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Learning with others will enhance your experience in music and art education. Co-learners push each other to excel, while making classes more fun and engaging. BSOMA Group Classes will help you to achieve individual success in an engaging group setting. Group lessons are for adults, youth, and kids. Our series of Family Classes encourage parent and child to learn (and practice!) together.

Registering for a Group Class:

To find a BSOMA class or workshop, click on "FIND A PROGRAM" at the top of this page. This will take you to our program search page. From here, simply enter part of the program name (eg harmonica) you're looking for, and all your BSOMA Harmonica classes will be displayed. Or, select Bluesfest School of Music and Art from the Main Categories drop down, to browse all programs.

If you don't have one already, you will be required to set up your personal account, which you can do in the LOG IN pages.

If you have any difficulties at all with registering, please contact us at BSOMA or at Dovercourt Recreation Cetnre, 613-798-8950 x0.

Musical Theatre


Group Classes Spring 2017

Family Ukulele (6+yrs)

The ukulele’s popularity continues to grow because it is relatively easy to learn, good for small hands and has a sweet, happy sound. The uke opens the door to the larger world of musical instruments in a fun way. Together the groups will learn chords, how to read chords, strum patterns, and then put it all together to play songs. Course fee includes one adult and one child. An additional family member can join at a reduced fee.

Sat 10:30-11:30am, Apr 22 – Jun 21, BSO149 – $110, additional member $66


Beginner Ukulele (17yrs+)

In this pressure free environment, you will learn basic chords and strumming patterns on the ukulele. Your new skills will build a basic foundation for playing a few songs to start and to continue to build your repertoire. You will be ready to jam across the city in no time!

Thu 7:30-8:30pm, Apr 20 – Jun 22, BSO139 – $122


Strings for Kids (7-10yrs)

For the students who want to test drive an instrument before committing to private music lessons. Students will try the ukulele and guitar in a group setting. Basics for each instrument will be taught along with some rudimentary theory; everything they need to know before they take it to the next level. This is a beginner level course. Instruments will be provided for the class.

Thu 6:15-7:15pm, Apr 20 – Jun 22, BSO140 – $135


Musical Theatre

Be a triple threat on the stage! In this class you will learn to sing, dance and act. While learning to perform, you will also learn how to audition. This course will end with a performance for friends and family on the BSOMA stage.

Junior (8-11yrs)

Wed 6:00-7:30pm, Apr 12– Jun 21 BSO141 – $202

Senior (12-16yrs)

Wed 7:30-9:00pm, Apr 12 – Jun 21, BSO142 – $202


Glee Club (10-16yrs)

Glee Club leads future stars through vocals, stage presence and wardrobe. Songs will be selected by the group and mastered over the duration of the course. Glee Club always performs their songs for friends and family on the BSOMA stage at the end of each session.

Sat 12:00-1:00pm, Apr 22 – Jun 24, BSO143 – $110


Gold Choir (40+yrs)

A fun, casual choir suitable for singers and non-singers of all abilities. Focus will be on using your vocal instrument to its full ability while gaining confidence. Students will have the opportunity to perform with the Bluesfest Community Choir.

Mon 2:00-3:00pm, Apr 24 – Jun 26, BSO146 – $110


Gold Ukulele (40+yrs)

The ukulele is one of the most pleasant instruments there is, as it is physically easier to play than many stringed instruments, is a good way to learn music theory and has a joyful sound. Participants will be taught new chords, melody, strumming styles and even some rudimentary theory. Come strum, sing and learn in this quickly growing group! Intermediate playing ability mandatory as this is not a beginner course.

Tue 1:45- 2:45pm, Apr 18– June 27, BSO147 – $122


Gold Art (40+yrs)

Express yourself in this introductory visual art course. Explore art history, mediums and techniques as your instructor guides you through weekly projects using paint, inks, charcoal, pencils and more.
Wed 2:00-3:30pm, Apr 19 – Jun 28, BSO148 – $202


Introduction to Watercolour Painting (17yrs+)

Learn to paint successfully with watercolour paints. Become confident in how to select colours, brushes and application techniques. You will walk away with the preliminary skills to express yourself creatively with watercolour paint. Clients can choose to purchase supplies from BSOMA for $40 or provide their own supplies.

Thu 7:00-8:30pm, Apr 20 – Jun 22, BSO138 – $183


Rock University – Unplugged with Dave Draves (17+yrs)

Join us for this exclusive opportunity, with one of Ottawa's most esteemed and experienced producers. Dave Draves has worked with artists from across Canada and beyond including local stars Kathleen Edwards, the fiftymen, Jim Bryson, and the Skydiggers; and now he's joined our Rock University team to coach you.  Dave will guide each band through song selection, arrangements and performance maximizing potential and opportunity. Both individual and band registrations are welcome as we seek to assemble two bands who will work with Dave over a 10 week session in preparation for a set at Bluesfest, a 3 song recording at Dave's Little Bullhorn Studios, and more.
Register as a band or as an individual. Acoustic instruments and vocalists only, individuals will be grouped according to musical strengths and interests. Minimum 4 piece bands, minimum intermediate playing ability mandatory as this is not a beginner course.
Mon 7:30-9:00pm, Apr 24 – Jul 10, BSO137 – $489



These afterschool programs are fun and educational! BSOMA staff will pick up participants at Churchill Alternative School and walk over at 2:45pm. Arrival and departure times are flexible if you attend another school and would still like to participate.


Afterschool Art Club (8-14yrs)

This club will get kids painting, pasting and creating. Regardless of artistic experience, kids will have the opportunity to be successful with many techniques and mediums. The course will culminate in an art show for the parents.
Wed 2:45-4:15pm, Apr 5 – Jun 21, BSO151 – $220

Ukulele Jams (6+yrs)

Join Nigel Harris for Westboro’s only uke jam. Music and lyrics are displayed on the big screen for you to follow along. All ages and abilities are welcome.

Last Tues – 7:00-9:00pm – $5 per person