TIFEM Top Ten

As a musician it’s good to be humble, and unless you happen to be Kanye West, it doesn’t always sound too good to toot your own figurative horn. Now and then however, a good boost of confidence can be motivating, and it can feel good to give oneself a little acknowledging pat on the back.

Here are the top ten reasons why studying music at TIFEM is good for the mind, body, and soul.

1. We Want You To Enjoy Music
Each lesson at TIFEM is tailored to the particular student. Some of us want to learn how to read music, and some want to learn by ear. Some folks want to learn how to play their favourite songs, others desire to give their musical knowledge and technique a push via musical theory. Whatever the case may be, TIFEM is there to support and nurture the student and their interests, and guide them to their musical goals and then some.

2. We Have A Talented, and Dedicated Staff
Our faculty are some of the hardest working, and open minded musicians in the city, with a finger on the pulse of what’s happening in music today, and an extensive knowledge of music past.  Staff are friendly, easy to approach and support the students with enthusiasm and positive vibes.  A versatile bunch, there are teachers for every avenue on the musical map. From AC/DC to Tschaikovsky, from pick control to pitch control, to Better Get Hit in Your Soul.

3. The TIFEM Environment
American Designer Albert Hadley once said that rooms should not be put together just for show, but to nourish one’s well being, and provide a functional aspect towards supporting one’s lifestyle. Our spacious, clean environment is bright and often soaked with the sun. The walls and halls are there to encourage the creative spirit, providing the musician with a space that nurtures one’s focus, enabling improvement at an accelerated pace.

4. The Hang
Most music schools don’t exactly kick you out when you are finished your lesson, but it’s expected that when your time is up you’d not want to really stick around, you’ve got places to go. At TIFEM we’re not going to hold the unwilling captive, but we welcome students, parents and music enthusiasts alike to come in and say hi, and enjoy a cup of tea. We are often pulling various selections from our wonderfully extensive collection of vinyl and our digital music library. If a cup of tea ain’t your cup of tea, feel free to help yourself to a candy and have something sweet to chew on while listening to the sounds. You may want something to get the juices flowing while you’re engaged in that friendly musical debate about the Greatest Album of All Time or which Beatle was the coolest Post-Beatles.

5. Location, Location, Location
TIFEM is located at 821 Queen street, right in the heart of the Toronto arts community. Calling this neighbourhood home has had untold benefits, among them being in the vicinity of a rich pool of artists and their inspiring work. It’s impossible to not be inspired when you are crossing paths with so many creative people on a regular basis and sharing ideas. Over the years we have had some very talented visual artists present their work here and TIFEM has become somewhat of a gallery in it’s own right. So many talented and eclectic folks have come through our doors and enriched our Group Classes, Workshops, or Private Lessons, it’s hard to imagine a bunch this fun and eclectic gathering in any other Toronto locale.

6. Your Brain Is A Muscle and We Are Here to Pump You Up
Music is often used in the treatment of brain injuries. Perhaps one of the most recent and notable cases was that of U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Much like concentrating on different muscle groups promotes a more effective workout, music works with neural pathways not normally accessed by the brain and helps to make connections for language, and speech. Not only a treatment, music is also a powerful tool for early childhood brain development, as well as a means to keep the brain sharp into adulthood and into old age.

7. Music Makes You Healthy
It’s a scientific fact that soothing music can decrease levels of stress in the body, due to a marked decrease in the body’s natural stress hormone, cortisol. Upbeat music can increase the number of antibodies in the system which are crucial in detecting and eliminating harmful bacteria and viruses. The physical act of strumming on a guitar or uke, or the soothing mindframe one enjoys while playing a calming piano piece, for example, is truly a preemptive medicine that no human should do without.

8. Music is a Universal Language
It’s a great feeling knowing that one can travel anywhere in the world and put a smile on someone’s face, just by playing a few bars of, “Smoke on the Water”. Learning music allows one to express joy, and excitement, also, sadness, loss, and a whole other gamut of emotions that require a big box of Kleenex. Expressing emotional feelings is necessary to move forward and live a full life, and music will help you do that without creating too much paper waste.

9. There are Instruments Here, Waiting for You
Here at TIFEM we have an assortment of amusing musical gadgets, as well as some good quality instruments to ease and accelerate the learning process. From the standard; the array of acoustic and electric guitars, and synths we have in house, to the more eclectic instruments such as the Tenori On or the amazing theremin, we have many things in store for your steady progress or sheer entertainment.

10. Music is Fun
It’s always a good time to meet new people, and try something brand new. Even though studying music is challenging, as soon as your first accomplishment is realized, even if it’s playing your first few chords or hearing your birdlike voice for the very first time, you get the reward of that priceless feeling. The good news is that priceless feeling never depletes, it’s only enhanced by the exhilarating cycle of challenge, and achievement. Enjoy!!