The Academy of Music celebrates its 30th anniversary with the opening of a new studio and store at 51, chemin St. Anne.
âCelebrating 30 years in business is an honor that makes us humble,â said Shawn Coughlin, Owner and Music Director.
With 40 years of teaching experience, the former middle and high school music teacher, classically trained as part of the Royal Conservatory of Music’s piano program, is also a pianist, accompanist, composer, choir director and certified piano tuner technician.
Coughlin appreciates that the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t stopped learning to music. Instead, the use of technology allowed the Academy to expand its music education to other cities.
âThis past June, we hosted our 30th year-end recital via Zoom,â Coughlin said.
âIt has been quite an adjustment for our teachers and students to teach and learn through online courses. Fortunately, the technology is there and we have been able to maintain our music education.
âThe advent of online lessons has also allowed us to expand our home music service. We now have students from all over Canada and even the United States.
“We offer online music lessons for piano, guitar, vocals, drums, ukulele, strings, brass and woodwinds.”
The Academy of Music believes that learning to music is a life enriching experience and helps build community in social settings, where many people can join a freestyle jam or sing along.
For children, learning music expands their cognitive and imaginative capacities. It also teaches patience, because mastering an instrument takes practice and discipline. Classes are offered for all ages, from young children to seniors, with instructors able to teach all ages and levels of students.
âWe look forward to being able to offer in-person classes again in September through our home classes, our in-school classes and now our studio classes at multiple locations in Winnipeg,â added Coughlin.
Tuition is $ 25 per 30-minute lesson, $ 37.50 per 45-minute lesson, and $ 50 per hour. There is an additional travel fee of $ 7.50 for in-home classes.
The new location on St. Anne’s Road will also serve as a piano studio and piano showroom with a display of high quality Kawai pianos. The installation will include grand and upright pianos as well as digital pianos.
Music lessons take place during the week and sales will be available on Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. by appointment.
The Academy of Music offers service on all acoustic and digital pianos, including tuning, tuning and repairs by certified piano technicians.
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