Winter Recitals

The winter holidays are rapidly approaching and with them our formal recitals. Our first Christmas Recitals are  on Sunday, November 29th at 2 pm (piano) 3:30 pm and 5:15 pm (int/senior violin); all these recitals are fully booked but there is still time (not too much tho) to register for piano and Suzuki string students for our second Christmas Recitals … Read More

why we teach music…..

This study reiterates why music is an important part of every child’s education:

Twinkle Twinkle and its origins

Ever wondered who wrote “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”? Here is a link to and an article by Canadian cellist and teacher Murray Charters about how the tune came to be known as it is today, and used by Shinichi Suzuki as the foundation piece for young violinists.

Summer Theory and Guitar Camps

Did you want to try out a new instrument this Summer?  Or perhaps get a head start on your theory requirements?  Arbutus Music Academy’s Summer Theory and Guitar camp registration is now open! Courses are available in Rudiments, History and Harmony, as well as children and adult Guitar camps.   Deadline for theory registration is May 30th.  Deadline for guitar camp … Read More


The registration for Arbutus Academy’s Year End Recitals is now open! They will take place on Sunday, May 31st (Intermediate/Senior Strings) and Sunday, June 14th (Piano/Voice and Junior Strings) at West Point Grey United Church. For more information and to register, please click here.

The Practice Fairies

A mother shares her creative idea for structuring daily practice with her kids in this interesting blogpost. . The Practice Fairies

Jazz Fiddle Workshop

Join us on Sunday, January 25th from 12-1:30 at the Gallery for a Jazz Fiddle workshop with Cam Wilson! (free for Arbutus Academy students). If you are interested, please sign up and ask your teacher for the charts you will need to learn.

Preparing the ground: advice for the parents of new students

Here is an excellent blog post on the preparation for beginning Suzuki lessons on  any instrument. Enthusiasm for the instrument  is a good place to start; this explains how to take it beyond that first step and prepare the student for a successful introduction to music lessons. Principles of Sowing and Reaping  

Children with mental health issues ‘should learn the violin’

Learning to play an instrument may be more effective for treating childhood psychological problems than pills, a study has found. Children who play musical instruments are more focused, emotionally controlled and less anxious. Brain scans found playing music altered the motor areas of the brain, because the activity requires control and coordination of movement. But even more important were changes … Read More

Spring Term Re-registration

Big THANKS to all teachers, students and volunteers for their hard work which made the Winter Recitals a huge success!!!  One more week and the Holidays are here! Well deserved time to sit back and relax. Also the end of the Fall Term is approaching rapidly. The last lessons of the fall term are on the week of January 12th … Read More

Winter Junior Violin/Cello and Piano/Voice Recitals

After high calibre performances of our Intermediate/ Senior students last Saturday we are looking forward to our Junior violinists and cellists next Sunday the 14th! Piano/Voice recital starts at 2:30pm Junior Violin/Cello recital starts at 5pm (violinists and cellists please be there 15 minutes early to tune). The run through for all participants is this Sunday! As you probably noticed … Read More