We offer a variety of accessible music programs, in a blended format.  You can attend either in-person or over Zoom
Email to sign up & get more info. New learners and experienced musicians are all welcome to join, and collaborate on original tunes & inspirational covers.
All programs take place in the ERIC MARTIN THEATRE at 2328 Trent Street.  Please use the Fort Street entrance (glass sliding doors).


All Summer Programs will be held in the EMP Theatre at 2328 Trent St. Please use the Fort Street entrance. Register by emailing with the programs you’re interested in, the instrument you plan to play (if applicable) and your experience level.

Summer Woodwind Clinic with our woodwind specialist, Joe Hatherill

Mondays in July from 2-4pm

The woodwind clinic will be held outdoors, if COVID Safety protocols keep us from meeting indoors.

Calling all Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Saxophone and oboe players! All levels of woodwind players are welcome to join in. This would be really useful to beginners, who are wanting to get a jump start on the September Beginner Band Lessons as well as experienced players looking for tips to improve your playing.

Songwriters’ Circle with Steve Fissel

Mondays in July from 4-6pm

Get your creative on for this acoustic experience. You’ve got something to share and music might just be how you’ll do it. There will be opportunities to share your original material, work on new material, inspire others, be inspired, collaborate and learn a little along the way. This is open to those who write melody or lyrics, those who play instruments or sing and for complete newbies. Steve will make it work.

Summer Tune-Up with Nick La Riviere

Tuesday July 6th from 1-3pm Back to the Sixties

Wed July 7 from 1-3pm Sing-a-long with Elvis

Wed July 14th from 1-3pm Sing-a-long to the Beatles

Wed July 21 from 1-3pm FOM goes Country

This group includes a non-auditioned chorus and a rhythm section. Singers, drummers, guitarists, bass players, piano players & really, any instrumentalist or singers are welcome, whether you play what’s written or play by ear.  This is a low-key group that welcomes all skill levels. This is a great chance to meet new people.  We hope that wind instruments will be welcome, but that is dependent on Island Health mask rules in place in July.

Brass Clinic with Nick La Riviere

3 classes only on Wed July 7th, 14th and 21st from noon to 1 pm.

The brass clinic will be held outdoors, if COVID Safety protocols keep us from meeting indoors. Either way, this is an in-person experience.

You play trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone or tuba and you want a chance to get together with other brass players. This clinic is all about you. All tips and hints will be relevant to brass players.

Summer Jazz Improv with Jon Van Ziffle

Thursdays in July, starting July 8th from 1-3 pm

This super chill Jazz Improv group will meet in person at EMP. You play your instrument and you want to experiment with improv. This is a quieter group that will have minimal instruction, no printed music and heavily influenced by the blues. This group will not be the same without you. Give it a try.

The next two activities are “Make-up classes” for May and September classes that conflicted with religious holidays.  We will make the most of the summer season and hold them outside under the trees, if at all possible. These are in-person experiences. We will not use ZOOM.

Beginner Ukulele Lessons with Avram McCagherty

Tues June 22nd and 29th as well as Tues July 6th and 13th from 4-4:45pm

Bring your own ukulele or sign out one of ours. You’ll learn one chord, then another and another and before you know it, you’ll be one of our performing Ukulelians.

Ukulelians with Avram McCagherty

Tues June 22nd and 29th as well as Tues July 6th and 13th from 5-6:30pm

These rehearsals are open to all Ukulele players who know a few chords and want to learn a few more, while getting ready for upcoming performances.  The pressure is off, this summer, as there are no new concerts scheduled.



Ukulele Beginner Lessons: This continuous-entry, beginner class is led by Avram McCagherty.  Ukulele is a fun, simple and versatile instrument that everyone can enjoy. Some instruments are available to borrow.  Seasoned participants can move on to join the Ukulelians Performance group.  We meet Tuesdays from 4 pm to 5 pm.

Guitar Lessons: Sundays at 4:00 to 5:30 pm (except long weekends). Bring your guitar or use one of ours. All levels are welcome.

Beginner Band Lessons:  Learn a new Band Instrument with Music Director, Nick LaRiviere! Some instruments are available to borrow.  Those who are starting from scratch with an instrument are strongly advised to begin in September and then progress through the year with their fellow students.  Previously experienced musicians are welcome at any time, either to pick up a new instrument or brush up on their skills. Those who are progressing faster can move up to Skills Bands, or one of our other performance groups.  Lessons are on Wednesday from 11:00 – 11:55 am.

