After School Lessons – Program Information

We are very excited to offer both private and group lessons at BRAA this fall! Registration is easy and can be done online! If you have any questions email lessons@burlingtonroyalartsacademy.ca or call us 1-289-245-1534.

13 Week Sessions:
Term 1: Sept 16th to Dec 13th 2019 (13 weeks)
Term 2: Feb 10th to May 22nd 2020 (13 weeks)

GLEE CLUB

Instructor: Bailey Dalton,
Imperial Academy of Music
Date: Thursdays 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Start Date: Feb. 13th, 2020
Cost: $300.00
Ages: Ages 9-18

It’s not too late to register – contact us for details on how to join: nupi@burlingtonroyalartsacademy.ca

Why Glee Club?

Glee club is great for aspiring performers as it gives students the opportunity to explore all aspects of performing. Students are trained in key elements of voice, dance and acting with introductory basic level of composing, harmony, theory and choreographing. It allows students the freedom to create and have a voice through music. This is a great class to get students out of their shell, be pushed to their full potential and find the confidence that only a roaring round of applause can achieve!

Learn to harmonize

  • Training in dance, learning choreography
  • One on one and group vocal training
  • Creating mash-ups of your favourite songs
  • Gain Confidence
  • Team building
  • Collaborative and creative experienceRecording session
  • Live performance opportunities in Dec, May and August
  • Special guest teachers from the industry

Voice

On a typical day, students begin their class with a group vocal warm up. They will learn how to warm up their voices in an effective and healthy way. Together they will participate in scales and vocal exercises that will help to develop range, agility and projection. When it comes to the show, along with group vocals, they will also be assigned to solo, duet and trio parts.

Dance

Students will be conducted in a dance warm up. Not only will a dance warm up prevent injury but also strengthen and improve technique. The dance portion of this program is driven through LMA (Laban movement analysis). LMA is a method and language for describing, visualizing, interpreting and documenting human movement. LMA is great for teaching movement especially for students who do not have a background in dance. It is important as a well-rounded performer that the students learn how to connect voice (what they are saying) with their movements. Students will gain skills to create, pick up and perform chorography.

Harmonizing

Harmonizing is a skill and asset to any performer. Glee class provides students with training to pick up and understand harmonies through both sheet music and by ear. Harmony is when you are singing above or below the main melody line, to create a fuller sound in groups of 2+.

About Bailey:

Bailey Dalton is the proud founder and artistic director of Imperial Academy of Music (IAM). Her goal is to educate students in music and dance to the best of her abilities through a deep-routed love of music. Teaching and involvement in various arts communities for over ten years, led Bailey towards creating her own academy. She strives to build spaces for artists to feel comfortable, motivated and positive about their journey through music. Our Academy strives to create an environment where every student is treated as an individual. A program is developed through individual learning goals and needs.  IAM believes that the Arts are more than just learning notes and rhythms.  It is a personal, intimate practice and form of personal expression.  While teaching students the skills they need to progress as a musician or performer, we also see it as crucial to get to know our students beyond music so we can push them to know and reach their full potential. Imperial Academy of Music also goes by the short form of I AM, meaning that each student is a complete individual artist.  Whether the student feels powerful, strong, quirky, whatever it may be-we take huge pride and commitment to ensure each student discovers and radiates who they are as a unique artist.

Bailey Dalton is a graduate of the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts and a Triple Threat performer. At Randolph, she was trained extensively in voice, acting, dance (musical theatre, jazz, tap, ballet) and theory. Bailey has been involved in music since she was born. She grew up singing as well as playing guitar and piano in her father’s band and continued to pursue her passion through musical theatre in high school and post-secondary. After graduating, Bailey found a real love for teaching the Arts. Hearing her students finally hit that high C or play their piece in perfect time is so rewarding. Bailey started teaching out of her home studio for 3 years as well as at Brantford Collegiate Institute as their Specialized High Skills Major Musical Director for 3 years and is in now in her 3rd consecutive year at Elite Music Academy. Bailey works Theatre Ancaster as a choreographer for their Stage 3 Teen Program and as Music Director for their Stage 2 summer camp.  She also runs Elite Music Academy’s Musical Theatre program in the capacity of Producer, Choreographer and Director.  Bailey also choreographs for Ancaster High’s Musical Theatre Program.

