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Music Development Program Spring exam

posted Jan 15, 2016, 7:38 AM by Robert Jontz   [ updated Jan 15, 2016, 7:39 AM ]


The exam dates for the Spring are up and registration is open until February 16th.

Theory: May 13-14, 2016
Practical: May 15 - June 5, 2016

To register click here.

What is the Music Development program? Click here

Music Development program registration is now open

posted Oct 2, 2015, 10:24 AM by Robert Jontz   [ updated Oct 2, 2015, 10:24 AM ]

Hello all!

The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program is now open for registration. The dates are below. Click the link to register, the deadline is October 14th.

November/December Examination Session Dates

Theory Examinations – Dec 11 & 12, 2015
Practical Examinations – Nov 28–Dec 10, 2015

Register Now
Deadline October 14, 2015

Download our registration policies.

Chinese New year Gala 2015

posted Feb 4, 2015, 9:36 AM by Robert Jontz

Join us for a celebration of the Chinese new year at Steinway Piano Galleries!

Steinway Piano Galleries Chinese new year gala 2015

Instrument Rentals

posted Aug 18, 2014, 10:14 AM by Robert Jontz   [ updated Sep 19, 2014, 4:15 PM ]

We are a Music & Arts Affiliate location and we offer one of the best "Rent to Own" programs available!

What does this mean to you? It means we are backed by the nation's largest instrument rental company, a company that rents over 500,000 instruments each year. We have great Name Brand instruments that have been approved by local area band & orchestra Teachers. Brands such as Yamaha, Bach, Vito, Selmer, Gemeinhardt, Knilling and more are available. It also means there is local support from Music & Arts Road Reps, who make weekly visits to most middle schools, providing friendly and knowledgeable service.

Total Flexibility!
Start renting at a low rate today on a month to month basis, and  if you decide you want to buy, you can purchase at any time for a huge 30% discount off of the remaining balance. If your student changes their mind, or needs to move up in the band, you can switch from one instrument to another at any time.

Get Your Instrument repaired!

If your instrument needs to be repaired drop it off here and well send it to the repair shop for a free estimate. Music & Arts also has a Liability Damage Waiver (LDW) that may be purchased with rental instruments. The LDW covers maintenance, repairs, and loss due to forced entry theft or fire while you are renting the instrument. It can be cancelled at any time, but it can only be added at the time of rental. It is highly recommended!

Rent the way you want!
Stop by and rent your instrument here at our location same day, and while you’re here pick up any required accessories such as reeds, oils, books etc. Don’t forget to sign up for lessons, too!

You can also click the link below to rent online, with the option of picking up your instrument at our store, or having it shipped right to your door! (extra fee applies for home shipping)

Instrument Rentals

Music & Arts Band Instrument Rentals

Voice-over Workshop

posted Jul 14, 2014, 12:44 PM by Robert Jontz   [ updated Dec 30, 2014, 12:46 PM ]

voice over microphone
Voice-over (also known as off-camera or off-stage commentary) is a production technique where a voice—that is not part of the narrative is used in a radio, television production, filmmaking, theatre, or other presentations. The voice-over may be spoken by someone who appears elsewhere in the production or by a specialist voice actor. It is pre-recorded and placed over the top of a film or video and commonly used in documentaries or news reports to explain information.

A common misconception is that you need a special voice for voiceover work. In today’s world of voiceover, you don't have to have a "golden voice" - most people with a decent speaking voice and direct-able talent can do voiceover—and be quite successful. In fact, if you listen to today's radio and TV commercials, you'll notice that the most effective ads sound like real people in believable situations. The good news is that voiceover is tons of fun. How many other kinds of work can you think of where you get to play, pretend you are other characters and get paid for it?

