Place des Arts has an abundance of exceptional teachers on our music faculty who offer classes and private lessons for all ages during the day, after school, in the evening and on weekends, both online and in-person. Our welcoming facility boasts well-equipped studios and performance spaces that enhance learning and encourage music-making.

Public registration for the 2021/2022 season opens on July 19, 2021. You can register online, by phone at 604.664.1636 or in person at Place des Arts.

View the 2021/2022 Annual Guide here!

Here is a downloadable PDF of the guide. 

View information on Private Lessons here.

Program Type?

All
Private Lessons
Group Classes
Drop-in
Summer Classes
In Person
Online

In-Person & Online: Group Guitar Beginner

9 – 12 years

In-Person & Online: Musical Rainbow Blue

with Yurgen Ilaender

6.5 – 7.5 years

In-Person & Online: Musical Rainbow Green

with Yurgen Ilaender (Mr.I)

5.5 – 6.5 years

In-Person & Online: Musical Rainbow Yellow

with Yurgen Ilaender (Mr.I)

4 – 5.5 years

In-Person: Adult Cello Ensemble

18+ years

In-Person: Chamber Ensembles

7 – 18 years

In-Person: Collaborative Music and Dance

12 – 17 years

In-Person: Fiddlers

12 – 17 years

In-Person: Fiddlers

9 – 12 years

In-Person: Group Piano Beginner

5 – 6 years

In-Person: Group Piano Beginner

7 – 8 years

In-Person: Intro to Drum Set

9 – 12 years

In-Person: Music For Young Children-Sunbeams 1

with Becky Ho

5 – 6.5 years

In-Person: Music For Young Children-Sunrise

with Becky Ho

2 – 3 years

In-Person: Music For Young Children-Sunshine 1

with Becky Ho

3 – 4.5 years

In-Person: Musical Rainbow Blue

with Sheldon Friesen

6.5 – 7.5 years

In-Person: Musical Rainbow Green

with Sheldon Friesen

5.5 – 6.5 years

In-Person: Musical Rainbow Purple

7.5 – 8.5 years

In-Person: Musical Rainbow Red

with Sheldon Friesen

3.5 – 4.5 years

In-Person: Musical Rainbow Red

with Yurgen Ilaender

3.5 – 4.5 years

In-Person: Musical Rainbow Sparkles

with Sabina Siverns and TBD

1.5 – 3 years

In-Person: Musical Rainbow Yellow

with Britney Buren

4 – 5.5 years

In-Person: Preschool Piano

3.5 – 4.5 years

In-Person: Violin Basics

5 – 7 years

Online: Let’s Sing Pop!

10 – 12 years

Online: Let’s Sing the Movies!

7 – 9 years

Online: Music For Young Children-Sunbeams 2

with Charlene Dubrule

5 – 8 years

Online: Music For Young Children-Sunbeams 3

with Charlene Dubrule

6 – 10 years

Online: Musical Rainbow Red

with Yurgen Ilaender (Mr.I)

3.5 – 4.5 years

Online: Teacher-in-Training Program Master Class

For students of novice teachers-in-training and junior piano teachers

4 – 10 years

Private Music Lessons

all ages

Program Overview

Discover the enjoyment of music and the guitar in this fun ensemble setting. Learn basic fingering concepts, rhythms and techniques for playing simple arrangements of songs. You will learn basic theory, notation and genres by listening to and playing blues, jazz, rock, country, pop, hip-hop, classical and more! Requirements: Beginners or near beginners with less than one year of guitar lessons. Students will need an acoustic or nylon string guitar in order to participate.


This class accommodates both in-person and online students.

Please ensure you review our policies and procedures.

Before registering for the online class, please review our Guide for Online Classes and Lessons.

Teacher

Jimmy Baldwin

Jimmy Baldwin

Acoustic & Electric Guitar

Offering Online Lessons on Tuesday and Wednesday and In-Person and Online lessons on Thursday

Jimmy is an extremely versatile modern guitarist who was born and raised in northern British Columbia. Although primarily self-taught, he moved to Vancouver in 2005 where he was offered a scholarship to study Contemporary Jazz Guitar at Vancouver Community College’s (VCC) School of Music. In June 2007, Jimmy was selected as valedictorian of his graduating diploma class.

In 2009, he earned a Bachelor of Applied Music Degree at VCC. While studying there, Jimmy received numerous scholarships and awards including the Dave Greenall Leadership Award, AJ Bay Memorial Scholarship and a National Millennium Excellence Award. He spent two years with the VCC Latin Jazz Ensemble and another two in the guitar chair of the VCC jazz fusion group Short Fuse.

As a member of Jarimba, Jimmy uses his wide range of influences to contribute to the exciting and eclectic sound of this Afro-funk/world fusion group that released their debut album in May 2008. Jimmy is also the Assistant Guitar Instructor at the Sarah MacLachlan Music Outreach and a private guitar/music theory teacher.

An experienced sideman, Jimmy has most recently been working with South African Munkie Ncapayi’s Nine and a Half Band, country singers Sandra Laratta and AJ Woodworth and Canadian jazz guitar great Stephen Fisk.

http://www.jimmybaldwin.ca/

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Classes

26294: In-Person Sep-Jun Class

WED • Sep 8 - Jun 22 • 4:45PM - 5:45PM

Call 604-664-1636 for more info

$17.00/class

26295: In-Person Sep-Jun Class

WED • Sep 8 - Jun 22 • 6:00PM - 7:00PM

Call 604-664-1636 for more info

$17.00/class

26296: Online Sep-Jun Class

WED • Sep 8 - Jun 22 • 4:45PM - 5:45PM

Call 604-664-1636 for more info

$17.00/class

26297: Online Sep-Jun Class

WED • Sep 8 - Jun 22 • 6:00PM - 7:00PM

Call 604-664-1636 for more info

$17.00/class

Program Overview

In this innovative children’s program, students learn the principles of music through singing songs, chanting rhymes, playing music games, using xylophones, recorders and other instruments. The Musical Rainbow program is based on the Kodály philosophy of using songs and rhymes from children’s folk culture, along with elements of Orff and Suzuki methodology. Note reading, writing and music history are taught in the upper levels. This program provides a solid basic understanding of music and may inspire children to take private instrument lessons at an older age. At this band of the rainbow the students play a lot of recorder. Learning this instrument will give a wonderful head start on learning other instruments when the child is older. The sharp and the flat are introduced. Students learn to read and write music using three full major and minor scales.


Please see our supply list and ensure you can gather all necessary supplies before the first day of class. 

This class accommodates both in-person and online students.

Please ensure you review our policies and procedures.

Before registering for the online class, please review our Guide for Online Classes and Lessons.

Teacher

Yurgen Ilaender (Mr. I)

Yurgen Ilaender (Mr. I)

The Musical Rainbow with Mr. I

Mr. I aspires to inspire children to learn music. Since 1981 he has been teaching his Musical Rainbow program at Place des Arts and various Montessori preschools. Along with teaching music, Mr. I performs captivating concerts for children and families. An award-winning songwriter, he has recorded 18 CDs of educational and entertaining music and has written music and songs for over 20 children’s musical theatre productions.

Mr. I knows how to engage children to be the best they can be.

