Average 4.2 based on 71 teacher ratings
Richard Arrigo is a Music teacher at Lisgar Collegiate Institute located in Ottawa, Ontario. When comparing Richard Arrigo's ratings to other teachers in the province of Ontario, Richard Arrigo's ratings are below the average of 4.21 stars. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Lisgar Collegiate Institute is 4.02 stars.
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Mr. Arrigo is without a doubt my favourite teacher at Lisgar. In high school it can often be difficult to be motivated to get to school but what motivates me every morning is knowing I have rehearsal. Mr. Arrigo has taught me the value of being punctual and a good group member. At times he can be harsh but he has our best interests at heart. If you are respectful, he will respect you But if you act like you are too good for his class or take it as a joke, don't expect a good experience.

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The best music teacher at Lisgar. Had a great time in his class. Everyone says he's terrifying, but he has great puns and is hilarious. Don't get on his bad side or he'll hate you for life. Easy to get 90's in his class. Would recommend

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Has emotional issues including anger issues. Has on overly high opinion of himself.

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un thought my son how to play violin

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Learned some stuff but still have PTSD from music class.

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Makes me depressed, but a good teacher. Yells a lot, how classes go totally depends on his mood. Shut yer mouth and you'll probably do fine. Roasts the students a lot, and can be pretty savage in doing it. Made one student transfer to a school in vancouver (across the country). Pretty bad, but given the other music teacher options i think he's probably the best (for strings at least)

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From what I experienced in string ensemble is that he can be slightly harsh towards student but he's not nearly as hardcore as orchestra conductors can get. Despite the fact that Arrigo can have some pretty mean things to say, our musicians this year honestly suck and are the most mediocre thing I have seen in my life. Mr. Arrigo has reason to say mean things and encourage students to get better;our school's reputation is in jeopardy.

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He's OK if u stay focused 100% on what he wants u to do. Don't mess around in this guy's class AT ALL unless you know he favours you. Also, he might joke around for a bit then decide that you've gone too far and snap. He's a realistic marker if you don't factor in some of the favouritism

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I thoroughly enjoyed taking Mr. Arrigo's class. He tends to be pretty harsh sometimes, especially if you haven't practiced, and he has really high expectations for his students, but as long as you treat him with respect he's an easy person to get along with. He's also really funny and makes jokes a lot. which aren't to be taken too seriously. He's easily one of my favourite teachers.

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I like this guys ties. He sometimes has his little tantrums in class. He kinda bullies you a bit. He's a cool guy overall though.

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To everyone who has problems with Mr. Arrigo, favourtism and whatnot, just visit him during lunch. It seems surprising, but Mr. Arrigo is one of the most approachable teachers at Lisgar. He has no problem with taking extra time to help you be the best that you can be.
His standards are high, and his practice routines are long and difficult, but they work. My lung capacity since entering Mr. Arrigo's course has doubled, at least. Overall a great teacher.

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Mr. Arrigo is a pretty cool teacher, he does have massive mood swings though, which takes some time to get used to. Overall he's a pretty awesome teacher, but if he isn't happy then watch out. I enjoy having him though.

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Hey Mr. Arrigo. It's been almost two years since I left your class and I still constantly dream of us arguing, and how helpless I felt/feel arguing with you. You demolished me. From singling out students in the classroom/band, to screaming and yelling at students in public - such as the event that occurred in London, England's Heathrow airport during the band trip of 2011. How could you ever do that to someone? I honestly think you have anger issues. And mood swings.

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I'm another student who dropped out of music. While some classes were enjoyable when he was in a good mood, many others passed with him picking on students, losing tempers, and generally creating an uncomfortable and fearful mood. I felt that I couldn't deal with this "picking on students" thing, as the singling you out really made you feel ashamed at what you did. If you don't practice every night, don't even expect anything over 85.

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He is the reason I dropped out of music, and I believe I'm not the only one out of the many who chose to do that due to him being the teacher. If he likes you, you're going to enjoy. If he hates you, he will, like the post below, literally be in every one of your nightmares.

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i like him as a person, but not so much as a teacher. he's a good man, a bit eccentric with a cheesy sense of humour, but i don't like his teaching. he often singles struggling kids out, and asks them to play something. this year. he's strict, which i don't mind as it helps the student, but quite a few in our class hates him for it. the playing and italian terms tests are pretty easy, but his ear training tests are pretty much impossible for anyone that doesn't play piano

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Mr. Arrigo may be your favorite teacher ever when he's in a good mood. However, whenever his mood swings occurs, he will be your worst nightmare. He needs to control his anger management. He emphasizes a lot in articulations and playing the full value, however, he has neglects the sound quality. Also, if he took the time to have something like an audition for the solos, the bands might be better off and many more talents might be discovered. Instead of having the same players play every time.

