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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.


We are offering in-person instruction September 2021!

Online only lessons are available upon request. Just communicate that desire to your instructor(s) or the Beckett School at Laurier (BSL) office at beckettschool@wlu.ca.

Early Childhood Music and Music Therapy will be offered every week, in-person with limited capacity.

Theory and Composition will be offered online, unless scheduled in-person by the instructor for a one-on-one lesson.

Safety Protocols

Cohort System

To reduce the number of people in the building at any given time, the BSL scheduling for fall 2021 will use cohorting on a weekly basis. Instructors will be divided into two cohorts (Cohort A and Cohort B).

When Cohort A is meeting in the facility for in-person lessons, Cohort B will provide their lessons online. The following week Cohort B will have their lessons in-person and Cohort A will have their lesson online. Students are welcome to begin the term online and then move to in-person at any time, if that is what they prefer.

Mandatory Mask Wearing

As per provincial, Waterloo Region Public Health, and Wilfrid Laurier University requirements, it is mandatory for everyone to wear a face covering upon entering the BSL building and while in our business premises. This includes during all lessons. If you cannot wear a mask, your alternative is to wear a face shield or participate in online lessons only.

The only exception to the mask requirement during lessons is for voice, brass, and woodwind lessons, where additional safety protocols will be implemented, including extra HEPA filtration systems. Physical distancing must be maintained during these in-person lessons.

Traffic Flow Inside our Buildings

In order to reduce the flow of traffic inside the school, we ask that you drop off your student at the studio door and then return to your car for the duration of the lesson. If you are a parent or caregiver and wish to communicate with your student’s teacher during the lesson, you can communicate via mobile text or video platform (Zoom, FaceTime, Skype – whatever the teacher preference is).

If you must attend the lesson with your child (upon mutual agreement with your teacher), you will be asked to sit next to them during the lesson and maintain recommended distancing from the teacher. When an instructor has multiple students scheduled back-to-back, lessons will alternate between adjacent studios, to allow time for ventilation and air exchange between lessons.

Physical Distancing

Instructors and students should make every effort to maintain two metres distance during the lesson.

Self-Assessment

Before entering the building, staff, teachers and students will fill out a daily COVID-19 Health Self-Assessment. QR codes will be available to scan on every entrance. Paper copies will also be available if you cannot do the assessment electronically.

Rooms/Cleaning

All rooms are equipped with hand sanitizer for use by students and teachers. Students will be asked to use the hand sanitizer before and after their lesson. Cleaning supplies are also available in every room and will be used by teachers between students to wipe down any shared/common areas. A more thorough cleaning of common areas will be completed regularly throughout the week.

Vaccinations

The Beckett School at Laurier strongly encourages students (who are able) to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. With the strong support of public health officials, Wilfrid Laurier University will require all university students, staff and faculty to be fully vaccinated or have plans to be fully vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 vaccine to return to campus this fall as part of the university’s continued efforts to focus on the health and safety of the university community amid the ongoing risks of COVID-19, the delta variant, and other variants of concern.

Please note, some instructors may decide to offer in-person instruction or remain online only.

If you are a student who wishes to have an in-person class or lesson, but your instructor only offers an online option, please contact the Beckett School at Laurier office where the operations coordinator and your instructor will develop a working arrangement that best suits the student’s learning needs.

Cohort List

Below you will find a list of our instructors with the cohort designation.

Cohort A

Woodwinds:

  • Danielle Beck (piano, winds and theory)
  • Larry Moser (clarinet)
  • Laurel Swinden (flute)

Keyboard:

  • Corrine Dutton
  • Rebekah Jordan-Miller
  • Elizabeth Norris
  • Nichole Robertson
  • Irene Yong (both Lester St. and Pioneer Park)
  • Stephen Tok
  • Peter Nikiforuk
  • Cynthia Hiebert

Strings:

  • Mark Norris (cello)
  • Alec Catherwood (violin)
  • Shane Guse (fiddle)
  • Kenneth Kwan (violin)
  • Rebecca Diderrich (violin)

Guitar:

  • Magdalena Tomsinska (guitar and lute)
  • Alex Showdra (guitar)

Voice:

