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Music Lesson Centre

Lesson Centre Locations > Prince Edward Island > Charlottetown

104 Capital Dr
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, C1E 1E7
Lesson Centre Phone: (902) 367-3433
Store Phone: (902) 368-3237
Fax: (902) 368-9030

Lesson Centre Email: charlottetownlessons@long-mcquade.com
Store Email: charlottetown@long-mcquade.com

Lesson Centre Hours

Monday: 10:00am - 6:00pm

Tuesday: 10:00am - 6:00pm

Wednesday: 10:00am - 6:00pm

Thursday: 10:00am - 6:00pm

Friday: 10:00am - 8:00pm

Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm

Sunday: CLOSED



 

This Location Offers:

Private Lessons

Specializing in making music a passion, Long & McQuade Charlottetown is PEI's largest Lesson Centre. For the past decade, our Lesson Center has given thousands of people the opportunity to learn music with our well qualified instructors and fully furnished lesson studios. With instruction in a wide range of instruments, including guitar, voice, piano, strings, woodwinds and drums, we have experienced and passionate instructors that will be happy to help you achieve your musical goals. Long & McQuade Charlottetown hopes to enhance your and your families lives with the joy of music! For more information or to register, please call 902 367 3433 to speak with one of our helpful lesson associates today.

Our Teachers:

Aaron Crane

Aaron Crane (Fiddle)

Aaron first sat on a piano bench when he was 4, and 25 years later, he still remains seated. Piano may have been his first musical experience, but he has also truly become a very accomplished fiddle player. Aaron is now entering his 14th year of teaching and loves being part of the Long & McQuade Centre.
When his is not teaching, Aaron spends his time performing with a number of different musical projects. Within these groups Aaron has had Music PEI awards and in 2013 he won Music PEI’s Musician of the year. He is also the leader of the Queens County Fiddlers.
During the summer you can find Aaron hosting his own Ceilidhs and acting with the cast of Anne and Gilbert.

Ed Young

Ed Young (Drums)

Ed Young has been a professional musician since 1979 and has been teaching percussion and guitar since 1984. He attended the University of Western Ontario, where he studied percussion with Bob Hughes. Ed is now playing all over Prince Edward Island with Phase 2 and the John Cain Duo as well as the Dennis Dunn Band.
Ed has recorded over 30 albums with artists such as: Kelly Brock, Rusty McCarthy, Frank Deresti, and many others. Ed has performed coast to coast and all over the USA with artists such as: Bobby Taylor, Steve Strongman, Nigel Mack, Dawn Tyler Watson, and Rusty McCarthy.
Finally, Ed is a published songwriter who had his songs recorded and featured on TV shows such as “Dawson’s Creek”, “The Surreal Gourmet”, and “From Spain With Love”.

Graeme Hunter

Graeme Hunter (Guitar and Bag pipes)

Graeme has been playing guitar and bagpipes for over 30 years and has played competitively and professionally throughout Southern Ontario for 15 years.
One of his great experiences was the summer he spent in Scotland competing in the World’s Largest Highland Games. He has entertained as a busker from Vancouver to Halifax.
Graeme became a certified Yamaha instructor in January 2006 and teaches both private and group lessons for guitar. He specializes in ensemble, rhythm and theory instruction from beginner to professional levels.

Hazel Bulger-St. Amand

Hazel Bulger-St. Amand (Voice and Ukulele)

Hazel received her Bachelor of Music (Voice Major) and her Bachelor of Education from UPEI. She also received her Masters of Education (Counseling) from Acadia University. For the past 34 years she has enjoyed teaching elementary classroom music in Nova Scotia and PEI.
Hazel’s love of music began at an early age growing up on PEI where all ten of her siblings enjoyed making music. Throughout her career she has sung in various choirs and performed solo work in churches and variety concerts. Hazel has also been a member of the musical, “The Nine Lives of L.M Montgomery”.
Hazel enjoys teaching vocal students of all ages and abilities.

James Philips

James Philips (Guitar, Bass and Mandolin)

James is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who began playing guitar at age 12. At 15, he won the Guitar-Warz competition for all of PEI. At 18, he recorded and released his first album of all original material.
He has played guitar and mandolin and sung in many successful groups such as The New Drifts and Saddle River String Band with whom he won an ECMA in 2008. He has shared stages with such East Coast luminaries as Ron Hynes, Lennie Gallant, Nathan Wiley, and Catherine MacLellan. He also produced and played on Catherine’s first three albums.
James has been teaching successfully in the Summerside and Tyne Valley areas for over a decade and is excited to be building a new clientele here in the capital since relocating in the summer of 2013.

Laurie Forsythe

Laurie Forsythe (Cello, Ukulele and Piano)

Laurie has been a musician since the age of 2, when she first began lessons on the violin, but quickly found her true calling in the cello, which she began studying privately at the age of 7. Laurie began her professional career at the age of 15, when she joined the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra and co-founded a popular classical wedding duo. During this time, Laurie also studied piano and upright and electric bass, and played bass in award winning jazz bands, wind ensembles and orchestras. During high school she studied performance, composition, history and arrangement during a study abroad semester at music focused high school in Adelaide, South Australia.

After moving to PEI in 2004, Laurie joined the Prince Edward Island Symphony, performing for 5 seasons while establishing a thriving freelance performance career. Laurie joined the pit orchestra in Anne and Gilbert! The Musical in 2008, and recently finished her 7th year, performing in both Summerside and Charlottetown.

