November 2018

Mississauga Fine Arts Academy Monthly • 

November 2018 

Dream, Believe, Play, Achieve


• Musical Ladder Achievements • Teachers with waiting lists •
• Mark your calendar • Student of the month- Harleena! •
• Vote for us- Top Choice Awards •
• Welcome New Students • “Roller Coaster of My Life” •
• Halloween Costume Contest Winner- Paula •
• Referral Contest- Win Indoor Skydiving Package •

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Mark Your Calendar:

Top Choice Awards Voting- November 1st 2018 – January 2nd 2019
Winter Recital – December 15th – 16th 2018
Winter Break- December 23rd 2018 – January 3rd 2019
RCM Theory Exams – December 14th & 15th 2018
RCM Practical Exams – January 14th – 26th 2019

“Roller Coaster of My Life”

Our director Vadim has been well versed in the music industry throughout his entire life. Recently, he has wanted to share his story with the dedicated members of our school. The story, much like a roller coaster, has many ups and downs, but these events and pivotal moments helped to define Vadim and, as he says, “it’s why I am doing what I am doing”.

“My whole life was coloured by music. Music has been around me since the day I was born and immediately become an integral part of my life.
I was born in a small town in Eastern Europe, and raised by a single mother. When I was first born
my mother was in the process of completing her bachelor’s degree in music. Her fellow classmates
often times would babysit me in the hallways of her lectures, while she attended her classes. I had
grown up in an environment so rich in music that I truly had no choice but to become a musician! I
started to study piano at the early age of 5, and by the age of 9 I picked up the guitar, and I never
was able to put the instrument down again. Guitar became my first love, greatest passion, and
largest tool for self-expression.
The war in Transnistria had reached its peak in 1993. At the time, I was still studying at the music
college to get my bachelor’s degree and taking my exams, all the while seeing death and sorrow
around me. I lost two classmates to this war, music, and guitar more specifically remained my
constant outlet throughout this trying time. 
In 1995, I made my way to Russia. I moved to Moscow, to continue my music education, where I
studied double bass at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory. I was fortunate to perform with the Moscow
Symphony Orchestra on famous stages, such as the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory and the
Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, with world-renowned conductors Yevgeny Svetlanov and Antonio de
Almeida. Despite my success musically, struggles to afford my rent, and even to feed myself at
times seemed almost impossible. During these times, I was still studying guitar and I eventually
pursued my career as a solo guitarist.
From 1995 to 1998, I struggled to find work. Settling as a magazine salesman at a subway station, it
was hard to believe my dreams of playing guitar professionally seemed like a distant memory.
Working 16 hours a day for very little money, I did what I had to do to survive, but my soul was
broken because of this. 
After the 1998 Russian financial crisis, my wife and I finally decided to chase our dreams across the
world, in the hopes of better opportunities and financial success. After a two-year long process and
many obstacles, we arrived in Canada on March 11th, 2001. Knowing no one, we landed at Pearson
Airport with nothing but our determination for a better life, and a little bit of faith. We landed at the
Pearson Airport knowing absolutely nobody in the foreign country, but full of plans and hope for a
better life.
Our transition into Canada, however, much like our life in Russia was not always easy. With little
knowledge of the language we scraped all our money together and managed to rent a small
apartment. Finding a job proved difficult, so I began attending school to study English, cutting costs
by walking to and from school every day. One hour in each direction. Within two months I had
landed a job at a gas station. My days now consisted of English school from 9am-3pm and work
from 4pm-11pm. 7 days a week, for the next four and a half years.
A successful life in Canada was not an option without learning English and having a job, however,
neither was my dream to pursue a career as a musician. So, I finally found a way to combine my
love for music, and need to work in order to support myself. I became a passionate and dedicated
teacher at Pianos Plus School of Music teaching guitar, as well as Meadow Green Academy as a
music teacher. During this time, I taught over 500 students over the course of 15 years. Watching
the passion and love for music in the eyes of my students motivated me to be the best teacher I
could be for them.
But I still felt I could do more. Wanting to create an environment where children could discover the
world of music, my vision extended beyond the boundaries of a single class. This was a time for me
to step out of the classroom, and take over, and grow the school that I had worked in for 15 years.
This became my new mission.
I strongly believe that every child is talented and has the ability to play a musical instrument,
including children with disabilities. I believe that every child on the planet deserves musical
education, and a chance to experience the joy musical education can bring a person. Music was one

of the leading motivators and reasons for joy in my life. For that reason, I will always encourage
musical education, and all the wonderful experience that comes with being a musician, to others.
Our mission today is to change our world. To make our world a better place by growing a generation
of musically educated, loving, caring individuals. With open minds and hearts, and great souls who
will pass on their knowledge to future generations, our world will undoubtedly become a better place.”

