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Our First Anniversary!

Unbelievable! One year ago today, Midtown Music School first opened its doors. It's been an unbelievable experience so far, so we wanted to share with you some of the highlights.

Starting a new business is never easy! But thankfully, Midtown Music School was built with a solid foundation: you. From beginning to end, you - our community - have always been the focus, the priority and the reward for a job well done.

Quite frankly, we couldn't have done it without you. From the big piano room reno to our recitals and Bassfest (a personal dream), the first year was absolutely bustling with community events and music.

Of course, none of this is possible without our amazing faculty. A school is only as strong as its teachers. And based on the list here, we've got a very strong foundation.

But most of all, we want to thank you for your belief and trust in us and what we're building at Midtown Music School. Teaching and nurturing is a very special responsibility, one we take very seriously. The personal relationships we build, along with seeing all of you progress week after week, month after month, year after year... It's why we're here. And why we're going to continue to be here for a long time to come.

We've been teasing some upcoming amazing things, and we're almost ready to reveal them to you. Of course, there's David Stone's new son coming any moment now (and with a sprained ankle and crutches, it's going to be very interesting!). And there's also the Recital on June 10th. But believe us: we've got something huge to share soon. Check the website on July 1st for all the info at last.

Spring Recital Information

We posted it before, but some of you were looking for the recital information specifically. Click on through to get all the details.

Spring Recital

Our Spring Recital will take place on Sunday, June 10 at 11:00. It will be held at the Women's Art Association Gallery, located at 23 Prince Arthur Avenue, near Bloor and Avenue Road. 

The cost is $10 per student.

The Women's Art Association Gallery is close to the St. George subway station, with lots of street parking and a large Green P lot within a block or two of the building. Coffee and tea will be served.

The last recital was standing room only, so we promise to bring more chairs this time. (Boy, what a problem to have: too many supporters at a recital!)

Click this link to View Map.

Jazz Improv 101

The second of our Pizza & Workshop series, Jazz Improv 101, took place last Friday. We spent three hours talking shop, sharing ideas and, most importantly, playing some great music.

Although many people who RSVPed were sick, we still made some amazing music. Some people had never really performed a jazz solo before, while others simply weren't aware of what the other instrumentalists were doing. Throughout the evening, we touched on what makes an effective solo melody, how a pianist alters chords to make them "jazzier" as well as how a bassist makes a solid walking bassline.

We also discussed how each instrument interacts with the other: the relationship between a bassist and pianist; the role of the soloist against the other player; and what the heck do the drums do anyway? Finally, when all was said and done, we spent some time playing all together, trading solos as well as some laughs.

At the end of the session, guitarist and pianist Avi also showed us all a bit about slide blues guitar - a very nice addition to the jazz perspective.

We're definitely planning many more of these events for both classical and non-classical students alike. Hope to see you at our next Pizza & Workshop event!

Lots of stuff!

Boy do we have lots to tell you. No fancy intro: head past the break for info on the upcoming Jazz Improv 101 Workshop, the date of the Spring Recital and other cool news.

Jazz Improv 101

First things first: This Friday, May 4 at 6:00 we're having our second Pizza & Workshop all about Jazz Improv 101! Pianists, bass players, violinists... everyone is invited! $20 gets you three hours of learning, playing, fun, and pizza. The first workshop we held was a great time. Response has already been big, so it's looking like this one will be another evening to remember. Let us know you're coming in person, by email, or on our Facebook page!

Spring Recital

Our Spring Recital will take place on Sunday, June 10 at 11:00. It will be held at the Women's Art Association Gallery, located at 23 Prince Arthur Avenue, near Bloor and Avenue Road. 

The cost is $10 per student.

The Women's Art Association Gallery is close to the St. George subway station, with lots of street parking and a large Green P lot within a block or two of the building. Coffee and tea will be served.

The last recital was standing room only, so we promise to bring more chairs this time. (Boy, what a problem to have: too many supporters at a recital!)

Click this link to View Map.

Online Registration

Finally, why we weren't updating for so long: We've implemented online registration! While current students of Midtown Music School don't really need to take advantage of it, new students will be able to enrol with us much more easily than ever before. It was a big job with a lot of back-end changes that prevented us from easily updating for a while. A growing pain, but a very important one.

Thank you all for the support. Stay tuned for some other amazing announcements - and the upcoming Birthday Contest results when David Stone's son arrives! (Hey, if you haven't entered the Guess The Birthday Contest, what are you waiting for? Get in on a chance to win a $25 iTunes gift card!)

 

Guess the Birthday Contest!

Midtown Music School director David Stone is becoming a father all over again! To celebrate, we're launching our first contest! Click through to learn more about the Guess the Birthday contest and how you could win a $25 iTunes Gift Card!

The new bundle of joy is due May 16, but we all know that babies never arrive on their due date (or do they?). All you have to do to win this contest is to go to our Facebook page (either by clicking the blue Facebook button at the top of the page, or by clicking here to visit our Midtown Music School page), "Like" us, and go to the contest post on the Wall. Leave your best guess in the comments. One guess per person!

If multiple people correctly guess the birthday, the winner will be chosen at random from the correct entries. If nobody guesses the correct date, all entries will be entered into a random drawing. Contest closes... well, whenever the baby comes! Good luck to everybody out there.

(And if you aren't on/can't be on Facebook, let us know in person and we'll give you the super-secret email address you can use to enter too!)