Matthew Bridges

Matthew Bridges (Drums and beginner Guitar)

Matthew started playing drums at the age of 10 and was involved in as many groups as he could throughout his early school years.
He attended a summer semester at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and then continued on to McGill where he received his Bachelor of Music Performance. While at McGill he performed in various venues across Montreal.
Matthew has a broad taste in music and this is demonstrated in his involvement with groups around Charlottetown including being the first percussionist for The Count and the Cuban Cocktail, a member of Colour Code, and New Royalty.
You can catch Matthew playing during the summer on Victoria Row with assorted jazz bands.
Matthew is an energetic and enthusiastic addition to the Long and McQuade team and is very excited to be teaching!

Nancy Vriends

Nancy Vriends (Piano)

Nancy grew up in Sherwood, PEI and started playing piano at the age of 7 and she continued her music through the local school band program. She is now the mother of 2 children who are both involved in music at their schools.
Nancy loves to be involved in her community through coaching, volunteering and teaching. She is currently a substitute teacher for the English Language School Board.
Nancy continues to play piano everyday and always makes sure she dedicates time in her busy schedule to practice.
She is excited to meet each and every new student and believes there is talent in everyone.

Nick Doneff

Nick Doneff (Guitar)

Nick moved to PEI from Ontario in 2013 and has since been an active member of the Island’s music community.
Nick works frequently has an in-demand sideman for local artists including Nudie, Liam Cocoran, and Meghan Blanchard. Nick is also a busy studio session player and contributes to projects from all across Canada. When he’s not playing for others, Nick can be heard playing his own music around Charlottetown on a regular basis.
Nick earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Humber College in Toronto Ontario as a guitar major. He has been teaching guitar lessons as well as general music and theory since 2008.

Samantha Bruce

Samantha Bruce (Voice)

Coming from a musical family Samantha started performing at the age of three. After studying with Pamela Campbell, performing in several community musicals, & taking part in choirs such as the UPEI choir (Sung Ha Shin-Bouey) she headed to NYC for an intensive training program at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts where she studied vocal techniques under Barbara Rubin in addition to acting. Arriving back to the Island she started summer musical theatre camps in her hometown of Souris through Don't Ye Know Theatre as well as teaching voice. In 2016 she received training from Talent Inc. Canada while working with the TV production 'Reign'. She is currently part of Anne & Gilbert's stage crew, will be performing at Watermark in August as part of their play reading series & is very excited to be joining the board of ACT PEI. Two of her most memorable roles were Rona Lisa Peretti in 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee' & Marta in 'Waiting for the Parade'.

Sean Kemp

Sean Kemp (Violin and Fiddle)

Originally from London, England, Sean took up permanent residence in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2002. He started playing the violin at the age of six and went on to receive his musical training at the Royal College of Music in the UK. He later studied acting at the “State Institute of Cinematography”, Moscow, Russia.
Sean comes from an extremely diverse musical background. As a classical violinist he performed as a soloist with the Parnassus Ensemble at venues across the UK. He also performed with a broad variety of ensembles under such distinguished conductors as Sir Neville Mariner, Sir David Wilcox, and Sir Colin Davis. He was in great demand as a chamber musician in the UK often performing for British and European Royalty.
For the past four years, Sean has been the principal violinist for Lennie Gallant.
Sean can be heard playing with various groups and orchestras, and on stage with Lennie Gallant during the summer at the Mac for the show “Searching for Abegweit”.

Shelley Hanson Terry

Shelley Hanson Terry (Piano and Woodwinds)

Music has been a significant part of Shelley’s life right from the early age of 5. She has travelled across Canada to pursue music and is now settled in Charlottetown with her family. She received her Bachelor of Music (Saxophone) at Mount Allison University and then earned her Masters in Woodwind Pedagogy at The University of Victoria BC.
Her wide range of instruments and teaching experience along the way provide Shelley with a wealth of knowledge and experience to draw from. After working in Toronto as a performer, teachers and clinician she moved to Guelph School of Music to teach for 8 years.
Shelley has been teaching Suzuki method since 2009. She relates very strongly to the Suzuki philosophy, particular since becoming a mother of to her three children.

Tannis Beamer

Tannis Beamer (Piano)

Tannis has been playing piano for the sheer joy of it for as long as she can remember. She is certified through the Royal Conservatory of Music in Rudimentary and Intermediate Pedagogy. She has taught piano lessons in the Niagara Region for the last 13 years. While in Niagara, Tannis also taught in the Catholic School Board Piano Teaching program and was accompanist for the WomEnchant Chorus and Drummers.
Tannis enjoys teaching students of all ages and abilities and is very excited to bring her love of music and teaching to Charlottetown.

Terry Hatty

Terry Hatty (Voice and Guitar)

Terry is a veteran for over 40 years in the field of entertainment. Fronting more than 50 bands in his time, most notably “The Guess Who” from 1991-1997, he is well versed in many aspects of musical performance.
Terry has performed on both sides of the Atlantic and Pacific singing and playing the guitar and percussion in bands, musical theatre productions, and more.
Here in the Charlottetown Festival, Terry was co-creator of the very successful “Canada Rocks” show and also one it’s stars.
Most recently, Terry has been a cast member of the critically acclaimed musical Evangeline.

Trevor Grant

Trevor Grant (Drums and Percussion)

Trevor Grant earned his Bachelor of Music (Percussion) from Mount Allison University in 1993, where he performed with every ensemble he could, including Jazz Big Band, PEI Symphony, and also solo recitals.
After a year of Jazz studies at St. Francis Xavier University, he headed out to Vancouver in 1994 where he enjoyed a wealth of experiences, performing, recording, touring, and learning with many artists in a wide range of musical styles including rock, jazz, funk, drum ‘n’ bass, musical theatre, and world music. In 2016, Trevor played drums for the Charlottetown Festival’s production of the popular musical, “Mamma Mia”.
Trevor teaches based on a fluid, natural approach to drumming. Teaching, reading, and listening skills combine to cultivate an overall sense of musicality, regardless of the style.