The Frederic Chopin Music School is an exclusive music school in Mississauga for both children and adults. We have been teaching for more than 21 years! With music teachers, we offer piano lessons, guitar lessons, vocal lessons, theatrical music lessons, violin lessons, acting lessons – to name a few!
Why choose us?
The average grade attained by our students on Royal Conservatory of Music exams is in the 90th percentile. This is because we prefer the old school Classical European method of teaching, giving students the bare music fundamentals and avoiding the use of tablature, “Coles notes”, or other simplification methods. We have watched THREE GENERATIONS of students pass through our doors with great success, and with this gives us the competitive advantage of truly knowing what it takes for our students to succeed.
"I applaud The Frederic Chopin Music School for the work they do to inspire in our youth an appreciation for arts and culture through music."MP Wladyslaw Lizon
"I was so proud to win first place at Peel and Kiwanis Music Festivals"Beata Raczynska
"Music taught me discipline and patience, which helped in University."Marta Michna
"These were some of my best memories from childhood and high school"Diana Fuszara
"Most of the instructors are parents, and it really shows how much they care about my kid's success."Satisfied FCMS Client
"I'm so grateful for Grazyna's patient instruction - My son scored over 90% on his grade 6 RCM exam! Thank you."Recurring FCMS Client
- About Us
- Why Study Music?
Offering Music Lessons Since 1992 – That’s 21 Years of Experience!
We get asked this all the time – How has your music school been continually successful for 21 years?? How do your students have 80% and higher on Royal Conservatory of Music exams?
Sure, other music schools have popped up – some have stayed and some have closed – yet the Frederic Chopin Music School in Mississauga has maintained a steady following due to our commitment to excellence in teaching, without cutting any corners.
We have watched THREE GENERATIONS of students pass through our doors since 1992. We can hardly wait to meet the newest members of the Frederic Chopin Music School family.
The Frederic Chopin Music School (FCMS) is an exclusive music school in Mississauga for both children and adults, located near the corner of The Queensway and Cawthra road. Our mission is to nurture students’ intellectual and social development through the study of music, while providing the environment and instruction to reach the highest scholastic merits in music. The FCMS respects the unique needs of students and fosters a creative, interdisciplinary, and empowering space to reach individual goals. Our methods are based on the European method of music lessons and instruction, which relies on laying a strong foundation in musical theory, proper hand placement to refine motor skills, as well as developing creativity.
Fact: Children who are exposed to music, or those who play an instrument, do better in school than those who don’t. Recent research suggests exposure to music lessons benefits a child’s reading age, IQ and the development of certain parts of the brain. This optimizes brain neuronal development and circuitry.
Music is deeply rooted in our society. In marketing and business, music is used to evoke emotion and entice your interest in a lifestyle and/or product. Similarly, restaurants and film scores employ specific sounds to achieve a certain ambiance. Politicians and artists use music in political expression and fuel social movements.
Music is an expression of the social, cultural, psychological and political environment of a given time and place, making it a very useful tool to better understand the past, make sound decisions in the present, and predict the future. It’s a part of the fabric of society – impossible to ignore!
- Students with experience in musical performance tend to have higher confidence and score higher in provincial standardized testing. Why? Because studying music taps in to recognition centres in your brain that would otherwise remain underutilized. This increases neuronal activity and capacity. It also improves your dexterity and motor skills.
- A longitudinal study found that students who attend music lessons as adolescents have “significantly higher levels of mathematics proficiency by grade 12”. 1
- Students involved in arts programs in New York City showed significant increases in self-esteem and thinking skills. 3
- In a study at the University of Montreal, brain imaging software was used to examine neuronal activity during the study of music and playing music. It was found that sight-reading and playing music activate region in all four of the cortex’s lobes, as well as parts of the cerebellum. 4
- In a study at McGill University, researchers found that students who took piano lessons for three or more years had significantly higher scores in pattern recognition and mental representation. 2
1. Catterall, James S., Richard Chapleau, and John Iwanaga. “Involvement in the Arts and Human Development: General Involvement and Intensive Involvement in Music and Theater Arts.” Los Angeles, CA: The Imagination Project at UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, 1999.
2. Costa-Giomi, E. (1998, April). The McGill Piano Project: Effects of three years of piano instruction on children’s cognitive abilities, academic achievement, and self-esteem. Paper presented at the meeting of the Music Educators National Conference, Phoenix, AZ.
3. National Arts Education Research Center, New York University, 1990.
4. Sergent, J., Zuck, E., Tenial, S., and MacDonall, B. (1992). Distributed neural network underlying musical sight reading and keyboard performance. Science, 257, 106-109.
1. First music lesson is free!
We provide an initial music lesson for each client that is complimentary. This lesson will be conducted by the school director of the music school to assess the skill level of the student. This should give the director enough insight to recommend an effective learning plan with an instructor that fits the student’s personality and music style.