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Classes

26339: In-Person Sep-Jun Class

WED • Sep 8 - Jun 22 • 4:45PM - 5:45PM

Call 604-664-1636 for more info

$12.00/class

26342: Online Sep-Jun Class

SAT • Sep 11 - Jun 25 • 4:00PM - 5:00PM

Call 604-664-1636 for more info

$12.00/class

Program Overview

In this innovative children’s program, students learn the principles of music through singing songs, chanting rhymes, playing music games, using xylophones, recorders and other instruments. The Musical Rainbow program is based on the Kodály philosophy of using songs and rhymes from children’s folk culture, along with elements of Orff and Suzuki methodology. Note reading, writing and music history are taught in the upper levels. This program provides a solid basic understanding of music and may inspire children to take private instrument lessons at an older age. In the Green Level the music staff is introduced. Children learn to read and write notes upon the staff using both absolute pitch names and hand sign names. The students create three booklets using three different keys for reading and writing music. Students also begin the recorder at this level.


Please see our supply list and ensure you can gather all necessary supplies before the first day of class. 

This class accommodates both in-person and online students.

Please ensure you review our policies and procedures.

Before registering for the online class, please review our Guide for Online Classes and Lessons.

Teacher

Yurgen Ilaender (Mr. I)

Yurgen Ilaender (Mr. I)

The Musical Rainbow with Mr. I

Mr. I aspires to inspire children to learn music. Since 1981 he has been teaching his Musical Rainbow program at Place des Arts and various Montessori preschools. Along with teaching music, Mr. I performs captivating concerts for children and families. An award-winning songwriter, he has recorded 18 CDs of educational and entertaining music and has written music and songs for over 20 children’s musical theatre productions.

Mr. I knows how to engage children to be the best they can be.

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26341: Online Sep-Jun Class

THU • Sep 9 - Jun 23 • 5:45PM - 6:45PM

Call 604-664-1636 for more info

$12.00/class

26346: In-Person Sep-Jun Class

SAT • Sep 11 - Jun 25 • 2:45PM - 3:45PM

Call 604-664-1636 for more info

$12.00/class

Program Overview

In this innovative children’s program, students learn the principles of music through singing songs, chanting rhymes, playing music games, using xylophones, recorders and other instruments. The Musical Rainbow program is based on the Kodály philosophy of using songs and rhymes from children’s folk culture, along with elements of Orff and Suzuki methodology. Note reading, writing and music history are taught in the upper levels. This program provides a solid basic understanding of music and may inspire children to take private instrument lessons at an older age. The Yellow level has more singing, more games, and more FUN!  Students begin their first music reading and writing booklets. Hand signs are used to denote awareness of pitch differences, rhythm names are spoken and written in stick notation, and pitch matching and melody charts are used to facilitate in-tune singing.


Please see our supply list and ensure you can gather all necessary supplies before the first day of class. 

This class accommodates both in-person and online students.
Please ensure you review our policies and procedures.
Before registering for the online class, please review our Guide for Online Classes and Lessons.

Teacher

Yurgen Ilaender (Mr. I)

Yurgen Ilaender (Mr. I)

The Musical Rainbow with Mr. I

Mr. I aspires to inspire children to learn music. Since 1981 he has been teaching his Musical Rainbow program at Place des Arts and various Montessori preschools. Along with teaching music, Mr. I performs captivating concerts for children and families. An award-winning songwriter, he has recorded 18 CDs of educational and entertaining music and has written music and songs for over 20 children’s musical theatre productions.

Mr. I knows how to engage children to be the best they can be.

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Classes

26338: In-Person Sep-Jun Class

WED • Sep 8 - Jun 22 • 3:45PM - 4:30PM

Call 604-664-1636 for more info

$11.00/class

26340: Online Sep-Jun Class

THU • Sep 9 - Jun 23 • 4:45PM - 5:30PM

Call 604-664-1636 for more info

$11.00/class

26332: In-Person Sep-Jun Class

SAT • Sep 11 - Jun 25 • 1:45PM - 2:30PM

Call 604-664-1636 for more info

$11.00/class

Program Overview

Have fun while learning how to play in a small ensemble. You will improve your intonation, rhythm and technique while developing new repertoire and learning to play chamber music. Requirements: Student must have their own instrument. All levels welcome.


Please ensure you review our policies and procedures.

Teacher

Aleksandra Dziobek

Aleksandra Dziobek

Cello

Offering In-Person Lessons on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday

Aleksandra received her bachelor’s degree in cello performance from The Academy of Music in Poland. She has performed in various orchestras and chamber groups and has given numerous solo performances throughout Europe, South Africa and North America.

Now living in Vancouver, Aleksandra is an active freelance musician with many of the region’s orchestras and chamber groups. She was the principal cellist for the BC Chamber Orchestra, Burnaby Symphony Orchestra and New Westminster Symphony Orchestra. Currently she is a principal cellist for the Vancouver Camerata and Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra and is a founding member of the Classical String Quartet.

Aleksandra has had over 20 years of teaching experience. Many of her students have made great achievements in RCM exams (highest marks in the province) and have received gold and silver medals in various music competitions.

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Program Overview

Chamber music is essential to music education and a whole lot of fun! Students interested in joining an ensemble must submit a video audition and will be placed into a trio, quartet or quintet with students of similar skill and age to rehearse and perform specially selected repertoire. Each week your ensemble will have rehearsal time, as well as coaching by chamber specialists in the Place des Arts music faculty. Performances and other special opportunities will be available for our chamber groups throughout the year!

Requirements: At least one year of private lessons on your instrument. Students must have their own instrument. Auditions are required. Open for piano, strings, brass and woodwind players. For audition requirements, please email Scott Jeffrey, our Fine & Performing Arts Programmer at sjeffrey@placedesarts.ca.


Please ensure you review our policies and procedures.

Teacher

Noel McRobbie

Noel McRobbie

Piano

Offering In-Person and Online Lessons on Tuesday and Saturday

Born in Winnipeg, Canada, pianist Noel McRobbie first received national attention after receiving top prize at the Eckhardt-Grammatté Piano Competition. In addition, he has received prizes at the CBC Début Concert Artist Series, Grand Konzerteum International Piano Competition, Seiler International Piano Competition and the University of Michigan Concerto Competition.

Noel’s solo performances include the Steinway Series at the University of South Florida, the Vancouver Chopin Society, the Eastport Arts Centre in Maine, the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, the Seoul Arts Centre and the Asian Composers League at Sejong Chamber Hall.  As a concerto soloist, he has performed with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Bulgarian Chamber Orchestra, the Jeonju Philharmonic Orchestra, the Westcoast Symphony, the University of Michigan Philharmonia, Dongduk Women’s University Symphony Orchestra and the New Westminster Symphony.  Recent performances include the Victoria Conservatory of Music Summer Piano Academy, the Turning Point Ensemble and the Canadian Music Centre Concert Series. In addition, Noel is currently performing and recording works by Juno Award-winning composer Michael Conway Baker. His performances have been broadcast on CBC radio, and he was featured in International Piano magazine and KBS television’s Classic Odyssey.

For many years, Noel was a student of Lee Kum-Sing at the Vancouver Academy of Music and the University of British Columbia, where he received an Artist Diploma and Bachelor of Music respectively.  Other teachers include Arthur Greene, Patricia Zander, and Svetozar Ivanov.  He received a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Music from the New England Conservatory.  Previously Noel was Assistant Professor of Piano at Dongduk Women’s University in Seoul, South Korea. Currently, he also teaches at the Vancouver Academy of Music, where he is on the college faculty.

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Program Overview

Singers, instrumentalists and dancers will come together to learn how to communicate with one another and create meaningful, artistic performances. Students will develop relationships and experiment with sounds and movements to understand the math and music in other disciplines. The final class will be a collaborative performance! Requirements: Music students must have completed RCM 5 (or equivalent) or higher. Dance students must have at least two years of experience. Music students are required to have their own instruments.


Please ensure you review our policies and procedures.

