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Private Lessons

BSOMA PRivate Music Lessons - Teacher and guitar student

We offer lessons in vocals, guitar, ukulele, piano, drums, saxophone, harmonica and more!

Private lessons provide the most impactful experience in music education. Our teachers are equipped to prepare students for formal musical examinations, professional/semi-professional performances and casual play with friends and family. In person, one-on-one lessons under the guidance of our teachers provides personalized instruction that corrects errors in technique, builds upon the experience and abilities of the student and focuses on tricks of the trade, as appropriate for the student.

Book a private lesson

Or contact Nicole Irvine, our school Coordinator ( or 613-627-2762) so that we are able to match you up with the teacher who best suits your interests and abilities.

Rates and Payment

Pay for all of Fall 2018 and Save 15%

This option is great for students who know they will be taking private lessons from September - December. Students will save 15% by registering for the entire fall session. Built into the price is one student absence and one teacher absence, that is, two weeks that you do not pay for.

Lesson package runs from September 10, 2018 to December 21, 2018.
Offer is available until September 31st, 2018.

$99 for four 30 minute lessons. Lessons are purchased in blocks of at least 4 lessons. Lessons can be purchased over the phone with credit card at 613-627-2762 or 613-798-8950 ext. 0. They can also be paid for in person at BSOMA or Dovercourt with exact cash, credit, or debit.

Cancellation Policy

At BSOMA we maintain a 7 day cancellation policy regardless of reason for absence. If 7 days of notice is received, a credit for the cancelled class will be given, and applied at a later date with no penalty. No refunds or credits will be given if fewer than 7 days of notice is not given.

To cancel a lesson you must email Nicole Irvine at

Summer Hours (July 16-September 9, 2018)
Monday – Thursday: 3pm to 9pm
Friday – Sunday: CLOSED

Regular Hours (Sep. 10, 2018 onwards)

  • Monday: Thursday: 2pm to 9pm
  • Friday: 12pm to 5pm
  • Saturday: 10am to 5pm


Lessons are available Monday-Friday between and 2pm and 9pm and Saturday between 10am and 5pm. Lessons take place once a week at the same day and time each week. Provided your lessons are paid for in advance, the date and time you have booked is yours until you withdraw from your lessons. You will, however, forfeit your lesson date and time if you do not come to class without notice twice in a row.

Refunds and Withdrawals

There are no refunds given for unused private lesson credits, but the credit can be transferred to a friend or family member new to BSOMA. Full credit will be given to those who withdraw from a group class up to one week in advance of the program start date of the course. Pro-rated refunds for withdrawal will be given with a medical certificate for all programs. Private Lessons are non-refundable. There will be a $20 administrative fee charged for all refunds and returned payments.

Instructor Profiles

Stay tuned to this space as we introduce more of our amazing music instructors at the school.

Amanda Balsys

bsoma instructor Amanda Balsys

Amanda is a working musician and performer living in Ottawa. She has toured Canada and the US with folk troupe The Gertrudes, queer rapper ManChyna, and internationally with Juno award nominated The Wilderness of Manitoba as a violinist and vocalist. She holds a BEd and an MEd from Queen’s University with certification in arts education, and has more than 10 years of private and group teaching experience. She is a big fan of The Beach Boys, Ottawa’s cycling routes, and a well-timed joke.
Amanda will begin instruction in violin and ukulele beginning this January 2019.

Special Events

Throughout the year, BSOMA offers opportunity to meet, learn from and engage with special guests from the Ottawa region and beyond. During festival season, don’t be surprised to see some of the performers drop in for community workshops, or classes. The best way to keep on top of what special events are coming up at BSOMA is to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.