Music at AK Arts

Music is an integral part of human experience. Used in celebrations, rituals, and everyday life, it expresses the heights and depths of human feelings and emotions, the joys and the sorrows encountered by all. Significantly, the study of music combines human emotional experience and intellectual cognition.

One of the greatest values of a comprehensive music education program is that it allows all students to develop fully those qualities that will help them understand and enjoy life. It provides a means for creativity and self-expression. Through music they learn that their thoughts and feelings can be communicated nonverbally by composing and improvising original music involving higher-order thinking processes, such as those involved in skill mastery, analysis, and synthesis.

Our curriculum provides opportunities for students to learn musical notation and compose music. By studying the history and cultural context of works of music, students can understand aesthetic concepts as they gain a foundation for aesthetic valuing and criticism. At all levels they learn how music connects to the world around them, to other performing arts, and to careers. An effective music curriculum at every level incorporates all five component strands in the content standards: artistic perception, creative expression, historical and cultural context, aesthetic valuing, and connections, relationships, and applications.

Artistic Perception

Artistic perception includes listening to, reading, and composing and performing music of various cultures and time periods. As students study musical elements of melody, harmony, rhythm, form, tempo, dynamics, and timbre, they use critical listening skills and appropriate music vocabulary. They are able to use traditional, nontraditional, and created symbols to read and write rhythm, pitch, dynamics, tempo, articulation, and expression.

Creative Expression

Creative expression occurs when students perform, improvise, compose, and arrange music. Their understanding of music grows out of frequent experiences with music and sequential development of their musical skills. Singing is one of the most natural, intimate ways for students to experience music. Through regular instruction and practice, beginning as early as possible, students develop the skills to sing on pitch, in rhythm, and with expression.

Playing instruments from various parts of the world provides students with a powerful medium for learning music. By using melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic instruments, young students develop musical concepts and the skills needed to perform accurately on pitch, in rhythm, and with expression.

Musical skills should include performing from written music and participating in creative processes. Students need opportunities to learn to improvise rhythms and melodies, harmonizing parts consistent with the style, meter, and tonality of the music being studied. By composing and arranging their own works, they can use music to communicate their ideas, feelings, and responses to their cultural and natural environments.

Aesthetic Valuing

Aesthetic valuing extends beyond acquiring knowledge and skills to understanding the wide range of values in music. As students respond emotionally to music and reflect on what they are performing, listening to, and composing, they develop their affective and cognitive abilities. Aesthetic valuing begins with artistic perception and extends to critical judgments about music, including judging one’s own performances and compositions and those of others.

Connections, Relationships, Applications

Learning is reinforced when music instruction is carefully connected with other disciplines—likely a long-term effort. Those connections also allow for the effective teaching of correlations between music and dance, theatre, and the visual arts. Musically literate students can find numerous realistic applications for their knowledge and skills. At AK Arts, students can explore career possibilities in music and learn about many jobs within the music industry.


Student performances provide opportunities for young musicians to demonstrate musical growth, gain personal satisfaction from achievement, and experience the joy of making music. They can motivate students to learn and stimulate careful rehearsing and self-discipline. However, although they are an important part of the music curriculum and promote student learning, AK Arts staff treat performances as an outcome rather than the basic objective of a student’s musical instruction.

Public performances allow students to reflect on and refine their musical understanding, showcasing individual or group achievement. Formal performances, such as concerts, music festivals, and stage productions, may serve as culminating experiences in which students are challenged to perform at their best. Through informal performances in the classroom, students can demonstrate the learning process at different stages and in greater detail.

Our Music Instructors

Alexandra Kane

Alexandra Kane

Creative Director

Alexandra Kane is the Creative Director for AK Arts Academy, teaching piano, voice, saxophone, Glee, Musical Theatre and acting.

Pamina Neote

Flute and Saxophone, Woodwinds & Guitar

Supporting and educating others who enjoy the same benefits that music can produce, is what pushes Pamina to continue to teach students and make music. She hopes that you will enjoy her lessons as much as she enjoys teaching them!

Ivy Manouchehri

Piano, Flute, Dance

Now looking to further her understanding of the connection between music and learning, Ivy is pursuing a masters degree in music education. She believes that music and dance are never "one size fits all" but that when the teacher, student, and discipline are a good fit, the sky's the limit!

Alexandra Kazakevic

Voice, Piano, Dance

In the summer of 2017 she completed the elite international young artist program with the Canadian Operatic Arts Academy. Alexandra continues to study towards her degree with professional opera singer and coach Jaclyn Short.

Kelsey Ann Regier

Clarinet, Saxophone

Kelsey Regier is currently pursuing her Bachelor's Degree of Music with Honours in Education at Western University.

Logan Mangano

Guitar & Piano

Logan passionately values music education and instills the importance of discipline in practicing to all his students. He believes students of any level can benefit from music education and that it is strongly connected to a students overall success in school.

Cody Grimes

Guitar & Drums

Cody Grimes teaches guitar and drums.

Lindsay Stocks

Acting, voice, piano

Lindsay Stocks teaches piano, voice, musical theatre and acting for stage.

Our Prices

30 min Lessons

$ 100
  • Price shown is per month
  • Lessons provided by music education specialists