Beckett School at Laurier

40 Years of Teaching Excellence

becket-school-logo.pngThe Beckett School at Laurier provides an inspiring environment where the arts may flourish. We provide the highest quality instruction in piano, voice, violin, viola, cello, fiddle, clarinet, saxophone, brass, flute, piccolo, guitar, lute, percussion, music theory and early childhood music. Since 2017, music therapy has been offered in group and individual clinical settings. We are proud to have an enrolment of approximately 1,000 students supported by a faculty of more than 50 outstanding instructors.

Our Services

  • Instruction in music, theory and early childhood education.
  • Group and private music therapy sessions led by registered music therapists.
  • Preparation for examinations, auditions and competitions.
  • Participation in special musical and artistic events.
  • Group and individual programs for adult music students.
  • Enrichment through annual non-competitive festival.
  • Regular ensemble and solo performance opportunities throughout the Waterloo Region community.
  • Summer programs in music, art, drama and theory.
  • Frequent in-house masterclasses and workshops open to the entire student body.

Summer Camps 2023!

The Beckett School at Laurier is excited to announce our 2023 summer camp lineup!  There are opportunities for both children and teens. Register today

Don't forget to check out our March Break camps too, from ages 7-17! 


Beckettfest 2023

Beckettfest is back! Our annual non-competitive music festival is happening over three weekends this year. All ages and all stages are welcome. 

Please ask your teacher for more information on how to register, or contact us at 

COVID-19 Update

Your safety and health are always a top priority. Please see our COVID-19 protocols for more information about the measures we are taking.

Please contact the Beckett School at Laurier at or 519.578.3640. Phone messages are checked regularly.

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Despite a global pandemic, our 48 instructors have continued teaching group and one-on-one lessons online for over a year.


Cello instructor Mark Norris works with a young cellist during a masterclass.

History of the Beckett School

The Beckett School was founded by Garth and Marjorie Beckett in 1980, when both were on the piano faculty at Wilfrid Laurier University. The original vision of the Beckett School was to create a space where students in all the arts – music, visual arts, drama – could flourish.

In June 2015, the Beckett School became the Beckett School at Laurier and has continued the Beckett’s original vision to foster excellence and a love for the arts in students of all ages.


Beckett School at Laurier is located at 190 Lester Street, Waterloo on the Wilfrid Laurier University campus. Our facility offers inspiring instructional space, a beautiful early childhood music area and a recital room for our frequent performances. A secondary location is located near Pioneer Park at 68 Biehn Drive, Kitchener.

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All students have the opportunity to perform in a variety of settings throughout our community.

Pictured: Piano student, Tatyana Palmer, performing in a recital at the Kitchener Public Library.