SSO Music Conservatory

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ABOUT US

The Sudbury Symphony Music Conservatory (SSMC) is devoted to fostering a healthy knowledge of music to students of all ages. Our instructors are all professional musicians, who are greatly respected and admired in their craft, both throughout the community, Canada and internationally. Private lessons are available to anyone in the community. No auditions are required, and lessons are taught to students of all ages and levels at times that are mutually convenient for both the student and instructor. Private lessons are weekly 30 minute, 45 minute or 1 hour of one-on-one instruction time throughout the academic year (September-June). Students may start at any time, subject to instructor availability. Some lessons are available throughout the summer months; please inquire with the SSMC office on lesson availability. Instructors are available to teach Violin, Viola, Cello, Guitar, Piano, Voice, Ear-Training, Theory, Percussion, Brass and Woodwinds.

Lessons take place at the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra office:

96 Larch Street, Unit 403
Sudbury, ON   P3E 1C1

Phone: 705-673-1280

A few teachers are also offering private lessons at their homes. Please inquire to availability.

OUR GOALS

  • Create life-long learners and lovers of music
  • Promote and foster creativity and artistic expression
  • Advancement of musicianship and theory skills
  • Curriculum focused on learning style and personality of each individual student
  • Fun, stimulating, inspiring and challenging learning atmosphere

DIVISIONS

Sudbury Suzuki School

The Sudbury Suzuki School has been established within SSMC to focus on teaching children as early as 4 years old. Our faculty are specialists in teaching the Suzuki Approach receiving formal training by the Suzuki Association of America. This approach is often called the “Mother Tongue” approach by learning the instrument as children learn a language: by ear and watching (called modelling). Each week the student has a private lesson and a group class where they get to play with other students in a super fun environment developing social skills, improving attention span, and learning from and with each other. We have fabulous violin, viola, cello and guitar teachers eager to start you on an epic journey full of fun, music and comraderie. Read more about the Suzuki approach and method.

Cambrian Music Academy

At the academy, our faculty are internationally known artist-educators that will help you reach your goals whether it be for personal growth or professional aspirations. At CAM, lessons include the technique of the instrument, basic theory, best practice habits, and musical performance. Lessons can be for personal enjoyment, to prepare for an audition, or to study for an exam (ie: RCM). Students are eligible to participate in recitals and local festivals throughout the school year to develop and nurture performance skills.

Sudbury Jazz Institute

An adventurous new division at SSMC is the Sudbury Jazz Institute (SJI). Some of Sudbury’s finest local jazz musicians, young and seasoned veterans, are looking forward to offering private lessons in guitar, saxophone and drums. The SJI is also getting started by offering “combos” or small jazz band. A mixture of percussion instruments, guitars, piano, and melody instruments. The faculty take turns coaching these groups to get the most varied perspective on this art form. Other activities are the monthly SJI “pop-up” jazz clinics including our “Jazz Talks and Play” series when jazz musician-guests play and talk about various jazz styles, evolution, and more.

Online Lessons Available!

Online music lessons can be quite effective and fun!  Students nowadays are willing to learn in any manner they can, and the two-way video streaming keeps students focused and engaged.  As easy as calling on the phone. And lessons may be recorded!*

We take a “maximum demonstration/minimal explanation” approach online, mostly because the student and teacher must take turns playing, and the most effective way to demonstrate musical ideas online is by example. Rewind. Play. Pause. Great lesson.

During these difficult and often confusing days of social distancing, families struggle to maintain a sense of daily routine; important for younger children who often find themselves completely out-of-whack and longing for structured activities.

Online lessons will not only help children stay active during this COVID-19 pandemic, this experience will help music students of all ages maintain a sense of continuity, and without the need to leave the house, online lessons are incredibly convenient, too!

Online lessons are not a substitute for face-2-face traditional lessons, often more of a great supplement; but for the next little while we may not have a choice, so this can is an opportunity to embrace the real power of technology, and explore this virtually uncharted virtual world we are about to embark.

Contact us for more details about how to register for online lessons.