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Year XXIII, No. 2 (February 2019)


Sebastian Alfonso-Eftent, piano
Emily Zheng, piano
Danny Tsang, piano
Karen O’Neil, piano
Orion Mackenzie, piano
Aurora Mackenzie, piano
Nelson Li, saxophone
Kristian Gahol, piano
Hannah Musselman, flute
Dylan Gao, guitar
Gabriella Boscia, piano
Nicholas Boscia, piano



Steven Li, Adam Saimouah, Candace Singh, Alicia Campbelle-Lau, Dematagoda Dewmini, Lucia Alfonso, Louise Domingues, Felix Zhao, Bethany Tse, Harry Shier, Mithran Sivasubramaniam, Howard Shao, Brianna Ketwaroo, Kristian Gahol, Jashua Alban, Jaden Robin Thomas, Caitlyn Baldry, Beverly Wei, Andrei Talledo, Phoebe Crawford, Vincent Leung, Tiffany Shen




February 1: PA day (YR)
February 5: Chinese New Year
February 9: Flato Markham Theatre. Kindred Spirits Orchestra.
      The Fountains of Rome
February 14: Valentines Day  
February 15 RCM Spring session applications deadline
February 18: Family Day. School is open
February 19-March 3 Kiwanis Music Festival




If you are ready to purchase a high quality pre-own piano through one of the IMA commercial partners, 3 of your lessons at the IMA will be free. Call our Office or e-mail Office@InternationalMusicAcademy.ca for more information. Pre-own piano is a great investment that comes at an attractive price, with a free tuning and delivery.



We have been very pleased with the continuous success of our students. They have improved a great deal and we share their excitement with their families, friends, neighbors, and schoolmates. We appreciate your interest towards our programs and services. We are always very happy to welcome new students of all ages, levels, and instruments to the iMA. Please tell your friends about your experience with the International Music Academy.

Do you know someone who is thinking of taking music lessons or who has children who may be interested in getting their hands on a musical instrument or singing? Do you know a teenager who needs a high school OAC credit? Do you know an adult who has wanted for a long time to learn how to play a musical instrument but has never had the time or inclination? Please tell them about the IMA.

As an appreciation for your referral, we will give you a $30 credit for each new student who registers at the International Music Academy as a result of your referral. As we value your friends as much as we value you, we will offer to each referred student a $30 credit as well.



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The IMA offers personalized Gift Cards that could be used as thoughtful birthday, holiday, bar/bat Mitzvah, graduation gift or for any other occasions as well as to encourage someone to start learning a musical instrument or singing. The card can be used for any products or services.

The gift card is available for any amount. As cards are personalized with the name of the person who will receive it as well as with the name of the person who purchase it, requests have to be made 1 day in advance. Cards can be ordered in person, by phone at 905.489.4620 or by e-mail at info@InternationalMusicAcademy.ca. At the time the card is ordered, a non-refundable $5 deposit is required. The full value of the card is paid upon pick-up (and the deposit is credited towards the purchase price). Payments can be made by any major credit card, cheque or cash as well as through the accounts of the IMA Clients.



3/02/1809 Mendelssohn was born

13/02/1883 Wagner died

15/02/1857 Glinka died

23/2/1934 Elgar died

23/2/1685 Handel was born

27/2/1887 Borodin died

29/2/1792 Rossini was born

Where you born or do you know someone who was born on the same day as these famous composers? Drop us e-mail at info@InternationalMusicAcademy.ca to let us know.




Karina Shnayder, B.A.
Piano Studies, Music Theory

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Ms. Shnayder has graduated with a degree from Kazakhstan State Music School and with a B.A. degree in psychology from the York University in Toronto. She has experience teaching piano and voice to students of all ages, levels and learning styles. Passionate about music, Ms. Shnayder inspires her students to express emotion through music and develop their skills to a higher level of proficiency.

Mrs. Shnayder was happy to answer a few questions for our students and parents:

1. What do you like most about teaching? It has always been a dream of mine to become a music teacher. My favourite part about teaching is to inspire my students to learn, practice, feel, understand, and love music. It makes me happy when music becomes a part of my students’ lives. 

2. How do you inspire students to practice more? It is important to encourage students to keep practicing by giving them positive feedback and making them believe in their own abilities and talents in music. To help a student overcome any challenges, I prefer to stay understanding, patient, and kind, nicely guiding them in the right direction. 

