Laurier Academy of Music and Arts

43 Years of Teaching Excellence

We provide the highest quality instruction in piano, voice, violin, viola, cello, fiddle, clarinet, saxophone, brass, flute, piccolo, guitar, lute, percussion, erhu, music theory and early childhood music. Since 2017, music therapy has been offered in group and individual clinical settings. We are proud to be supported by a faculty of nearly 60 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, Beckettfest.
  • 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.
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"The Laurier Academy of Music and Arts is a vibrant hub of person-centered music and arts education where artistic abilities for every age are nurtured through outstanding instruction and creative leadership."

Rebekah Jordan-Miller, Director


LAMA Open House Volunteers from 2023
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Live music, kids activities, food, and more!

Students performing at Chamber Camp 2022
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Students playing outside at the Beckett School at Laurier
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Max Lindsay
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2023: Co-founder of the Beckett School, Garth Beckett, alongside long-time violin instructor, Alec Catherwood.

History of the Laurier Academy of Music and Arts

The Beckett School was founded in 1980 by Laurier Faculty of Music piano instructors Garth and Marjorie Beckett. Their vision was to create a space where students in all the arts – music, visual arts, drama – could flourish.

In the year 2000, under the direction of Bill Lebron, the Beckett School was gifted to Laurier’s Faculty of Music, moving from Music Plus at 5 Michael Street in Kitchener, to Laurier’s Waterloo campus. In 2015, the school was renamed the Beckett School at Laurier. Then, in 2023, it became the Laurier Academy of Music and Arts. The Becketts' vision continues through the school’s work to foster excellence and a love for the arts in students of all ages.


We are 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.

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

We hope you'll join us on stage soon!