THE TORONTO INSTITUTE FOR THE ENJOYMENT OF MUSIC

Workshops

TIFEM is pleased to offer workshops on various musical concepts & ideas.
Contact us for details & to register for upcoming workshops.

Past Workshops:

27.11.2016 | Afro-Cuban Rhythm Workshop with Magdelys Savigne

Event: Afro Cuban Rhythm Workshop with Magdelys Savigne
Date: Sunday, November 27th 2016
Where: TIFEM – 821 Queen St. West, Toronto
Time: 4pm-5pm
Price: $15p/person.
Level: All levels welcome! No previous experience necessary.
What to bring: Bring your percussion instrument/drum if you have one.

Magdelys Savigne is a percussionist from Cuba. Since coming to Canada she has performed with JUNO-winning group Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, as well as with Danilo Perez, Brian Blade, Hilario Duran, Ozere, Ventanas, and more. She received her degree in classical percussion at University of Arts in Havana. She plays many different instruments, including congas, bongos, timbales, cajon, bata, drum kit, and marimba.

In this workshop, the most important thing is to have fun! Magdelys will take students on a journey to Cuba. They will explore different Latin rhythms through playing hand percussion. She will give them patterns to play for musical styles that include: mambo, cha cha cha, salsa, rumba and Afro Cuban music. She will also explore how to improvise in these rhythms.

Open to all levels of experience and all ages. Bring your instruments, some will be provided.

Come and enjoy!

To reserve a seat, you can purchase your ticket in advance over the phone or in person at The Toronto Institute For The Enjoyment Of Music.

22.05.2016 | Afro Cuban Rhythm Workshop with Magdelys Savigne

Event: Afro Cuban Rhythm Workshop with Magdelys Savigne
Date: Sunday, May 22nd 2016
Where: TIFEM – 821 Queen St. West, Toronto
Time: 4pm-5pm
Price: $15p/person.
Level: All levels welcome!
What to bring: Bring your percussion instrument/drum if you have one.

Magdelys Savigne is a percussionist from Cuba. Since coming to Canada she has performed with JUNO-winning group Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, as well as with Danilo Perez, Brian Blade, Hilario Duran, Ozere, Ventanas, and more. She received her degree in classical percussion at University of Arts in Havana. She plays many different instruments, including congas, bongos, timbales, cajon, bata, drum kit, and marimba.

In this workshop, the most important thing is to have fun! Magdelys will take students on a journey to Cuba. They will explore different Latin rhythms through playing hand percussion. She will give them patterns to play for musical styles that include: mambo, cha cha cha, salsa, rumba and Afro Cuban music. She will also explore how to improvise in these rhythms.

Open to all levels of experience and all ages. Bring your instruments, some will be provided.

Come and enjoy!

To reserve a seat, you can purchase your ticket in advance over the phone or in person at The Toronto Institute For The Enjoyment Of Music.

17.04.2016 | Afro Cuban Rhythm Workshop with Magdelys Savigne

Event: Afro Cuban Rhythm Workshop with Magdelys Savigne
Date: Sunday, April 17th 2016
Where: TIFEM – 821 Queen St. West, Toronto
Time: 4pm-5pm
Price: $15p/person.
Level: All levels welcome!
What to bring: Bring your percussion instrument/drum if you have one.

Magdelys Savigne is a percussionist from Cuba. Since coming to Canada she has performed with JUNO-winning group Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, as well as with Danilo Perez, Brian Blade, Hilario Duran, Ozere, Ventanas, and more. She received her degree in classical percussion at University of Arts in Havana. She plays many different instruments, including congas, bongos, timbales, cajon, bata, drum kit, and marimba.

In this workshop, the most important thing is to have fun! Magdelys will take students on a journey to Cuba. They will explore different Latin rhythms through playing hand percussion. She will give them patterns to play for musical styles that include: mambo, cha cha cha, salsa, rumba and Afro Cuban music. She will also explore how to improvise in these rhythms.

Open to all levels of experience and all ages. Bring your instruments, some will be provided.

Come and enjoy!

To reserve a seat, you can purchase your ticket in advance over the phone or in person at The Toronto Institute For The Enjoyment Of Music.

13.03.2016 | Afro Cuban Rhythm Workshop with Magdelys Savigne

Event: Afro Cuban Rhythm Workshop with Magdelys Savigne
Date: Sunday, March 13th 2016
Where: TIFEM – 821 Queen St. West, Toronto
Time: 4pm-5pm
Price: $15p/person.
Level: All levels welcome!
What to bring: Bring your percussion instrument/drum if you have one.

