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Music Lesson Centre

Lesson Centre Locations > Nova Scotia > Dartmouth

124 Main St
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, B2X 1R9
Lesson Centre Phone: (902) 496-6966
Store Phone: (902) 496-6996
Fax: (902) 496-7404

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Lesson Centre Hours

Monday: 10:00am - 6:00pm

Tuesday: 10:00am - 6:00pm

Wednesday: 10:00am - 6:00pm

Thursday: 10:00am - 8:00pm

Friday: 10:00am - 8:00pm

Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm

Sunday: CLOSED


This Location Offers:

Private Lessons

Welcome to Dartmouth's largest music lesson centre located at 124 Main street, Dartmouth. We offer 15 spacious studios in house and our very own recital room. Our studios are equipped with state of the art keyboards and acoustic upright pianos as well as a Yamaha Concert Grand. We offer lessons in violin, viola, cello, all woodwind and brass, all styles piano, guitar (electric and acoustic), banjo, ukulele, bodhran, percussion and drumset. We also offer many classes such as; recording and electronic music production, string ensembles, musical theatre and even step dancing! Call us at 902-496-6966 and we can get you set up!

Our Teachers:

Aaron Klingbeil

Aaron Klingbeil (Recording)

Formally educated in audio engineering and music production, Aaron holds a studio engineering diploma from Metalworks Institute in Mississauga, Ontario. Upon graduation, Aaron received a mentorship award with Rick Fines for his honours achievement. Klingbeil is now educating students in electronic music production and audio engineering techniques using Ableton Live. 
Moving from classical piano, to the modern keyboard and now producing music using digital audio software, Aaron has acquired a taste for a more eclectic sound.  Sourced from Indie electronic bands like DFA 1979, Radiohead and Fever Ray, this inspiration becomes apparent in his dark production style as Curiousface ( More Recently, Aaron is kin to the psychedelic sounds of downtempo electronic producers such as Globular, Eskmo and Amon Tobin. "It's The texture in the sound design that I love; I want to be able to imagine how the music feels as if it were a tactile experience. These producers create a soundscape that evoke visuals of a distant space." private lessons are $23/half hour or $15 for class setting.

Adam LeBlanc

Adam LeBlanc (Violin/Fiddle, Viola, Cello, Step Dance)

Adam has been playing the violin for over a decade and has taken lessons with distinguished fiddlers Samantha Robichaud and Stacey Read. He has also had several years of classical training with Monique Girouard. He has competed several times at the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Championship in Ottawa, ON. He has competed in several competitions in the Maritime Provinces, and has won the 19-59 class at the Maritime Fiddle Festival. 
While completing his studies at Mount Allison University (B.Sc. Hon. Chemistry), Adam played with the Mount Allison Chamber Orchestra. He has also taken several music theory and aural skills classes. On top of playing the violin, Adam is also familiar with both the viola and cello. 
Adam's rate for a half-hour private lesson is $22.00.

Amy Ewer

Amy Ewer (Piano)

Amy Ewer has a Bachelors of Music from Dalhousie University with a major in piano. She has played Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Prokofiev, among others in recitals at Dalhousie and other venues. Amy has been teaching music since 2009 and has years of experience working with children. Her rate for a half hour private lesson is $23.

Andrew MacKelvie

Andrew MacKelvie (Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute)

Andrew received a music degree from St. Francis Xavier as well as over 5 years of mentorship under jazz drummer Jerry Granelli. As a teacher has taught with Los Primos, Nova Scotia Honour Jazz, and currently he is on faculty at NSCC. As a performer he works regularly with Roxy and the Underground Soul Sound, Transatlantic Zodiac Ensemble, Jerry Granelli, and Erin Costello among others. Andrew's rate for a half hour lesson is $23

Becca Guilderson

Becca Guilderson (Voice)

Becca studied Opera at Mount Allison University in Sackville, NewBruswick. She also studied at Neptune Theatre in their Music Theatre Performance Program. Becca has enjoyed teaching for several theatre and music camps throughout Nova Scotia and NewBrunswick including: Festival By The Marsh (NB) and Neptune Theatre (NS). She has a background of study in many different styles of vocal performance such as, musical theatre, pop, rock, country, and jazz. Becca performs professionally in musical theatre around the area, most recently with Grafton Street Dinner Theatre. She also sometimes participates in community theatre productions. You may have caught her recent performance of “Baroness Elsa Schrader” in Broadway Atlantic’s production of The Sound Of Music. Becca owns and operates her own theatre company in the HRM (Side-By-Side Productions). Her rate for a had-hour private lesson is $22/hr.

