I have been inspired by so many teachers over the years. I am honoured that I have the opportunity to teach music myself now, and effect other musicians. In 2009, I founded The Toronto Institute For The Enjoyment Of Music. The music school was opened for 10 years in the heart of downtown Toronto (821 Queen Street West). It was there that I was encouraged to inspire musicians of all ages with new creative ideas and approaches to music. I offer lessons in piano/keyboard, music theory, digital music, and/or ukulele to all ages.
REASONS TO STUDY MUSIC WITH HOWARD:
Tailoring each lesson to the particular student and keeping the enjoyment of music at the forefront facilitates a natural progression that feels right to the individual. Some students want to learn how to read music, and some to learn by ear. Some want to learn how to play their favourite songs, others desire to give their musical knowledge and technique a push via musical theory. Whatever the case may be, Howard is there to support and nurture the student and their interests, and guide them to their musical goals.
It’s a scientific fact that soothing music can decrease levels of stress in the body, due to a marked decrease in the body’s natural stress hormone, cortisol. Upbeat music can increase the number of antibodies in the system which are crucial in detecting and eliminating harmful bacteria and viruses. The soothing mind-frame one enjoys while playing a calming piano piece, for example, is truly a preemptive medicine that no human should do without.
It’s a great feeling knowing that you can reach people from anywhere in the world and put a smile on someone’s face, just by playing a few bars of “Smoke on the Water”. Learning music allows the expression of joy, and excitement, also, sadness, loss, and a whole other gamut of emotions that require a big box of Kleenex. Expressing emotional feelings is necessary to move forward and live a full life, and music will help you do that without creating too much paper waste.
Even though studying music is challenging, as soon as your first accomplishment is realized, even if it’s playing your first few chords, you get the reward of that priceless feeling. The good news is that priceless feeling never depletes, it’s only enhanced by the exhilarating cycle of challenge, and achievement. Enjoy!
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This page is dedicated to learning about music and sound, and I have included some my favourite videos from around the world wide web, as well as experiences from my own teaching and practicing. Hopefully this page will provide some ideas for your own musical journey, and keep you entertained.
LEONARD BERNSTEIN: TEACHERS & TEACHING
DAVID ATTENBOROUGH: WORLD MUSIC COLLECTOR
R. MURRAY SCHAFER: LISTEN
“When you listen carefully to the soundscape it becomes quite miraculous.”
-R. Murray Schafer.