Music Room

Winter 2021 Workshops

CMSWR is thrilled to be offering the following group classes this winter!

Group classes are open to all CMSWR students. Students can register for as many as they wish.

1. Yoga for Musicians

Date: January 26, February 23, March 23            

Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm

Age: 10+

Join us for a gentle exploration of yoga, movement in our bodies, and coming back to our breath. All levels are welcome to take this class (parents too!); however, this class is geared towards beginners. A yoga mat is recommended, but a large towel works great as well. These classes are drop-in - register for whichever dates work best for you!


Our Facilitator:

Grace Driedger is a registered social worker and certified Hatha yoga teacher. She believes that yoga is about learning to connect with our minds and bodies. Her classes combine both movement and self-compassion. She looks forward to meeting you on your mats.

2. Ukulele Ensemble

Date: Tuesdays: February 2, 9, 16, 23

Time: 4:30pm-5:30pm

Age: 7-13

Interested in learning a new instrument? Want to connect, make new friends and play music with other students? Check out the Ukulele Ensemble! This four-week series will focus on learning the basics of ukulele, as well as building a number of songs to play! Ukuleles will be provided.


Our Facilitator:

Jessica Traynor is a fourth-year community music student at Laurier. She is also a Residence Life Don and has worked at several summer camps over the last five years. This is her third year teaching piano at CMSWR and Jess is ready to reveal her other secret musical talents!

3. Rock Band

Date: Thursdays: February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 4

Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm

Age: 13-18

Have you ever wanted to play in a rock band? Now’s your chance! Participants will be learning about individual preparation, group communication and collaboration, and creative exploration. We’ll be exploring popular genres such as rock and pop music. This workshop will culminate with a final performance/project. Spaces are limited, so register as soon as possible!


Our Facilitator:

Manny DeGrandis is an accomplished bass guitarist and vocalist. He is a member of numerous bands, including Newmarket-based Ainsworth DeGrandis and Glenn Marais and the Mojo Train. Manny has been teaching rock band workshops to both teens and adults for many years. We’re excited to have him join us at CMSWR!

4. Songwriting

Date: Mondays: March 1, 8, 15, 22

Time: 7:00pm-8:00pm

Age: 14-18

You can learn how to write an awesome song! Join us for 4 interactive workshops designed to give you the tools, tricks, and ideas you’ll need for songwriting. We’ll learn about song-starters and structure, how to cultivate inspiration, and crafting lyrics. All CMSWR students are welcome – you don’t need to be studying voice to join!


Our Facilitator:

Jamaican-Canadian artist Joni NehRita is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and arranger. To date, she has released four full length albums, her latest titled Love & Protest. Joni is also a music educator & facilitator who has taught workshops in improvisation, performance & vocal technique at Wilfrid Laurier University, Seneca College, Folk Alliance International, The Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival as well as at countless other schools & community events.

5. Music "Book" Club

Date: Thursdays: March 11, 18, 25, April 1

Ages 8-12: 4:00pm-4:45pm

Ages 13-18: 5:00pm-6:00pm

Want to explore different types of music? Not sure why music makes you feel different ways? Want to learn more? Our Music “Book” Club sounds perfect for you! Each week, members will bring a song to share and the focus will be on learning more about music and exploring different types of music, while also giving us a chance to connect with others.


Our Facilitator:

Jessica Traynor is a fourth-year community music student at Laurier. She is also a Residence Life Don and has worked at several summer camps over the last five years. Jess has been teaching piano at CMSWR for the past three years.

6. Choir

Date: Thursdays: March 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Time: 4:30pm-5:30pm

Age: 8-16

Do you like to sing? Join our choir! This is a great opportunity to explore new genres of music and to sing with others. We’ll be learning about tonality, pitch, and developing our listening skills. Plus, singing makes everything more fun! We’re excited to being our singing journey together. All voice types and experience welcome (you do not need to be studying voice!).

Our Facilitator: Greer Schatz