Brad Conrad

Brad Conrad (Guitar)

Brad has a music degree from Dalhousie University and has been playing in local and national bands for the last 17 years. He has appeared on stage with a number of acts such as Nathan Wiley, Blue Rodeo, Sam Roberts, Dutch Mason, Matt Mays, and Jill Barber, received a Juno during his tenure with “Johnny Favourite” and currently he plays regularly with “The Mellotones”, “The Metric System”, “Joe Murphy”, “The Hopping Penguins”, and hosts a long standing weekly blues jam at Bearly’s. He’s been teaching for the last 16 years and is a regular coach at Summer Rock. His rate for a half-hour private lesson is $23.

Danielle Smith

Danielle Smith (Voice, Piano)

Danielle studied piano at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton (Jazz Program) and has completed Grade 8 Royal Conservatory of Music in Piano and Grade 6 in Voice.  Danielle has a wide variety of styles which include classical, musical theatre, rock and pop.  Danielle is a singer-songwriter that has been nominated for Music Nova Scotia and MusicNL awards. She has 8 years experience working with young children and her rate for half-hour private lesson is $23.00. 

David McLean

David McLean (Guitar, Drums, Songwriting and Theory)

David graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2015 and has been recording and performing all over North America, learning from some of the top touring musicians in their fields, David has had the opportunity to work with artists like Slash, Mark Tremonti and Jeff Williams. He has also recorded for online entertainers such as Screw Attack and Rooster Teeth. David currently performs regularly with Joe Murphy. His rate for half-hour private lesson is $23.

Doug Cameron

Doug Cameron (Drums)

Doug has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from St. Francis Xavier University. He has been playing in various groups in Halifax for the last six years, has toured the continent with Aide de Camp, and plays in the ECMA nominated band Doctor Dfunkt and award-winning David Myles. Doug has been teaching rock, jazz and other styles of drumming for the last eight years. His rate for a half-hour private lesson is $23.

Doug Scurfield (Drums) has a B.A. in percussion performance from St. Francis Xavier University and has studied privately with Jerry Granelli. He’s played in several rock cover bands, works on the Carnival Cruise ships, and currently plays jazz in the Doug Scurfield Trio. Doug’s rate for a half-hour private lesson is $24.

Doug Scurfield

Doug Scurfield (Drums)

Doug has a B.A. in percussion performance from St. Francis Xavier University and has studied privately with Jerry Granelli. He’s played in several rock cover bands, works on the Carnival Cruise ships, and currently plays jazz in the Doug Scurfield Trio. Doug’s rate for a half-hour private lesson is $23.

Dunnery Bond

Dunnery Bond (Piano and Voice)

Dunnery Bond is a singer-songwriter who graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance in 2015. He has appeared in six mainstage Neptune Theatre productions, won the nationally aired singing competition "The Next Star" in 2008, and has studied both classical and jazz piano for over sixteen years - including completing his Grade 9 RCM. He has performed with David Foster, Suzie McNeil, Bruce Guthro, Paula Cole, and many other artists. His rate for a half hour private lesson is $23.

Gerald Beaton

Gerald Beaton (Guitar, Ukulele)

Gerald spent seven years studying jazz and classical guitar in university. He played on the “Whose New” shows on CBC, and did live radio in Vancouver. He’s played in everything from classical and jazz guitar duets, to banjo in symphonies, mandolin in the U.S, rhythm for 16+ singers, and played in all types of Broadway shows and pit orchestras. His rate for a half-hour private lesson is $23.00.

