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Cello and Electric Bass Duet? You Bet!

We definitely like to do things a little differently at MTMS. But we believe this performance is a world's first. From our Bursary Fundraiser Concert, teachers Peter Cosbey and David Stone (off-camera on the piano) and student David J perform the Sonata in g minor by Eccles. This piece was originally for violin, but annexed by cellists everywhere. As bass repertoire is a little limited, it's been adopted there as well. However, we're quite sure nobody has ever performed it on the electric bass guitar. The incredible results are but a click away!

 

MTMS Fundraiser: Success and Two Unclaimed Prizes!

What can we say? Last night's Bursary Fundraiser Concert & Raffle was a roaring success. We managed to raise $2000 for our bursary fund! As promised, there will be a $1000 donation to the Regent Park Music School in addition to helping our own community. We received a wonderful letter from Jennifer Penney of Riverdale Mac (who sponsored our raffle as well as attended the event). Her letter is after the break, along with two unclaimed raffle ticket numbers!

Here is Jennifer's letter this morning:

Hi David,

WOW!!! What an incredible evening we had last night. We all commented immediately afterwards we can't wait to attend again next year!

The range and caliber of musicians and singers was out of this world. We couldn't believe we were lucky enough to get to sit in the second row to see and experience such talent.

Love that you got to see your vision in action:) You and the performers were simply remarkable.

Congratulations and thank you for asking us to be a part of your community changing event.

Jennifer 

We are all thrilled to have shared our music with everyone, and working towards a great cause: music education.

A big thank you to all our performers, the Annex Quartet, Oasis Jazz Choir, Joanna Chapman-Smith and all our talented students!

Many of the prizes were claimed last night, but two of the prizes were from raffle ticket holders who were not at the event. Here are the prizes and the winning raffle ticket numbers:

The Study Day School & Tutorial gift certificate for two hours of tutoring: 0021

Riverdale Mac $25 gift certificate: 0096

Please contact us and we will gladly get your prize to you.

Fundraiser Concert Lineup

We're excited to present our First Annual MTMS Fundraiser Concert this Saturday, October 27th. At last, we are happy to tell you the lineup for our amazing show! Read on for all the details.

The theme of our fundraiser is People in Our Musical Community. As such, you're going to see a wide variety of performances, from some spectacular students to faculty members as well as musical groups our community have joined.

Our program will include:

- Elenee H: An eight-year old student of Ida Neufeld who plays with expression beyond her years (seen in this video here, which was taken several months ago!)

- Wen Z, Elizabeth and Meredith W: All three are theory students of David Stone, but are working on their Grade 10 and ARCT piano with friends of our school (Wen is a student of renowned piano teacher Karen Quinton; Elizabeth and Meredith are the children of Dr. Karen Broadhurst)

- David J: An electric bass student of David Stone. You simply won't believe what he'll be playing. Trust us.

- Oasis: A Toronto-based vocal jazz ensemble, who have been making music in our city for almost 30 years. Check our their website here.

- Faculty members Peter Cosbey, Yunior Lopez, Joanna Chapman-Smith and David Stone, all playing an eclectic line-up of music spanning classical to jazz and modern folk/rock.

And of course, we'll be having our raffle for some incredible prizes at the end. It's going to be an amazing evening, all for a good cause: helping our community create and share the love of music. Hope to see you there!

Meeting the CEO of Schimmel

Those of you who have been taking piano lessons at our school know the incredible quality of the pianos we use. They are built by one of the best piano companies in the world, Schimmel. But when the CEO of Schimmel, Hannes Schimmel-Vogel, came to Toronto recently, how could we resist an invitation to meet him? Of course we couldn't. 

Getting the chance to pick the brain of a piano maker was a fascinating opportunity. Mr. Schimmel-Vogel was very forthcoming about his philosophies regarding worldwide piano production as well as the dedication to his own family's craft. (In case you were wondering, the Schimmel family has been making pianos since 1885.) 

But most interestingly, Mr. Schimmel-Vogel was very keen to learn about modern music education, especially in North America. In discussing what we do at MTMS, Mr. Schimmel-Vogel was thrilled to hear about using new ideas, new methods and real teachers of the art in our school. We are very happy to have met Mr. Schimmel-Vogel, and look forward to hearing even more music in our halls using those beautiful instruments.

Piano Tune Canada: Exclusive Offer for MTMS Students

We're thrilled to announce a special promotion for all MTMS students and families courtesy of our newest partner, Piano Tune Canada! Speak to us next time you're in the studio to learn the details (and trust us - it's worth checking out). 

Piano Tune Canada provides piano tuning services across the GTA and sells benches, humidity control systems, and all the other accessories that our pianos need to stay in tip-top shape. They've been taking care of all our pianos since day one, so we know they're the best!