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Testimonials

All of our testimonials have been written and submitted by past and present students and students' parents. Thank you to those families who have provided their feedback!


Nadia and Ashley,

I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say how fantastic the show was last night. Declan had the time of his life and is already talking about Band Camp for next year.

Thank you so much for holding this program. He lived out a dream last night and it was just the most amazing thing to be able to have it in such an intimate setting where all his family and friends could enjoy it as well.

Well done!

Janna McCooeye, Parent



Dear BMA,

I would like to write and express our appreciation for the music experiences you have given our daughter, Hannah, over the past three years.

Her first teacher was Corey with whom she first began playing guitar under. As a 7 year old with a great sense of humour, he found a way to connect with her and she loved attending lessons and learning to play at her pace. She is now under Andrew, an equally strong and effective teacher and she continues to love her lessons.

We have always found the concerts to be an excellent experience for both the students and parents.

Most recently we would like to express our appreciation for the March Break Recording Workshop that she attended. I was slightly nervous that she would be too under experienced for this workshop and would struggle. We were assured it was for all levels and we want to thank everyone for the lessons and coaching prior to last Wednesday. Many of her guitar lessons were switched to singing lessons in preparation for the workshop. We do realize that didn't have to be done. It is obvious that your team has strong communication and teamwork ability to coordinate these lessons where it would help her most.

She loved the experience and we love the added confidence she has in herself. She desperately wants to take singing lessons which we will find a way to make happen.

Thanks to everyone, great work by all.

The Lie Family



Hello, I just wanted to thank you guys for the wonderful Clinique Gift Bag. I wanted to mention that I am glad my boys are students at Barrhaven Music Academy. You guys are doing the most important job in the world as teachers and are setting great example by participating in a lot of conscientious drives supporting the community around us. Please pass along my kudos to the whole team.

Thanks again!

Navpreet Uppal, Parent



To Nadia Zaid, Ashley Martyn and all of the BMA family,

My daughter Emma has taken piano lessons from Victoria only since September of this year. Emma loves her classes and adores Victoria. Victoria appears to be a genuinely nice, understanding and focused teacher. My daughter has found a love for piano and happily does her piano homework every night, and has surprised me with how much she has learned in a few short months. I wanted to express our thanks to Victoria, you are a great teacher!

Also, it was our first time participating in one of your concerts and we both enjoyed the process very much. It has a low key feel - structure, but not to much structure, yet you delivered a very heartfelt show. We were blown away with the talent of some of your students, which demonstrates the quality of your staff and school. Congratulations to all, and thank you! Emma and I will continue to enjoy her lessons, and after your show, she now wants to sing as well!


Marie-Lou, Parent



Thanks to BMA for a fantastic Christmas concert yesterday. This has become one of our favourite family Christmas traditions! In particular, we look forward to the staff performance finale. As usual, the BMA team did not disappoint. You guys are awesome, so lucky to have a music school with such talented and caring teachers in our neighbourhood.

The Sanders Family



My daughter Seline and her friend Kate have been taking violin and singing lessons at Barrhaven Music Academy since September 2012. They absolutely love it! I am so impressed how much they have progressed in such little time. They enjoy each lesson and look forward to it every week. They had a great time performing at the last concert, and I was so proud seeing them up on stage. A big thank you to both their teachers for their dedication, professionalism and hard work so far! I would highly recommend BMA to anyone looking for outstanding music education for their kids. Thank you!

Paula Cowpland, Parent


My 8 year old son Daniel was taking piano lessons since he was six at a different music school. A year ago, he started losing interest in playing piano and I knew it was time for a change.

I was very fortunate to find Nadia, an exceptionally talented piano teacher. From Daniel's very first piano lesson I realised that Nadia is the best! Strong personality, highly professional, knowledgeable and enthusiastic, Nadia managed to inspire my high-energy and dominating son to do his best. All my family was pleasantly surprised by the great progress Daniel has made playing piano in the last eight months.

From the very beginning we had a feeling we are part of a family. Both Ashley and Nadia, BMA owners, are very professional and passionate about what they do. No wonder Barrhaven Music Academy has quickly become a very successful music school. Motivated by Daniel's success, both my husband and I decided to "go back to school" too! My husband is taking guitar lessons with Corey and I am enjoying my singing classes with Tashi. All three of us truly enjoy our musical experiences at BMA!

Marina Kashin-Lerner, Parent and Student


I love your Academy's philosophy. Every correspondence and/or communication we've had with you has been excellent! Keep up the good work.

