Christmas is truly one of the most magical times of the year. We have much to be thankful for, and the promise of a brand new year ahead fuels my spirit everyday. We have so many exciting projects and special events at Crescendo Music Studios coming up in 2023 and I look forward to sharing them all with you very soon. Keep reading our newsletters and watching our social media for updates!


We would like to congratulate our recital performers for the preparation and dedication it took to prepare for your performance. We are so very proud of you all and we are absolutely humbled by the talent in our midst. Thank you to our phenomenal students and our amazing staff team for all your hard work. What a wonderful gift it is to us to have you in our studio!

We hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! As a friendly reminder, we are closed for the holidays from Tuesday, December 20th to Monday, January 2nd. Regular lessons will resume Tuesday, January 3rd.

We encourage you to take time during the winter break to enjoy the simple and most meaningful things that bring you joy and happiness this holiday season. Play some music, introduce some new artists into your home, sing a song together, snap a creative Christmas photo or record a video. Make memories with the ones you love this Christmas.

We look forward to another amazing term of music learning in the new year. Thank you for your continued support of our family business this year, and for the amazing opportunity to have you as valued students and families of Crescendo Music Studios! 


Warm Regards,


Leanne Cummings

Teacher/Owner of Crescendo Music Studios

A Special Note to Parents:

Parents, you play such an important role in your child’s music learning journey! Your presence helps to provide stability and security for your child. The teacher alone cannot instill a love for music – we count on a partnership with you. We are a team…both the parent and the teacher must work together to build the foundation and continuity for your child’s musical education. With this in mind, you are WELCOME to join us at your child’s lessons; even if you visit once every six to eight weeks, we would find this quite valuable! We would be pleased to offer you guidance and instruction on how to best help your child at home and, at the same time, walk you through some of the basic things to watch for in order to help your child achieve maximum success in his/her practice at home.


Erin Craig

Each month we like to share a video with you prepared by one of our talented Crescendo teachers. This month's Teacher Feature is Erin Craig.

Erin teaches piano, theory and vocal lessons. They are an in-demand conductor, clinician and vocalist in the Edmonton music community. Erin sings professionally in Pro Coro Canada and Richard Eaton Singers, works as a pianist and musical director in Edmonton’s musical theatre community, and composes and arranges choral music!

Erin’s music education is rich and varied: their advanced musical training began with a Performer’s ARCT in Piano Performance, concurrently with a diploma in jazz piano performance at MacEwan University in 2005. Erin then completed their undergraduate music studies at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in 2008 in Boston, MA. When they returned to Edmonton, Erin taught jazz arranging, theory, and ear training at MacEwan, in addition to working as a gigging jazz and rock keyboardist. In 2018, they received a MMus in Choral Conducting from the University of Alberta, under the direction of Dr. Leonard Ratzlaff.

Currently, Erin is the Artistic Director of the Accord Ensemble, an auditioned chamber choir for young adults focused on new and inclusive repertoire, and of the BALM Society, an organization dedicated to promoting the leadership of women in the arts.

Within BALM, the Accord Ensemble, as well as in other work, Erin is an advocate for gender equality and diversity in ensemble make-up, concert programming and artistic leadership.

Enjoy this video of Erin performing at Crescendo's 2021 Christmas Recital.

Erin Craig Winter Recital 2021


  • A Message from Leanne
  • Teacher Feature
  • Student Spotlight
  • Important Dates
  • December Contest
  • Winners of the Recital Program Cover Design Contest
  • Crescendo in Pictures
  • Educational Feature


For the health and safety of students and staff, please sanitize your hands when entering the studio and wear a mask or stay at home if you are under the weather. We can switch to Zoom or send a video lesson if you are sick.

With the wet, snowy weather upon us, please remember to remove soiled footwear and leave it at the front door. Thank you for helping to keep our studio as clean as possible during the mucky seasons!




  • Saturday, December 10 - Senior Center Christmas Concert. Students and teachers will be performing for the residents of Clover Bar Lodge from 3:00 - 4:00 pm.

