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Violin Players

Group Lessons

The Academy offers a wide variety of group lessons for students of all ages and abilities.

Ukulele for Beginners

8 Thursdays


Learn how to play an instrument by Spring Break! The ukulele is a fun, light-weight, easy-to-play instrument and it’s great for socializing. In this 8-week introductory class, you’ll learn foundational skills while playing some familiar songs. You’ll learn how to properly tune and hold your ukulele, as well as commonly used chords and simple strumming techniques. No music theory required. Just bring your ukulele and a notebook. 


Ages: 8 and up

Time: 4 to 5pm

Dates: February 2 to March 23, 2023 (8 Thursdays)

Tuition: $80 (plus registration fees)

Location: Community Art Room, Leir House

The Good Vibes Junior Singers

16 Mondays


This is not your typical singing group. Choir leader Yanti Sharples will lead members through a cappella harmonies using the uplifting and inspiring songs of the Ubuntu Choir Network. No audition is necessary. All young voices and levels of experience are welcome and encouraged to sing loud and proud!


There will be at least two performance opportunities throughout the term.

Ages: 8 to 14

Time: 4 to 5pm

Dates: January 30 to June 12, 2023 (16 Mondays)

(no sessions February 20, March 20, 27, April 10, May 22)

Tuition: $175 (plus registration fees)

Location: Community Art Room, Leir House

The PAMDA Fiddle Group

16 Mondays


Make this the year you step into the fun world of trad music, including Celtic, Old-Time and Bluegrass.

Fiddling is a popular social activity and in this group setting, PAMDA instructor Jeff Andrew will teach common fiddle tunes that you can play at jam sessions, fiddle camps, and other gatherings. You’ll also learn the ornamentation, rhythms, and bowing techniques that give each style its unique character.

The PAMDA Fiddle Group is open to players who know their way around the instrument in first position. Tunes will be taught by ear as well as from the page.

January 30 to June 12, 2023
(no lessons February 20, March 20, 27, and May 22)
Tuition: $150 (plus registration fees)

Location: Community Art Room, Leir House

Monday Nights Musical Fun!

Singers, strummers, and shakers join us at Leir House on Monday nights for some casual musical fun led by local musician Yanti. Introducing SongCatching and Strum Group. Come alone, bring a friend, or bring the family. (Kids under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.)

Register for Both Online: $160

Drop-In Fee for Both: $15

Maximum 20 participants per group, so online registration is strongly encouraged.


9 Mondays


Yanti will lead participants through a vocal catch and release practice known as SongCatching, using the songs of the Ubuntu Choir Network as taught in the oral tradition. Raise your voice in an informal, friendly, and safe environment. All voices and levels of experience are welcome. 


9 Mondays Nights

January 9 to March 13, 2023 (no group February 20

5:30-6:30 pm

Register Online: $80

Drop-In Fee: $10 

Location: Community Art Room (downstairs), Leir House

Strum Group

9 Mondays


Get comfortable and bring out your instruments (ukuleles, guitars, tambourines, etc.) for strumming, stomping, and shaking to some favourite songs. This is a no-audition group. You don’t need to read sheet music and no previous experience is required. 

9 Mondays Nights

January 9 to March 13, 2023 (no group February 20)

6:30-7:30 pm

Register Online: $80

Drop-In Fee: $10

Location: Community Art Room (downstairs), Leir House

Youth Songwriting Spring Camp with Corwin Fox

Monday to Friday

March 27 - 31

Noon - 5pm

This course focuses on both writing and performance aimed at facilitating self-expression through music, song, and spoken word poetry.


Combining elements of musical theory, improvisation techniques, lyric writing, collaboration with peers, and working one-on-one with the instructors, students get an incredibly dynamic and transformational experience.


This program is suitable for complete beginners, as well as students with prior musical experience.


Corwin will record all the songs as part of the course and students will then perform their new songs at a special showcase concert at the Dream Cafe on Saturday, April 1.


Having taught this course at IMA for over ten years, professional BC musician Corwin Fox has developed an incredible program that has been life-changing for many of the young people who have taken part.


Monday to Friday

March 27 to 31, 2023

Noon to 5:00 pm

Ages: 12 to 17

Tuition $175 (plus registration fees) 

Location: Penticton Community Centre

Playing with Strings

14 Tuesdays


This fun strings group is open to all PAMDA students ages 7 and up, who are playing orchestral strings (violin, viola, cello, or bass) at levels RCM 1 to 4 (middle of Suzuki Book 1 to end of Suzuki Book 3) and are comfortable sight-reading.

This is not your typical chamber ensemble! The repertoire will include music from a variety of genres, such as celtic, pop, show tunes, and festive holiday music. You’ll build your ensemble playing skills and, most importantly, you will be inspired and have fun! 

14 Tuesdays

October 18, November 1, 15, 29, December 13, January 10, 24, February 7, 21, March 7, April 4, 18, May 30, June 13.

6:00-7:00 pm

Tuition: $200 (plus registration fees)

Location: Community Art Room (downstairs), Leir House

The PAMDA String Orchestra

34 Wednesdays


This is a fun and exciting opportunity to gain experience in orchestral performance under the direction of Kelsey Zachary, with a focus on developing good intonation, rhythm, and musicianship.

Membership in the orchestra is open to all string musicians aged 16 and older, who play at a Grade 4 level or higher and are comfortable sight-reading. 

Ages: 16 and up

September 28 to June 14, 2023

$340 (plus registration fees) (discount of $80 if taking private lessons at PAMDA)

No sessions: December 21, December 28, March 22, March 29

Introduction to the Violin

8 Saturdays



Interested in trying out the violin before committing to buying an instrument and weekly lessons? This course is designed for beginners on the instrument as we look at posture, technique, music theory, and orchestral teamwork! 3-D instruments and trial instruments are included in the cost.


This course is taught by Adora Wong, an early childhood educator and former Principal 2nd Violinist of the Thunder Bay Symphony. 

Ages: 5-8 years old (4 spots open)

8 Saturdays

Dates: Jan 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb 4, 11, 18, 25


Tuition: $240 (plus registration fees)

Location: Studio 15, Leir House

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