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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.


The Beckett School at Laurier offers intergenerational programs in group settings for adults 18+ designed to foster community engagement and support skill building. Specific goals for our adult programming include promoting social interaction, emotional wellbeing and enhancing quality of life.

Improvisation Ensemble

There is an art to "making it up as you go". This ensemble will introduce participants to the art of improvisation using the Blues and Jazz as the framework to explore improvisation techniques. The knowledge gained is applicable to any style of music. All instrumentalists and vocalists are welcome! A working knowledge of your instrument is required. The ensemble is led by Dave O'Neill

  • Location: 190 Lester Street, Waterloo
  • Dates: Weekly; Jan. 9 - March 6, 2023 (no rehearsal on Feb. 20)
  • Time: Mondays at 7 - 8 p.m.
  • Cost: $225 
  • Ages: 15+

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Percussion Ensemble

In the beginning there was rhythm. This percussion ensemble will focus on learning, rehearsing, and performing rhythmic songs that draw on elements of world percussion styles. Bring your d'jembe's, bongos, congas, whatever you have! Percussion instruments will also be available. No experience necessary! The ensemble is led by Dave O'Neill

  • Location: 190 Lester Street, Waterloo
  • Dates: Weekly; Mar. 20 - May 8, 2023 (no rehearsal on Feb. 20)
  • Time: Mondays at 7 - 8 p.m.
  • Cost: $225 
  • Ages: 15+

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Guitar Class for Adults (18+)

Have you always wanted to learn to play the guitar? Here's a fun opportunity for you to try it out in a supportive group environment. Led by Darryl Britto, the Beckett School at Laurier is offering a 12-week beginner guitar group class for adults beginning Monday, Jan. 2, 2023. Music workbook and chord charts are provided. Each participant will need to bring their own guitar or can rent one from Long and McQuade. No experience required.

  • Location: 190 Lester Street, Waterloo
  • Dates: Jan. 2 to April 3, 2023 (no class Feb. 20 or Mar. 13)
  • Time: Mondays at 5-6 p.m.
  • Cost: $240 ($220 for WLU staff, faculty, students)
  • Ages: 18+

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ADULT CHOIR

Love to sing? Want to connect and make music with new folks in your community? The Beckett School at Laurier Community Choir is open for its inaugural season! This 12-session program will run weekly on Tuesday evenings from 7:15pm - 8:45pm. Join us as we explore a variety of genres and singing styles together through flexible methods. Note reading is not required. Multi-instrumentalists are welcome. Come and jam! Led by Greer Schatz. 

  • Location: 190 Lester Street, Waterloo
  • Dates: Weekly; Jan. 10 - April 4 (no rehearsal March 14)
  • Time: Tuesdays at 7:15 - 8:45 p.m.
  • Cost: $215
  • Ages: 16+

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Fiddle Jams

Led by Shane Guse, join us for a monthly fiddle jam! This is a drop-in event. This is a fun and supportive group setting where you play when you can, listen when you can't, and make sure to take note of new tunes you hear and want to explore. This is open to players of all ages and levels. If you have never played fiddle before, this is a great opportunity to try it out. The goal is to have fun, build confidence and repertoire, and hopefully introduce fiddling to those who have never had the opportunity to try it. 

  • Location: 190 Lester Street, Waterloo
  • Dates: Sundays: Jan. 29, Feb. 26, Mar. 26, April 23, 2023
  • Time: 7:15 - 8:15 p.m.
  • Cost: $5 for non-BSL students; free for BSL students
  • Ages: All (should have minimum basic proficiency on your instrument) 

Contact Us:

Beckett School at Laurier

E: beckettschool@wlu.ca
T: 519.578.3640

Laurier location: 190 Lester St., Waterloo

South Kitchener location: 68 Biehn Dr., Kitchener

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