CMC Notes – June 2024

CMC Notes Newsletter - June 2024

In this issue

1. Important Upcoming Dates

2. CMC Spring Recitals

3. Summer Lessons

4. Summer Camp

5. Fall Re-Registration

6. Teachers’ Upcoming Gigs & Releases

7. Lost & Found

8. Featured Student

9. Featured Teacher

10. Birthdays this Month

Important Upcoming Dates

Sunday, June 2nd: CMC in-person recitals at Array Space


Tuesday, June 4th: Registration Deadline for RCM August exam session


Sunday, June 9th: CMC online via Zoom and in-person recitals at Array Space


Saturday, June 15th: last day of Musical Preludes classes: parents are invited!


Saturday, June 29th: Last day of lessons for the school year


Tuesday, July 2nd: first day of summer lessons


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

CMC Spring Recitals

Our spring recitals are fast approaching!


SUNDAY, JUNE 2nd: In-Person recitals at Array Space, located at 155 Walnut Ave.


SUNDAY, JUNE 9th: Online recitals via Zoom, and In-Person spring recitals at Array Space, located at 155 Walnut Ave.


We are so looking forward to hearing our students perform! Those who have signed up will be receiving an email with our recital programme a few days prior to your recital day.

Summer Lessons

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We highly recommend continuing lessons during July & August, even if it’s just a few, so that our students don’t lose what they’ve worked hard for this past year!


Please complete our summer lessons form that has been emailed to you – if you didn’t receive one, please email the office at [email protected].


NOTE: For summer, time slots are on a first-come, first-served basis, so reserve your summer lesson day & time now!

Summer Camp!


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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.


Week 1: July 8-12, 2024 (spots available!)
Week 2: July 15-19, 2024 (spots available!)
Week 3: August 12-16, 2024 (FULL!)


Please click HERE for more information or to register – space is limited to only 8 students per week!

Fall Re-Registration

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Every spring, students are invited to reserve their lesson day & time for the fall by re-registering. Our Re-Registration deadline was May 1st. If you didn’t re-register but would still like to continue lessons this fall, please email the office at [email protected] and our Registrar can let you know your teacher’s fall availability.


IF you do not plan on continuing lessons this fall, please let us know by emailing our office at [email protected], thank you so much!

Teachers Upcoming Gigs & Releases!


Wanda will be singing with her choir, Singing Out, at the following event:


June 15th, 3:00pm AND 7:30pm at the Glenn Gould Theatre, 250 Front St. West: True Colours: A Pride Concert


Click HERE for details.



CMC teacher Alida has 2 upcoming events with The Nathaniel Dett Chorale!


1. June 3rd, 12:00pm at Roy Thomson Hall: Choir & Organ Concert Series. Free admission!


Click HERE for details.


2. June 11th, 8:00pm at the Luminato festival at Koerner Hall: And Still We Sing…Missa Afro-Brasileira: A Syncretism of Voice and Dance


Click HERE for details.


CMC teacher Saba has an upcoming event:


June 29th at Array Music: “From Persian Gardens to Tango Streets” – Persian whispers meet Tango’s passion in a night of music and hope. Join us for a journey through struggles and triumphs.


Click HERE for details.



Lost & Found

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


PLEASE NOTE: any remaining items at the end of June will be donated, so to please claim your items prior to June 29th!!!

Featured Student!

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Egan (Guitar)

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

4 years old at the RCM


2. Why did you choose your instrument?

My dad’s music tastes greatly influenced mine and his love of 70’s rock impressed me. This is to the point where I wanted to recreate some of these timeless songs with one of the most iconic instruments of the era.


3. What do you like most about your teacher?

Brandon is not only a teacher but a friend. After spending so many years of my life with him we’ve created a solid relationship with a comfortable learning environment. Brandon knows my learning style and what pieces will pique my interest. I feel like we truly understand each other and for that I am grateful.

4. Do you have a favourite piece to play?

Over the years I’ve played many classic rock songs from bands like Pink Floyd, The Eagles, The Beatles, and many more but in a way, they are all fairly similar. That is why in my last year at the CMC I am truly broadening my horizons and learning Partita in A minor by Bach and transcribed by Brandon for electric guitar. It sounds amazing and it has so much interesting theory behind it. I never knew I could play these classical songs on an electric guitar and this just shows how endless the possibilities can be on any instrument.


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

If I could play any other instrument it would be the drums. Playing and learning music changes the way you experience it in day-to-day life. By learning guitar, whenever its presented in music I focus on it and have more of an appreciation because I can notice some of the intricacies of what is being played. By playing in a band I find this theory applies as well. I understand the effort it takes to play music with others and I also have more fixation on some of the other key instruments such as bass, keys and drums. Out of those three I feel the drums have such a central role in all music and I would love to gain a deeper understanding of the instrument myself.


