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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 ext 0.

Musical Theatre


Group Classes Winter 2018

Bluesfest Choir

No need to audition for this fun and blues-centric choir! The focus is on fun and learning how to sing as a member of a group. Rediscover the joys of singing and belting out your favorite tunes in a casual community environment. Class is on the first Monday of each month, except for the start date of January 22. The choir will have its final performance at the RBC Ottawa Bluesfest 2018.
Mon 6:30-8:30pm, Jan 22 – Jun 4, BSO208 – $99

Gold Ukulele – Intermediate/Advanced (40+yrs)
The ukulele is one of the best introductory instruments there is, as it is physically easier to play than most other string instruments and is a good way to learn music theory. Participants will be taught chords, melody, strumming styles and even some rudimentary theory. Come strum, sing and learn in this quickly growing group!
Tue 2:00-3:00pm, Jan 9 – Apr 10, BSO193 – $178

Intermediate Ukulele (17yrs+)
In this pressure free environment, you will advance your knowledge on chords and strumming patterns on the ukulele. Your new skills will build a basic foundation for playing a few songs to continue to build your repertoire. You will be ready to jam across the city in no time! On the last Tuesday of each month, students are invited to participate in the Ukulele Jam from 7:00pm-9:00pm in lieu of their regular lesson.
Tue 7:30-8:30pm, Jan 9 – Apr 10, BSO194 – $178

Exploring Visual Arts II (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. Students can expect to purchase $40 in supplies for this course.
Wed 2:30-4:30pm, Jan 10 – Apr 11, BSO192 – $356

Painting and Drawing From Life (17yrs+)
This course will focus on the fundamentals of drawing the model or figure from observation. The instructor will lead participants through a series of exercises and assignments using a variety of media, exploring gesture, mark-making, line work, composition, negative and positive space, balance, light and shadow. Members can be of any level from beginner to advanced.
Wed 6:30-8:30pm, Jan 10 – Apr 11, BSO197 – $342

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 5:30-6:30pm, Jan 10 – Apr 11, BSO206 – $178

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, Jan 11 – Apr 12, BSO203 – $209
Preparatory (5-6yrs), Thu 5:15-6:15pm, Jan 11 – Apr 12, BSO207 – $209

Musical Theatre (8-16yrs)
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)
Thurs 6:00-7:30pm, Jan 11 – Apr 12, BSO204 – $266
Senior (12-16yrs)
Thurs 7:30-9:00pm, Jan 11 – Apr 12, BSO205 – $266

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. Each child should be accompanied by an adult. Please register each family member attending.
Sat 10:00-11:00am, Jan 13 – Apr 14, BSO198 – $83

Guitar Stars (7-10yrs)
This guitar class is for those who would like to progress a little beyond the basics. You will first review, then progress beyond basic cords and strumming patterns to expand your skill set, therefore your repertoire. Participants should come in with the basic ability to play a few cords and their own guitar.
Sat 11:00am – 12:00pm, Jan 13 – Apr 14, BSO199 – $165

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!
Please register for your preferred class time, though this time is not guaranteed. The first day of class will meet at 12:15pm to complete a meet and greet and assess musical interest and abilities to place musicians in the most suitable band combinations.
Sat 12:15-1:30pm, Jan 13 – Apr 14, BSO200 – $219
Sat 1:45-3:00pm, Jan 13 – Apr 14, BSO201– $219
Sat 3:15-4:30pm, Jan 13 – Apr 14, BSO202 – $219

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 Karaoke Club (8-12yrs)
This club will get kids singing at the top of their lungs. Each week kids will take on different genres of music from the 70s to today’s top 40 and work on vocal skills with the class’s vocal coach. This course is best for all levels of vocal training.
Mon 2:45-4:15pm, Jan 8 – Apr 9, BSO189 – $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, Jan 10 – Apr 11, BSO190 – $332

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 for novice ukulele players.
Fri 2:45-4:15pm, Jan 12 – Apr 13, BSO191 – $285