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


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Summer Camps!

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Introducing our Brand New Visual Arts Classes!

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Get gig ready with Shane Guse!

Music lesson

2023: Co-founder of the Beckett School, Garth Beckett, alongside long-time violin instructor, Alec Catherwood.

History of the Laurier Academic of Music and Arts

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

It became the Beckett School at Laurier in June 2015, then the Laurier Academy of of Music and Arts in May 2023. The Beckett’s vision continues 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!