There has never been a better time to pursue a career in commercial voice-overs. Thanks to cable, the Internet and other new media, demand for voice-over talent is exploding! Voice-over is a very competitive business, precisely because it is so attractive. I cannot think of another performance-related venue where you can make more money in less time. I believe there is a real, solid, tangible opportunity for new people to break into this growing, lucrative field -- if you know what you're doing.

our "nuts and bolts" approach will help you:
  • Develop your vocal technique for the microphone
  • Refine your commercial performance skills
  • Identify and grow a range of voices, from announcer to character  
Sign-up now!


posted May 30, 2014, 7:36 AM by Robert Jontz   [ updated May 30, 2014, 7:37 AM ]


Brain Research Shows Direct Connection Between

Music Study and Cognitive Growth


TORONTO – As parents seek to provide their children with the best opportunities for development, neuroscience research has been proving that music education fast-tracks speech and reading skills, trains children to focus their attention for sustained periods, and helps them to develop emotional intelligence, among many other lifelong benefits.


The findings from a number of studies over the last decade were compiled by The Royal Conservatory of Music in an article entitled “The Benefits of Music Education:  An Overview of Current Neuroscience Research.”  The document highlights compelling research insights into the long-term value children gain through music training in reaching their full potential.


“Music, as we know, is one of the most powerful means available to further human development and build great communities and societies.  Neuroscience research also now shows us that music education is a very powerful tool for attaining a child’s full intellectual, social and creative potential,” said Dr. Peter Simon, President and CEO, The Royal Conservatory of Music.


Among the benefits of music education: it increases IQ and working memory, promotes better information processing and motor coordination, and helps to create stronger neural connections in the brain which contribute to improved structure and function through a process called neuroplasticity.  Music training also brings children long-term health benefits, as it has been shown to delay the onset of dementia, and can help to compensate for hearing loss later in life: studies show that seniors with musical training are able to pick out sounds in noisy environments even though they’ve suffered hearing loss.


“When we practise music, we’re training our brains in skills relevant not only to music, but also to many other important life activities.  For children, in particular, music study contributes to their cognitive development and can provide lifelong benefits in health and resilience,” said Dr. Sean Hutchins, Director of Research at The Royal Conservatory.


The use of technologies such as functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and electroencephalography (EEG) have given neuroscience researchers a better understanding of exactly what happens inside the brain when it processes music, and how this activity contributes to better learning and functioning.  The research is showing that learning to play an instrument or sing leads to changes in the brain that promote cognitive growth.

More than 200 neuroscientists around the world are involved in researching the effects of music study on brain function and structure.  Many of the leaders in the field are based in Canada, with clusters of research in Montreal, Hamilton and Toronto. The Royal Conservatory’s Dr. Hutchins is considered to be a world expert in the study of vocal perception and production. The Conservatory’s research article can be found at

The Royal Conservatory of Music is one of the largest and most respected music and arts education institutions in the world.  For more than 125 years The Conservatory has been providing the definitive standard of excellence in music education through its curriculum, assessment, performances, and teacher education programs, making a powerful impact on the lives of millions of people globally.  The organization has helped to train a number of internationally celebrated artists, including Glenn Gould, Oscar Peterson, David Foster, Sarah McLachlan, Angela Hewitt, and Diana Krall.


At its national base, The TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, The Royal Conservatory offers classes and lessons for people of all ages, and presents and produces a wide range of concerts in its performance spaces:  Mazzoleni Concert Hall in historic Ihnatowycz Hall, Conservatory Theatre, and the magnificent Koerner Hall.  For more information, please visit

Eighth Note Harmonic Intervals

posted Apr 24, 2014, 9:29 AM by Robert Jontz   [ updated Apr 24, 2014, 9:29 AM ]

We have some great resources here at the store to help students understand how music in constructed. The theory workbooks from Ultimate Music Theory are especially helpful if a student is taking the Royal Conservatory written exam. Don't forget to get the answer key, too. Enjoy the article below from Ultimate Music Theory.

