FAQ

1) Can I drop-in to visit the Oakville School of Music & Performing Arts?

We require all visitors to the OSMPA to make an appointment prior to visiting the OSMPA. Appointments can be made via email info@osmpa.ca or phone 905-338-9800.

2) How long is your school term? Can my child learn year-round?

The OSMPA follows the same schedule as the Halton School Board, and classes run from September through June. Students are committed on a monthly basis at the school. We also offer classes during the summer months July & August, however, students will have a different schedule during the summer than in the school year.

3) At what age should my child start in music lessons?

It is never to early to begin your journey in music! From our Baby Bach classes from 0-24 months and our group piano classes from 2+, our lessons are structured based on your child’s age. Our youngest students will begin classes in our age appropriate Piano Fingers Group Classes. Private classes begin for children from 4 years+

3) Are there taxes on music classes?

There are no taxes on music classes.

4) How can I reserve a music lesson time slot for September?

We are currently in the process of taking lesson reservations for the fall and lessons are booked on a first-come-first-serve basis. Students can serve a time slot by placing a $100.00 deposit to hold their time. Reservations can be made by emailing info@osmpa.ca

5) Can my child study Royal Conservatory of Music?

Yes, we do offer and encourage students to take part in the Royal Conservatory of Music Examinations and it serves as a strong part of our curriculum. Although it is not mandatory, setting a goal with the examination motivates students to achieve higher standards in their playing ability. There are a wide range of curriculum options, and your teacher can help to determine which path is best for each student.

6) Why are festivals an important learning process, and which ones can my child participate in?

Music festivals give students a chance to share their music with others, and receive feedback on their playing. With competitive and non-competitive classes, there is opportunity to perform for everyone. In the past, our students have participated and achieved positive results in the Peel, Burlington, and Kiwanis music festivals.

7)   Do you have in-school concerts?

We have an end of year concert that showcases the work of our students. In a friendly and supportive environment, our students share their accomplishments with our school community. Performances are encouraged but are not mandatory.

8)   Do you offer theory classes?

Yes, music theory is challenging but a very important aspect in studying music, therefore it is a strong portion of our programming. Essentially, music theory is the language of music, and its full understanding helps in learning new music with ease and ultimately to enhance performance. If your child is having difficulty reading music, consider separating the playing from the language, by enrolling in a music theory class. We also prepare students for theory examinations with the Royal Conservatory of Music.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 905-338-9800.

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