For more information on Bailey Dalton, please visit her website: https://www.imperialacademyofmusic.com/

Glee Club Video

WRITE! SKETCH! ACTION!

Instructor: Lynne Scott
Date: T.B.A
Start Date:
Cost:
Ages: Ages 9-18

This fun interactive class will have students writing and performing in their own comedic and dramatic skits and scenes with the help & supervision of the instructor, Lynne Scott.

The class will also explore improvisation with warm up exercises and improv games. There will be a performance of their work for parents at the end of the session.

  • Student collaboration, writing scenes and sketches
  • Creating characters and experimenting with different emotions, scenarios etc.
  • Performing in scenes/sketches written by the students
  • Participating in improvisational exercises and warm-ups
  • Gaining Confidence and exploring creativity
  • Live performance at the end of the session

“Write, Sketch, Action!” is a fun, interactive, class for students who love to write, be creative and perform, both in a collaborative effort and individually with the guidance of the instructor. The students will have an introduction to the basics of writing and performing in their own comedic sketches and scenes and will explore improvisation through warm up exercises and improvisational games. There will be a performance of their work for parents at the end of the session.

About Lynne:

Lynne has been an actor, singer and drama/vocal instructor for the past 31years. She has appeared in many roles, mainly comedic, ranging from improv comedy troupes, to commercial spots & roles on YTV & CBC, to live theatre roles in Shakespeare, contemporary theatre and musical theatre.

Lynne is also co-founder of the Aldershot Performing Arts Camps in Burlington and teaches vocal/acting from her home.

She has her degree in English from McMaster University and studied theatre at the Toronto School of Drama. She has also taken classes at the Second City Training Centre in Toronto.

Lynne continues to perform in theatrical performances in Oakville, Burlington and Toronto.

In addition to theatre, Lynne has been involved in music for the past thirty years.

She is the lead singer and founder of the Toronto indie band, “Skaface.” The band have performed all over Canada and the US playing in venues from the El Mocambo to the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto and have released two albums, two singles, and are on several Canadian and European compilations including Universal Music Canada’s release “Ska Trax: The Next Generation.” They are currently in the process of mixing their third album for release sometime next year. Skaface were a popular underground indie band in the 1990’s and their music was played on commercial and college radio stations across Canada and Europe. Their music also reached fans in countries as far away as Japan! In addition to singing rock/reggae and ska, Lynne also has an interest in older music from the 1940’s. She is the co-founder & vocalist for the 1940’s quartet, “Hotsy Totsy” , who have performed locally at many City of Burlington events. Challenging herself even further, Lynne is studying classical voice to experience another genre of vocal music.

STEEL DRUMS!

Instructor: Chris Thornborrow
Date: Tuesdays 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Start Date: Feb. 11th, 2020
Cost: $325
Ages: Ages 12-18

Overview

  • Training on unique pitched-percussion instruments
  • Focus on rhythm and ensemble performance
  • Have fun building music in a community setting
  • Learn about music from a different culture
  • Explore a unique instrument and sound-world

The Instrument

Students will begin by learning proper techniques, and familiarizing themselves with the instrument. As they progress, they will be introduced to introductory music, traditional folk songs, and adaptations of contemporary music. They will learn to perform as soloists, and as they gain confidence, in larger groups.

Why Steel Drums?

