Below are some of our Frequently Asked Questions.

If you can't find the answer to your question below please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at 902-469-7193 (ext. 2)


Dartmouth: 92 Queen Street

Sackville: 622 Sackville Drive

Hammonds Plains: 2041 Hammonds Plains Road (lower level of the Hammonds Plains Community Centre)



Dartmouth - Piano, Guitar, Drum, Voice, Ukulele, Bass Guitar

Sackville - Piano, Guitar, Voice, Ukulele

Hammonds Plains - Piano, Guitar, Voice, Ukulele



Below are our recommendations for starting age:


Piano - Age 4 (must know how to print his/her name, print the alphebet A-G & numbers 1-4)

Guitar- Age 7

Drum - Age 5

Voice - Age 7

Ukulele - Age 5 (great way to start a child who wants guitar lessons but is too young)

Bass Guitar - Age 7


Yes, adult students are encouraged to take lessons whether you are a beginner, coming back to lessons after a break, or an accomplished player looking to upgrade or improve skills.


Our Music Makers programs are fantastic for children from birth to 5 years of age.  


Drop-Ins at the Dartmouth Studio take place Friday mornings at 9:30am and 10:15am**.  The cost is $8.00 per child or $12.00 per family.  If you pre-pay for the full term a discounted rate of $6 per child will apply.  



Music Makers Daycare and Preschool programs are available at many daycares and preschools throughout HRM.  If you would like this program at your child's day care, please have the director contact Andrea.


** There are NO drop ins on holidays, during the Summer (July and August), during the school March Break or during the school Christmas Break. Please call ahead if in the case of snowy weather. 902-469-7193

We accept new students at any time in the year.  Even mid-month.



Lessons are once per week.  You choose your desired day and time from lesson times available at the studio. This day and time remain yours until the end of the school year or until you request a change.


Lessons are available afternoons and evenings Monday-Friday and during the day on Saturdays*.  For exact days and times available, please contact Andrea at 902-469-7193 (ext 2) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


We follow the school year from September to June. We sometimes have private summer lessons available in some of the instruments, this varies year to year.


(*Dartmouth & Sackville location only on Saturdays)



 You can register by calling Andrea at 902-469-7193 (ext 2) or by filling out our online registration form.  You will be contacted within 48 hours to confirm your registration.



Private Lessons are $22.50 per half hour, $33.75 for 45 minutes and $45.00 per hour.





We accept post-dated cheques (made out to Andrea's Music Studio), or online Visa, Mastercard or Paypal payments on a monthly or term basis.


Our preferred method of payment is post dated cheques dated for the 1st or 15th of the month.  These are turned in at the first lesson and must include up to May.  All post dated accounts are balanced for June payments. If lessons are discontinued, we either return your cheques or shred them.


Any cheques returned as NSF will be charged $25.00 to be added to the replacement cheque.

We DO NOT accept CASH payments. 


All payments are due IN ADVANCE of lessons. 


Online Visa, Mastercard and Paypal payments are due when you receive your invoice (The first of each month unless starting mid month).  These are ONLINE payments only - we do not have debit/credit machines at the studios. 


Our preferred method of payment is post dated cheques dated for the 1st or 15th of the month.  These are turned in at the first lesson and must include up to May.  All post dated accounts are balanced for June payments. If lessons are discontinued, we either return your cheques or shred them.


Term payments are also accepted. Term 1: September to December, Term 2: January to March, Term 3: April to June

These are due when you receive your invoice (The first of each term unless starting mid term) 


Please add This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to your contacts to ensure that you are receiving your invoices. 



If paying with post dated cheuqes please put them in an envelope with both the teacher(s) and student(s) names on it.  Give it your teacher at the first lesson or place it in the payments mailbox located at each of our studios.  If two or more family members are taking lessons, please make separate payments for all family members.


If paying by Visa, Mastercard or Paypal please open your invoice via the link emailed to you and play using the Credit Card or Paypal payments buttons.  These are ONLINE payments only - we do not have debit/credit machines at the studios. 



There is a 15 cent per page charge for any printing done by your teacher (printing music online or printing lyrics and chords).  This will appear on a future invoice. 


The Prelude for Kids Piano Course, Prelude for Kids Ukulele Course and all Flashcards must be purchased through the studio and will be included on a future invoice.


At Christmas time you may receive an invoice for Christmas Copies if applicable.  



