Hello Crescendo Families!

We are excited to begin another fantastic year of music learning and can’t wait to see everyone again. If you are new to us, we welcome you. If you are returning, welcome back! We hope you had a wonderful summer. 

We're excited to announce the grand opening of our newly expanded studio at our Premier Way location! We've been working hard renovating our new second floor space to have it ready for the start of Fall lessons.

This fall we have several talented and highly qualified, new teachers joining us:

  • Lyra Brown, (Piano, Voice, Musical Theatre)
  • Courtney Friggstad (Piano, Voice)
  • Dwayne Livingstone (Bass, Guitar, Piano, Voice)
  • Katrina Wei (Piano)

It is a new year, which means it is a great time to start things off on the right foot. As such, we want to take this opportunity to share some valuable practice tips with you. Please try to ensure you set up your practice space in a quiet area. Be sure you open your last week’s lesson plan from your teacher and be sure you have a pencil handy to mark up your music and highlight key points. Parents, any support and encouragement you can give throughout the practice, is a value to students and their teachers as well.


It is recommended that students practice at least 4 or 5 days per week, in order to make progress and build confidence in their music. Please email us if you would like any further advice regarding practice routines as we have a number of additional resources available for you including the video below.

We wish to thank you for your business and your ongoing support. We are so thankful for each and every one of you, our valued students and families and we look forward to making beautiful music together with you this year.


Warm Regards,


Leanne and Dean Cummings

Teacher/Owners of Crescendo Music Studios


Practicing at Home: For Parents.


Lyra Brown

Each month we like to introduce one of our teachers. This month's Teacher Feature is Lyra Brown.

We are thrilled to introduce Lyra Brown to our Crescendo teaching team. She teaches voice, piano, songwriting, musical theatre and ukulele. Lyra (pronounced like “lyr-ics”) is a talented and experienced musician with a passion for teaching. With two studio albums under her belt and over a decade of experience in gigging, recording, producing, and songwriting, she is excited to expand her musical horizons by sharing her knowledge and expertise with students of all ages. She believes that music is a natural healer and that anyone, regardless of age or experience, can benefit from learning and playing music.

Lyra’s teaching philosophy is centered around joy and positive reinforcement, and she teaches in a holistic way that helps build great musicians. She has studied voice and classical piano throughout her life and is always looking forward to igniting the spark of music in the hearts of her students. In addition to being a professional musician and teacher, Lyra is currently studying Communications at MacEwan University. She is also a professional dog trainer and an avid swimmer and has enjoyed starring in various musical theater productions throughout her life.

We are confident that Lyra will instill a love and knowledge for music in the hearts and lives of all her students.


Collin McElwaine

This month we'd like to introduce you to a very talented drummer, Collin McElwaine. Enjoy this video of him playing "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor for Crescendo's Video Showcase

To see more of our wonderful student performances, please click here.


Please check your private and group lesson start dates carefully as this year is a bit more complicated than most.

NOTE: Group classes, except Musical Theatre and Elite Performers, begin on Saturday, September 16. If you are registered in WeJam, Vocal Chorus, Musical Maestros for Little Ones or Musical Maestros for Preschoolers please check your confirmation for the start date of your class.

Important Dates

Mark Your Calendars


  • Monday classes start on September 11.
  • Tuesday classes start on September 5.
  • Wednesday classes start on September 6.
  • Thursday classes start on September 7.
  • Elite Performers start today as well.
  • Friday classes start on September 1.
  • Saturday classes start on September 9.

  • Saturday, September 2 - Monday, September 4: Crescendo will be closed for Labour Day Weekend. Regular lessons resume on Tuesday, September 5.

  • Monday, September 11 - Saturday, September 23: Parent Weeks. During Parent Weeks we invite you to join your student for the first 10 minutes of their lesson.

  • Saturday, September 30: Crescendo will be closed in observance of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.


  • Saturday, October 7 - Monday, October 9: Crescendo will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Regular classes resume on Tuesday, October 10.

  • Monday, October 16 - Saturday, October 21: Casual Concert Week. Join us in our reception area for impromptu performances during lessons.

  • Saturday, October 21: Casual Concert Night. We invite you to enjoy some amazing music and to see our brand new second floor digs! Students, remember to sign up to perform at this event at the front desk.


  • Saturday, November 11 - Monday, November 13: Crescendo will be closed in honour of Remembrance Day. Regular lessons resume Tuesday, November 14.

  • Monday, November 20 - Friday, November 24: Casual Concert Week. Join us in our reception area for impromptu performances during lessons.

  • Monday, November 27 - Sunday, December 3: Christmas Recital Week! There are no regular lessons during our Recital Week. Recitals will be held at Trinity Baptist Church on Baseline Road. Details to follow as we get closer to the date.

Click here to see the full year calendar


We are welcoming The Learning Safari into our studio. They will be running out of our group space starting in September.

O Canada. O Crescendo!

We are thrilled to announce that Crescendo Music Studios students have been asked to be the official “O Canada” singers at the Sherwood Park Crusaders games this year! You will see our staff, students, and various vocal groups at each home game.

Click here to see the Crusaders' schedule

National Day For Truth and Reconciliation

Even though it is not a declared stat holiday in Alberta, The National Day For Truth and Reconciliation will be considered a stat holiday by Crescendo Music Studios. We will be closed on Saturday, September 30 to recognize the importance of this day.

We encourage you to learn more about this important day through these free online resources and find ways as a family to participate in educational events in and around our province and online!

Start the year off well with this interactive theory website.

Musictheory.net is a great resource for learning and understanding music theory. It has well-structured, easy to follow lessons for beginners and more advanced students. It uses interactive exercises that cover a wide range of topics including notation, scales, chords and intervals.

Click here to try it out!

Can Learning Music Change Your Brain?

It’s no secret that music has an effect on our brains. Whether you go to a symphony, or a live music show, or even just turn on your favourite song, it’s immediately obvious how music can affect our emotions and our engagement. Listening to and experiencing music is a huge benefit to our brain development, especially in children. Music Lessons can have an even bigger impact! Studies have shown that music training can speed up growth in the areas of our brains that process language, sound, speech, and reading skills! Music has so many benefits that aren’t just reading and playing music.

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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