At Forte School of Music we strive to instil the love of music to students of all levels and ages including children and adults. As classically trained musicians and teachers, we provide a technically sound musical foundation for every student, so they have the ability to explore many genres. We feel passionately about staying connected to the musical community and provide our students with many opportunities to get involved and perform outside of their regular lesson time.
They focus on proper technique applied to a variety of musical styles.
We often hear the question from parents “What are RCM exams?” and “Should my child be taking one?”. Those are both very good questions, and ones that we love to answer! Have a quick read of our breakdown to the answers to these questions. What are RCM exams? RCM stands for the Royal Conservatory of Read more about What are RCM Exams? Should my child be taking one?[…]
Jaye Watts (pronouns: they/them) is the newest member to the Forte School of Music team of teachers. Jaye is from Victoria, BC and has been classically trained in piano and theory through the Royal Conservatory of Music. Jaye teaches piano, songwriting, guitar, and recording and production. Jaye’s musical training: Jaye is classically trained through the Read more about Meet Jaye[…]
Too often as teachers we hear the phrase “I am not musical at all, so I’m no help when it comes to practicing.” This post is to help end that statement and help guide you in the ways you are able to help your child practice. We’ve summed up how to help your child practice Read more about How to Help Your Child Practice – a Guide For the Non-Musical Parent[…]
We all know the old adage “practice makes perfect” but here at Forte we believe “practice makes better”. We know (because we’ve been there!) that practice time can sometimes be cause for eye rolls, excuses, and big sighs. We’re hoping with our five favouite practice tips and tricks, we can eliminate some of the whining Read more about Practice Tips and Tricks[…]
We kicked off March with our second annual CMS Food Bank Fundraiser, Spring Into Song! This year we had a wide array of musical groups ranging from young children to adults. It was inspiring to see such a contrasting program of music and talented musicians come together for one great cause. Our afternoon of music Read more about Spring Into Song Fundraiser[…]
It was another very successful year at the Cowichan Music Festival, and we are so proud of our students at Forte, all of whom prepared and performed pieces with great vocal technique, poise, and musicality. This year we had a number of voice students performing in both the classical voice and musical theatre categories. They Read more about Cowichan Music Festival 2018[…]
After a year and a half of offering music lessons in the heart of the Cowichan Valley, we are excited to announce that we’re growing our team here at Forte! Are you or do you know someone who is passionate about making music, whether it’s on piano, guitar, ukulele, or another instrument? Do you love Read more about We’re Growing Our Team![…]
With the start of 2018 also comes the start up of the winter session of our choirs here at Forte. Registration has just opened for our 8 week winter sessions of our adult choir In Harmony, and our kids Senior Glee Club. Our adult choir, In Harmony, is a relaxed choir designed for adults of Read more about New Year = New Music![…]
November surprised us with a burst of chilly winter weather, and it also got us thinking about the holiday season which will soon be upon us. We know the holidays can be a very busy time of year, with lots of errands to run and things to prepare, so we wanted to create an afternoon Read more about An Afternoon of Christmas Carols and Crafts[…]
Music lessons only come around once a week, which means that the majority of learning time is spent at home. We capitalize on the weekly lesson time with regular home practice. Learning any musical instrument, including piano and singing that we teach here at Forte, takes both intellectual understanding and muscle memory. The understanding we Read more about Music Lessons and Home Practice[…]