Parents will be asked to order books online or pick up and pay for books at Long & McQuade.  They have store locations in:


Dartmouth: 124 Main Street

Bedford: 1717 Bedford Highway

Halifax: 6065 Cunard Street


Andrea or your teacher will let parents know what books are needed 3-4 weeks before they will be needed in the lesson. 



Yes, you can book a day and time and come in for one trial lesson.  You must bring a cheque or cash (for the exact lesson fee amount) to the lesson and give it to the teacher PRIOR to the lesson.  



When you arrive at the studio, you will wait in the waiting room as your teacher will be teaching or preparing for class.  At your appointed lesson time, your teacher will come to the waiting room and introduce her/himself.  You will be given a registration and policies form to read and sign.  Your teacher will collect post dated cheques (if applicable) and begin the lesson.



Other than post dated cheques (if applicable), you will need a three ring binder for homework and supplemental sheets and your instrument if you play guitar or ukulele.  Any books and flashcards received at the lesson should be brought back each week.  


You may need to go to Long & McQuade to purchase your lessons books before beginning your lessons.  Andrea or your teacher will inform you of any books that will be needed.  


Long & McQuade has locations in:



Dartmouth: 124 Main Street


Bedford: 1717 Bedford Highway


Halifax: 6065 Cunard Street




We recommend that beginners get 15-20 minutes of practice 5 times a week.  This may increase over time as you progress to higher levels.  The other option, especially for the younger student, is a designated number of times for each practiced item (this will take 10-15 minutes each practice day).  We understand that some students will be learning how to practice and will also be working on their musical attention span so practice times will vary by individual.



Yes, the students will need an instrument at home for regular practice and to prepare for the next lesson.  We have guitar and keyboard rentals available for new beginners. 


This varies depending on student interest and practice amount.


We offer all levels of RCM lessons including the co-requisite theory.


Both are taught the same way at the beginning.  It is important to select the instrument of interest.


All lessons (including storm cancelled lessons by the studio) are to be paid for regardless of attendance.  


No lesson credit will be given for classes cancelled by the student. 


A make up lesson MAY occur IF another cancellation occurs within the teachers teaching schedule and within one week of the original cancelled class before the student's next lesson.   


If there is a longer interuption of lessons (example: extended vacation) a $30.00 fee will be charged to recommence lessons. 



If the studio closes because the weather is bad, your teacher will contact you using your preferred method of contact from your registration form.  


However as messages can be missed or overlooked at times, if you are not sure of a closure, we recommend that you call the studio BEFORE leaving for your lesson.  The answering machine message will state if there is a studio closure. You can also check our Facebook page or our website.


If the weather is bad and the studio closes, all lessons missed are made up at our annual storm make up day held in April.  These are group classes.  The date for 2019 is Sunday April 14th, 2019. 


If the studio is open but you choose to remain home, your name will be added to the storm make up day lists.



If your teacher cancels a lesson, you will receive a lesson credit on your account* OR the teacher may have the option for the student to make up the lesson at a time convenient for both teacher and student.


 The studio may choose to have a qualified substitute teacher to teach their lessons in the event the regular teacher is unable to do so.


All lesson credits will be balanced for June, or at your last month of lessons. 


 The studios are closed for Thanksgiving Monday, Christmas Break, Family/Heritage Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, March Break and Victoria Day .


 Please note that we are closed on the day of the holiday not the full weekend. 


Halloween - The studio is Open for lessons as usual.  Students are encouraged to attend in costume.  If the student is not in attendance regular cancellation policies apply. 

Remembrance Day: The studios will be open for classes as usual after 2pm when it falls on a weekday.  When it falls on a Saturday, while still open there may be closures or recheduling to accomodate those who wish to attend a ceremony. 


Lessons are contracted on a monthly basis.

If you wish to quit please contact Tiffinie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 2 WEEKS prior to the end of your last month before the month you wish to end lessons to ensure your account is balanced.  Failure to do so will result in charges for the following month's lessons and obligation to pay any money owing. 

  If you quit mid month you will not be reimbursed for the rest of the month. 



Select from the list to the right to learn about our teachers!

Allie Wright

Beginner Piano (Dartmouth Studio) 

AllieWAllie is a grade 12 French Immersion student at Auburn Drive High School.  She has been playing the piano for 9 years and enjoys classical, rock and pop music.  Allie also likes playing new pieces and exploring different genres.    She enjoys participating in the Kiwanis Music Festival each year.  Allie also plays the flute and has completed her Royal Conservatory Level 4 Flute Practical Examination.  She loves to see the progress her students make each week. 