Teacher

Krista Pederson

Krista Pederson

Voice and Piano

Offering In-Person and Online Lessons on Monday and Friday

Krista Pederson is a pianist, singer and teacher in the Tri-Cities region. After being born and raised in Saskatchewan, Krista has enjoyed travelling to and living in many different places for study and adventure.  She studied piano performance with Jacques Després at the University of Alberta and completed a Master’s Degree in collaborative piano with John Hess at the University of Western Ontario.  She has also studied piano and voice in the U.S., Canada, Spain and Austria with dedicated musicians like Alexandra Munn, Christiane Riel, Margo Garrett, Patricia Caicedo and Norman Shetler.  She is pleased her career allows her to perform and share music with the people around her.  Her work includes collaborating with singers and instrumentalists, playing for ballet classes and choirs, teaching, performing and being a mother to her four children. She has performed, toured and recorded with the Vancouver Chamber Choir and more recently, she has joined the Vancouver Cantata Singers and is loving sharing extraordinary performances with those talented musicians.  In 2019, Krista joined the Coastal Sound Music Academy family as a pianist and this year she is thrilled to also be teaching and getting to know more artists at Place des Arts.

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Program Overview

Rosin up your bow and have fun learning some great fiddle tunes! Expand your fiddle repertoire in jigs, reels, airs, waltzes and much more. Learn more techniques for developing a beautiful tone, improve your abilities for harmonizing and increasing speed and discover tricks for better rhythm and grace notes. Requirements: One year of private violin lessons or group fiddle lessons. Bring your own properly sized violin including bow, case and rosin.


Please ensure you review our policies and procedures.

Teacher

Rosie Carver

Rosie Carver

Violin, Fiddle, Fiddlers 1, 2, 3

Offering In-Person and Online Lessons on Thursday

Rosie Carver is a member of the BC Registered Music Teachers Association (BCRMTA). She joined the association in 1997 after receiving her Associate for the Royal Conservatory of Toronto (ARCT) diploma.

Rosie uses a positive approach to teaching and believes that with proper training and awareness, a student can venture into classical, fiddle, or whichever style they choose. Many of her students have achieved high marks for their examinations including silver medals in BC.

Rosie studied under the direction of Ona Cropper in Vancouver, BC. She began her affiliation with the Vancouver Corelli Strings (Ona’s string orchestra) at the age of 10. Rosie worked her way up the ranks to the position of concertmaster and has been featured as a soloist at many concerts throughout the years. Rosie was also a member of the Vancouver Junior Philharmonic String Orchestra under the direction of Douglas Stewart (Ona’s teacher).

Rosie has been a member of the Celtic group Blackthorn for 30 years. In that time, she recorded four albums with them which include a number of her own compositions. Rosie also performed and recorded with The Carpenter’s Son, Squid Jiggers, Sunshine and You, The Streels, The Halifax Wharf Rats and Triskellion.

Rosie has attended many fiddle workshops, some of her most memorable instructors were Kevin Burke, Liz Carroll, Gillian Boucher, Adam Sutherland, Martin Hayes, Alastair Fraser and Gordon Stobbe. Rosie plays in sessions regularly in Vancouver. She runs fiddle workshops, was a featured instructor at the Georgia Strait Guitar Workshop and The Moveable Music School and has recently launched a new music camp on Gambier Island called the Cat Nap Music Camp.

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Classes

26094: In-Person Sep-Jun Class

THU • Sep 16 - Jun 23 • 6:00PM - 7:00PM

Call 604-664-1636 for more info

$17.00/class (plus $10.00 supply fee)

Program Overview

Improve your fiddling skills in this exciting class for fiddler?s with some experience. You will learn some fun new tunes, enhance your playing with appropriate exercises and enjoy reviewing a few old fiddle gems. Requirements: One year of private violin lesson or group fiddle lessons. Bring your own properly sized violin including bow, case and rosin.


Please ensure you review our policies and procedures.

Teacher

Rosie Carver

Rosie Carver

Violin, Fiddle, Fiddlers 1, 2, 3

Offering In-Person and Online Lessons on Thursday

Rosie Carver is a member of the BC Registered Music Teachers Association (BCRMTA). She joined the association in 1997 after receiving her Associate for the Royal Conservatory of Toronto (ARCT) diploma.

Rosie uses a positive approach to teaching and believes that with proper training and awareness, a student can venture into classical, fiddle, or whichever style they choose. Many of her students have achieved high marks for their examinations including silver medals in BC.

Rosie studied under the direction of Ona Cropper in Vancouver, BC. She began her affiliation with the Vancouver Corelli Strings (Ona’s string orchestra) at the age of 10. Rosie worked her way up the ranks to the position of concertmaster and has been featured as a soloist at many concerts throughout the years. Rosie was also a member of the Vancouver Junior Philharmonic String Orchestra under the direction of Douglas Stewart (Ona’s teacher).

Rosie has been a member of the Celtic group Blackthorn for 30 years. In that time, she recorded four albums with them which include a number of her own compositions. Rosie also performed and recorded with The Carpenter’s Son, Squid Jiggers, Sunshine and You, The Streels, The Halifax Wharf Rats and Triskellion.

Rosie has attended many fiddle workshops, some of her most memorable instructors were Kevin Burke, Liz Carroll, Gillian Boucher, Adam Sutherland, Martin Hayes, Alastair Fraser and Gordon Stobbe. Rosie plays in sessions regularly in Vancouver. She runs fiddle workshops, was a featured instructor at the Georgia Strait Guitar Workshop and The Moveable Music School and has recently launched a new music camp on Gambier Island called the Cat Nap Music Camp.

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Classes

26091: In-Person Sep-Jun Class

THU • Sep 16 - Jun 23 • 4:45PM - 5:45PM

Call 604-664-1636 for more info

$17.00/class (plus $10.00 supply fee)

Program Overview

Learn the fundamentals of playing the piano such as note reading (theory) and rhythm. Apart from piano study, you’ll also sing songs, play games and take part in other music-related activities. Regular performance opportunities during in-class recitals help develop performance skills and confidence. Ideal for those thinking of moving on to private lessons. A keyboard or piano must be present at home for students to practice. Parent participation is required. Bring a pair of earphones to class. Technical Requirement: Beginners or less than one year of group or private piano lessons.


Please see our supply list and ensure you can gather all necessary supplies before the first day of class. 

Please ensure you review our policies and procedures.

Teacher

Jammy Smith

Jammy Smith

Jammy Smith began her music studies in Hong Kong. She is a very active member of the BC Registered Music Teachers’ Association, and she is a registered Royal Conservatory of Music piano teacher with over twenty years of experience teaching private lessons and group music classes to students of all ages and levels.

Jammy received her Licentiate Diploma in Piano Performance, and an Associate Diploma in Piano Teaching from the London College of Music and Media (UK) under the tutelage of Joseph Bayer and Sharon West. She continued her piano studies with Alice Enns, and Jazz lessons with Peter Friesen. She practiced Alexander Technique with Marta Hunter.

Jammy loves being creative, and applying games in her teachings, to develop children’s musicality, creativity, and most importantly instill a life-long love of music. Jammy’s students have consistently received the first place awards and high honours for outstanding performances in music festivals, and the first class honours with distinction in RCM examinations. Her students frequently appear in the Celebration of Excellence Recital, a recital for those who got over 90 in their piano examination. Understanding the significance of early music education, she studied different programs and methods for young children such as Kelly Kirby Method for Beginners from Eleanor Harkness, Music for Young Children from Wendy Guimont, and the Music Pups Program. She is particularly interested in teaching young children. For many years, she has taught these programs at her own studio in North Burnaby and applied those methods in the music classes at preschools and daycares where she has taught for over ten years.

