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Ontario Conservatory of Music

5694 Highway 7, Markham, ON
5 reviews
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5694 Highway 7
Markham, ON, L3P 1B4, CA

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Ontario Conservatory of Music, Markham Reviews (5)

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By Excelinmusic on Mar 10, 2016
The worst music school ever

The worst music school ever

They only care about getting money from the students.

Do your research and see how many Ontario Conservatory students have made it as concert pianists, there should be at least one or two if they’ve been open since 1939? Right...?



I got this from the following link:

https://clariniano.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/reviews-of-two-of-the-worst-music-schools-in-toronto-originally-posted-on-yelp-but-later-deleted/

Former Teacher at the Ontario Conservatory of Music

I took lessons at the Ontario Conservatory and when I left for private lessons from another teacher who was from the Royal Conservatory, she had to re-teach everything I learned about playing the piano. I wished then I had not taken lessons at all from the Ontario Conservatory.

Here’s why:

1) The Ontario conservatory will never stress piano playing technique, in fact, they couldn’t care less. In fact 100% of the time, every student I have ever taught at the Ontario Conservatory has awful piano technique. Do your homework, watch students play at the Ontario Conservatory, then go to the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM)and see the difference.

2)The teachers are unqualified. The Ontario Conservatory gets their students to eventually teach, and the cycle of poor technique gets recycled in the process. However, to teach at the RCM you need to be certified as a teacher.

3) The books they use are Alfreds (fun songs, and entertaining) but they are levels below the RCM books. They will teach you RCM content, however, not recommended if you want to become a serious pianist.

4) Group lessons = not the best learning environment for an budding pianist. These are great of little kids, age 4-5. Although, even at this age if you get a serious teacher, you can make a serious musician out of a young pianist. Here’s the math, the more students the Ontario Conservatory packs in a group lesson the more money they make. $26 x 6students = $156 an hour. The teacher gets a cut per student of $6.
The upside is that group lessons are great for making friends and learning from each other. There’s also a healthy peer-pressure to keep up and practice.

5)Their summer competitions are fun. I dare the Ontario Conservatory to open these competitions up to real music schools to see if any Ontario Conservatory students win their own competitions at all.

6)Exams. Should I even bother. If you complete all the levels at the Ontario Conservatory not even your high school will issue you a credit which means they are not a real education if the ministry of education will not give grant a high school credit. HOWEVER, AT THE ROYAL CONSERVATORY if you complete
Level 7 Practical + Intermediate Rudiments you get a Grade 11 credit, and if you complete Level 8 Practical + Advanced Rudiments you get a Grade 12credit.
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So, if you’re looking for a school that is going to stress proper playing technique so you don’t end up hurting your fingers, and if you want to play in front of real musicians someday, go to a real music school. Take lessons from a premier institution and see the difference for yourself. Do your research and see how many Ontario Conservatory students have made it as concert pianists, there should be atleast one or two if they’ve been open since 1939?
By realopinion on Apr 19, 2012
WHAT A GREAT PLACE TO TAKE LESSONS AT!
I love this school and really enjoy my lessons.
By non-member29784 on Apr 10, 2011
A Big Rip Off
The group classes are the worst, they progress at the speed of the slowest student. So if your child is a quick learner who would like to move forward too bad for them, they be stuck doing the same songs week after week until the slowest child gets it. This was very frustrating for my daughter who would finish the lesson books on her own then wait for the rest of the class. I decided I've had enough and I put her in private lessons which is cheaper than their $26 weekly fee. My daughter wasted over two year at the OCM learning what my son did in eight months privately for $20 per lesson.
By non-member6433 on Dec 01, 2008
OCOM rip-off
The OCOM will rip you of your money.
They have very sofisticated way to tell you stories and not teach you music, they sale their pianos for 4000$ while you can buy it from the best stores in Toronto for 900$, they will charge you 198$ for registration, 61$ for examns that you don't need and they will humiliate you in fron of your childrens.
There are other music school at the GTA, Try them first !
By non-member6680 on Dec 01, 2008
OCOM rip-off
The OCOM will rip you of your money.
They have very sofisticated way to tell you stories and not teach you music, they sale their pianos for 4000$ while you can buy it from the best stores in Toronto for 900$, they will charge you 198$ for registration, 61$ for examns that you don't need and they will humiliate you in fron of your childrens.
There are other music school at the GTA, Try them first !
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