Favourite Musicians: The Beatles, Billy Joel


Favourite Movies: Space Jam and The Lorax


Favourite Hobbies: Playing sports, reading, making crafts and getting outside to enjoy nature.


 Favourite Books: Island of the Blue Dolphins, A Series of Unfortunate Events, and anything by Sara Shepard. 


Alyson Boone 

Beginner Piano (Dartmouth Studio) 

AlysonBAlyson is a grade 12 student who has been taking lessons at Andrea's Music Studio for 7 years.   She is excited to continue teaching beginner piano students!  She likes going to church and learning new hymns. 

Favourite Composers: Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington
Favourite Bands: Linkin Park, The Offspring and The Beatles. 
Favourite Hobbies: Bowling, volleyball and tennis
Favourite Non-musical Things: doodling, animals and the outdoors 


Andrea Smith

Music Director & Owner

AndreaSNewAndrea is a graduate of the Early Childhood Education program from the Nova Scotia Teacher's College with more than 25 years experience teaching group and private piano lessons to students ranging in age from 4 years old to Seniors. 

Over the years Andrea came to realize that the musical programs available on the market for teaching the young piano learner were quite limited and more importantly, every one of them seemed to be missing something. So deciding to do something about it, she wrote her own.  This program, Prelude For Kids, has been highly successful and continues to be taught to this day by Andrea and the teachers here at Andrea's Music Studio.  In addition, much care is taken to ensure quality and fun is present in all lessons: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Ukulele, and Drums.  Keeping lessons age appropriate (young, teen, and adult), educational, and fun. 

Andrea's Music Studios Music Makers program was custom designed by Andrea, for daycares, pre-schools, and drop-ins. 


Brogan Cameron

Beginner Piano  (Hammonds Plains Studio) 

BroganBrogan is currently in her second year of her Bachelor of Music program at Dalhousie University.  She did a semester at Mount Allison University.  Brogan has been playing the piano for 12 years and has her Royal Conservatory of Music Level 10 completed.  Through the Royal Conservatory and University her primary focus has been classical music, but Brogan also plays and sings in a band that performs alternative music.  She also played the Tuba in the past.  Brogan discovered her love of teaching through a co-op placement at Andrea's Music Studio in 2016-2017.  She is very excited to dive in and looks forward to teaching piano as a career. 

Hobbies: reading Stephen King, watching horror movies, listening to music of all varieties from classical to pop and alternative. 

Favourite Movie: The Visit

Favourite Musicians/Groups: Khalid, The 1975

Favourite Composers: Brahms, Debussy


Elizabeth Humphries

Voice (All levels) & Piano (Beginner to Intermediate)  (Dartmouth Studio)

Dartmouth Studio Director

ElizabethHA Nova Scotia girl born and raised, Elizabeth graduated with a Bachelor of Voice Performance from the University of Manitoba.  She also has diplomas in Audio Engineering and Jazz Voice performance from Capilano University in Vancouver, BC.   She has recently moved back to Halifax after 15 years in western Canada to continue her performance and teaching career in the city she loves.  Her passion for performing stems from a childhood filled with the magic of the theatre, choral and solo performance and instrumental studies.  Elizabeth has performed across Canada in various operatic roles, as well as orchestral concerts, as a soprano soloist.  She has also trained and performed in musical theatre, jazz, and has been the vocalist for numerous performing bands. She has been teaching voice and piano to students of all ages for 12 years.

David Murray 

Piano, Guitar, Ukulele & Voice  (Hammonds Plains and Sackville Studios)

DavidDavid has an extensive background in voice, piano, guitar, and theatre. David takes a student-centric approach to teaching, with an emphasis on fostering confidence and passion within students, as well as encouraging their creativity and the individual expression of their craft.  David places emphasis on exposure to and involvement in music at all ages, and is proficient in adapting materials and teaching style to match the interests, goals, and learning style of the student. David enjoys performing and teaching many different music genres, including classical, pop, rock, blues, jazz, and country.


David has his RCM Level 6 in piano and 9 in voice.  He spent 7 years of intensive training in Bel Canto vocal technique, and was the winner of the 2003 Kiwanis Festival Rose Bowl (voice) and the 2001 Maritime Association of Teachers Singing Scholarship Award.


David continues to perform in voice and guitar performances at local venues and in various roles in local musical theatre productions.


