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Accents Music Learning Centre Dartmouth nova scotia


Lessons and Tuition Information:

Annual Tuition Lessons: Tuition includes 36 scheduled weekly lessons, the opportunity to participate in at least 2 Performance Recitals, Missed Lesson Group Classes, lesson planning and administrative tasks for students.  Tuition is invoiced in monthly or term installments.

*Please note that the same number of lessons have been scheduled for each day of the week (Mondays - 36, Tuesdays - 36, etc.).

Registration Fee: There is an annual Registration Fee of $25 per student.  Any additional family members will be charged a reduced fee of $10.  

Group classes may have different Registration Fees.


What if I have to miss a lesson?

Your lesson day and time is dedicated just for you.  Please notify your teacher of your absence as soon as possible by emailing the music centre at accentsmlc@gmail.com or your teacher's email address.

  • If the student cancels due to illness but would still like to have a lesson from home, the lesson will move to an online lesson format.
  • If an online lesson is not desired or possible, the student will be added to the Missed Lesson Group Class list.  These classes are scheduled 3 times throughout the academic school year for Piano and Voice students.
  • There will be no refunds for late or absent lessons incurred by the student as that spot is allotted to students for the school year.  An online lesson or Missed Lesson Group Class are the only available options for lessons missed by the student.
  • All lessons canceled by the teacher will be made up within the school year during the 2 scheduled flex weeks.
  • Lesson Experience Packages: any cancellations with less than 24 hours notice will be considered attended. 


Missed Lesson Group Classes:

  • There will be Piano Group Classes and Voice Group Classes scheduled 3 times throughout the school year.  
  • These hour long classes will allow students to come together and learn in a group setting!  Classes may include performance opportunities, music history, harmony singing, ear training, sight reading, games and more!
  • If your child has to miss a lesson, and they are not able to transition to an online lesson, their name will be added to our next scheduled Piano or Voice Group Class and a reminder email will be sent to all participants a week beforehand. Group Class dates and times can be found on our 2022-2023 Calendar Here.


Inclement Weather: If the decision is made to close the Music Centre due to inclement weather, all lessons will move to an online lesson format.  

  • In the event that an online lesson is not possible, there will be no make-up lessons for closures due to weather.  In this case, students will be added to an upcoming Missed Lesson Group Class.
  • The decision to close will be made by 1pm; teachers will contact the families and updates will be posted on our Music Centre Facebook page and Instagram account.
  • Public school closures do not automatically mean that the Music Centre is closed as the weather could shift by the afternoon/evening.


Can I start lessons any time of year?

  • Yes! We are always welcoming new students.  Tuition will be prorated based on your lesson start date. 


Can I try out a music lesson before committing to weekly lessons?

  • We do offer a one time Introductory Lesson for new students wanting to try a piano or voice lesson and/or students considering transferring to Accents Music who may be seeking an initial Teacher assessment.  
  • Introductory Lessons are $30 for 30 minutes or $45 for 45 minutes.  
  • Introductory Lessons are charged for as our experienced teachers will lesson plan, assess the student, teach an engaging lesson, and offer their valuable expertise!
  • Book your Introductory Lessons Here


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Attending your music lessons:

Where is your music centre located and what should I expect when I arrive?

  • Our music centre address is: 183 Portland St. at St. James United Church Hall, Downtown Dartmouth, NS
  • The Church Hall is the brick building directly next to the white Church. 
  • Google Maps location found HERE.
  • For building security, the main doors of the hall remain locked at all times. Your teacher will come to the door to greet you when it is time for your lesson and/or the previous student will open the door for you.  
  • Please do not bang on the doors if no one is in the lobby when you arrive as your teacher is teaching a lesson with another student.  They will come to the doors to greet you at your lesson time.
  • There are seats in the main entrance lobby available for parents who would like to wait during the lesson. 
  • When your lesson is finished, your teacher will walk you back to the lobby to say farewell.


Where can I park?

  • There is no parking lot on the church premises.  Free parking is available in the Moffatt's Pharmacy parking lot directly across the street - access is available from Portland/Canal St.  Parking is also available on Prince Albert St. next to the church.  Please plan for the extra time required to park and walk to the Church Hall entrance when coming for your lesson.  


Can parents and siblings wait inside the Music Centre?

  • There are seats available for parents and siblings in the main entrance way lobby of the Church Hall.


