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How Playing an Instrument Benefits Your Brain

In this TED Talk, Dr. Anita Collins discusses how playing an instrument benefits your brain. She explains the fireworks that go off in a musician's brain when they play their instrument and examines the long-term positive effects of this mental workout. Enjoy!Watch the video here: TED TALK 

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Teacher Spotlight: Taking a road down memory lane and giving back!

Today’s teacher spotlight is Miss. Melissa Stolarz who recently took part in a panel of mock auditions at St. Mildred’s Lightbourn School, an important event that allows students who are auditioning for music programs at the post-secondary level to perform and receive feedback on their auditions. The program gives students an opportunity to gain valuable insight to performing and strategically prepare for auditions. “Performing repertoire and receiving feedback from a number of different teachers provides students with a different perspective and way of thinking about their pieces. I am so grateful to have this opportunity.” - Miss. Melissa.  OSMPA is committed to supporting and giving back to the community. Miss. Melissa is a graduate from St. Mildreds-Lightbourn School where she also sits...

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Meet the Teacher

Meet the Teacher Miss. Krista Earle: Krista Earle learned how to be fluent in all styles of music from an early age, growing up in a family of performers. She was encouraged to embrace her full range of her talents, as she trained with renowned Toronto vocal coach Elaine Overholt, turning in impressive showings at several international singing and songwriting competitions. Krista’s success has been recognized with “Female Artist of the Year”, “Songwriter of the Year”, “Single of the Year”, and “Rising Star” nominations by the Country Music Association of Ontario. In recent months, Krista has collaborated with producers Roy Hamilton III (Michael Jackson, Britney Spears) and the Emmy-nominated Glenn Morley. As well, Krista has spent significant time in Nashville working...

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Teacher Spotlight: Nicholas Lazzara

Performing in the Royal Conservatory of Music orchestra is OSMPA's woodwinds teacher, Nicholas Lazzara! Nicholas teaches oboe, clarinet, alto saxophone, and flute at the OSMPA.The program includes:Dmitri Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat Major, op. 107Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D MajorLink to the live stream is found here: Live Stream"Conductor Andrei Feher has earned a reputation for his musical maturity and integrity, natural authority on the podium, and an imaginative and intelligent approach to programming. In August 2018, at the age of 26, he was appointed Music Director of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra. “This is a young musician of immense talent … Feher has something that is hard to define, an ability to connect with his players … breathtaking.” 

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Cue the confetti! OSMPA takes lessons online!

Cue the confetti! OSMPA is now offering music lessons online! Students have the opportunity to study from highly accredited music professionals from the comfort of your own home! Students will be required to have a Skype account or FaceTime capabilities to access online lessons. Pioneering our online program is the incredible Miss. Leslie Ashworth! Miss. Leslie will be available for violin, theory and piano classes online alongside our OSMPA team! Read more about our team online. Classes available online:1) Private lessons in violin, theory, harmony, history and piano2) Group master classes3) Parent education 4) Practice assessments and buddies5) Practice exams  How it works: 1. Book one (30 minute) private lesson to connect with your teacher and decide if online lessons are for you. 2. Choose to continue classes in 30, 45, or 60 minute intervals on a weekly basis. Students have the...

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