Music Therapy

What is Music Therapy?

 Music Therapy is the implemenation of music-based activities to address cognitive, emotional, behavioral, developmental, neurological and other psychiatric or physical needs by a Board-Certified Music Therapist who has received the research-based education and training necessary to design and implement Music Therapy interventions.  We address the same goals that might be addressed by Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, Phycial Therapists, traditional counseling therapists and other professionals, and often work alongside them as part of a larger treatment strateg.  Music Therapists are trained to use a variety of techniques including, but not limitied to, instrument improvisation, songwriting, lyric analysis, and movement or relation to music to address the needs of their clients and help them meet their treatment goals.  Clients may learn musical skills incidentally as part of Music Therapy treatment, but this is not the primary objective of the Music Therapist. 

Music Therapy May Be Indicated When:

  • ·The child is already receiving treatment with other types of therapists, but seems especially interested in, sensitive to or connected with music. A child who is naturally drawn to music may receive special benefit from a treatment strategy that includes Music Therapy. This may also be helpful with children who seem bored, disinterested or not engaged in more traditional therapies, as music can arouse their interest and feel more like play.
  • ·The child may be a candidate for adaptive lessons at a later stage, but does not currently have the verbal, social, behavioral or cognitive skills necessary for even adaptive lessons. A Music Therapist can address these goals in treatment, with one objective being to ready the child for adaptive lessons in the future.
  • ·The child is not interested in learning an instrument and/or the parents’ focus is primarily exploring avenues of treatment for their child. Again, Music Therapy is designed to meet treatment goals, not to teach music skills, regardless of a child’s interest in or aptitude for music.
  • ·The child or parent want learning music skills to be a part of the treatment, but also want to ensure that the Therapist is specifically working to address treatment goals as well. Learning music skills can be part of a Music Therapy session, but the Music Therapist is also deliberately working on therapeutic skill-building, symptom reduction, etc.

For more information 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.

About Our Music Therapist: Amy MacDonald 

amymusictherapistMusic has always been a part of Amy’s life. From the age of 7, she began taking piano lessons from Andrea’s Music Studio which she stayed in for several years until graduating high school. She then went on to begin her first year at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Amy graduated with her Bachelor of Music Therapy degree in 2015. During her time at Acadia, she studied piano, guitar, voice, and drumming. Her musical concentration was in classical piano studies, and she competed her Grade 10 Royal Conservatory.  Amy completed her music therapy internship at Cedarstone Enhanced Care in Truro NS, a long-term care facility where she worked with clients facing Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, stroke, MS, and depression. She also worked with groups of preschool-age children with developmental delays such as autism, and cerebral palsy. Amy is currently also an instructor of piano, voice, guitar, and ukulele at Andrea’s Music Studio, and is the director of the Hammonds Plains studio. Amy has completed all the requirements to become a board-certified music therapist, and is a candidate to write the board certification exam in the near future.

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 Thursday mornings at 10:15am and 11:00am and Friday mornings at 9:30am and 10:15am**.  The cost is $8.00 per child or $15 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.

Fees

 

 


 

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. 

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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 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 2017 is Sunday April 9th, 2017. 

 

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 Christmas Break, March Break and Good Friday.

 

The studios are open on the other holidays, however on some holidays it is up to teacher to decide if they will teach.  Please see the list below of optional holidays. If your teacher chooses to teach and you choose to attend, these lessons must be paid for (regardless of attendance). If you choose in advance not to attend, then no payment is due.  

 

 

Optional holidays are Thanksgiving Monday, Heritage Day, Easter Monday and Victoria Day.  Please note that these are the day only, not the full weekend.

 

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 quit mid month you will not be reimbursed for the rest of the month.  If you decide to quit, please let Andrea or your teacher know. 

 

 

Andrea's Music Studio Lesson and Program Fees

Fees Effective September 2017 - June 2018


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

 


Beginner 

$22.50 per 30 minutes

 


 

Theory/History/Harmony

$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) 

$15.00 per family (2 or more children) 


Theatre Skills 

Dartmouth 

$444 Full Year per child Age 7 - 10  (or 3 installments $156 (Sept.1), $144 (Jan. 1), $144 (Apr. 1))

$555 Full Year per child Age 11 - 15 (or 3 installments $195 (Sept. 1), $180 (Jan. 1), $180 (Apr. 1)) 

 

Hammonds Plains 

$372 Full Year per child Age 7 - 10 (or 3 installments $108 (Sept. 1), $132 (Jan. 1), $132 (Apr. 1)) 

$465 Full Year per child Age 11 - 15 (or 3 installments $135 (Sept. 1), $165 (Jan. 1), $165 (Apr. 1))

 

*The fee will be pro-rated for students who start mid year. 


  

  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)
  5. Cash - MUSIC MAKERS ONLY!