Julie Sutherland, Parent


My family has had a very positive experience with this music school and I highly recommend it! My daughter's instructor Nadia has always been very hard-working, honest and more than fair and my daughter has been studying piano with her for quite a while. For anyone looking for music lessons from instructors with experience and integrity - you will not be disappointed!

Reneta Krousseva, Parent


I must congratulate you for operating such a professional studio, while maintaining such a pleasant, family-like atmosphere. Amanda loves it there. The Academy is an extremely positive influence in her life (at an important time in her life). And as a parent, this is something that we cannot thank you enough for.

Everyone enrolled at Barrhaven Music Academy is clearly enjoying their experience here, as witnessed by their smiling faces (on both students and parents alike). The growth in these students is clearly measurable, as each of the functions seem to produce an even better event than the one before. Their love for music, which includes their experiences here at the Academy, has seen a steady incline every time we see them as a group.

From my own observations and experiences as a parent, I question the validity of any negative Google reviews and believe it is fairly obvious what their agenda is.


Tom Seed, Parent


While Barrhaven Music Academy offers affordably priced lessons, it maintains a roster of high-quality, passionate teachers. While I was a student in university, I took lessons with one of their finest teachers to assist me with my Grade 8 Practical Piano exam. I found her to be well-adept, patient and informative which was extremely instrumental in motivating me to do my best and complete exam successfully. Each one of my lessons were personalized according to my musical goals. Theory was discussed to draw connections and engage me actively in a piece of music. Sight-reading was both challenging and rewarding as I surpassed my goals each week.

Above all else, the lessons were fun and informative and helped me reach my personal goal! I give this music school my highest recommendation for anyone who wants a thorough, affordable and quality experience into the world of music.


Taylor Beach, Student


Our 9 year old daughter started as a student over a year ago has enjoyed learning piano and proper singing techniques. Her lesson have helped cultivate our daughter's love of music in a way that our daughter relates to, with fun and patience.

We are fortunate to have found a school with instructors that clearly loves what they do, and that also manages itself in a professional manner.


Alison Baizana, Parent


I was going to email and say, how nice and professional the teachers are; that they take those few moments after class and give a progress report of what the student is working on in each class. It is nice feedback for me and the student.

[My daughter] Kiana is very happy, as I am too, with the lessons taking place at your establishment! I have already referred a couple of people about my satisfaction and your program.


Daphne Marghetis, Parent


We started piano lessons when my daughter Lauren was 4 years old. When [teacher] Nadia left to start her own studio, we were sad -- but thought that we could just continue with the teacher that replaced her. Boy were we wrong! My daughter went through 3 different teachers and started to really hate practicing. Finally, I contacted your school and Nadia began teaching Lauren again! The change in her was remarkable; now she is always practicing and playing for everyone who comes through the door! She is learning music that really interests her; Lauren is flourishing once again!

My son still attends the original music studio we started with, and we just went to both concerts. My husband and I were amazed at the difference, with the pianists espeically. Your students had a quality and ability that we just didn't hear at the other local concert. This is a true reflection on your teaching abilities. I am so happy that we recognized the importance of a fantastic teacher and didn't just stop Lauren's lessons! I would, and have, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED your school to others, without hesitation. "She is an awesome teacher!" says a happy piano playing eight year old student!


Heather Withers, Parent


Our family has been a part of Barrhaven Music Academy since its inception! Our 8 year old first started her music lessons when she was just 5 years old! It has been amazing to see how much she has progressed over the past 3 years, from playing simple pieces like 'Ode to Joy', to her performance of 'Fur Elise' this past spring.

We recently put our 3 year old in the Tuneful Tots program - Our daughter is learning lots of new songs and is having a blast with Kendra. Kendra is able to keep the kids engaged and excited to come back next week for more fun! We have recommended BMA to others and will continue to do so!


Sherry Khan, Parent


We have tried several music companies in the Barrhaven area, and by far, the Barrhaven Music Academy is the best.

Both of my children have been learning piano for several years now, and they look forward to their weekly lessons at BMA. The highly professional staff and qualified teachers are always pleasant to deal with and very motivating. We look forward to spending many more years with Nadia & her team!


Annu Chopra, Parent


I wanted to tell you that I'm really pleased with how much my kids, Madeleine and Sean, are enjoying playing the piano and their lessons with Ria. They are really progressing nicely and it's so nice to hear my old piano being played all the time. In fact we had to set up a keyboard in the basement with headphones because they both wanted to play the piano at the same time. Now there's always a keyboard available for each of them.

They both really like Ria as well so I think that has a lot to do with their enthusiasm. Thanks again.


Jacqueline K., Parent