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A letter to our families …

On March 17th, 2020, the government of Ontario made an order declaring an emergency under section 7.0.1 (1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act in response to COVID-19, allowing the government to exercise sweeping powers to respond to the emergency. On March 23, 2020, the government of Ontario announced the mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces for an initial 14-day period, effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 11:59pm.
Studio E is closed and will remain so until instructed by the Canadian Government and as such, we have paused all pre-authorized payments. All emails will be responded to and any questions or concerns will be addressed once we are open. We ask that everyone remain patient as we are all experiencing unprecedented actions.
On behalf of myself and our entire team of staff, I would like to thank you all for your continued support during this difficult time. Our priority is the well being of our students, their families and our staff. Please follow our updates on Facebook and Instagram as we continue to keep you all aware of the daily changes as they arise.
Once again, thank you for your continued support, stay safe and healthy.
Sincerely,
Teresa Nocita
Owner/Director | Studio E
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COVID-19 UPDATE

Dear Parents & Families,
With the growing concern surrounding COVID-19, the health, safety, and well-being of our employees and our families is our primary concern.
First and foremost, we want to assure our students and their families that we are taking all of the appropriate measures to ensure that our facility is safe and that we have existing plans and training protocols in place to ensure they stay that way.
We have increased the level of contact cleaning at the studio. We have come up with a schedule to clean contact areas such as wiping down handles, pianos, guitars, microphones, and drumsticks between students to help prevent the spreading of germs with these preventative measures:
  1. Any staff member that shows any signs of flu symptoms is asked to stay home.
  2. In the meantime, we have put away all the magazines, books and toys.
  3. We ask that any student who has the flu or flu-like symptoms (cough, fever, difficulty breathing, etc.) to stay home.
  4. We ask that any parent or guardian who accompanies a student (and has the flu or flu-like symptoms) to stay home.
  5. Proper handwashing is key. Notices have been placed in all bathrooms: Remember to wash your hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds and try to refrain from touching your face, nose, and eyes as much as possible.
  6. We will be allowing extra make-up lessons for any sick cancellations
These changes, along with Canada’s Public Health recommended measures (http://.www.canada.ca/en/public-heath/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-cvid-19.html) will help us maintain a healthy workspace for all. As a reminder, we will be closed for regular lessons from Monday, March 16th to Saturday, March 21st. Our March Break camp will continue to run as usual. We will continue to monitor the situation and regularly communicate with you should the need arise. We ask that everyone help ensure the health, safety, and well-being of all who enter our music school.
Sincerely,
Teresa Nocita
President and Owner of Studio E
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PA Day Camps, March Break, & More!

When school stops, the music begins!

Studio E is offering new PA Day Camp programs running from 9:00am-3:00pm on all Hamilton Catholic and Public school board PA days.  Our first camp day is Friday, January 24th! Can’t get enough of the musical fun? Join us for our March Break Music Camp from Monday, March 16th to Friday, March 20th. Contact us for more information! Before and after care is available upon request.

Registration for our Summer Musical Theatre Camps is also now open! Click here to find out what shows we will be putting on this summer!

Posted in Acting, Blog, Camps

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! We hope you enjoyed the holidays with family and friends.

We wish you health and happiness in 2020.

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Studio Closed | Monday, November 11th

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For the safety of our staff and students, Studio E will be closed this evening due to inclement weather. Stay safe and warm this evening.

Posted in News

Music and Speech Development

At Studio E we often get inquiries from parents with toddlers with speech development problems. Some of the most popular questions are “ Should my child know more words than this?” and “ My child rarely uses language, and only communicates with noises and movements”. As a parent, you are told that music can help your child with speech and language development, but have you ever been told why? In the DiscoverE program at Studio E, we are committed to not only educating children about the wonders of music, but also to educating parents and caregivers about how music can benefit their child.

So how does music help your child in regards to speech and language?

Repetition:

The most successful children’s songs are the ones that use simple and easy to pronounce words, as well as repetition. This formula is something you probably recognize from songs like “Mary had a Little Lamb”, “Head Shoulders Knees and toes”, and the more recent “Baby Shark”.  Producers purposely create songs with this pattern, so that they are easy to remember and also catchy enough to get stuck in your head. As a parent, these “ear worm” songs can be viewed as annoying or ridiculous, but as children the repetition is an amazing way to develop memory and word retrieval skills. Repetition of songs and words can help the child acquire new vocabulary which promotes Auditory Discrimination – the ability to differentiate sounds in language. To add to this experience we can add actions or signals to each word in order to help the children not only remember each word, but understand what that particular phrase is saying.