We thank you for your words Vadim and we look forward to seeing how much you’ll be able to help the school flourish!

Student Of The Month- Harleena P!

For months now, teachers have been letting us know all about their students and their accomplishments, and this month we’ve got a very special girl to talk about! Harleena is 5 years old and has been working with her teacher Sam to prepare for the upcoming Winter Recital.

We asked Harleena a few questions about herself and her time at the Academy and this is what she told us:

What instrument do you play?: Piano
How long have you been taking lessons?: Almost 6 months at MFAA
What’s your favourite song to play?: My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion
What is your favourite food?: Chocolate
What is your favourite thing you’ve learned in class recently?: Learning to play chords and pedal What is your favourite colour? Rainbow!

We asked Sam to tell us a little bit about Harleena, and he told us the following:

“Harleena started off as a vocalist and quickly learnt that the piano was more her speed, she still sings occasionally while she’s playing (she has an awesome voice too). She comes in focused and practiced and because of this she is blazing through her piano workbooks. Harleena is also quick with her theory work, correcting her own mistakes before I even get to say anything. She always walks in dancing or smiling and makes the lesson fly by.”

Once again congratulations to Harleena and we look forward to her performance at the Winter Recital!


Top Choice Awards 2019

Last year, we had the honour of winning Top Music School with the Top Choice Awards. We would love to keep up our recent trend of showing the community how great we are, so please VOTE!
Voting continues until January 2nd, so be sure to check to let your voice be heard.

Halloween Costume Contest Winner- Paula A!

Congratulations to the winner of our Halloween raffle, Paula! She came dressed up as a beautiful Ballerina this year, and we were all so happy to see her costume.
Thank you to everyone that participated in our BIGGEST Halloween turn out EVER! Teachers and staff alike all had fun dressing up and seeing the enthusiasm and energy in the students.
We’re looking forward to seeing what different costumes we’ll get to see next year!


We are very proud of everyone that achieved their Musical Ladder certificates and wristbands! Here are a few highlights from November:

                   Alicea                                                                  Praveen                                                                
        Piano lessons with                                            Vocal lessons with 
                Lesya K.                                                              Kathleen F.                                  


                   Jayden                                                               Valeria                                                                
          Guitar lessons with                                      Violin lessons with 
                   Mike M.                                                         Augustin S.               


Welcome New Students!

Danielle C
Steven Z
Nishta M
Dylan C
Emma C
Fiona Y
Steve R
Zara S
Ratu S
Kyle B
Veronica G
Sophia W
Nathaniel C
Lamvien P
Emma S
Felipe S
Olivia B
Nazar R
Devanshi S
Stacey C
Caitlin C
Maya T
Kayelynne J


Many teachers are very popular, and quickly become fully booked. If you need a schedule change or would like to be added to a waiting list for a particular teacher, day or time, please contact us and we can add you to the waiting list. There are still limited lesson spots available. To inquire about openings in September 2018 send an e-mail to or call us 905-276-0251.
Here’s a partial list of who’s currently full:


Geoff M.: Only TWO spots left
Jerry Z.: Friday only TWO spots left
Karan K.: Monday only TWO spots left
Lesya K.: Only TWO spots left
Mariana C: All days SOLD OUT
Monica V.: Monday only ONE spot left
Nadiya R.: Only ONE spot left
Oksana I.: Only TWO spots left
Stella L.: Only ONE spot left
Vilija V.: Sunday only FOUR spots left


Vira B.: Only ONE spot left


Augustin S.:  All days SOLD OUT     


Kathleen F..: Only THREE spots left
Sam M.: Only TWO spots left
Stephen G.: All days SOLD OUT


Alex H.: Only TWO spots left
Michael G.: Tuesday only TWO spots left
Peter S.: Only THREE spots left
Mike M: Only ONE spot left
Nick R.: All days SOLD OUT
Jack L..: Only THREE spots left


Savic P.: Only ONE spot left 
Stephen G.: All days SOLD OUT


Luke J.: Only ONE spot left
Sean C.:  Only ONE spot left


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