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.
AUGUST SESSION REGISTRATION
REGISTRATION OPENS - APRIL 7, 2020
REGISTRATION DEADLINE - JUNE 8, 2020
EXAMINATIONS - AUGUST 7 & 8, 2020 (Tentative; waiting for instructions from RCM)
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.
SAHAR MASHAOLLAH (B.F.A.)
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.
WERNER CHAN (M.Mus., B.Mus., D.Mus.)
Werner graduated with a Master’s degree in Music at University of Missouri-Kansas City, USA. Werner has successful experience in teaching students ranging from very young age to adults and even seniors. Werner is able to adapt his teaching style according to the personal learning style of his students. He is patient, observant and can establish good rapport with his students in no time. Apart from teaching piano and music theory, Werner likes to share his passion for music with others and surely could make the music lesson a stimulating and joyful experience to those who learn with him. On the other hand with students of higher grades, Werner would focus a lot on interpretations of works of various composers, this achieving good marks in examinations and competitions. In August 2016, Werner was invited to perform as the pianist of the Broadway Rock Musical “Rent”, a two-and-half hour production presented by the Markham Youth Theatre. It ran for 3 consecutive days.
Werner is a registered RCM teacher and a member of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association (ORMTA).
JASON NG (M.Mus., A.R.C.T.)
Jason’s musical background consists of an ARCT in piano performance and a Master of Music specializing in music technology and digital media from the University of Toronto. He has a decade of experience teaching piano and music to students of all ages and of diverse backgrounds and special needs.
As a music teacher, he genuinely believes that the primary role is to inspire passion in students by exposing them to music’s expressive powers, how deeply entrenched music is within culture and the human psyche, and how emotionally and intellectually rewarding it can be to make music. With that as a foundation, he proceeds to teaching technical proficiency and exploring a repertoire of interest.
As a composer and audio engineer, his work focuses on the intersection of digital media, electronic synthesis, and acoustic sound recording. He has produced music and sound effects for a variety of projects, from indie films and video games to internet ads to web series. He has also produced and engineered a number of small-ensemble jazz and classical studio recordings.
CARA TORS (B.Mus., M.Mus)
Cara composed her first song at the age of 5 (Busy-Dizzy Day) and her first piano piece when she was 11 years old (Lunchtime). Since Lunchtime, she has further explored piano composition. In 2015, she completed a Bachelor of Music degree with a History/Theory specialization from the University of Toronto. Cara then completed a Master of Music degree in Music Technology and Digital Media at the same school, in 2019. Throughout these years, she wrote works for piano, voice, choir, violin, brass quintet, and more. Currently, she is working on her first musical, From Straw to Gold, based on the tale of Rumpelstiltskin. Cara enjoys teaching children, and has instructed them in piano, theory, history, vocal, and composition.