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Bassfest: The Aftermath

Midtown Music School's Bassfest was a rousing success! We've got a few pics here, but the rest are on our Facebook page. Check some out below and find out how you can join our interactive online community.

Friday, March 23rd was a special day for us. We've used the word "community" before, but we would finally show what that word meant. Not only did we have some bassists, but we also had drummers, a cellist (!) and some pianists, all wanting to come together to support each other, and learn about bass. And pizza. Awesome pizza.

This should give you a good idea of what we were doing. Having a great time, learning from one another. Each student was in a different place: beginner to advanced, classical to blues. And yet, we all played together. We spent time learning about how to play together and work as a team, as well as some form and improv.

We've got plenty more pictures from Bassfest, but you'll have to go to our Facebook page in order to see them. Just click the blue Facebook button at the top-right of the page, or click here for a quick link.

We hope to see you at our other community events, and interacting with us on our Facebook page. (We'll have a nice surprise there next week, too!)

Welcome, Amy O'Neill!

Midtown Music School is thrilled to announce our new flute teacher, Amy O'Neill. Amy will be bringing her wealth of experience and musicianship to MTMS, but she'll be offering something a little bit different as well.

On top of her great playing history and teaching experience, Amy is a specialist in Irish trad music. Very shortly, we will be announcing the first of what will hopefully be several Irish trad workshops coming soon to MTMS. 

You can read more about Amy on her teacher page.

Welcome, Amy!

March Break information

Midtown Music School follows the Toronto District School Board's schedule for March Break dates. Feel free to enjoy your time from March 12-16. If you want a lesson, though, we're still around, so let us know and we'll be glad to see you!

Important Tax Information for Parents

It's that time of year again: Tax time. But did you know that, if you have a child taking lessons at Midtown Music School - or indeed, any music education program - you can qualify for a tax credit? Click through to learn all about this wonderful federal tax credit.

According to the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency website, Line 370 on your tax form states:

You can claim to a maximum of $500 the fees paid in 2011 relating to the cost of registration or membership of your or your spouse's or common-law partner's child in a prescribed program of artistic, cultural, recreational or developmental activity.

Midtown Music School qualifies for this tax credit under because our programs meet the requirements of the CRA, as a qualifying program must:

  • ·       be ongoing (a minimum of eight consecutive weeks long)
  • ·       be supervised
  • ·       be suitable for children

If you would like a copy of your payment records for 2011, please contact us and we will email you a copy for your accounting records.

And finally, so we're clear: We're music teachers, not accountants. Please consult a trained, professional accountant if you need further clarification for your specific tax situation.

RCM Examinations Deadlines and information

The deadline for registering for a Spring RCM Exam is fast approaching. Click on Read More to see all the details and information - including how to earn a high school credit.

For those of you preparing for a an exam during the spring session, your registration deadline is March 6. Registrations can be completed online by clicking here. Be sure you have your RCM Candidate Number as well as your Teacher RCM number when you apply. 

The Theory exams will take place on May 11 & 12, while all Practical (instrumental) exams will be scheduled between June 11-30. Final details will be mailed to students closer to the examination dates.

Secondary school students in Ontario will be pleased to learn that their RCM examinations can be used towards earning their OSSD. By averaging a mark from a Practical exam and a Theory exam, students can earn the following credits:

Instrument RCM Exam Taken Credit Earned
Any instrument, including voice, but not including Speech Arts Grade 7 Practical+ Intermediate Rudiments Grade 11 Credit
Any instrument, including voice, but not including Speech Arts Grade 8 Practical+ Advanced Rudiments Grade 12 Credit

Information courtesy of RCM Examinations.

According to the Government of Ontario Ministry of Education website, there is no strict limit to the number of Music credits that can be used for completion of an OSSD. However, various universities may restrict the number of Grade 11 and 12 Credits used in calculating the student average for the admission process. Please consult your school's guidance department or university admissions office for more information.

If you need any further assistance with this, please don't hesitate to contact us or speak with your teacher. Good luck to those applying!