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

Lesson Centre Email: dartmouthlessons@long-mcquade.com
Store Email: dartmouth@long-mcquade.com

Lesson Centre Hours
Monday: 9:30am - 9:00pm
Tuesday: 12:30pm - 9:00pm
Wednesday: 9:30am - 9:00pm
Thursday: 9:30am - 9:00pm
Fridays: 11:30am - 8:00pm
Saturdays: 9:00am - 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!

Group Lessons

Little big orchestra

Junior string ensemble

Ceilidh group

Step dance

Chamber ensembles

Vocal ensembles

Drum circle

Our Teachers:

Aaron Klingbeil - EDM Production and Ableton Live music lessons in Dartmouth

Aaron Klingbeil (EDM Production and Ableton Live)

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 (curiousface.ca). 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 - Violin/Fiddle, Viola, Cello, Step Dance music lessons in Dartmouth

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 $24.00.

Amy Ewer - Piano music lessons in Dartmouth

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 $24

Anthony Riscessco - Violin, Fiddle music lessons in Dartmouth

Anthony Riscessco (Violin, Fiddle)

Anthony is a versatile violin player and teacher who has toured with award-winning singer-songwriter Lennie Gallant and with roots-rock band Pogey. As a member of the neo-traditional trio Papilio, Anthony garnered ECMA and Nova Scotia Music Awards nominations. He is also a member of the popular Halifax band The Gig Dogs and has played with Symphony Nova Scotia, Anne Murray, and Peggy Seeger. As a music student at Dalhousie University, Anthony studied classical violin under Phillippe Djokic. He has won fiddle competitions throughout Canada, including the Maritime Fiddle Championship. In 1990 Anthony came third in the Canadian Open in Ontario, and he was chosen to represent Nova Scotia at the Grand Masters Competition in Ottawa for six consecutive years. He has been an adjudicator at the Kiwanis Festival and has been teaching since 1989. Anthony's rate for a 30-minute private lesson is $24.

Brad Conrad - Guitar music lessons in Dartmouth

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.

Brad Mcgoey - Guitar, Drums, Vocals, Bass, Piano music lessons in Dartmouth

Brad Mcgoey (Guitar, Drums, Vocals, Bass, Piano)

Brad McGoey Teaches guitar and ukulele, beginner bass, drums and piano.
Brad graduated with honours from the Independent Music Program at Seneca College in 2008, and has been steadily building his musical career ever since, specializing in live performance, audio production, and education. He is a former faculty member at the Regent Park School of Music, leading guitar ensembles, a community band, and running summer music camps. He also led ukulele groups for seniors in Richmond Hill for 3 years, and has experience teaching children and adults with various exceptionalities. Brad is a fun and engaging teacher, and loves helping people of all ages develop a life-long joy of understanding and creating music. His rate for a half hour lesson is $24.

David McLean - Guitar, Drums, Songwriting and Theory music lessons in Dartmouth

David McLean (Guitar, Drums, Songwriting and Theory)

David Mclean (Guitar, Drums, Songwriting & Theory) graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2015 and has been recording and performing all over North America. Learning from some of the top musicians in their fields, David has had the opportunity to work with various world-class artists while studying at Berklee such as Slash, Mark Tremonti and Jeff Williams. David has also worked as a session musician on television shows such as Beyblades Burst! as well as video games such as Renaine. David is currently playing around the Maritimes with Joe Muprhy, Emily Stuart and many other local artists. His rate for a half-hour private lesson is $24.

Dorian Baker - Woodwinds music lessons in Dartmouth

Dorian Baker (Woodwinds)

Dorian completed his Undergraduate Degree in Music from Mount Allison University, while simultaneously studying Clarinet Performance at The Boston Conservatory. During his undergrad, Dorian held principal positions in the Mount Allison University Chamber Orchestra, the Boston Conservatory Orchestra and the Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble. After completing his undergrad, Dorian moved to Toronto where he completed a Masters Degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Toronto. Dorian maintained a position as principal clarinet with the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and was also an active chamber musician, performing all of the Brahms, Mozart, and Beethoven masterworks for clarinet. Dorian has taken masterclasses in North America and throughout Europe with world-renowned artists such as Anthony McGill of the New York Philharmonic, and Walter Seyfarth of the Berlin Philharmonic. Dorian has also worked as a recording artist and has recorded for Eight Note Publications and for the Screen Composers Guild of Canada. Dorian is $25 per half hour.

Doug Cameron - Drums music lessons in Dartmouth

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 $24.

Dunnery Bond - Piano and Voice music lessons in Dartmouth

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 $24

Gerald Beaton - Guitar, Ukulele music lessons in Dartmouth

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 - Piano music lessons in Dartmouth

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. Half-hour lessons with Greg are $23.

Janessa Stang - piano music lessons in Dartmouth

Janessa Stang (piano)

Janessa Stang began studying piano at the age of six and has been teaching private lessons since 2005. Janessa graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance in 2015 and holds a diploma as an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto in Piano Performance. Although Janessa’s formal education is classical, she is also very influenced by folk, rock, pop, and jazz. Her teaching tailors to the needs and interests of each student, while also emphasizing the fundamental elements of music, the foundation on which all different styles of music are built. With these building blocks in place, students can then pursue whatever style of piano they desire to play. She encourages her students to find their own connection to music and to let their personality and imagination shine through. Her rate for a 30-minute private lesson is $24.

