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Register for Summer 2020 private lessons.

For over 25 years, PAMDA has been teaching and sharing music. And even during this time of necessary physical distancing, we are excited to be virtually “open for business” as we continue to provide our students with access to world-class musical education and a vibrant, musical community.

The health, safety, and well-being of our community is very important to us, so most private lessons are currently being delivered via Zoom. And some of our group classes are presently on hold. Thank you for your understanding.

Private Lessons

Private lessons are scheduled once weekly for the term. You can register for one seasonal term or for the entire academic term. Please contact your instructor to arrange a mutually convenient schedule for your lessons.

Summer 2020 Private Lessons

The Summer 2020 term begins the week of June 15 and ends the week of August 3 (8 weeks). Please check with your instructor for availability and then register online.

Private Lessons for 2020-2021 Academic Year

The 2020/2021 academic year begins the week of September 6, 2020 and ends June 11, 2020 and includes a total of 36 lessons. (If your lesson is scheduled for a Monday, those dates will not be included in your lesson fees.) Lessons not included in the 36 lesson term include Christmas break (2 weeks) and Spring break (2 weeks).

2020/2021 Important Dates

August 10: Registration for the 2020/2021 opens
September 8: Private lessons begin
October 12: Thanksgiving Day Holiday (no lessons or classes)
November 11: Remembrance Day (no lessons or classes)
December 19 to January 3: Winter Break
February 17: Family Day (no lessons or classes)
March 13 to 28: Spring Break
April 2-5: Easter Holidays (no lessons or classes)
May 24: Victoria Day (no lessons or classes)
June 11: Academic Year Ends

Register for Summer 2020 private lessons.
Piano

Fees: Fees differ based on length of lesson and instructor

Instructor(s): Tracey Coulter, Linnea Good, Evelyn Krieger, and Dillys Richardson

Our piano faculty can meet the needs of students of all ages and abilities. Private lessons run from September to June, following the local school district calendar. Read about our instructors on the faculty page and email the one you wish to study with, to discuss a time and day for your lessons.


Violin

VIOLIN/VIOLA LESSONS
Ages:
all ages

Fees: Fees differ based on length of lesson and instructor

Instructor(s): Fahlon Smith, John Suderman, Sandra Wilmot, and Tanya Westby

Our violin instructors can meet the needs of students of all ages and levels of learning. Email addresses for the faculty can be found in their bios and you contact them directly to schedule a lesson time and day. Violin rentals are available through the Academy office.


Guitar

Ages: All ages

Fees: Fees are established by each instructor and generally range from $30 to $35 per half hour.

Instructor(s): Selwyn Redivo, Maiya Robbie, and Tavis Weir

Our guitar teacher can meet the needs of students of all ages and abilities. Review the bios for Selwyn, Maiya, and Tavis and then email the instructor directly (at the email address in the bio) to arrange a time and day for your lessons. After that, complete our online registration form.


Cello

Ages: All ages

Fees: Fees differ based on length of lesson and generally range from $30 to $35 per half hour

Instructor(s): Olivia Walsh

Olivia Walsh offers weekly and bi-weekly private cello lessons on Mondays to students of all ages and from beginner to advanced. Contact her directly at the email listed in her bio to arrange a date and time for your lessons.


Voice

Ages: all ages

Fees: Fees are established by each instructor and generally range from $30 to $35 per half hour.

Instructor(s): Mia Harris, Melanie Konynenberg, and Maiya Robbie

Our voice faculty are all classically trained singers with extensive teaching and performing experience in a wide range of vocal styles. They can meet the needs of students of all ages and abilities. Please read about each teacher on the faculty page to choose the one that would best suit your needs. Then email the teacher of your choice (email provided in bio) to arrange a time and day for your lessons.

Theory

Ages: all ages

Instructor(s): Nicholas Kelly

Private theory classes are offered by Nick Kelly. Exam prep for all levels of RCM theory and harmony are an essential way to ensure a well rounded music education experience. Check our group classes page for the latest workshops and group theory lessons being offered.