Skills Band: This group will give Beginner Band graduates a place to continue learning their instrument in the “Standard of Excellence” Book 2 level. This band is also suitable for someone who wants to get back to playing an instrument that they have played in the past.  New members are welcome on an ongoing basis.  This group is directed by Nick La Riviere.  Join them on Wednesday’s from 12-12:55pm.


Ukulelians: This group welcomes those who are feeling comfortable on the Ukulele and enjoy singing along. Play for the fun of it and receive some  instruction at a higher level. This group will prepare to perform at Community Concerts and Special Events.   We meet Tuesdays from 5 pm to 6:30 pm.  New members are welcome on an ongoing basis with option to attend both in-person and on Zoom (As this is an already large group, space for in-person attendance will be limited to 12-16 persons, as our occupancy limit allows)

Jazz Improv:  An open jam on jazz standards from the Real Book, facilitated by Jon Ziffle.  Open to players who know their instrument and are looking for a challenge or want to try improvisation.  New members and drop-ins are welcome at any time, feel free to stop by and try it out.  Every Thursday from 1-2pm.

Moodswing Chorus: This well-run, long established group of mixed voices enjoys performing locally and attracts a wide variety of adult singers. They have a full time keyboard accompanist and their repertoire is taken from popular musical theatre, uplifting and folk styles.  No previous experience necessary, all welcome.  Directed by Joe Hatherill and Accompanist, Jon Ziffle.  Join this group of 8-15 singers for rehearsals on Tuesdays, from 7-9 pm.

The Fundamentals: This group parties every Wednesday from 1-3 pm. Members socialize, develop musical skills, gain self confidence and enhance their self-esteem in an informal environment. There is room for pianos (provided), bass (provided), drums (kit provided), guitars (provided), instrumental soloists and vocalists. (all lead sheets in concert pitch)  Directed by Nick La Riviere Coffee and snacks are served at 2pm.

The Eclectics: A relaxed group of musicians who develop a varied repertoire that suits the tastes and skills of the various members. They perform several public concerts during the year, and rehearse Wednesdays 3:30 – 5:30 pm.

Moodswing Orchestra: A group of about 15 musicians who enjoy playing the music of the “Big, Band Era”. This partnership-based program provides excellent opportunities for members with or without an illness to enjoy music together, and learn to play with an orchestra. Rehearsals are Thursdays ~ 7:00 to 8:30 pm.  Most sections are open (with a particular need for alto sax, tenor sax, trumpets, trombone, french horn, clarinet, and a guitarist).

The Haywires: The Haywires is a country inspired group that likes to sing and swing! There are current openings for a violinist, drummer, pianist, and mandoline. They rehearse Fridays from 2 – 4 pm.

Minds at Work: A rhythm and blues band, composed of 6 to 10 musicians, rehearses weekly on Fridays from 4 to 6 pm. Openings in every section, including; sax, vocal, trumpet, low brass and percussion.  There are current openings for a pianist, guitarist, trombonist, and second trumpet.

Recovery Rock Band

This low barrier rock band is for adults recovering from mental illness or addictions along with anyone who wants to play rock music in support of mental health. They rehearse from 2-4pm on Sundays (except long weekends).


See the newsletter for a detailed calendar of performers. A great chance to check out our groups to see if you might like to join in.


This is a drop-in Open Mic, is hosted by Steve Fissel, every Sunday (except long weekends) at Eric Martin Theatre.  Bring your own band, perform solo, or sit in with the musicians you’ll meet here. All musicians, singers, comedians, poets, and spoken word artists, of every skill level are welcome. Our host will coordinate the performers.  It’s a dry event, with a relaxed vibe, and coffee, snacks and drinks are provided.  Email us at to let us know if you’re planning to perform. Audience members welcome! Invite your friends to join you!

For a livestream of Open Mic performances, visit ‘Sunday Open Jam @ Friends of Music’ on Facebook.

FOM Music Society Music Directors and Program Leaders

Ben Beaudet directs Moodswing Orchestra, Haywires and Minds at Work

Joe Hatherly conducts the Moodswing Chorus with accompanist Jon Ziffle

Steve Fissel teaches Guitar Lessons, directs the Recovery Rock Band and hosts Open Mic on Sundays

Jon Ziffle facilitates Jazz Improv and is the Accompanist on piano for the Moodswing Chorus

Nick La Riviere directs the Fundamentals, Beginner Band and Skills Band

Avram McCagherty directs the Eclectics, Ukulele Lessons and Ukulele Performance Group