April 19, 2021

All our Adult classes and most of the youth classes have been suspended for the short term. Please call 403 969 7257 if you are interested and we can give an update what is happening

 

ABOUT the ASYLUM for ART

For 25 years we have been bringing the highest quality education and performances. We now, in our new location at 2505 14 St SW, have the opportunity to step up our game. We opened our doors January 2020 and have assembled a great cast of teachers and performers to provide the best music in the city!

WHAT WE OFFER...

Group Classes

We offer group classes for all ages and levels from preschool to senior, from beginner to advanced. Our teachers are experienced, compasionate and intent on giving you the best experience following this path to becoming a better artist. It is great to have the camaraderie and social experience these fun classes can bring.

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Private Lessons

We offer private lessons for all ages and levels. This is a great way to customize your learning and put yourself on the fast track to getting to where you want to be.

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HomeSchool Groups

Programs for all school ages and PreSchool during the day

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Clinics

Touring pros and local heros come in to impart their wisdom in their specialized field or study. These workshops are focused and are a great way to get into the head of the pros.

Clinics...

Shows

We bring in world class musicians into the intimate atmosphere at MOB Cafe @ The Asylum for Art, a fully licensed bar/restaurant. There is no better place to see music.

Shows...

Radio

All our shows and recitals are streamed live on ASYLUMforARTlive.com. We put on occasional radio shows and podcasts for your listening and learning pleasure.

ASYLUMforARTlive.com

Literature

Our teachers have spent a lifetime preparing the courses they offer and the books they have written for these courses are available to the public.

Literature...

Video/Streaming Services

For on site or mobile video recording and live streaming services for your concert, event, wedding, university audition or just about anything you are doing with post mastering and editing. We are an RCM remote exam location to provide top quality video and sound for your exam.

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Most of our classes have been suspended
Please call 403 969 7257 and we can give an update what is happening

Spring Session
April - June

Mondays

Fiddlin' Around with Liana
After school to 5:00 11 - 14 yrs
5:15 - 6:15 15 - 18 yrs
6:30 - 8:00 18+ yrs

Voice Exploration for Adults 8:15 - 9:15 w/ Annie da Silva

Tuesdays

Let's Jam w/ Miss Kaitlyn
10:00 - 10:45  5/6 yrs
11:00 - 11:45  7/8 yrs
1:00 - 1:45  9/10 yrs

After School to 5:00 R&B/Funk/House Ensemble w/Anne Marie Ala
5:30 Campfire Pickin' 'n' Grinnin' for Adults w/ Scott Arnold
7:00 Intro to Travis Pickin' w Scott Arnold
8:00 Campfire Pickin' 'n' Grinnin for Adults w/ Scott Arnold

Wednesdays

Together with Heather PreSchool Adventure w/ Heather Blush
9:30 - 10:15 Bouncing Babblers (<18 mo)
10:30 - 11:15 Toddlers to Twirlers (mixed age < 5yrs)
1:00 - 1:45 Groovy Gigglers (3 - 5yrs)
5:30 - 6:15 Toddlers to Twirlers (mixed age < 5yrs)

After School to 5:00 Youth Garage Band
7:00 - 8:00 Beginner Guitar w/ Scott Arnold
8:00 - 9:30 Campfire Pickin' 'n' Grinnin' for Adult w/ Scott Arnold

Thursdays

11:30 - 12:15 Singing Kids Russian Club with Nicole Berry 12 to 36 mo
12:30 - 1:15 Singing Kids Russian Club with Nicole Berry 4 - 6 yrs

after school to 5:00 Youth Open Mic
6:00 - 7:00 The Campfire Kids w/ Scott Arnold
7:00 - 8:00 Fretboard Harmony - Intro to Major Keys
8:00 - 9:30 Campfire Pickin' 'n' Grinnin' For Adults w/ Scott Arnold

Fridays

9:30 - 10:30 Ukulele for Kids with Annie da Silva
10:30 - 11:30 Finding your Voice Singing for kids with Annie da Silva

after school to 5:00 Up and Coming Youth Songwriters w/ Alexanne Soble

8:00 Show

Saturdays

9:15 - 10:00 Mini Pops! Rhythm and Beats for Kids with Anne Marie Ala
10:15 - 11:00 Garage Band for Kids with Annie da Silva
11:15 - 12:00 Fiddlin' Around for Kids with Liana Seidle

Afternoon Recitals, Clinics and other fun stuff
2:00 to 4:00 Approx. once per month Garage Band Revival for Adults

