Beckett School at Laurier

40 Years of Teaching Excellence

becket-school-logo.pngThe Beckett School at Laurier provides an inspiring environment where the arts may flourish. We provide the highest quality instruction in piano, voice, violin, viola, cello, fiddle, clarinet, saxophone, brass, flute, piccolo, guitar, lute, percussion, music theory and early childhood music. Since 2017, music therapy has been offered in group and individual clinical settings. We are proud to have an enrolment of approximately 1,000 students supported by a faculty of more than 50 outstanding instructors.

Our Services

  • Instruction in music, theory and early childhood education.
  • Group and private music therapy sessions led by registered music therapists.
  • Preparation for examinations, auditions and competitions.
  • Participation in special musical and artistic events.
  • Group and individual programs for adult music students.
  • Enrichment through annual non-competitive festival.
  • Regular ensemble and solo performance opportunities throughout the Waterloo Region community.
  • Summer programs in music, art, drama and theory.
  • Frequent in-house masterclasses and workshops open to the entire student body.

Virtual Tour 

Welcome to the Beckett School at Laurier.

Part two of the Beckett School at Laurier's virtual tour introduces you to more of our talented instructors including Rebecca McKay (voice), Laurel Swinden (flute), Stephen Tok (voice, piano, and Music Therapy), Jennifer Stacey (Early Childhood Music Education), and Danielle Beck (winds, piano, and theory). You'll also see our Recital Room and a special outdoor winds class, directed by Danielle Beck! 

Don't forget to watch our Virtual Tour Part One

COVID-19 Update

Beckett School at Laurier is excited to be able to provide virtual music instruction continuing to put your safety and health as a top priority. All private lessons are continuing to be delivered online.

Due to the situation regarding COVID-19 and our concern for your well-being, The Beckett School at Laurier has closed its locations. This includes 190 Lester Street, Waterloo and 68 Biehn Drive, Kitchener. 

If you are mailing in a payment, please mail to:

Beckett School at Laurier
Faculty of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University
75 University Avenue West
Waterloo, ON
N2L 3C5

For more information, contact the Beckett School at or 519.578.3640. Phone messages are checked regularly.

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Despite a global pandemic, our 48 instructors have continued teaching group and one-on-one lessons online for over a year.


Cello instructor Mark Norris works with a young cellist during a masterclass.

History of the Beckett School

The Beckett School was founded by Garth and Marjorie Beckett in 1980, when both were on the piano faculty at Wilfrid Laurier University. The original vision of the Beckett School was to create a space where students in all the arts – music, visual arts, drama – could flourish.

In June 2015, the Beckett School became the Beckett School at Laurier and has continued the Beckett’s original vision to foster excellence and a love for the arts in students of all ages.


Beckett School at Laurier is located at 190 Lester Street, Waterloo on the Wilfrid Laurier University campus. Our facility offers inspiring instructional space, a beautiful early childhood music area and a recital room for our frequent performances. A secondary location is located near Pioneer Park at 68 Biehn Drive, Kitchener.

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All students have the opportunity to perform in a variety of settings throughout our community.

Pictured: Piano student, Tatyana Palmer, performing in a recital at the Kitchener Public Library.