Magdelys Savigne is a percussionist from Cuba. Since coming to Canada she has performed with JUNO-winning group Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, as well as with Danilo Perez, Brian Blade, Hilario Duran, Ozere, Ventanas, and more. She received her degree in classical percussion at University of Arts in Havana. She plays many different instruments, including congas, bongos, timbales, cajon, bata, drum kit, and marimba.

In this workshop, the most important thing is to have fun! Magdelys will take students on a journey to Cuba. They will explore different Latin rhythms through playing hand percussion. She will give them patterns to play for musical styles that include: mambo, cha cha cha, salsa, rumba and Afro Cuban music. She will also explore how to improvise in these rhythms.

Open to all levels of experience and all ages. Bring your instruments, some will be provided.

Come and enjoy!

To reserve a seat, you can purchase your ticket in advance over the phone or in person at The Toronto Institute For The Enjoyment Of Music.

28.02.2016 | Afro Cuban Rhythm Workshop with Magdelys Savigne

What: Afro Cuban Rhythm Workshop with Magdelys Savigne
Date: Sunday, Feb 28th 2016
Where: TIFEM – 821 Queen St. West, Toronto
Time: 4pm-5pm
Price: $15. All ages, all levels.

Magdelys Savigne is a percussionist from Cuba. Since coming to Canada she has performed with JUNO-winning group Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, as well as with Danilo Perez, Brian Blade, Hilario Duran, Ozere, Ventanas, and more. She received her degree in classical percussion at University of Arts in Havana. She plays many different instruments, including congas, bongos, timbales, cajon, bata, drum kit, and marimba.

In this workshop, the most important thing is to have fun! Magdelys will take students on a journey to Cuba. They will explore different Latin rhythms through playing hand percussion. She will give them patterns to play for musical styles that include: mambo, cha cha cha, salsa, rumba and Afro Cuban music. She will also explore how to improvise in these rhythms.

Open to all levels of experience and all ages. Bring your instruments, some will be provided.

Come and enjoy!

To reserve a seat, you can purchase your ticket in advance over the phone or in person at The Toronto Institute For The Enjoyment Of Music.

12.09.2015 | TIFEM Fiddle Class Jam / Concert Night: Balkan Edition with guest Aleksandar Gajic

TIFEM Fiddler Lea Kirstein is hosting another hotly anticipated string extravaganza. As always, the evening will begin with a lead jam through a set of Balkan tunes, followed by a concert performed by our guest artist – Aleksandar Gajic. We’re all excited for him to be joining us, so tell all your friends and let’s make this a party!

Word has it that there will be tasty authentic Serbian treats and beverages available by donation.

Details below:

What: TIFEM Fiddle Class Jam / Concert Night: Balkan Edition!
Date: Saturday, September 12th 2015
Where: TIFEM – 821 Queen St. West, Toronto
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Price: $25 for participants, $15 for concert only

About our guest: Joining us as a guest artist & honorary jam leader will be the incredible Aleksandar Gajic, Serbian-born violinist at the forefront of Canada’s classical and folk music scenes.

To reserve a seat, you can purchase your ticket in advance over the phone or in person at The Toronto Institute For The Enjoyment Of Music.

08.08.2015 | Scat Singing Workshop with Ori Dagan

What: Scat Singing Workshop with Ori Dagan
Date: Saturday, August 8th, 2015
Where: TIFEM – 821 Queen St. West
Time: 7pm-8:30pm

Level: All levels welcome!

Price: $35 (adv) / $40 (door)
www.oridagan.com

Open to singers of all levels, this exploration of vocal jazz improvisation will be taught by acclaimed jazz singer and recording artist Ori Dagan, named “Canada’s Next Top Crooner” by CBC Radio. Participants will have the opportunity to scat sing both solo and as an ensemble, and the class will cover “shoo-bee-doo’s and “shoo-be-don’ts”, recommended practice methods and suggested listening, all with an emphasis on having fun!

To reserve a seat, you can purchase your ticket in advance over the phone or in person at The Toronto Institute For The Enjoyment Of Music.

Ori’s Social Network:

Ori is nominated for “Best Male Vocalist” in the 2015 NOW Magazine Reader’s Poll – Vote Here
Other nominees: the Weeknd, Bahamas, Peter Katz, Ronnie Hawkins, and Rufus Wainwright.

31.05.2014 | TIFEM Celtic Fiddle Workshop & Concert (Guitars & Cellos Welcome Too!)