 

 

 

 

 


Select from the list to the right to meet and learn a little bit about our instructors!


Allie Wright

Beginner Piano (Dartmouth Studio) 

AllieW Allie is a grade eleven French Immersion student at Auburn Drive High School.  She has been playing for the piano for 9 years and enjoys classical, rock and pop music, but she 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 this past summer she completed her Royal Conservatory Level 4 Flute Practical Examination.  Allie 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 11 student who has been taking lessons at Andrea's Music Studio for 6 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 

Amanda Cunningham 

Violin, Fiddle, Beginner Piano (Dartmouth Studio) 

AmandaCsmallAmanda started taking lessons when she was 11 years old.  She loved the violin and creating harmony with her sister on the piano.  She was active in yearly competitions and recitals as well as playing often in her church.

Amanda holds a degree in Education and has worked with children for more than 10 years.  She moved from Ontario after college and has spent time teaching in schools, working at summer camps, and playing in her church. 

One of Amanda’s passions is fostering a love of music and learning in students.  She loves to see students enjoying the learning process and wanting to learn more.

Her favorite things to do are play music (on whatever instrument she can get her hands on), sing, read, and be active outside.


 Amy MacDonald

Piano, Beginner Guitar, Ukulele & Voice (Hammonds Plains & Sackville Studios)
Hammonds Plains Studio Director

amymAmy has been playing piano for over 15 years, and was a student at Andrea’s Music Studio for 10 years. She completed her Bachelor of Music Therapy degree from Acadia University in 2015, and is an accredited music therapist with two years of experience working with children. Her degree included a concentration in classical piano studies through the instruction of Dr. John Hansen while completing her Grade 10 RCM. While at Acadia, she learned guitar from Jeff Tobert for 2 years. She was also a member of the Acadia Chorus for 2 years and the Acadia Vocal Ensemble for 1 year.

Favourite composers: Chopin, Debussy, Haydn.

 


Andrea Smith

Music Director & Owner


AndreaSNewAndrea is a graduate of the Early Childhood Education program from the Nova Scotia Teacher's College with 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 others 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. 

 


 Ben Buchanan

Drums, Guitar, Bass, Ukulele (Dartmouth Studio) 

benBBenjamin earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music focusing on Theory, Analysis, Arranging, Physics of Sound and Composition from Mount Allison University.  There, he also performed guitar duties in the pit band for “Evil Dead, The Musical” and was featured as a solo artist on the annual Conduct Becoming album, a musical project featuring talent from the University.

Ben briefly taught private students in the Greater Moncton Area before he moved to Halifax, where he worked at the Halifax Music Co-op teaching drums and writing arrangements for ensembles.  He also has experience performing, writing and recording with bands like Rocket Culture, where he played drums and percussion; and The Bedroom Session, playing bass and occasionally guitar and keyboards.

He is currently working on multiple music projects ranging from Hard Rock to Electronica, Country to chamber music. He is also looking forward to performing in his friends’ wedding.

 


Brent Karding

Piano and Voice (Dartmouth Studio) 

BrentKBrent was born in Vancouver in 1983.  For a long time he didn’t want to learn how to play the piano, until he was 11.  Brent doesn't remember why he wanted to start, but is extremely glad that he did!   He can’t imagine not being able to play the piano! 

Brent completed his Grade 10 in the Royal Conservatory in 2002, and won the Star of the Festival award in his final year of participation the Brampton-Caledon Music Festival that same year.  Classical music is one of his favourite things to play, as well as arrangements of sacred music. 

Brent has taught piano professionally since 2003, from beginner to advanced piano students, from small children to adults, from classical music to improvisation.   He is sure you will have fun, whatever you want to learn!

 

 


Elizabeth Humphries

Voice (All levels), Piano (Beginner to Intermediate) and Theatre Skills (Dartmouth Studio)

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 10 years.





David Murray 

Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, Voice and Theatre Skills (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 RCM certification 6 in piano and 9 in voice.  David 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 of Singing Scholarship Award.

 

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

 

 

 


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, guitar to a few students 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.

Favorite Composer: Beethoven

Favorite 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
Favorite 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. 


Fiona Ryan 

Piano and Voice (Dartmouth & Hammonds Plains Studios) 

Fiona Ryan HeadshotFiona is a musician and composer from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Fiona went to England and Ontario to complete graduate degrees in music composition, and is now back in Nova Scotia teaching music and working as a composer and performer.  Fiona studied composition at the University of Toronto and at Newcastle University, and studied music performance at Dalhousie University.  In addition to composition and performance studies at University, Fiona studied voice, piano, and organ privately.

