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The Rec Room Group Classes

While some producers, composers and students want to learn skills specific to their projects, we know many people are keen to learn the basics or how to work with digital music production technology. Our Digital Music Specialist, Connor Doyle, has crafted a program catered to those just starting out. We make each class comprehensive, interactive and most of all, incredibly fun! Here are just some of the subjects covered in the course:

The Science of Sound

  • What is sound?
  • How to we hear?
  • Frequency and amplitude
  • Phase and time
  • Differences between the acoustic, analog, and digital domains
  • What is a signal path?

The Acoustic & Analog Domains

  • Review of the signal path
  • Getting sound into the analog domain
  • Types of connections
  • Gain staging in the analog domain
  • Volume metering
  • Sending sound from the analog to the acoustic domain

The Digital Domain

  • Analog to digital conversion
  • Gain staging in the digital domain
  • Dither
  • Digital to analog conversion
  • Digital formats/data storage/compression
  • Digital connections

Introduction to Digital Audio Workstations

  • Types of tracks
  • How to navigate Reaper
  • Plugins & FX
  • Managing computer resources


  • Recording performances - notation vs sounds
  • What is possible with MIDI
  • Storing and processing MIDI to reduce computer resources

Recording Acoustic Instruments

  • Microphone types
  • Dressing the space
  • Levels
  • Getting the best performance/takes

Mixing and Processing Audio

  • Panning, volume, automation
  • Monitor levels while mixiing
  • Harmonics, partials, and EQ
  • Types of EQ
  • Compression/dynamic processing
    • Threshold, ratio, attack, release
    • Buss compressors
  • Reverb
  • Delay

The Rec Room group classes run Saturday afternoons. Feel free to contact us if you would like to join our dynamic group of music producers!

Welcome William Shookhoff!

Midtown Music School is thrilled to announce our newest faculty member, William Shookhoff! Bill is a very accomplished musician, teacher, and coach. Among his career highlights: being the inaugural Associate Conductor of the first Canadian company of Les Miserables, and the initial touring company of Phantom of the Opera, working with opera companies all across North America, working at the Banff Centre for the Arts, and much more! In addition, you may hear some lovely opera floating around the halls while Bill is coaching his many opera singers as Artistic Director and founder of Opera By Request.

Bill is now available for piano lessons (and much more) on Saturday mornings at our school. Welcome, Bill!

Happy Holidays!

We hope you have a wonderful holiday season! To help get you in the holiday spirit, we'd like to leave you with a little holiday treat: some members of our MTMS Children's Choir singing a classic holiday favourite, led by the incomparable Meredith Wanstall. Happy Holidays, everyone!

Christmas Time is Here 2018

11-year old Olivia and teacher David Stone bring you a little bit of cheer this holiday season. Enjoy!

Current Lesson Availability

Wondering what times are available for lessons? Wonder no more! This list will be updated as times are selected by students. Time are on a first-come, first-served basis, and are subject to change. Click below to see all available times remaining.

List current as of May 1, 2019

DIGITAL MUSIC PRODUCTION by appointment, Tuesdays at 7:15

PIANO & THEORY - one time available!

  • Mondays: No times available
  • Tuesdays: No times available
  • Wednesdays: No times available
  • Thursdays: No times available
  • Fridays: 7:30 with Greg
  • Saturdays: 9:30 on with Bill
  • Sundays: No times available

VOICE - Waitlisted

  • Mondays: No times available
  • Thursdays: No times available
  • Fridays: No times available


  • Tuesdays 7:15-8:30
  • Fridays: 6:30-7:00
  • Saturdays now open 1:00-5:00


  • Mondays: No times available
  • Tuesdays 7:00-8:00
  • Wednesdays: No times available
  • Thursdays: 5:15-5:45
  • Fridays: 3:30-4:00, 5:15-5:45
  • Saturdays: No times available
  • Sundays: 5:45-6:30


  • Wednesdays: No times available
  • Sundays: 10:00-10:30, 3:15-5:00