Apart from teaching, Jammy appears as a principal pianist at St. Helen’s Church in North Burnaby, and was a piano accompanist for Suzuki violin class at Douglas College. She has performed as an accompanist and a soloist on numerous occasions in Vancouver, and has held master classes at local music schools and piano studios. She is an active committee member of the BC Registered Music Teachers’ Association (BCRMTA) Vancouver Branch and was a member of BCRMTA Provincial Council. In the last fifteen years, she held different executive positions for the branch including a position of co-president, and membership chair. Actively involved in local music festivals, she was a co-chair and an honour recital coordinator of Student Performers Guild Festival, and an executive member of Burnaby Clef Society. She was a chair of the 2016 BC Registered Music Teachers’ Association Provincial Conference in Vancouver. It was a well received conference consisted of BC Piano Competition, piano and violin masterclasses and various kind of workshops.

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26313: In-Person Sep-Jun Class

FRI • Sep 17 - Jun 17 • 3:45PM - 4:45PM

Call 604-664-1636 for more info

$17.00/class (plus $10.00 supply fee)

26419: In-Person Sep-Jun Class

FRI • Sep 17 - Jun 17 • 6:30PM - 7:30PM

Call 604-664-1636 for more info

$17.00/class (plus $10.00 supply fee)

Program Overview

Learn the fundamentals of playing the piano such as note reading (theory) and rhythm. Apart from piano study, you’ll also sing songs, play games and take part in other music-related activities. Regular performance opportunities during in-class recitals help develop performance skills and confidence. Ideal for those thinking of moving on to private lessons. Requirements: Beginners or less than one year of group or private piano lessons. A keyboard or piano must be present at home for students to practice. Parent participation is required. Bring a pair of earphones to class.


Please see our supply list and ensure you can gather all necessary supplies before the first day of class. 

Please ensure you review our policies and procedures.

Teacher

Jammy Smith

Jammy Smith

Jammy Smith began her music studies in Hong Kong. She is a very active member of the BC Registered Music Teachers’ Association, and she is a registered Royal Conservatory of Music piano teacher with over twenty years of experience teaching private lessons and group music classes to students of all ages and levels.

Jammy received her Licentiate Diploma in Piano Performance, and an Associate Diploma in Piano Teaching from the London College of Music and Media (UK) under the tutelage of Joseph Bayer and Sharon West. She continued her piano studies with Alice Enns, and Jazz lessons with Peter Friesen. She practiced Alexander Technique with Marta Hunter.

Jammy loves being creative, and applying games in her teachings, to develop children’s musicality, creativity, and most importantly instill a life-long love of music. Jammy’s students have consistently received the first place awards and high honours for outstanding performances in music festivals, and the first class honours with distinction in RCM examinations. Her students frequently appear in the Celebration of Excellence Recital, a recital for those who got over 90 in their piano examination. Understanding the significance of early music education, she studied different programs and methods for young children such as Kelly Kirby Method for Beginners from Eleanor Harkness, Music for Young Children from Wendy Guimont, and the Music Pups Program. She is particularly interested in teaching young children. For many years, she has taught these programs at her own studio in North Burnaby and applied those methods in the music classes at preschools and daycares where she has taught for over ten years.

Apart from teaching, Jammy appears as a principal pianist at St. Helen’s Church in North Burnaby, and was a piano accompanist for Suzuki violin class at Douglas College. She has performed as an accompanist and a soloist on numerous occasions in Vancouver, and has held master classes at local music schools and piano studios. She is an active committee member of the BC Registered Music Teachers’ Association (BCRMTA) Vancouver Branch and was a member of BCRMTA Provincial Council. In the last fifteen years, she held different executive positions for the branch including a position of co-president, and membership chair. Actively involved in local music festivals, she was a co-chair and an honour recital coordinator of Student Performers Guild Festival, and an executive member of Burnaby Clef Society. She was a chair of the 2016 BC Registered Music Teachers’ Association Provincial Conference in Vancouver. It was a well received conference consisted of BC Piano Competition, piano and violin masterclasses and various kind of workshops.

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26314: In-Person Sep-Jun Class

FRI • Sep 17 - Jun 17 • 5:00PM - 6:00PM

Call 604-664-1636 for more info

$17.00/class (plus $10.00 supply fee)

Program Overview

Learn the basics of how to play the drum set on practice pads and real drums in this introductory class. You’ll use computers, synthesizers, drum machines and recordings to explore drums in music. Requirements: Bring a set of drumsticks to class; practice pads and drum kits supplied. No experience required.


Please ensure you review our policies and procedures.

Teacher

Jason Overy

Jason Overy

Percussion/Drums, Intro to Drumset

Offering In-Person Lessons on Sunday and Monday

Jason has a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Victoria where he grew up playing in the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra and a variety of Jazz, Blues, Rock, Punk and Ska bands.

Since finishing his degree and moving to Vancouver in 1996, he has played, recorded, and toured internationally with many groups of note. He is the musical director for Uzume Taiko, a drum set soloist with OLAM and percussion section leader for the Band of the Fifteenth Field Regiment RCA.

Jason has a great deal of experience playing for musical theatre productions. These include Cabaret, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Oklahoma, The Wiz, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Oliver Twist, Urinetown and several award winning independent productions.

Jason has also played drum set and percussion in a multitude of west coast funk, rock, blues, punk, and ska bands, notably DOA, the Hounds of Buskerville, The Colorifics, The Harpoons and the Juno award winning bluesman Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne.

Jason has studied with some of the world’s great masters, and has taught drum set, hand drums, percussion and taiko to people of all ages locally, nationally, and internationally.

Jason’s other love is martial arts, and he has his Sandan (third degree black belt) in Shotokan Karate-do and travels regularly to Japan with his Sensei to study Budo.

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Program Overview

Music for Young Children® is a Canadian music program for children, with parental participation required. Hands-on instruction is provided in keyboard skills, singing, ear training, theory, rhythm, sight reading and composing through dynamic hands-on teaching techniques. The program consists of 4 levels: Sunbeams is the 3rd level and is a full-year program running from Sept-Jun. Program materials and books are extra and the cost differs between levels. A keyboard or piano must be present at home in order to participate in this program. Handouts and homework will be provided each week via email to help with daily practice. Technical requirements: Sunbeams 1 is for beginner students.


Please ensure you review our policies and procedures.

Register by August 16th: Materials and books will be available for pick-up starting on September 6th. Please bring a copy of your receipt (printed or on your mobile device).

Register after August 16th: You will be contacted when your materials and books are ready to pick up. Digital materials will be provided until supplies are available.

Teacher

Becky Ho

Becky Ho

Music for Young Children® (MYC)

Miss Becky has an ARCT in Piano Performance, Certificate of Teaching (Music) from The Associated Board of The Royal Schools of Music, U.K. in 2008. From 2007-2019 she was the head teacher of a music program at Tom Lee Music Academy in Hong Kong. She was also one of the program planners and song writers responsible for new teachers’ training for the related program. From August 2002- March 2007, she served as a private piano teacher and course instructor at Salina Cheng Music Academy. She also taught group lessons for early beginners, in a program named “Music for Little Mozarts”. Besides teaching at the academy, Miss Becky taught group courses at Simon Fraser University Day Care Units. During those years, she had instructed over 40 piano students.

Miss Becky has more than 20 years experience in early childhood music education. She has excellent communication and interpersonal skills. She has good command in spoken and written English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

One of her piano students just awarded the Bronze medal in Grade 4 Piano at Steinway Piano Competition 2021.

Her teaching philosophy is to provide the flexibility of teaching. Every student is a unique individual so better listen to what they want and what they like. And hoping every student will bring a smile to her music class.

