Programs & Lessons

Learn more about our core, contemporary, and specialized programs.

Piano

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As an enrolled student of the core piano performance course, you will follow a traditional approach to studying the piano. From basic scales to proper techniques and positioning, the piano is the instrument of choice of most parents for their child’s musical journey. Students may also participate in standardized testing (Arcadia or RCM) to continue on to the next level of piano studies. This traditional approach will focus on:

  • Developing fundamental keyboarding and musical skills
  • Following a piano syllabus (a structured learning outline) to develop necessary skills
  • Excelling in reading music theory
  • Proper technique and positioning
  • Learning to play in a variety of styles
  • Developing stage presence and performing at many events

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As an enrolled student of the contemporary piano performance course, you will discover the dexterity of the fingers and develop your own style through performance and study of various popular genres such as Jazz, Pop, and R&B. Being a student-chosen program means that you would set the pace of progression in this course but will be guided by the instructor to achieve the following:

  • Gain knowledge of contemporary and traditional styles for musical interpretation
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in playing piano
  • Having the ability to sight read music in a variety of styles
  • Play piano in ensembles of various styles
  • Apply knowledge of musical styles to adapt for improvisation
  • Increase recognition to play by ear
Wassily Kandinsky

Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.”

Wassily Kandinsky

Vocal

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As an enrolled student of the core vocal performance course, you will follow a traditional approach to studying the voice. You will discover your voice and expand your knowledge of vocal technique, range and expression through performance and study of various popular genres. The skills learned through our core program will prepare you for further vocal training in the contemporary program. This traditional approach will focus on:

  • Developing fundamental vocal and musical skills
  • Following a vocal syllabus to develop the necessary skills at all levels
  • Learning proper vocal warm ups and healthy performance routines
  • Excelling in reading music theory
  • Learning to play in a variety of styles
  • Developing stage presence and performing at many events

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As an enrolled student of the contemporary vocal performance course, you will discover your voice and expand your knowledge of vocal technique, range and expression through performance and study of various popular genres including Jazz, Pop, and R&B. Being a student-chosen program means that you would set the pace of progression in this course but will be guided by the instructor to achieve the following:

  • Gain knowledge of posture, breathing, registers and range to sing efficiently
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in singing with our various ensembles
  • Gain knowledge of contemporary and traditional styles for musical interpretation
  • Having the ability to sight sing music in a variety of styles
  • Apply knowledge of musical styles to adapt for improvisation
  • Increase recognition to sing by ear
Ella Fitzgerald

The only thing better than singing is more singing”

Ella Fitzgerald

Guitar

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As an enrolled student of the core guitar performance course, you will follow a traditional approach to studying the guitar. From basic scales to proper techniques and hand positioning, the guitar is a popular choice for most parents and their child’s musical journey. Students may also participate in standardized testing (Arcadia or RCM) to continue on to next levels. This traditional approach will focus on:

    • Developing fundamental guitar and musical skills
    • Following a guitar syllabus to develop the necessary skills at all levels
    • Excelling in reading music theory
    • Proper technique and hand positioning routines
    • Learning to play in a variety of styles
    • Developing stage presence and performing at many events

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As an enrolled student of the contemporary guitar performance course, you will discover the dexterity of the fingers and develop your own style through the performance and study of various popular genres including Jazz, Pop, and R&B. Being a student-chosen program means that you would set the pace of progression in this course but will be guided by the instructor to achieve the following:

    • Gain knowledge of contemporary and traditional styles for musical interpretation
    • Demonstrate technical proficiency in playing guitar
    • Having the ability to sight read music in a variety of styles
    • Play guitar in ensembles of various styles
    • Apply knowledge of musical styles to adapt for improvisation
    • Increase recognition to play by ear
Jimi Hendrix

Sometimes you want to give up the guitar, you’ll hate the guitar. But if you stick with it, you’re gonna be rewarded.”

Jimi Hendrix

Strings

 

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As an enrolled student of the core violin performance course, you will follow a traditional approach to studying the violin. From basic scales to proper techniques and positioning, strings are a popular instruments of choice for many parents and their child’s musical journey. Students may also participate in standardized testing (Arcadia or RCM) to continue on to the next level of studies. This traditional approach will focus on:

    • Developing fundamental musical skills in violin, viola, cello, or double bass
    • Following a strings syllabus to develop the necessary skills at all levels
    • Proper techniques and positioning
    • Excelling in reading music theory
    • Learning to play in a variety of styles
    • Developing stage presence and performing at many events
Vanessa Mae

Violin playing is a physical art with great traditions behind it.”

