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Digital Music Production "The Rec Room"

Our Digital Music Program, which we call The Rec Room, is a comprehensive set of courses for anyone looking to work in digital music production. Instructor Milen Petzelt has crafted a broad range of workshops, sessions and ongoing training for anyone looking to make their own songs, write for TV, movies, or videogames, and anything in between! We are proud to offer this program using the absolute latest in technology, techniques and know-how.

The Rec Room program aims to equip students with the knowledge and tools to record, orchestrate, mix, master, and finally release their very own finished song. We go step by step through each part of the process so that students gain a deep understanding of the fundamental concepts and practices of every stage of digital production.

Students start with learning how to navigate the Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) in both a PC or Mac environment, proper workflow, and tips and tricks to keep the student from getting lost in the overwhelming options. Then we move onto the recording stage of production.

At this stage, composers work on digital orchestration techniques such as using sample libraries, the fundamentals of MIDI sequencing, expression and timbre modulation, and most importantly: making your orchestra sound like a real orchestra!

We also cover techniques found in contemporary music, such as sampling and remixing a song, programming drums and synths, using modular synthesis, and sonic effects.

The program also covers the basics of live audio recording such as microphone types and their uses, proper flow of an audio signal chain, proper gain staging to ensure headroom, and other topics related to the recording of a real instrument.

We also cover basic mixing techniques where students learn how to make their songs crisp, clear, and really pop. Here students will learn about equalization, limiting, compression, parallel compression gating, side-chaining, and many other useful techniques to give the mix that final polish.

Finally we release the student’s song to the world! Students can learn how to publish and distribute their songs online through Midtown Music School’s label, or how to publish under their very own independent label!

Back to School: What Performance Opportunities Are There?

We know that music is best when shared. That's why Midtown Music School offers many performance opportunities throughout the year for every student. Our twice-yearly Recitals are a showcase for student talent across all instruments, ages and levels. (We make them three shorter concerts; nobody wants to sit around for three straight hours, no matter how good the music is!) There are also smaller ad hoc concerts performed at the school for 2-5 students who just want a chance to shine. We also have events geared towards adults, such as our Definitely Not a Recital! social evenings. But we also like to have fun together, like performing the national anthem for the Toronto Marlies at Scotiabank Arena! No matter what music you are learning, there will always be a chance to share it with everyone.

MTMS Day at the Toronto Marlies 2019!

Midtown Music School is honoured to continue our partnership with the Toronto Marlies Hockey Club! The Marlies have a long history of developing professional talent to prepare players for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL. We have been invited to perform the national anthem at the Scotiabank Arena (formerly Air Canada Centre) on Family Day, which is Monday, February 19. Tickets are available online through the Marlies ticket website, and use promo code MIDTOWNMARLIES to access the tickets. Look forward to seeing everyone there!

Welcome Connor Doyle and The Rec Room!

We are excited to reveal our new digital music program The Rec Room! Run by our new Digital Music Specialist, Connor Doyle, this exciting new offering at Midtown Music School teaches students how to record and edit their own songs, as well as utilise the latest Digital Audio Workstation programs to create their own ensembles, from bands to orchestras and everything in between. You can learn how to score for film, television, and even video games. We can even help you transcribe it for other musicians to read. Contact the school to book your time in The Rec Room!

Capes for Kids 2018!

It's that time of year again: Time to wear a cape and raise money for Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. And like last year, there are prizes to be won, including tickets for Toronto FC! Read on for details, and donate here.

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital - Canada's largest pediatric rehabilitation hospital, in Toronto - does so much work that largely goes unrecognized. Their work gives children back their quality of life - letting kids just be kids. From children who have had traumatic accidents, to medical issues from birth, so helping children through difficult stages of development, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital is an amazing place that changes lives every day.

From the Director, David Stone:

It has changed the life of one of my kids. He has struggled with his gross- and fine-motor skills development. But thanks to skills and confidence he gained with the occupational therapists and other support workers he worked with, he just completed his Level 1 Red Cross swimming badge! This kind of confidence and pride helps shape kids for the rest of their lives.

To help raise money, I will be wearing a custom-made cape for the week of March 5-11. Everywhere I go. And I do mean everywhere. Well, maybe not the shower. It probably shouldn't get shampoo on it. But otherwise? All the time is cape time.

You  can be a hero too! Together, we will:

- Help kids and teens move, speak, play and lead through therapy, programs and services

- Enable research that is changing our understanding of autism, or perhaps your gift will fund innovative technologies that will change the future for kids and teens with disabilities

- Support programs and services that help families to stay strong, stay grounded and to keep going

FINALLY, THE PRIZES! This year, if you donate $50 or more, you will be entered into a draw for a pair of tickets to the Toronto FC game on March 30th! In addition, we will also add another prize of a free one-hour lesson with me regarding anything David can teach for another winner. Good luck, and thank you for your support!

About Holland Bloorview

More than 7,400 kids come to Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital every year with autism, cerebral palsy, acquired brain injuries, amputation, epilepsy, concussion and other physical and developmental disabilities. 

They want to breathe on their own, become more active, talk with family, become more independent, or just feel less pain.

With passionate frontline staff offering treatments, therapies and specialized programs and services, Holland Bloorview is creating a world of possibilities for kids with disabilities.