Lambda School of Music and Fine Arts

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Lambda School of Music and Fine Arts
Lambda School of Music and Fine Arts
WEST ISLAND MUSIC SCHOOL 4989 Boul des Sources, Pierrefonds-Roxboro, Quebec, H8Y3E3
Type Performing Arts, Music, Fine Arts School
Motto Learning about life through the Arts
Established 2008
Director Angela Chan & Wonny Song
Campus Campus, Pierrefonds-Roxboro, Quebec
Colour(s) Burgundy and Beige
Mascot 4 White Lions
Nickname Lambda School / Ecole Lambda
Affiliation Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto

Lambda School of Music and Fine Arts is a bilingual school of music and fine arts and a venue for performances located in Pierrefonds-Roxboro in the West Island of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The languages of instruction are in English and French. Lambda was inaugurated on 10 October 2008 by the mayoress of Pierrefonds-Roxboro, Madame Monique Worth and appointed representatives from the Chinese Embassy, Ottawa. The name Lambda was specifically chosen for a variety of reasons. In physics, the sign Lambda (uppercase Λ, lowercase λ) stands for wavelength. Through the wavelength of sounds, humans communicate through music. Through the wavelength of light, we communicate emotions through various colors in painting. Lambda is also the acronym for Learning of the Arts through the Mind and Body in the Discovery of Aesthetics. Lambda School supports other organizations of the arts and education in Quebec. The school has been a sponsor of scholarships for the Montreal Classical Music Festival organized annually by the Quebec Music Teachers' Association as well as the Lakeshore Chamber Music Society, while also offering an array of scholarships and bursaries to students of the arts. It also offers free programs to the community and senior citizens. It is also the official examination centre for RCM Examinations of practice and theoretical subjects in the West Island of Montreal since January 2011. In 2015, Lambda has also set up an auxiliary school in Shanghai, China.


The school provides a comprehensive education to learners of all ages and levels. Founded and conceived as a school of interdisciplinary learning of the arts with the intent of helping learners discover their artistic niche, it offers a variety of artistic disciplines. Subjects offered include music, musical theatre, dance, painting, photography and videography. Lambda is headed by a panel of academic advisors that includes university professors, experts, and researchers in education and psychology, as well as a team of artists-in-residence. Lambda offers artistic education from the beginners' level to concert artist level. Without a pre-auditioning process, students who are dedicated yet have not attained a significant level of accomplishment at an early age are able to receive artistic education from international concert artists to reach their full artistic potential. Artists-in-residence at Lambda School include international concert artists such as concert violinist Alexandre Da Costa, pipa and guzheng performer Liu Fang, and Montreal-Korean concert pianist Wonny Song who also serves as associate director and director of artists-in-residence. Lambda's faculty consists of concert artists including graduates from prestigious institutions such as the Juilliard School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Eastman School of Music, Curtis Institute of Music, University of Montreal, McGill University, The Glenn Gould School and other major universities and conservatories. In 2015, Lambda also set up a special interdisciplinary exploratory program, with the purpose of introducing young learners to music, arts, science and technology through an integrated and hands-on experience.

Lambda School has consistently groomed a significant number of musical prodigies. A large number of music students of Lambda have been awarded major prizes in national and international competitions. Performances by Lambda students have also been featured on PBS Mountain Lake television, Global TV and CBC Radio Canada. Many students from Lambda won first prizes at the Crescendo International Competition and have been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York numerous times. The school takes an innovative approach to musical and artistic education. It regularly presents masterclass series by artist teachers to promote a high standard of musical performance for students in the Montreal community. Lambda also hosts monthly pedagogical workshops presented by clinicians on performance-related topics to encourage discussion amongst members of the pedagogical community on topics including: performance practice, the circumvention of performance interferences and blocks,[1] maximizing potential in the gifted music student,[2] the effective use the body during practice and performance, and performance injury prevention through the Alexander Technique, and the Feldenkrais Method.



  1. ^ Chan, Angela P. Y. (2005). Blocking performance blocks : an interdisciplinary approach towards an exploratory study on musical performance blocks in "late arriving" pianists / Angela Po Yiu Chan. Concordia University ISBN 978-0-494-16310-8. 
  2. ^ Chan, Angela P. Y. (1995). The solo pianist : a critical analysis of concepts of musical giftedness/ Angela Po Yiu Chan. Concordia University ISBN 978-0-612-05109-6. 

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