CMC Notes – February 2024


CMC Notes Newsletter - February 2024

In this issue

1. Important Upcoming Dates

2. Summer Camp Registration & Discount!

3. Lost & Found

4. Featured Student

5. Featured Teacher

6. Birthdays this Month

Important Upcoming Dates

Saturday, February 17th: Lessons are still ON as scheduled, but NO Musical Preludes classes today!
Monday, February 19th: CMC is closed for Family Day!
Tuesday, March 5th: Deadline for registration for the May/June Session of RCM Exams

Click HERE for our private lesson 2023-2024 CMC School Year Calendar

Summer Camp Registration & Discount!



Music & Art Creations Summer Camp:


A magical fun-filled week for 4-7 year olds with music, art, movement, drumming and instruments exploration!

Monday to Friday from 9am to noon, $295/week.
SAVE $25 by registering before February 14th and pay $270!
Week 1: July 8-12, 2024
Week 2: July 15-19, 2024
Week 3: August 12-16, 2024
Please click below for more information or to register – space is limited to only 8 students per week!
Summer Camp Postcard

Lost & Found

lost and found items

If any of these items are yours, please email [email protected]!

Featured Student!

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Mae (Voice)

1. How old were you when you first started music lessons?

I was about 7 or 8.


2. Why did you choose your instrument?

I always loved singing as a kid!


3. What do you like most about your music teacher?

When I’m in class, I feel like I can do anything if I put my mind to it. If I make a mistake, it’s no big deal, it teaches me how to improve and grow. Gwen taught me how to grow into my own voice. She always creates a positive and safe environment, and is the most amazing and supportive vocal teacher. I am so glad I was able to be her student.


4. Do you have a favourite piece to play?

I sang Halley’s Comet by Billie Eilish in 2022, and it was a great piece to learn and work on my dynamics.


5. If you could play any other instrument, what would it be?

I’ve played many different instruments, but I’d love to try electric guitar and bass.



6. What do you like to do in your spare time?

Music is my main passion. At school I study music every single day. I have also joined a gospel choir and I’m the lead singer of my band! Other than music, I work at a nature centre. I love teaching all generations about our wonderful earth and everything it has to offer.


7. Who are some of your musical inspirations?

Some of my favourite musicians are Laufey, The beatles, Frank Ocean, Radiohead, and many more. I love all their different styles and I try to contribute that into my music.


8. What do you like most about CMC?

I’ve been at CMC since I was a kid and it has always been such a fun part of my life! I have loved performing in different recitals and getting to learn new music styles and develop my skills as a musician. It has given me so many opportunities as a musician and I am very grateful.

If you are interested in being featured in our CMC Notes, please email us at [email protected]!

Featured Teacher!

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Hiro Suzuki (Guitar, Ukulele, Electric Bass, Piano, Drums)

1. How old were you when you first started music?

I began taking piano lessons at the age of seven. I remember liking singing and whistling even before that. Around the age of twelve, I started learning guitar and drums.


2. Why did you want to make music your career?

Music has always played a central role in my life. As a kid, I enjoyed taking piano lessons to learn how to play on my own, all while having other passions. Growing up in Japan, I initially wanted to become a manga author. However, after joining a band and experiencing the joy of playing music with others, I decided to pursue a career in music.


3. Which groups are you currently playing with, if any?

I’m playing with my own jazz quartet, a Latin duo with Camila Lozada, a jazz fusion band called Dennim Quack, and various other musicians.


4. What do you enjoy most about teaching?

It’s rewarding for me to help my students have fun playing music and overcome their musical challenges. Connecting with my students through music is even more so!


5. Some students have challenges with consistent practicing. What advice would you give them?

Listen to music you like or go enjoy live music to get inspired and motivated to play. After that, you’ll want to practice to recreate the great musical moment you had 🙂 Also, don’t feel pressured to practice for a long time – playing just for a minute every day makes a huge difference in your playing.

6. What do you like to do in your spare time?

I play music, cook, hang out with my friends, and watch Netflix shows with green tea on my side.


7. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Iceland. The otherworldly scenery almost doesn’t seem like it’s on Earth, and the music there is beautiful. I’ve been there once and would love to go back sometime.


Anything else you want to add?

I’m so grateful to be a part of the CMC family. Thank you to everyone who makes this community such an encouraging and positive space! 🙂 If you’re interested in my music, my EP ‘Overseas’ by Hiro Suzuki is available on any streaming platform, such as Spotify. You can also support me by purchasing the hi-res music files on Bandcamp.

If you are interested in being featured in our CMC Notes, please email us at [email protected]!

Birthdays this Month!

Happy Birthday

February 1: John G.

February 2: Greta G.

February 3: Jason T.

February 3: Isaac E. N.

February 3: Brooklyn F.

February 4: Oscar F.

February 5: Ash D.

February 5: Olivia S.

February 8: Sebastian P.

February 8: Kate M.

February 11: Leila K-P.

February 12: Devon O.

February 12: Sarah O.

February 13: Ceilidh C.

February 14: Anika S.

February 15: Mia A.

February 15: Mara K-P.

February 15: Abdallah A.

February 17: Olivia C.

February 17: Molly D.

February 18: Ariana W.

February 18: William B.

February 18: Michael C.

February 19: Oliver W.

February 20: Phaedra T.

February 20: Alexandra H.

February 21: Georgia S.

February 22: Violet S.

February 23: Alexandra M.

February 26: Ben C-D. S.

February 26: Lyla B.

February 26: Evelyn K.

February 29: Rory L-G.

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