Everest Academy


Music Program Philosophy

The philosophy of the music program at Everest is to produce and promote students who have a strong interest in, and passion for, music in its various forms. This is accomplished through systematic regular practice, expert coaching, dedicated instruction, all in a positive and nurturing environment. Our students develop of a solid work ethic combined with creativity in music.

Main Goals

1. To have our students develop skills that will enable them to grow and excel as musicians – individually as well as in a team environment.

2. To create an environment where the love of music is and will always be the focus for both students and faculty alike.

3. To develop a recognized, world-class music program.

Music Instructor – Michael Freedman (B.Mus, B.Ed)

Mike is a highly versatile and creative music instructor, who brings lot’s of enthusiasm and a deep love of music to the classroom. Mike graduated (cum laude) from the Berklee college of Music  school in Boston and is also an accredited OCT teacher.  His teaching experience includes five years of teaching with the Toronto District School Board and over 20 years of private music instruction in guitar and piano. Mike also works in many facets of the music industry, in both performance, composition and recording.

Mike believes that everyone can learn to play and appreciate music and that it enriches the lives of students and enhances  the overall school atmosphere.  He likes it when students learn through “doing” and believes that music is a wonderful outlet for students to have, to develop their self esteem.

Music Instructor – Julio Cortez

Julio is an accomplished drummer and overall musician. He
loves to work with kids of all ages. He teaches drumming
and other musical disciplines with an unparalleled passion.
Julio also works in many facets of the music industry, in both
performance, composition and recording so can relay first
hand experiences to the kids he works with.

Program Details

Depending on the semester and the students need, music students will receive the following:

  • 1/2 hr private lessons
  • 1/2 hr group theory lessons
  • 1 hr ensemble work/lessons

Students in the full music program will have 4 mornings per week as part of their music schedule. The full-time program begins at 8:40 am and end at 10:15 am. Academic classes start at 10:30.

Providing students with both private and group instruction is very important for the student’s development. As a musician, learning to listen to those around you is essential.

Students will also be required to complete two recitals per semester. One for their peers within the music program and one for students, parents and teachers to attend.

The importance of performing for their peers is to recognize the respect and encouragement offered by their peers and it is invaluable for self-growth and self-esteem.

Areas of Study for 2012-2013 Include:

  • Piano
  • Voice
  • Drums
  • Guitar / Bass guitar
  • Strings

Music and Education: Music is the Key to Higher Learning!

Many studies over the past few decades have shown that learning music can lead to a better overall education and actually improve a student’s ability to excel in other subjects at school as well as increasing their self-confidence and ability to communicate with others.

  • A ten-year study indicates that students who study music achieve higher test scores, regardless of socioeconomic background.
  • Students who can perform complex rhythms can also make faster and more precise corrections in many academic and physical situations, according to the Centre for Timing, Coordination and Motor Skills.
  • A study of elementary students in an arts-based program concluded that students’ math test scores rose as their time in arts education classes increased.
  • In a 1999 Columbia University study, students in the arts are found to be more cooperative with teachers and peers, more self-confident and better able to express their ideas. These benefits exist across socioeconomic levels.

Everest Academy is Canada’s leading K to 12 S.E.L.F.™ private school; dedicated to the holistic development of high-achieving students.
Everest Academy is one of Canada’s fastest growing K-12 private schools dedicated to the development of high achieving students. Whether it’s excellence in sports, music, arts or academics, Everest Academy students ‘do what they love, love what they do.’ Built around our unique S.E.L.F.(TM) program model, Everest Academy students experience a fully integrated Skill, Education, Leadership and Fitness platform which is second to none. Combined with an innovative on-line learning platform, Everest Academy students can advance their skill development anywhere, anytime allowing them to “live their dreams”.