 Dinah Lasaga-Harnish

Guitar & Ukulele (Dartmouth Studio) 

Dinah LHDinah is a recent NSCC Music Arts graduate majoring in guitar.  Although music has always been in Dinah’s life, she really took to the guitar in her preteens. During these years, she also played alto saxophone in the school bands, as well as marching bands through Sea Cadets. Later in her teens, she was involved in her high school’s production of various musicals as a member of the chorus. As a part of NSCC’s program, she had the opportunity to play with jazz, Latin, singer-songwriter, and rock ensembles on various instruments – guitar, tenor saxophone, piano, and vocals. Dinah has a passion for both songwriting, and composing, and hopes to take further composition courses. She spends her time playing in active rock bands around Halifax, volunteering/playing at music festivals, writing music, and practicing.

Pets: AJ the cat, Enya the cat, Joey the cat, and Hobbes the chinchilla

Favourite Artists/Bands: Frank Turner, Laura Marling, Streetlight Manifesto, NOFX, and Larry & His Flask

Favourite Movie: Dead Poet’s Society

Favourite Book: 1984

Erin Summers

Piano (Beginner to Advanced)(Dartmouth Studio)

Studio General Manager 

ErinNevErin joined Andrea's Music Studio in 2003 after graduating from Acadia University with her Bachelor of Music Degree and completing her grade 10 RCM piano exam. Erin teaches piano to students of all ages, and manages the day to day activities of the Studios.

Erin has helped organize and run the Summer Music Camps and also helped Andrea to organize the Baby's Music Makers program.

Favourite Composer: Beethoven

Favourite Movie: Mr. Holland's Opus, High Fidelity & Les Miserables

Hobbies: Painting (some of my paintings are in the studio), reading, running, knitting, going for walks with my dog Ruby

Favourite Memory from my teaching experience: Playing Spiderman on the guitar with my first guitar student!
Something most people don't know about me: I was born in Germany and went back there in June 2010 with my family on vacation. 


Evelyn MacLeod

Beginner Piano (Dartmouth Studio)

evelynmEvelyn is a grade 11 student at École du Carrefour de Grande-Havre. She is bilingual (English-French) and loves reading, drawing and travelling. She also loves running and has made it to the Nova Scotia Provincial Championships 2 years in a row. Evelyn loves to play the piano and looks forward to meeting and teaching Prelude piano students this fall.

Favourite Authors: Oscar Wilde, Charlotte Brontë and Allen Bradley

Favourite Places She’s Visited: Barcelona, Paris and Boston

Favourite Hobbies: Sewing, Finding new places to run and Baking.

Heather Cox-Harvie

Music Makers (Daycare and Drop In), Piano (Recreation), Pre-school Piano (Dartmouth Studio)

Heather is a full time Music Makers instructor and an Early Childhood Music Educator.  She instructs the Music Makers classes at daycares and preschools around HRM, as well as preschool piano classes and the Music Makers drop in programs.  Heather is a hockey Mom.  She has 3 sons and spends a lot of time at the rink!  She enjoys spending her summer at the cottage.

Favourite Movie: Pretty Woman

Background: Heather has her ECE and has worked for 25 years as a daycare teacher

Isabela Drozdowski 

Beginner Piano (Dartmouth Studio) 

IsabelaDIsabela has been playing the piano and taking lessons at Andrea's Music Studio for 9 years.  She is in grade 10 at school.  In her spare time she likes to play the ukulele, listen to music, play video games, go shopping, go to the movies and spend time with her family. 

Favourite Subject: Science

Favourite Colour: Purple 

Jessica Pearson

Piano (All Levels) (Dartmouth and Sackville Studios)

Sackville Studio Director

JessPJessica is currently working on completing her Grade 10 RCM examinations after taking a year off to complete the Basic  Musicianship Program at Douglas College in Vancouver.  She is very excited to be teaching at Andrea's Music Studio for another year. 

Favourite Composer: Danny Elfman, Dmitri Kabalevsky, Dario Marianelli.

Favourite Artist: Laura Smith, James Taylor.

Favourite Movie: Pride and Prejudice.

Hobbies: I like to hike, bake, knit, travel, and spend time with my family.

Favourite piece to play: 'Lotus Land' by Cyril Scott.


Juanita Keddy

Guitar (Hammonds Plains Studio)

JuanitaJuanita Keddy (aka Juanita Rose) is not only a music instructor.  She played guitar professionally for many years and toured the country as a guitarist with her own music bands. 

