Piano Lessons (Ages 5+)
Piano and keyboard lessons are currently available with the teacher(s) listed below and are open to all ages 5 and above. Students must have access to their own piano or keyboard for practice at home. A method book will also be required, and we advise that you wait until your first lesson before purchasing a book so that the teacher can assess and recommend appropriately, which book to purchase. All of the above instruments & supplies as well as additional supplies that may be useful for piano and keyboard lessons are available for purchase and/or rent from School of Music Arts. Please refer to our Rentals page for further details on instrument rentals.
Rebecca Ballantyne - fully booked, wait list available
Rebecca has been very fortunate to study under the guidance of Theodore Baerg, Irena Welhasch, Kevin McMillan, and directors such as Michael Cavanagh, Carol Castel and Kelly Robinson. She has performed the roles of Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte and Beatrice in Beatrice and Benedict with Opera Nuova. She sang as the Fox in The Cunning Little Vixen with Banff Centre for the Arts and she also worked with Opera Musica Lirica in Italy performing the role of Tisbe in La Cenerentola. This is her 9th year teaching Voice Lessons, piano lessons and theory lessons to all ages, abilities and styles.
Rachel has been playing instruments since she was 8 years old. She holds a first class Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Birmingham (in her home country of the UK), where she triple-minored in flute performance (studying with Diane Clark and Jonathan Rimmer), music theory and composition. She performed in many ensembles with the University of Birmingham Music Society, including playing flute and piccolo in the Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Band and Flute Choir, conducting and playing clarinet in the Clarinet Choir, and playing alto and tenor saxophone in the Saxophone Choir. During her undergraduate degree she undertook an exchange program at the University of Ottawa. She is now studying for a Master’s degree in Music Theory at Western University, where she also plays flute and piccolo in the Wind Ensemble. Rachel has been playing the piano for 13 years, the flute for 12 years, and the clarinet for 8 years, along with other instruments. She often plays woodwinds in pit bands for musical theatre, as she enjoys the challenge of playing up to four different instruments in one show. She is honoured to have the opportunity to share her musical experience with the next generation of musicians at SMArts. Rachel teaches Recorder Lessons, Flute Lessons, Clarinet Lessons, Saxophone Lessons and piano lessons.
Lia has been performing music for audiences since a very young age. Starting with classical violin at age 4, Lia soon developed a passion for cello and piano as well. At age 7, she started playing fiddle music and eventually became well-versed in the fiddle community in Canada. She has participated in Fiddle Nationals for the past 4 years, including a finals appearance in 2018. In high school, she played trumpet in the school band, allowing her to explore jazz music as well. In grade 11 and 12, she was awarded 'Most Outstanding Musician' for her contribution to both band and jazz band. Throughout the years, she has entered countless cello, piano and violin festivals. Through private instruction, Lia has studied violin for over 15 years and piano and cello for over 10 years. She has been teaching Violin Lessons, piano lessons and Cello Lessons for over 3 years. Lia is currently in her second year at Western University studying violin performance, and upon completion, she hopes to pursue a Master's degree in violin performance.
Rachel Loerts - FULLY BOOKED, WAIT LIST AVAILABLE
Rachel graduated at the top of her class from the University of Windsor's Bachelor of Music program in classical voice with a minor in Italian language. In 2016 she studied French in a 5 week immersive course at the University of Moncton, NB. Rachel performs in classical, jazz and rock/pop genres as a soloist, instrumentalist, and chorus member. Since moving from Windsor to London, she has joined London Pro Musica choir as an alto, and volunteers as their social media manager. Rachel is passionate about teaching Voice Lessons and piano lessons in all genres to all ages. Her attention to detail helps students prepare for RCM exams, auditions and performances and her enthusiasm helps to foster a lifelong love of music.
Soprano Meggie McKay is a vibrant and passionate musician, who is at home performing in recitals, operas and musical theatre. She has a Master of Arts in Musicology with a concentration in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Ottawa (2018) and a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Acadia University (2016). She is currently enrolled in the Artist Diploma program in Voice Performance at Western University. Meggie has performed in many ensembles, including the Halifax Summer Opera Festival, the Acadia University Singing Theatre Production Ensemble and Wind Ensemble, and the North Grenville Concert Choir. Meggie was employed as a teaching assistant for the Acadia University Symphonic Band and the University of Ottawa's Opera Productions, as well as working backstage for Western's opera productions this past season. She taught private lessons at the Dorian Hall Academy of Performing Arts in Windsor, Nova Scotia before moving to Ontario in 2016. She currently works as a choral scholar at Knox Presbyterian Church in St. Thomas. Meggie has been teaching many disciplines for several years, including Voice Lessons, music theory, beginner piano lessons and even horseback riding.
With a Master of Music Education from Western University, and over six years of professional teaching experience, Anurandi has had great joy in educating students of all ages in music theory and piano performance. In addition, Anurandi has accumulated a diverse range of skills as a collaborative pianist performing alongside solo musicians, vocal jazz ensembles, and ballet dancers. As a music teacher, Anurandi takes great pride in helping students create personalized lesson plans that allow for student autonomy. Anurandi believes that a music teacher's role is to help students to be able to think critically and design their own musical journey. Outside of teaching piano lessons, Anurandi is working on a developing a beginner piano series geared toward teaching students how to play jazz music.
Teacher bio coming soon. Please check back later.
What Are Your Rates?
We've learned that every music teacher is different, and each has different skills. Some have Masters degrees, while others are still students themselves. For this reason, we've given the teachers the ability to set their own rates when they are hired based on their skills. The rate for piano lessons start at $23.00 for a 30 minute lesson.
Is 30 Minutes Enough?
For beginners the answer is definitely yes. When you are first learning, you're getting a lot of new, and in some cases, confusing information given to you. The amount of information given in one 30 minute lesson will give you a lot to work on as you practice throughout the week. Practicing is absolutely essential to learning music. As you get to more advanced skills, more time may be necessary if and when your teacher recommends it.
How Long Will It Take To Learn?
We get asked this question a lot. There is no specific date, or number of lessons. It depends on a few things including how often students practice. Although the songs may be very simple, we know we can have students playing at least one short song within 30 days. If you are hoping to play Mozart, it will take more time. But anyone can do it if they want it enough or work hard enough.
What Else Do I Need To Play?
There are additional supplies that may be needed throughout the course of your study, such as metronomes or piano benches. Also, as you progress, you will need new, more advanced method books so that you can continue to learn new songs and new techniques. We stock the basics to make sure every student has what they need to play, but other items can be specially ordered for you if needed or desired. Also, for acoustic pianos, piano tuning and repairs are also available. For more information on product availability, and piano repair scheduling and pricing, please ask our administrative staff.