Eighth Note Harmonic Intervals – 3 Rules & 4 Mistakes

It’s one thing to write Eighth Note Harmonic Intervals (one note directly above the other) but it’s a little different writing Eighth Note Harmonic Intervals when it’s a harmonic 2nd.

eighth note harmonic intervals - 2ndThere are 3 rules to learn that will help us avoid 4 common mistakes when writing Eighth Note Harmonic Intervals.

Rules change when writing harmonic 2nds using eighth notes.

Do your students ever get confused when writing Eighth Note Harmonic Intervals of a 2nd? You have to consider the flag and the stems and the noteheads.

Sounds like a song out of The Wizard of Oz – Flags and Stems and Noteheads, Oh My!

Writing Eighth Note Harmonic Intervals of a 2nd involves not only proper placement of the noteheads, it also involves proper placement of the flag and the stem.

So first, let’s learn the 3 Rules:

  • Rule #1 – Eighth Note Flag to the Right Rule

In Prep 1 Rudiments on Page 41, we learn:  An Eighth Note is written as a Quarter Note with a Flag. Follow the Stem Rules. The flag always goes to the right.

  • Rule #2 – Eight Note Stem Length Rule

In Prep 1 Rudiments on Page 41, we also learn: The end of the flag does not touch the notehead.

  • Rule #3 – Harmonic Second Notehead Placement Rule

In Prep 1 Rudiments on Page 87, we learn: An interval of a 2nd is a step. It is always written one note beside the next, space to line or line to space. The lowest note of a 2nd is written on the left, with the higher note written on the right.

Students learned these rules in Prep 1 Rudiments, so writing Eighth Note Harmonic Seconds should be simple, right? In my 35+ years of teaching, it is my experience that students like to ignore rules, especially when they have to consider more than one rule at the same time. (Anyone else have that experience?)

4 Mistakes – Writing Eighth Note Harmonic Intervals of a 2nd

harmonic interval 8th note flagsMistake #1 – A Stem Up is used for the Stem Up note and a Stem Down is used for the Stem Down note. When writing an Eighth Note Harmonic Second, the stem is written in the direction of the note furthest away from the middle line.

Mistake #2 – The Flag is on the left of the stem. When writing an Eighth Note Harmonic Second, the flag is always on the right of the stem. Always. No exceptions.eighth note harmonic 2nd - line to space

Mistake #3 – Two Stems and Two Flags are used on the Harmonic Second. The correct way to write an Eighth Note Harmonic Second is with one stem (in the middle of the two noteheads) and one flag (flying to the right of the stem).

Mistake #4 – The Flag touches the noteheads. When writing an Eighth Note Harmonic Second correctly, the flag must never touch either of the noteheads.

Yes, I know – in “printed music”, it often looks like the eighth note flag is touching the notehead. That is because the standard “printed” length of the stem with a flag is the same for a stem down and a stem up note. Unfortunately, when writing a stem down note, the flag ends up running into the notehead.

by Shelagh McKibbon-U’Ren, UMT

Music Theory

posted Mar 17, 2014, 2:12 PM by Robert Jontz

We have some great resources here at the store to help students understand how music in constructed. The theory workbooks from Ultimate Music Theory are especially helpful if a student is taking the Royal Conservatory written exam. Don't forget to get the answer key, too. Enjoy the article below from Ultimate Music Theory.

Dotted Notes – Harmonic Second Interval

dotted notes - harmonic half notesDotted notes – to dot or not to dot – that is the question.  Dotted notes used when writing an interval of a harmonic second do not not always follow the same rules as the placement of the dot after a note.  How do we figure out where to place the dot? Where is the correct placement of the dot on dotted notes?

To create Dotted Notes, we always write the dot in the space above the line for a line note – right? Wrong.

Yes, once again there is a special instance when we do not follow the Dot Placement Rule and that is when writing a Harmonic Second using dotted notes.

Dotted Notes

Dotted Notes are introduced in the Ultimate Music Theory Basic Rudiments Workbook and are required knowledge for the Basic Rudiments Theory Examination. In the Basic Rudiments Workbook on Page 17, we learn the Dot Placement Rule – the dot is written behind (after) the note in the same space for a space note and in the space above for a line note.
dotted notes - quarterUMT Tip: A dot placed after a note adds half the value of the note.

