The Ottawa Music Academy first opened its doors on November 1st 1989 and the opening of the Kanata Music Academy followed on August 1st 1993. Since, both Academies have been providing the surrounding communities with musical knowledge and merchandise. We offer both private and group lessons in a variety of instruments.
Our staff is dedicated to promoting a positive musical learning experience to students of all ages. Our teachers are highly qualified and versatile. Students choosing to be trained classically are encouraged to take exams from the Royal Conservatory of Music or the Trinity College of London. However, there are also plenty of learning opportunities for students who enjoy other styles of music, such as pop and jazz and rock.
Appreciated musicologist, pianist and professor, Dr. Dragos Calin is one of the top of the current generation of professors in Romanian universities, but also a professor in Canada, his multidisciplinary training offering him the possibility of a modern and highly professional pedagogical and musicological activity.
Born in Bucharest, Europe, he first attended the George Enescu College of Music, and then completed his studies at the National University of Music, in the departments of Piano and Musicology, having two master’s degrees under the guidance of eminent internationally recognized professors.
As a pianist, he has won several national and international competitions, and has performed both as a soloist, in concerts with symphony orchestras, and in individual recitals or chamber music, both in Romania and abroad, in countries such as Austria. The Netherlands, Italy, Spain or Canada.
As a musicologist, he has an intense editorial activity, publishing numerous studies and articles in magazines and specialized newspapers and volumes such as “Music for Shakespeare”, “The Shakespearean Musical Universe”, published in Canada, or ” The Art of Conducting in the vision of a genius: Constantin Bugeanu, published in Romania”.
His scientific and pedagogical activity took place in Europe, at the National University of Music in Bucharest, where, over time, he taught courses in Piano, Didactics of Music Education, Integrated Arts, Musicology, Music History or Aesthetics, but also at Carleton University in Ottawa – Canada, where he taught piano for several years. At the same time, he was the Director of the Teacher Training Department of the National University of Music in Bucharest and the coordinator of many cultural programs and projects. He is also an expert of the Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education in the Ministry of Education.
PhD in music, Dragos is a member of several international music and teaching associations, such as the Ontario Registering Music Teacher Association (ORMTA), the International Musicological Society or the Gesellschaft Fur Musiktheater in Vienna, Austria.
He is the Director of Kanata Music Academy.