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He is an experienced musician who is very willing to share his knowledge with students. He might seem scary at first, however he becomes very easy to approach if you have a question or concern. He demands the best from every musician, and does so in a slightly menacing manner, however if you try your best he will be very happy. He only pushes his ensembles to their limits because he knows that students are talented enough.

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I would say that his sense of humor is unlike any other that I know of. Very unique fellow. I like him. Great to have been in his class this year!

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Somewhat agree with two posts below this one. However, one cannot deny that he is a teacher that sets high expectations that he KNOWS his students are able to achieve. One cannot hope to be better unless he pushes himself in any way. When students are ready to give up, Arrigo's methods for practicing and getting better are miracles; they work for everyone in the class. I seriously don't see why there are so many people who hate the extra challenge.

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Mr. Arrigo was my teacher at SWL for 5 years. He was by far the best teacher I have ever had. I felt as if he put as much effort into his career, students and the music program as he did in his pers

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He sets really high expectations, but only because he knows that they can be reached. He's approachable if you need help or just want to talk. He really knows what he's doing and he is clear when exp

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He favours some students, and bullies others - will on occasion stare kids down, and/or reduce students to tears. Would be a good teacher if he did not make part of his class hate music.

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Tough on kids. Dislikes outbursts, or even input from class. Most of the time, he thinks that he is the only person who can have the correct output .

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Very helpful, though difficult. Demands discipline, but provides countless humour along the way.

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One of the best music teachers I've ever had!

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Da coolest g EVAR

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It's important to educate. It's equally important to do so in an encouraging and fair environment. Arrigo has made countless people quit music, and treats most people beside his pets like dirt.

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Great band director. It is always very fun being with him. He is serious, and does not get carried away by the jokes. I would like to meet his mother in law.

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Great teacher, though sometimes the jokes were tiring. He's a great guy and puts a lot into the school and his students.

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Mr. Arrigo was a pretty good music teacher. I loved his jokes and I loved being taught when he was in a good mood. He is subject to having bad mood swings, but MAN, can he teach! I learned a lot. :)

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He is a fantastic teacher if you can get along with him. He can be harsh at times but its really a nice guy if you talk to him about things (as in not getting homework done and stuff).

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Good teacher generally speaking but can be...difficult to approach if your not one of his few favorites (which I'm not). Has made some quit music and nearly forced me to quit due to being unfair in many a situations.

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You have to kind of "get" him to appreciate him, I think... but if you do he's hilarious and fun to be around.

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He hates you if you drop out of music

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So COOL

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Mr. Arrrigo would rather be a musician than a teacher. He plays favourites and is not pleasant to be around. Many good students have quit music rather than deal with him.

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AMAZING!!!!!!! definetly one of the best teachers.... period 1 just won't be the same without him... puts a ton of work into the school, especially the italy trip, THANX MR ARRIGO!

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If he didn't go through such violent moodswings and play favourites so obviously and so much, he'd probably be a great teacher.

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Mr. Arrigo wouldn't let me continue in music due to my not taking private lessons. I loved music and felt I should have been able to continue. He enforced this rule on me and not several of my friends. He was unfair.

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so, i went to lisgar last year. by far the teacheri hated the most. picks on students and embarrases them , as well. not a huge fan!

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Mr. Arrigo is super nice, he's also a really great teacher and his class is really fun!:)

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He is really nice and helpful (despite his ..er hockey preferences,) definately one of the best music teachers I've had, really makes rehearsals worth going to.

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He is the only teacher i know that reads this thing! he is a great teacher. His motivational speaches are cheesy like in the movies, but very effective! Go Sens

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I had him for four years at SWL and he was the best one I had. Not just a teacher, but a friend as well. I miss him and my mom misses the cookie twins.

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he's great!!! not much else to say.. one of the best teacher's i've ever had and the fact that he loves the leafs makes him even better!

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Nice-ish, but fussy, and way too much cologne.

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very cool teacher

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go sens go! boooooooooo leafs. i'm sorry

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hrmm...gives us a lecture on students wasting his time by wasting the students' time...interesting...pretty funny teacher tho. He loves the leafs...ugh...

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Weirdest analogies ever. ( If I started a driving school and then I brought you into my kitchen... ) He's a good guy -- far too easy on people like me.

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I had him for grade nine strings, and was a pretty cool teacher to have, keep up the good work! :)

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If you've managed to get on his bad side, it's by ALL means your fault.

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makes music PAINFULL

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8ams could have been way worse

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His pride gets in the way sometimes, but I like him anyway

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I love it! music is awesome ! So funny, but still a great teacher

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8 am will never be the same again, tis good to switch the marking (AHAHA!!!)

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hes hard but fair, he is pretty laid back at times but overall hes cool!

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Guess who? We know you read this, Sir.

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We Miss You Back Here AT SWL Sir =o)

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Any class you can tell dirty jokes in without getting suspended is for me!

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two words: control freak

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he's fantastic! just the right of seriousness vs fun

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he makes music fun:)

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Ammazing teacher.. thanks =o)

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