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FAQs about Lippert Music Centre

What Instruments do you teach?

We teach all types of instruments including voice, piano, violin, cello, clarinet, flute, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, bass, ukulele, percussion, harp, audio recording and production, and so much more! Even if your instrument isn’t listed with our qualified music instructors, chances are we have a match for you! Contact us with any questions regarding instrument lessons.

How do I register for lessons?

You can register online for music lesson online on our website or in person at our school on 970 Pape Avenue.

What should I bring to my lessons?

That depends on your instrument, but you should always bring a positive and ready to learn attitude! Pianos are available on site for piano students while other instruments such as guitars, violins, flutes, etc. should be brought to each lesson.  A pencil and eraser are always useful.  We sell the music you need, remember your playing books, dictation book and theory. 

Contact us prior to your first lesson if you need to arrange a rental of instrument or equipment.  Ask us about any specials on rentals.

I am not getting any emails from Lippert’s.

Kindly check your junk mail and be sure to add us to your safe sender list.

What happens if I miss a lesson?

We understand that sometimes missing a lesson is unavoidable. We ask that you provide notice as soon as possible regarding missed lessons so that we are aware of our teacher’s schedules and availabilities. If you are more than 10-minutes late for a lesson, our office may call to check-in and ensure that everything is okay. Depending on your payment type, you may be eligible for a makeup lesson. See our school policies for details.

What are my responsibilities as a parent or student?

As a student, we ask that you commit to our three-commitment policy: commitment to daily practice, commitment to your teacher and lesson time, and commitment to enjoying music and music-making. As a guardian of a younger student, we ask that you monitor the student’s dictation book to review all homework, assignments, and notes made by the teacher and to facilitate a structured practice schedule and routine.

Is theory homework mandatory?

Yes. All of our teachers incorporate a measure of music theory into lessons. This is a supplement to the practical component of lessons and helps you become a better musician as a whole. Theory can be fun!  Students are welcome and encouraged to work on theory homework at the school.

I’m too busy to practice, what do I do?

We understand that it may be hard to fit practice time into a busy schedule. We recommend focused times with a goal-oriented structure in smaller but frequent intervals (i.e. 15-30 minutes, 2x per day rather than 60m at once). We also offer a fun Practice Club with prizes!  Younger students should focus on the number of repetitions their teacher recommends. Consult your teacher for more tips on creating a practice schedule that works for you. 

Practiced or not, attend your lessons – we have so much to teach you!

Can I photograph or video tape a lesson?

We have a strict no photography/videography policy in the school. It is our experience that this takes the focus away from learning and can be disruptive particularly with smaller children. Your teacher may use video/audio recording on your own personal device as an educational tool.

Do I get a tax receipt for music lessons?

Yes! We are a registered music education institution and, as such, provide a T2202 tax slip for tuition paid in each tax year for students ages 16 years of age and older studying music for the betterment of their career.  The government has currently discontinued any tax refunds for students under 16 years of age. 

How long before I get into Grade 1 Classical Studies?

Our music lessons are tailored to your individual needs.  With regular practice, each level is expected to take one year.  Music studies are like school studies.  There is:

  • Pre-School
  • Junior Kindergarten
  • Senior Kindergarten
  • Grade 1 (and so on)

If a student masters concepts and techniques ahead of schedule, they may be fast-tracked to the next level.  *See Examinations for more details on credits.

FAQs about Recitals and Performances

How many recitals do you have?

We have a year-end recital for all students in June. Other performances opportunities are available throughout the year such as the East York Music Festival and community outreach projects.  We encourage multiple performances for all students. 

Do all students perform at the recital?

Yes! At Lippert, we believe in the performative nature of music. Our June recital is a part of our curriculum and an opportunity for all students to share their hard work and achievements with friends and family. As such, all instrumental students under 18 are scheduled to participate in the general recital, while students 18 and over are encouraged to participate in our sociable adult recital as well.  

I’m 17 and graduating from high school, am I too old to perform at the recital?

Of course not! None of our students are too old to perform in the recital. In fact, our younger students look up to the old students are role models and can see how the results of their hard work pay off.

What do I do about performance anxiety?

Performance anxiety affects public speakers and athletes just as much as musicians. It manifests in different ways for everyone, but is always a hurdle that can be overcome. Through practice, preparation, and confidence, even the most nervous performers can shine! Consult your teacher for more personalized information on how you can conquer performance anxiety.

Will my teacher be at the recital?

Our teachers are extremely qualified and experienced educators and musicians and we take pride in the diversity of their skills. As such, they have a vested interest in the success of their students, ensuring they are ready for the day. They will give additional support by attending recital days wherever possible. Unfortunately, other professional obligations sometimes interfere with a teacher’s ability to attend. Rest assured that there is still an incredible support system of teachers, volunteers, stage managers, and more present at each recital! We make the performance experience as comfortable as possible and remind students that this is a way to celebrate and share their achievements with friends and families.

Do I need accompaniment for the recital?

Depending on your instrument, recital accompaniment may be mandatory. Vocalists and instrumentalists such as violinists and flautists almost always require accompaniment to allow their repertoire and performances to truly shine. Instruments such as piano on the other hand traditionally do not need accompaniment as they are considered self-sufficient in that regard. For questions regarding accompaniment, please contact us.

How do you create the recital schedule?

Our recital schedule is designed so that each individual show demonstrates a variety of instruments, ages and skill levels progressing from beginner to advanced. This provides beginner students an opportunity to see where their hard work will take them. This offers not only the best performance experience for the students, but also the most engaging experience for the audience!  We can accommodate requests for changes, however, keeping the initial schedule is always best.