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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!

Toronto Marlies Partnership

Midtown Music School is proud to announce our new partnership with the Toronto Marlies Hockey Club! The Marlies have a long history of developing professional talent to prepare players for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL. (Sounds a little bit like what we do in music!) We have a lot of excitement coming up with Marlies - including some potential performance opportunities for all our students! Stay tuned, we have much more to announce in the coming weeks...

Back to School: Can Adults Take Lessons?

This is a question we get a lot when people contact us. It may surprise you, but about 40% of our students are adults! We hear many similar stories:

  • "I played for a few years as a kid, but I stopped. I wish I never had quit, and I really want to get back into it!"
  • "I've never played music before, but I really enjoy listening to and being around music."
  • "I'm retired and want to keep my mind sharp."
  • "I've always been in love with the piano/cello/violin/singing, and want to try it!"
  • "I want to try writing/I love listening to jazz/I want to understand music more."

At Midtown Music School, we have a lot of experience working with adults of all levels. While we understand it can be intimidating to start something new and challenging like music, our aim is always to inspire and share our love of music - whatever your goals!