Steel drums is a music instrument originating from Trinidad and Tobago. Learning how to play this vibrant music will help inform students’ understanding of rhythm and harmony, while introducing them to music of another culture. Being a percussionist is not required! Students will be trained in basic percussion technique, and learn to play with each other while learning new music. This is the perfect opportunity for students to improve their rhythmic skills, and unleash their creativity while playing fun, high energy, and challenging music.

About Chris

Chris is a composer, musician, and teacher who is passionate about collaborating with creative people of all ages. He received a Bachelor of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University, and completed his Masters of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Toronto. He taught a number of courses at U of T including Musicianship, Music Theory, and Composing for Film, and has taught piano privately for over fifteen years.

Not only has Chris established himself as an innovative composer of opera, film-score, and concert music, he is also a leading arts educator, spear-heading a number of collaboration-based programs. He has over ten years of experience teaching music, musical theatre, and opera at summer camps in Canada and in Switzerland. For the last four years, he has led the After-School Opera Program and Summer Camp for the Canadian Opera Company where students from ages 8 to 18 create an opera from scratch. He also facilitated a technology-based composition and soundscape unit for students from grade 3 to 8 with Continuum Ensemble and the Toronto District School Board.

Chris premiered a new orchestra piece called ‘Trompe d’œil’ on January 24th at Koerner Hall by Esprit Orchestra! If you would like to learn more about Chris, here he is in action, click here!

MIXED MEDIA PAINTING

Instructor: Giulia Morosin,
Hons BFA, Artist and Studio Owner
Date: Tuesdays 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Start Date: Feb. 11th, 2020
Cost: $275

Using a variety of drawing mediums students will enjoy experimenting with drawing techniques. Using pencil, ink, pastel and watercolour to create Still Life, Landscape, Portrait and Abstract designs students will understand the importance of line, shape and balance while focusing on the positive and negative space within a composition.

About Giulia:

Giulia Morosin holds an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University and is the owner and operator of The Art of Learning Studio. She has been instructing visual art to all ages for over twenty years throughout the GTA. Painting and drawing became a part of Giulia’s life from the age of nine and has continued to grow and flourish through each phase of her life. To an artist’s eye the sky is almost never blue and a tree trunk is never brown. Giulia tries to pass this view along to all of her students to allow them to open their mind and experience the world through an artist’s eye with instruction in painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking and mixed media.

PRIVATE LESSONS

Instructor: Steve Pelletier
Date: Mondays 4 pm onward
Start Date: Week Sept 14th-
Cost: $40/1/2 hr , $75/hr,
Ages: All Ages welcome! Must supply bass.

Private Bass and Percussion Lessons

About Steve:

Born and still residing in Hamilton bassist Steve Pelletier, has played with an eclectic range of musical groups. Presently performing with Colin James, The Julian Taylor Band, and Matt Andersen, throughout Steve’s career he’s also played with Jeff Healey, Sass Jordan, Long John Baldry, Steve Lukather, Shooter Jennings, Sue Foley, Crystal Shawanda, Derek Ruttan, The Lovelocks and the Shuffle Demons. His career with Julian Taylor began seven years ago when he was asked to sub in for the band’s usual bass player, who left the band to play with Magic!.

A valuable member of the Greater Toronto Area music scene, Steve has also made himself known on an international level having performed on Joe Bonamassa’s “Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea” cruise and a variety of legendary venues and events, including Massey Hall, The Orpheum in Vancouver, The Calgary Stampede, Montreal Jazz Fest, Havana International Jazz Fest, Kandahar Air Force Base and The Funky Biscuit.

Date: Thursday evenings, 4 pm – 8 pm
Saturday mornings 10 am – 5:30 pm
Start Date: Week Sept 14th
Cost: $35/1/2 hr , $65/hr,
Ages: All ages welcome!

Private Vocal Coach

About Susan:

Through the years, her enthusiasm for music has defined the course of Susan’s life as much as it has defined her vibrant character.  Her considerable experience performing with professional opera and musical theatre companies across Canada is a testament to her professionalism, talent, and strength.

