Hi. My name is Michael Sommerville, B.Mus (McGill). I have over 35 years of musical training, and 20+ years of professional experience. I am currently the owner of a Music Publishing/Licensing company. I am also a successful Commercial Recording Artist (my Music appears on over 10 different Record Labels, with multiple Top 10/Top 20 Charting Releases), and Performer. I have also studied with the best Artists and Institutions in the Country.
I offer beginner to advanced lessons in Classical and Popular Piano, Jazz Saxophones, Rock Guitar, and our increasingly popular “Home Studio Recording & Music Production” classes. Beginners of all ages are welcome.
Piano and Saxophone Students are welcome to train for their Royal Conservatory of Music Practical Examinations, and all Students are welcome to train for their RCM exams in Music Theory, and History. Students not wishing to go the RCM route are just as welcome.
Our “Home Studio Recording & Music Production” lessons cover ALL aspects of Music Technology: from using the many Apps found in iOS and Android devices; learning how to use and operate Digital Audio Workstations (DAW’s) like Apple’s Logic X, Garage Band, Ableton Live, Cubase, and FL Studio; understanding the basics of Sound Design, Synthesis, and Sampling from Analog and Digital perspectives; Composition and Arranging; and Studio Production Techniques for students who want to Record and Produce their own Music themselves.
–Note* – Students will have to have their own Computer, as well as a Microphone (for recording Acoustic Instruments and Voice), a simple Audio Interface (recommended but not necessary) to record onto your computer, along with Software of their choice (Apple’s Garage Band is free for Mac users) and any additional Controllers they wish to use.
Students can follow the RCM Syllabus, or we can assess your interests and needs on a personal, tailor-made basis, where you learn what you want to learn.