John Lake - Drums music lessons in Dartmouth

John Lake (Drums)

John is a graduate of the NSCC Music Arts program with extensive experience playing and performing in a wide variety of genres. From the age of 12 he was drumming in bands in the local all-ages alternative music scene, and simultaneously became involved in the Los Primos Program, performing in youth latin jazz combos around Halifax. Since graduating he has been splitting his time between teaching, touring, recording, and performing with diverse acts such as Loveland, Harley Alexander, New Love Underground, and many more. John continues to immerse himself in new concepts, styles, and musical environments. His rate is $23.00 for a private half hour lesson.

John Lindsay-Botten - Voice, Piano, Brass music lessons in Dartmouth

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 $24.00.

Karen Yuzyk - Piano music lessons in Dartmouth

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 $25

Katie Reid - Voice and Piano music lessons in Dartmouth

Katie Reid (Voice and Piano)

Katie has studied a variety of genres in both piano and voice, as well as music theory, composition, and performance. After working her way through the Royal Conservatory of Music, she attended Mount Allison University as a Piano Major in the Bachelor of Music Program. She later transferred to Nova Scotia Community College and completed the Music Arts Program as a Vocal Major, specializing in jazz, blues, folk and pop music. She has had the opportunity to perform on various stages, including The Marquee Ballroom, The Fredericton Play House, Saint John City Boardwalk, and CBC Radio. Her lessons are a happy blend of fundamental theory and feel-good music, which promise to be creative, entertaining and educational at all times! Her rate for a half-hour private lesson is $23.

Logan Bennett - Brass and Piano music lessons in Dartmouth

Logan Bennett (Brass and Piano)

Logan studied orchestral trumpet at the University of British Columbia, completing his master’s degree in 2014. He then went on to teach private music lessons at international schools for over two years. His travels took him to far off locations such as the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Southeast Asia. He has performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, and Westben Festival Orchestra. He has extensive solo performance experience as well as with brass ensembles such as the Vancouver Brass Project and Qatar Philharmonic Brass Ensemble. Logan has studied classical piano as well as trumpet, and enjoys performing his own piano improvisations when he can. half- hour lessons with Logan are $24.

Mark Calvi - Guitar, Bass and Theory music lessons in Dartmouth

Mark Calvi (Guitar, Bass and Theory)

Mark has a Bachelor of Music from Dalhousie University in Classical Guitar Performance (1998), where he studied with Carol van Feggelen, Sylvie Proulx and Douglas Reach. He also completed the Delta Guitar Program with honours at the Canadian Conservatory of Music (1992), studying Rock, Blues and popular styles.
Mark has worked as a TA for the Dalhousie Music Department in Musicology assisting with class materials and giving brief presentations and demos. He has participated in a masterclass given by the world renowned flamenco guitarist, Juan Martin.
Mark has played various venues and in local groups over the years. He has been teaching Rock, Blues, Classical, and other popular styles at the Music Lesson Centre since 1998.
Mark has also coached at Summer Rock and ran the Weekend Warriors program.
His rate for a half hour private lesson is $23.00.

Matthew Gallant - Drums, Guitar, Hand Drums music lessons in Dartmouth

Matthew Gallant (Drums, Guitar, Hand Drums)

What do you want to play? Rock n roll, blues, country, soul, jazz, hip hop, latin, Metal, world, folk, pop? Just ask Matt, he's played it all!! With a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Performance from Dalhousie University under his belt, Matt Gallant has been involved in the music industry for 25 years. He has worked with professional artists including Amelia Curran, Erin Costelo, Ben Caplan, Dave Sampson, Adam Baldwin, Roxy and the Underground Soul Sound, Willie Stratton and has toured internationally with The Brood.
Whether engaging in community and professional theatre projects, workshops or working with bands, Matthew brings a vast musical experience, eagerness and passion. Matthew is not shy to crowds - he has facilitated many workshops to large groups and has played over 3,000 shows.
Matthew plays with people across cultures, most notably the Open Borders International MusicGroup that assembles 20+ musicians from different cultures to create extremely unique and vibrant shows. If you want to learn drums Matt would be a great teacher to introduce you to the vast world of music! Matthew is $24 per half hour lesson.

Mike Farrington - Bass, Beginner guitar music lessons in Dartmouth

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 - Guitar music lessons in Dartmouth

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 - Guitar, Bass music lessons in Dartmouth

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 $26.

Rheo Rochon - Guitar and Bass music lessons in Dartmouth

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 - Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Bodhran music lessons in Dartmouth

Roger Stone (Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Bodhran)

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.

Steffan George-Wegner - Piano music lessons in Dartmouth

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 $24.

Yousef Mousavi - Guitar music lessons in Dartmouth

Yousef Mousavi (Guitar)

Yousef Mousavi is a songwriter and composer who graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2017. Originally educated on the piano, Yousef picked up the guitar at the age of eleven and has since been performing the guitar in the Halifax area solo and with multiple bands and groups. In 2010, he was awarded King’s View Academy’s Excellence in Fine Arts Award. While at Berklee, he studied under jazz/rock/blues guitarists Tom Miller, Tomo Fujita, and Jack Pezanelli. He also studied video game composition with Duncan Watts, composer of Bioshock: Infinite and League of Legends. Yousef gives yearly lectures in Toronto on the music of Japanese Animation.Lessons are $23 per half hour.

Yuliya Zuychenko - Piano music lessons in Dartmouth

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 $24. for a half-hour private lesson