2. We use the old school Classical European method of teaching to prepare for Royal Conservatory Exams.
This means that we oversee the sculpting of a musician from the ground up. Your voice or hands are the tools in your craft, not the instrument. Meaning, that proper tuning of your musical tools will ensure their longevity. Celine Dion’s voice never failed her due to rigorous vocal instruction – she even sounds great when she has a sore throat!
FCMS is a music school where instructors are University educated masters in their craft, who would not be caught dead using tablature, “Coles notes”, or other simplification methods. There is a reason why Bach, Mozart, Gershwin, Hammerstein, and of course, our personal favourite, Mr. Chopin, will never be forgotten as musical geniuses.
Want something more modern?
- Chris Martin of Coldplay was the son of a music teacher and honed many instruments – Youtube any Coldplay song to identify the complexity of his compositions.
- Kirk Hammett of Metallica look private music and guitar lessons from guitar magnate Joe Satriani in order to perfect his shredding style.
- John Mayer attended Berklee College of Music in Boston.
- Lady Gaga began piano lessons at the age of four, wrote her first piano ballad at thirteen, and started to perform at open mic nights by the age of fourteen.
Rome was not built in a day – excuse the cliché.
Of course, we all hear about these uneducated amateurs who strike it big, but the reality is that these success stories are glorified for the precise reason that they are rare success stories. A thorough understanding of classical music and its foundations will ensure your longitudinal retention of this information, improve your creativity, as well as provide new inspiration.
4. Proven Success Record – and we have the bells and whistles to prove it!
We don’t like to brag (but we will anyways) the average grade attained by our students on Royal Conservatory of Music exams is in the 80th-90th percentile – we’re not happy with simply passing.
Each year, our students gain experience and collect awards at Festivals. We participate in the following:
- Royal Conservatory of Music Examinations
- Kiwanis Music Festival
- Peel Music Festival
- Davenport Music Festival
- The Canadian Music Competition
- Canadian Chopin Festival
- Yearly School Recital
A glance at our Alumni tab on our About Us page also sums up why we pop our collars.
- Age Requirements
All music lessons last between 30-45 minutes, based on student needs. Your initial music lesson is FREE and offered by the director, Grazyna Szacon. She assesses each student and recommends the best teaching plan and most appropriate instructor to suit your personality.
Due to our diverse faculty, we offer music lessons in both English and Polish.
- Royal Conservatory Exam preparations (expected 80% or higher score)
- Yearly recitals to showcase our talent
- Discounts for students taking multiple music lessons (ex. Piano lessons and singing lessons)
- Discounts for families with multiple children
- Discounted group lessons for $15
- Participation and preparation in Music Festivals
Empowering your child through music lessons
The FCMS offers one hour group music lessons for children under the age of 7. Our music teaxhers are trained in the method developed by Carl Orff, which focuses on engaging young children in music – when they are still too young to participate in instrumental work. The Orff approach uses the elements of speech, rhythm, movement, dance and song to explore children’s creativity. Essentially, children learn music through the integration of movement, dance, and language. We use hand-held instruments (like shakers, tambourines, and bells), singing, as well as many components to musical theatre to establish confidence in performance and the love of music. Our aim is to make music lessons a positive experience to ease children’s transition in to routine practice and music theory. The beauty of this method is that it’s a lot of fun and a great way to boost your child’s self-esteem. We can promise that our yearly preschool recitals are a “must see”!
Preschool music lessons run for one hour weekly. Call now to register! 905.279.7761
We believe everyone should have the privilege to learn the art of music, regardless of the resources available to them. We accept ALL AGES and ALL LEVELS of experience – novice to intermediate. An assessment is conducted during the free initial music lesson.
A lot of our clients ask when their child should start taking instrumental lessons. Although some schools may accept children for piano lessons or violin lessons as young as 5 years old, we believe this is irresponsible. Instead, we recommend group music lessons for children ages 4 to 6 years old, which we offer at an affordable rate.
We recommend that students at least 7 years old to begin instrumental music lessons for the following reasons:
- Bone Ossification: This is the process by which osteoblasts (bone cells) are formed and clustered and then fused to each other to form strong bones. Often, pre-schooler bones are not strong enough for the rigorous demands of instrumental work because the secondary ossification centres are not fully formed in the hands.
- Knowledge: A child will need to know the alphabet from A to G and backwards, as well as have a working knowledge of reading and writing.
- Hand dexterity: Playing any instrument requires fine motor skills, which are not well developed in children younger than 7 years old.
- Hand size: The size of the hand must be able to reach and cover at least 5 piano keys – not to mention the neck of a guitar!
- Attention Span: Private lessons require 30 minutes of focused attention – a difficult task for most pre-schoolers
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|The Frederic Chopin Music School
2399 Cawthra Road Unit #101
Mississauga, ON L5A 2W9