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Year XXII, No. 6 (May 2018)



Marcia W. (piano)
Drishga K. (vocal, piano)
Christina G. (piano)
Thomas F. (violin)
Beatrice Y. (guitar)



Kyle M., Athena C., Ethan W., Hannah W., Catherine S., Hazel R., April W., Dean H., Jaid B., Jalen Y., Vicky W., Keerthika R., Nicholas B., Nathan W., Pirashana V., Mishani T., Zack Z., Gina F.




June 4: PD days (YR) - elementary
June 4-23: RCM practical examinations
June 9: Cornell Recital Hall.
                  Kindred Spirits Orchestra. Histoire du soldat
June 11: IMA Annual Progress Reports
June 16-17: IMA Summer Festival
June 8-30: Canadian Music Competition
                  (National finals, Montreal)
June 28-29: PD days (YR)
June 28: Flato Markham Theatre.
                  Kindred Spirits Orchestra. Love and Faith
June 30: CBC Glenn Gould Studio.
                  Kindred Spirits Orchestra. Ravel’s Bolero





We have had a successful academic year so far and look forward to preparing well for the Royal Conservatory of Music examinations in June and August, as well as for the Canadian Music Competition in June. Meanwhile, we have also started preparations for the iMA Summer Music Festival that will take place on Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24, 2018. The festival will consist of separate one-hour concerts. Students would be required to attend only the concert they are participating in. Book your calendars for this exciting event – together with the iMA Winter Festival, this has been one of the most significant moments for many of our students.

The iMA Summer Music Festival will take place at the recital hall of the International Music Academy in Stouffville located at 50 Innovator Avenue in Stouffville ON L4A 0Y2. The hall has an excellent grand piano, large screen connected to an HD camera that will allow you to see the finest details of each performance. The Stouffville campus is only a 10-15 minute drive from our Markham location. A free parking is available around the school as well.

Detailed information about the Festival schedule will be sent by the beginning of June. Students who have their lessons on Saturday will perform on Sunday and vice versa.

Students who perform at the festival will be given IMA Certificate for completing the academic year as well as a trophy.



In June, all current students will be receiving detailed progress reports signed by their teachers and the Director of the International Music Academy. The reports summarize students’ outcomes and achievements during the past academic year as well as their goals and objectives for the upcoming months.



As usual, the IMA will be offering to all students who are registered for RCM examinations an opportunity to play their entire program prior to the day of their examination. This mock exam is scheduled at the IMA – Stouffville recital hall on Saturday, June 2, from 5 pm to 7 pm.  There are many advantages of playing the examination program in advance of the examination itself and generally students gain more confidence and perform better at their examinations. Students who wish to register for the mock examinations, must confirm their participation with the IMA Office by May 20.





If you are ready to purchase a high quality pre-own piano through one of the IMA commercial partners, 3 of your lessons at the IMA will be free. Call our Office or e-mail Office@InternationalMusicAcademy.ca for more information. Pre-own piano is a great investment that comes at an attractive price, with a free tuning and delivery.



We have been very pleased with the continuous success of our students. They have improved a great deal and we share their excitement with their families, friends, neighbors, and schoolmates. We appreciate your interest towards our programs and services. We are always very happy to welcome new students of all ages, levels, and instruments to the iMA. Please tell your friends about your experience with the International Music Academy.

Do you know someone who is thinking of taking music lessons or who has children who may be interested in getting their hands on a musical instrument or singing? Do you know a teenager who needs a high school OAC credit? Do you know an adult who has wanted for a long time to learn how to play a musical instrument but has never had the time or inclination? Please tell them about the IMA.

As an appreciation for your referral, we will give you a $30 credit for each new student who registers at the International Music Academy as a result of your referral. As we value your friends as much as we value you, we will offer to each referred student a $30 credit as well.



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The IMA offers personalized Gift Cards that could be used as thoughtful birthday, holiday, bar/bat Mitzvah, graduation gift or for any other occasions as well as to encourage someone to start learning a musical instrument or singing. The card can be used for any products or services.

