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
. The languages of instruction are in English and French. Lambda was inaugurated on the 10th 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 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.
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, and photography.
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.
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,maximizing potential in the gifted music student,the effective use the body during practice and performance, and performance injury prevention through the Alexander Technique, and the Feldenkrais Method.