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Monthly Lesson fees:

  • $80 - 30 min. private lesson.
  • $80 - 60 min. group lesson
  • $120 - 45 min. private lesson.
  • $160 - 60 min. private lesson.
  • Annual enrollment fee: $25.00.
Prices based on 1 lesson per week. Please stop in at the retail store during business hours to register for lessons. Lesson times are subject to each Individual Instructors availability.

Program Schedule

Programs run from September 1st to June 30th. Private lessons can be scheduled with each individual teacher.

Piano and Keyboards

Ages 5 - Adult

Courses taught:

  • Royal Conservatory of Music
  • Conservatory Canada
  • Pop programs also available

30 minute private, 45 minute and 60 minute private or group lessons available.

Lessons taught on Acoustic Pianos as well as Roland digital pianos and keyboards.

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Teachers

Allison Kapcala

Allison Kapcala - United Conservatory Medicine Hat

I have been teaching piano and theory in Medicine Hat for over 30 years and hold an A.R.C.T in piano performance.  My primary goal is to help my students learn to love to play the piano for their own enjoyment in addition to experience and learn about all styles of music. Styles of lessons range from the Royal Conservatory Certificate Program to a more relaxed program for those seeking this type of learning. I also work as an accompanist for St. John's Presbyterian Church, vocal and instrumental soloists, musical theatre and choral programs in Medicine Hat and Redcliff. I enjoy spending time with my 4 children and 7 grandchildren as well as walking with my best friend Finn.

Edna Hyland

Edna Hyland - United Conservatory Medicine Hat

Born, raised and educated in Saskatchewan, achieved an AMUS (Associate of Music) at U of S Regina. She has been a private piano teacher at home and has taught at the United Conservatory of Music since 1979. She was the aide and accompanist in the SD#76 Classical Strings program and Teachers assistant for grades One and Two from 1979 to 2007. She is currently the St. Peters Lutheran Evangelical church pianist, organist and choir accompanist and has been since 1979. Edna has attended Jazz and Blues workshops and enjoys the interaction with students.

Laurianne Streifel

Laurianne Streifel - United Conservatory Medicine Hat

Laurianne is a former student of the United Conservatory of Music.  She started singing at the age of 5 and piano at the age of 7.  As a student she was quite active performing and competing in concerts and competitions in and out the city.  In high school she joined the school concert band and jazz band, and learned to play a bit of clarinet. 

After graduating with a Bachelor of Music from the University of Lethbridge, she taught off and on while keeping active performing in choirs and ensembles around town, both singing with them and accompanying them on piano.  She joined the staff of United Conservatory in September 2013 teaching both voice and piano.

Laurianne has a highly eclectic taste in music, and a great love for what she does.  As long as it can be learned from it can be taught.

Tammy Lehman

Tammy Lehman - United Conservatory Medicine Hat

Tammy Hemmaway Lehman was born and raised in Medicine Hat. She began studying music lessons at the age of 8. The focus was on classical and theater organ.   In 1983 she began her teaching career at The United Conservatory of Music. Teaching Organ lessons exclusively.  After a number of years, the demand for organ lessons began to declined, so lessons expanded into electronic and digital piano / keyboards.  She has t aught hundreds of students over that course time. Many of the new aspiring students, are children of past students who studied music with Tammy.

Tammy has continued her education in music with various courses and workshops. Attending several Jazz Piano workshops, led by Derek Stoll from Mount Royal University in Calgary, Many years of Technics Canada workshops and seminars. In 2013 she completed the `MUSIC COGNITION` program through BOSTON`S BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC.

Her specialization in preschool aged children has led her to become a Licensed Musikgarten instructor.  In September 2014, Jenner was added into the weekly teaching. Teaching in a rural school has added and amazing dynamic to her schedule. It is a wonderful experience being able to bring piano lessons to students who would not be able to make the weekly trip to Medicine Hat.

There have been so many proud moments in her teaching career. A former student, Ronaye Beck (now a chemical engineer in Dubai) was invited to perform at the World Expo in Spain. Also, there have been a number of aspiring students who have gone off to study music in different areas. But most important, the majority of these music students have gone to study higher education. 

Tammy has been a UCOM Festival coordinator for 14 years. The Festival involves all students studying music at the UCOM. Piano, guitar, drums and voice. This event is now held at the ESPLANADE every year. Festival is a major venue for our students at the school.

In her spare time, she enjoys running and outdoor activities. Also, a proud mother of two daughters in university. Enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Wendy Wolcoski

Wendy Wolcoski - United Conservatory Medicine Hat

Music has been an important part of my life since I started piano lessons at age 6.

I have my Grade 10 Piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music. I have also attended many seminars and courses on music education.

I began playing in my local church as a teenager and I currently work as the music director for Redcliff / Irvine United Churches.

Since 1980 I have been employed at the United Conservatory teaching all ages (from 4 to 84) on a number of different instruments including organ, piano and keyboard. I prepare

students for examinations in piano and theory. I teach many types of music but I especially enjoy contemporary idioms.... Pop Jazz and Blues.