8:00 Show

Sundays

9:00 - 9:45 Singing Kids Russian Club 7 - 11 yrs with Nicole Berry
10:00 - 10:45 Singing Kids French Club 9 - 12 yrs with Nicole Berry
11:00 - 11:45 Singing Kids Russian Club 2 - 6 yrs with Nicole Berry

4:30 Intro to Jazz Guitar w/ Murray Visscher

7:00 Open Mic

1 on 1 Lessons

1 on 1 Lessons

We offer 1 on 1 lessons in most instruments. This is the best way to focus on a specific topic and completely tailor your learning. Please contact the instructor directly to set up scheduling or fill out the placement form for us to suggest the best teacher for you.
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Beginner Guitar

Beginner Guitar

How many strings does this thing have? You will learn this and so much more in this class.

This class is for the adult complete beginner who has never picked up the guitar or only knows a few chords and is having trouble making it sound like something anyone but your mother can love. We will learn:

Holding the guitar
Your first 10 chords
Time signatures and how to keep time
Bass Lines
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Campfire Guitar for Youth

Campfire Guitar for Youth

Campfire Guitar Bootcamp 101 for Youth Guitar Class for 9-15 year olds is a spinoff of the popular Campfire Bootcamp 101 for adults. Whether just beginning or experienced, students are given the opportunity to play and sing fun, varied songs appropriate to their age group. The songs are written out in an easy to understand format with basic instruction on how to approach accompaniment and soloing. Variations are included on how to expand those techniques to ensure all students reach their potential. Class size is kept small so students receive personalized instruction and the setlist is chosen primarily by the students.
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Campfire Pickin' 'n' Grinnin' Bootcamp 101 for Adults

Campfire Pickin’ ‘n’ Grinnin’ Bootcamp 101 for Adults

Participants of the Campfire Pickin' 'n' Grinnin' Bootcamp 101 class rock out to a wide variety of songs. From CCR to Doc Watson to Louis Armstrong to Jimmy Rodgers to The Eurythmics to Jack Johnson, we do it all and have a great time doing it. The songs are written out in a way that there is something for everyone. Beginners can do simple things to participate, learn how chord changes work and follow along. There are also alternate voicings for the chords, scale patterns and some extras to keep the more advanced players experimenting with new stuff.
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Fiddlin' Around with Liana

Fiddlin’ Around with Liana

Fiddle class is great for violin/fiddle students who are interested in exploring different styles of fiddle music from Celtic to Bluegrass, Folk to Trad and everything in-between!
You will be in a group class with other music lovers at your age and playing level and will learn many skills, including how to play a variety of fiddle music and how to play with others as an ensemble in a supportive and fun environment. Hone your skills in the art of fiddling in private lessons as well!

Plus, this is the only class you get to sit in the back and fiddle around…
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Finding Your Voice Class for Kids

Finding Your Voice Class for Kids

This class is a great introduction to vocals for new singers who wish to find their natural voice, learn vocal techniques and warmups that will strengthen their voice and discover the joys of singing! When we are just discovering our voice, oftentimes we can feel restricted or blocked from singing with our true, natural voices. This class was curated to help students begin to feel comfortable identifying their own voice, where it resonates in the body and how to manipulate it to create the sounds we want.
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FingerPickin'

FingerPickin’

The FingerPicking Guitar Class will explore just that - FingerPicking. It is split up into 4 parts:

Intro to FingerPickin'
Intro to Travis Pickin'
More Accompaniment Patterns and Chord Melodies
Advanced Travis Pickin'

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Fretboard Harmony

Fretboard Harmony

Students enrolled in Fretboard Harmony Guitar Class will be given training in the idiomatic way the guitar works in all genres – from classical to country. The primary goal of the course is to become familiar with the rudimentary harmonic and melodic patterns used by the musicians we love and to unlock the mystery surrounding the recurrence of these patterns on the fretboard. We begin with fundamental musicianship training and expand that to the guitar. We explore artistic ways to approach improvisation. There is consistency between the musical examples for this class and Campfire Bootcamp 101 so students have an opportunity to put the theory into practice.
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Garage Band for Kids

Garage Band for Kids

This program is a great introduction 'jam' class for little ones who aren't quite ready to dive into our Youth Garage Band Program. In this program students will learn how to work together to create, write, rehearse and perform original material and their favourite songs!
Every instrument plays an important role in a band. This program will introduce students to the staple 'garage band' instruments and hold space for the exploration of each role.
A healthy blend of sound exploration, creating a musical team and honing the foundations of playing music in a group is what this program is all about!
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Garage Band Revival

Garage Band Revival

This isn't a class as much as it is a great place to get together in small groups to play  and share music. It will complement the Campfire Guitar Bootcamp 101 well in that there will only be 1 meeting/month and rather than learning a pile of songs and riding the wave in a big group weekly. There will only be a handful of songs, small groups and proper arrangements. Experiment with songwriting and learn the ins and outs of making arrangements.
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Introduction to Jazz Guitar

Introduction to Jazz Guitar

This course offers students the first steps to playing jazz on the guitar. We will explore several jazz forms including altered blues, simple bossa nova and standards with descending fifth chord progressions.

