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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.


Our well-trained, fully qualified Beckett School at Laurier instructors offer group lessons for students of all ages, at any skill level as private lessons and specialized group ensembles.

Ensembles and group lessons create opportunities for students of all ages to develop the skills to collaborate and cooperate musically. Ensembles provide unique opportunities for students to develop and sharpen their musical skills and abilities while playing a variety of musical works with their peers.

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Group Lessons

PEPP (Piano Enrichment Performance Program)

The PEPP classes offer a supportive group environment where young pianists can development greater confidence, musicianship skills, and overall performance experience that will help prepare for exams, festivals, and other performance events.

Students will have increased opportunities for solo and ensemble performance, develop critical listening and evaluation skills, and develop effective practice strategies that will enhance their studio lessons.

This enrichment program includes sixteen classes scheduled between September and June. Classes meet approximately every other week for one hour. If you have any further questions, or to inquire about space availability, contact: rjordanmiller@wlu.ca or mvanweelden@wlu.ca.

  • Term: 16 classes.
  • Cost: $389, plus $50 registration fee for students new to Beckett School ($35 for returning Beckett students).
  • Class size: Students will be grouped in small classes according to level.
  • Instructors (classes are team taught):

RSVP (Recorder, Singing, Violin and Piano)

For students who desire to sample a variety of musical possibilities. This wonderful introductory course is an opportunity for students, ages 7 to 10, to explore different areas of music. Students will be introduced to a variety of musical disciplines while continuing to grow their musicianship skills. The goal of this course is to introduce students to several different areas of music so they may choose the path that most engages them. 

This 28-week course will be divided into four semesters with each semester devoted to a different area of study. Every seven weeks there will be a mini recital when the students can demonstrate the skills they have learned and at that time they are introduced to the next teacher and discipline. If you are interested in participating in this exciting course, contact us at 519.578.3640 or email beckettschool@wlu.ca.

Suzuki Flute

Suzuki Flute students enjoy learning carefully graded repertoire through lessons, group musical activities, and guided listening. Parent-guided practice and at home listening supports students’ progress.

  • Format: eight-week terms, includes eight lessons and two group classes.
  • Duration and cost: 20 min. ($267); 30 min. ($389); 60 min. ($534):
    • 20 minute lesson for students up to (and including) age 6.
    • 30 minute lesson for beginners 7 years and up or students in Book 2. 
    • 60 minute lesson for those in Book 3 and beyond.
  • Instructor:

Ukulele Classes

  • Cost: $240
  • Format: 14 weeks
  • Start date: TBD

Ensembles

Jazz Ensemble

Led by drummer/percussionist Dave O'Neill, this ensemble will explore the many elements of performing Jazz in a band setting; reading, ear training, harmony, melody, song forms and improvisation. No experience in the art of Jazz improvisation is necessary, just a willingness to step outside of your musical comfort zone! A basic level of theory (RCM Grade 2) and accompanying facility on the instrument is preferred. These ensembles are open to all instrumentalists and vocalists.

All classes will be offered at 190 Lester Street, Waterloo.

  • Format: 60 minute class for eight weeks.
  • Cost: $160 (There is a three-student minimum to run).
  • Time: Thursdays:
    • Beginner (ages 10 to 13): 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Beginner (adults): 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    • Intermediate (adults): 8 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Wind Ensemble Classes

Are you interested in playing a wind instrument in a group setting, and enjoying the social side of music-making? Would you like to expand musically beyond your private lessons? The Beckett School at Laurier winds faculty invites wind students of all ages and ability levels to join one of our small wind ensemble classes, led by instructor Danielle Beck and Laurel Swinden

Students will learn a variety of repertoire that will challenge and develop their ensemble skills in a fun group setting. All classes will come together for a final performance of their pieces at the end of each session. Participants will be matched with other wind players of similar ages and ability (based on availability and a minimum enrolment of three students per class). 

  • Format: 90-minute classes for eight weeks.
  • Cost: $160
  • Classes available:
    • Tuesdays at 7 p.m.
    • Fridays at 3 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.
    • Saturdays at 10 a.m.

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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