18 Reasons to Take Music Lessons at the Area’s Top Teaching Studio
1. Largest and most qualified teaching faculty in Brantford/Brant County!
At the Brantford Music Centre, we are proud to have over a dozen musicians and adult teachers as members of our staff, all of whom have a Royal Conservatory or University education and/or live performance experience.
Our instructors are warm, friendly and love to teach!
2. Music lessons for a wide variety of instruments!
We currently offer lessons for piano, voice, guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, violin, viola, cello, drums, saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, trombone and flute for students of all ages.
3. We offer music lessons 6 days a week for today’s busy families!
We are the only music studio in Brantford and Brant County that teaches 6 days a week! We do our best to accommodate families with multiple students by scheduling their lessons in corresponding timeslots on the same day whenever possible.
4. Free recitals twice a year!
Concerts and recitals offer our students a chance to gain self-confidence while learning to perform in front of an audience. It’s always rewarding seeing our students showcase their talents in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere.
Many of our more advanced students have also performed during our weekly Acoustic Café, which takes place every Saturday at 2pm right inside the music store.
5. A proven 35-year track record of success!
For over three decades, the Brantford Music Centre has been offering quality, one-on-one music instruction, whether your goal is simply play at home or share your skills on the stage.
A number of our former students are still active in the local music scene today!
6. Sales, service and studios under one roof!
The only lesson studio in Brantford and Brant County where you can shop for your books and materials, have your gear or instrument serviced by a trained technician and be taught - all under one roof!
7. Monthly lesson payments! No long-term contract!
Some music studios and sports teams require a financial commitment upfront, our program does not. Lessons are paid for a month at a time on the first lesson day of the month.
We do not require semester minimums for lessons. You can start anytime and lessons are on a month-to-month basis. If you are ready to start, you have nothing to lose, as we only want students who truly want to learn.
We will not commit you to a long-term contract.
8. The best price possible on instruments and merchandise!
We are competitively priced on most items throughout the store and always strive to give our students and their families the best price possible on all major purchases.
9. Our lesson fees are tax deductible!
Because our instructors are qualified educators, our fees for minors are tax deductible. When income tax season arrive, Jeff is more than happy to print out a complete list of your lesson expenses from the previous calendar year.
10. Fully-equipped lesson rooms!
Amps, drums and drum pads, digital and acoustic pianos with weighted keys, music stands, stereos… our lesson rooms are ready and waiting! All you need to bring with you is your instrument, drum sticks, piano-playing fingers and books!
The Brantford Music Centre is proud to be the most technologically-advanced studio in the area and a number of our instructors integrate laptops, iPads, iPods or mini-recorders into their weekly curriculum.
Feel free to bring your own electronic/recording device to your lesson along with your instrument to play-along with or record what you’re learning!
11. A comfortable lounge for students and parents!
Parents and students are always welcome to venture downstairs and browse the shop, but are free to enjoy our upstairs lounge, complete with free wi-fi, books and magazines and children’s activities. Sit down and take a load off!
12. Daytime sessions for college students, retirees and shift workers!
As a full service studio, we offer daytime sessions on select instruments that fit the active schedules of business professionals, home-schooled youth and college students, retirees and shift/swing workers.
14. Glass doors and windows on all studios!
We have spent time and money soundproofing our entire second floor and installing observation windows so that you watch your child’s progress. Parents are also encouraged to sit in on music lessons at any time.
15. Our instructors teach year round!
While some music programs and studios cease lessons during the summer months, we stay in full swing, helping to keep those young minds sharp for when school resumes in September!
16. BMC and RCM Music Examinations!
Brantford Music Centre and the Royal Conservatory of Music offer optional exams for those students who wish to prepare for the next level of their musical education. While these examinations are optional, they can contribute immensely to the long-term success of the student. Note: Music exams are optional.
17. Instrument rentals available!
We rent instruments of every kind, including digital keyboards and pianos, electric and acoustic guitars and basses, violins, violas, cellos, saxophones, trumpets, trombones, clarinets and flutes.
We also have a great rent-to-own program, so purchasing your new instrument can be done easily with payments on a monthly basis.
18. Rates for Private Lessons
$22 for 30 minutes per week (recommended for beginners), charged monthly, automatically, on a credit card at $88 per month.
$44 for 60 minutes per week (recommended for advanced players), charged monthly, automatically on a credit card at $176 per month.
Jeffrey Harding - Music Education Administrator
Jeff is our program administrator. He coordinates lesson schedules and recitals. He also manages our sheet music department. If you are looking to sign up for music lessons, want to reschedule your lessons or have any education or sheet music related questions please contact Jeff anytime and he will me more than happy to help you.
Walter Birdsell - Guitar, Banjo & Bass
Walt studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music where he obtained his Grade VIII Guitar and Grade III History and Harmony. He can teach you any style you want properly and professionally.
Brad Bridges - Drums
Brad is the most recent addition to our faculty. Having studied under our very own Lino DiClemente for 7 years, he knows and understand the benefits of one-on-one music instruction first-hand! Brad has been drumming and performing live across Southwestern Ontario since the age of 15.
Dave Dafoe - Guitar
Dave is a well-seasoned musician whose years of playing in a band professionally will certainly benefit those students who study with him. He will soon have you playing the songs you’ve always dreamed of playing.
Carole-Anne Persall - Voice & Piano
Carole-Anne has her associate degree in voice from the Conservatory of Canada, and if you ever need your piano tuned she just happens to be married to a very good piano tuner.
Brenda DeBoer - Piano & Voice
Brenda is a graduate of University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Music Education. She is a qualified piano and voice teacher that makes learning a lot of fun. Brenda is also an occasional teacher with the Grand Erie & Haldimand Norfolk School Boards.
Lino DiClemente - Drums
A graduate from the Ontario College of Music and a former Las Vegas Show drummer, Lino now spends his time performing and teaching his craft to aspiring drum students.
Luanne Ashe - Flute & Vocals
Luanne is an educator, vocalist, rhythm guitarist and flutist. She holds a B.A in Music from Acadia University majoring in flute and a B.Ed. in classroom vocal music from Dalhousie University. She also holds as Associate of The Royal Conservatory (ARCT) for voice. In 2006 she was a recipient of the prestigious Royal Conservatory Silver Medal in Voice!
Blend Lara - Violin & Cello
Blend is a O.R.M.T.A (Ontario Registered Music Teacher's Association) certified violinist with extensive experience in teaching and performing. He has travelled across Europe performing with some of the world's finest orchestras.
Jessica Annand - Piano
Jessica studied piano with the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto where she obtained her Grade 10 Piano. She has also attended Fanshawe & Mohawk College for Theatre Arts & Music. She has received numerous vocal and drama awards.
Bruce MacColl - Trumpet, Flugelhorn & Trombone
Having performed with many outstanding musicians from New York to England, Bruce celebrates over 47 years in music as a teacher and band leader.
Michelle Bohemier - Saxophone
Michelle is no stranger to the stage, acting as a band leader and performing with several local, regional and provincial big bands. She is very skilled in her approach to teaching and comes from a long line of well-known musicians