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Group Lessons

Take Your Musical  and Dramatic Arts Experience to the Next Level with a Group Class

Introduction to Guitar

4 Thursdays

Starting February 1, 2024


This is a fantastic opportunity for beginners of all ages to embark on a musical journey and learn the fundamentals of playing the guitar from Dave Barber. Whether you're a teenager or an adult, this course is designed to provide you with the essential skills needed to strum a few tunes in just four weeks!

This course is perfect for those who have never picked up a guitar before. No previous experience is required; we'll start from scratch on Day 1. Throughout the course, you'll receive expert guidance and support as you learn the basics of guitar playing.

In each one-hour session, we will cover important topics that form the foundation of guitar playing. You'll learn how to form chords, explore different strumming techniques, and develop a repertoire of songs that are perfect for campfire gatherings. We'll focus on building your timing skills, ensuring that you can play along with your favorite tunes confidently.

By the end of this four-week course, you'll be amazed at the progress you've made as a guitarist. You'll have a collection of chords and strumming patterns under your belt, enabling you to play a variety of songs. 

The course is open to anyone aged 10 and up, making it suitable for both young aspiring musicians and adults who have always wanted to learn to play the guitar. With just one hour of class per week, it's a manageable commitment that fits into any busy schedule.

Are you ready to discover the joy of playing the guitar and creating music? Join us for Introduction to Guitar and in just four weeks, you'll be strumming away.

4 Thursdays, starting February 1, 2024


Tuition: $180 (plus registration fees)

Location: Leir House Cultural Centre

Curtain Call: A 6-Week Theatre Class for 11-14 Year Olds

6 Saturdays

Jan 27 - Mar 9, 2024

Time 1:30am-3:30pm

Embark on a six-week artistic journey with actor and director Chantal Ethier in our exclusive acting fundamentals class designed for 11-14 year olds. Through a dynamic curriculum, students will engage in interactive theatre and improv games, honing essential acting skills while fostering teamwork and creativity.

Each class incorporates vocal and physical warmups, providing a holistic approach to performance preparation. Participants will have the unique opportunity to cultivate their talents by developing monologues and plays inspired by thought-provoking prompts and themes.

Join us for an enriching experience where young actors not only discover the foundations of their craft but also unlock their creative potential under the guidance of the talented Chantal Ethier.

Class is limited to 8 students, so register today.

6 Saturdays, January 27 to March 9, 2024 (no group February 17)

Time 1:30am-3:30pm

Tuition: $120 (plus registration fees)

Location: Leir House

Monday Night Drop-In SongCatching with Yanti


Ongoing from January to June 5:30-6:30pm

In this FUN, informal, friendly, and safe singing environment, local musician Yanti leads participants through a vocal back-and-forth practice known as SongCatching, using the songs of the Ubuntu Choir Network as taught in the oral tradition. All voices and levels of experience are welcome. 

Mondays, January to June (no group on statutory holidays or during spring break)

Time 5:30am-6:30pm

Drop-In Fee: $10 payable at the door

Location: Leir House, Community Art Room (ground floor)

Monday Night Drop-In Strumming Group


Ongoing from January to June 2024


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 drop-in group. You don’t need to read sheet music and no previous experience is required. 

Mondays, January to June (no group on statutory holidays or during spring break)

Time 6:30am-7:30pm

Drop-In Fee: $10 payable at the door

Location: Leir House, Community Art Room (ground floor)

Adult Group Guitar Class

9 Mondays

January 8 - March 11, 2024

Time 3-4:30pm

This dynamic and engaging closed group class is designed specifically for Dave Barber’s current adult students to continue learning about playing the guitar in a collaborative setting. 

Over the Winter term, we will continue to grow as a group/ensemble. Together, we will delve into essential topics such as timing, jamming etiquette, and performance etiquette to ensure seamless and enjoyable musical interactions. 

A key element of this course is expanding your song repertoire. We will explore a wide range of genres, including folk, country, rock, and blues, providing you with a diverse musical palette. As we navigate through these genres, we will emphasize dynamics, helping you understand the importance of volume and expression to create captivating performances.

Join us for Group Guitar for Adults. Connect with fellow guitar enthusiasts and discover the joy of playing together in a supportive and enriching environment.

9 Mondays, January 8 - March 11, 2024 (no group February 19)

Time 3-4:30

Tuition: $450 (plus registration fees)

Location: Leir House

The PAMDA Adult Fiddle Group

30 Tuesdays

Starting October 10


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.

Please contact the instructor for more information before registering. 

30 Tuesdays, starting October 10, 2023

(no group Dec 19, 26, Feb 6 & 13, Mar 29 & 26)


Tuition: $300 (plus registration fees)

Location: Leir House Cultural Centre

PAMDA String Orchestra

35 Wednesdays

September 20, 2023

to June 12, 2024


Join the PAMDA String Orchestra for an unforgettable orchestral experience, dedicated to honing your intonation, rhythm, and musicianship.


The PAMDA String Orchestra offers a welcoming environment for string musicians aged 16 and above, providing an excellent platform for players at Grade 4 level or higher who are comfortable with sight-reading.


Led by conductor Kelsey Zachary, you'll be part of a vibrant musical community, perfecting your ensemble skills, and enriching your orchestral performance abilities.


Whether you're an aspiring musician or an experienced player looking to expand your horizons, our string orchestra offers an enriching journey of musical growth and camaraderie. 

35 Wednesdays, starting September 20, 2023


Tuition: $360 (plus registration fees)

Tuition for current private lesson students: $275 (plus registration fees)

Location: Leir House Cultural Centre

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