WELCOME TO THE ONTARIO ACADEMY OF MUSIC AND ART

Ontario Academy of Music and Art provides the definitive standard of excellence in curriculum design, assessment, performance training, and art-based social programs. Our mission is to endow people of different ages with professional skills and bring them closer to music and art. OAMA proud to be integrated only by professional musicians and well-known artists who are Registered Teachers of Royal Conservatory of Music and holds the highest grade of education such as Master’s Degree and Ph.D.

Get To Know Our Founder

Rima Saribekyan, founder of Ontario Academy Of Music and Art. Rima’s passion for the violin and piano began when she was just six years old, in her hometown Yerevan, in Armenia. Coming from a family of musicians she was first taught by her mother and inspired from a young age to pursue a professional career. As a child prodigy, she was accepted at the renowned Tchaikovsky Specialized Music School in Yerevan. After successfully graduating with an Honor diploma at the age of 15, Rima was accepted at Komitas State Conservatory of Music.

At the age of 20, she completed her Bachelor of Art. At the age of 21, she graduated with an Honor diploma and obtained her Master of Art from Yerevan State Conservatory of Music. Rima is also holding a Master of Arts degree from the University of Toronto.

Shortly after her graduation, she was invited to teach in Moscow-Russia. She conducted several violin master classes in the city of Moscow. She has recorded with prestigious Armenian and international musicians.

Rima has performed as a violin soloist with the Symphony Orchestra of Armenia and performed a number of charitable concerts to benefit children in different countries. She received masterclasses from renowned musicians in Europe and the USA and was part of the performance series as a chamber artist.

After immigrating to Canada, Rima was inspired to continue her journey as a musician and to teach and mentor the next generation of Canadians. Rima has taught private music lessons to students of all ages and all walks of life since 2008. Some of her students were accepted to study and continue their education in Germany and Canada. She is a registered teacher with the Royal Conservatory of Music.

She has developed a special training technique that enables students to become proficient in playing musical instruments within a couple of weeks.

Success in training students for years has inspired Rima to establish the Ontario Academy of Music and Art.

Being a diligent educator is important to Rima. She firmly believes that music enables students to build a solid foundation for lifelong learning; to establish craftsmanship, imagination, and motivation. She is confident that, with classical training, anyone can play and perform any style of music.

Ontario Academy of Music and Art welcomes new students and wishes continues success in the 2019-2020 school year!

PHILOSOPHY AND WHAT WE STAND FOR

  • We strive to provide a safe and welcoming environment for students to learn and grow. Through music, we engage students in activities that require them to be creative, disciplined, flexible and work cooperatively with others.
  • Music and Art also help students explore their emotions. Various compositions, types of music and art help them learn to articulate what they feel and why.
  • After completing the course with OAMA we keep in touch with our students, tracking their success and engaging in ongoing mentorship.
  • We strive to uphold a friendly relationship with parents since they play an important role in the personal development of their children and provide huge support to our academy.

PROGRAMS

Piano

Strings

Vocal

Theory

Art

Adult Paint Nights

PIANO

Piano lessons are a great way to be introduced to the beautiful world of music. It’s never too early or late to start learning the piano. Some of our piano students are as young as three years old! Our training is tailored to accommodate each student’s learning curve and customized approach to their individual needs. With the help of our skilled teachers, our students learn to read music, improve techniques and play a wide variety of genres. We prepare our students for Royal Conservatory Examinations, competitions, festivals and more.

Additionally, we offer customized programs for adults’ beginner, adults professional, advanced, RCM Program, Pop, Jazz, Broadway, and other genres. We are proud to be integrated only by professional musicians and well-known artists -who are Registered Teachers of Royal Conservatory of Music and holds the highest grade of education such as Master’s Degree and Ph.D.

VIOLIN

Ontario Academy Of Music And Art offering violin lessons to children, as young as 4 years old, adults’ beginner, adults professional, advanced. From mastering the proper violin posture to learning to read and play the violin, covering the foundation and gradually moving on to more advanced material, our teachers are here to help students to explore this delicate instrument.

Our well-educated, experienced teachers will support and guide you all the way through your learning journey with their specially developed technique that incorporates Russian and European keys of Violin Academic education that enable students to become proficient in playing Violin within a couple of weeks.

Before you have an opportunity to purchase your instrument, as a student of Ontario Academy Of Music And Art you’ll have the privilege to use our classroom Instrument for practice at no cost.