Led by Lea Kirstein (fiddle), Rachel Capon (cello) and Irena Perkovic (guitar), the workshop will be a crash course in learning and arranging some traditional pub-style tunes with an emphasis on style, rhythm and beginning ornamentation.

Workshop participants on violin and cello should already know note names and a few simple tunes on their respective instruments. Guitarists should be familiar with basic chord shapes as well as have the ability to switch chords in real time.

Lea’s workshops are becoming a hit here at TIFEM and it’s no surprise that her Celtic fiddle workshops have gained the attention of the Celtic community not only in Toronto but in B.C. as well.

The workshop will conclude with an authentic Ceilidh, or set of dance based tunes. The concert will be open to anyone who wishes to watch, listen and dance, and not only to workshop participants.

Date: Saturday, May 31st
Capacity: 15 persons for workshop, 25 for concert
Workshop and concert: $20/person
Concert Only: Adults $10,  Children $5
Family Rate: $30 for whole family

Workshop Schedule:
2:45pm-3:45pm: Workshop
3:45pm-4:00pm: Break
4:00pm-5:00pm: Concert

To reserve a seat, you can purchase your ticket in advance over the phone or in person at The Toronto Institute For The Enjoyment Of Music.

17.05.2014 | Spring Family Drum Circle (facilitated by Derek Gray)

Spring is here – finally! Come celebrate with the first-ever Family Drum Circle at TIFEM!

For thousands and thousands of years, people have gathered with drums – as long as we’ve been making music! Hand drumming can help strengthen communities, increase communication and listening, and it can even be beneficial to your health. Most importantly, it’s just plain FUN!!!

The joy of hand drumming is infectious – come feel the rhythm as we ring in Spring on Saturday, May 17! Open to all ages – 3 to 99!  No previous experience necessary – drop-ins welcome. Drums and other percussion instruments provided. See more at: http://enjoymusictoronto.com/

About Derek Gray:
Since graduating from Humber College’s renowned music program, Derek has travelled the world studying, performing and teaching – including time spent in Ghana, Cuba, Italy, Switzerland, Banff, and Washington. At home in Toronto, Derek works as a bandleader, composer, and sideman playing drums/percussion with a variety of projects, including modern jazz quintet Tesseract (2012: Impossible Images, 2013: Visions of Collisions), Gray Matter (a quintet that he co-leads with his brother, bassist Justin Gray), and the Indo- Jazz ensemble Monsoon (www.monsoon-music.com). For more info, please visit: derekgray.ca.

Date: Saturday, May 17th
Time: 1pm-2:30pm
Price: $15

To reserve a seat, you can purchase your ticket in advance over the phone or in person at The Toronto Institute For The Enjoyment Of Music.

16.02.2014 – 02.03.2014 | TIFEM Ukulele 101: Intro to Note Reading Workshop

Dates: Every Sunday from Feb 16th – March 2nd
Time: 2pm
Session Duration: 1hr 20 minutes
Price: $30 per session (3 sessions in total)
Beginners welcome!

Have you ever wanted to learn to read Music?  Ever wanted to learn to play the Ukulele well? TIFEM is very excited to offer its first ever three week Ukulele workshop with a main focus on learning to read music. The workshop is divided into three sessions. Each session will run every Sunday starting Feb 16th through to March 2nd.

In this course you will be given all the tools to start you on the path of reading music for the Ukulele.

Curriculum covered:
– Note reading
– Rhythm reading
– Time signatures
– Scales
– Intervals
– Ensemble and solo playing

To reserve a seat, you can purchase your ticket in advance over the phone or in person at The Toronto Institute For The Enjoyment Of Music.

28.01.2014 | James Hill – Lyricism & Line: How to make the Ukulele Sing Workshop

Date: Tuesday,  January 28th
Time: 7pm
Duration: 90 min
Level: Intermediate
Price: $30
http://jameshillmusic.com

Explore the lyrical side of the ukulele.  In this workshop students learn to play chord-melody arrangements of beautiful melodies such as Spring Song (Mendelsohnn), Slumber Song (Schubert) and Streets of Laredo (Trad.).  Discover subtleties of left-hand fingering and right-hand fingerpicking and how these can make (or break) the lyrical qualities of the music.  A workshop full of musical delights and ukulele insights.

To reserve a seat, you can purchase your ticket in advance over the phone or in person at The Toronto Institute For The Enjoyment Of Music.

