Ian’s Music Studio is a safe place that welcomes people of all races, religions, gender identities and expressions, sexual orientations, and body types. We respect, celebrate, encourage, and nurture the unique musical and creative possibilities of each individual.

How It Works


Lesson Schedule (2023-2024)

  • September 11-15 through December 11-15
  • Winter Break
  • January 8-12 through March 18-22
  • Spring Break
  • April 1-5 through June 3-7
  • Summer Break

What You Need At Home

Piano set up:

  • an electric keyboard or an acoustic piano (if you need help finding one contact me),
  • a smart phone, tablet, or computer with a webcam and microphone, with internet access for online lessons.
  • for students in Winnipeg, I will pick up your music for you and drop it at your home
  • for students further afield, I will send you links to order the music online, send it by mail, or email PDFs
  • I do this because often music publications look similar and have similar titles with slight variations
  • any costs for music will be added to your monthly invoice

In Person Lessons

I’m happy to see students in person. I teach out of my studio in the Minto area of Winnipeg’s West End. There is 2 hour street parking in front of my studio.

Online Lessons

Online lessons are through Forte, a platform specifically designed for music lessons. 


Before lessons begin I will e-mail an invitation to join Forte. This portal will provide your access to all online lessons. Check out Forte’s Help Center for more information or reach out to their customer service with questions, they are fantastic!

You will need a tablet or laptop.


Place your device at:

  • either end of the keyboard so the camera will pick up the profile view,
  • about 6 to 9 inches above the keyboard (propping the device on a small table with a few books works well),
  • and at a right angle to the keyboard.
This allows the students to easily talk to me and for me to observe their technique and posture at the piano.


Invoices will be emailed a few days before the end of the month or the beginning of the session. Please pay for the coming month’s lessons via PayPal (link included on the invoice) or Interac e-Transfer to the email address provided to you before the first of the month.

Missed Lessons


Lessons canceled by students will not be reimbursed, but I will make my best effort to reschedule the lesson. Lessons canceled by me will be reimbursed (at the rate of $50/hr) or rescheduled. 

Full Discontinuation of Lessons


Please let me know at the end of December, March, or June if you are planning on discontinuing lessons. Outside of those times, four weeks notice, or payment of the equivalent of four weeks, is required when discontinuing lessons. 

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