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Music By The Season is looking forward to spending the Winter season 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!

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The winter season runs from January 14 to April 1st, 2023

Morning Music Winter Classes:

Winter classes will be starting soon!  We will be focusing on themes of snow and ice, keeping warm during the cold season, winter activities, trees during the winter, and hibernation, migration and other bird and animal adaptations to cold climates.

Saturday Morning Music Classes 

These are hour-long weekend music classes that celebrate nature and the Winter and are held in my home studio near the corner of St Joseph and Esplanade in the Mile End. The cost is $150/10 class session.  Classes are from 9:45-10:45 am (except for three which are from 9:15-10:15 am as marked below).

January Saturdays: 14, 21*, 28

February Saturdays: 4, 11, 18*, 25

March Saturdays: 11, 25

April Saturdays: 1*

*These classes are from 9:15-10:15 am

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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.

30 min/$30 and 45 min/$40

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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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