Welcome to

Larissa A. Szepetyk Music Studio

 

"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge."

Albert Einstein

1 (416) 276.5472

 

 

 

Hi there! 
My name is Larissa Fraser and I love teaching music.

I have been teaching voice, piano and rudiments (theory) since 1995. My home studio is located in Oshawa, Ontario.

I enjoy nurturing musical creativity and developing self confidence in my students through voice and piano. 


Larissa A. Szepetyk Music Studio is a friendly, goal-orientated, holistic and supportive learning environment aimed at refining, improving and creating musical skills.

*New students welcome!*



Why I teach: 

I believe that when someone is exposed to music or art of any form, their perception of the world changes. Music has such a positive and powerful influence; it transforms thought and molds expression. I love helping students discover their musical talents.

Truly, music is the international language of the world and a mind builder. Music lessons benefit students by increasing self confidence, building emotional resilience and creating empathy. Over time, music students develop self discipline, endurance and stamina skills, while learning motivation, compassion and patience.
These skills help create a well rounded individual who is able to take on the world with an open mind and an open heart. 

I strongly believe 
anyone can sing and play piano.

Throughout the years, I have helped many students who I've seen musically transform after just a few lessons - whether it be pitch-matching or note-playing. When a student is dedicated, persistent and consistent they succeed.

 

What I teach:
 

I enjoy preparing students for a variety of things:
 

  • Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) voice, piano and theory examinations
  • Performing Arts High School Auditions
  • Post Secondary Music Auditions
  • High School Musical Auditions
  • Community and Professional Theatre Musical Auditions
  • Opera, Operetta and Choir Auditions
  • Kiwanis Music Festival

 

Lessons at the studio run from September to May. Additional lessons can be extended into June for students preparing for an RCM examination.

 

I work with singers age 8 and up and pianists age 7 and up. I have an open door policy where I encourage a parent to attend the lessons if under the age of 14. The parent can attend fewer lessons once the student is musically comfortable and progressing well. 

 

 

Teacher credentials:

 

 

I am a classically trained musician in voice, piano, theory and music history. I have a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Toronto. 

I am a member of the following teaching associations: 

 

  • Ontario Registered Music Teachers' Association (ORMTA, both Oshawa and Whitby branches) as a Registered Music Teacher (RMT). 
  • Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) as a Certified Music Teacher.
  • National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) as an active member. 


Lessons:

*Lesson durations are subject to availability.*
 

  • Voice: $35.00 for a 1/2 hour lesson
  • Voice: $60.00 for an hour lesson
  • Piano: $30.00 for a 1/2 hour lesson
  • Piano: $55.00 for an hour lesson
  • Rudiments: $35.00 for a 1/2 hour lesson


Lesson payment is accepted monthly (in advance) via e-transfer, cash or cheque.

In every lesson for voice and piano I incorporate:

  • theory
  • repertoire
  • ear training
  • sight playing / sight singing
  • technical exercises (scales, breathing, warm ups etc.)
  • rhythm reading
 
The monthly lesson fees for voice, piano and theory cover:
 
  • time spent during lesson preparation
  • repertoire search
  • accompanist organization
  • administration (paper, printer toner, etc.)


A little about me: 

I was recently awarded a 2018 RCM Teacher Certificate of Recognition for helping one of my voice students achieve a gold medal.

I have also performed solos with many world class musicians and composers. Some highlights include: 

 

  • Toronto Operetta Theatre
  • Canadian Ukrainian Opera Association
  • Ottawa Valley Music Festival & Orchestra
  • Summer Opera Lyric Theatre
  • Opera in Concert
  • Arts & Letters Club of Toronto


A little about my studio:
 

All of my students are accompanied by and play on my
K. Kawai Grand Piano.



I own a vast selection of resources that I use in my studio. 
Here are just a few of them:

 

  • RCM Piano Celebration Series
  • RCM Voice Series, 2019 Edition
  • RCM Celebrate Theory Series, 2016 Edition
  • Full Voice Workbook Series by Nikki Loney & Mim Adams
  • The Teen's Musical Theatre Collection by Hal Leonard
  • Sight Singing for Success by Joan Heels
  • Music for Little Mozart's piano method books by Alfred's
  • Piano Adventures piano method books by Faber & Faber