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Welcome Piano Teacher Gregory Millar!

We would like to extend a very warm welcome to Dr. Gregory Millar, our newest faulty member at MTMS! Gregory is a very accomplished pianist, chamber musician, arranger and engraver. He brings a wealth of experience and joy for music to our school. You can learn more about his musical life by reading his bio on the site. Welcome, Gregory!

What We're Up To - Jann Arden Edition

One of the best parts about our faculty is that we are all active performers in the Toronto music scene - and at the highest levels. Many of us play with the Canadian Opera Company, National Ballet, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Esprit Orchestra, and many more. Sometimes, though, we get to have some non-classical fun. Cello teacher Amahl Arulanandam has been playing concerts with the legendary Jann Arden at Massey Hall. The view from the stage is pretty fantastic, isn't it! Great job, Amahl.

Welcome to Two More Teachers!

We keep growing at Midtown Music School, so we are thrilled (again!) to announce Luke Mulholland and Miriam Kemppainen to our faculty. Luke is a talented and enthusiastic guitarist, with specialties in Jazz and rock. Miriam is an experienced and nurturing singer and vocal teacher who also knows her way around a violin. We are proud to have these wonderful musicians in our community. You can read more about Luke here, and more about Miriam here. Welcome to you both!

More About Our Vocal Program

Our vocal teacher Meredith Wanstall has developed a wonderful vocal training program for her students over the years. She is excited to share more details with everyone about how learning vocals with her work. Read on to learn about how you (yes, you!) can sing!At Midtown Music School, voice lessons are available to students of any age or level. This program helps students develop their singing abilities through specific vocal tools and techniques. Singers develop their voices by learning a variety of singing styles, including classical, pop, and musical theatre. We grow and develop confidence through performances, learning to develop healthy performance habits.

Younger students can look forward to developing their singing tone, breath control, ability to read music and musicianship skills. Students are instructed through child-friendly singing techniques, and are encouraged to sing repertoire that they enjoy. Students’ vocal education is supported by instruction in music theory, helping them understand, interpret and love their music to a deeper level.

As students advance, they develop their singing tone through more advanced vocal techniques, with an emphasis on the physical demands of singing. All singers are given concrete tools in order to consistently improve the quality of their voice both in their lesson and in their own practice time. This program develops the student’s understanding of the relationship between one’s ear, body and voice, and supports them in developing the singing voice that they desire.

Notes by Meredith Wanstall

Welcome Violin Teacher Lyssa Pelton!

Midtown Music School is pleased to welcome Lyssa Pelton to our faculty! Lyssa is a very talented performer and teacher, with a long and deep relationship with music. Her bio is extensive (which you can read herenode/1132) but more importantly, she believes in ensuring that her students learn to share her love of music. Welcome, Lyssa!