2016 Gold Medal for Level 4 Piano

Congratulations to Dinuri! She is the recipient of a 2016 Gold Medal in Ontario for Level 4 Piano which will be awarded to her in a ceremony at the Royal Conservatory of Music on November 27th. Dinuri received a mark of 95 on her level 4 piano exam in August, the highest in the province of Ontario. Bravo!

Gold Medals are awarded each academic year, September 1 to August 31, by province or region, to candidates who have obtained the highest mark for practical examinations in each discipline, from the Preparatory Level through to the ARCT Level. 

Upcoming Events

Leading Note Music Winter Recital

Sunday January 8th  6:30 p.m.

Scarborough Bluffs United Church

3739 Kingston Rd, Scarborough, ON M1J 3H4

January Session RCM Examinations

Good luck to the following Leading Note Music students who will be taking practical examinations in January:

Kai Baba

Ethan Cairns

McKenzie Cairns

Nazanin Hosseini

Isla Lake-Bork

Aidan Lao

Christian Leis

Stefania Lipoczi

Rowan McGovern

Esandi Punchihewa


This month's feature:  What's New at Leading Note Music

Welcome to the start of the Leading Note Music teaching year!  I am excited to tell you about some new things happening at the studio as we embark on our musical adventures this year.  

I am now offering partner lessons.  In a partner lesson, partners are matched based on level, aptitude, age, and other qualities such as personality and interest.  The partners have their lessons together each on a separate instrument. The camaraderie offered through a partner lesson can be very motivating for some students. To learn more about this, in particular, how it differs from private lessons, click here:   Lesson Options. If you are interested in exploring the possibility of partner lessons, please contact me.  

Daytime lessons are available for those who are interested.  Did you know that the education act in Ontario allows students to be excused from school to attend music lessons? The section of the education act that specifically addresses this is under "Part II, School Attendance, When attendance excused" and reads as follows:

"A person is excused from attendance at school if,
(e) the person is absent from school for the purpose of receiving instruction in music and the period of absence does not exceed one-half day in any week."
 From the education act, R.S.O. 1990, c. E. 2

For some families and students, having music lessons during the day can be beneficial.  For example, a very young student will not be quite so tired as he/she would be if attending an evening lesson.  Others may find learning to be more effective when it is earlier in the day too.  To support this idea, I have added a few daytime time slots in the student calendar to give you a glimpse of what might be possible.  If you are interested in daytime lessons please contact me.

I have initiated a petition on to expand the high school accreditation program for those who study Royal Conservatory of Music curriculum.  Your participation in signing this petition will be a step towards ensuring that teens, including your children, who study music privately have their efforts recognised as high school credits throughout all four of their high school years.  Please click here to read more about this and/or sign this petition:  Petition.  

Finally, practise space is now available for rent.  This came about when I received some unsolicited requests to rent my studio space for practising.  These inquiries came from pianists who were from out-of-town.  I also started to think that it could be advantageous for local students to do this too, especially when preparing for a RCM examination for example, and the student's home instrument is not an acoustic piano. You can learn more about this here:  Practise Space.

I am looking forward to another inspiring year of music!