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Music Lesson Centre

Lesson Centre Locations > Ontario > Ottawa

1193 Hunt Club Rd
Ottawa, Ontario, K1V 8S4
Lesson Centre: Phone or Text (613) 521-0917
Store Phone: (613) 521-5909
Fax: (613) 521-5790

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Lesson Centre Hours
Monday through Friday 12:45pm - 9pm
Saturday 10am - 6pm
Sunday 12pm - 5pm

This Location Offers:

Private Lessons

Group Lessons

Glee club

Rock skool

Rock band

Celtic fiddle

Our Teachers:

Alexis Castrogiovanni - Cello, Piano music lessons in Ottawa

Alexis Castrogiovanni (Cello, Piano)

Alexis holds a Master's Degree in Cello Performance from the University of Ottawa, a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a Chamber Music Diploma for which she studied with the Penderecki String Quartet. Alexis has been principal cellist in several university and regional symphonies, and has co-founded several chamber ensembles. She has performed across Ontario and Eastern Canada and has participated in master classes with Michel Strauss, Philippe Muller, Colin Carr, and Paul Watkins to name a few. Alexis began her musical education on piano at the age of 7 and teaches beginner piano as well as beginner to advanced cello lessons. She has studied composition under Linda Catlin Smith, and writes both contemporary classical and popular music. She is passionate about arts education and community outreach through music, and has performed at venues such as rehabilitation centres, prisons, and shelters, as well as on traditional stages. Her rate per half hour private lesson is $25. (English or French)

Andrea MacWilliams - Voice, Piano, Theory, Conducting music lessons in Ottawa

Andrea MacWilliams (Voice, Piano, Theory, Conducting)

Andrea holds a Bachelor of Music degree from University of Ottawa in voice and composition under the tutelage of Christiane Riel, John Gordon Armstrong and Frederic Lacroix. She has been studying voice since 2006 and piano since 1999. Her past achievements and roles include the Outstanding Soloist award at the 2011 New York International Music Festival, Second Lady in Mozart's "Die Zauberflöte" (uOttawa, 2016), and Cosette in "Les Misérables" (ASNY, 2013). In addition to teaching, she is a cantor and choir director at St Joseph's Church, assistant conductor and accompanist with the Ottawa Catholic School Board choir program, and a contractor with Ottawa Chamberfest. Her rate per half hour private lesson is $23 (English or French).

Brady Leafloor - Woodwinds, Theory music lessons in Ottawa

Brady Leafloor (Woodwinds, Theory)

Brady has been playing since 1997, starting as a saxophonist and then expanding to other woodwinds. He is a Carleton University Bachelor of Music program graduate, where he studied jazz performance under Mike Tremblay. Brady has taught one-on-one lessons and full bands, with students ranging from 6 years old to long retired. He specializes in jazz and popular music styles, and is an active member of the music scene, playing with rock, soul and reggae bands, and various other jazz and popular music groups. Lessons have a strong focus on combining theory and reading skills with aural training and encouraging students to pick up simple tunes by ear. Other topics include improvisation, instrument knowledge, and fundamentals of both group and solo performance. Brady has taught casual players to serious students and those preparing for auditions for bands and school programs. His rate per half hour private lesson is $24.

Bryan Valeriani - Drums music lessons in Ottawa

Bryan Valeriani (Drums)

Bryan has been playing drums since 1982 and teaching since 1995. He has played everything from jazz to heavy metal. Bryan performs regularly with his Latin jazz trio and is a member of the Brian Eagles Band. He has recorded and performed with many groups, most notably with Juno nominated singer/songwriter Kathleen Edwards. Bryan has studied at the world-renowned Drummers Collective in New York City with a grant awarded from the Ontario Arts Council. He has also studied with Jim Chapin, Kim Plainfield, Magella Cormier and Joel Rosenblatt. Bryan has taught for the Carleton University Bachelor of Music program and is a member of both the Vic Firth Education Team and the Hudson Music Teacher Integration Program. His curriculum covers the complete range of drumset techniques and concepts from the key fundamentals to advanced studies. For more on Bryan you can visit: His rate per half hour private lesson is $26.