Dotted Notes – Harmonic Second Interval

The Harmonic Second Dot Placement is unique. When writing a Harmonic Second using Dotted Notes, each note must have a dot.

When the lower note of the Harmonic Second is in a space, the dot is written to the right of the notehead:

  • In the space beside the note for the lower space note.
  • In the space above the note for the upper line note.

dotted notes - space to line harmonic 2ndHere is where it gets tricky.

When the lower note of the Harmonic Second is on a line, the dot is written to the right of the note head:

  • In the space below the note for the lower line note.
  • In the space beside the note for the upper space note.

dotted notes - line note harmonic 2We cannot write both dots in the space above the notes. Why? Because two dots in the same space creates a Double Dotted Note – the first dot adds half the value of the note and the second dot adds half the value of the first dot.

Double Dotted Notes are introduced in the Ultimate Music Theory Intermediate Rudiments Workbook and are required knowledge for the Intermediate Rudiments Theory Examination.

So, as much as we want to have our students stand up, place their right hand on their heart and swear to always place their dots in the space above the note for a line note, we can’t. *Sigh*.

Have you ever had that special student who has looked at you and said “But Teacher, you told me that a dot after dotted notes always goes in the space above the note for a line note and now you are telling me that it doesn't? Were you lying to me?” Yes, that happened to me.

Do you ever feel like you have to add the caveat when introducing a theory concept and state “this is the rule for now, but we may learn of an exception to the rule as you get more advanced”? And Yes, I do add that caveat!

by Shelagh McKibbon-U’Ren, Ultimate Music Theory

Some Upcoming events

posted Jan 14, 2014, 1:09 PM by Robert Jontz   [ updated Jan 14, 2014, 1:10 PM ]

In sports, the team members practice and then play in the games or perform their skills on the ice, in the snow, in the water, etc. Musicians practice and train just like that. In the spring and summer, there are opportunities to perform. Here are a few of the events coming up.

The Music Development Program 
Registration opens on January the 14th. It will be at UCF on May 18/19.
It is for all levels, all instruments including voice. Talk to your teacher if you would like to participate. Go to for more information.
The Music Development Program is brought to you by The Royal Conservatory. The Royal Conservatory is based in Canada and has been around over 100 years. The Royal Conservatory is an international music school so the students are earning a music certification by participating. There are two parts to the exam. There is the practical exam where the student plays required music and is tested on scales, ear training, etc. There is also a separate theory exam called the academic assessment. We host the written exam at Music N More and is held on a day different than the practical.

The Guild 
Is for piano only. The Guild is brought to you by the American College of Musicians. We will host it here at Music N More sometime in June. Go to for more information. Sign up here with Nancy Jontz. We will announce when registration begins.

Summer Symphony 
We will have the first ever Music N More Summer Symphony meeting once a week over the summer. Stay tuned for more details. Contact Nancy Jontz if you are interested!

Shop Small November 30th

posted Nov 21, 2013, 9:45 AM by Robert Jontz   [ updated Nov 21, 2013, 9:45 AM ]

Don't miss this special offer from American Express.
Earn money when you Shop Small on Small Business Saturday:Nov. 30th with your American Express Card at Music N More!

Step 1. Register your eligible card at It opens 12am MST on Nov 24, 2013 and continues until 11:59 PM MST on Nov 30, 2013. Unless registration limit is reached sooner.

Step 2. Use the registered Card On Nov 30th to spend $10 or more in a single, in-store transaction at all business locations that appear on the Small Business Saturday Map. (That would be Music N More, especially! but other places, too) Online transactions do not qualify.

Step 3. Get a one-time $10 statement credit for that transaction from American Express within 90 days after Nov 30, 2013.

This would be a great time to stock up on music or instrument supplies!

As always, thanks for supporting you local music store!

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