Greg Myra

Greg Myra (Piano)

Halifax pianist Gregory Myra received his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance in 2009 from Dalhousie University. Upon graduation he accompanied the students of Professor Lucy Hayes-Davis at Dalhousie for two years. In 2011 he began studies at the University of Manitoba under Dr. Laura Loewen and graduated in 2013 with a Masters of Music in Collaborative Piano. He is currently the pianist for the voice studio of Professor Marcia Swanston at Dalhousie University. He has performed for five seasons with the Halifax Summer Opera Festival and has also performed with Opera Nova Scotia and the Dalhousie Chamber Series. Along with this he loves teaching piano to students of all ages, from beginner to advanced.

John Lindsay-Botten

John Lindsay-Botten (Voice, Piano, Brass)

John has a Bachelors in Music in Voice from Mount Allison University and grade 8 Royal Conservatory of Music piano. John originally entered university on trombone but switched to voice after two years. He has sung both solo and chorally with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, the Elora Festival Singers, Nathaniel Dett Chorale, Mississauga Choral Society, and the Toronto Jewish Folk Choir among others, and he took on the lead role of Pierre Elliott Trudeau in Vocalypse Productions’ presentation of G. E. Clarke and D.D. Jackson’s opera Trudeau: Long March/Shining Path. John has produced a CD of his own pop/adult compositions called ‘A Labour of Love’. He has been teaching music since 1994 and his rate for a half-hour private lesson is $23.00.

Karen Yuzyk

Karen Yuzyk (Piano)

Karen studied, piano, organ and voice at Acadia University. For the last ten years she has been directing the choir and playing piano and organ for the Lutheran Church of Our Saviour. She’s been teaching piano for 25 years and has been coordinating our keyboard Kids program for five years. She teaches classical technique but her students learn all styles. Karens’s rate for a half-hour private lesson is $24.

Krysi Bruce

Krysi Bruce (Voice, Brass, Beginner Piano)

Krysi has a diploma in Music Arts from the Nova Scotia Community College, graduating at the top of her class in Vocal Performance. She attained both Bachelors of Arts (Hons) and Bachelors of Education (Intermediate / Secondary) from Memorial University, and spent a year in Northern Canada teaching both general studies and later the K-8 Music curriculum. She has performed in many local amateur musical theatre productions, and is currently vocalist and pianist for a local R&B/ Blues band called The Whiskey Room. She has experience singing blues, country, jazz, and musical theatre, along with many other styles. She has been teaching privately since 2011 and has lots of experience with children (and grown-ups) of all ages. Her rate for a half-hour private lesson is $22.00.

Mark Calvi

Mark Calvi (Guitar)

Mark has a Bachelor of Music from Dalhousie in performance on the guitar. He’s played in many local groups over the last ten years in Halifax and during this time he has taught rock, blues and classical styles at the Music Lesson Centre. He is the coach of our Weekend Warriors class. His rate for a half hour private lesson is $23.

Matthew Thauvette

Matthew Thauvette (Drums)

Matt Thauvette is a professional drummer and drum teacher based out of Dartmouth Nova Scotia. Matt is probably most known for his work with JUNO nominee and multiple East Coast Music Award winner, Mo Kenney. As a part of Mo’s band, Matt has toured extensively through Canada, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Matt also plays in his own projects, The Chronos Band and Young River (both nominated for East Coast Music Awards), and has appeared on several albums in the past few years, including records by Adam Baldwin, Heather Green, Dylan Menzie and Dana Beeler. His rate for a half hour private lesson is $23.

Mike Farrington

Mike Farrington (Bass, Beginner guitar)

Mike studied at the Canadian Conservatory of Music and passed the highest level exams. He has played with Matt Mays, Charlie A’Court, Nathan Wylie, Jill Barber, David Miles, and Dutch Mason. Currently he plays with The Mellotones and Juno award winner, Garrett Mason. Mike has been teaching music since 2002 and his rate for a private half hour lesson is $23.

