Hello Fall!

We are a month into fall and we are beyond grateful to hear the inspiring music throughout the halls of Crescendo. We hope you have started to find a comfortable back-to-school routine for your family that includes finding the time to practice your instrument and grow your talents as a musician!

Dean and I are thrilled to welcome a few new faces to our already diverse and talented team! New to our team this year are Daniel Jackson (teaching drums, guitar and ukulele), Eva Mackowska (teaching piano, guitar and voice), Janak Naidu (teaching piano), Tessa Ruberry (teaching guitar) and Thomas Shenher (teaching guitar). Each of these qualified individuals bring their own set of skills and abilities to the team, and we are delighted to have them join us this year. If you are interested, you can learn more about our staff team on our website.

We wish you all a wonderful fall and a lovely Thanksgiving weekend. Please note that the studio is closed Friday, October 7 to Monday, October 10. 

In keeping with the Thanksgiving theme, we wish to tell you how thankful we are for each and every one of you, our valued students and families, and we thank you for the opportunity to bring music into your life and home!


Warm Regards,


Leanne Cummings


Crescendo Music Studios

We still have a few spots available in the following group classes:

  • Musical Maestros for Preschoolers: Ages 3.5 - 5 on Thursday  

  • WeJam Kids: Ages 11 - 14 on Saturday

  • WeJam Teens: Ages 14 - 17 on Saturday

  • Vocal Chorus: Ages 6 - 10 on Saturday

For more information, class dates and times, please click here.


Taylor Price

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

Taylor has been teaching music for six years and has taught piano, voice, and musical theatre at Crescendo since 2018. She has also worked with local schools to help develop and lead drama and music workshops, as well as choreograph musicals.

Taylor has been playing piano for 23 years, sang in choir for 11 years, has taken many years of private instruction in both disciplines, and is working towards her Grade 10 RCM certification. She graduated from the Theatre Arts Intensive Diploma program at Grant MacEwan University where she learned about singing technique, choreography, theatre history, and performing.

Over the years, Taylor has also spent time working on other skills such as classical & jazz piano, chording, improvisation, songwriting, and playing guitar, clarinet, ukulele, and cello.

A few fun facts about Taylor are that she is bilingual en Francais and English, has a pet bunny named Morty, a pet fish named Beethoven and she loves musicals.

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


How to Tune Your Violin

We have created a few videos to provide parents and caregivers with insights and tips to help your child get the most out of their music learning experience. We hope you find these tips valuable and helpful!

Here is a video for our violin students - some helpful tips when tuning your violin

How to tune your violin

Important Dates

Mark Your Calendars


  • Friday, September 30 - Crescendo will be closed for National Day of Truth and Reconciliation.

  • Important Note: Crescendo is closed two Fridays in a row - September 30 and October 7.


  • Friday, October 7 - Monday, October 10 - Crescendo will be closed for Thanksgiving weekend. Regular lessons resume Tuesday, October 11.

  • Saturday, October 15 - Crescendo Coffee House Night. Please join us for a night of live music at The Break Room Cafe from 6pm - 9pm.

  • Sunday, October 16 - Bridge to the Stars at MacEwan University. A day of development and showcasing for singers, dancers and actors in support of MacEwan Student Mental Health. To register or for more information email info@terrelledwardsmusic.com


  • Friday, November 11 - Crescendo will be closed for Remembrance Day. There are regular classes on Saturday, November 12.

  • Monday, November 28 - Saturday, December 3 - Christmas Recital Week! No regular lessons during Recital Week. Recitals will be held at Trinity Baptist Church. Details to follow as we get closer to the date.


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


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

Click here to see the full year calendar

Tiegen Costa, Crescendo Music Teacher, Featured in Edmonton Journal.

Our very own Tiegen Costa hosted a show at the Yardbird Suite in Edmonton. Congratulations, Tiegen, on your Edmonton Journal article! (See below.)

Opportunity knocks

Seasoned legend, saxophonist P.J. Perry figures prominently in the mix but you can’t discount the inspiration and encouragement playing the venue packs for up-and-comers like guitarist Tiegen Costa, 23, whose quartet hits Thursday in an Emerging Artist showcase at 8 p.m.

“It’s the greatest room in Western Canada for jazz,” Costa allows. “It means the world, to be honest, because the names who have played there are just incredible, and when you see your local heroes playing there and then you’re playing that same stage, it’s just a really good feeling.”

He’s played various local clubs and four “virtual” gigs at the Yardbird through the pandemic but this is his first live-audience show with saxophonist Jacob Do, bassist Evan Klick and drummer Graeme Newburn keeping company.

Like many others in the local music community, Costa pursues a “jack of all trades” trajectory, trying to stay as versatile as he can be after finishing MacEwan’s jazz and contemporary music performance program a year back. As recently as last month he was hired to back up rapper Ardn at the Starlite Room and he was busy during jazz fest too, but you sense this quartet with some fave colleagues is the closest thing to fulfilling his musical high.

Drawing from blues and rock roots as a youngster, his music world expanded exponentially after hitting golden-era jazz guitar influences, the funk legacy of James Brown, and Kendrick Lamar. Now he’s preparing to plumb his own tunes, a pop-jazz adaptation and more as he works towards getting his first EP out.


The talented Stockdale Family performs at a Crescendo recital.

Stockdale Family

All for Fun and Fun for All!



Design by Charlotte Woolgar, winner of the 2021 Winter Recital Program Cover Design Contest.

Calling all artists! It's Crescendo Contest Time!

We're looking for a talented student to design the cover for our Christmas Recital!

Please submit an original, music-themed art piece and you can WIN YOUR CHOICE of something from our Crescendo Swag Shop! What will you pick if you win? A new hoodie? Maybe a water bottle or a new book bag perhaps?

Drop off your completed artwork at the studio (either Premier Way or Buckingham location), or email: office@crescendomusicstudios.ca, by October 29. Winner will be announced by email on November.

Good luck and happy drawing!

Why Is Music Theory So Important?

“Do everything you can to learn your craft. Score student films for free, attend conferences, learn music theory – do anything and everything you can.”   – John Keltonic 

When learning an instrument, you have probably been encouraged to work on your music theory as well. Music theory is an incredibly important part of any music learning journey. Some call it the “grammar of music” because it provides the rules by which music works. Learning music theory will help a student understand the different written elements that make up a piece of music including; note reading, note values, time signatures, chord progressions, articulation, and much more. A holistic musical education should include theory each week because it will help a student to become a better musician!

Click here to read the full article
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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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