Fiona loves many different styles of music, and she has performed with a wide variety of groups including choirs, improvisation ensembles, musicals, orchestras, folk music groups, and rock bands.  In addition to her studies in music, Fiona is also interested in developing her teaching skills and has attended teaching training workshops and conferences.  Fiona has worked as a music director for choirs of all ages and for musicals, and she has taught university classes in sight singing and ear training, introductory music theory, and composition. Before she started teaching music, Fiona used to work as a camp counsellor and swimming instructor, so when she is not making music she enjoys spending time outdoors.


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 11 years as a daycare teacher


Jeff MacAskill 

Guitar & Ukulele (All Levels) (Dartmouth & Sackville Studios) 

JeffMsmallJeff studied guitar at St. Francis Xavier University in the Jazz  Studies program under Tom Daniels. He has worked with Holland America as a show band guitar player and has played in local band and solo projects. A few of his influences on guitar include Pat Metheny, Ed Bickert and Joe Satriani. Some of his favorite albums of theirs include Pat's first effort Bright Size Life, a compilation recording of Ed's playing titled Guitar Mastery, and an early ninties disc from Satriani, The Extremist.  Studying the guitar has been a rewarding experience and Jeff is always excited to pass along the techniques and knowledge he has acquired to students.

 


Jessica Pearson

Piano (All Levels) (Sackville Studio)

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. 

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


Favorite Artist: Laura Smith, James Taylor.

Favorite Movie: Pride and Prejudice.


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


Favorite 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 Studio) 

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 ismore 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. 


Krystina Bowen

 Music Makers & Voice (Dartmouth Studio) 

Bio coming soon! 

 


Lisa Jardine

Beginner Piano (Dartmouth Studio)

LisaJ

Lisa is a Dartmouth High Student who has lived in Dartmouth her whole life.  She has been playing piano for 12 years.  Lisa plans to study Music in University and is getting ready for auditions in the spring.  In her free time she enjoys reading, skiing and canoeing.  She also enjoys travelling.  Her favourite places that she has visited are Hong Kong and France. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Rebecca Ryan 

Beginner Piano (Hammonds Plains Studio) 

RebeccaRRebecca Ryan is a 17 year old grade 12 student at Charles P. Allen High School.  At just four years old, Rebecca started lessons through the Music for Young Children program complimented with private lessons.  While Rebecca enjoys playing all genres, Rebecca favors playing contemporary and show tunes.  In addition to piano, Rebecca has taken private violin and guitar lessons and she enjoys playing the ukulele.  Rebecca is also skilled on the Clarinet and Bass Clarinet and has performed with her Middle school and High school bands annually at the Kiwanis Music Festival.


Rebecca loves all fine arts! Rebecca is a professional actor with the Actra Performers Union.  She started acting in 2014 and she has taken classes at Neptune Theatre and was accepted into the Young Actors Company.  She has studied voice animation, acting, filmmaking and directing through group classes and private lessons.  This past year, Rebecca has worked on Mr. D, 
Polaroid, the Mist, several short independent films and assisted with NSCAD, and NSCC student films.

 


On the weekends, you will often find Rebecca playing Ultimate Disc on a variety of fields and gyms throughout Halifax.  She is the Spirit Captain of the NS Junior Ultimate Disc Team-Nova Scotia Blues.  In her spare-time, she loves to take pictures and has an eclectic taste in music and listens to a wide variety of music, from Jazz, Indie, Classical and Show tunes.


Ross Avey

Guitar - All levels (Dartmouth Studio)

RossRoss is an NSCC Music Arts guitar major graduate.

He has been playing guitar since his early teens and has played in many rock bands for just as long. At NSCC he discovered and fell in love with genres like jazz, blues, funk, latin and surf rock.  Ross is currently playing guitar for many upcoming acts around the Halifax  area.  He has played at the ECMAs and The Jazz Festival. He is also involved with The Halifax Los Primos.

Genres: Rock, Blues, Jazz, Latin, Funk.

Favourite composers: Bela Bartok, Bill Evans

Favourite Movie: Almost Famous

Favourite songs to play: Scrapple from the Apple – Charlie Parker, Misirlou – Dick Dale, Spain – Chick Corea


 

Ryan White 

Guitar and Bass (Dartmouth Studio) 

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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.

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

Favorite 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.

Favorite 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


 

Sara Carter

Voice and Beginner Piano (Dartmouth & Sackville Studios) 

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Nova Scotia native Sara Carter completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Voice at Mount Allison University (2015) studying under Canadian Sopranos Sally Dibblee and Dr. Jennifer Farrell. She has been an active member in the teaching community having taught at the Halifax Music Co-op, Db Music Centre as well as privately since completing her education.