Yet it is the unparalleled joy with which she shares her wealth of knowledge that makes Susan Gudgeon one of the premier private vocal coaches in the Greater Toronto Area.

Susan Gudgeon made her debut in 1978 in the role of Cherubino in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of “Le Nozze di Figaro” which toured throughout Canada and the United States. She also appeared at the Guelph Spring Festival in the “Beggar’s Opera”, and at the Stratford Festival in Leonad Bernstein’s “Candide”.

In 1979 she performed he role of Tisbe wih the Canadian Opera’s “Cenerentola”, and subsequently eeated this role ith the Vancouver Opera. In 1980, she appeared as Hansel with he Calgary Opera, performed, with Luciano Berio condcting, his “Songs for Mezzo-Soprano” for New Music Concerts in Toronto, and recorded R.Murray Schafer’s “Loving Toi” for Mercantile Records. This recording was nominated for a Canadian Juno Award.

Susan Gudgeon appeared at the Shaw Festival in “Naughty Marietta” and Noel Coward’s “Cavalcade” in a total of 168 perfomances.

Last season Miss Gudgeon was heard at Ontario Place with the Hamilton Philarmonic in the Messiah, with the Oshawa Symphony and in Murray Geddes’ “Rainy Thursday” at Comus Music Theatre in Toronto.

In 1985-86, Miss Gudgeon will be heard in Toronto as Nancy in “Martha” for Opera in Concert, and in the Verdi Requiem in Hamilton.

Today Susan runs tntvox vocal studios with two studios, in Hamilton and Burlington. Contact susan at tntvox@hotmail.com for more information or go to her website susangudgeon.com for more information about her and her studio.

Instructor:: Bailey Dalton
Date: Monday, Thursday and Friday evenings as required
Start Date: Week Feb 10th, 2020
Cost: $25/3o mins, $35/45 mins, $45/1 hour
Ages: All ages welcome!

Private Piano & Vocal Lessons

About Bailey:

Bailey Dalton is the proud founder and artistic director of Imperial Academy of Music (IAM). Her goal is to educate students in music and dance to the best of her abilities through a deep-routed love of music. Teaching and involvement in various arts communities for over ten years, led Bailey towards creating her own academy. She strives to build spaces for artists to feel comfortable, motivated and positive about their journey through music. Our Academy strives to create an environment where every student is treated as an individual. A program is developed through individual learning goals and needs.  IAM believes that the Arts are more than just learning notes and rhythms.  It is a personal, intimate practice and form of personal expression.  While teaching students the skills they need to progress as a musician or performer, we also see it as crucial to get to know our students beyond music so we can push them to know and reach their full potential. Imperial Academy of Music also goes by the short form of I AM, meaning that each student is a complete individual artist.  Whether the student feels powerful, strong, quirky, whatever it may be-we take huge pride and commitment to ensure each student discovers and radiates who they are as a unique artist.

Bailey Dalton is a graduate of the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts and a Triple Threat performer. At Randolph, she was trained extensively in voice, acting, dance (musical theatre, jazz, tap, ballet) and theory. Bailey has been involved in music since she was born. She grew up singing as well as playing guitar and piano in her father’s band and continued to pursue her passion through musical theatre in high school and post-secondary. After graduating, Bailey found a real love for teaching the Arts. Hearing her students finally hit that high C or play their piece in perfect time is so rewarding. Bailey started teaching out of her home studio for 3 years as well as at Brantford Collegiate Institute as their Specialized High Skills Major Musical Director for 3 years and is in now in her 3rd consecutive year at Elite Music Academy. Bailey works Theatre Ancaster as a choreographer for their Stage 3 Teen Program and as Music Director for their Stage 2 summer camp.  She also runs Elite Music Academy’s Musical Theatre program in the capacity of Producer, Choreographer and Director.  Bailey also choreographs for Ancaster High’s Musical Theatre Program.