The gift card is available for any amount. As cards are personalized with the name of the person who will receive it as well as with the name of the person who purchase it, requests have to be made 1 day in advance. Cards can be ordered in person, by phone at 905.489.4620 or by e-mail at info@InternationalMusicAcademy.ca. At the time the card is ordered, a non-refundable $5 deposit is required. The full value of the card is paid upon pick-up (and the deposit is credited towards the purchase price). Payments can be made by any major credit card, cheque or cash as well as through the accounts of the IMA Clients.



01/06/1804 - Michail Glinka was born
02/06/1857 - Elgar born
03/06/1875 - Bizet died
03/06/1899 - Johann Strauss died
06/06/1903 - Khachaturian was born
08/06/1810 - Schumann was born
21/06/1908 - Rimsky Korsakov died
11/06/1864 - Richard Strauss was born
14/06/1671 - Tomasso Albinoni was born
15/06/1843 - Edward Grieg was born
17/06/1818 - Charles Gounod was born
17/06/1882 - Igor Stravinsky was born
20/06/1819 - Jacques Offenbach was born
25/06/1767 - Georg Telemann died

Where you born or do you know someone who was born on the same day as these famous composers? Drop us e-mail at info@InternationalMusicAcademy.ca to let us know.



Mr. Ramon Taranco

Guitar Studies and Improvisation


Ramon Taranco was born in Havana Cuba to a Mexican-American mother and a Cuban father. The family immigrated to Toronto, Canada when Ramon was 5 yrs old. As a teenager, Ramon taught himself to play guitar and soon was playing in Rock, R ‘n B, and Blues bands. He also studied violin and played in his high school’s orchestra. After hearing Andre Segovia perform at Massey Hall, Ramon was inspired to play classical and Spanish solo guitar music so he embarked upon six years of studies at Toronto's Royal Conservatory of Music. Ramon studied Classical guitar with Norbert Kraft, Carl van Fleggelin, Eli Kassner, world-renowned Cuban classical guitarist Leo Brouwer, and with British master, John Mills. He studied solo jazz guitar with the legendary Lenny Breau and jazz improvisation with former Duke Ellington band member, flugelhorn player, Fred Stone. While living in NYC, Ramon studied with flamenco guitar master Dennis Koster.

As a guitar teacher, Ramon has experience on many levels. While still a student at the RCM, Ramon received a teaching position at the Koffler Centre for the Arts under the direction of then TSO conductor Victor Feldbrill - a position he held for four years. While still living in Toronto, Ramon received four Ontario Arts Council "Artist in the Schools" teaching grants that opened the doors for Ramon to teach improvisation and guitar in four Toronto area high schools. During this time Ramon further educated young people through performances of his concert/lecture program "A Guitar for All Seasons" which he presented in numerous schools, colleges and libraries all over Ontario - as a member of Prologue to the Performing Arts and on his own. Ramon was also the music consultant, band coach, and guitar instructor for the film P.C.U. (20th Century Fox). In 1994 Ramon moved to NYC where he taught guitar lessons in his private studios in Manhattan and Queens and also at the Astoria School of Music. Ramon currently teaches at Markham’s International Music Academy and is preparing to record his third CD of original music.

As a composer Ramon has received both Toronto Arts Council and Ontario Arts Council grants for composition. As a recording artist, he received an Ontario Arts Council Multi-Cultural recording grant and a F.A.C.T.O.R recording grant. Taranco later became a F.A.C.T.O.R adjudicator. Ramon's compositions have been featured in films: “L'Hombre” for the Canadian Film Center and NYC documentary, “Poverty Outlaw.” Ramon has released two CD's of original music which have received airplay in fifty countries (for example Radio Havana, Cuba; and Spanish National Radio) and have placed in the top 10 of world beat, blues, jazz and roots music radio charts.

