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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.


Read Instructor Profiles >>

Rates and Payment

Pay for all of Winter 2019 and Save 15%

This option is great for students who know they will be taking private lessons from January to April. Students will save 15% by registering for the entire winter session. Built into the price is one student absence.

Lesson package runs from January 7, 2019, to April 13, 2019.

Offer is available until January 31st, 2019 

$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

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.


Saeideh Rajabzadeh

Saeideh has been studying classical singing under the tutelage of Christiane Riel since 2014 at University of Ottawa. She has extensive performance experience with National Arts Centre Orchestra, Ottawa Symphony Orchestra and Ottawa Music Company. She has performed choral masterworks under the baton of renowned conductors such as Pinchas Zukerman, Jack Everly, David Currie, Laurence Ewashko, Jordan de Souza and Duain Wolfe.
Her last appearance as a chorister was in Harry Somers' Louis Riel Opera with the cast of Canadian Opera Company and NAC Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Alexander Shelley. 
In addition to her vocal training, she has received piano instruction.  With individualized plans for her students, she empowers them to express themselves freely in a positive safe environment where they are encouraged to explore their capabilities, rise to the challenges, believe in themselves and achieve their goals. Her incorporation of Alexander technique principles, theory and ear-training skills help her students learn faster and more effectively.


Shelby Taylor

Shelby is an instructor who teaches a different type of instrument – the mind. She has taught visual arts for the last 15 years, with the last 4 here with us at BSOMA. With a background in Social Working, Shelby graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Minor in Psychology in 2014, moving her further into a well-loved career of teaching drawing, painting and mixed media. 
Shelby enjoys the feeling of a student incorporating a technique that she taught them in an unrelated project because it shows that they appreciate what she showed them. Teaching is reciprocal, and she learns as much from her students as they learn from her.


Keith McCuaig

Keith has been a musician for almost 25 years having played guitar and bass in several blues, rock, and reggae bands over the past 20 years. Keith has a B.A. and M.A. in musicology, both from Carleton University, and wrote a thesis entitled “Jamaican Canadian Music in Toronto in the 1970s and 1980s: A Preliminary History.” Keith has also lectured at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University, and presented at several international musicology conferences. Each week, Keith teaches around thirty guitar, bass, and ukulele lessons, and plays with his band, Airliner, works with youth bands through the Bluesfest Be in the Band program, and teaches group lessons at the Bluesfest School of Music and Art. A love of music has led to a life of playing, teaching and writing about music.

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