  • Sunday, December 11 - Station on Jasper. Enjoy brunch and live music performances by Crescendo students and staff in a Christmassy setting.

  • Tuesday, December 20 to Monday, January 2 - Christmas break/studio closure.


  • Tuesday, January 3 - Studio open and regular classes resume.

  • Monday, January 16 - Saturday January 28 - During our Parent Week(s) we invite you to join your child for the last 10 minutes of their lesson so we can talk about the goals for the upcoming year.


  • Saturday, February18 - Monday, February 20 - Crescendo will be closed for Family Day weekend. Regular classes resume on Tuesday, February 21.

Click here to see the full year calendar

Crescendo students performing at RavenWood 2022!

RavenWood Music Festival 2023

The Festival is back to 2 days!

Friday, June 23 and Saturday, June 24, 2023

If you would like to volunteer, please email ravenwoodexperience@gmail.com

Check out RavenWood's website for more information.


'Tis the Season for Giving! We have some great Christmas gift ideas for the music lovers in your life! 


Gifts perfect for new students and adults wanting to learn to play music again, and for more experienced musicians.



Christmas Contest!


This month we have two activities to choose from - pick one or do both! You can pick up your contest page in the studio between December 1 - 16, or click below to print off the activity sheets. Bring your completed sheet(s) to the front desk, or submit by email, for your chance to win the Crescendo swag of your choice!

We’ll draw from all the correct entries on Wednesday, December 17.

Click here to print your "I Spy" sheet
Click here to print your Cryptogram sheet


Congratulations to Sophia Nolan and Melissa Mills!

Their recital program cover designs were both so wonderful we decided to use them both. Half the programs for the week will feature Sophia's design, and half will feature Melissa's design! Thank you to everyone who submitted a design. Crescendo students are multi-talented!

Artist: Sophia Nolan

Artist: Melissa Mills


Tanisha Pettinger performs at the Crescendo Coffee House evening at The Break Room Cafe.

Student performance at Crescendo Coffee House



English writer Aldous Huxley was quoted as saying:

“Every ceiling, when reached, becomes a floor, upon which one walks as a matter of course and prescriptive right.”

Huxley was talking about the process of setting goals, attaining them, then setting new goals on the strength of what was already achieved. This “stepped” approach to skill development works because it allows us to celebrate the achievement of smaller, attainable accomplishments as we work towards larger, long-term goals. Because of this, most music instruction series are “levelled,” allowing a student to “graduate” from one book to the next, celebrating the successful completion of this “medium-sized” milestone, while looking ahead to their longer-term goal of attaining mastery in their instrument.

Goal setting shouldn’t be as simplistic as just deciding to do something for the sake of having something to shoot for. For example, you could state your goal as, “by summer I want to be able to play Taylor Swift’s ‘Long Live’ on the piano.” In and of itself, this is an admirable thing to aspire to, but you have a much greater chance of achieving your objective if you have taken the time to figure out why you want to achieve it in the first place. Using the Taylor Swift “Long Live” example, do you desire to learn how to play this song because you are inspired by it’s empowering theme? Or is the song itself a “victory anthem” for you because you are facing a challenge in your life? By setting a goal that inspires you, you are increasing the odds that you will be willing to work through some of the more challenging, “hard work” aspects of learning the song.

So now you have your inspirational goal, what system do you use to help keep yourself on track? One method is to manage your goal by using the SMART acronym; which stands for: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Bound. Let's break it down a bit further and talk about each specific word.

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The Encore Music Foundation is focused on providing collaborative music education and experiences for underprivileged youth, and we're excited to be partnering with the owners of Origin Road in this endeavour. 

The name "Encore" comes from our vision to help youth in our community:

  • ENgage with their passion for music!
  • COllaborate together to create music and opportunities.
  • REalize their artistic and personal potential through music.

Interested in learning more about Encore Music Foundation? Please click the button below to visit our website. We would love to hear from you!

Click here to learn more about ENCORE

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