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.
With lots of viruses going around this season, we’ve noticed and experienced laryngitis at the studio. Laryngitis can be misunderstood, so we wanted to share some information about it, including tips and suggestions to help you recover when experiencing laryngitis. What is laryngitis? The Oxford Dictionary defines laryngitis as: “inflammation of the larynx, typically resulting Read more about Laryngitis – What it is and how to help it[…]
Cooler temperatures often mean the start of cold and flu season as well. We try very hard to keep the studio as clean and germ-free as we possibly can for the hundred + students and their families that pass-through Forte each week! As a bonus this month, we’ve asked the teachers of Forte to share Read more about Tips & Tricks for Staying Hydrated & Healthy[…]
With leaves beginning to drop, our singing and piano students are setting their musical goals for the 2019/2020 school year. Students studying classical voice or piano may choose to opt to enroll in a Royal Conservatory of Music Exam, or the Cowichan Valley Music Festival. With deadlines approaching throughout the fall months, we thought we Read more about Musical Goals for 2019/2020 School Year[…]
Back to school also means back to music! For some students this also means starting fresh in new music books! We understand that the first few weeks of September can be a bit busy, so we have compiled a list of our top 4 favourite and most convenient places to purchase your music books. What Read more about Top 4 Places to Purchase Music Books[…]
First, you might be asking “what is theory?” Music theory is the foundation of how music is created; it is the “rules” of how we read and make music. As musicians and of course teachers, we believe that theory lessons are always a good idea! Whether you have been taking lessons for a short or Read more about 3 Reasons Why Theory Lessons Are A Good Co-Requisite to Your Primary Instrument[…]
As music lessons at Forte are in a private one on one format, parents don’t often get the chance to fully understand what takes place in a private music lesson and the overall structure. The purpose of this blog post is to help provide a glimpse into what occurs in private music lessons and the Read more about What do students learn in private music lessons at Forte?[…]
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[…]