Individual Instruction

Individual lessons in a wide variety of instruments and voice are offered. Whether you are a serious music student, wish to upgrade your technique, or are a complete beginner, we have the instructor for you!

All ages and skill levels are welcome, from beginner to advanced. All our instructors are highly qualified, caring professionals.

Most instruction is held on a weekly basis in the studios of the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music building at 375 Selby St., in downtown Nanaimo. A few teachers use their studios off campus.

Scheduling is arranged with the individual instructors by mutual agreement.

Annual registration and payment of  registration fee are required.  The tuition rates for individual instructors vary.

Please call the Conservatory at 250-754-4611 to connect with the instructors so you can meet them and set up lessons. Registration must be completed before lessons begin.

Instruments taught and their instructors

Note:  See also Suzuki Violin, Piano, Flute & Cello below

(click on faculty names to view bios)

Suzuki Violin, Piano, Flute & Cello

Based on the philosophy of music education developed by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, the Suzuki method of teaching music is based on the idea that musical ability can be developed in us all. The “mother tongue method” using the principles by which children learn their native language ensures that the potential for every child is unlimited.

These principles are:

• Exposure by observing & listening
• Imitation of teacher, parents & other children
• Repetition & thorough mastery of each step
• Parental involvement, respect & love
• Creation of a joyful environment which encourages learning & personal expression

Through a cooperative relationship between the teacher, the parent and the child these programs provide an enjoyable learning experience both in the studio and at home as well as a unique opportunity for parents to develop a special relationship with their child through the mutual experience of learning to play an instrument.

Group lessons are an integral part of the Suzuki approach. Once every two weeks a group lesson will be held where the children can learn from each other, playing with and for each other in a fun, relaxed setting.

Suzuki programs run from September to May and are priced monthly. The monthly fee includes weekly individual lessons, bi-weekly group classes, and master classes as scheduled. Piano students also pay an annual library fee of $10.


Suzuki Piano:  Mary Jackson and Nicole Arendt
Suzuki Violin:  Karl Rainer 
Suzuki Flute:  Cindy Speelman
Suzuki Cello:  Hannah Wilson

Lessons missed by students will not be made up. The first two lessons for new piano families will be for the parent only. One lesson annually will be set aside for a parent teacher conference.

“The process of working the Suzuki violin program has been one of the most demanding aspects of parenting for me, yet certainly the most rewarding…” A. Kokus, parent