 

Most recently, Sara was a featured soloist in Opera Nova Scotia's most recent production of Henry Purcell's King Arthur, performing the role of Nereid. Other notable credits include performing the world premiere of the new Canadian Opera “Milk Bar” by Jim O’Leary in 2013 (Sackville, NB) and performing the Soprano solos in the Halifax Music Co-op's 2016 production of Handel's Messiah which toured to Yarmouth Nova Scotia this past Spring. Sara has also been active in the local Opera scene performing the role of “Mrs. Hayes” in Carlisle Floyd’s most notable opera “Susannah” with the Halifax Summer Opera festival this past season. Sara has also been an active chorister for the majority of her life working with Mount Allison University’s Choral Society and Melodia Chorus, Dartmouth All-City Choir and Jazz Choir.

 

With her time not spent teaching and singing, Sara enjoys watching Quentin Tarantino movies, cooking and going for walks with her Chocolate Lab.

 

 


Shannon MacDonald

Piano (Beginner to RCM 5), Guitar and Ukulele (Beginner)  (Dartmouth Studio)

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Shannon has been teaching at Andrea’s Music Studio for 4 years. She teaches students of all ages. She specializes in Piano, but also enjoys teaching beginner guitar and ukulele.

Shannon enjoyed music from a young age; beginning lessons at age 7 and participating in church choirs throughout the years. She received a performing arts scholarship to attend King’s View Academy for High School graduated from with High Honors. She also ran the Saturday Choir for St.Theresa’s Parish Church in Ottawa for 2 years. Shannon has completed her grade 6 in Piano from the Royal Conservatory and is currently completing Grade 7/8.

In addition to her musical interests and education, Shannon has a Bachelor’s Degree and Honors certificate in Developmental Psychology from Saint Mary’s University. She has done research at the Master’s level through Carleton University in Developmental Psychology and worked for 3 years with The Portia Learning Centre Inc. (Ottawa) with Autistic and Globally delayed children. While working with The Portia Learning Centre Inc., Shannon spent time piloting music programs to help with skills acquisition and speech development. She also spent time teaching E.S.L. in South Korea to young children.

In her spare time Shannon enjoys reading, camping, hiking, playing video games and spending time with her family. She also has 2 cats and lots of plants.

Favorite Movie: How to Train your Dragon

Favorite Artists: John Butler, Jewel, Jack Johnson, Fleetwood Mac, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Who, …too many to list them all!

Favourite Food: Korean  


Tiffinie Laing

Piano (Beginner to RCM 4) (Dartmouth Studio)

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Tiffinie has been teaching at the Dartmouth Studio for over 15 years. She teaches piano to students of all ages, oversees promotion of studio events, and has developed curriculum for the 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 favorite 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.

Favorite Movie: Labyrinth

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

Favorite Quote: "Live, Laugh, Love"


 

Tucker LaVoie 

Drums (Dartmouth Studio) 

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Favourite Hobbies: watching horror movies, listening to vinyls, writing and structuring music,playing video games, skateboarding and going to concerts

 

Influential ArtistsCounterparts, Terror, Converge, Architects(UK), Blink 182, Parkway Drive, The Contortionist, Cancer Bats, Alexisonfire

Favourite Genres to play: hardcore, punk, funk, metal, grunge and jazz

 

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Tucker LaVoie has been playing drums for 8 years. After loving music for most of his life he received the video game RockBand. Immediately he wanted to learn drums. He has studied under Mike Gillespie(Acadia Music Graduate) for 4 years. He has taken part of Long and McQuade's Summer rock program for 5 years where he studied under Al Resk(ex-head of drumming at L&M). The program entails being grouped with musicians of similar skill level and age. After being grouped the members learn, write and perform live music. Beginning drum lessons Tucker's main teacher was a funk and Latin drummer. After years of lessons, along with his own punk and hardcore influence, Tucker started a band in late 2015 under the name Bury Me At Sea. The band debuted in late 2016 and has released an EP in early 2017 with more music on the way. As well as playing drums Tucker is also learning bass guitar.
His hobbies include watching horror movies, listening to vinyls, writing and structuring music,playing video games, skateboarding and going to concerts
A handful of some of his most influential artists are Counterparts, Terror, Converge, Architects(UK), Blink 182, Parkway Drive, The Contortionist, Cancer Bats, Alexisonfire
Tucker's favourite genres to play are hardcore, punk, funk, metal, grunge and jazz

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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Instrument
Types of Lessons offered
Piano

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

Guitar

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

Vocal

Beginner to Advanced Levels
All Styles & Genres
Songwriting

Drums

Beginner to Advanced Levels
All Styles & Genres

Ukulele

Beginner to Advanced Levels
All Styles & Genres

Programs
Details
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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Instrument
Types of Lessons offered
Piano

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

Guitar

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

Vocal

 

Beginner to Advanced Levels
All Styles & Genres
Songwriting

Ukulele

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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Instrument
Types of Lessons offered
Piano

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

Guitar

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

Vocal

 

Beginner to Advanced Levels
All Styles & Genres
Songwriting

Ukulele

Beginner to Advanced Levels
All Styles & Genres