By the end of the program students should have a small set of pieces that they will be reasonably comfortable playing in a ‘jam’ setting.
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Let's Jam with Miss Kaitlyn

Let’s Jam with Miss Kaitlyn

While making music and having fun hold centre stage during Let’s Jam!, there is so much more going on behind the curtains! When we rock along with our instruments, the kids will be learning different aspects of musical rhythm and simultaneously fine-tuning those motor skills that will help score that goal, hike that trail, or knit that scarf. Writing songs together allows for expression and exploration, leads to conversation with others, and provides a lasting project. On top of just being fun, moving to music provides exercise and releases dopamine, that ‘feel good’ hormone. Our classes will be structured around themes that inspire unfamiliar instruments to explore, different ways to move, new music to listen to, and original songs to write and sing.
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Mini Pops for Kids

Mini Pops for Kids

A group class ages 6-9, where kids get to unleash their inner pop-star! Learning songs and 3 part harmony (like Destiny’s Child or BTS) the students will also learn how to make “beats” using GarageBand and other free beat making apps on their iPhones/ iPads.
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Singing Kids French Club

Singing Kids French Club

Did you know that all children are musical? Have you ever wonder that you can encourage language learning by nurturing the musical growth of your child? This unique program that combines music activities and language maintaining will help you with those goals!
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Singing Kids Russian Club

Singing Kids Russian Club

The program is held in Russian. This is the unique opportunity for your child to sing and do all music activities in Russian! The program is divided into 3 age-appropriate levels for children from 12 months to 11 years old.
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Together with Heather PreSchool Adventure

Together with Heather PreSchool Adventure

Together with Heather Music classes are designed to instill a lifelong love of music, starting at a young age. Based on the understanding that children learn best through play, the focus is on being involved and having fun. The kids don’t even realize how much they’re learning! Besides early music concepts involving tempo, pitch, and rhythm, other important pre-school concepts such as sharing, turn-taking, and being brave are approached, all in a comfortable group setting where children are encouraged to participate at their own comfort level. In any given class you can expect dancing or movement, introduction to a new instrument, puppets or other visual props, and more – plus LOTS of original music that parents enjoy as much as the kids. You may be singing the songs for years to come…
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Ukulele for Kids

Ukulele for Kids

Starting a musical adventure can be exciting for kids of any age and with our ukulele kid's program, the adventure is fun and accessible! Little ones often have a hard time learning proper guitar technique and placement due to the limitations of their hands but a ukulele is an excellent substitute. With only four soft strings, children are able to hold chord shapes properly and remember basic music concepts that help them rock out to some of their favourite songs!
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Voice Exploration for Adults

Voice Exploration for Adults

Whether you have been singing since you could talk or have become your local karaoke star, this class is for anyone who wants to dive deeper into their vocal mobility and level up their technique. This ten week program will help you master breath, understand basic harmony and offer tools for approaching more difficult vocal concepts to break down sound.
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Youth After School Program

Youth After School Program

Come on over right after school and unwind with some great classes:

Mondays, we have the Campfire Ukulele class
Tuesdays, we have the Campfire Guitar Bootcamp 101
Wednesdays, we have Garage Band Class
Thursdays are the Free Open Days
Fridays, we have Music Theater Through the Ages
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Youth Garage Band

Youth Garage Band

Every instrument has a unique role in a band. Playing together and creating a unique “band” sound is part of a process. Students will learn how to work together to create, write, rehearse and perform their own original material. 

Learn about songwriting, arranging and how to turn a “jam” into a song. Song forms, creating set lists and different performance techniques will be demonstrated to bring all the hard work together for a cohesive, entertaining and rehearsed show. 

Students will have an interactive experience on how to take a bands’ music to the next level and what is involved with playing gigs and then ultimately heading into the recording studio and releasing material. 

Exercising musical and social skills while being challenged creatively is what the Youth Garage Band classes are all about. 
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