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Classes

26396: In-Person Sep-Jun Class

MON • Sep 20 - Jun 20 • 3:30PM - 4:30PM

Call 604-664-1636 for more info

$22.00/class (plus $202.00 supply fee)

Program Overview

Music for Young Children® is a Canadian music program for children, with parental participation required. Hands-on instruction is provided in keyboard skills, singing, ear training, theory, rhythm, sight reading and composing through dynamic hands-on teaching techniques. The program consists of 4 levels: Sunrise is the 1st level and is an exciting and innovative pre-school music and movement program that fits a young child’s development perfectly. A Teddy bear helps teach rhythms, and puppet friends guide children through stories, songs and games. Program materials and books are extra and the cost differs between levels. A keyboard or piano must be present at home for students to practice.


Please ensure you review our policies and procedures.

Teacher

Becky Ho

Becky Ho

Music for Young Children® (MYC)

Miss Becky has an ARCT in Piano Performance, Certificate of Teaching (Music) from The Associated Board of The Royal Schools of Music, U.K. in 2008. From 2007-2019 she was the head teacher of a music program at Tom Lee Music Academy in Hong Kong. She was also one of the program planners and song writers responsible for new teachers’ training for the related program. From August 2002- March 2007, she served as a private piano teacher and course instructor at Salina Cheng Music Academy. She also taught group lessons for early beginners, in a program named “Music for Little Mozarts”. Besides teaching at the academy, Miss Becky taught group courses at Simon Fraser University Day Care Units. During those years, she had instructed over 40 piano students.

Miss Becky has more than 20 years experience in early childhood music education. She has excellent communication and interpersonal skills. She has good command in spoken and written English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

One of her piano students just awarded the Bronze medal in Grade 4 Piano at Steinway Piano Competition 2021.

Her teaching philosophy is to provide the flexibility of teaching. Every student is a unique individual so better listen to what they want and what they like. And hoping every student will bring a smile to her music class.

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Classes

26403: In-Person Winter Class

MON • Jan 10 - Feb 28 • 2:30PM - 3:15PM

Call 604-664-1636 for more info

$105.00 (plus $43.00 supply fee)

26404: In-Person Spring Class

MON • Apr 4 - Jun 6 • 2:30PM - 3:15PM

Call 604-664-1636 for more info

$120.00 (plus $43.00 supply fee)

Program Overview

Music for Young Children® is a Canadian music program for children, with parental participation required. Hands-on instruction is provided in keyboard skills, singing, ear training, theory, rhythm, sight reading and composing through dynamic hands-on teaching techniques. The program consists of 4 levels: Sunshine is the 2nd level and is a full-year program running from Sep-Jun. Program materials and books are extra and the cost differs between levels. A keyboard or piano must be present at home for students to participate.  Handouts and homework will be provided each week via email to help with daily practice. Technical requirements: Sunshine 1 is for beginner students.


Please ensure you review our policies and procedures.

Register by August 16th: Materials and books will be available for pick-up starting on September 6th. Please bring a copy of your receipt (printed or on your mobile device).

Register after August 16th: You will be contacted when your materials and books are ready to pick up. Digital materials will be provided until supplies are available.

Teacher

Becky Ho

Becky Ho

Music for Young Children® (MYC)

Miss Becky has an ARCT in Piano Performance, Certificate of Teaching (Music) from The Associated Board of The Royal Schools of Music, U.K. in 2008. From 2007-2019 she was the head teacher of a music program at Tom Lee Music Academy in Hong Kong. She was also one of the program planners and song writers responsible for new teachers’ training for the related program. From August 2002- March 2007, she served as a private piano teacher and course instructor at Salina Cheng Music Academy. She also taught group lessons for early beginners, in a program named “Music for Little Mozarts”. Besides teaching at the academy, Miss Becky taught group courses at Simon Fraser University Day Care Units. During those years, she had instructed over 40 piano students.

Miss Becky has more than 20 years experience in early childhood music education. She has excellent communication and interpersonal skills. She has good command in spoken and written English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

One of her piano students just awarded the Bronze medal in Grade 4 Piano at Steinway Piano Competition 2021.

Her teaching philosophy is to provide the flexibility of teaching. Every student is a unique individual so better listen to what they want and what they like. And hoping every student will bring a smile to her music class.

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Classes

26395: In-Person Sep-Jun Class

MON • Sep 20 - Jun 20 • 4:45PM - 5:45PM

Call 604-664-1636 for more info

$22.00/class (plus $202.00 supply fee)

Program Overview

In this innovative children’s program, students learn the principles of music through singing songs, chanting rhymes, playing music games, using xylophones, recorders and other instruments. The Musical Rainbow program is based on the Kodály philosophy of using songs and rhymes from children’s folk culture, along with elements of Orff and Suzuki methodology. Note reading, writing and music history are taught in the upper levels. This program provides a solid basic understanding of music and may inspire children to take private instrument lessons at an older age. At this band of the rainbow the students play a lot of recorder. Learning this instrument will give a wonderful head start on learning other instruments when the child is older. The sharp and the flat are introduced. Students learn to read and write music using three full major and minor scales.


Please see our supply list and ensure you can gather all necessary supplies before the first day of class. 

Please ensure you review our policies and procedures.

Teacher

Sheldon Friesen

Sheldon Friesen

Mr. Sheldon is an accomplished musician with a rich baritone singing voice. He plays recorder, guitar and ukulele, but his specialty is the banjo. The children love to hear Mr. Sheldon strum and pick happy songs on the banjo. He has been teaching the Musical Rainbow program since 2010 at many preschools and elementary schools throughout the lower mainland and has a wonderful rapport with young children. He has a lighthearted approach with his students to ensure that they are having a fun time in class while learning their musical concepts.

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Classes

26261: In-Person Sep-Jun Class

TUE • Sep 14 - Jun 21 • 6:00PM - 7:00PM

Call 604-664-1636 for more info

$12.00/class

Program Overview

In this innovative children’s program, students learn the principles of music through singing songs, chanting rhymes, playing music games, using xylophones, recorders and other instruments. The Musical Rainbow program is based on the Kodály philosophy of using songs and rhymes from children’s folk culture, along with elements of Orff and Suzuki methodology. Note reading, writing and music history are taught in the upper levels. This program provides a solid basic understanding of music and may inspire children to take private instrument lessons at an older age. In the Green Level the music staff is introduced. Children learn to read and write notes upon the staff using both absolute pitch names and hand sign names. The students create three booklets using three different keys for reading and writing music. Students also begin the recorder at this level.


Please see our supply list and ensure you can gather all necessary supplies before the first day of class. 

Please ensure you review our policies and procedures.

Teacher

Sheldon Friesen

Sheldon Friesen

Mr. Sheldon is an accomplished musician with a rich baritone singing voice. He plays recorder, guitar and ukulele, but his specialty is the banjo. The children love to hear Mr. Sheldon strum and pick happy songs on the banjo. He has been teaching the Musical Rainbow program since 2010 at many preschools and elementary schools throughout the lower mainland and has a wonderful rapport with young children. He has a lighthearted approach with his students to ensure that they are having a fun time in class while learning their musical concepts.