Juanita was known for her double-neck Mosrite guitar and her showy guitar instrumentals.  When she was in her performing heyday a popular entertainment magazine wrote “Juanita has a vibrant style that equals many great guitar players”. 

Juanita also has her Competent Toastmasters designation and a Best Speaker of the Year award.

 In addition, she has studied the important role that “thought and mental attitude” play in achieving success.  She incorporates these techniques in her teaching. 

Juanita studied guitar and music theory at the Maritime Conservatory of Music and other private institutions.  She has a diploma in guitar studies.

In her spare time Juanita likes to read and write.  She is presently writing a book. 

Judi Beagan

Voice, Guitar and Piano (Dartmouth, Sackville and Hammonds Plains Studios) 

JudiBJudi grew up singing and playing guitar as part of a family trio. After high school she went on to study jazz voice at St. F. X. and then branched into classical / operatic studies in BC with Canadian Opera Singer Lyn Vernon. All this training led to a wide variety of performance experiences ranging from the Pacific Opera Chorus in Victoria to Production Lead Vocalist for the British entertainment company OpenWide International – a cruise ship gig – as well as smaller solo and duo/trio ensembles.

Judi developed and taught her first course (guitar) at age 16. Following university she spent a year teaching elementary school music in the Codroy Valley, Nfld. Judi has been teaching on and off ever since. Her favourite ‘classroom’ setting is one-on-one because of the opportunity to zero in on each student’s particular musical strengths and weaknesses.  She truly believes that music is an innate gift in each of us and she enjoys helping people discover and ‘unwrap’ this gift for themselves.

My philosophy: Judi rarely practices an instrument. Judi prefers to play her instrument… because that is the goal of studying it in the first place. When she wants to play something in particular, she is more likely to want to work on the skill it requires… and then it’s not boring. Instead, it opens the door for her and makes things easy. 


Kayla Sponagle

Piano and Voice (Beginner to Intermediate) 

 kaylaSKayla Sponagle graduated from NSCC in June 2018 as a vocal major and has completed her Grade 8 RCM piano requirements.  She loves music and everything about it.  Some of her favourite songs are from Disney movies but she also loves musical theatre.  Kayla enjoys camping and travelling.  She has travelled all across Canada and to Peru.  She would love to go and see the Northern Lights some day as well as the Greek Islands.  Kayla is a big fan of all things retro and vintage including video games and record players.  She collects vinyl albums. 


Krystina Bowen

 Music Makers, Piano & Voice (Hammonds Plains Studio) 
Hammonds Plains Studio Director


Krystina Bowen joined Andrea’s Music Studio in April 2018. She is a Singer, Music Teacher and an aspiring Music Therapist. She graduated Mohawk College with an Advanced Diploma in Vocal Jazz in 2011, and graduated Acadia University in 2015 with a Bachelors Degree in Music Therapy. 

Krystina has had professionally instruction in Voice since the age of 6. She also sang in choirs, musical productions, and preformed independently over the course of 20 years. Currently she is pursuing an internship in her field of study, Music Therapy.

She is a fun loving instructor, and enjoys helping people enjoy music. She also loves colourful clothes, cooking and nature.

Leon Tsorbatzoglou

Guitar & Bass (Dartmouth and Sackville Studios), Drums (Dartmouth Studio only) 

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Leon was born in Greece where he started learning guitar and music theory lessons at an early age. As a teenager he started exploring the electric guitar and the drums and began joining local rock/heavy metal bands. At the age of 20 Leon moved to Manchester UK to study music and rock/pop/jazz guitar at the University of Salford, where he earned a Bachelors in Music and a Masters in Composition.

Leon has been teaching guitar, bass, drums and band labs full time in the UK for the last 12 years. He is the guitarist of the heavy metal band Crosswind, and he has extensive recording and gigging experience.  Apart from a Bachelors and a Masters, Leon also holds a Music Specialist Certificate from Berklee College of Music, where he has taken courses in Music Production, Project Management and Music Business.

Leon is an endorser of Optima guitar strings and is the Optima strings distributor for Canada, based in Halifax NS.

Leon is currently working on his first solo album.  Besides music, Leon’s interests include reading and martial arts training. He is a 5th dan black belt in Bujinkan (Japanese martial art).