As a performer of classical, blues, jazz, and worldbeat music in the Toronto music scene, Ramon played solo, in duos and in bands: live on CBC radio shows (Morningside, Musical Friends), and in concerts (Hart House Theater U of T, Harbourfront’s Waters Edge Café and Brigantine Room, St. Lawrence Centre, Ontario College of Art, Laurentian University) in clubs and in restaurants (The Riverboat, Top of the Senator, C'est What.) While residing in New York for 18 years, Ramon frequently performed on radio (WBAI). As a soloist and in duos with (jazz violin, percussion, blues harmonica) and band situations, Ramon has performed in concert at the Guggenheim Museum of Modern Art’s World Beat Jazz series ,Bronx Museum of Modern Art African Heritage Day, The Queens Museum of Art, Harbor Jazz Festival, Manhattanville University, Monroe College, New York State University @ Stoney Brook, Hellenic Cultural Center, Javits Center Latin Heritage Month celebration for the City of NY, Newark Public Library( blues concert celebrating Martin Luther King Jr's birthday ) Brooklyn Academy of Music Majestic Theater: onstage guitarist in small ensemble for the opera "Missionaries" by Liz Swados; in NYC night clubs, restaurants and bars such as The Groove, Izzy Bar, Fannies, La Belle Epoque, Mozart Cafe, Finally Freds, Rose’s Turn and Cornelia Street Cafe: Soul of the Blues Festival.

Mr. Taranco was happy to answer a few questions for our students and parents:

1. What do you like most about teaching? Teaching is hard work but it always feels good when students start to make progress.  Also the social aspect of teaching, interacting with all the students and their different personalities can be fun.

2. How do you inspire students to practice more? A teacher has to be very passionate about music.   This passion can sometimes trigger the students’ own passion for music.  A teacher has to be or to do three different things for the student.  First, he inspires the student by playing for the student. Second,he is a coach, a music trainer instilling the virtues of hard work and repetitious practice.  I often tell students the most important thing I will teach them to do is how to practice.  Playing a musical instrument, especially guitar, is a very physical act requiring strength and stamina.  "Without discipline there can never be happiness."  (Siddartha). Third, he has to try and make learning music a little fun.  A teacher with a good sense of humor and a sense of fun is going to reach more students and make the learning experience a easier to take. 

3. What roles does performance play in student’s development? Performing and hard practice get the maximum out of a player.  If you can do both you will be a complete player.  Performing no matter how or where will always raise your standard of playing.  For the amateur their are student recitals, performance exams, playing at the local church, at school for your friends, in a family setting - any chance to perform for anybody will force you to raise your level.  My favorite opporutnity for students is the open mic venue; the pressure to perform  will do wonders for your playing.

4. Who are your favourite composers? I love many different types  of music classical, pop, jazz, blues, rock, R & B.  For classical composers I love Bach, Beethoven, Bartok and Mozart.  For jazz, I love Mingus, Coltrane, Miles Davis, Roland Kirk, Monk, blues Skip James, SonHouse, JB Lenoir, Earl King, Albert King, Freddie King, T Bone Walker. I love country guitarist Don Rich (Buck Owens Band). Can't forget my favorite Jimi Hendrix oh well you get the idea.

5. What was the last piece of music (sheet music or a recording) you purchased for yourself? The last CD I bought was Stevie Wonders "Inner Visions".  The most recent pieces I worked on were a solo guitar arrangement of Dave Brubeck’s jazz hit "Take Five", arranged for guitar by Jorge Morel and Chet Atkins.  Also "A Little Blues"  - a solo jazz guitar composition by one of my teachers, the legendary Lenny Breau. Also, Gershwin and Prokofiev - I love his piano sonatas.  I believe they are the modern equals to Beethoven’s piano sonatas.




Ashwin Aravinthan

Description: Macintosh HD:Users:Kristian:Desktop:Aashwin Aravinthan.jpg What instrument do you play? –  I play the piano – my favourite!

How long have you taken lessons? – I have taken lessons since September 2017.

Who are your favourite musical artists? –
A.R. Rahman is an Indian composer, singer, song-writer, music producer, musician and music director who is my favorite musical artist.