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Classes

26260: In-Person Sep-Jun Class

TUE • Sep 14 - Jun 21 • 4:45PM - 5:45PM

Call 604-664-1636 for more info

$12.00/class

Program Overview

In this innovative children’s program, students learn the principles of music through singing songs, chanting rhymes, playing music games, using xylophones, recorders and other instruments. The Musical Rainbow program is based on the Kodály philosophy of using songs and rhymes from children’s folk culture, along with elements of Orff and Suzuki methodology. Note reading, writing and music history are taught in the upper levels. This program provides a solid basic understanding of music and may inspire children to take private instrument lessons at an older age. At this level, the students become quite dexterous on the recorder, learning several classical pieces and longer folk and popular pieces by the end of the year.  Singing is improved through vocal exercises and solo work.  Music theory is expanded and students compose their own music.  Lots of part-work, music terms and signs, and still lots of fun at this final level of the MUSICAL RAINBOW!


Please see our supply list and ensure you can gather all necessary supplies before the first day of class. 

Please ensure you review our policies and procedures.

Teacher

Yurgen Ilaender (Mr. I)

Yurgen Ilaender (Mr. I)

The Musical Rainbow with Mr. I

Mr. I aspires to inspire children to learn music. Since 1981 he has been teaching his Musical Rainbow program at Place des Arts and various Montessori preschools. Along with teaching music, Mr. I performs captivating concerts for children and families. An award-winning songwriter, he has recorded 18 CDs of educational and entertaining music and has written music and songs for over 20 children’s musical theatre productions.

Mr. I knows how to engage children to be the best they can be.

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Classes

26343: In-Person Sep-Jun Class

WED • Sep 8 - Jun 22 • 6:15PM - 7:15PM

Call 604-664-1636 for more info

$12.00/class

Program Overview

In this innovative children’s program, students learn the principles of music through singing songs, chanting rhymes, playing music games, using xylophones, recorders and other instruments. The Musical Rainbow program is based on the Kodály philosophy of using songs and rhymes from children’s folk culture, along with elements of Orff and Suzuki methodology. Note reading, writing and music history are taught in the upper levels. This program provides a solid basic understanding of music and may inspire children to take private instrument lessons at an older age. In the Red level, children begin by building a repertoire of musical experiences. The songs and rhymes learned at this level will be used to discover musical concepts in later years. The goal is to have a fun, positive experience in a group setting. Musical concepts such as fast/slow, loud/soft and higher/lower pitches are covered at this level and children are made aware of beat in music. Singing, musical games, and lots of fun!


Please see our supply list and ensure you can gather all necessary supplies before the first day of class. 

Please ensure you review our policies and procedures.

Teacher

Sheldon Friesen

Sheldon Friesen

Mr. Sheldon is an accomplished musician with a rich baritone singing voice. He plays recorder, guitar and ukulele, but his specialty is the banjo. The children love to hear Mr. Sheldon strum and pick happy songs on the banjo. He has been teaching the Musical Rainbow program since 2010 at many preschools and elementary schools throughout the lower mainland and has a wonderful rapport with young children. He has a lighthearted approach with his students to ensure that they are having a fun time in class while learning their musical concepts.

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Program Overview

In this innovative children’s program, students learn the principles of music through singing songs, chanting rhymes, playing music games, using xylophones, recorders and other instruments. The Musical Rainbow program is based on the Kodály philosophy of using songs and rhymes from children’s folk culture, along with elements of Orff and Suzuki methodology. Note reading, writing and music history are taught in the upper levels. This program provides a solid basic understanding of music and may inspire children to take private instrument lessons at an older age.

In the Red level, children begin by building a repertoire of musical experiences. The songs and rhymes learned at this level will be used to discover musical concepts in later years. The goal is to have fun, positive experiences in a group setting. Musical concepts such as fast/slow, loud/soft and higher/lower pitches are covered and children are made aware of beat in music. Get ready for singing, musical games and fun!


Please see our supply list and ensure you can gather all necessary supplies before the first day of class. 

Please ensure you review our policies and procedures.

Program Overview

Enjoy learning songs, rhymes and games together to assist with your toddler’s language, musical, physical and social development. We will use props, musical instruments and movement to make simple songs and rhymes exciting. This class will playfully introduce early musical concepts such as beat, melody and dynamics. Parent participation required. Bring slippers or non-slip socks (no street shoes in the room). Feel free to bring a blanket to sit on, and a stuffy or doll.

with Sabina Siverns for Fall, and TBD for Winter and Spring.


Please ensure you review our policies and procedures.

Teacher

Sabina Siverns

Sabina Siverns

Affectionately known as Miss. Beans, Sabina was once the student of Mr.I’s when she was a child. A multi-instrumentalist, Sabina plays guitar, ukulele, piano, and has a vibrant singing voice. She loves to bring surprises to class each week for her students and currently teaches at several daycares and preschools in the Pitt Meadows and Port Coquitlam areas.

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Program Overview

In this innovative children’s program, students learn the principles of music through singing songs, chanting rhymes, playing music games, using xylophones, recorders and other instruments. The Musical Rainbow program is based on the Kodály philosophy of using songs and rhymes from children’s folk culture, along with elements of Orff and Suzuki methodology. Note reading, writing and music history are taught in the upper levels. This program provides a solid basic understanding of music and may inspire children to take private instrument lessons at an older age.

The Yellow level has more singing, more games, and more FUN!  Students begin their first music reading and writing booklets. Hand signs are used to denote awareness of pitch differences, rhythm names are spoken and written in stick notation, and pitch matching and melody charts are used to facilitate in-tune singing.


Please see our supply list and ensure you can gather all necessary supplies before the first day of class. 

Please ensure you review our policies and procedures.

Teacher

Britney Buren

Britney Buren

The Musical Rainbow

Britney began her musical journey singing in various concert and vocal jazz choirs. She continued her education earning a bachelor’s degree in performing arts and an associates degree in musical theatre. Britney now introduces musical instruments to her students and teaches basic music theory through song and movement. Britney has been teaching The Musical Rainbow program for three years at several preschools and day cares. She is very excited to share her knowledge with her students at Place des Arts!

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26139: In-Person Sep-Jun Class

SAT • Sep 11 - Jun 25 • 9:00AM - 9:45AM

Call 604-664-1636 for more info

$11.00/class

Program Overview

A fun, positive, and interactive start to music learning!  Students will be introduced to the keyboard and will learn the principles of music through solfege, singing songs, rhythm games, and movement. Musical concepts such as fast/slow, loud/soft and higher/lower pitches will be covered and students will start to learn musical symbols. Parent participation required.


Please see our supply list and ensure you can gather all necessary supplies before the first day of class. 

Please ensure you review our policies and procedures.

Teacher

Jammy Smith

Jammy Smith

Jammy Smith began her music studies in Hong Kong. She is a very active member of the BC Registered Music Teachers’ Association, and she is a registered Royal Conservatory of Music piano teacher with over twenty years of experience teaching private lessons and group music classes to students of all ages and levels.

Jammy received her Licentiate Diploma in Piano Performance, and an Associate Diploma in Piano Teaching from the London College of Music and Media (UK) under the tutelage of Joseph Bayer and Sharon West. She continued her piano studies with Alice Enns, and Jazz lessons with Peter Friesen. She practiced Alexander Technique with Marta Hunter.

Jammy loves being creative, and applying games in her teachings, to develop children’s musicality, creativity, and most importantly instill a life-long love of music. Jammy’s students have consistently received the first place awards and high honours for outstanding performances in music festivals, and the first class honours with distinction in RCM examinations. Her students frequently appear in the Celebration of Excellence Recital, a recital for those who got over 90 in their piano examination. Understanding the significance of early music education, she studied different programs and methods for young children such as Kelly Kirby Method for Beginners from Eleanor Harkness, Music for Young Children from Wendy Guimont, and the Music Pups Program. She is particularly interested in teaching young children. For many years, she has taught these programs at her own studio in North Burnaby and applied those methods in the music classes at preschools and daycares where she has taught for over ten years.

