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Classes and Teachers

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Monthly Lesson fees:

  • $90 - 30 min. private lesson.
  • $90 - 60 min. group lesson
  • $135 - 45 min. private lesson.
  • $180 - 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.

Lawrence Streifel

Lawrence Streifel - United Conservatory Medicine Hat

Lawrence has been a professional teacher for the Catholic board of education from 1968- 2003 during which he taught music for 9 years at St. Mary’s School. He has previously taught accordion at McMorrans Music land  and Ted’s. Musical Instruments. He is proud to be the ambassador for the accordion, the instrument that he has been passionate about his entire life.  Lawrence attends accordion festivals and workshops regularly all over the US and Canada and has performed in accordion orchestras in Mesa AZ, Dallas TX, San Diego CA, and Castelfidardo Italy with the great jazz accordionist Frank Marroco. He has been  a professional entertainer most of his life. In addition to being the father of two of the U.C.O.M ’s tenured teachers, Lawrence performs as a member of the Alpen Schatz  band, a group of Medicine Hat musicians who are always in high demand in southern Alberta during Octoberfest.

Mackenzie Klassen

Mackenzie Klassen - United Conservatory Medicine Hat

 

I am so thrilled to be moving back to Medicine Hat to share my love of music, and my skills of teaching with the city.

I am a former student of this Conservatory, and achieved grade 8 RCM standings under the direction of Edna Hyland. In highschool, I had the opportunity to fill a temporary teaching position at the Conservatory, and learned that music education was definitely the direction I wanted to proceed in with my education. I achieved a Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance, with Distinction, from the University of Lethbridge in 2018. I used my classes to explore my own playing, as well as theory and history studies, and music education.

For the past few years I have been teaching a large studio in Lethbridge with the McGill Music and Arts School, enjoying every minute of it and helping students to overcome their own personal music challenges. I love the connections I am able to make with students and their families through this position, and I will use my skills to help you achieve your musical goals, whether it be classical RCM study, or Pop Music, Jazz Music etc.

I look forward to building a new music family through the United Conservatory, and sharing my diverse passion of music with you!  

Sierra Perin

Sierra Perin - United Conservatory Medicine Hat

After teaching piano out of my home for a year, I am excited to be joining the United Conservatory of Music to teach piano in the fall. 

I grew up taking piano lessons at the Sylvan Lake Music Studio.  Along with 15 years of piano, I have had the opportunity to learn other instruments including the accordion and viola.  

I am currently a junior attending Athabasca University in pursuit of a Bachelor of Human Science with a minors in Psychology.  Having a passion for helping students of all learning styles to achieve their musical goals, I have taken post-secondary training in educational psychology and learning disabilities to better meet the needs of all my students. 

My focus for lessons is to provide instruction and guidance for students musical goals, while allowing students freedom to learn the musical style(s) they like most. 

Looking forward to helping students enjoy playing piano and music!

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.

Johnny Javier

Johnny Javier - United Conservatory Medicine Hat

Johnny is a versatile musician with years of experience performing and teaching music. He previously took lessons from the Conservatory for a year before heading to Edmonton's MacEwan University to study music. He graduated in 2014 with a Diploma in Music, majoring in Composition. After graduation, he moved to Regina where he worked as an architectural designer for an architectural firm and as a guitar instructor for Long & McQuade. He has performed in music festivals, cafes and corporate events all around Saskatchewan as part of a group and as a solo performer.

Besides music, his other passion in life is travelling. During his two years of wandering the Philippines, Australia, and New Zealand, he taught music and performed with musicians from different countries and cultures. His fondest memory from his travels was busking on the Australian city streets and performing in open mic nights with his travel mates. It was during his travels that he truly appreciated music as a common language that connects people from all over the world, regardless of language or background.

Johnny has now returned home to Medicine Hat and is eager to share his knowledge and experiences to all his students. Whether one's interest lies in blues, rock, jazz, or contemporary pop music, or learning theory, composition, or arranging, he aims to show how learning and performing music can enrich a person's life.

Drums

Ages 8 - Adult

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

30 minute private lessons available.

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Teachers

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.

Lennon Longmuir

Lennon Longmuir - United Conservatory Medicine Hat

Lennon Longmuir is 23 years old and was born and raised in Medicine Hat. When Lennon was 8 years old she began taking piano lessons, however she always knew that playing drums was her true passion. When Lennon turned 10 she enrolled in drum lessons at the Conservatory of Music and finished off her studies at The Medicine Hat Culture Centre. After graduating high school, Lennon continued studying drums at MacEwan University for two years. While in university she focused on many different styles of percussion spanning from Jazz, Latin, World and more contemporary music. She also completed her Music Theory at MacEwan University. Lennon has recently moved back to Medicine Hat and is getting married next summer. She is planning on retuning to university to get a degree in Education with a Major in Music.

