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March Break information

Toronto Music Alliance follows the Toronto District School Board's schedule for March Break dates. Feel free to enjoy your time from March 12-16. If you want a lesson, though, we're still around, so let us know and we'll be glad to see you!

Important Tax Information for Parents

It's that time of year again: Tax time. But did you know that, if you have a child taking lessons at Toronto Music Alliance - or indeed, any music education program - you can qualify for a tax credit? Click through to learn all about this wonderful federal tax credit.

According to the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency website, Line 370 on your tax form states:

You can claim to a maximum of $500 the fees paid in 2011 relating to the cost of registration or membership of your or your spouse's or common-law partner's child in a prescribed program of artistic, cultural, recreational or developmental activity.

Toronto Music Alliance qualifies for this tax credit under because our programs meet the requirements of the CRA, as a qualifying program must:

  • ·       be ongoing (a minimum of eight consecutive weeks long)
  • ·       be supervised
  • ·       be suitable for children

If you would like a copy of your payment records for 2011, please contact us and we will email you a copy for your accounting records.

And finally, so we're clear: We're music teachers, not accountants. Please consult a trained, professional accountant if you need further clarification for your specific tax situation.

RCM Examinations Deadlines and information

The deadline for registering for a Spring RCM Exam is fast approaching. Click on Read More to see all the details and information - including how to earn a high school credit.

For those of you preparing for a an exam during the spring session, your registration deadline is March 6. Registrations can be completed online by clicking here. Be sure you have your RCM Candidate Number as well as your Teacher RCM number when you apply. 

The Theory exams will take place on May 11 & 12, while all Practical (instrumental) exams will be scheduled between June 11-30. Final details will be mailed to students closer to the examination dates.

Secondary school students in Ontario will be pleased to learn that their RCM examinations can be used towards earning their OSSD. By averaging a mark from a Practical exam and a Theory exam, students can earn the following credits:

Instrument RCM Exam Taken Credit Earned
Any instrument, including voice, but not including Speech Arts Grade 7 Practical+ Intermediate Rudiments Grade 11 Credit
Any instrument, including voice, but not including Speech Arts Grade 8 Practical+ Advanced Rudiments Grade 12 Credit

Information courtesy of RCM Examinations.

According to the Government of Ontario Ministry of Education website, there is no strict limit to the number of Music credits that can be used for completion of an OSSD. However, various universities may restrict the number of Grade 11 and 12 Credits used in calculating the student average for the admission process. Please consult your school's guidance department or university admissions office for more information.

If you need any further assistance with this, please don't hesitate to contact us or speak with your teacher. Good luck to those applying!

Elenee playing Clementi

Watch Ida Neufeld's Suzuki Piano student Elenee play her rendition of Clementi. It's beautiful, of course, but click through to see the story behind the performance, and why it's just that amazing.

Elenee has been studying Suzuki Piano with Ida for several years. She recently turned eight years old. What you are seeing is Elenee, who was given absolutely no notice whatsoever that she was going to be performing for anyone, playing using her natural abilities - along with the guidance of Ida. In fact, Elenee had been in her karate uniform mere moments before playing this piece. Talk about versatile! Thank you, Elenee, for sharing your music with the rest of us. Extra special thanks to Ida Neufeld for guiding Elenee to this amazing point.

Bassfest 2012!

Attention all bass cleffers! The Toronto Music Alliance first ever Bassfest is coming Friday, March 23rd! Read on for more information about the awesomeness that it will entail.

Bassists are, for the most part, the most easy-going, nicest group of players out there. It's time that we all got together, share some knowledge, share some music, jam a bunch and eat some pizza.

When: Friday, March 23rd starting at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Toronto Music Alliance HQ

Please bring $10-$20 to help cover the cost of the space and pizza. Beverages and some sight-reading fun stuff will be provided.

And even if you're not a current student of ToMA, come and bring your bass. Hope to see you there!