6. What else do you do in your spare time?

Between sports, music lessons, and a busy high school schedule I don’t have too much spare time. When I do I like to spend it with friends or watching movies. No matter what I’m doing, music always finds a way into the equation. With friends, we play music for each other, and in movies I am captivated by the soundtracks. Music is such a big part of my life that I hear it everywhere and in everything. I am thankful to the CMC who have made music such a big part of my identity and to my teacher Brandon who guided me in exploring it.


7. Who are some of your musical inspirations?

My biggest musical inspiration is my dad. My dad has had a large impact on the type of music that I listen to and the music that I learn. In addition, he was the one who encouraged me to take music lessons and keep learning even when I felt like quitting. He also took lessons from a young age and still plays piano occasionally when he has time. I remember listening to him when I was younger and being amazed at how he could recreate pieces I’d heard on the radio so beautifully. This inspired me to learn my instrument and someday pass on the passion for music which he instilled in me.


8. What do you like most about CMC?

The thing I like the most about the CMC is the sense of family. Ever since I started taking lessons I always felt as if I belonged and was cared for. I remember taking one of my RCM exams with Lusiana and being surprised that the director of the school could make the time for me. I’ve been to big music schools like the RCM and everything felt so grand and daunting. It was a stressful environment and I felt like just another cog in the machine. At CMC it could not be any more different, the amazing teacher-to-student ratio and tightly-knit community make for an amazing learning environment and would make any student feel this way.


9. Anything else you want to add?

Thank you to the CMC and its team for all that they have taught me to become a more skilled and mature individual.

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

Featured Teacher!

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Arie Verheul van de Ven (Violin, Viola)

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

I started playing violin with the suzuki method when I was four years old


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

Growing up in a family of musicians, as a child most of the adults in my life were arts workers. For me it was a fairly straightforward decision, as I felt like music was a world that I understood. The moments that pulled me towards committing to music as my career were in high school – when I started branching out from my suzuki violin playing into Klezmer and other fiddle traditions, writing film scores for my friends who made short films, getting involved in theatre, and experimenting with other instruments like the bassoon and mandolin. I loved that every project was totally different than the last, and I enjoyed collaborating with artists from other disciplines. Cross-disciplinary collaboration is still a very important part of my current work!

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

I’m not playing with any ensembles at the moment, but I’m working with poet and artist Erika Verhagen on a multi-media project about field recording, acoustic ecology, and cell towers that are built to resemble trees.


One of our previous collaborations was recorded here:


4. What do you enjoy most about teaching?

I love problem solving with others! Playing the violin is a very complicated task, and I find it satisfying to break big complicated tasks into smaller, more manageable ones. Working


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

Consistency is the number one way to make progress! It’s also the most difficult part of learning any new skill. You will see more benefits from 10 minutes of practice every day for 6 days of the week than an hour once!


What helps me with consistency are two things:


1. Having a very low bar for entry – on a busy day when I feel like I don’t have any time, I try to just pick up my instrument and play just one note. Sometimes I put it back down again, but often 1 note turns into 10, 15 minutes of playing! Usually I have more time to play then I think – and one note a day is always better than none!


2. Incorporating fun –
What is ‘fun’ is different for everyone, but it helps so much to have built in motivations to pick up the instrument. Making sure there is something I enjoy in my practice sessions helps me motivate myself to pick up my instrument, and ensuring I enjoy playing is just as fundamental as practicing technique.


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

I like to tinker with things and learn new skills. Recently I’ve been working on setting up an old laptop as a home server. I’m also an avid player of Geoguessr.


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

To the North Holland countryside with a bicycle


8. Anything else you want to add?

It’s been great to meet and work with students at the CMC this past month!

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

Birthdays this Month!

Happy Birthday

June 1: Sienna V.

June 2: Hannah L.

June 2: Khloe L.

June 3: Emmett M.

June 3: Henry B.

June 3: Anna T.

June 4: Clara S.

June 5: Milan S-T.

June 5: Summer M.

June 6: Theodore D.

June 7: Sarla V-R.

June 7: Evelynn N.

June 7: Charlie M.

June 9: Kamau M.

June 9: Danica C.

June 10: Sophie D.

June 10: Louis P.

June 11: Lexi C.

June 11: Luan P.

June 13: Lola S.

June 14: Sabrina V.

June 15: Vivienne D.

June 15: Abrianna B-B.

June 15: Audrey L.

June 16: Stephanie M.

June 18: Oliver M.

June 19: Sen I.

June 23: Alida D.

June 23: Daniel T.

June 23: William W.

June 24: Lev P.

June 25: Jack Y.

June 25: Hugo R-J.

June 25: Euan L.

June 25: Edison R.

June 26: Quinn F.

June 28: Leah D.

June 30: Aïda G-S-P.

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