GUITAR

Ontario Academy Of Music And Art is happy to offer Guitar lessons to all levels and age groups. We are proud to have highly qualified teachers who strive to help students advance and accomplish their goals. Whether you are a beginner or studying to upgrade your technique for professional purposes, your lessons will be customized to suit your needs. Our teachers will teach you proper guitar posture and to read music, improve your technique, play a wide variety of musical genres including classical, rock, jazz, blues, pop and more.

Before you have an opportunity to purchase your instrument, as a student of Ontario Academy Of Music And Art you’ll have the privilege to use our classroom Instrument for practice at no cost.

VOCAL

Ontario Academy Of Music And Art offers Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced singing lessons that focus on breath control, ear training, pitch accuracy, vocal range, vibrato, intonation, and sight-reading.

We teach vocal students of all ages. Our younger students predominantly enjoy group lesson setting and interaction with same-age peers.

With the guidance of our highly trained vocal teachers, you will be able to read music, develop and improve your singing techniques. Students are also introduced to different types of genres including classical, rock, jazz, blues, pop, Broadway and more.

We also successfully preparing students for exams, competitions, and auditions.

THEORY

The study of theory is an essential component of well-rounded musical training and is intended to support practical studies to enhance and enrich the musical experience. Ontario Academy of Music and Art prepares students for RCM examination.

The RCM theory curriculum provides an effective, well-sequenced path for developing musical understanding and literacy. Theory studies begin with an introduction to the basic elements of music notation at the Elementary levels and culminate with structural and harmonic analysis at the Advanced levels.
Students are strongly encouraged to include the study of theory at every level, with examinations required as corequisites for comprehensive certificates from Level 5 and up.

Elementary Theory Levels: Prep theory form Level 1-4
Intermediate Certificate: Level 5- Level 8
Advanced Certificate: Level 9 Harmony, Level 10 History
Associate ( ARCT) Theory Certificate: ARCT History \ ARCT Harmony & Counterpoint / ARCT Analysis.

ART

Ontario Academy Of Music And Art offers fun and exciting art classes, workshops, Art camps for children and Painting Nights for adults. We offer small group drawing and painting classes for beginners as well as advanced students. We work with every student INDIVIDUALLY to make sure our students get the most out of the academic training while keeping the classes relaxed, enjoyable and fun — all in the unique environment of a REAL art gallery. All our classes are taught by a professional artist who gives individual attention and guidance to EVERY single student in the class.

Additionally -We are providing Art supplies. This includes oil paints, acrylic paints, watercolor paints, drawing paper, canvases, brushes, pencils, erasers and more. You can also, bring your own art supplies and materials.

ADULTS PAINT NIGHT

Ontario Academy Of Music And Art is hosting Adult Painting Night Events every Thursday and Friday night at 7:30 PM.

Our professional artist will guide you, step-by-step, from a blank canvas to a final unique masterpiece in about two hours.

Instructions are provided, no experience needed, and we provide all the supplies, so you don’t have to worry about a thing – except having a great time!!!

No matter whether you bring your friends, significant other or come by yourself, you can bet that you will meet plenty of other fun-seeking people from all over the city.

Private Lessons

Private lessons are suitable for individuals who are interested in advanced technical and musical facets of the instrument, and who are feeling more comfortable in learning one-on-one with a teacher.

Private lessons are available for children as young as 4 years old. Classes are offered from beginners to advanced levels. Private one-on-one lessons are scheduled once a week for 30, 45 and 60 minutes intervals.

Group Lessons

Our group lessons are intentionally designed to be in small groups of 2 – 4 students of the same age and the same level to enhance one-on-one interaction between students and teachers, who are skilled in teaching and educating different age groups and have personalized approach to everyone. The duration of the group lessons is 60 minutes. (Practical Theory is part of in-class training).

REGISTRATION AND POLICY

  • Proof of payment is provided on a monthly/annual basis, which will be emailed to you electronically, upon confirmation of your payment.
  • Your upfront monthly payment reserves your seat, lesson date and time for each week in our classrooms.
  • All monthly payments made for the lessons are non-refundable.
  • If you missed your lesson, a notice of absence must be received 48 hours before your lesson, to be able to re-schedule a make-up class, otherwise, a make-up lesson will not be granted. Lateness for the lesson will not be compensated.
  • No show ups without 48 hours notice will be charged as a missed lesson.
  • OAMA reserves the right to cancel any lesson at any time without advance notice or liability due to severe weather conditions or emergencies. Makeup lesson will be scheduled (date and time is subject to availability).
  • OAMA reserves the right to suspend students for non-payment, extreme absence or inappropriate conduct during the class and in the vicinity of the academy.

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