music education in York RegionMUSIC EDUCATION UNLIKE OTHERS!

88 Keys Music and Discovery Centre was founded in 2001 with one goal: to provide exceptional musical learning experiences to every student. Our original focus was on early childhood education – we worked to carve out a niche and create a warm, inviting place where parents and their children could come to receive specialized music education, starting as early as newborns and continuing as they grew. We were one of the first Early Childhood Music Education Centres in York Region and very quickly became an industry leader, setting high standards for early childhood education through music with our Kindermusik programs.
Since then, we have expanded to include engaging research-based programs for all ages and are dedicated to providing the same exceptional musical learning experiences to every student, whether they start learning at 4 months, 4 years, or 104 years old!

ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL

We believe that everyone can learn to play music, regardless of their age or ability… But we also know that not everyone is the same! A teaching method that works perfectly for one student might not work at all for the next. We want to make sure that EVERYONE reaches their goals, and enjoys the process of getting there! (What is the point of taking any class if you don’t enjoy it, right?) That is why we offer a range of programs and teaching methods, guaranteeing that we find the perfect fit for each student and ensuring that every step of the learning process is fun and fulfilling.

Private Lessons

Many students choose to follow the more traditional path for music learning by taking private lessons. For students interested in pursuing private piano or keyboard lessons, we offer three different research-based programs: Yamaha’s Pianoforte program, the Suzuki method, or the Royal Conservatory program. A student’s program choice really depends on their age, developmental stage, and own personal goals and expectations for their musical learning. If private lessons are the path you choose, we will give you all of the information that you need to make the best choice for you and get the most out of your music education!

Group Classes

We know from experience that private music lessons don’t work for everyone. In 2010, we asked ourselves: what can we do to help the students who love music but know that the traditional way of learning does not suit them? After doing our research, we became a licensed Yamaha school and introduced the Yamaha Music Education System (YMES). With its fresh and engaging approach, YMES group music programs created a space in our studio for students that wanted to learn music but needed something different than the traditional teaching method. We have watched this program grow from a handful of weekly group music classes in 2010 to 35+ weekly classes in 2016, making it our most popular program to date!

WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO?

Because we believe in the awesome power of music. Music is such a wonderful art form. The joy of music can be shared between any language, culture, and country. It has the power to heal, to change lives, and to bring people closer. Music fosters community. It is something we can make together.
At 88 Keys, we have worked and continue to work tirelessly to build a family oriented community that loves to share this joy of music with everyone around us. We welcome you to join us and help better our community through the incredible power of music.

Thank you for your commitment, trust and loyalty!