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Culture Days will return September 20 – October 13, 2024.

The Power of Music: Expression Through Composing and Creating an Album


Music Performance Self-guided
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Richmond, BC



Offered in English.


About the host:

Leif Hatzi-Blaak is currently studying Bachelor of Music Composition Honours degree at Simon Fraser University, with a minor in Psychology.

Throughout his education, he has worked with a variety of artists and musicians, including producing film scores, performing contemporary music, and choreographing dance. Another collaboration is Working with musician and professional harpist Elisa Thorn during the SFU School For Contemporary Arts 2022 Music and Sound Festival.

He has also had the opportunity to collaborate as an Apprentice Sound Designer for Bard on The Beach's Henry V 2023 production, alongside Canadian composer Joelysa Pankanea.

Leif is currently a piano instructor at Richmond Music School under the Music Teacher Development Program.

From Leif Hatzi-Blaak:

Music has the power to calm, heal, and connect with others.

Have you dreamed of creating a music album and wish to share it with the world? But wondered how do you start and wondered how I know my music will be welcomed and accepted out there? I hope my audience can take away from this event, feeling confident in composing their own music and not be afraid to share their work out into the world. What people will find the most memorable out of this is that they will understand that anyone can be an artist and that all you need is passion, dedication, and hard work in order to create something meaningful. We can express and connect with others through the power of music. "


Richmond Music School Society

Richmond Music School provides the highest quality music education meeting the needs of all ages through private and group lessons in both practical and theoretical domains enriching the lives of students, teachers, the community and society.

The Richmond Music School is the largest and oldest non-profit music school in Richmond. Since it was established over 40 years ago in 1979, the school has been a committed contributor to the cultural life of Richmond. Founded by a group of parents who wanted a quality music education for their children in the community, the School was formally incorporated as a Society and received its charitable status in 1980.

The Richmond Music School offers instruction to all age groups and abilities in a broad range of styles: classical, jazz, rock and pop. Similar to the structure of music conservatories, it primarily offers private lessons and ensemble classes on a weekly basis. Most of the instruction is geared towards the completion of the Canadian Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) examinations or the U.K. Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) as well as preparation for local music festivals and competitions.

As the Canadian representative for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) in the United Kingdom, the Richmond Music School offers a place for students across Canada to take their ABRSM exams in all levels while providing a strong educational contribution to local teachers through the workshops it hosts. Completion of ABRSM examinations are recognized by the government of British Columbia for approved external credits for secondary students in Grades 10-12.

Through our ‘Share Your Music’ philosophy, our faculty members and students perform throughout the year at recitals and other special events to increase the awareness of music education and arts participation. We can often be seen performing in malls, schools, community centres, senior living facilities and festivals. Notable performances include Culture Days, Winter Wonderland at Richmond City Hall and our 2010 music marathon, in which we performed 40 hours of music to welcome the Olympic athletes to the 2010 Olympic Games.