Nicholas MacLean

Nicholas MacLean (Guitar)

Nicholas earned a BA in Music (Jazz Studies) from St. Francis Xavier University and has since studied with internationally renowned musicians such as Wayne Krantz, Oz Noy, Howard Alden and Jim Campilongo. He is active in the local music scene, currently playing with Alana Yorke, Gabrielle Papillon and Andrew Watt and the Glory Glory. Nicholas teaches guitar, beginner bass and lap steel guitar, and enjoys teaching many styles from modern and classic rock to jazz, blues, metal and country. His rate for a half-hour private lesson is $24.

Pat Riley

Pat Riley (Guitar, Bass)

Pat has a Certificate in arranging and composition from the Berklee College of Music, has gigged with many of the top names in the musical universe, and is mentor to some of the best musicians in Atlantic Canada. He was the main host of the CBC Rock Camp series and currently sings, writes, produces, and is a top session player. He is one of the founders and currently the director of Summer Rock Camp, has been teaching award and scholarship winning students since 1990s and is a Primary Instrument Instructor at the NSCC Music program. His rate for a half-hour private lesson is $25.

Rheo Rochon

Rheo Rochon (Guitar and Bass)

Rheo studied music at Humber College in Toronto and has been playing professionally since 2007. He has recorded and toured internationally with artists such as Keith Hallett, Garrett Mason and The Chronos Band. Rheo has been teaching all ages since 2007. His rate for a 30 minute private lesson is $23.

Roger Stone

Roger Stone (Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Ukelele, Bodhran and Voice)

Roger Stone ~ banjo, guitar, mandolin, ukulele, bodhran (Celtic drum), and voice ~ After attending Ryerson School of Music in St. Catherines, Ontario, Roger taught for 19 years at the Halifax Folklore Centre. He then ran the Little Zen Music School, which focused on a relaxed learning environment combined with the influence of his martial arts training. Son of master Cape Breton fiddler Gordon Cote and traditional Scottish/Irish dance teacher Gladys Stone - and with over 30 years on stage in Canada, the U.S., and the Middle East - Roger is no stranger to what it takes to be a recreational player or professional musician. His rate for a 30-minute private lesson is $23.

Scott Harnish

Scott Harnish (Guitar, Bass, Audio Recording, Songwriting)

Scott studied at the Harris Institute in Toronto (Music Production and Engineering, Recording Industry Orientation) He has been playing and writing music since 1981 and is fluent in all styles of popular music. Scott is in demand as an active member of the local Halifax music scene as both as a player and sound engineer. As an experienced songwriter, recording artist, and producer he also offers coaching to students looking to improve their writing and music production skills. He welcomes students of all ages to his studio and his rate is $23 per half-hour private lesson.

Steffan George-Wegner

Steffan George-Wegner (Piano)

Steffan has a Bachelor of Music from UBC in piano performance, an ARCT from the Royal Conservatory, and is a graduate of Trinity College of Music in London, England. He has performed and accompanied other musicians across Canada. Stefan has been teaching music since 1979 and gives workshops on piano pedagogy. His rate for a half-hour private lesson is $23.

Wayne Baker

Wayne Baker (Trumpet and Baritone)

Wayne has been playing trumpet for 47 years. He has a BMUS ED degree from Dalhousie and a Masters degree from Mount St. Vincent. He also studied Music Performance at Humber college and worked in Toronto as a freelance musician. He was a teacher in the HRSB for 27 years where he taught grade 6-9 band.
As a Professional trumpet player, Wayne has played with The Back Alley Big Band, The Sounds of Motown, The Tuesday night band and Swingfleet. His rate is $25.

Yuliya Zuychenko

Yuliya Zuychenko (Piano)

Yulia graduated with Honours from the Zaporozshky State Music College in the Ukraine and worked as a piano teacher and children’s choir director while taking courses at the Harkov Institute for Music and Arts there. In 2000 she taught piano for the New Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and in 2002 and 2003 was named teacher of the year. Yuliya specializes in preparing students for all levels of RCM exams, Kiwanis festivals, and other competitions. She has been teaching for Long & McQuade since 2004. Yuliya also teaches Music Theory. Her rate is $23. for a half-hour private lesson