PROGRAMS

We offer a variety of accessible music programs, in a blended format.  You can attend either in-person or over Zoom
Email info@friendsofmusic.ca 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).

OUR REGULAR PROGRAMS RESUME ON SEPT 7th, 2021

MUSIC LESSONS:

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:  This program is continuous entry for total beginners, right up to upper-intermediate level guitar players. Lessons are facilitated with the ‘hummingbird method’. Steve will meet you where you are at with individual attention and instruction, within a group atmosphere.  There is room for more advanced players to collaborate freely, or to work on their skills.  Drop-ins are welcome at any time. Come and try it out, see if it’s a fit for you.  Bring your own guitar or use one of ours.

Acoustic, electric, classical, standard or bass guitar: all types of learners are welcome!

Sundays at 4:00 to 5:30 pm (except long weekends).

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.

PERFORMANCE GROUPS:

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).


COMMUNITY CONCERTS & SPECIAL EVENTS:

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.


OPEN MIC

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 info@friendsofmusic.ca 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 Country Band and Minds at Work R’n’B Band.

Joe Hatherill conducts the Moodswing Chorus and runs our Woodwind Clinics.

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

Jon Ziffle facilitates Jazz Improv and is the Piano Accompanist for the Moodswing Chorus.

Nick La Riviere directs the Fundamentals and teaches Beginner Band Lessons and Skills Band Lessons and facilitates Brass Clinics.

Avram McCagherty directs the Eclectics, teaches Ukulele Lessons and leads the Ukulelians, our Ukulele Performance Group.