Musical Goals

Musical Goals for 2019/2020 School Year

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[…]

theory lessons

3 Reasons Why Theory Lessons Are A Good Co-Requisite to Your Primary Instrument

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[…]

Private Music Lessons

What do students learn in private music lessons at Forte?

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?[…]

RCM exams

What are RCM Exams? Should my child be taking one?

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

Meet Jaye

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[…]

How to Help Your Child Practice

How to Help Your Child Practice – a Guide For the Non-Musical Parent

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[…]