Thursday, April 19, 2018

Repetition in Music

Can't get that earworm out of your head? It's probably due to the catchiness of an easily memorable and repeated tune. This video briefly explains the reasoning behind the popularity of repetition in music, which is commonly found in pop music today. 

Monday, March 26, 2018

Harmonies explained in different levels

No matter how experienced of a musician you are, you can definitely understand what harmony is in this video. The video first starts off with Jacob Collier, a musician and composer, giving the simplest definition of harmony -  a bunch of notes being played together to sound nice. Collier than goes on to explain harmony on different levels given the depth of his audience's understanding of the term. Eventually, he converses with a famous jazz musician and song writer, about the different chords that can be used and how to use them. 

This video, although the explanations can feel a little rushed in the higher levels, can help those learning jazz and can draw some inspirations from what is being discussed in this video. 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Violinist's Nightmare on Live Television

Violinist Kristine Balanas was in the middle of completely owning Wieniawski’s Polonaise Brilliante No. 1 during the Latvian Music Awards when the unthinkable happened. Her E string, until then a faithful and supportive colleague, let her down and snapped. 


As is always the way with these situations, it’s about how you react. And Kristine was an absolute pro - quickly grab the Latvian Symphony Orchestra concertmaster’s violin and leave him to deal with the consequences. The show must go on. 

Saturday, March 03, 2018

Tickets Now on Sale! OCMS-SO 19th Annual Concert "La La La: 300 Years of Popular Music"

Tickets are now on sale for our 19th annual concert "La La La: 300 Years of Popular Music."

When: Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Where: Yorkminster Cital (1 Lord Seaton Road, Toronto, ON) near Yonge and 401
What: BARBER Adagio for Strings; BIZET L'Arlésienne Suite No. 2; HAYDN Symphony No. ∞; LEHAR Vilia from The Merry Widow; ROTA The Godfather Theme; VIVALDI Concerto No. 1 in E major Op. 8 RV 269 “Spring” (“La primavera”)
How: Order tickets from

See you in May 2018! Posters designed by Helen Lai.

Which Famous Singer are you Most Like?

Here is a little quiz you can take that  can help you identify which singer you are most like based on a few questions. It's a very short quiz that you can complete in under 2 minutes. If you're bored and have nothing to so this is for you!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

How to Train Your Mom ( on flute )

If we all took the time to increase some music knowledge onto others, not only we would have THAT much fun, but we can promote the interest and support of arts all around.

Friday, February 09, 2018

Are you more of a classical musician? Jazz musician? A little bit of both?

This article briefly outlines the differences between playing classical music and playing jazz and how it affects the brain’s activity. It explains that jazz pianists have more flexibility with unexpected chords, whereas classical musicians adapt better to abnormal fingering (in their study, they study the brains of pianists) or choice of technique.

There are clear advantages to learning both types of musical styles, so if there’s a style you’re unfamiliar with, try to dabble in a few others to expand your musical horizons!

Check out the article here