Bluesfest School of Music & Art

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Winter programs are underway

Check out our Group Lessons page for all the details..

WelcoBluesfest logome to the Bluesfest School of Music and Art (BSOMA). We are dedicated to supporting cultural development within the greater Ottawa community by creating opportunities through education that will allow students to discover, explore and deepen a relationship with the arts. BSOMA is operated by Ottawa Bluesfest and Dovercourt Recreation Association. Throughout the year, we offer group classes and workshops, special events, camps, private and semi-private lessons and concerts for all ages.







Not sure about learning an instrument yet?
Try out our Intro Pack.

The BSOMA Intro Pack includes 4 1/2-hour private lessons with one of our amazing teachers, plus a drumstick/practice pad . Drums are excellent instruments for musicians of all ages. Please contact us at the school to purchase your $119 BSOMA Intro Pack.


Finding and Registering for a program:

To find a BSOMA class or workshop, click on "FIND A PROGRAM" at the top of this page or the blue sidebar button. 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 Centre, 613-798-8950 x0.

School Hours

Monday  - Thursday: 2pm to 9pm
Friday - 2pm to 4pm
Saturday 10am to 5pm


450 Churchill Avenue North Ottawa, ON K1Z 5E2, 2 blocks south of Richmond Road.
Please access the school via our Ravenhill Ave entrance.


General Inquiries and Private Lesson bookings: Kate Ritchie at

BSOMA Phone: 613-627-2762

Phone registrations and inquiries during non-operational hours can be made at Dovercourt Recreation Centre 613-798-8950 ex.0

Social Media

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Additional Information 

Mark Monahan

Board of Directors:
Jamie Leal
Richard Mahoney
Dave O’Malley
Paul Symes
Darcy Walsh

Program Director:
Geoff Cass (Dovercourt Recreation Centre)

Kate Ritchie – Manager, Bluesfest School of Music & Art

The Bluesfest School of Music and Art would like to acknowledge the contribution and support we have received from the former Westboro United Church Council. In recognition, the hall in which the school is housed has been named the Kitchissippi Community Hall.