Heritage Music Academy now offers music lessons for nearly every instrument and discipline. We have 18 faculty members that teach at our school. We are pleased to welcome Mr. John Mills (BA, BEd, Guitar, Ukulele and Music Theory) and Mr. Leonid Sprikut (PhD(c), M. Mus, B. Mus, Woodwinds and Brass, Music Theory and History), Mr. Richard Sliva (BA, ARCT (Piano Performance), Piano and Music Theory) and Ms. Mary Wei (M. Mus. Ed, ARCT (Piano Performance)) to our school. Our groups programs now include music classes for young children (ages 3-4), group piano, violin and guitar.
Heritage Music Academy has hosted monthly recitals in March, April and May. Our first monthly recital was on Sunday March 30th at 5pm. Thank you to Elaine, Mariam, Andy, Wyseman and Sara for your outstanding performances. We also had faculty performances by Susana, Agoston and Alan. Our recital in April featured Donna (violin) and Andy (piano), as well as faculty performances by Susana, Alan and Agoston. Our May recital was a full house! We had 7 student performances including Grace, Elaine, Sanuthi, Marcus, Donna, Mariam and Emmanuella, 2 guest performances, as well as faculty performances by Agoston, Alan and Jana. Our monthly recitals will resume again in September. We welcome all students, families and faculty to join us for our monthly recitals on the last Sunday of each month from 5-6pm. There is no cost but sign-up is required. The monthly recitals are a wonderful opportunity to get additional performance opportunities especially for students preparing for competitions and examinations. They are also a good way to introduce young students to performing in a smaller group setting. Students and families are also encouraged to come out and listen – performing is optional.
Our end of year recital will be held on Sunday June 15th, 2014 from 2:30-4:30pm at Unionville Presbyterian Church (600 Village Parkway, Unionville). There is no cost for this event. All students, friends and families are invited to attend. All performers must RSVP by May 1st, 2014 by email, phone or in person.
The following students have completed the Heritage Music Explorers I Program (May 2014): Sophia, Krystal, Karsen, Emmanuella, Ella, Andrew and Madeline. The Heritage Music Explorers I program is a keyboard-based class that prepares young children (ages 4-6) to the fundamentals of piano playing. Keyboard skills are augmented with various musical activities. Students also enhance their musical learning through singing. All students participated in a small recital at the end of the program. The class was led by Rena Lu. After completion of this program, students have the opportunity to continue in our Heritage Music Explorers II program or may choose to begin private lessons.
We are pleased to announce that the following students have completed the Heritage Music Pioneers Program (March 2014): Victoria, Caitlyn, Sara, Chloe, Sophia, Henry and San Jay. The Heritage Music Pioneers program is a group music class that introduces young children (ages 3+) to the foundations of music through musical activities and games. The highlights of the program included an introduction to various music instruments (piano, keyboard, djembe drums, small percussion instruments, violin, ukulele, flute and recorder). Students learned basic piano skills, and were introduced to musical concepts such as dynamics, tempo, timbre, and basic music symbols. Students worked to develop rhythmic skills through hands-on games and activities. Students also participated in craft activities and made their own percussion instruments. There was even a guest performance by Agoston Tamas, a former concert violinist of the Hong Kong Symphony Orchestra and a member of our teaching faculty. This program was led by Cecilia Cheung.
The following students have completed the Heritage Music Explorers I Program (March 2014): Shyla, Ke Han, Caylee, Hans, Charlize, Rachel and Joy. The Heritage Music Explorers I program is a keyboard-based class that prepares young children (ages 4-6) to the fundamentals of piano playing. Keyboard skills are augmented with various musical activities. Students also enhance their musical learning through singing. All students participated in a small recital at the end of the program. The class was led by Rena Lu. After completion of this program, students have the opportunity to continue in our Heritage Music Explorers II program or may choose to begin private lessons.
RCM Examination Preparation & Support
- Mock Exams
Are you preparing for a Summer RCM practical exam? Would you like the experience of being evaluated before the big day? Heritage Music Academy offers “mock” practical examinations on-site. These sessions are conducted by senior teachers who have extensive experience with the Royal Conservatory of Music Examination system. All sessions are conducted in our large recital room on the Yamaha grand piano. Students will be given both written and verbal feedback. Fee is $35 current HMAI students ($45 for non-students).
Heritage Music Academy has a number of experienced accompanists that are available to accompany students for examinations, concerts and festivals. Please inquire about these services.
Several faculty members had the opportunity to attend and support the 2ndAnnual Gala for Giving Markham Fundraiseron April 24th, 2014. This is an annual event that helps numerous Markham organizations and charitable groups that provide invaluable services to children, seniors and those with special needs in our community. Heritage Music Academy is also a proud supporter of Cherish – a Markham organization that provides services for persons with developmental disabilities.
Many of our faculty members are active musicians in the community. Our vocal teacher, Stanislas Vitort performed the lead role of Don José in the opera Carmen at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. The performance dates were April 17th and 19th. For more information please visit www.operabelcanto.net.
Our violin teacher, Agoston Tamas, had a very busy month in March. On March 22nd, he performed with the Ontario Philharmonic Orchestra in a Hungarian inspired program with pieces by Brahms, Lizst and Kodaly. Agoston is also a member of Koffler Chamber Orchestra which is led by former TSO Concertmaster Jacques Israelievitch. On March 23rd, he performed with the KCO in a concert featuring music by Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Partos and others. On March 24th, he performed at York University as Associate Concertmaster, along with Jacques Israelievitch, playing Bach’s St. John’s Passion.
Sheet Music and Books
Heritage Music Academy is affiliated with the largest music distributor in Canada. We are happy to offer a large selection of discounted sheet music and books to our students and faculty. All current students enjoy a minimum of 5% discount off the cover price of our music books and sheet music. We are able to order 1000s of print music selections at great prices.
To get ideas of books that you may be interested in, local music store websites provide good lists of on-line inventory. We are also happy to provide advice regarding music books especially if you’re unsure about the level of difficulty and suitability of certain collections.
Refer a New Student and Get One FREE Private Music Lessons: When you refer a new student to HMAI, who registers for private lessons, you will get one free lesson. Please inform our administrator when you refer a new student or have the new student mention your name at the time of registration.