Composition

Ages: all ages

Instructor(s): Nicholas Kelly

Nick offers private composition lessons to students interested in creating their own music. Composition lessons provide an opportunity to think creatively, learn how music is structured, and translate your ideas and inspirations into a brand-new song or composition. Lessons and projects are tailored to the student’s individual background and interests, providing the freedom to explore your own creativity along with a solid foundation in the techniques of music composition.

All ages are welcome; basic experience singing or playing an instrument is recommended.


Speech Arts

Ages: All ages

Instructor(s): Deborah McGladdery, Norene Morrow

The Academy is pleased to be offering private, semi-private and group instructions in Speech Arts. Explore and develop your dramatic side by taking Speech Arts lessons. Shakespeare, Dramatic Scene, Mime, Poetry, Storytelling, Speeches, Festival and Examination preparation! All under the expert guidance of Deborah McGladdery or Norene Morrow.


Group Lessons and Workshops

Register for all group lessons here.

REGISTRATION FOR THE 2019-2020 ACADEMIC YEAR IS NOW OPEN.
Group classes and workshops are subject to a $15 society membership fee and a $25 registration fee due at the time of registration.



Musical Theatre


MUSICAL THEATRE BREAKOUT
Ages: 7 to 11
September 12, 2019 – June 11, 2020
Thursdays 4:00-5:30 pm
Fees: $540.00

Instructor(s): Melanie Konynenberg

Email: melaniekonynenberg@pentictonacademyofmusic.ca

This fun and dynamic group class will focus on healthy vocal delivery for the stage, characterization, and creative movement. Students will explore their dramatic sides through the use of miming, puppetry, improvisation, mini plays, and drama games. The group will learn dialogue and music from classic and modern musical theatre and they will perform 1-2 times during the season.



YOUTH MUSICAL THEATRE
Ages: 12 to 17
September 12, 2019-June 11, 2020
Thursdays 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Fees: $540.00

Instructor(s): Melanie Konynenberg

Email: melaniekonynenberg@pentictonacademyofmusic.ca

This dynamic group class for teens will bring vocal delivery, dramatic arts, and creative movement to the next level. The class focuses on part-singing, developing proper vocal technique, vocal range development, dramatic development, group awareness, and stage movement. Students will explore their dramatic sides through the use of drama games, Improvisation, monologues, dialogues, and mini plays. The students will explore classic and modern musical theatre repertoire, and they will perform at least twice during the season.


Speech Arts and Drama


SPEECH ARTS AND DRAMA
Ages: 5 to 7
When: Tuesdays, 3PM to 4PM
Starts: January 7, 2020
Ends: April 8, 2020 (10 classes)
Fee: $150

Instructor: Deborah McGladdery

This group class will provide students ages 5 to 7 with a combination of speech arts, drama and mime training as well as creative drama games and activities. Students will prepare and perform solo, duo, and group spoken word selections with an aim to building skills and participating in recitals, festivals and examinations when they are ready. PLEASE CONTACT THE INSTRUCTOR BEFORE REGISTERING, AS THIS CLASS IS ALMOST FULL.



ACTING FOR ADULTS AND TEENS 2
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Participants may bring their own lunch or go out for it.
Fee: $70

Instructor: Norene Morrow

Due to the success of our workshop in the fall, we’re excited to offer this winter workshop, which will continue to build on the skills of preparing and performing a monologue and scene work (improvised and scripted), as well discussing what to expect at an audition and how to create a performance résumé. If you have a short monologue prepared or in the works, please bring it along; otherwise one will be provided for you. This workshop is ideal for those who want to get into theatre but do not know where to start or for those who may have upcoming auditions. Past and new participants are welcome!