Carl Merenick - Piano, Theory, Composition music lessons in Ottawa

Carl Merenick (Piano, Theory, Composition)

Carl studied classical piano as well as jazz theory and composition with Ted Moses, Gordon Delamont and Darwin Aitkin. He has composed and produced for CTV, TSN, Discovery Channel and ET. Carl is the Co-founder and CEO of HGNO, a non-profit, music-based community outreach. He has taught music both at the college level and junior high level - grade 6, 7 and 8 band. Carl is an enthusiastic and dedicated music teacher with years of professional experience and has a knack for inspiring students in the gift of music. His rate per half hour private lesson is $23.

Christine Jakel - Voice, Piano music lessons in Ottawa

Christine Jakel (Voice, Piano)

Christine has been playing piano since 1999 and earned a grade 9 RCM certificate in 2011. After attending the voice program at De La Salle High School, she continued to obtain a Bachelor of Music in classical voice from the University of Ottawa. Christine has been teaching since 2010 across the disciplines of piano, voice, and music history. Recently, Christine has discovered songwriting as a more personal means of self-expression through music. By pairing unique song craft and storytelling, she aims to translate biographical events into modern folk idioms, while incorporating elements of rock and jazz. Her current projects include releasing a music video of one of her original songs while recording and producing an EP. Her rate per half hour private lesson is $23. (English or French)

Gabriela Ruiz - Cello, Violin, Viola, Fiddle music lessons in Ottawa

Gabriela Ruiz (Cello, Violin, Viola, Fiddle)

Gabriela has a Master’s Degree in Cello Performance from the University of Ottawa, where she studied cello with Paul Marleyn, as well as an Orchestral Certificate Diploma under David Currie. She has been active as a teacher and performer since 1997 and is also a Certified Suzuki Teacher. Gabriela focuses much of her performing in the classical genre but has also participated in other events such as rock concerts, Video Games Live and recently in the orchestra for “La Machine”. She teaches both Suzuki and RCM methods for violin, viola and cello. Her rate per half hour private lesson is $27. (English or Spanish)

Harrison Singer - Guitar, Bass music lessons in Ottawa

Harrison Singer (Guitar, Bass)

Harrison is a bassist, guitarist and composer and graduated from Carleton University in the Bachelor of Music program. He is a part of many musical projects across Ottawa in a wide variety of genres such as Jazz, Reggae, Samba, Funk, Rock, Blues. Harrison has been teaching for many years, taking the complicated aspects of music and making them easy to understand and accessible to all ages. He values creativity and encourages the student to find their own unique voice on their instrument. Harrison's personal career has taken him all over Canada including Ottawa festivals such as: Blues Fest, Jazz Fest and the Festival Franco Ontarien. His rate per half hour private lesson is $23.

Jasmine Ruffo - Flute, Piano, Theory music lessons in Ottawa

Jasmine Ruffo (Flute, Piano, Theory)

Jasmine has been playing flute since 2002 and has her Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Western Ontario and Bachelor of Education from the University of Ottawa. She studied most woodwind instruments and piano. Jasmine spent the last two years teaching in the UK as well as volunteering with children's groups. She is currently a flute and piccolo player for the Ottawa Woodwind Project. She is passionate about teaching anyone from toddler to senior, focusing on whatever style they are excited to learn. Her rate per half hour private lesson is $23.

