February 2023

“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.” ― Albert Einstein

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In This Issue

• The Top Choice Award Trophy has Arrived

• Mark Your Calendar

• Faculty Concert

• Student of the Month

• Royal Conservatory Exams FAQ

• Referral Contest Winner

• Practice Buddies – New Program

• Musical Ladder Achievements

• Teachers With a Waiting List

• Welcome New and Returning Students

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Top Choice trophy has arrived

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Our Top Choice trophy has arrived. For six consecutive years, we are winning this prestigious award for being the best music school in Mississauga. Big shout out to our amazing MFAA Crue front desk team, teachers, students and parents. We are a fast-growing and the largest music school in Mississauga with over 650 students. Without you, we won’t be where we are! Thanks, everyone, for voting for us.

Mark Your Calendar

March Break – March 14th – 17th CLOSED

Faculty Concert – April 23rd

Summer Recital – June 23, 24, 25

MFAA Faculty Concert

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Our Faculty Concert is right around the corner. We can’t wait to see you at the Mississauga Living Arts Centre on April 23rd at 7 pm.

Delayed and long-awaited, the evening of musical wonder. We proudly celebrate our musical community’s diversity of styles, genres, and cultures. So join us and watch our faculty as they perform your favourite pieces in concert. This is a unique opportunity for us to showcase our talented teachers’ performances and students’ Chamber Strings Group debut on the big stage.

Referral Contest Winner

Every day at the Academy, we see new faces and get excited to see one’s love of music grow unconditionally. We love the opportunity to reward our students with different prizes for saying thank you!

This time, An B won a SOUNDCORE Party Box Speaker for our quarterly referral draw!

Thank you, An B, for telling your friends about our academy, and we hope you love your new speaker at your next party.

Do you have friends that are interested in learning an instrument? Be sure to tell them all about our school, and maybe you’ll be the winner of our next referral contest!

Our BIG thanks to everyone who participated in our Fall referral contest; we hope to have more people excited about our newest referral contest!

What happens when you refer your friends to the school?

When they enrol, you get a $25 gift card, AND your name and your friend’s name are entered into our raffle box for a chance to win our Grand Prize Draw!

Don’t keep us a secret!

Each time you refer someone you know to our school & they enrol, you get an entry into our grand prize draw! There is no maximum.

The more friends you refer, the better your chances of winning fantastic prizes are!

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RCM Conservatory Examinations FAQ


How do I know if I am ready for a Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) exam?

Generally, speaking with your teacher before signing up for an exam is important to ensure that the student is ready. For most students, it will take several years before reaching the level 1 RCM stages. After this, most students take approximately one year per level; however, it is essential to note that this progress depends on the individual’s practice plans, dedication, and overall musical experience. You can also see the syllabi on the RCM website for each instrument to

How do I register for an RCM exam?

Exams can be scheduled on the RCM website. You will need to create an RCM login account to book any exams. For all students of the Mississauga Fine Arts Academy, the “teacher name” is “Mississauga Fine Arts Academy,” and the “teacher ID” is “29053”. MFAA was affiliated with RCM before the option existed for the “school ID,” and as such, you will leave that field blank. You do not require a teacher’s first and last name for exam registration. Both online and in-person options are available.

How does music theory work? Do I need to complete a music theory exam?

Before booking your exams, please check with your music teacher. RCM theory exams begin at level 5 and should be taken concurrently with the practical exams. There are no RCM theory exams for levels prep to 4; however, the books exist to help students gain the knowledge required and prepare for higher-level exams. For students doing RCM 5 and above, we highly recommend doing 1-hour lessons to have time for the practical and theoretical components of the learning process.

Am I able to skip RCM levels?

Given their teacher’s approval, students can take any RCM exams that they are comfortable with. The only mandatory RCM levels are 9 and 10 for both the theory and practical components. Beginning in grade 8, there will be more subjects added for completion. Please refer to your instrument syllabus requirements.

Can I receive a high school credit for RCM exams?

Each school may run differently, so checking with your school to confirm the specific details is recommended. Students who complete their level 7 theory and practical exams (regardless of instrument) can receive one grade 11 credit. Students that complete their level 8 theory and practical exams can receive one grade 12 credit.

What is an accompanist? Do I require an accompanist?

For any orchestral instruments or vocalists, an accompanist is typically required. Please see the syllabus for the instrument in question for specific details. MFAA does not provide accompanists for students; however, we may be able to find an accompanist for you based on your level, needs, and availability. Any accompaniment lessons and auditions payments are made through the accompanist, not MFAA.

What is ARCT/LRCM?

The Associate Diploma (ARCT) and Licentiate Diploma (LRCM) are above RCM 10 level. These are intended for the most serious students and professionals looking to establish a career in music. Reviewing the RCM website for details regarding ARCT/LRCM for each instrument is highly recommended. Achieving an ARCT/LRCM certification can result in music teaching qualifications. Please see the Teacher Certification Details for details on becoming an RCM-certified music teacher.

For any additional questions, please refer to Academic Resources and Policies.

Student of The Month

Maya H

We are excited to announce that our February 2023 student of the month is Maya H! Maya has been taking ukulele classes since June 2021 and is doing a tremendous job. Here’s what Mr. Henry, Maya’s teacher, has to say about her wonderful achievements:

 “Maya has shown great passion for playing compositions and technical exercises. She enthusiastically approaches each lesson and demonstrates a clear love of music each time she plays. Great job, Maya!” – Mr. Henry

We also asked Maya a few questions. Here are her answers

What instrument(s) do you play?  Ukulele

How long have you been taking lessons? Almost two years

What is your favourite song to play? “Fur Elise”

What is your favourite food?  Broccoli 

What is your favourite thing you’ve learned recently in class? My UCMAS abacus

What is your favourite colour? Pink and green

Congratulations Maya! We are so proud of your achievement and can’t wait to see what you do next!


