Teacher Spotlight: Richard Fortin

This installment of our Spotlight series focuses on our guitar teacher, Richard Fortin. Richard discusses his inspirations, his favourite piece to perform as well as gives advice for all students. (We also have some clips of his compositions!)

What initially drew you to music? 

Amazing musicians such as Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Paco de Lucia, composer Ennio Morricone and of course the grand genius of J.S Bach.

 

What do you like most about your instrument? 

All the intricate things that you can do with the right hand. Finger style, being able to play a melody, chords and bass at the same time. The bossa nova style that the guitar can  express so well and of course the improvisational aspects of rock music.

 

What's your favourite piece to perform? 

She's Leaving Home by the Beatles.

 

Tell us your favourite musical memory

When I first heard the soundtrack of "Once upon a time in the west" by Ennio Morricone. So many different moods and orchestral colors.

 

What advice would you give to a new student?  

Have a regular daily discipline for practicing. Pick a time of day that is always in your life. For instance, 20 minutes before going to bed or 20 minutes before or after breakfast or 20 minutes after school, etc. Practicing every day is crucial, and you will get better every day. You won’t see the difference overnight but after a couple of months, you should start recording yourself at home and keep doing so once a month and you will clearly hear the difference month after month. And that will motivate you, encourage you, give you goals and inspire you.

New & notable

What's new

MTMS Online Summer Choir Program

When: June 29-August 21
Cost: $250 per child
Where: Your living room!

Like you, most (if not all!) of our summer camps and programs have been cancelled. We’re here to help!

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!