Never have four strings attached to a hollow wooden shell been coaxed to do so much.
– Vancouver Sun

A serious virtuoso upon the instrument… truly amazing.
– Canadian Folk Music

The Wayne Gretzky of the ukulele.
– CBC

15.09.2013 & 20.10.2013 | ArpixTalkx Workshop

Doors: 4pm, Event: 4:30pm, Networking: 6pm
Introducing an exciting and information packed workshop series, based on the topic of music in film, television, video games and more.

This is a topic that is often enquired about here at TIFEM. Music publishing for film, TV and games is a very lucrative avenue for the music maker.

With the onset of the digital revolution virtually anyone can create high quality music in their own makeshift home studio and the result is a level playing field for the creative composer wanting to break into the field.

Please join Owner and Music Supervisor of Arpix Media, Ron Proulx at TIFEM on the third Sunday of each month.

Ron and his guest speakers will both inform and entertain with conversation, Q&A, and examples of their own work.

These workshops are highly recommended for anyone working or hoping to work in the world of music for media as a way to gain information and network with peers.

Upcoming dates: 9/15, 10/20.

Additional Guest Speakers will be announced closer to the date of each workshop.

This event is FREE.

RSVP where possible as seating is limited: arpixtalkx@gmail.com

24-25.08.2013 | Immersive String Weekend Workshop led by Lea Kirstein

3:30pm-6:30pm

Lea Kirstein, who also leads our Adult String Ensemble (Wednesdays at 7pm) is presenting an Immersive String Weekend Workshop in addition to her highly charged weekly strings group.

The workshop, which will be held on August 24th and 25th from 3:30pm-6:30pm each day will include some ensemble playing and will focus on developing musical literacy, transcribing and reading some beginner level classical chamber music.

Day two will focus on the music of the Delta Blues and will include several informative improvisation exercises. Students will learn to create and compose fills and melodic solos among other useful techniques.

The String Workshop is open to all string players – Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass.

From week to week, it’s lovely to hear the sounds of a large group of strings. Lea’s enthusiasm and knowledge always seem to bring a packed house and Lea’s Immersive String Weekend Workshop should prove to be no exception.

Workshop rate is $120.00 for the weekend. Send an email to info@enjoymusictoronto.com to reserve your spot. Space is limited so be sure to reserve it before seats are gone! 

21.07.2013, 18.08.2013 | ArpixTalkx Workshop

Doors: 4pm, Event: 4:30pm, Networking: 6pm
Introducing an exciting and information packed workshop series, based on the topic of music in film, television, video games and more.

This is a topic that is often enquired about here at TIFEM. Music publishing for film, TV and games is a very lucrative avenue for the music maker.

With the onset of the digital revolution virtually anyone can create high quality music in their own makeshift home studio and the result is a level playing field for the creative composer wanting to break into the field.

Please join Owner and Music Supervisor of Arpix Media, Ron Proulx at TIFEM on the third Sunday of each month.

Ron and his guest speakers will both inform and entertain with conversation, Q&A, and examples of their own work.

These workshops are highly recommended for anyone working or hoping to work in the world of music for media as a way to gain information and network with peers.

Additional Guest Speakers will be announced closer to the date of each workshop.

This event is FREE.

RSVP where possible as seating is limited: arpixtalkx@gmail.com

30.03.2013 | Ableton Live Basics

30.03.2013 from 3-4pm. Drop-in Workshop ($15).

This workshop could be potentially life changing for all of those take charge musicians interested in recording and producing their own music, as well as those electronic musicians who are looking for a way to present their music in a live setting.

Come out and learn the basics of Ableton Live, one of the world’s leading musical software programs used both live and in the studio.

The workshop will be a general overview of the program, with special attention given to the Session View feature and to real time music creation.

17.03.2013 | CLASSICAL to COUNTRY – A Performance Workshop and Masterclass with Carli & Julie Kennedy

Attend a PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP AND MASTERCLASS with CARLI & JULIE KENNEDY | Sunday, March 17th 3:30pm

Nominated for 5 BC Country Music Awards, Carli and Julie are cross Canada touring artists with Bachelor’s Degrees in Music Performance and over ten years of experience as music teachers and clinicians – this is a workshop not to be missed! The first half of the workshop will cover performance skills, practice techniques, warm-up routines, and a question and answer period for the students. The second half of the workshop will function as a masterclass. Each student should arrive with one prepared piece to perform for the class, to be followed by a live lesson for each student with tips and tricks to improve their performance. This workshop will help you to develop your stage presence and improve your confidence as a performer!