Jeff Hagerman - Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Mandolin music lessons in Ottawa

Jeff Hagerman (Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Mandolin)

Jeff has been playing guitar since 1990, playing professionally since 1996 and teaching guitar since 2001. Jeff specializes in Blues, Jazz, Gypsy Jazz and Rock styles. He has shared the stage with Juno winners Morgan Davis and Tony D (MonkeyJunk). Jeff recorded an EP entitled "Foreward" and an all instrumental original guitar album with Tony D entitled "Gypsy Told My Mama". He has toured extensively with a Flamenco/Gypsy jazz group playing the likes of Ottawa Bluesfest, Montreal Jazzfest and the New Hampshire Blues festival. Jeff has lead his own band for more than the last decade, playing in and out of the Ottawa Valley region. His rate per half hour private lesson is $23.

John Merritt - Brass, Theory music lessons in Ottawa

John Merritt (Brass, Theory)

John studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Humber College, and at the University of Ottawa. He has been teaching for more than 30 years having instructed for the Ottawa School Board, Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy, Nepean Symphony School, Deep River Summermusic Camp, Tutti Muzik and CAMMAC. He taught at Ashbury College for 23 years and has mentored for the Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa. John has played for the Ottawa, Kingston, Nepean, Pembroke, and Deep River Symphonies, brass quintets, musical productions, Ottawa Jazz Festival, Ottawa Jazz Orchestra, C.B.C. Radio-TV , Richard Berry, Haygood Hardy, Zamfir, Rich Little, and Natalie Cole. Lessons assist the student in achieving musical goals that may include preparation for tests, examinations, conservatory levels, auditions, festivals, public performance or personal enjoyment. His rate per half hour private lesson is $25.

Justin Ralph - Voice music lessons in Ottawa

Justin Ralph (Voice)

Justin has been teaching voice since 2010 in genres ranging from country and rock to opera and art song. He studied with prominent coaches at the University of Toronto, the Canadian Opera Company and more. Justin has performed across Ontario and abroad as a tenor, singing lead roles with companies such as Opera in Concert, Opera York, the Sudbury Symphony and more. He released a debut EP, "By the Old Railroad", a collection of original, traditional and country folk songs. Justin believes in a relaxed, fun approach to teaching and will customize lessons to suit each student's needs and goals. His rate per half hour private lesson is $23.

Kelly Tang - Violin, Fiddle, Piano, Conducting music lessons in Ottawa

Kelly Tang (Violin, Fiddle, Piano, Conducting)

Kelly holds two performance diplomas from Trinity College, London and has a Carleton University Bachelor of Music. She began playing the piano and classical violin, then expanded to Celtic fiddling where she studied under Denis Lanctot in Ottawa. She has toured with orchestras since 2004 in North America, Australia, New Zealand and Asia, and has won awards in music festivals in Hong Kong and New York. Kelly is an active member of the music scene playing with the Ottawa Chamber Orchestra, also a member of a local flamenco group. She has taught one-on-one lessons and ensembles, with experience teaching visually impaired students. Kelly teaches both classical, fiddle and popular styles to all ages and levels, and prepares students for RCM exams. Lessons are tailored to each individual, and she hopes to inspire her students towards their own musical journey and beyond. Her rate per half hour private lesson is $23.

Leora Nauta - Voice, Piano, Theory, Conducting music lessons in Ottawa

Leora Nauta (Voice, Piano, Theory, Conducting)

Leora holds two master's degrees from The University of Notre Dame and McGill University. She also studied historical performance at Amsterdam Conservatory and New England Conservatory of Music. Throughout her career, Leora has challenged herself to share music with audiences in as many different ways as possible, appearing as vocalist, conductor, pianist, organist and harpsichordist with orchestras, choirs, and chamber ensembles in Germany, Poland, Luxembourg, Belgium, the Netherlands, and across Canada and the USA. Her rate per half hour private lesson is $24 (English or French).