3. What roles does performance play in student’s development? Performance plays a vital role in student’s development. It improves their self confidence and builds artistry skills. By listening how other students play, they start to compare and put in more effort into their own performance. 

4. Who are your favourite composers?  My favourite composers are Beethoven, Mozart, and Chopin. 

5. What was the last piece of music (sheet music or a recording) you purchased for yourself?  Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven



Jaid Biggs

What instrument do you play? –  I play the guitar.

How long have you taken lessons? – I have been taking lessons at IMA for just over a year now.

Who are your favourite musical artists? – Right now my favourite musicians are The Frights, Cage the Elephant and The Fratellis.

What are your other hobbies, besides music? – My other hobbies besides music are to go bouldering, reading and drawing.

Favourite food? – My favourite food is mozzarella sticks.

What is the coolest thing you’ve learnt in your lessons in the past three months? The coolest thing I've learned so far is how to do different riffs in different songs.

Do you have any performance coming up? – No, I don't not have a performance coming up

E-mail to info@InternationalMusicAcademy.ca a photo of yourself (or your child) together with the answers of the questions above. The deadline for submissions is the 15th of every month. We will feature you in one of the next issues of the newsletter.



Send a photo of your pet together with following information and we will publish it in one of the next issues of the IMA newsletter. What is the name of your pet? How old is he/she? What kind of breed our pet is (if applicable)? How long have you had him/her for? Any special circumstances around getting the pet (i.e. a gift, foster pet, etc.)? The funniest story about you pet? Any special skills or abilities?



Prince Charles reveals how he picked up the baton to conduct a romantic orchestral surprise for wife Camilla's birthday as he calls for schools to teach more music

Prince Charles has given an interview to BBC Radio 3's Private Passions show The special programme marks its 1,000th edition and the prince's 70th birthday He said he was saddened by the decline in the number of children taught music Among the music requested by Prince Charles is a song by Leonard Cohen

Prince Charles said he picked up a baton as a romantic surprise for his wife Camilla on her birthday. The heir to the throne provided the insight during an interview with BBC Radio 3 where he also bemoaned the lack of music education in schools. Charles, who learnt the cello and trumpet at boarding school, says the creative arts make an ‘enormous contribution to the whole economy’. And Britain risks ‘shooting itself in the feet’ by ignoring their importance, he argues.

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Among the music selected by the heir to the throne was Leonard Cohen's Take This Waltz +2 Among the music selected by the heir to the throne was Leonard Cohen's Take This Waltz The prince makes his remarks in a special edition of BBC Radio 3’s Private Passions to mark his 70th birthday and more than 1,000 editions of the programme. He tells host Michael Berkeley about the role music has played in his life, listing favourites ranging from classical composers to 1930s dance bands and singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen. Charles shows his romantic side in his listening choices. Among them is Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, which the composer wrote for his second wife and arranged for musicians to wake her up with it on Christmas morning in 1870. Charles admits he organised for the Philharmonia Orchestra to play the piece for Camilla on her 60th birthday. The prince was even persuaded to conduct the music. ‘There is something terribly romantic about it’, he says. Also on his list is a choral work from the Russian Orthodox Liturgy which was performed at his wedding to the Duchess of Cornwall. The prince says: ‘I am one of those people who believes in the importance of arts and music education in schools. People forget or may not realise what an enormous contribution the creative arts makes to the whole economy. It’s immense. So we certainly shoot ourselves in the feet if we ignore it altogether.’

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He agrees with Mr Berkeley that music is essential in a more civilised society as it offers a means to ‘express ourselves in a non-violent way’. Charles says in the show, which is available online from today: ‘Well exactly, I have seen so many examples of this where people have the chance to be introduced to music. In schools which still have it, it is wonderful to see the enthusiasm on the part of the children in the orchestras that they have.’ Recent studies show the number of schools offering music at A-level is in sharp decline and fewer students are taking it at GCSE, prompting fears it could disappear from the curriculum altogether. The prince tells how he was ‘completely transfixed by the magic’ of music thanks to his grandmother – the Queen Mother – who first took him to the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden aged seven. He learnt both the cello and trumpet at Gordonstoun and went on to play the cello in the orchestra at Trinity College, Cambridge. ‘For me it is a vital part of surviving the daily round, having music on in the background when I’m working in the evening,’ he says.



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