Nicholas Evangelos

Nicholas Evangelos - United Conservatory Medicine Hat

 Nicholas has literally been playing drums since the day he was born. In fact when he was brought home by his parents from the hospital, there was a drum set in his nursery next to his crib and he has been playing drums for over 20 years. Nicholas has been performing in numerous  band and recording projects for the last 12 years most notably with the band the Purple Grotto. Nicholas has studied education at the Medicine Hat College and has a unique way of communicating his passion for the drum set to students of all ages.

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

Pamela S.Hauser

Pamela S.Hauser - United Conservatory Medicine Hat

Pamela S.Hauser received her Bachelor of Music, Vocal Performance from the University of Alberta. She also studied with Elizabeth Robson from the Royal College of Music in London, England. 

Pamela has over a decade of teaching experience. She focusses on healthy vocal production and empowering students to sing the music they love with confidence and flair.

PreSchool

Music and Piano For Today's Young Child 

KiddyKeys is an innovative approach to teaching music and piano to young children. Created at the request of parents who were looking for more than a traditional music and movement program, KiddyKeys lessons include

  • Music and movement
  • Piano play and improvisation
  • Music theory 
  • Keyboard geography and exploration
  • Composition and music history
  • Color, shape, and letter recognition
  • Life skills and character development

KiddyKeys’s well-thought-out learning trajectory and its energetic lesson experience enables all types of young learners to easily learn music concepts. Today’s market calls for a play-based early childhood music curriculum that meets the needs of families and students alike. KiddyKeys lays the ideal foundation, whether used as a music and piano discovery class, in private lessons, or partnered with a piano method to provide a complete on and off the bench piano lesson experience

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Teachers

Sierra Perin

Sierra Perin - United Conservatory Medicine Hat

After teaching piano out of my home for a year, I am excited to be joining the United Conservatory of Music to teach piano in the fall. 

I grew up taking piano lessons at the Sylvan Lake Music Studio.  Along with 15 years of piano, I have had the opportunity to learn other instruments including the accordion and viola.  

I am currently a junior attending Athabasca University in pursuit of a Bachelor of Human Science with a minors in Psychology.  Having a passion for helping students of all learning styles to achieve their musical goals, I have taken post-secondary training in educational psychology and learning disabilities to better meet the needs of all my students. 

My focus for lessons is to provide instruction and guidance for students musical goals, while allowing students freedom to learn the musical style(s) they like most. 

Looking forward to helping students enjoy playing piano and music!

Accordion

The United Conservatory of Music was founded on the instruction of the Accordion. It is the third most popular instrument in the world today. The instrument is used in all types of contemporary music and we are happy that we once again offer Accordion lessons to our students.

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Teachers

Lawrence Streifel

Lawrence Streifel - United Conservatory Medicine Hat

Lawrence has been a professional teacher for the Catholic board of education from 1968- 2003 during which he taught music for 9 years at St. Mary’s School. He has previously taught accordion at McMorrans Music land  and Ted’s. Musical Instruments. He is proud to be the ambassador for the accordion, the instrument that he has been passionate about his entire life.  Lawrence attends accordion festivals and workshops regularly all over the US and Canada and has performed in accordion orchestras in Mesa AZ, Dallas TX, San Diego CA, and Castelfidardo Italy with the great jazz accordionist Frank Marroco. He has been  a professional entertainer most of his life. In addition to being the father of two of the U.C.O.M ’s tenured teachers, Lawrence performs as a member of the Alpen Schatz  band, a group of Medicine Hat musicians who are always in high demand in southern Alberta during Octoberfest.

Sierra Perin

Sierra Perin - United Conservatory Medicine Hat

After teaching piano out of my home for a year, I am excited to be joining the United Conservatory of Music to teach piano in the fall. 

I grew up taking piano lessons at the Sylvan Lake Music Studio.  Along with 15 years of piano, I have had the opportunity to learn other instruments including the accordion and viola.  

I am currently a junior attending Athabasca University in pursuit of a Bachelor of Human Science with a minors in Psychology.  Having a passion for helping students of all learning styles to achieve their musical goals, I have taken post-secondary training in educational psychology and learning disabilities to better meet the needs of all my students. 

My focus for lessons is to provide instruction and guidance for students musical goals, while allowing students freedom to learn the musical style(s) they like most. 

Looking forward to helping students enjoy playing piano and music!