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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 lessons for students of all ages, at any skill level.

Rates are listed according to lesson time. Registration includes 36 lessons across four nine-week terms, unless stated otherwise. For information regarding the registration process and payment information, review Registration.

Brass

Lessons are available in trumpet, cornet, trombone, baritone horn, euphonium and tuba. Small brass group classes are available and provide an enjoyable environment for players at a similar level to grow in both individual and ensemble practices and literature.

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Clarinet and Saxophone

Clarinet/Saxophone private lessons are offered from beginner to advanced. Students learn to play all styles of music from classical to pop to jazz. Adults are especially welcome. Students can work towards the Royal Conservatory of Music exams and prepare for college/university auditions.

Instructors

  • Danielle Beck: 30 min. ($254); 45 min. ($381); 60 min. ($508).
  • Larry Moser: 30 min. ($261); 45 min. ($392); 60 min. ($522).

Flute

Flute private lessons are offered from beginner to advanced. Students can learn to play all styles of music from classical to pop to jazz. Adult learners welcome. Students can work towards Royal Conservatory of Music exams, prepare for college/university auditions and competitions or learn to play for their own enjoyment.

Instructors

  • Greg Stroh: 30 min. ($261); 45 min. ($392); 60 min. ($522). 
    • Flute, Piccolo and Recorder.
  • Laurel Swinden: eight weeks of 30 min. ($267); 45 min. ($401); 60 min. ($534). 

Guitar

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Lute 

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Oboe

The oboe is a beautiful woodwind instrument that is played with a double reed. Oboists are specialized musicians that not only learn musical techniques, but also the art of reed making. Working with an experienced and knowledgeable teacher on your journey to competence is so important! Private lessons will help students to set goals, build confidence, stay motivated, and learn quickly. There are many elements to consider when learning to play the oboe. Oboe lessons will focus on developing musicianship, a good embouchure, breath control, proper fingering, posture, tone quality, and reed making skills.

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Percussion

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Piano

When the Beckett School opened in 1980, instruction in piano was the foundation of its program. Today, the school is widely recognized for the excellence of its piano teaching. Well-trained, fully qualified teachers offer lessons for students of all ages and levels. In recent years, instruction in jazz piano has been added. Studio activities feature preparation for exams, competitions, performances and auditions as well as ensembles.

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Piano Facility Workshop

The goal of this session is to assist Laurier Faculty of Music students in attaining facility at the keyboard and enabling them to pass Laurier's keyboard facility exam. Using a methodical approach and suiting the individual needs of students, this will be accomplished through various assignments designed to build technique and sight-reading skills at the piano. The instructor will also help students learn a variety of repertoire. Laurier's keyboard facility exam is administered as part of this workshop. 

Instructor

Contact beckettschool@wlu.ca for rates.

Strings (Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass)

Instructors

  • Andrew Bensler: 30 min. ($254); 45 min. ($381); 60 min. ($508). 
  • Alec Catherwood: eight-weeks of 30 min. ($318); 45 min. ($477); 60 min. ($636). 
  • Julia Dixon: 30 min. ($261); 45 min. ($392); 60 min. ($522). 
  • Jeffrey Enns: eight-weeks of 30 min. ($232); 45 min. ($348); 60 min. ($464).
  • Alex Gage: 30 min. ($261); 45 min. ($392); 60 min. ($522). 
  • Shane Guse: eight-weeks of 30 min. ($261); 45 min. ($392); 60 min. ($522). 
  • Mark Norris: 30 min. ($273); 45 min. ($410); 60 min. ($546). 
  • Michael Steinberg: 30 min. ($261); 45 min. ($392); 60 min. ($522).
  • Jung Tsai: 30 min. ($261); 45 min. ($392); 60 min. ($522).
  • Kenneth Kwan: 30 min. ($261); 45 min. ($392): 60 min. ($522).

Improvisation for Strings

Improvisation can be learned through experience and practice. Using different musical styles from Folk and Bluegrass to Swing and Jazz, students gain an understanding of a variety of playing styles starting with simple melodies and moving towards the more complex chord structures. Lessons combine the creative and the technical in a way to make the art of improvisation more accessible to string players.

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Voice

Instructors

  • Daniel Cabena: eight-weeks of 30 min. ($267); 45 min. ($401); 60 min. ($534).
  • Sue Doran: 30 min. ($254); 45 min. ($381); 60 min. ($508).
  • Daniel Lichti: 30 min. ($318); 45 min. ($477); 60 min. ($636).
  • Anne Lukaszewicz, 30 min. ($261); 45 min. ($392); 60 min. ($522).
  • Rebecca McKay: 30 min. ($243); 45 min. ($365); 60 min. ($534).
  • Katherine Neeb: 30 min. ($261); 45 min. ($392); 60 min. ($522). 
  • Stephen Tok: 30 min. ($261); 45 min. ($392); 60 min. ($522).

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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