Theory

Pro-Music teaches music theory lessons that prepare students for the Royal Conservatory of Music exams. Rudiments and Harmony study the structuring, analyzing, and writing of music, while History explores past composers and themes that have shaped the music we hear today. Pro-Music students have scored 100% in Rudiments and History exams.

We recommend students to take these classes alongside their private instrumental lessons. A theoretical background will enhance their performance and their understanding of music.

 

SUMMER SESSION REGISTRATION

REGISTRATION DEADLINE – June 6, 2017

EXAMINATIONS – August 11 & 12, 2017

 

COMPREHENSIVE ADVANCED RUDIMENTS

Course 1

May 17 – August 9, 2017
Every Wednesday
6:00pm – 8:15pm
$450 + Material Fee
Teacher: Sahar Mashaollah

Course 2

July 5 – August 11, 2017
Every Monday, Wednesday & Friday
10:30am – 12:30pm
$450 + Material Fee
Teacher: Ruth-Anne Yiu

COMPREHENSIVE INTERMEDIATE RUDIMENTS

July 5 – August 11, 2017
Every Monday, Wednesday & Friday
1:00pm – 3:00pm
$380 + Material Fee
Teacher: Ruth-Anne Yiu

HISTORY I

June 21 – August 9, 2017
Every Monday & Wednesday
6:00pm – 8:30pm
$500 + Material Fee
Teacher: Fernando Baldassini

INTERMEDIATE HARMONY

July 4 – August 10, 2017
Every Tuesday & Thursday
1:00pm – 3:30pm
$500 + Material Fee
Teacher: Fernando Baldassini

 

About the Teacher

FERNANDO BALDASSINI (B.F.A., B.A./Edu., A.R.C.T.)

Fernando’s diverse musical career goes back to his high school days when he learned to play various woodwind instruments including the clarinet, bass clarinet, the all members of the sax family. In Grade 10, he picked up the trumpet as well but his teacher persuaded him to switch back to the clarinet family. Afterwards, Fernando was urged to pursue full-time studies at the prestigious Royal Conservatory of Music. There, during the 1980′s, he excelled in his studies under the teachings of his mentors including Paul Grice (clarinet), Robert Linzon (piano), Timothy Sullivan (harmony, counterpoint and composition), Josph Macerollo (history), Wes Wragget (electronic music). During this period, Fernando was very active, along his teachers and peers in trying to save the downtown branch of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto from being sold and moved to another location. They succeeded in their efforts.

In 1992, Fernando graduated from York University having studied composition with James Tenney. During these years, Fernando wrote many original compositions in all styles including a 10-minute background score used by a major advertising company, and dozens of arrangements of classical and popular pieces for band and keyboard ensembles. He used these in his extensive studio teachings in private music studios in the Scarborough area. Even with his extensive schedule, Fernando continued his studies in music education and graduated with a Bachelor degree in Education from the University of Toronto in 2002.

Over the years, Fernando’s love for teaching is reflected in the success of his students as many of them are currently on staff in music studios throughout the GTA. In short, Fernando’s passion continues to to be that of a truly dedicated piano and theory (all grades and subjects) to all age groups. “Music is meant for anyone and everyone…” will continue to be his motto. His classes are fun, creative, motivational and geared towards a life long musical learning.

 

RUTH-ANNE YIU (B.MUS., B.ED.)

Ruth-Anne graduated with a double degree in Music and Education from University of Toronto. She has performed with Showtime Pit Orchestra, Arts York String Orchestra, and the Unionville High School Orchestra. Her excellent interpersonal skills, friendly personality and love of teaching make her classroom lessons always enjoyable. Her comprehensive lesson plans is both challenging and educational, and she constantly encourages and motivates her students to reach their full musical potential.

 

SAHAR MASHAOLLAH

Sahar is currently pursuing a double major at York University; a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Biophysics.  Sahar fell in love with music at a young age, and since, has 16 years of classical piano experience.  Furthermore, with 10 years of theory experience she has completed all RCM theory examinations.  She has also competed and placed first in The Kiwanis Toronto competition.  Sahar’s passion for the piano is evident through her teaching habits and lesson plans.  She continues to strive for excellence and is driven to give her students the best education possible.