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SPEAKING WITH CONFIDENCE FOR ADULTS AND TEENS 
Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Fee: $30

Instructor: Norene Morrow

If speaking or reading in public strikes terror in your heart or you just want to be better at it, then come spend an afternoon learning how you can become more proficient and build your confidence. This workshop will cover projection and diction, dealing with nerves, how to mark a script, how to craft a speech, and practical tips for success. It is an ideal session for those who may have to speak at an upcoming special event and for those who speak or read regularly in the community, at schools or in church.


Orchestra

ACADEMY STRING ORCHESTRA
Ages: 16+
September 11, 2019 – June 19, 2020 (no class Oct 16, Nov 20, Dec 18, Feb 5, March 4, April 1, and May 6)
Wednesdays 7:15-8:45 pm
Fees: $260 Academy Students | $340 Non-Academy Students

Instructor(s): John Suderman
This ensemble is for intermediate to advanced string players aged 16 and up. This is a wonderful place to challenge yourself and expand your skills. The orchestra performs at the Christmas Gala and Spring Gala for the Academy of Music, participates every year in the Kiwanis Music Festival, and gives its own full-length concert at the end of June.


Violin

Group lessons have so many benefits for violin students. The group setting enables students to develop skills and obtain knowledge that are difficult to learn in private lessons.

Group lessons not only reinforce what is learned in private lessons, they also provide an opportunity for students to work on playing and performing together. Students develop their listening, reading, and concentration skills and these skills transfer to other areas of their lives. Games and exercises are used to help develop such things as intonation, position awareness, bowing technique, left hand technique, sight reading, and ear training. In addition, students learn the fundamentals of music theory, such as note naming and rhythm.

There will be some opportunities to perform at the farmers market, in concerts, and/or at seniors’ homes.

Class size is limited, so register soon to secure your spot.

Group Violin 1 (Suzuki Book 1)
Classes: Nov 4, 25, Dec 9, Jan 6, 20, Feb 3, 24, Mar 9, Apr 6, 27, May 11
Mondays 4:45 to 5:30pm pm
Fees: $225
Instructor(s): Tanya Westby

Group Violin 1 classes are for students who are beginning the violin, up to those who are polishing “Go Tell Aunt Rhody.”

Group Violin 2 (Suzuki Book 1)
Classes: Nov 18, Dec 2, 16, Jan 13, 27, Feb 10, Mar 2, 30, Apr 20, May 4, 25
Mondays 4:45 to 5:30pm pm
Fees: $225
Instructor(s): Tanya Westby

Group Violin 2 classes are for students working from “O Come Little Children” to those polishing “Gavotte” by Gossec.


Voice

Voice Lab: A Performance Class
Instructor: Mia Harris

Performing takes practice, too. These classes will focus on the performance aspect of singing, as well as singing in a group.

Students will have the opportunity to sing for each other in a supportive, non-formal environment. The class will work on physical presentation, song interpretation, techniques for clear and effective expression, and strategies for dealing with nerves and stage fright. You’ll also explore musical creativity through rhythms, melody, and harmony. In addition, students will work on a group song to perform at our year-end gala.

Classes: September 23, October 7, November 4, 25, December 9, January 13, 27, February 10, 24, March 9, April 6, 20, 11, 25, June 8 (15 classes)

Fee: $300


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Freedom of Singing: A weekend workshop (Spring)
Instructor: Mia Harris

Delve into the fundamentals of voice. In this weekend workshop, students (ages 16 and up), will discover how imagination is key to producing a beautiful tone quality. You’ll explore vocal play, resonance, and your personal vocal power.

Classes:

Friday, April 24, 5 to 9pm

Saturday, April 25, 10 to 5pm

Sunday, April 26, 10 to 5pm

Fee: $230


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Adult Voice Masterclass (Spring)
Instructor: Mia Harris

In this small class, adult vocalists (ages 18 and up) looking to advance their skills or to work on a piece for an upcoming performance will have the opportunity to learn from classically trained singer, Mia Harris. In this two hour masterclass, students will get to present their work for feedback, as well as watch and take notes during the duration of the masterclass.

