***RMS SCHOOL CLOSED – UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE***

Dear Parents, Students and Teachers,

Yesterday we made the decision to close the Richmond Music School Society’s doors in an attempt to do our part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  We are taking our cues from the BC Government and Public Schools and will remain closed until further notice.

We will reassess the situation as further recommendations from health authorities and government agencies become available. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us by email or phone.

We will keep you posted as more information becomes available. Please check our website and social media platforms for regular updates.

Thank you for your cooperation.

***SCHOOL CLOSURE*** – Response And Updates To COVID-19

Dear Parents, Students and Teachers,

The safety of our Students and Staff is always our top priority. With the increasing number of facility closures in Metro Vancouver to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have decided to close the School effective immediately for the Spring Break period.

We will reassess the situation towards the end of March as further recommendations from health authorities and government agencies become available. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us by email or phone.

As mentioned in some previous communications, consider contacting your teacher for online lessons, especially if you are preparing for festivals and exams. We will keep you posted as more information becomes available.

***Note*** – the closure extends to our Students and Teachers that use our Studios to practice as well. The Studios will not be available during this time.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Music Together® Classes Start this Spring!

We’re super pleased to announce that Music Together® is coming to the Richmond Music School this Spring!

 

Music Together® is a music and movement program for children from zero to eight years old and the adults that adore them. The curriculum is research-based and designed to support music learning as well as child development.  The program is family-oriented, and lets children learn from their key role models: you (the grownups)! Music Together® also builds community by bringing families together and creating a comfortable environment for music-making.

 

Maracas is the essential Music Together® class, one that a child can attend from birth through age five—and through all nine song collections. This basic class follows the recommendations of child development researchers—grouping children of a variety of ages in one class. This approach fosters natural, family-style learning where younger children enjoy watching and imitating older ones; older children learn by leading younger ones; and adults are happy because the children in the family can go to class together.  Each child participates at his or her own developmental level in singing, moving, chanting, listening, observing, or exploring musical instruments. We welcome the whole family to join in this important family music experience and any caregiver—parents, grandparents, nanny—can bring the child(ren) to class.

 

Each semester includes:
– 8-10 weekly 45-minute classes teaching a new song collection every fall, winter and spring.
– New CD’s each semester with the songs, rhythm chants, “play-alongs”, tonal and rhythm patterns used in class.
– Beautifully illustrated songbook with family activities to enjoy at home.

Class Details

When: Tuesdays at 1:00pm (starting April 14, 2020)

Length:
Includes 10 weeks of 45 minute classes

Fees:
 

First Child: $200
Sibling Rate: $120
Children under 8 months: FREE

To reserve your spot, sign-up at:

New Program: Honour Choir

Rebecca Paulding, Honour Choir Director

The Honour Choir is a new program, under the direction of Rebecca Paulding, in which Students will learn about basic vocal health and vocal exercises, solfege, vocal production – healthy singing!  There will be an emphasis on blending, and how to sing in an ensemble.  Additionally, Students will learn about the 5 pure Italian vowels, and how to incorporate these into their English diction, proper pronunciation with other languages, phrasing and basic musical terms.  Emphasis will be put on performing etiquette, stage presence and expression.  Memorization techniques, and some basic sight reading skills will also be taught.

Details
When? Mondays at 5:00-6:30pm
When does it start? February 3, 2020
Where? Room 204
How much? $500 (February – June)
How many lessons? 20+

Eligibility
Must be between 9-12 years of age
Vocal experience of one year minimum
Assessment is required for placement

Repertoire
Traditional choral music, musical theatre arrangements and folk tunes

Requirements
Students must bring pencil, highlighter and water bottle to all rehearsals
Matching folders (available at the office)
Black dress attire is required for all performances

Other
Additional digital materials such as YouTube links and pre-recorded tracks will be provided by the Choir Director

New Faculty Member: Rebecca Paulding, Soprano

We are pleased to announce new Faculty member, Rebecca Paulding, Voice Teacher and Honour Choir Director!

Rebecca holds a Bachelor and Masters of Music in Opera Performance from UBC and an ARCT in Piano Performance from RCM in Toronto and brings with her a wealth of education and performing experience. As a BC Arts Council Award, recipient, she has performed as a soloist for: Beethoven’s 9th Symphony – LCMS Anniversary concert with Vancouver Bach Choir, Mozart Requiem – Gloria Dei Chorale, Vancouver Symphony Christmas Concerts, Harbour Cruise Lines, Musica Intima, Chilliwack Youth Orchestra Messiah, Jubilate Vocal Ensemble, FV Philharmonic. Her Operatic and Musical Theatre roles include:  Marian the Librarian (The Music Man 2018 North Van), Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte 2016 Lucca, Italy), Rusalka (Rusalka Teplice, Czech Republic and UBC), Musetta (La Boheme, Czech Republic and Bard on the Beach Vancouver), Marguerite (Louis Riel UBC), to name a few.

