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At Neighbour Note we provide all of our students with extremely talented, versatile piano specialists who make learning fun, challenging, and engaging. Our piano faculty consists of many of the highest educated teachers in Toronto including Dr. Kristin Force, Dr. Nina Soyfer, Dr. Vivia Kay Kieswetter, Dr. Angela Schwarzkopf, Dr. Gillian Turnbull, and Dr. Pavel Markelov. Two of our piano teachers currently teach at Ryerson University and one teaches at York University.
Neighbour Note piano lessons cover a broad range of musical styles. Our goal is to allow students to learn and experiment with as many different types of music as possible so they can make their own decisions as to which style or genre they wish to specialize in. We offer specialized piano lessons in Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, and R & B.
We currently offer piano lessons in these Toronto districts/neighbourhoods: North York, Bloor West Village, Swansea, Runnymede, High Park, the Junction, West Bend, Roncesvalles, Etobicoke, the Kingsway, Sunnylea, Lambton Mills, Old Mill, Baby Point, Rosedale, Summerhill, Casa Loma, Wychwood, Bracondale Hill, Regal Heights, Moore Park, Deer Park, Forest Hill, Humewood, York, Oakwood Village, Midtown, Davisville, Leaside, Belgravia, Briar Hill, Glen Park, Allenby, North Toronto, Lawrence Park, Willowdale, Bayview Village, York Mills, Newtonbrook, Westminster, Branson, Bathurst Manor, Wilson Heights, the Annex, Dufferin Grove, Little Italy, Trinity Belwoods, Downtown, Yorkville, St. James Town, Cabbage Town, East York, Danforth, Playter Estates, Riverdale, Lesliville, the Beaches.
Our guitar curriculum is extremely broad and encompasses multiple musical genres and techniques. Not only does this give students the right amount of exposure to these diverging styles, but it also allows them to make their own choices by developing personal musical tastes and preferences. As students progress the lessons become more and more genre specific based on these choices and preferences.
Neighbour Note guitar teachers are incredibly experienced and talented. One of our guitar teachers has performed at major music festivals such as the Corona Hell & Heaven Festival where bands such as KISS, Guns n' Roses, Rob Zombie, Limp Bizkit, and Korn all played the same venue.
We currently offer piano lessons in these Toronto districts/neighbourhoods: North York, Roncesvalles, Bloor West Village, Swansea, Runnymede, Baby Point, High Park, the Junction, West Bend, Etobicoke, the Kingsway, Sunnylea, Lambton Mills, Old Mill, Rosedale, Summerhill, Casa Loma, Wychwood, Bracondale Hill, Regal Heights, Moore Park, Deer Park, Forest Hill, Humewood, York, Oakwood Village, Midtown, Davisville, Leaside, Belgravia, Briar Hill, Glen Park, Allenby, North Toronto, Lawrence Park, the Annex, Dufferin Grove, Little Italy, Trinity Belwoods, Downtown, Yorkville, St. James Town, Cabbage Town, East York, Danforth, Playter Estates, Riverdale, Lesliville, the Beaches.
Instead of only focusing on the major style periods for teaching standard classical guitar repertoire we also create our own arrangements of popular songs or use fun modern arrangements of video game sound tracks, film scores, rock, pop, folk country and blues songs. All students learn to play in multiple positions with multiple voicing, while learning fundamental guitar techniques, exercises, repertoire, and studies, spanning all major style periods with a large variety of musical genres.
Preparation for all RCM classical guitar examinations is optional.
The Classical Guitar faculty at Neighbour Note is absolutely stellar. One of our Classical guitar teachers has taught Classical guitar at Acadia University in Nova Scotia and two of our Classical guitar teachers are currently enrolled in the Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Toronto.
Beginner, intermediate, and advanced voice lessons are available for all ages. We teach vocal technique based on healthy, properly supported singing with foundations in bel canto style technique. A strong grounding in classical technique improves range, tuning, stamina, flexibility, tone quality and control and can easily be applied to any preferred genre and style of singing.