Marta Lewis

Piano & Voice (Dartmouth and Sackville Studios) 

 MartaLMarta has been teaching for 36 years in both private studio settings and through the community school board teaching guitar and piano to adults.  She plays the piano, the guitar, the harp, sings, and acts.  Marta has studied at the University of College Cork, Mount Allison, and Acadia University.  She has performed at weddings, on cruise ships, at community events and in the Theatre.  Marta loves to travel and has been around the world 5 times.  She enjoys a wide variety of music, her favourite being Heavy Metal. 

Favourite Bands: Judas Priest, Megadeath

Favourite Movies: Anything in the horror genre

Something most people don't know about me: Marta has a minor in Geology and went to broadcasting school.  


Melissa Vidito

Piano (Beginner) & Voice (Dartmouth Studio) 

 MelissaMelissa Vidito is a graduate of the Professional Vocal Program at Musicians Insitute in Hollywood
California. She has taught private music lessons in the Annapolis Valley at The Bernard Zinck School of
Music for almost 20 years. Although voice is her primary instrument Melissa also teaches guitar, ukelele
and piano

Melissa has an interest in a great many artistic endeavours such as painting and creating art out of found
beach treasures, but music and musical theater are her passion. Melissa was musical director for the
community theatre group Edalene Theatre for 10 years having 20 shows under her belt including 2 of
which she composed the score for.

Melissa is also a seasoned performer having worked at The Halifax Feast Dinner Theatre, Centre Stage
Theatre in Kentville and as a ghost in the Valley Ghost walks. In 2016 Melissa created Beacon Events which
produced 3 dinner theater productions and hopes to create more in the near future.
Currently Melissa is excited to be teaching at Andrea’s Music Studio and performing with the Valley blues
band Bluesmobile.


 Ryan White 

Guitar, Bass Guitar and Ukulele (Dartmouth & Sackville Studios) 


Ryan is a Dalhousie Bachelor of Music graduate, freelance performer, composer, and arranger.

He has been playing and performing on both guitar and electric bass for close to 10 years. He recently completed his Bachelor of Music at Dalhousie University, where he focused on guitar and electric bass performance along with music theory (tonal, post-tonal, & jazz), and arranging.  Ryan studied classical guitar with Doug Reach, jazz/modern guitar with Jeff Torbert, and electric bass with Scott MacMillan during his time at Dal.

Ryan also plays/has played in several local projects including Talea (Funk/Neo-Soul), Lindsay Misiner & The 7th Mystic (Soul/Psychedelic Rock), 2nd Line Parade (Rockabilly), The Rubber Band (Alternative Rock), Ryan Willigar (Singer-songwriter), & Eric Hamilton (Pop/Rock/Funk).

Genres: Classical, Jazz, Funk, Rock, Latin, Pop.

Favourite Composers: J.S Bach, C. Debussy, I. Stravinsky, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Frank Zappa, Chick Corea & Jerry Hey.

Favourite Performers: Charlie Parker,Clifford Brown, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Lenny Breau,Jimi Hendrix, Keith Richards, Duane Allman, Jaco Pastorius, George Clinton, Ella Fitzgerald, Flea, Victor Wooten, & Guthrie Govan.

Favourite Books: The Old Man & The Sea - Ernest Hemmingway, The Lord Of The Rings – J.R.R Tolkien, Dune – Frank Herbert, ASOIAF series - George R. R. Martin, Where The Sidewalk Ends – Shel Silverstein


Tiffinie Laing

Piano (Beginner to RCM 4) (Dartmouth Studio)


Tiffinie has been teaching at the Dartmouth Studio for over 20 years. She teaches piano to students of all ages, oversees promotion of studio events, invoicing and has developed the curriculum for our Summer Music Camps.

Tiffinie has completed her grade 8 piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music, is a graduate of the Music Arts program at NSCC, is the Special Events Coordinator for Los Primos, as well as a freelance musician who has performed at the ECMA’s, TD Halifax Jazz Festival, and the Night of Discovery Gala in support of the QEII foundation.

Her favourite part of teaching is getting to know her students, watching their progression throughout the year, and having lots of fun along the way!

In her spare time, Tiffinie enjoys going to movies, plays and concerts. She loves performing, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Favourite Movie: Labyrinth

Favourite Artists: Rufus, Chaka Khan, Earth Wind and Frie, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Jamiroquai, Snarky Puppy, Justin Timberlake, Glen Hansard and so many more!

Favourite Quote: "Live, Laugh, Love"


andreasdartmouthWe have three convenient locations in the HRM for your music lesson needs.  Our locations include one in Dartmouth, Sackville and Hammonds Plains so we can better serve you and your schedule!