Apart from teaching, Jammy appears as a principal pianist at St. Helen’s Church in North Burnaby, and was a piano accompanist for Suzuki violin class at Douglas College. She has performed as an accompanist and a soloist on numerous occasions in Vancouver, and has held master classes at local music schools and piano studios. She is an active committee member of the BC Registered Music Teachers’ Association (BCRMTA) Vancouver Branch and was a member of BCRMTA Provincial Council. In the last fifteen years, she held different executive positions for the branch including a position of co-president, and membership chair. Actively involved in local music festivals, she was a co-chair and an honour recital coordinator of Student Performers Guild Festival, and an executive member of Burnaby Clef Society. She was a chair of the 2016 BC Registered Music Teachers’ Association Provincial Conference in Vancouver. It was a well received conference consisted of BC Piano Competition, piano and violin masterclasses and various kind of workshops.

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Program Overview

Young students will be introduced to the violin in a fun and engaging group setting. You will gain the skill and strength necessary to hold the violin properly, play some easy tunes together through call and response, read basic treble clef notation and identify the parts of the violin. Requirements: Student must have their own instrument.


Please ensure you review our policies and procedures.

Teacher

Meredith Bates

Meredith Bates

Violin

Offering In-Person and Online Lessons on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday

Meredith Bates is a multiple award-winning violinist based in Vancouver, BC where she has been performing professionally since 2004.

Meredith is a founding member of the celebrated ensembles Pugs and Crows (JUNO Award winner 2013, JUNO Award nominee 2016, Galaxie Rising Star Award winner 2010, Polaris Prize nominee 2016, Western Canadian Music Award winner 2016), Gentle Party (Polaris Prize nominee 2017), ElkHorn, Gran Casa, Tony Wilson’s Burn Down the Cornfield and Looking Back, Peggy Lee’s Echo Painting and Ford Pier’s Strength of Materials.

She has collaborated extensively with some of Canada’s most innovative musicians, including C.R. Avery, Laila Biali, Ayelet Gottlieb, Chris Gestrin, Joshua and Jesse Zubot, Annie Lou, Matt Mayes, David Ward, The Fugitives, Mark Berube, Rodney Decroo and Buck 65, and has performed alongside such varied musicians as Evan Parker and Rod Stewart.

Meredith has toured internationally with Pugs and Crows, Peggy Lee’s Film in Music, Crowman, Annie Lou and Dyad and has recorded on over 100 albums to date. Meredith was an artist in residence at the Western Front in Vancouver from September 2019 -March 2020, and attended residencies at The Banff Centre for the Arts in Banff, Alberta, and Flykingen in Stockholm, Sweden, in January and February 2020, respectively.

Currently, Meredith is finishing production of an immersive multimedia concert at The Western Front with guests Lief Hall, on vocals, synthesizer and running the octophonic sound system, and Josema Zamorano, on live improvised video and photographic installation. Over the next few months, she will be collaborating remotely with Seattle-based pianist, Wayne Horvitz, on an EP of solos and duos, one of which will be a premiere recording of her recent Western Front/SOCAN Foundation composition commission for processed violin and piano, If Not Now. Meredith is scheduled to perform at the 2021 JazzAhead conference in Bremen, representing Canada with Joshua Zubot’s String Quintet, and at the 2021 Katowice Jazz Festival in Poland. She will also be giving multiple performances, both collaborative and solo, as a guest artist at the Suoni per il Popolo festival in Montréal for three weeks in June of 2021.

She continues to be an in-demand session musician, performer and teacher, known for her elegant and virtuosic sound. A talented improvisor and collaborator at heart, she relishes any opportunity to join forces with other like-minded artists.

http://www.meredithbates.com/

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Classes

26090: In-Person Sep-Jun Class

MON • Sep 13 - Jun 20 • 3:45PM - 4:45PM

Call 604-664-1636 for more info

$17.00/class

26426: In-Person Sep-Jun Class

MON • Sep 13 - Jun 20 • 5:00PM - 6:00PM

Call 604-664-1636 for more info

$17.00/class

Program Overview

Foster a love of singing and music! You will learn three, hit pop songs while playing rhythm games, learning solfege and working on tongue twisters to improve diction. Students will be emailed recordings to sing along with for daily practice.


Before registering for the online class, please review our Guide for Online Classes and Lessons.

Teacher

Britney Buren

Britney Buren

The Musical Rainbow

Britney began her musical journey singing in various concert and vocal jazz choirs. She continued her education earning a bachelor’s degree in performing arts and an associates degree in musical theatre. Britney now introduces musical instruments to her students and teaches basic music theory through song and movement. Britney has been teaching The Musical Rainbow program for three years at several preschools and day cares. She is very excited to share her knowledge with her students at Place des Arts!

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Program Overview

This class focuses on fostering a love of singing and music.  You will be taught three songs from popular children’s movies while developing basic rhythm, learning solfege and working on tongue twisters to improve diction.  Students will be emailed recordings to sing along with for daily practice.


Before registering for the online class, please review our Guide for Online Classes and Lessons.

Teacher

Britney Buren

Britney Buren

The Musical Rainbow

Britney began her musical journey singing in various concert and vocal jazz choirs. She continued her education earning a bachelor’s degree in performing arts and an associates degree in musical theatre. Britney now introduces musical instruments to her students and teaches basic music theory through song and movement. Britney has been teaching The Musical Rainbow program for three years at several preschools and day cares. She is very excited to share her knowledge with her students at Place des Arts!

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Program Overview

Music for Young Children® is a Canadian music program for children, with parental participation required. Live online instruction is provided in keyboard skills, singing, ear training, theory, rhythm, sight reading and composing through dynamic hands-on teaching techniques. The program consists of 4 levels: Sunbeams is the 3rd level and is a full-year program running from Sept-Jun. Program materials and books are extra and the cost differs between levels. A keyboard or piano must be present at home in order to participate in this program. Handouts and homework will be provided each week via email to help with daily practice. Technical requirement: Sunbeams 2 is for students who have completed Sunshine 2 OR Sunbeams 1.


Before registering for the online class, please review our Guide for Online Classes and Lessons.

Register by August 16th: Materials and books will be available for pick-up starting on September 6th. Please bring a copy of your receipt (printed or on your mobile device).

Register after August 16th: You will be contacted when your materials and books are ready to pick up. Digital materials will be provided until supplies are available.

Teacher

Charlene Dubrule

Charlene Dubrule

Music for Young Children® (MYC)

Charlene is a long-time music educator with over 42 years of work experience and has a passion for teaching music to people of all ages.

Sharing her love of music with her students moved Charlene to teach MYC. For 21 years she has been devoted to teaching the MYC program because of its amazing holistic blend of fun and learning.

Her varied and extensive work experience and specialized training (particularly her degree in Music Therapy) have greatly enhanced her teaching techniques.

While growing up in a small rural community in the heart of Alberta, Charlene’s life was enriched with piano, voice, guitar, drum, recorder and ukulele lessons. At a young age, she passionately participated in numerous music festivals, talent shows, Christmas pageants, choral groups (female choirs, high school madrigals, mixed choruses) and musical productions.

As an adult, Charlene taught in schools and institutional settings throughout Alberta and British Columbia.  She has had experience with community musical theatre production groups, community choirs and jazz ensembles, and has been the accompanist for several local churches. While operating her full-time music studio, she was also the choir director for the Beacon Unitarian Church (2013-2017).

Education

In her teens, Charlene completed her Royal Conservatory of Music voice (Grade 10, 1977) and piano (Grade 9, 1987) and, during the past 30 years, she has enhanced her music education with various specialty courses and studies at several colleges and universities.