For more information on Bailey Dalton, please visit her website: https://www.imperialacademyofmusic.com/

Instructor: Kasia Chichon
Date: Fridays until end of March, then Mondays and Fridays
Start Date: TBA
Cost: General Dance (Modern, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Jazz) $70/hour
RAD Ballet Technique or Exam Preparation: $85/hour
International Ballet Competition Preparation: $95/hour
Ages: 12 and up

Private Dance Lessons

About Kasia Chichon

Mrs. Chichón has been involved in the world of dance for over 40 years. As a dancer and performer she trained extensively in ballet, modern and jazz techniques, completing major ballet examinations and receiving numerous awards and scholarships for dance performance and choreography.

While simultaneously pursuing her undergraduate degree in political science, she furthered her dance training in the Professional Training Program of the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. There she was fortunate to work with, and learn from, numerous teachers and choreographers, studying the Graham technique and performing chosen works.

Since 1993 Mrs. Chichón has been teaching dance in the private sector as well as teaching dance for various school boards. She holds her Masters of Teaching (Dance) degree from the University of Surry, England, is a full member and Registered Teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), holds her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies (CBTS) and is an ABT® Certified Teacher.

Some of her students have gained acceptance and scholarships to prestigious international schools and summer intensives, and have placed successfully in major international ballet competitions such as the World Ballet Competition (WBC), Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP), Youth International Ballet Competition (ADC IBC), and the World Ballet Art Competition Grand Prix (WBAC). Various students have also gone on to dance with companies such as the National Ballet of Canada, Les Grands Ballet Canadiens and the Paris Opera Ballet.

Mrs. Chichón has been a tutor for the RAD since 2011, assisting student teachers enrolled in the CBTS program, who are beginning their journey to become ballet teachers. Additionally, she is an avid researcher whose academic research has focused primarily on teaching methodologies to optimize student learning, assessing readiness for pointe training, and investigating the social, economic and political factors which affect the dance learning environment.

Mrs. Chichón was honoured to receive the ‘Outstanding Teacher’ Award at the World Ballet Art Competition Grand Prix, (2017).

Instructor: Christine Chesebrough
Date: Monday 4:30pm onward
Start Date: Week Sept 14th
Cost: $40/3o mins, $70/1 hour
Ages: All ages welcome!

Private Violin Lessons


About Christine:

Christine Chesebrough, violinist, pianist, and organist, holds a Master’s Degree, from Western University, in Music Performance and Literature, as well as an Artists Diploma, and a Bachelor of Music Education. Following university, Christine was granted the privilege of joining the National Academy Orchestra, an orchestral training program in Hamilton, under the tutelage of Maestro Boris Brott. Christine has also completed chamber music programs through the University of North Carolina, and has travelled to both Italy and Switzerland to study. Christine has held positions, as a violinist, with the Thunder Bay Symphony, and as Concertmaster of Drayton Theatres orchestra; she has played with Orchestra London, Windsor Symphony, The National Ballet of Canada, the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony, and at Stratford Festival. Christine plays regularly with the Hamilton Philharmonic and the Canadian Opera Company. Her keyboard skills have led her to hold the position of Music Director at Brant Hills Presbyterian Church, and accompanist for the Canadian Male Orpheus Choir. In addition to private accompanying, both vocal and instrumental, Christine has had the wonderful privilege of accompanying the Hamilton Children’s Choir. Christine is no stranger to the pop music world, having performed/recorded with the likes of Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, Sarah McLachlin, Ann Murray, Barry Manilow, Michael Buble, Bryan Adams, The Arkel’s, and The Who. In addition to her music studies, Christine is currently working towards completing an Executive Master’s of Business Degree, through the University of Fredericton.

Instructor: Chris Thornborrow
Date: Tues 5 pm onward or Thurs 5 pm onward
Start Date: Week Sept 14th
Cost for RCM: $30/30 mins $60/1 hour
Cost for Piano:
$35/30 mins $70/1 hour
Ages: All ages welcome!

