Composition

The Composition program at Midtown Music School is one of the most comprehensive, innovative and enjoyable programs in the GTA. Students who have worked in this program have continued their work in post-secondary education and real-world opportunities such as film and television scoring, videogame scoring and concert performance.

Working in tandem with our Theory program, students are taught the importance of communication in their compositions on top of creative exploration. A focus on idiomatic composition (i.e. using the natural abilities, strengths and weaknesses of an instrument to guide a piece) as scoring techniques ensures that pieces are able to be performed and workshopped. Along with our full recording abilities and scoring stations, students build a real portfolio they can use for any pursuits in the composition field.

Students are taught by teachers with real world experience. Pieces have been premiered by the Mendelssohn Choir, Gryphon Trio and Niagara Brass, to name a few. Their works have been heard on radios and televisions across North America, Europe and Australia.

Our Composition Teachers

David Stone

Milen Petzelt-Sorace

Examples of student works are below. Please respect all copyright laws.

Mackenzie P. - Ghostly Caper, Miniature for String Quartet (download score)

Ghostly Caper

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What's new

Online Lessons Now Available!

Midtown Music School has now successfully transitioned to a fully-online model for all our programs. We have successfully adapted all our lessons for remote learning, including all instruments, theory, even digital music production!

Coronavirus Update, An Open Letter

This is David Stone, Director of Midtown Music School. As we all have seen, circumstances have changed dramatically. All schools in Ontario will be closed for three weeks, all major sports leagues are cancelled, Broadway is going dark until April 12th.  It is important during these uncertain - and unprecedented - times that we do our part to continue to live our lives as normally as possible.

With this in mind, the staff and I at Midtown Music School are going to do our utmost to help keep music as a regular part of your lives. In advance of these upcoming weeks, I wanted to help get everyone on board with how we will be able to keep the music going.