What are your other hobbies, besides music? – My other hobbies are dance, bike riding, playing soccer, playing PS4 with my friends and watching movies.

Favourite food? – My favourite food is Pizza and Chicken soup.

What is the coolest thing you’ve learnt in your lessons in the past three months? The coolest thing I have learned in Piano is how to play sixteenth notes, which are the fastest notes I know so far.

Do you have any performance coming up? – Yes, I look forward to playing in the Summer Music Festival in June.

E-mail to info@InternationalMusicAcademy.ca a photo of yourself (or your child) together with the answers of the questions above. The deadline for submissions is the 15th of every month. We will feature you in one of the next issues of the newsletter.



Send a photo of your pet together with following information and we will publish it in one of the next issues of the IMA newsletter. What is the name of your pet? How old is he/she? What kind of breed our pet is (if applicable)? How long have you had him/her for? Any special circumstances around getting the pet (i.e. a gift, foster pet, etc.)? The funniest story about you pet? Any special skills or abilities.




Over the past few years several parents asked how to keep the day, time and teacher for their children for the upcoming school year. Below we have the answers of the most frequently asked questions. Please do not hesitate to ask the Office if you have any other questions or concerns – we are always happy to help.

Q. How do lessons work in the summer? - The IMA is open year round, and we do not close during the summer.

Q. Do a lot of students quit during the summer? - For the past 5 years, we have grown in enrolment each July by 15-20%. Very few students withdraw but we also get a huge influx of students in June, July and August; most of them continue into the fall.

Q. How full is the Academy? - As of May 1, we are near capacity, and many teachers have no availability between the hours of 3:00-8:30 p.m.

Q. If we withdraw for the summer, can we keep our spot for fall? -  Lessons are booked on a first-come-first- serve basis, so if you withdraw for the summer, we cannot guarantee that we will have a time slot for you in the fall, as we would have to open the slot to new students registering in June, July and August. What usually happens when a student withdraws for the summer, his/her slot would then be taken by a new student who most of the time would continue taking lessons in September and into the upcoming school year.

The big question for all parents and students to consider is:
Do you want to stay with the same teacher in the fall?


  • Take advantage of our summer make-up lessons. We realize that some of you will go on vacation for a portion of the summer. So, what you can do is simply make up in advance the lessons that you would miss because of your holidays. You can make them up as early as you would like (even in May or June).
  • “Sub lease” your spot to a family-member or a friend. You can send a family member or a friend in your place for the dates you will miss. Just let the office know who is coming in your place and when. If you are taking summer lessons and need a specific time for the fall, please contact us around late July and we will do our best to accommodate you.
  • Request a day/time change for your lesson during the summer. Our teachers are flexible and available during the entire day. If your current lesson time will be in a conflict with another activity during the summer, you can change the day/time of your lesson during the summer (subject to availability).

Each September, we get calls from students who have been with us for many years, but decided to withdraw for the summer. They want to return to the same teacher, day and time, but another student who signed up for lessons in June, July or August has already filled the same spot. Although we try to accommodate everyone, the new students may be reluctant to change their lesson time to allow us to offer it to a returning student. So, if you like your teacher, keep your time slot during summer and do not hesitate to contact our office if you need help rescheduling your lessons.



Text Box: International Music Academy GIFT CERTIFICATE for new students only  ONE FREE LESSON Call the IMA Office at 905.489.4620 (Markham) or 905.640.6363 (Stouffville) to schedule your first lesson. Once scheduled, the lesson cannot be rescheduled. Cannot be combined with any other offer. No refunds, no exchanges.

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Dr. Teresa Suen-Campbell
DMA in Harp Performance (Northwestern University)
Studio located in Oakville (Dundas St and Bronte Rd)

  • Now accepting students of all ages; lever or pedal harp
  • Some music background is preferred but not required.
  • Former students won top prizes in various International Harp Competitions.
  • Aural and sight-reading skills training also available.
  • Free consultation on rental/purchase of instrument

Phone: (647) 222-3349
Website: www.teresasuen.com
E-mail: teresasuencampbell@gmail.com