  • Rural Small Business Management (Olds College, 1992)
  • Early Childhood Development Certificate (Keyano College, 1995)
  • Music Certificate (Keyano College, 1997)
  • Music for Young Children Certification (MYCC, 1999)
  • Bachelor of Music Therapy (Capilano College, 2004)
  • Music Certificate in Conducting (Capilano University, 2015)

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Classes

26319: Online Sep-Jun Class

MON • Sep 13 - Jun 20 • 4:30PM - 5:30PM

Call 604-664-1636 for more info

$22.00/class (plus $135.00 supply fee)

26322: Online Sep-Jun Class

TUE • Sep 14 - Jun 14 • 4:30PM - 5:30PM

Call 604-664-1636 for more info

$22.00/class (plus $135.00 supply fee)

26324: Online Sep-Jun Class

TUE • Sep 14 - Jun 14 • 6:30PM - 7:30PM

Call 604-664-1636 for more info

$22.00/class (plus $135.00 supply fee)

Program Overview

Music for Young Children® is a Canadian music program for children, with parental participation required. Live online instruction is provided in keyboard skills, singing, ear training, theory, rhythm, sight reading and composing through dynamic hands-on teaching techniques. The program consists of 4 levels: Sunbeams is the 3rd level and is a full-year program running from Sept-Jun. Program materials and books are extra and the cost differs between levels. A keyboard or piano must be present at home in order to participate in this program. Handouts and homework will be provided each week via email to help with daily practice. Technical requirement: Sunbeams 3 is for students who have completed Sunbeams 2 OR Moonbeams 1.


Before registering for the online class, please review our Guide for Online Classes and Lessons.

Register by August 16th: Materials and books will be available for pick-up starting on September 6th. Please bring a copy of your receipt (printed or on your mobile device).

Register after August 16th: You will be contacted when your materials and books are ready to pick up. Digital materials will be provided until supplies are available.

Teacher

Charlene Dubrule

Charlene Dubrule

Music for Young Children® (MYC)

Charlene is a long-time music educator with over 42 years of work experience and has a passion for teaching music to people of all ages.

Sharing her love of music with her students moved Charlene to teach MYC. For 21 years she has been devoted to teaching the MYC program because of its amazing holistic blend of fun and learning.

Her varied and extensive work experience and specialized training (particularly her degree in Music Therapy) have greatly enhanced her teaching techniques.

While growing up in a small rural community in the heart of Alberta, Charlene’s life was enriched with piano, voice, guitar, drum, recorder and ukulele lessons. At a young age, she passionately participated in numerous music festivals, talent shows, Christmas pageants, choral groups (female choirs, high school madrigals, mixed choruses) and musical productions.

As an adult, Charlene taught in schools and institutional settings throughout Alberta and British Columbia.  She has had experience with community musical theatre production groups, community choirs and jazz ensembles, and has been the accompanist for several local churches. While operating her full-time music studio, she was also the choir director for the Beacon Unitarian Church (2013-2017).

Education

In her teens, Charlene completed her Royal Conservatory of Music voice (Grade 10, 1977) and piano (Grade 9, 1987) and, during the past 30 years, she has enhanced her music education with various specialty courses and studies at several colleges and universities.

  • Rural Small Business Management (Olds College, 1992)
  • Early Childhood Development Certificate (Keyano College, 1995)
  • Music Certificate (Keyano College, 1997)
  • Music for Young Children Certification (MYCC, 1999)
  • Bachelor of Music Therapy (Capilano College, 2004)
  • Music Certificate in Conducting (Capilano University, 2015)

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Classes

26320: Online Sep-Jun Class

MON • Sep 13 - Jun 20 • 6:30PM - 7:30PM

Call 604-664-1636 for more info

$22.00/class (plus $182.00 supply fee)

26321: Online Sep-Jun Class

TUE • Sep 14 - Jun 14 • 3:30PM - 4:30PM

Call 604-664-1636 for more info

$22.00/class (plus $182.00 supply fee)

Program Overview

In this innovative children’s program, students learn the principles of music through singing songs, chanting rhymes, playing music games, using xylophones, recorders and other instruments. The Musical Rainbow program is based on the Kodály philosophy of using songs and rhymes from children’s folk culture, along with elements of Orff and Suzuki methodology. Note reading, writing and music history are taught in the upper levels. This program provides a solid basic understanding of music and may inspire children to take private instrument lessons at an older age.

In the Red level, children begin by building a repertoire of musical experiences. The songs and rhymes learned at this level will be used to discover musical concepts in later years. The goal is to have fun, positive experiences in a group setting. Musical concepts such as fast/slow, loud/soft and higher/lower pitches are covered and children are made aware of beat in music. Get ready for singing, musical games and fun!


Please see our supply list and ensure you can gather all necessary supplies before the first day of class. 

Before registering for the online class, please review our Guide for Online Classes and Lessons.

Teacher

Yurgen Ilaender (Mr. I)

Yurgen Ilaender (Mr. I)

The Musical Rainbow with Mr. I

Mr. I aspires to inspire children to learn music. Since 1981 he has been teaching his Musical Rainbow program at Place des Arts and various Montessori preschools. Along with teaching music, Mr. I performs captivating concerts for children and families. An award-winning songwriter, he has recorded 18 CDs of educational and entertaining music and has written music and songs for over 20 children’s musical theatre productions.

Mr. I knows how to engage children to be the best they can be.

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Program Overview

These mandatory master classes are taught by the  Teacher-in-Training Program mentor and augment the student’s instruction with  the teacher-in-training. Novice:  7, 15-minute classes; Junior: 3, 30-minute classes.


Before registering for the online class, please review our Guide for Online Classes and Lessons.

Teacher

Marjory Purdy

Marjory Purdy

Piano, Theory

Offering Online Lessons on Saturday

Marjory began piano lessons at the age of four with her mother Margaret Purdy. She later continued her studies with Robin Wood, Winifred Scott Wood and William Goldenberg.

Marjory’s education includes Performer’s and Teacher’s Diplomas from the Royal Conservatory of Music and the Victoria Conservatory of Music; a Bachelor of Music from the University of Victoria; and a Master of Music and Performer’s Certificate from Northern Illinois University.

She also studied collaborative piano at the doctorate level with Martin Katz at the University of Michigan and participated in various summer programs and master classes in Canada, the United States, and Europe.

Marjory has been teaching for over 20 years. She adjudicates music festivals throughout British Columbia and is an examiner for Conservatory Canada. As a clinician, Marjory presents master classes and workshops on various topics to teachers, students and the public.

Marjory loves teaching all levels from the very young beginner to the advanced piano student. She considers the benefits of music education immeasurable for a child’s emotional, social and intellectual development.

In her teaching, Marjory encourages and challenges students, in partnership with parents, to strive towards excellence within a kind and supportive environment. She believes all children have an artist within, and she aspires to guide students on their journey of learning and discovery.

Marjory’s students are recipients of numerous awards from local festivals, the Registered Music Teachers, and Conservatory Canada; but what Marjory values most is watching students master the things they thought were impossible, and the privilege of sharing time with children as they grow up.

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Classes

26306: Online Sep-Jun Class

SAT • Sep 18 - Jun 25 • 3:00PM - 5:00PM

Call 604-664-1636 for more info

$16.00/class

Program Overview

Place des Arts Music teachers generally offer private lessons from September-June.

Our teachers work with students of all ages and levels in a range of instruments including piano, strings (plucked and bowed), brass, woodwinds, guitar, and percussion. Private instruction is also available in theory, music history and composition.

Students can begin private lessons at any time.

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Classes

Call 604-664-1636 for more info

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