Oakville School of Music and Performing Arts
By YP Contributor

The Gift of Music

The Oakville School of Music and Performing Arts was founded in 2010 by Monika Stolarz. With a focus on developing a strong musical foundation and meeting the needs of each student, the OSMPA has earned a reputation as a nurturing and dedicated music school.

Monika began piano at the age of five, continuing her musical studies at Cawthra Park Secondary School for the arts and the University of Western Ontario. “For me, music is a life long pursuit,” Monika explains. “It’s a never-ending process. There’s so much to explore in music and that’s what I love about it.”

Having completed a business degree alongside her music degree at Western, Monika wanted to open her own music school. “When the opportunity came up, I went for it,” Monika explains. “I decided to dive in.”

For me, music is a lifelong pursuit. It’s a never-ending process. There’s so much to explore in music and that’s what I love about it. - Monika Stolarz, music teacher
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Students gather in this room for group lessons.

A Passion for Teaching

Monika has a natural talent for sharing music with others. The Oakville School of Music and Performing Arts is committed to endowing students with a strong musical base. “When a student understands what each note means and how they’re connected, that builds up independence,” explains Monika. “It allows students to pick up a piece of music and feel confident in playing it.”

The Oakville School of Music and Performing Arts is a welcoming, warm environment. Student art decorates the walls and parents spend time chatting together in the reception area. Programming runs concurrent with school terms. Lessons take place after school from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m., and on Saturdays on the weekends. The OSMPA offers private lessons in piano, voice, guitar, ukulele, flute and violin. Music Theory, History, Harmony and Royal Conservatory of Music Examination Preparation are also offered.

Children new to music can join the OSMPA’s unique group classes, designed for children aged four to eight. Students work on keyboards and take part in rhythm and movement activities, singing, music listening, introduction to composers and music theory.

“Every student we work with is different,” Monika says. “As a teacher, I want to expose my students to pieces and repertoire outside of their own boundaries to make them well-rounded musicians.”

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These keyboards are used for group lessons.

Connecting Through Music Education

The Oakville School of Music and Performing Arts has developed a strong community since 2010. “Its success lies on the strong team of teachers,” says Monika, “and a strong parent community.”

Recitals and events are an opportunity for students and parents to connect. “We take part in the Santa Claus Parade and hold Christmas recitals and end-of-year recitals for our students,” Monika says. Parents and students get to know each other and see the possibilities of music. “It’s important to share music as a community outside of regular practicing, for parents and children to see their own growth, but also the potential and impact of music.”

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