Barrhaven Music Academy
2900 Woodroffe Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario, K2J4G3
Barrhaven Music Academy
Our lessons are taught by a diverse and professional staff of instructors, ready to help you or your child reach their musical potential. We offer private, one-on-one lessons for piano, voice, guitar, bass, violin, viola, drums and theory. All ages, levels and styles welcome! Length of lessons, depending on the student's level and teacher availability, can range from 30 to 60 minutes.
Registration is easy. Drop by the school, call us at 613-459-6027 or email us to receive information on pricing, policies, and availabilities.
Piano is an enjoyable and challenging instrument to learn. Piano lessons can start as early as age 4 and at this age students quickly absorb the basics. Our lessons are structured with key finding exercises, finger exercises, note reading, rhythm exercises, music flash card exercises, songs as well as following a method book appropriate to the age and level of the student. Our program which consists of training manuals, teaching guides and resource binders has been developed by owner and experienced teacher Nadia Zaid.
Technique is key to becoming a better singer. Whether the student wants to learn pop, country or classical, our teachers teach various warm-ups including 5 note patterns, triads, arpeggios, major scales, longtones and diaphragmatic breathing. Our students are provided with a complimentary vocal warm-up CD to help them practice at home, as well as a beginners vocal handout which outlines all the fundamentals with pictures and easy to read explanations. Our teachers teach with both guitar and piano, giving the students a chance to sing with live accompaniment in each class.
Our guitar classes consist of finger exercises, proper picking, proper positioning and fretting techniques, strumming and posture and students can learn how to read treble clef notation, tablature, chord symbols or all of the above. Students are invited to learn all styles and we are able to differentiate the lessons based on the wants needs and level and age of the student.
While bass players can specialize in a one style of music or another, it provides a key element for all genres: anchoring the harmonic framework and laying down the beat. As a rhythm instrument, bass lessons will focus on learning proper fretting and picking technique, counting and palm-muting, as well as learning your favorite bass riffs and recordings. Students learn how to read tab or bass clef notation, or both.
Our drum program is ideal for students of all levels, from beginner to advanced, who are interested in improving their drumset technique across a wide range of styles, including rock, jazz, punk and Latin. Lessons will focus on acquiring a thorough understanding of percussion rudiments, wrist movement and rhythm drills. Students will learn common rock beats, groove, fill placement, dynamics, phrasing and time keeping, along with discovering a whole world of songs to play!
Our violin and viola program consists of proper posture, positioning, Bowing techniques and reading treble clef notation with songs and exercises. Students learn a variety of exercises including various types of scales and producing accurate and correct pitch, vibrato and harmonics. As students progress through the basics, they will be taught sight-reading, ear-training and theory.
Music theory is the study of how music works, through examination of the language and notation of music. It seeks to identify patterns and structures within genres, styles, or historical periods. Overall, music theory distils and analyzes the fundamental parameters or elements of music: rhythm, harmony, melody, structure and form. Leaning music theory will grant students a greater general knowledge of music, how it's written (and why!), and the ability to apply this knowledge to all instruments.