 

She will be directing the Honour Choir, Mondays from 5:00pm-6:30pm and will be teaching private voice lessons on Mondays from 6:30pm-9:00pm.

 

The Honour Choir is a new program in which Students will learn about basic vocal health and vocal exercises, solfege, vocal production – healthy singing!  There will be an emphasis on blending, and how to sing in an ensemble.  Additionally, Students will learn about the 5 pure Italian vowels, and how to incorporate these into their English diction, proper pronunciation with other languages, phrasing and basic musical terms.  Emphasis will be put on performing etiquette, stage presence and expression.  Memorization techniques, and some basic sight reading skills will also be taught.

 

For more information or to register for voice lessons or the Honour Choir, please contact us by email or phone.

Announcing our 2019-2020 Board of Directors

The Richmond Music School Society is thrilled to announce the appointment of its 2019-2020 Board of Directors. Together, they bring a wealth of knowledge and experience that help guide the organization.

GINNA NG, President – Ginna has joined the RMS Board in 2008 and has served as the President since late 2018. An alumna of RMS, she attained the ARCT, LTCL, and LRSM diplomas in piano performance. Ginna works as the Vice President – Finance at a Vancouver-based private equity and has extensive experience in growth, strategy, and financial planning for companies of all sizes. She is a professional accountant (CPA, CGA) with a diversified background in Electrical Engineering, Forensic Accounting, and Business Law. 

ANNIE LEUNG, Vice President – Annie is with the RMS Board since 2008 and has served in different capacity in the Board prior to being reappointed as the Vice President. As a parent of a RMS alumnus, she is a long-term supporter of the School’s events and concerts. In her professional role, Annie is a seasoned program administrator at a community based social service agency and has many years of experience in the non-profit sector. She brings to the school her strong connection with the local charities in the Lower Mainland.

JUANNA CHAN, Treasurer – Juanna serves as the Treasurer and member of the RMS Board since 2018. Previously worked as the Tax Manager at a Big Four accounting firm and later on as the Financial Controller for an online business, she is now running her own accounting practice that provides accounting and tax services to individuals and businesses. Juanna is an active volunteer at various local charities and holds a professional accounting designation (CPA, CGA).

DIANE SONG, Secretary – Diane joined the RMS Board this year as the Secretary. She has extensive work experience in North America and Asia and is currently working as the Director of Finance at a global engineering consultant company. Diane is a professional accountant (CPA, CGA) and an EMBA with a background in Mechanical Engineering. Inspired by her parents who are retired teachers, Diane has a strong passion for education and for facilitating positive learning environment that drives student success. 

GALLANT MA, Director – Gallant joined the RMS Board this year and is a professional accountant (CPA, CA) with comprehensive experience in both public practice and industry. He is currently the Regional Director of Finance at the largest automobile group in Canada and has solid leadership experience in change management, corporate finance, and accounting transitions. Gallant is an enthusiast in classical music and has passed several grade exams under the ABRSM syllabus. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a MBA. 

MANSOUREH MIZAESMAEILI, Director – Mansoureh has joined the RMS Board since 2016. Previously an author in her home country, Mansoureh switches her focus to her family after moving to Canada. As the parent of a RMS student, she is a true believer in the accessibility of quality music education to all children. Prior to joining the Board, Mansoureh has been an active volunteer at the School and her role as a RMS parent brings the Board closer to the RMS community in achieving the School’s vision and mission.

ALAN SAW, Director – Alan is a newly appointed RMS Board member and brings to the School years of management experience at a number of local technology companies. He has lead technology team in Software Development, Project Management and IT, and has worked extensively with executives and strategic key stakeholders. Alan is a father of three and is a strong advocate for music education. He has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and an MBA in Management of Technology.

#CultureDays 2019 – Explore Music Through Performances & Instrument Petting Zoo

Come and see the Richmond Music School in action on September 29 from 10:30am-12:00pm! Join our staff, instructors and students for free activities and concerts. It’s the perfect opportunity to learn more about our programming, meet our teachers and try a variety of instruments at our ‘Instrument Petting Zoo’.

For more details, have a look at our Culture Days program and webpage:

Program – Culture Days – 2019
Explore Music Through Performances & Instrument Petting Zoo