Vocal Coaching (Intermediate & Advanced)
"At Vocal Studio, we provide more than just vocal lessons. We're building confidence, encouraging passion, and helping our students become complete artists. The classes are fun, yet challenging; engaging, but immersive. Expert coaches will guide you through every genre or vocal style including pop, jazz, rock/blues, classical, R&B, hip-hop, dance, and more." Eli Jacob
The total cost for these 60 min. lessons is $120
Although we specialize in Classical cello lessons we make sure to also allow the students to learn popular music such as Film and Video Game scores and even Heavy Metal! Bands such as Apocalyptica have made the cello cool! They are really showing how versatile the cello can be.
The Viola has often been called the Cinderella of the orchestra and has often been made fun of. Thanks to writers such as William Primrose and Lionel Tetris, the Viola has become more popular and more music is being written for it. Neighbour Note offers fun Viola lessons and we will come to your home to share our love of this instrument with you and your family. It truly is a great instrument to learn!
Loreena McKennitt, Jon Anderson, Carlos Salzedo, and Joanna Newsom are just some of the renowned harpists that have exemplified what the harp can achieve musically. Neighbour Note offers professional harp lessons in the comfort of your Toronto home or at one of our teacher's studios. Our harp teacher Dr. Angela Schwarzkopf is the president of the Toronto Chapter of the American Harp Society.
Come and hear us perform live at the Roncesvalles Polish Festival in Toronto!
Lessons are available in downtown Toronto, Etobicoke, Bloor West Village, Swansea, High Park, Roncesvalles, the West Bend, the Annex.
Students will learn how to write chord progressions, by way of example. In other words, harmonic analysis of songs and compositions in multiple musical genres, is absolutely fundamental when learning to write chord progressions. What better way to learn then studying songs from the masters?
Students will also learn how to write melodies and lyrics, and how to set the two together in a song. Learning how to construct lyrics that communicate to the listener effectively and poetically can be extremely rewarding.
In terms of song structure, students will learn how different parts of a song function as a whole. They will also learn how to combine these parts, in hopes of creating a piece of art that moves people physically, emotionally, and intellectually.
One of the most important elements of song writing is continuity; the ability to create a cohesive song that the listener can follow, without getting lost, as it changes. One of the main goals of our songwriting program is to help all our students achieve some sort of continuity with their songwriting. All students will learn how to create continuity through the development of their musical ideas by way of guided discovery.
Our private composition lessons situate the ideas and interests of the budding composer at their core. As teachers, it is our role to give the student resources and skills to support his/her artistic vision, yet also to provide challenges to help them deepen their understanding of music (their own, and that of others). This balance is achieved by including carefully-selected exercises which are tailored to the student's needs, listening—exposing them to the work of other musicians (in various genres of music), but also devoting a significant amount of lesson-time to feedback on their own personal compositional works.
Recommended for the budding bedroom producer, the aspiring soundtrack composer, emerging electronic alchemist and novice symphonist, composition lessons are an excellent complement to traditional training for any creative-minded student.
Working creatively writing and producing music, is something which liberates musicians, getting them away from only listening to, performing, and reading about other great works, and into their own imagination to create their own. It's both an empowering and challenging activity, and with guidance and encouragement from an experienced instructor it can grow into a disciplined full-fledged artistic practice, even a fruitful career path.
Digital Music Production & Recording
Our recording and production lessons focus on the science and physics of sound in audio engineering. It's a non-musical way of learning about audio; learning about "the other side of the glass" in a recording session (so to speak). Students are introduced to the wide world of digital audio by way of exploration of common equipment used in a modern home recording studio, such as monitors and mixers; microphone technologies, placement, and techniques; digital audio workstation (DAW) software; processors such as compression, EQ, panning, reverb, delay, and other effects; and mixing, what it is and how to do it.
All students will have the opportunity to record and mix a project of their own including original material.
"We want to help you realize your potential as an artist by developing your skill-set, building a solid portfolio and empowering you with the tools and strategies needed to succeed. This is a very specialized service package that we build personally for you, so that you can develop as quickly and thoroughly as possible." Eli Jacob
The total cost for these 60 minute lessons is $120.