I find it very rewarding to see my students progress and find the same passion for music that I have.

"Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without" -­ Confucius

Guitar

Ages 8 - Adult

All styles of music offered. Guitar is also offered with Conservatory Canada courses. Lesson focus is to teach the basics of good musicianship and creativity.

30 minute private lessons, 45 minute semi-private or one hour group lessons available.

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Teachers

Al Bader

Al Bader - United Conservatory Medicine Hat

Al Bader started playing bass guitar as a teenager and the bass quickly became his first love of instruments.

“The Bass feels right, and fits my personality more than any other instrument, and provides the foundation for my musical expression and voice.  It just grooves.”

Al has played in many bands, including a road band in 1984 called TKO.  After an absence from the music scene, 1994 saw the return of a musical journey in which he has played with many musicians since then, and several bands such as 3 Swings and a Miss, Sweet Rock, The Herman Brothers, Snap Crackle Pop, and Copper Penny, who released the CD “Time” in 2010, as well as local theatre and production work.

“The Rich Little gig was a very cool experience, because I remember watching him on T.V. before I was even playing music.”

He has had the opportunity to meet and make many friends in the music business, including his mentor Victor Wooten, and several of his friends like Chuck Rainey (Steely Dan), Joseph Wooten (Steve Miller Band), JD Blair (Shania Twain) Eric Struthers (The Neville Brothers) Adam Nitti, Gerald Veasley and many others.

“Getting to jam with these musicians was so thrilling, and I learned so much from them, not just about music, but about life. But then again, I try to learn from everyone I have the opportunity to play alongside with, and that includes my students.”

In addition, Al has become a fill in bass player for many bands like Rob Hudec, Kool Ray and The Hip Katz, First Degree and many others and is known for his hard working, professional approach to the music industry and his passion for playing. He has been teaching bass and guitar at UCOM since 2003 and loves helping people discover their passion for learning to play music.

Chris Streifel

Chris Streifel - United Conservatory Medicine Hat

Chris has been with the UCOM as full-time instructor since 2001, teaching guitar and later in 2005 drums. He's been an active musician in the community and southern Alberta playing with various bands and performers ranging from musical theatre, country, rock, blues and old time. He's also been a session player and producer on countless recordings at Absynthe Studio, his recording studio where he does his lessons with UCOM.

Prior to becoming staff, he was a UCOM student in piano and guitar from 1989 til 1999. He was able to compete and participate in all the same events that we do now, such as festival and recitals.

Ray Martens

Ray Martens - United Conservatory Medicine Hat

Ray Martens earned his Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Lethbridge in 1984. He taught in both Red Deer Public and Catholic school systems. In 1989, he moved to Medicine Hat and began teaching at Alexandra Middle School, where he taught Grade 7 and 8 Band, Grade 7 Math and Science, Grade Seven and Eight Visual Communications and Grade 7 and 8 Information Technology Studies. In 2014, he moved over to the Dr. Roy Wilson Learning Centre, where he teaches Grade 7 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and dashes back and forth to Alexandra with some wonderful WLC Grade 7 Band students. He is an active member of the Medicine Hat music scene, performing in various jazz, blues, dance and musical theatre groups. He runs the eight-piece show band "Kool Ray and the Hip Katz", and performs frequently with various musicians in the city. He is married to his beautiful wife, Karen, and they have two beautiful children, Amy and Lindsay. In 2012 we welcomed our beautiful son in law, David, and this year welcomed our beautiful granddaughter, Abigail Rei, to the family.

Drums

Ages 8 - Adult

All drumming styles offered. Hand drum lessons are also available.

30 minute private lessons available.

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Teachers

Braydon Gordon

Braydon Gordon - United Conservatory Medicine Hat

Braydon has his Bachelor of Music in Performance and Education, as well as his Bachelor of Education. He has performed in many musical groups, such as Calgary Round Up Band, Calgary Stetson Show Band, Calgary Stampede Showband, Band of Outriders, University of Calgary Wind Ensemble, and many others. He plays percussion, Drum Set, saxophone, and piano. He has also taught privately for several years at music studio in Calgary. 

Chris Streifel

Chris Streifel - United Conservatory Medicine Hat

Chris has been with the UCOM as full-time instructor since 2001, teaching guitar and later in 2005 drums. He's been an active musician in the community and southern Alberta playing with various bands and performers ranging from musical theatre, country, rock, blues and old time. He's also been a session player and producer on countless recordings at Absynthe Studio, his recording studio where he does his lessons with UCOM.

Prior to becoming staff, he was a UCOM student in piano and guitar from 1989 til 1999. He was able to compete and participate in all the same events that we do now, such as festival and recitals.

