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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.

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Group Classes Fall 2017

Exploring Visual Arts (17+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 2:30-4:30pm, Sep 13 – Dec 13, BSO168 – $342


Choir Training (17+yrs)

A fun, casual choir suitable for singers and non-singers of all abilities. This class is a fantastic compliment to students already enrolled in choirs or performing groups seeking more attention to their vocal technique.

Mon 2:00-3:00pm, Sep 11 – Dec 11, BSO172 – $159



Gold Ukulele – Intermediate (40+yrs)

Come strum, sing and learn in this quickly growing group. Intermediate playing ability is required as this is not a beginner course.

Tue 2:00-3:00pm, Sep 12 – Dec 12, BSO170 – $171


Introduction to Watercolour (17yrs+)

Learn to paint successfully with watercolour paints. Become confident in how to select colours, brushes and application techniques.

Wed 6:30-8:30pm, Sep 13 – Dec 13, BSO173 – $342


Beginner Ukulele (17yrs+)

In this pressure free environment, you will learn basic chords and strumming patterns. On the last Tuesday of each month, students are invited to participate in the monthly Ukulele Jam from 7:00pm-9:00pm in lieu of their regular lesson.

Tue 7:30-8:30pm, Sep 12 – Dec 12, BSO171 – $171


Snare Drum Control (17yrs+)

This course will aim to build technique on the snare drum through a very musical approach. Focusing on material from Jim Blackley's Syncopated Rolls book as well as George Stone's Stick Control plus handouts, this course will provide you with plenty of material to work on between classes.

Tue 8:00-9:00pm, Sep 12 – Dec 12, BSO186 – $171


Family Ukulele (6+yrs)

Together families will learn chords, how to read chords, strum patterns, and then put it all together to play songs. Each child must be accompanied by an adult.

Sat 10:00-11:00am, Sep 16 – Dec 16, BSO174 – $80


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.

Wed 6:30-7:30pm, Sep 13 – Dec 13, BSO183 – $171


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 provided.

Sat 11:00am – 12:00pm, Sep 16 – Dec 16, BSO175 – $159


Musical Theatre (8-16yrs)

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

Junior (8-11yrs): Thurs 6:00-7:30pm, Sep 14 – Dec 14, BSO181 – $256

Senior (12-16yrs): Thurs 7:30-9:00pm, Sep 14 – Dec 14, BSO182 – $256


Preschool and Preparatory Music (3-6yrs)

Children will explore fundamental concepts in music and movement in a hands-on, creative environment. Musical notation, rhythm, beat, melody, harmony, and other musical elements will be introduced through songs, poetry, games, movement, listening activities and use of a variety of percussion instruments. These new classes are run by the Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy. For questions about this program, please contact

Preschool (3-4yrs), Thu 4:15-5:15pm, Sept 14 – Dec 14, BSO180 – $201
Preparatory (5-6yrs), Thu 5:15-6:15pm, Sept 14 – Dec 14, BSO184 – $201


Rock University (10-16yrs)

Rock University is the true band experience where musicians learn to play the songs you love. During the course, you and your band will prepare for all aspects of live performance. Graduates of Rock University will have the opportunity to perform at RBC Bluesfest or CityFolk. The show starts here!
Sat 12:15-1:30pm, Sept 16 – Dec 16, BSO176 – $211
Sat 1:45-3:00pm, Sept 16 – Dec 16, BSO177 – $211
Sat 3:15-4:30pm, Sept 16 – Dec 16, BSO178 – $211


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 Tuesday of the Month – 7:00-9:00pm – $5 per person



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 Kids Choir (7-10yrs)

Students will learn how to improve their singing voices and how to sing and perform in a group. Students will build confidence and comfort together, practicing and preparing for their show on the BSOMA stage.

Mon 2:45-4:15pm, Sep 11 – Dec 11, BSO165 – $296


Afterschool Art Club (8-12yrs)

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, Sep 13 – Dec 13, BSO166 – $319


Afterschool Ukulele Club (8-12yrs)

This club will get kids playing as a group regardless of musical experience. Everything from classic rock to top 40 hits will be played. This course is best suited for novice ukulele players.
Fri 2:45-4:15pm, Sep 15 – Dec 15, BSO167 – $274