About The Beckett School at Laurier

  • Instruction in music, art, and drama.
  • Opportunities for participation in special musical and artistic events throughout the year
  • Annual non-competitive festival
  • Association with other students and teachers provides a stimulating and challenging learning environment
  • Preparation for examinations and competitions upon mutual agreement of students, parents, and teachers
  • Summer programs in music, art, drama and theory
  • Enrichment through related branches of the arts

The History of the Beckett School

The Beckett School began in September 1980 in a gracious older home in downtown Waterloo, offering instruction in piano, theory, and early childhood music. In 1986, two adjacent houses were added, providing space for additional programs in strings, voice, recorder, art, and speech arts and drama. A branch was opened in Pioneer Park in Kitchener in 1993, offering lessons in piano, theory, guitar and singing. In 2000, the school moved to 5 Michael Street, providing more studio and classroom space in this thoughtfully renovated, beautiful older building. Beginning fall 2015, Laurier's Faculty of Music will assume operation of the Beckett School of Music which was gifted to Laurier by its owners William J. Labron and Lynn McRuer.  The school, now known as the Beckett School at Laurier will be housed at 190 Lester Street, Waterloo on the Wilfrid Laurier Campus. The Beckett School at Laurier continues to be the largest of its kind in the area, with an enrollment of more than 1000 students and a faculty of more than 40 teachers.

School Administration Act

"A child is excused from attendance at school if he/she is absent from school for the purpose of receiving instruction in music and the period of absence does not exceed one-half day in any week."

The School Administration Act, Section 6, Subsection 2

Secondary School Credits

Students studying with the Royal Conservatory of Music or Conservatory Canada may be eligible to earn credits toward their Ontario Secondary School Diploma.  Ask your teacher for details.

School Closure

The Beckett School at Laurier will be closed in the event of severe weather when normal operation would pose a significant danger to faculty, staff and students.  Wilfrid Laurier University which includes the Beckett School at Laurier may close for the morning, afternoon, evening, or for the entire day.  In each case the closure announcement and reopening time will be communicated to you by your teacher, on the Beckett School phone message, as well as the website, beckettschool.com.

Missed Lesson Policy

In conformance with the guidelines of the of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers' Association, there will be NO adjustment for missed lessons at any time.  Lessons missed by the teacher will be rescheduled at a mutually convenient time.  In case of extended teacher illness, the Beckett School  at Laurier will provide a replacement teacher to deliver the lessons.