrument you never got around to, or picking it back up again now that you have a little more time to dedicate, music is a wonderful way to keep your mind and body active.

For our adult students we work to help you play the songs, exercises or anything you bring to us.  But we also work with you to teach you the things you may not have previously considered to be important.  It’s great to learn and accomplish the goals you set for yourself – but some of the most valuable and rewarding learning experiences come when you learn about ideas or concepts you had no previous knowledge of.  With the right teacher, the amount you will learn together can be a delightfully enriching experience.

We can’t promise that we’ll turn you into the next Elton John, Paul McCartney, Aretha Franklin or Eric Clapton; but, we do promise that we will do everything we can to help you discover the passion and enjoyment music can offer!

We offer lessons in Kingston for group piano, group guitar, group ukulele and our “Introduction to Music Lessons” program!

Group Lessons

Ages: 6 to 17
Format: Group
Length: 60 mins
Regular Year: September – June
Summer Programs: July – August

Our group programs are an exceptionally engaging way for students to learn the fundamentals of music.  There is truly something unique about learning in a group setting and our AVT (Aural, Visual, Tactile) delivery of material is enhanced far beyond what is possible in a private setting.  From naming notes, counting out loud and answering questions in various games, our AVT delivery borders on a sensory overload and students have an exponentially greater chance to learn and retain information.

Please read more in the sections below about the instruments we offer for group lessons!

Programs for Private Lessons

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Our 12 Core Components of Music Education

Our Approach to Help Students Learn the Language of Music

Technique

Technique

The physical development of consistent and healthy habits.

Learning to play with proper technique can be the primary difference between students who remains dedicated to learning an instrument and students who pursue other activities.  When technique is neglected students often reach plateaus, struggle to perform the repertoire they enjoy and lose their motivation.

 

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Rhythm

Rhythm

The ability to groove and play in time by yourself or with other musician.

Rhythm is much more involved than simply clapping/counting or playing combinations of note values.  Rhythm is about the overall feel and groove of a song.  At times, this may be for a quick, light feel; or at other times (such as a tango) a strong, rigid feel may be more appropriate.  Being able to play different combinations of rhythms while also making them feel natural in any style is what learning rhythm is all about at Inspired Minds!

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Impovisation

Ear Training

Ear Training

The ability to identify the notes/instruments or chords in a performance or recording.

Continuing with our belief that Music is a language, we must acknowledge that being able to listen and understand what is being heard, is a crucial part of becoming fluent.

Our instructors help students identify notes, chords and rhythms.  Once students are able to identify these elements by ear, they also learn how to accurately play it back.

 

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Written Theory

Written Theory

The ability to effectively transcribe music and charts.

There are many advantages to developing written theory as a skill.  Being able to write your own music is an essential way of communicating your ideas.  Further, when you learn how to write music, you simultaneously develop your reading, rhythm, and analysis skills.  Written theory provides students the opportunity to visually break down concepts before jumping ahead and trying to apply them on their instrument.

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Music History

Sight Reading

Sight Reading

The skill necessary to look at a piece of music, and be able to play it unrehearsed.

Reading or Sight Reading stimulates many of areas of the brain simultaneously.  Even when sheet music is taken away, the brain is stimulated in the same way as the musician often visualizes the material previously read or learned.  This is the core component most responsible for the theory that “music makes people smarter.”

If you were choosing a tutor for French, Spanish, English or any other language, wouldn’t finding a tutor who could read the language be an important factor?
It should be for music too!

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Applied Theory

Applied Theory

Putting Theory Into Performance!

Learning about scales, chords, rhythms, etc is fine; but, if you can’t play them.. what’s the point?  Applied theory teaches us how to use each concept in a musical way.  If you’ve learned a new scale, rather than playing it going up and down, how can it be made more musical?  Which keys could you use it to solo/improvise with?  This is just the starting point.  Applied Theory allows musicians to perform and communicate all of the concepts and musical ideas they have.

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Music Analysis

Repertoire

Repertoire

Studying and performing songs!

Being able to perform Repertoire is the main reason students take lessons.
Inspired Minds teach a wide variety of genres including; Pop, Jazz, Classical/Art Music, Blues, Rock, Musical Theatre, Folk/Traditional and many more.

While we are happy to make recommendations for songs, our teachers are always interested in hearing the songs our students have found and want to learn!

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Ensemble

Ensemble

Performing with other musicians (or accompanying yourself!)

It can be a pretty spectacular experience working with other musicians.  Often, when you play with a great musician you can find yourself playing at a level above what you expected of yourself.  This is because great musicians know how to support each other’s sound and allow each other to have a voice within the song.  This is a skill developed over time, but starts by developing clear verbal communication and understanding non-verbal cues, and eventually predicting performance behaviour.

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