ABC Academy of Music

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for All Ages

Leslie Townsend

Toronto Violin, Viola Music Teacher

Leslie Townsend2021-08-04T04:42:03-04:00

B. Mus. Hons (Trinity Laban, UK)
M. Mus (Vienna Privat Universität)
Violin Certificate (St. Petersburg)

Originally from London, UK, Leslie is classically trained in violin and piano. Studying in three world famous conservatories his performing career has taken him on tour in Africa, Europe, Canada and Asia.

Inspired and supported by amazing teachers and family, starting at 8 he quickly made progress and at 14 played as soloist in Vivaldi’s ‘Winter’. Yehudi Menuhin called him ‘a player of passion and interest’.

In search of his family and musical heritage he studied in Russia,where his great grandmother had studied piano. Returning to England his string quartet won prizes at Trinity Laban and nationally before touring France and Switzerland. In Vienna he learned the precision and gracefulness of the Viennese style;before starting a busy playing career including: Music Theatre tours in Holland and Belgium, working for the BBC and teaching students.

Hobbies: Chess, drinking green tea and dancing.

Favourite Food: Ginger and oatmeal Cookies

Least Favourite Food: Okra

Favourite Music:  Classical,Soul, and old school Funk

Favourite Song: Lou Reed ‘Perfect Day’

Favourite Movie: Rublev by Tarkovsky amazing and deep cinema

Favourite Movie Music: Once Upon a Time in the West.

Favourite Musical Theatre: Miss Saigon

Favourite Opera:  La Bohème

Best Quote from a Teacher: ‘Make a good sound in the wrong place and your friends will forgive you. So just always make a good sound’

Favourite Quote: ‘Happiness is all around us, just take a deep breath and you’ll taste more of it.’

Favourite Book: Shakespeare first folio

Best thing about working at ABC:  Music has new discoveries for my students in a great, supportive environment.

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Cover of Hal Leonard Music Flash Cards (Set A)

120 color-coded cards to learn basic musical symbols, all notes from low ledger C to high ledger C, and rhythm patterns in 4/4 and 3/4. Also includes cards that focus on recognition of steps and skips on the staff.

Excellent for parents to help their kids at home with musical understanding – even if the parent is not musically trained!




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