Welcome 2023!

Happy New Year to our valued students and families! We hope you had a wonderful Christmas break.


January is a month for fresh beginnings, and for some, a focus on personal growth and well-being. We hope you are able to take some time for yourself after the busy holiday season. Music is a wonderful way to express creativity, calm your mind and energize your soul! We have such talented and inspiring students and families to work with each week and we are always amazed by the music being made at Crescendo. It is a joy to walk through the halls and hear students playing their pieces and enjoying time with their teachers.

A friendly reminder that Parent Week is Monday, January 16 - Saturday, January 28. Although you are welcome to join your child's lesson any time throughout the year, we set these two weeks aside specifically to discuss goals as we start the new year.


Please remember that we, as owners, would love to hear from you about how we are doing or any concerns you may have. Please call us at the studio anytime 780-570-5699 or send us an email.


Thank you again for your support of our family business this year. We sincerely appreciate you all, and are honoured to be a part of your music journey in 2023!


Warm Regards,


Leanne and Dean Cummings

Owners of Crescendo Music Studios


Janak Naidu

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

Janak teaches piano and is a welcome new addition to the Crescendo team. He has been playing the piano for over 17 years, and has been teaching for five years. He was a Crescendo student for 11 years, and has spent a great deal of time playing, performing and learning from the owner, Leanne Cummings!

Janak believes that music can enrich a student’s life in more than just the ability to play music. He provides a safe and fun classroom environment with the aim of nurturing a student’s ability and creating a fulfilling experience with music overall.

Janak has a number of projects on the go. He has a strong background in music production in a variety of genres. He is currently working on an album with a good friend of his. Janak is furthering his musical abilities by learning the guitar, bass and drums while writing songs for other artists. These projects inform how he teaches as he is constantly learning himself!

Janak has a degree in history from the U of A and in his own time, he likes to read science fiction novels and write screenplays.

Enjoy this video of Janak performing at Crescendo's 2022 Christmas Recital.

Teacher Feature Janak Naidu


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!




  • 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 goals for the upcoming year.

  • WeJam start dates:
  • Teens - Saturday, January 21
  • Adults - Thursday, January 26

  • Vocal Chorus start dates:
  • Thursday, January 19
  • Saturday, January 21

  • Musical Maestros for Little Ones:
  • Tuesday, January 17
  • Thursday, January 19
  • Saturday, January 21

  • Musical Maestros for Preschoolers:
  • Thursday, January 19
  • Saturday, January 21


  • Wednesday, February 1: Registration begins for the Sherwood Park Music Festival.

  • Friday, February 3 (at noon): Last day to apply for the Iris Evans Scholarship for the Performing Arts (through the Sherwood Park Music Festival).

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

  • Wednesday, February 22: Last day to register for the Sherwood Park Music Festival. But we need your details by early February to help you with the registration process.


  • Monday, March 27 - Friday, March 31: Crescendo will be closed for Spring Break. Regular classes resume on Saturday, April 1.


  • Friday, April 7 - Sunday, April 9: Crescendo will be closed for the Easter Long Weekend. Regular classes resume on Monday, April 10.

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Meaghan Harvey

Meaghan Harvey performs with teacher, Taylor Price, at Crescendo's Christmas Recital 2022. Enjoy this fun performance!

Student performance at Christmas Recital 2022

New Year Activity

Here's a fun activity to do at the beginning of the new year and it also makes a great keepsake!

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“There is one thing I should say, and it’s important: Young Broadway singers and anybody who is an orator of any kind – lawyers who have to speak in court or pastors or anyone who has a lot of stress on their vocal cords: You should do the maintenance. You should do whatever it takes to feel fresh and good.”

  – Julie Andrews, Actress & Singer

Each time you use your voice, you place strain on your body. This is something you should take into consideration before giving a lengthy speech or singing. It is highly recommended that you properly and completely warm up your voice before any performance or singing! At Crescendo Music Studios, at least five minutes of every voice lesson will include a thorough vocal warm-up. Not only is this a great way to exercise and stretch your voice to become a better vocalist, but it will help to protect you from vocal harm. Remember, when practicing at home you should also be warming up!

Why We Should Warm Up Our Bodies:

Did you know…our vocal cords aren’t the only part of our body that gets a workout when we sing? The intense vibration that comes from singing has an impact on many other parts of the body. This is one of the reasons why our bodies need to be warmed up and prepared before we can begin singing. When we warm up the diaphragm and intercostal muscles (the many different muscle groups that run between the ribs), we can avoid injury AND we can improve our projection and power by supporting the breath. Proper breath support does include muscle support!

A Few Body Warm-Ups To Try: 

  • Try bending and stretching to your toes, doing gentle twists of your torso and finding a neutral position that feels comfortable and supported. It is important to find our “neutral position” for proper support. Try some quality yoga exercises on YouTube — these can be a wonderful way to both relax AND warm up! Here's a good one by Vox Yoga.
  • Activate your facial muscles! Practice making big faces and then small faces, stretched faces and squishy faces.
  • Try smiling big then frowning, lifting eyebrows and relaxing. Try making a really loud gum chewing sound and massaging the jaw muscle with the palm of your hand (nice and flat). It may feel a little silly but it does help you to prepare ALL your muscles for vocal and facial expression!
  • Activate your lungs and RELAX your face muscles. Try breathing deeply for 4 beats, then hissing out for 8 beats. Move to 8 in and 16 out, then 16 in and 32 out, and so on. 
  • Try breathing slowly through your nose while lifting your arms out at your sides, and then hissing out slowly while lowering your arms.
  • Try reaching as far in the air as you can while “climbing a ladder” like a monkey, left then right, then left, then right.
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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.

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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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