Some locations offer different classes simply due to logistics of a particular program.

A complete listing of all our services can be found here, and all of our location descriptions below show the list of the programs and lesson types available.

To register for lessons you can use our enrolment form found here or call Andrea to register or for general inquiries at 902-469-7193 (Press 2 when prompted to speak with Andrea) 





Dartmouth Location

Lessons Available :
Children, Youth, & Adults

The Dartmouth Studio has been in operation for 20 years.  Starting with a few instructors teaching piano lessons it has grown to over a dozen instructors teaching piano, guitar, voice, ukulele and drums as well as Music Makers for children under 5 years of age.  This studio is perfect for students in Dartmouth, Halifax, Cole Harbour and Eastern Passage!

92 Queen St.
Dartmouth NS
Phone : (902) 469-7193

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Types of Lessons offered

Beginner to Advanced Levels
All Styles & Genres
RCM Examinations Style Lessons
Non-exam Style Lessons
Jazz & Blues Program
Vocal Accompaniment Program
Pre School Piano Program


Beginner to Advanced Levels
All Styles & Genres
Rhythm & Lead Playing
Acoustic & Electric
Bass Guitar


Beginner to Advanced Levels
All Styles & Genres


Beginner to Advanced Levels
All Styles & Genres


Beginner to Advanced Levels
All Styles & Genres

Music Makers

Weekly Drop-In at several Locations in HRM
Ages 6 months to 5 years

Music Makers

Weekly Classes at Day Care Centres
Ages 6 months to 5 years

Sackville Location

Lessons Available :
Children, Youth, & Adults

The Sackville Studio has been in operation for 9 years.  The Sackville Studio offers piano, guitar, ukulele and voice Lessons.
This location is perfect for students in Beaverbank, Mount Uniacke, Bedford, Larry Uteck, Clayton Park and Fall River!

622 Sackville Drive
Sackville NS
Phone: (902) 469-7193

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Types of Lessons offered

Beginner to Advanced Levels
All Styles & Genres
RCM Examinations Style Lessons
Non-exam Style Lessons
Jazz & Blues Program
Vocal Accompaniment Program
Pre School Piano Program


Beginner to Advanced Levels
All Styles & Genres
Rhythm & Lead Playing
Acoustic & Electric
Bass Guitar



Beginner to Advanced Levels
All Styles & Genres


Beginner to Advanced Levels
All Styles & Genres



Hammonds Plains Location

Lessons Available :
Children, Youth, & Adults

Our Hammonds Plains location is our newest location opened in April 2014.  We are located on the lower level of the Hammonds Plains Community Centre.  We currently offer piano, guitar, ukulele, and voice lessons Monday through Thursday afternoons and evenings.  This location is perfect for students in Tantallon, Timberlea, Hammonds Plains, Hubley, Hubbards, Bedford, Clayton Park or Larry Uteck !

2041 Hammonds Plains Road
Hammonds Plains, NS
Phone: (902) 469-7193

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Types of Lessons offered

Beginner to Advanced Levels
All Styles & Genres
RCM Examinations Style Lessons
Non-exam Style Lessons
Jazz & Blues Program
Vocal Accompaniment Program
Pre School Piano Program


Beginner to Advanced Levels
All Styles & Genres
Rhythm & Lead Playing
Acoustic & Electric
Bass Guitar



Beginner to Advanced Levels
All Styles & Genres


Beginner to Advanced Levels
All Styles & Genres

Andrea's Music Studio Lesson and Program Fees

Fees Effective September 2018 - June 2019

Any cheques returned as NSF will be charged $25.00 to be added to the replacement cheque


Beginner - Advanced 

$22.50 per 30 minutes
$33.75 per 45 minutes
$45.00 per 1 hour


Beginner - Advanced

$22.50 per 30 minutes


Beginner - Advanced 

$22.50 per 30 minutes
$33.75 per 45 minutes
$45.00 per 1 hour


Beginner - Advanced 

$22.50 per 30 minutes



$22.50 per 30 minutes


Adaptive Lessons 

 $22.50 - $45.00 per 30 minutes 

   Please contact Andrea for more information regarding the pricing of Adaptive Lessons




$22.50 per 30 minutes


Family Music Makers Drop Ins

$8.00 per child (Drop-In Price)

$6.00 per child (Pre-registered Term Price) 

$12.00 per family (2 or more children) 