Vanessa Mae

Drums

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As an enrolled student of the core drums performance course, you will follow a traditional approach to studying the drums and percussion. From basic rhythms to proper techniques, the drums are a popular choice for many parents and their child’s musical journey. Students may also participate in standardized testing (Arcadia or RCM) to continue on to next levels. This traditional approach will focus on:

  • Developing fundamental drum and musical skills
  • Following a drum syllabus to develop the necessary skills at all levels
  • Proper techniques and positions
  • Excelling in reading music theory
  • Learning to play in a variety of styles
  • Developing stage presence and performing at many events

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As an enrolled student of the contemporary drums performance course, you will discover the heartbeat of your own rhythm and develop your own style through the performance and study of various popular genres including Jazz, Pop, and R&B. Being a student-chosen program means that you would set the pace of progression in this course but will be guided by the instructor to achieve the following:

  • Gain knowledge of contemporary and traditional styles for musical interpretation
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in playing drums
  • Having the ability to sight read music in a variety of styles
  • Play drums in ensembles of various styles
  • Apply knowledge of musical styles to adapt for improvisation
  • Increase recognition to play by ear
Michael Azerrad

“When you’re writing, you’re only a brain and some fingers, but drumming, you’re involving all four limbs, and you’re hearing stuff and you’re converting your ideas into physical motions, getting physical feedback from things you are touching – it’s pretty cool. It’s a really a nice contrast to writing.”

Michael Azerrad

Brass / Woodwinds

 

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As an enrolled student of the core brass/woodwinds performance course, you will follow a traditional approach to studying the brass/woodwinds instruments. From basic scales to proper techniques and positioning, brass and woodwind instruments are a standard choice for many parents and their child’s musical journey, whom will often time will encounter these instruments at the elementary and secondary school levels. Students may also participate in standardized testing (Arcadia or RCM) to continue on to the next level of studies. This traditional approach will focus on:

  • Developing fundamental brass/woodwind instruments and musical skills
  • Following a brass/woodwinds syllabus to develop the necessary skills at all levels
  • Excelling in reading music theory
  • Learning to play in a variety of styles
  • Developing stage presence and performing at many events
Charlie Parker

Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn. They teach you there’s a boundary line to music. But, man, there’s no boundary line to art.”

Charlie Parker

Kindermusik

 

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Children thrive on music. It’s one of the best vehicles for learning in early childhood development. Kindermusik takes musical learning to the next level; the Kindermusik curriculum is proven to improve a child’s brain development. And for parents, it’s a fun thing to do with kids!

Psychologists, neuroscientists, and experts in early childhood development have demonstrated that music does more for children than bring them joy; it helps their brain cells make the connections needed for virtually every kind of intelligence.

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The following research is the bedrock of Kindermusik’s curriculum.

When young children are consistently engaged by music in an age-appropriate, socially accepting environment, they benefit at many levels:

  • Reading. They gain the phonological processing, spoken language, and comprehension skills that are the foundation of reading.
  • Quantitative. They build the spatial-temporal and reasoning skills required for math, science, and engineering.
  • Social. They develop social and emotional skills that are essential for school readiness, like the ability to regulate their responses and relate to others in complex ways.
  • Physical. By moving and dancing to music and playing simple instruments, children improve their gross and fine motor skills.
  • Creative. Activities that encourage freedom within a fun and friendly structure spark their creativity.

And of course, they develop a lifelong love of music.

Plato

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”

Plato

Specialized Programs

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Life is better with friends and so is playing music! Arcadia Band Program brings together students of different backgrounds and ages to collaborate and play together. Students will perform before a packed audience and live out their ROCK STAR dreams!

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Sing! Act! Dance! That’s right! This course allows you to do ALL three! Become FEARLESS on stage as you immerse yourself in this 18-week intensive course. Socialize with your peers, be creative with each other and share in the passion of being a musical theatre student.

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It’s about time you get that melody out of your head and into a computer! As an enrolled student of the Digital Music Production course, you will learn how to use Pro-Tools (the music industry standard software) to do just that.

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Music Theory is the grammar to the instrument’s sound. Arcadia’s Theory Courses enriches the musical brain of the enrolled student through a structure established by the Royal Conservatory of Music for studying music theory.

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Our Ukulele program is designed for anyone just learning to play ukulele. This comprehensive and easy-to-use beginner’s course includes many fun songs of different styles to learn and play. Available in Richmond Hill (Thursdays) & Woodbridge (Tuesdays).