Ray Martens

Ray Martens - United Conservatory Medicine Hat

Ray Martens earned his Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Lethbridge in 1984. He taught in both Red Deer Public and Catholic school systems. In 1989, he moved to Medicine Hat and began teaching at Alexandra Middle School, where he taught Grade 7 and 8 Band, Grade 7 Math and Science, Grade Seven and Eight Visual Communications and Grade 7 and 8 Information Technology Studies. In 2014, he moved over to the Dr. Roy Wilson Learning Centre, where he teaches Grade 7 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and dashes back and forth to Alexandra with some wonderful WLC Grade 7 Band students. He is an active member of the Medicine Hat music scene, performing in various jazz, blues, dance and musical theatre groups. He runs the eight-piece show band "Kool Ray and the Hip Katz", and performs frequently with various musicians in the city. He is married to his beautiful wife, Karen, and they have two beautiful children, Amy and Lindsay. In 2012 we welcomed our beautiful son in law, David, and this year welcomed our beautiful granddaughter, Abigail Rei, to the family.

Voice

7 years and older (younger students considered on a case by case basis)

No previous experience required.

All genres of music including rock, jazz and musical theatre.

Individual 30 min, 45 min, and 60 min lessons available

Adults welcome ---- males and females

Numerous performance opportunites available.

Royal Conservatory of Music examination programs for advancing students

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Teachers

Laura Mackay

Laura Mackay - United Conservatory Medicine Hat

Coloratura-soprano Laura Mackay earned her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Western Ontario, and received her Master of Music in Voice Performance at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She has appeared in operatic productions and concerts throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe. Recent performances include Zenobia in Handel's Radamisto, Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte (Accademia Europea dell'Opera), Nella in Gianni Schicchi (Luray Opera Theater), Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus (JMU Opera Theater), Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro (JMU Opera Theater), and Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro (Centre for Opera Studies in Italy).  Laura is also a proponent of new music, having premiered several works, including Steven Webb's The Patterns of War at the Opera from Scratch Festival, and the soprano solo in Simon Fink's song cycle Unquiet Dreams at the Staunton Music Festival.  She teaches voice for all ages at the United Conservatory of Music in Medicine Hat.

Laurianne Streifel

Laurianne Streifel - United Conservatory Medicine Hat

Laurianne is a former student of the United Conservatory of Music.  She started singing at the age of 5 and piano at the age of 7.  As a student she was quite active performing and competing in concerts and competitions in and out the city.  In high school she joined the school concert band and jazz band, and learned to play a bit of clarinet. 

After graduating with a Bachelor of Music from the University of Lethbridge, she taught off and on while keeping active performing in choirs and ensembles around town, both singing with them and accompanying them on piano.  She joined the staff of United Conservatory in September 2013 teaching both voice and piano.

Laurianne has a highly eclectic taste in music, and a great love for what she does.  As long as it can be learned from it can be taught.

PreSchool

At the Conservatory of Music in Medicine Hat, we teach the fundamentals of music to 2-6 year olds through the Musikgarten program.  Musikgarten is designed to nurture every child's natural musical ability by engaging students and their families through musical activities like singing and movement (Drumming, dancing, etc).  Additionally, instrumental activities are part of the program.  From playing simple rhythms on the sticks and drums to simple keyboard introduction for the older children.

Through Musikgarten, every child learns that music and rhythm is at the heart of everything.

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Teachers

Tammy Lehman

Tammy Lehman - United Conservatory Medicine Hat

Tammy Hemmaway Lehman was born and raised in Medicine Hat. She began studying music lessons at the age of 8. The focus was on classical and theater organ.   In 1983 she began her teaching career at The United Conservatory of Music. Teaching Organ lessons exclusively.  After a number of years, the demand for organ lessons began to declined, so lessons expanded into electronic and digital piano / keyboards.  She has t aught hundreds of students over that course time. Many of the new aspiring students, are children of past students who studied music with Tammy.

Tammy has continued her education in music with various courses and workshops. Attending several Jazz Piano workshops, led by Derek Stoll from Mount Royal University in Calgary, Many years of Technics Canada workshops and seminars. In 2013 she completed the `MUSIC COGNITION` program through BOSTON`S BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC.

Her specialization in preschool aged children has led her to become a Licensed Musikgarten instructor.  In September 2014, Jenner was added into the weekly teaching. Teaching in a rural school has added and amazing dynamic to her schedule. It is a wonderful experience being able to bring piano lessons to students who would not be able to make the weekly trip to Medicine Hat.

There have been so many proud moments in her teaching career. A former student, Ronaye Beck (now a chemical engineer in Dubai) was invited to perform at the World Expo in Spain. Also, there have been a number of aspiring students who have gone off to study music in different areas. But most important, the majority of these music students have gone to study higher education. 

Tammy has been a UCOM Festival coordinator for 14 years. The Festival involves all students studying music at the UCOM. Piano, guitar, drums and voice. This event is now held at the ESPLANADE every year. Festival is a major venue for our students at the school.

In her spare time, she enjoys running and outdoor activities. Also, a proud mother of two daughters in university. Enjoys spending time with her family and friends.