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Music By The Season is looking forward to spending the summer and fall together!

Registration can be done via the form at the bottom of the home page.

Music By The Season is an educational seasons-inspired group music program founded by songwriter, guitarist, and educator Alison Notkin and designed to get little ones and their caregivers singing songs, moving to rhythm and music, discovering instruments and thinking about music and nature together in a fun and relaxed environment.  

Our classes incorporate singing, musical activities, instrument exploration, and movement. The songs we sing are based on seasonal and nature themes and are Alison's original compositions, children's folk songs from around the world, and songs from, or inspired by the Rudolf Steiner tradition. Props are used to support the songs and often represent sounds, systems, and movements in the music.  Exploration of the xylophone, glockenspiel, ukulele, harp, djembe, large gathering drum, and multiple percussion instruments is done through song and activity. Movement exercises are incorporated throughout the class to provide a fun physical outlet.

Alison also teaches private music lessons.  See below for a current offering of classes!



Summer (July 4th - August 7th, 2022

Weekend Mountain Music Classes 

These are hour-long weekend outdoor music classes that celebrate nature and the summertime, held on Mount Royal.

$15/class.  Register for classes individually.

Last class: Saturday, August 6th at 9:45 am.  Contact us for more information.

Fall (September 5th - December 3rd, 2022)

Come celebrate autumn with us!  We will be singing about harvest time, apple picking, collecting chestnuts, pine cones, and acorns, leaves crunching underfoot, the weather getting colder, bird migration, how animals (including us) keep warm and eat in the cold weather, pumpkin picking, halloween, and other fun seasonal things!

Thursdays, 9:30 am

These are hour-long weekend indoor music classes that celebrate nature and the fall season.

$165/11 class session  

Location: Music By The Season home studio 

Fridays 9:30 am

These are hour-long weekend outdoor music classes that celebrate nature and the fall season.

$165/11 class session  

Location: Mount Royal/Jeanne Mance Park

Saturdays 9:45 am

These are hour-long weekend outdoor music classes that celebrate nature and the fall season.

$165/11 class session  

Location: Mount Royal/Jeanne Mance Park


All ages


We think that playing an instrument is the best!  We offer remote and in-person lessons for adults and children in guitar, ukulele, voice, songwriting, and beginner piano with Alison and electric and acoustic bass with guest bass teacher, Juno award-winning Solon McDade.

Lessons are tailored to each student and typically involve learning songs and music theory in a fun and practical way.

Possibility of doing some lessons outdoor in person.

30 min/$30 and 45 min/$40


Music By The Season is also available for classes online and outdoors for libraries, daycares, community centres, festivals, and birthdays and other private groups.

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