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Lessons

The Saskatoon Academy of Music offers a wide range of lessons; lessons are all one-on-one unless students wish to specifically register as a group.

Instruments

  • Piano

    Piano is one of the most popular beginner instruments! Our piano teachers are all Royal Conservatory of Music trained, and are skilled at preparing their students for examinations in Royal Conservatory or Conservatory Canada. In addition to the classical approach, the Academy teaches a fresh approach to music through the Pop Keyboard series. Pop Keyboard instructs students on the fun that can be had with arranging songs creatively and the sense of accomplishment that comes with playing something original and fun. Throughout their lessons students learn the accuracy and precision of classical music, and the fun and originality of pop and jazz. The end product is a well-rounded musician who is able to play music for pleasure as well as recitals and exams.

  • Violin and Fiddle

    A growing instrument at the Academy, the violin is a popular choice among new and returning students. Violin lessons encompass a wide range of musical styles ranging from classical violin to country and Celtic fiddle. Our teachers approach the violin from a variety of backgrounds, including Royal Conservatory of Music, Suzuki, I Can Read Music, and a variety of fiddle books and tunes.

  • Voice

    The Academy voice teachers are perhaps the most versatile teachers in the building. Our vocal teachers come from a mix of backgrounds, ranging from classically trained B.Mus graduates to local performing artists with years of performance experience. While instructing students as to proper vocal technique (posture, breathing, diction, delivery, etc.), the Academy teachers are able to teach a wide variety of vocal styles ranging from classical to pop based on what their student is interested in. Whether a student has never sung before, or has sung in the shower every day for years, the Academy vocal teachers have something to offer everyone.

  • Acoustic, Electric, and Bass Guitar

    The Academy offers lessons in acoustic, electric, and bass guitar. Many of our teachers perform locally in solo projects and bands, and that experience is exactly what they bring to the classroom. Students are able to learn musical styles varying from classical guitar straight through to more contemporary rock, folk, and alternative guitar. Students learn to have fun with music, and are given the knowledge necessary for them to play individually, as well as in a group. We teach using a mixture of tab and music notation, giving our students musical skills that will transfer to other instruments easily.

  • Drums and Percussion

    While drums are often viewed by parents as being the loudest of the instrument family, the Academy drum teachers pride themselves on turning the noise of drums into music. We offer lessons in drum kit—the popular rock style that is fundamental to any band—as well as in percussion-style drumming, as is found in school bands. Any form of drumming requires a keen sense of timing and rhythm, and the Academy is pleased to offer lessons that ensure that every student improves not only in counting, but in the overall coordination that is necessary to be a skilled drummer. All of our drum instructors perform regularly with local bands, and they are happy to pass this experience on to drum students of all ages!

  • Brass and Woodwinds

    The Academy currently offers lessons in flute, saxophone, and trombone, and we are always interested in accommodating student needs that go beyond these instruments. Our teachers are all classically trained, and are able to work on specific band music as well as more contemporary and movie music, as the student needs. The Academy offers band instrument lessons to ensure that each student learns about their own instrument to the best of their ability. The evidence of the difference formal lessons can make to a child is evident both in their school band marks, and in the overall enjoyment they find in playing individually and with their band. Students need not be in school band to take lessons in one of these instruments.

Programs

New Student Discount

We understand that students and parents may not always know if a particular instrument will be their perfect fit; as such, we offer a 25% to beginner students in all the lessons that we offer. The package includes eight half-hour lessons in any discipline for just $140, and gives students an excellent chance to see how they enjoy lessons and their teacher. Rental instruments are available through the Academy at an affordable monthly rate.

Want to continue after your first eight lessons? Regular lessons are $92/month, and we will hold your lesson time and your teacher for you! 

Contact us for further information and scheduling!

Please note: The new student discount is only available to students with no previous training in the given instrument.

Group Programs

Choir Program

Join us on Monday evenings for our choir program! We offer both a junior choir for children, and a senior choir for teenagers and adults. No experience necessary, open to both Academy and non-Academy students. $30/month for Academy students, $37/month for non-Academy students. 
 

String Groups

String Groups are open to all violin, viola, and cello students. We offer group sessions throughout the week, based on availability of students and teachers. Available at a discounted group rate. 
 

Rock Band 101

Rock Band 101 runs several sessions throughout the year. It is a 10-week program open to students of all levels and instruments, where students learn to write and perform music as a group. The session finishes with the group recording an original single and performing at an all-ages show. Current program offerings can be found in the "What's New" side bar, or contact us to inquire. 

Performance Opportunities

Recitals

Each year the Academy hosts three recitals; a Christmas recital, a Spring recital, and a summer recital. These are held during the student's usual lesson time and are a great low-pressure event for students of all instruments and levels to practice performing. Students may choose any piece they wish to perform, and family and friends are all welcome to attend, for free!

 

Student Open Mics

Unique to the Academy, we offer a FREE open mic to our students once per month! Students are encouraged to bring a snack to share, and have the opportunity to perform pieces they are working on for their peers. We love to see our students connecting with one another over their shared love of music, and this is just one more way that we promote musical ownership in our students! Everyone who attends *must* perform, even the teachers!

Festivals

Saskatoon Music Festival

The Academy of Music teachers often choose to have some of their students participate in this annual city-wide music festival. It is purely optional, but it is an excellent forum for young musicians to meet other children in their music community while celebrating students. Those students who participate in this festival find that they improve drastically thanks to the high standards the Saskatoon Music Festival has maintained for years.

Academy Music Festival

Every year we organize our own music festival where Academy students compete against other students of the same age. The Academy Music Festival encourages creativity with a chosen song, and students can perform in any style of music that they wish. Students are judged equally on accuracy and the expression and individuality they bring to the piece they are playing. The music festival closes with a family social and awards ceremony, and is a great opportunity to meet other students from the academy and have fun with music.

What's New

  • Wednesday, 02 May 2018

    Summer Camp Offerings

    Registration is now OPEN for all of our exciting summer programs! These camps make great suppl... (read more)

  • Thursday, 12 April 2018

    Disney Remix: Musical Theatre Camp

    We are starting to look ahead to summer, and are excited to announce the first of our suppleme... (read more)

  • Friday, 23 March 2018

    Discovering Music

    We are pleased to unveil a brand new Academy program, designed especially for toddlers: "... (read more)

  • Tuesday, 20 February 2018

    Academy Music Festival 2018

    It's Festival season at the Academy, and you can tell! There's a happy buzz around t... (read more)

  • Friday, 22 December 2017

    Exploring Music

    We are pleased to begin offering our popular camp, Exploring Music, as a re... (read more)