Sentence Construction:

Music and language are extremely similar. In language we use letters to construct a phrase and in music we use notes and tones. Each time we add a letter to a word, or a tone to a song we are further developing that particular phrases meaning. Music closely mirrors the tempo, pitch and rhythm of normal speaking patterns. As children, we use the musical aspects of language in order to form words and thoughts. This can be seen in ECE classrooms when the educator claps along to the syllable’s of words, or when a child mimics the tone/pitch of a word or phrase being said to them. Children understand that tone indicates feeling way before they learn the meaning of a word or sentence. This is seen when an infant cries because they see someone else crying, or a child stomps their feet when upset. When we introduce music in Early Childhood, it teaches children tone, pitch, timbre and tempo in a way that is easy to grasp and understand. It is also more effective to introduce new words and concepts through songs, because songs are easily repeated and also emotionally stimulating. Early Childhood Music promotes Phonological Awareness which is the ability to identify the sound structure of words which is an incredibly important childhood skill.

In Conclusion:

Music helps with learning the flow and tone of human speech, and learning how to make music can help develop that verbal memory that we need in order to recognize familiar words more easily. When we introduce these musical ideas and concepts to our children we are giving them the opportunity to learn essential skills in a fun and effective way. For more information on how you can introduce the magic of music to your child visit: http://studioemusicandarts.com/programs/ece-music-program/

Posted in Blog, ECE

STUDIO E CLOSED AT 12:00PM DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER

Studio E will be closing early today at 12:00pm due to inclement weather. All group classes including Sewing, Theory and DiscoverE ECE will be cancelled. We will contact everyone throughout the week to book make-up sessions.

Stay safe and warm today!

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MAY NEWSLETTER

Here is this month’s Newsletter for May!

STUDIO CLOSED: VICTORIA DAY 

Studio E will be closed on Monday, May 21st for Victoria Day. Stay safe around fire works and enjoy the long weekend!

 

THE VOCAL COMPASS™

Teaching for over 20 years throughout North America has lead Studio E Owner/director, Teresa Cirillo, to develop her own vocal technique…The Vocal Compass™. We welcome all Studio E Families to come out to the book release party on Thursday June 7th at 7:00pm. Stay tuned for more details.

You can purchase a copy of the book at the front desk for $22.95 + HST!

 

MONTHLY INVOICES 

As of this month, all clients will receive an automatically generated invoice on the 1st of each month via email. If you have a pre-authorized payment on file, a receipt will also be emailed to you when your payment is processed.

If you did not receive an invoice on May 1st, please let us know so we can update your email in our system.

 

RECITAL – REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Registration is now open! Please see the list of days and times below. Days and times are on a first come, first serve basis.

DAYS AND TIMES AVAILABLE:

Friday, June 8th – 7:00-9:00pm

Saturday, June 9th – 12:00-2:00pm, 3:00-5:00pm or 6:00-8:00pm

Sunday, June 10th – 12:00-2:00pm, 3:00-5:00pm or 6:00-8:00pm

 

INTERESTED IN ADVERTISING YOUR BUSINESS? 

We are looking to fill the following ad spaces in our program!

Full Page Ad (covers in FULL COLOUR) – Price $150.00 + HST

Full Page Ad (black and white) – Price $125.00 + HST

Half Page Ad (black and white only) – Price $75.00 + HST

If you need us to help put something together, send us a logo and your preferred message and we can help design your advertisement at an additional cost of $15.00 + HST.

Your ad will be featured in all 7 of our Studio E recital shows, and is a great way to circulate your business to over 500 Studio E families! Please speak to one of our receptionists for more information!

 

ARE YOUR LESSONS ON FRIDAY’S OR SATURDAYS? 

All lessons scheduled during recital weekend – Friday, June 8th and Saturday, June 9th – will be rescheduled throughout the month of May. Please speak with a receptionist to arrange a make-up lesson at your earliest convenience.

 

OPEN MIC NIGHT

Registration is now open for our May Open Mic Night! This is your chance to practice what you’ve learned and perform in front of your family, friends and peers!

Friday, May 25th @ 7:30pm

Register today! Only a few spots are available. More information is available at the front desk!

 

NEW SEGMENT: STAFF SPOTLIGHT

As part of a new addition to our website’s blog, we are adding a feature segment every month called Staff Spotlight.

Each month we will feature one of our instructors, with some get to know information so our families can learn more about the instructor their child has lessons with, or an opportunity to learn more about the incredible staff we have at Studio E. You can follow along with our new feature by checking out the Blog on our website HERE.

 

SUMMER CAMPS

Our camps last year were a huge success so we will be continuing with a very similar format. The days will be split up into sections for music, art and acting specific to the musical/theme of the week. 9am-4pm Monday-Friday. Before and after care also available.  7 weeks! 7 different musicals! Visit the front desk or CLICK HERE for info! 

 

“THE SHOT” SEASON 6!

Video audition submissions and registration for the live, in-person auditions with the judges are now open!

Must be 16 years old by September 1st. CLICK HERE for more info and to apply!

 

CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK 

With her first book, “The Vocal Compass”, set to release, Owner and Director Teresa Cirillo will also be taking part in a panel discussion at the Canadian Music Week Music Summit called “Holy Holistics: A Health and Wellness Approach to Performance and Creativity”. Join her May 10th at 11am at the Sheraton Center in Toronto!

CLICK HERE to read more about the panel!

For our full Newsletter, click here!

