Ainsley Friesen is a graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She has also studied voice & composition at Brandon University. No stranger to the local music scene, Ainsley is a singer-songwriter with years of performing experience at venues both large and small, including the Brandon Folk Music & Art Festival.
Anita Sylvestre is a qualified Yamaha music instructor who’s dedicated to the delivery of Yamaha group music classes for children ages 2 to 6. Also having a strong background in Royal Conservatory grade level piano lessons, Anita teaches individual lessons, including piano for students who are at a level beyond the Yamaha Junior Music Course.
Mark is an exceptionally talented guitar player who is currently completing a Bachelor of Music degree at Brandon University that will also allow him to be awarded a Manitoba Teaching Certificate. Originally from Winnipeg, Mark has experience teaching a wide range of guitar styles and students from children to adults.
Doug Sullivan is our senior Drum Instructor. Doug has an extensive background in performing and teaching, including experience in the burgeoning rock and pop music scenes in Toronto and Los Angeles during the 60s & 70s. You can hear Doug playing the drums at local venues with groups as diverse as a Blues Trio to a full-size, Swing-era big band!
Wanning (Jenny) Gao
Wanning (Jenny) Gao holds both Bachelor and Master degrees in piano performance from Brandon University. Jenny has an extensive background in classical piano performance and pedagogy. She can teach students at all levels of experience from beginners to RCM grade level performers.
Genista Buhler is a violin teacher and performer who is equally comfortable with both classical music and old-time fiddling. She is familiar with both RCM and Suzuki programs and has experience teaching children in the Brandon School Division. Genista can sometimes be heard playing her violin with “Larry Roulette & Friends” at local concerts and events.
Keenan Eckstein is a top-notch guitar player with a strong background in Jazz and other popular styles, including Rock, Metal and Blues. From acoustic to electric, and children to adults, Keenan helps all his students reach their guitar-playing goals.
Daniel Nemez is a senior-level guitar student in the Jazz Performance Program at Brandon University. He has performed in bands and musicals throughout Westman, including “Mama Mia” in Virden and Brandon. While Daniel has a special affinity for jazz, he is also well-versed in rock, blues, folk and pop. Daniel started teaching at Surridge’s in 2018.
Madison Kynoch is a graduating high school student who plays piano at a university level. She is currently challenging the Grade 10 level of examinations from Canada’s Royal Conservatory of Music. Madison also holds a Brandon School of Music scholarship and is a past trophy and scholarship winner at the Brandon Festival of the Arts. Already having had previous teaching experience, Madison started teaching at Surridge’s in March 2019.
Surridge’s offers music lessons on piano, guitar, violin, drums, voice and bass. An authorized Yamaha music education centre, Surridge’s offers music classes for children, ages 2 to 6. Whatever your musical interests, Surridge’s has the teachers and facilities to help you reach your goal.
The cost of lessons is based on ½ hour time-slots and rates vary, depending on the background, education and experience of instructors. Currently, rates are in the $17 to $22 range.
Upon enrollment, an annual $30 registration fee is charged per family per school year.
All lessons must be paid for in advance. If you are paying by cash or debit card, payments are required for the full term. Terms are: Sep-Dec; Jan-Mar; Apr-Jun. Monthly payments can be made if you authorize a credit card number or post-dated cheques for your file. In this case, monthly payments are charged out at the beginning of each month.
Missed Lesson Policy
As you are contracting a teacher’s time, all absences are counted as lessons and are charged accordingly. When appropriate, your teacher will write a lesson plan to be emailed to you to review and practice in preparation for the next week’s lesson.
When a teacher cancels a lesson, you will not be charged. Your payment will credited to the next lesson.
Instruments are available for rent to students who are taking lessons at Surridge’s. For information and rates, please speak with the folks at the reception desk.
Students have the opportunity to perform for their family and friends at the Winter and Spring recitals held in December and June of each year. Sharing music, making music and enjoying music culminate at the students’ recitals at Surridge’s.