Classes:

Monday, June 1, 6 to 8pm

Fee: $20


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Musical Footsteps

MUSICAL FOOTSTEPS, Level 1 (Winter)
Ages: 3 to 6 
Dates: January 11 to March 14, 2020 (No class February 15)
Time: Saturdays 11:00 – 11:45 am 
Fees: $90
Instructor: Carole Fitsell

Musical Footsteps is a group class for children 3 to 6 years of age using songs, stories, instruments and visual clues. Literacy, numeracy and note reading are gently introduced into a syllabus of lessons inspired by Orff and Kodaly, and introducing Stave House, which encourage improvisation and learning through fun. SORRY. THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL.

MUSICAL FOOTSTEPS, Level 2 (Winter)
Ages: 3 to 6 
Dates: January 11 to March 14, 2020 (No class February 15)
Time: Saturdays 10:00 – 10:45 am 
Fees: $90
Instructor: Carole Fitsell

Level 2 continues the journey, consolidating and building upon what the children have already learned in Level 1, with new songs and stories to maintain an element of fun! Available for children who have already completed Level 1.

MUSICAL FOOTSTEPS, Level 1 (Spring)
Ages: 3 to 6 
Dates: April 4 – June 13, 2020
Time: Saturdays 11:00 – 11:45 am 
Fees: $90

Instructor: Carole Fitsell

Musical Footsteps is a group class for children 3 to 6 years of age using songs, stories, instruments and visual clues. Literacy, numeracy and note reading are gently introduced into a syllabus of lessons inspired by Orff and Kodaly, and introducing Stave House, which encourage improvisation and learning through fun.

MUSICAL FOOTSTEPS, Level 2 (Spring)
Ages: 3 to 6 
Dates: April 4 – June 13, 2020
Time: Saturdays 10:00 – 10:45 am 
Fees: $90
Instructor: Carole Fitsell

Level 2 continues the journey, consolidating and building upon what the children have already learned in Level 1, with new songs and stories to maintain an element of fun! Available for children who have already completed Level 1.

“Since the beginning of time, children have not liked to study. They would much rather play, and if you have their interests at heart, you will let them learn while they play; they will find that what they have mastered is child’s play.” – Carl Orff

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Technique
Jazz Technique Fundamentals

Instructor: Stanley Zappa
Dates: 15 Tuesdays, November 19, 2019 to March 10, 2020 (no class December 24 & 31)
Time: 7 pm to 8 pm 
Fees: $225

There are no hard keys. At least there won’t be after the completion of this course.

In this group class, simple phrases will be put through all 12 keys and repeated again and again. Over the weeks, we’ll focus on moving to more elaborate material through a set number of progressions.

This is a playing class and tone production will be a focus. Sight reading and some background in music theory will be an asset; however, the object of the course is memorization and playing by ear.

This class is for:

  • “Classical” musicians who want to learn about jazz and improvisation;
  • Beginning and intermediate “jazz” musicians who want more confidence generating tonal material in all keys; and
  • Any musician who wants to train their ear and work on their tone in a live, active small ensemble setting
REGISTER HERE

Ukulele
Freefalling: Ukulele for Teens (12-18), Level II

Instructor: Linnea Good
Dates: 8 Tuesdays, April 7 to May 26, 2020
Time: 5:30 pm to 6:15 pm
Fees: $120

For ukulele learners who know their way around a few chords and strumming.

In this 8-week class you will learn a series of new chords, discover the I-IV-V chord pattern and explore playing by ear. We will begin picking melody and learn basics of music reading in TAB and music notation. You will be expected to play at home during the week, following the skills we are learning and jamming to songs you have chosen.

Linnea’s interactive and accessible style makes complex things easy, and – for those that want it – shows the complexity of easy things.

Space is limited to 6 students, so sign up soon.

REGISTER HERE