  1. Monthly via Visa, Mastercard or Paypal  (You will be invoiced) 
  2. Monthly via post-dated cheques (a series of post dated cheques dated for the 1st of 15th of the month - beginning the first month of lessons - up to May) Accounts will be balanced in June
  3. Term via Visa, Mastercard or Paypal (You will be invoiced) 
  4. Term via post-dated cheques (a series of post dated cheques dated for the 1st lesson of the term (Sept-Dec, Jan - Mar, Apr-June)






singerYouth1 articleAt Andrea's Music Studio we have programs for all ages :

  1. Piano
  2. Guitar
  3. Voice
  4. Drums (Dartmouth Studio only) 
  5. Ukulele
  6. Music Makers
  7. Musical Discoveries

Whether you want to sing, play an instrument for your own personal enjoyment, start a band, prep for an exam or university admissions test, we're sure that we have a program that will help you achieve your goals!




Three locations serving all of HRM including Dartmouth, Sackville, Halifax, Bedford, Beaverbank, Hammonds Plains, Tantallon, Eastern Passage, Cole Harbour, Larry Uteck, Clayton Park, Mount Uniacke and Fall River.

Before moving into the Bastien Piano Library course, beginners start out with the Prelude for Kids or Piano Fun Theory Fun programs. These two programs were custom designed with the young piano learner in mind by Andrea Smith herself.

In addition, each teacher is trained to help the parent and student with practice routines, styles, and other practice elements that are necessary to make learning to play the piano a success.

Advanced students will either move through the Alfred's Basic Piano course or through the Royal Conservatory of Music program. The latter program allows the students to study many different eras of music and work towards Practical Piano Examinations. Students of Andrea's Music Studio have the choice of being examined by the Royal Conservatory of Music in Halifax and by Acadia University at the studio. All students taking an examination receive ear-training and sight reading instruction throughout the year. Four weeks prior to the examination, students participate in extra ear-training classes. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the Kiwanis Music Festival each spring. Andrea's Music Studio also offers books from their lending library to supplement regular curriculum. Students can borrow books with modern, jazz, blues, folk, and traditional music. Adults begin with the Alfred's Adult program which is specifically designed for the adult learner. We also offer piano instruction in Blues, Jazz and Improv using a system used by professional musicians throughout the world. This system based on scale theory can be applied to Rock, Pop, R&B, Country, Jazz and Blues. With a few simple tricks you can learn how to improvise and "jazz up" a tune.

Theory is included as part of each students piano lesson. All students have the opportunity to complete Theory, History and Harmony exams through the Royal Conservatory of Music. History and Harmony courses require extra study and lesson time.

We offer guitar lessons for all age groups.

Starting with basic chords and strumming patterns with simple songs, students will soon move on to fingerpicking, power and bar chords learning more advanced music. 

Your teacher will work toward the style you, the student want to play.

They will teach the skills necessary and progress toward your playing genre and goals.

Andrea's Music Studio also offers a Daycare and Pre-School Music Makers program. Pre-school piano lessons are also available at the studio or through many Daycare Centres throughout the Halifax Regional Municipality.

We also offer weekly family drop ins for children from birth to 5 years at the Dartmouth studio. Please click on the Programs menu to find Music Makers (Drop-Ins) for our drop in schedule!

Young singers start out learning good vocal habits, matching pitches and learning to read music notation.  They will learn to expand their singing range as they sing a variety of music from popular to musical theatre.  Teen and adult students will learn to express emotion through their music and try out vocal improvisation.  They will also learn how to perform in public and sing with a microphone.  A typical lesson begins with vocal exercises and ends working with songs from any genre, Jazz, Popular, Musical Theatre, Opera, Classical.  Students can also participate in the Royal Conservatory of Music Vocal Program which offers exams to test the students skills at graded levels.

We offer drum lessons for all levels and ages on our electric drum kits.  Students start off right away learning basic rhythms, rudiments and standard drum beats on the drum kit.  As they progress they will learn more complicated rhythms and rudiments.  We will accommodate any requests and tailor the program to meet the needs of each student.

Ukulele is a great instrument!  Come in today to learn the basics of this great compact and portable instrument!  A good choice for young children who would like to one day play guitar. 

Musical Discoveries is a great program for groups with after school programs or organized groups like Sparks, Beavers, Brownies or Cubs.  Students learn various aspects of music from notation, ensemble playing, musical instruments from around the world and composers.  To learn more click here or contact Andrea at 469-7193 (press 2 when prompted) .