Musical Ladder Achievements

Reeyansh S voice Miguel
Reeyansh S is taking voice classes and his teacher is Mr. Miguel
Joshini P piano Katrina
Joshini P is playing piano and her teacher is Ms. Katrina
Jacob F piano Carrie
Jacob F is playing piano and his teacher is Ms. Carrie
Michelle P clarinet Geoff
Michelle P is playing clarinet and her teacher is Mr. Geoff.

Practice Buddies - New Program

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We are always trying to improve the Musical Ladder and have been running the program for seven years; we know how it goes. We’ve asked around about what kids like, and there’s not much that kids love more than stuffed animals. With the help of our Practice Buddies, we’ve found a way to get students to practice more, making both parents and teachers happier.

This is free for all of our students. After students pass their first apprentice test after 90 days, they get a Practice Buddy. Students will bring their Practice Buddy home and to their lessons. Practice Buddies are the happiest when they hear their friends practicing, so students will want to continue making them happy too! With the help of our students and their Practice Buddies working together, students will practice at home even more and progress faster at their instruments.

Welcome New and Returning Students

Athony W

Sanha B

Shivansh S

Patrick H

Stanley J

Bella K

Sarath S

Swara D

Kaira A

Shine L

Veronika F

Morgan M

Aashiya S

Yuvin K

Luke Y

Maira M

Emerson E

Elora E

Noah C

Aurora W

Oliver K

Rithik P

Katherine C

Carmen C

Bihaan P

Sofia G

Aarush R

Emilia A

Saisha V

Deha Deniz K

Mark R

Althea F

Krzysztof B

Qing W

Sebastian Cadena J

Kabir K

Peter K

Mira S

Evelyn L

Kavir S

Isaac N

Jasmine N

Jordan N

Kaan K

Pranavi B

Aishvari G

Emma W

Rishav S

Is Your Teacher Fully Booked?

Many teachers are very popular and quickly become fully booked. If you need a schedule change or would like to be added to a waiting list for a particular teacher, day or time, don’t hesitate to contact us, and we can add you to the waiting list. There are still limited lesson spots available. To inquire about opening in March, send an e-mail to info@mississaugafineartsacademy.com or call/text us at 905-276-0251.

Here is a partial list of who’s currently full:


Henry G.: All Days SOLD OUT

Jonathan B.: Only TWO spots left

Max M.: All Days SOLD OUT

Michael G.: Only TWO spots left

Miguel R.: All Days SOLD OUT

Noah C.: Only TWO spots left

Yago G.: Only THREE spots left

Love R: Only TWO spots left


Jonathan B.: Only TWO spots left

Henry G.: Only ONE spot left

Michael G.: Only TWO spots left

Max M.: All Days SOLD OUT


Abigail H.: Only TWO spots left

Anastasiya B: All Days SOLD OUT

Angela W.: All Days SOLD OUT

Jacey H.: All Days SOLD OUT

Sharif A.: All Days SOLD OUT

Sibiya R.: Only TWO spots left

Vira B.: All Days SOLD OUT


Geoff M.: All Days SOLD OUT

Henry G.: Only ONE spot left

Jonathan B.: Only TWO spots left

Max M: All Days SOLD OUT

Miguel R.: Only ONE spot left

Noah C.: Only TWO spots left

Yago G.: Only THREE spots left


Adriana O.: Only THREE spots left

Amjad A.: All Days SOLD OUT

Andrea B.: All Days SOLD OUT

Anastasiya B: All Days SOLD OUT

Angela W.: All Days SOLD OUT

Danae O.: All Days SOLD OUT

Geoff M.: All Days SOLD OUT

Jerry Z.: Only TWO spots left

Katrina Z.: All Days SOLD OUT

Kyle M.: Only TWO spots left

Lesya K.: All Days SOLD OUT

Mariana C.: All Days SOLD OUT

Max M.: Only TWO spots left

Maya T.: Only THREE spots left

Michael G.: All Days SOLD OUT

Nathaniel M.: Only ONE spot left

Noah C: Only TWO spots left

Oksana I.: All Days SOLD OUT

Robert M.: Only TWO spots left

Sam L.: All Days SOLD OUT

Shannon D.: Only ONE spot left

Tao Z.: Only THREE spots left

Vira B.: All Days SOLD OUT

Vyan V: Only TWO spots left

Yago G.: Only THREE spots left


Abigail H.: Only TWO spots left

André R.: Only TWO spots left

Angela W.: All Days SOLD OUT

Maya T: All Days SOLD OUT

Miguel R.: Only ONE spot left

Sam M.: All Days SOLD OUT

Andrea B.: All Days SOLD OUT

Noah C.: Only TWO spots left


Kyle M.: Only TWO spots left

Noah C.: Only TWO spots left



Abigail H.: Only TWO spots left

Angela W.: All Days SOLD OUT

Jacey H: Only ONE spot left

Nathaniel M.: Only ONE spot left

Sharif A.: All Days SOLD OUT

Sibiya R.: Only TWO spots left


Amjad A.: Only TWO spots left

Adriana O: Only TWO spots left

Shannon D.: Only ONE spot left


André R.: Only TWO spots left

Jerry Z.: Only TWO spots left


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