Private Piano & RCM Theory Classes


Overview

  • Gain a solid foundation in rudiments and intermediate theory, in line with the RCM curriculum
  • Learn the foundational building blocks of music, and an introduction to harmony, and form
  • Supportive in class discussions and activities for shared learning experience
  • Theory knowledge helps reinforce music understanding in performance.

Why Theory Group Lessons?

The group theory class is structured so that students can all learn from each other. They will gain confidence in their understanding of theory by participating in group discussions, in-class assignments and activities, supplemented with take home assignments. The materials covered in class will cover the materials of rudimentary and intermediate theory subjects outlined in the RCM Theory Syllabus, so this class is perfect for brushing up on your foundational knowledge of music, and the possibility of preparing for an intermediate theory exam.

About Chris:

Chris is a composer, musician, and teacher who is passionate about collaborating with creative people of all ages. He received a Bachelor of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University, and completed his Masters of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Toronto. He taught a number of courses at U of T including Musicianship, Music Theory, and Composing for Film, and has taught piano privately for over fifteen years.

Not only has Chris established himself as an innovative composer of opera, film-score, and concert music, he is also a leading arts educator, spear-heading a number of collaboration-based programs. He has over ten years of experience teaching music, musical theatre, and opera at summer camps in Canada and in Switzerland. For the last four years, he has led the After-School Opera Program and Summer Camp for the Canadian Opera Company where students from ages 8 to 18 create an opera from scratch. He also facilitated a technology-based composition and soundscape unit for students from grade 3 to 8 with Continuum Ensemble and the Toronto District School Board.

Chris premiered a new orchestra piece called ‘Trompe d’œil’ on January 24th at Koerner Hall by Esprit Orchestra! If you would like to learn more about Chris, here he is in action, click here!

Instructor: Rebekka Gondosch
Date: Monday/Wednesday/Friday, time TBD
Start Date: January to June 2020
Cost: $30 per half-hour, $60 per hour
Ages: 10-18

Private Acting Classes

  • Private Acting Classes
  • Audition Preparation/Monologue Classes
  • Dialect Training

About Rebekka:

Rebekka Gondosch
Drama and ESL Teacher at Burlington Royal Arts Academy
M.Phil., B.A., B.Ed., OCT

Rebekka Gondosch is an actor and arts educator based in Hamilton. She is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin’s M.Phil. in Theatre and Performance program, has a B.A. in Dramatic Arts and English Language and Literature from Brock University, and a B.Ed. from Redeemer University College. She has devised original theatre work and performed in theatre, musical theatre, and film in Hamilton and Toronto.

Individual Drama classes are driven by individual student interest. She offers lessons in:

Audition Preparation

  • Classical and Contemporary Monologue work
  • Dialect training (accents) (Favourite accents to teach are Irish and the British cockney accent!)
  • Private Drama Lessons Monday/Wednesday/Friday – Jan-June 2020 half hour $30.00
  • Private Drama Lessons Monday/Wednesday/Friday – Jan-June 2020 one hour $60.00
  • Classes tailored to individual student needs and interests (ex. Audition preparation, monologue work, dialects, Shakespeare, etc.)

Contact

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Address:
2054 Mountainside Dr. Burlington, Ontario L7P 1A8

Email: info@BurlingtonRoyalArtsAcademy.ca
Phone: 1-226-387-3374

Application Process

We are delighted that you have taken the first step on your journey to an academic school experience by applying to Burlington Royal Arts Academy. We have streamlined the application process to make it easy and convenient for you.
Please feel free to contact us to arrange a tour of our facilities. Email tours@BurlingtonRoyalArtsAcademy.ca

a) Review Tuition Details
Download our tuition details sheet.

b) Submit Application Form
Download our pdf application form.

c) Scheduled Interview
With Principal Brian Quistberg

d) Order Uniform
Place your uniform order here.