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FAQ's
Our most frequently asked questions!

Is there funding available for families who may not be able to afford to put their child or children through music lessons?

Are there performance opportunities for my child throughout the year if taking music lessons at the Niagara Conservatory?

Does my child have the opportunity to participate in any band type programs?

Does the Conservatory sell musical equipment or just teach music lessons?
Year in Review
It's the time of year to look back, say thanks, and reflect on all the passion for music from the community and our students. With the launch of our Music Gives Movement, we have received so much support from all of you this year.
The History of Christmas Carols
Carols were first sung in Europe thousands of years ago, but these were not Christmas Carols. They were pagan songs, sung at the Winter Solstice celebrations as people danced round stone circles (The word carol originally meant to dance to something). The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year, usually taking place around the 22nd December. The word Carol actually means dance or a song of praise and joy! Carols used to be written and sung during all four seasons, but only the tradition of singing them at Christmas has really survived.
Why Do We Belt Out "Trick or Treat"?
It’s one of a kid’s favorite parts of Halloween. There’s no feeling quite like waiting for a stranger to open his or her door so you can scream the words "Trick or treat!" But why do we say it? What does it actually mean?
The Benefits of Learning Music Theory
That's music to my ear is a common phrase used to express a person's emotional response to how a particular tune can make them feel. Some people listen to music all the time. Some study the art of playing an instrument. It's therapeutic; it's enriching; it's a way of creating moods in any environmental setting. If you are interested in music for more than the pure enjoyment people get out of listening to it, then learning about music theory is an ideal mode for you.
Music Gives Kids Confidence
Nine-year-old Jaekob Moore could have played basketball. Or soccer. Or he could have continued on with tae kwon do. Instead, he chose music.
Music Around Niagara This Summer
As the Summer begins, so do the many music festivals and events going on in and around Niagara. Check out our list of ‘don’t miss’ local live music.
Want to Workout Smarter? Trick Your Brain With Music
What songs get you moving? For cognitive scientists, researchers and now music streaming apps, the answer is in your brain.

Spotify announced last week that it would offer workout playlists comprised of songs that automatically match a runner’s tempo, marking the latest step forward in our understanding of the relationship between music and physical activity.
Learning A Musical Instrument May Boost Life Long Success
Studies shows Canadians who learned an instrument as a child reported higher levels of education; more than 2/3 believe it's just as important as sports or learning a second language.
Why Music? Why Band?
So many parents do not understand the extended value of learning music. There’s far more to this than investing in an instrument, scheduling lessons, driving to-and-from rehearsals, and/or attending concerts. The discipline of music making is transferable to every learning situation in and outside the academic community.

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