  • Rebecca McKay
  • Amy Moodie

Percussion:

  • Dave O’Neill

Cohort B

Woodwinds:

  • Greg Stroh (flute)

Brass:

  • Eric Dettweiler (trumpet)
  • Susan Follows (trumpet, horn, trombone and tuba)

Keyboard:

  • Dorion Carmichael
  • Catherine Freitag-Hewson
  • Anita Howald
  • Jessica Khan
  • Terry Kroetsch
  • Kevin Lee
  • Peter de Sousa
  • Lorin Shalanko
  • Stephen Tok

Strings:

  • Michael Steinberg (violin)
  • Julia Dixon (violin)
  • Jung Tsai (violin)

Guitar:

  • Jacob Steinmann (guitar)

Voice:

  • Dan Cabena
  • Joanna Path

Songwriting:

  • Joanna Path

Cohort Schedule

Cohort Schedule: September – December 2021

Week

Cohort A

Cohort B

Week of Sept. 7

in-person lesson

online lesson

Week of Sept. 13

online lesson

in-person lesson

Week of Sept. 21

in-person lesson

online lesson

Week of Sept. 27

online lesson

in-person lesson

Week of Oct. 4

in-person lesson

online lesson

Week of Oct. 11

online lesson

in-person lesson

Week of Oct. 18

in-person lesson

online lesson

Week of Oct. 25

online lesson

in-person lesson

Week of Nov. 1

in-person lesson

online lesson

Week of Nov. 8

online lesson

in-person lesson

Week of Nov. 15

in-person lesson

online lesson

Week of Nov. 22

online lesson

in-person lesson

Week of Nov. 29

in-person lesson

online lesson

Week of Dec. 6

online lesson

in-person lesson

Week of Dec. 13

in-person lesson

online lesson

Week of Dec. 20

online lesson

in-person lesson

Frequently Asked Questions

Are students required to have a COVID-19 vaccination to attend in-person lessons?

While vaccinations are not required for students, the Beckett School at Laurier strongly encourages students (who are able) to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

With the strong support of public health officials, Wilfrid Laurier University will require all university students, staff and faculty to be fully vaccinated or have plans to be fully vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 vaccine to return to campus this fall as part of the university’s continued efforts to focus on the health and safety of the university community amid the ongoing risks of COVID-19, the delta variant, and other variants of concern.

 

Are students required to wear a mask to their lesson or class?

As per Provincial, Waterloo Region Public Health, and Wilfrid Laurier University requirements, it is mandatory for everyone to wear a face covering upon entering the BSL building and while in our business premises. This includes during all lessons. If you cannot wear a mask, your alternative is to wear a face shield or participate in online lessons only.

The only exception to the mask requirement during lessons is for voice, brass, and woodwind lessons, where additional safety protocols will be implemented, including extra HEPA filtration systems.

With the Beckett School at Laurier returning to in-person instruction, are online lessons still an option?

Online only lessons are absolutely an option and will continue to be an option for students moving forward. If you or any member of your family feel uncertain about returning to in-person lessons, you may continue with online lessons until you feel comfortable with a return to in-person instruction.

What if I begin the term in-person, but then decide to move online only? Is that an option?

If a student feels uncomfortable with in-person instruction part way through a term and wishes to move online, they may do so after consulting with their instructor.

The same flexibility is available to instructors. They may choose an online only format part way through a term, if they feel uncomfortable teaching in-person due to rising COVID-19 cases in the region.

What should students and instructors do if they have COVID-19 symptoms?

If you have one or more symptoms of COVID-19, you should not attend your lesson or class, get a COVID test and self-isolate.

Information about the assessment centres in the region.

Can I receive a discount if I opt for online lessons only?

No, our teachers are highly skilled and have been teaching remotely for the past 18 months, with significant student success and achievement.

How/when should I complete my COVID-19 screening if I am taking in-person lessons?

There will be a QR code at every entrance of 190 Lester Street, Waterloo, as well as our Pioneer Park location at 68 Biehn Drive. Please scan the code to fill out the COVID-19 screening on the ontario.ca website. When it is completed (and you have passed), show your teacher the green checkmark! Paper copies will be made available for those who are unable to use the QR code.

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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