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Posted in Acting, Blog, Camps, News, Recital

May Segment: Staff Spotlight

As part of a new addition to our website’s blog, we are adding a feature segment every month called Staff Spotlight. Each month we will feature one of our instructors, with some get to know information so our Studio E families can learn more about the instructor their child has lessons with, or an opportunity to learn more about the incredible staff we have at Studio E.

 

This month’s featured staff spotlight is: Robin!

From humming as a baby to receiving awards as a young performer, music has been a driving force in Robin’s life. Robin has been pursuing a career in music for over half of her life. She started teaching music in a high school co-op class, and continued to expand her skills in college with the ‘Teaching Methods’ class. She currently teaches pop, opera, jazz, rock, classical, RCM and musical theatre in voice, all genres of flute, all methods of piano, and Theory. She has been teaching professionally since 2009. In her free time, she studies guitar and song writing. Robin and her students work hard together to reach their goals. Robin loves sharing all the wonderful things about music through her teaching. Each student, no matter the age, has a special place in her heart. Here is our question series with Robin!

 

Q: When did you decide to pursue music as a career?

Robin: I didn’t decide to pursue music. It has always been music or nothing for as long as I can remember!

 

Q: What is your zodiac sign?

Robin: Libra

 

Q: Who is your favorite solo musician or artist?

Robin: P!nk (aka Alecia Moore)

 

Q: What is your favorite hobby outside of music?

Robin: …wait what? Is that even a thing?! Just kidding. I have lots of hobbies, but my top 3 would have to be coloring, Anime/Manga, and Harry Potter…have I shown you my wand yet?!

 

Q: What is one tip you have for your students that helps them practise even when they are dreading it?

Robin: Nobody likes practicing (I have those days too), but it makes a difference and helps us grow.

 

Q: What is one instrument you would like to learn that you do not already know how to play?

Robin: Alto Saxophone or Violin!

 

Posted in Blog

APRIL NEWSLETTER

Here is this month’s Newsletter for April!

RECITAL – REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Registration is now open! Please see the list of days and times below. Days and times are on a first come, first serve basis.

DAYS AND TIMES AVAILABLE:

Friday, June 8th – 7:00-9:00pm

Saturday, June 9th – 12:00-2:00pm, 3:00-5:00pm or 6:00-8:00pm

Sunday, June 10th – 12:00-2:00pm, 3:00-5:00pm or 6:00-8:00pm

NOW ACCEPTING PRE-AUTHORIZED DEBIT PAYMENTS

For the convenience of our clients, we will now be accepting pre-authorized debit payments (PADs) as of March 1st.

We will continue to accept cash, cheque, debit or credit at the front desk as well as pre-authorized credit card payments.

NEW SEGMENT: STAFF SPOTLIGHT

As part of a new addition to our website’s blog, we are adding a feature segment every month called Staff Spotlight.

Each month we will feature one of our instructors, with some get to know information so our families can learn more about the instructor their child has lessons with, or an opportunity to learn more about the incredible staff we have at Studio E. You can follow along with our new feature by checking out the Blog on our website HERE.

 

*NEW* DISCOVERE DAY PROGRAM

Since music can be so beneficial to children during their early childhood years, we at Studio E want to provide a program that promotes exploration and musical discovery. The program will run from 9:30am-12:00pm and 12:30-3:00pm on weekdays with healthy snacks and drinks provided.

Stayed tuned for information regarding our upcoming open house!

 

OPEN MIC NIGHT

Registration is now open for our April Open Mic Night! This is your chance to practice what you’ve learned and perform in front of your family, friends and peers!

Friday, April 27th @ 7:30pm

Register today! Only a few spots are available. More information is available at the front desk!

 

SUMMER CAMPS

Our camps last year were a huge success so we will be continuing with a very similar format. The days will be split up into sections for music, art and acting specific to the musical/theme of the week. 9am-4pm Monday-Friday. Before and after care also available.  7 weeks! 7 different musicals! Visit the front desk or CLICK HERE for info! 

 

Music & Artist Development Experience present’s

SONGWRITER’S SUMMIT ’18, May 4-6th

  • Amazing speakers at Canada’s first MAJOR songwriters weekend, great opportunity for singers and songwriters!
  • Speakers include: Acclaimed songwriter Brian Packham, Licensing and publishing specialist Jennifer Beavis, Singer-songwriter Luke McMaster and Studio E’s Owner and Director Teresa Cirillo!!
  • Weekend also includes a Friday night networking and meet-and-greet concert and a Saturday night Open Mic!

CLICK HERE for more info!

 

“THE SHOT” SEASON 6!

Video audition submissions and registration for the live, in-person auditions with the judges are now open!

Must be 16 years old by September 1st to apply. CLICK HERE for more info and to apply!

 

CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK 

With her first book, “The Vocal Compass”, set to release, Owner and Director Teresa Cirillo will also be taking part in a panel discussion at the Canadian Music Week Music Summit called “Holy Holistics: A Health and Wellness Approach to Performance and Creativity”.

CLICK HERE to read more about the panel!

 

For our full Newsletter, click here!

 

Posted in Acting, Camps, Competitive Info, New Additions to Studio E, News, Recital