Louis Perron - Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Mandolin, Theory music lessons in Ottawa

Louis Perron (Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Mandolin, Theory)

Louis Perron holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in bass guitar from Concordia University in Jazz Performance, for which he was awarded the Oscar Peterson Jazz Scholarship. He also has a DEC in Music for guitar from Vanier College in Professional Music and Song Technique. He has performed at events such as the Montreal Jazz Festival with his Quintet. In addition to jazz, his other favourite genres to play are funk, rock, blues, and country. Louis has been teaching students of all ages since 2009. His lessons feature the practical application of instrumental technique, reading music, theory, rhythmic exercises, and playing along to student’s favourite tracks. Louis also plays classical and folk mandolin and pop ukulele. His rate per half hour private lesson is $24 (English or French).

Manny Makris - Guitar, Ukulele music lessons in Ottawa

Manny Makris (Guitar, Ukulele)

Manny has been playing live since 1991 and teaching since 1995. He was the winner of the 1997 Blues Guitar Riff-Off at age 19 and was nominated Best Blues Band at the Doheny Blues Society in California in 1999 and the Maple Blues Awards in 2000. He has played many major blues festivals in Ottawa and New York and has shared the stage with blues legends Otis Rush, Kid Ramos (The Fabulous Thunderbirds) and Dan Aykroyd. Manny has played in several different blues and rockabilly bands over the years. He is comfortable teaching students of all levels, especially those that are interested in lead and rhythm guitar. Specializing in Blues, Country, Rockabilly, Rock and Roll and Surf, his rate per half hour private lesson is $25.

Matt Welsh - Drums music lessons in Ottawa

Matt Welsh (Drums)

Matt has been playing percussion and drum set since 2004 and teaching since 2010. Currently wrapping up his Bachelor or Music at Carleton University, his past performances have included the Carleton Jazz Ensemble, accompanying the Canadian Centennial Choir, and his own group, Predestined, for which he co-writes. As a teacher, Matt instils a strong sense of rhythm and technique, allowing students to access a broad spectrum of musical styles. Keeping the classroom relaxed and lighthearted, Matt helps to inspire and guide each student towards their personal goals and beyond. His rate per half hour private lesson is $24 (English or French).

Mina Ghamari - Voice, Piano music lessons in Ottawa

Mina Ghamari (Voice, Piano)

Mina studied classical piano and contemporary voice. She has a passion for combining classical and contemporary techniques to deliver the best learning experience. Her skills cover a wide range of vocal styles, such as: pop jazz, blues, rock and metal. Mina believes in customizing each lesson to meet the student’s needs, whether it is theory, performance skills or managing stage fright. She began working as a musician in London, UK, has performed in both Europe and Canada and remains an active member of Ottawa’s music community. In addition to her career in music performance and education, she also works in music production and has an educational background in music industry arts. Mina has been teaching since 2012. Her rate per half hour private lesson is $25.

Shawn Potter - Piano, Theory music lessons in Ottawa

Shawn Potter (Piano, Theory)

Shawn has a Master’s in Organ Performance from McGill University, where he studied organ with Hans-Ola Ericsson and John Grew, and harpsichord and continuo with Hank Knox. He has been active as a teacher and performer on organ, harpsichord, and piano for over 10 years. Though Shawn’s focus as a performer is in the Western Art Music tradition, he enjoys teaching all styles of music as well as theory and ear training. Shawn recently received first prize in the Royal Canadian College of Organists’ National Organ Competition – the most prestigious national organ competition in Canada. Shawn is currently the Director of Music at First Baptist Church, Ottawa where he conducts the choir. His rate per half hour private lesson is $26.

William King - Drums music lessons in Ottawa

William King (Drums)

William has been playing drum set and percussion since 2001 and teaching since 2005. With a solid foundation in classical piano and a well-established passion for drums, his musical interests and playing styles are diverse to say the least. He studied at Carleton University under the private instruction of Chuck Burrows and has a wealth of knowledge in such varied styles such as Funk, Blues, Jazz/Fusion, Rock, R&B, and Hip Hop as well as Latin and Afro Beat. He has extensive teaching experience with students of all ages and skill levels. His rate per half hour private lesson at our Ottawa lessons centre is $23. (English or French).