Can parents sit in for the lesson?

  • Parents are always invited into the class room to observe the first lesson or two.  We understand that children may need those couple of weeks to get comfortable on their own in a new environment.
  • Once the child is comfortable, we do recommend allowing the child to attend the lesson on their own.  We know from experience that having a parent in the room every class can impact the behavior of the child and at times, their progress.  Sometimes they want to please their parent, they're concerned about disappointing them, or they become shy.  Part of our job as teachers is to build a trusting, one-on-one relationship with our students and to encourage them to explore their own voice and creativity!
  • If a parent would still like to be present in the room during lessons, we completely respect that.  We ask that you observe from the side and allow the teacher to conduct the lesson as usual.


Is there a bus route that will get me to your Music Centre?

  • There are multiple bus routes that stop directly in front of the Church Hall at 183 Portland St.


Will I need to wear a facemask when I come for lessons?

  • The church requires all visitors to wear a facemask while in the entrance and hallways of the church.  It is the students choice if they would like to wear one while in the lesson classroom.  
  • If the student is experiencing any cold or flu symptoms, or if other members of their household are sick, we ask students and visitors to keep a mask on for the duration of their lesson time at the Music Centre.


What will I need to take piano lessons?

  • All piano students will need to have a piano or keyboard to play on at home.  If purchasing a keyboard, we recommend an instrument with a full set of 88 weighted/touch sensitive keys and a foot sustain pedal. 
  • Piano students will also need to purchase/bring the method books that their teacher assigns.  Books can be purchased through online retailers or at your local Long and McQuade stores.  
  • Your teacher may require you to purchase and use Accents Music Piano Flashcards and Technique sheets to assist with your learning.
  • All students should have a designated music bag that they store all of their required materials in.  Please always bring a 3 ring binder, pencil, eraser and highlighter to class.
  • Long and McQuade locations - Dartmouth: 124 Main Street - Bedford: 1717 Bedford Highway - Halifax: 6065 Cunard Street


What will I need to take voice lessons?

  • Voice students will need to purchase/bring the repertoire and method books that their teacher assigns.  Books can be purchased through online retailers or at your local Long and McQuade stores.  
  • Your teacher may require you to purchase and use Accents Music Voice Flashcards to assist with your learning.
  • All students should have a designated music bag that they store all of their required materials in.  Please always bring a 3 ring binder, pencil, eraser, highlighter and vocal pop screen to class.
  • Long and McQuade locations - Dartmouth: 124 Main Street - Bedford: 1717 Bedford Highway - Halifax: 6065 Cunard Street


What if I am nervous or feeling anxious about taking music lessons?

  • Please know that you are entering a welcoming, kind and accepting environment.  We will work with you at the pace you are comfortable with.  There is always something wonderful to be gained from studying music.  We will guide you the whole way ☺


Covid Precautions

  • The safety and well being of our students, their families and our teachers is top of mind for us at Accents Music Learning Centre.
  • All surfaces in the Music Centre space and on the piano will be disinfected between students.
  • Before arriving at lessons please ask yourself: Are you or anyone in your household exhibiting any symptoms related to covid-19 (new or worsening cough, fever, runny nose, etc. If you are unsure of symptoms please call 811). 
  • If you, your child, or anyone in your household has or suspects they may have Covid-19, please do not come to the lesson.  Please contact your teacher if anyone in your household has symptoms.  If the student is feeling well enough to do so, we will have a video lesson at the scheduled lesson time.  If doing a video lesson, please be online and ready, with a fully charged device, and all lesson materials.
  • If the student is unable to have an online lesson, they will be signed up for a Group Missed Lesson Class scheduled throughout the year.

Additional FAQ's:

Are your teachers fully vaccinated?

  • Yes, Erin and Elizabeth are both fully vaccinated.  Boosters and all!


Do your teachers have their Vulnerable Sector and Child Abuse Registries?

  • Yes, both Erin and Elizabeth have up to date Vulnerable Sector and Child Abuse checks.


Do you offer Gift Certificates for Music Lessons?

  • Yes we do!  Music lessons make a great for a thoughtful and unique gift.  Contact Us to purchase.

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Are Erin and Elizabeth available for performances? 

  • Yes!  Erin and Elizabeth have been performing together for many years.  Reach out to discuss having them perform for your company or personal event.  902-932-7062 or accentsmlc@gmail.com

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