– $59 for performing students
– $49 for non-performing students

Website: www.cjkennedy.com
Performance videos: www.youtube.com/carliandjuliekennedy 

14.12.2011 | Unlocking your music through the Ukulele

 7-9pm. Thomas Dean will be giving a workshop on unlocking your music through the Ukulele. Everyone welcome. $20 to participate. Ukuleles provided.

23.11.2011 | Introduction to the Magic of the Ukulele

 At the Metamorphosis Greek Orthodox School.

17.11.2011 | Djembe, Kora & Ngoni Workshop

 6:30-8pm. The Nujazz Festival, Small World Music, The Toronto Institute For The Enjoyment Of Music & Batuki Music Present: DJEMBE, KORA & NGONI

Workshop with Luke Quaranta & Justin Perkins of TOUBAB KREWE

This 90-minute workshop is for musicians of all levels, or people who are merely keen to learn more about West African music. Instructors are Luke Quaranta and Justin Perkins, members of the pioneering Afro-rock fusion band Toubab Krewe — who will be performing live later that evening at Revival.

11.06.2011 | MAX/MSP with Christopher Willes

1-3pm. “MAX is a visual programming environment for music, audio, and media that has been used for over twenty years by performers, composers, artists, scientists, teachers, and students. Max is the way to make your computer do things that reflect your individual ideas and dreams.” http://www.cycling74.com/

The demo version of the software can be downloaded here:
http://cycling74.com/downloads/

What’s going to happen:
Participants will be introduced to the software by collectively creating examples of applications that could be used in a variety of contexts. Ranging from live electronic music to interactive media art, creations made with Max can be used for both performance and installation works. Through this process the potential applications toward each participants own projects will be explored and discussed.

MAX/MSP is a graphic -based programming environment designed specifically for artists and others (non-programmers) to create custom interactive software programs for a wide variety of applications.

You will need to download the demo before coming to the class and please bring a laptop if you have one (otherwise maybe you can share with someone?) – we will figure it out!

14.05.2011 | Screen Composers Guild of Canada Workshop Series

6:30-9pm.  With composers Janal Bechthold, & Adrian Ellis.
The Guild is very pleased to announce the last of a 5-part educational initiative!

Royalties & Contracts-inform yourself about royalties and contracts.

The workshop will include:
– How to fill out a cue sheet -what is publishing?
– The difference between the various types of royalties and payments
– What types of contracts to avoid
– How royalties fit into contracts
– How to use the GCFC model contract

30.04.2011 | Creative Music Workshop

3pm. A new bi weekly creative music workshop curated by Steve Ward held at The Toronto Institute For The Enjoyment Of Music featuring top Toronto improvisers playing and discussing their work.

Screen Composers Guild of Canada Workshop Series

The Guild is very pleased to announce the start of a 5-part educational initiative!
Created specifically for the emerging media composer, this milestone series commences in February.
Please Note: seating is limited! In order to secure your seat for the full five-part workshop series, please come to the first seminar with your $50 (cheque or cash) payment. Alternatively we can offer each course for $15, however we can not guarantee availability.

Feb 13, 2011 – Getting the Gig.
March 6, 2011 – Working with Logic.
March 27, 2011 – Working with Live Musicians.
April 17, 2011 – Mixing & Engineering.

05.07.2010 | Workshop with Andy Milne and Members of DAPP Theory

 Pianist/composer Andy Milne is touring the US & Canada with his band Dapp Theory and will be in Toronto for a few days in early July. He is organizing two, one-day workshops for a group of 5-15 musicians per day. The goal is to assemble one or two bands, (ideally pre-existing, but everyone is welcome) interested in being coached by Andy and his band. Participants would also have the opportunity to play their compositions (and/or Andy’s) with Andy and his band. In addition, private lessons will be made available to participants at the conclusion of the workshop.

The dates are July 5th and 6th, 2010. The members of Dapp Theory are some of the strongest young improvisors from the New York scene and are also excellent educators. This is a great opportunity to learn from musicians comfortable with playing some advanced rhythmic grooves.

Some topics which can also be covered include: approaches to improvisation (structured and free), ensemble playing, composition, and instrument specific challenges.

04.04.2010 | Sibelius Tips and Strategies with Christian Overton

Learn how to use Sibelius faster and more efficiently with experienced composer/arranger and Sibelius user Christian Overton.

Topics will also include tips on making scores look more professional and easier to read for your musicians!
Feel free to bring in something your working on.

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