Private One-On-One Music Lessons in Hamilton and Stoney Creek

We teach Piano Guitar Saxophone Ukulele Voice Bass Guitar Flute Keyboard Violin Clarinet Accordion

The Music Stand – Hester
Studio and Store

14 Hester Street
Hamilton, ON  L9A 5B5
(905) 574-9212

The Music Stand – Stoney Creek
Studio (by appointment only)

67 King Street East
Stoney Creek, ON  L8G 1J9
(905) 574-9212

We teach all ages, all levels

ages 5 and up

What can I expect?

Our teachers make it a priority to get to know you on a personal level and to become familiar with your personal musical needs and goals. We do not treat every student the same in terms of what and how we teach. A 7 year old having their first guitar lesson will have very different needs than a 57 year old taking up piano for the second time after having had lessons as a child.

The main reason to choose The Music Stand as your music lesson provider, is that we are sensitive to the fact that every student is an individual. If you enroll here for music lessons, we will work with you to make a plan that will fit your needs and musical preferences. During your first lesson your teacher will ask you about your favourite type of music and set goals to help accomplish whatever aspirations you have for yourself or your child. In addition to their teaching credentials, our teachers have warm personalities, are extremely friendly, and strive to get to know each student and their parent on a personal level.

Our piano teachers teach a variety of styles from classical to popular music. Whether you want to learn Bach or Alicia Keys, our teachers are happy to help you become the pianist you want to be. Our piano faculty will show you the fundamentals of sight reading, technique and theory, but they will also incorporate your favourite songs into your lessons. You do not have to have a piano at home to take lessons. A simple full size electronic keyboard will suffice for the first few months. Our piano teachers enjoy sharing their love for the piano with you.

Our guitar teachers teach rock, blues, metal, jazz, country, and classical guitar lessons on electric, acoustic, and bass guitars. Beginner students can expect to work on chords, simple songs and melodies, sight reading and theory. We balance musicianship and fun by making sure that each lesson you are challenged with a new technical or theory concept, but always end with something fun such as your favourite riff or song. We use a variety of guitar method books to accomplish this and encourage students to bring CDs or their iPod to their lesson to learn their favourite tunes.

Our voice teachers primarily focus on popular and classical music. If you have always wanted to be a better rock, pop, country, jazz, gospel or opera singer, then we have the right voice teachers for you. Voice students spend time each week doing physical exercises to improve their vocal range, ear training, breath control, vibrato, tone production, enunciation and more. All voice students set goals with their teacher to work on sounding like their favourite recording artists, or if they prefer, to develop their own unique voice.

The two most common methods of teaching violin are Suzuki and Conservatory/Old European Method. The Suzuki violin method is how we start most of our students, particularly our youngest ones. They learn many concepts by ear first and play a song within the first few lessons. The violin is harder to learn than piano (on the piano if you hit a key, even if it is the wrong key the tone is still correct – on the violin you have to learn exactly where to place your finger and bow on the string to make the tone). Being able to play a song as quickly as possible keeps the student motivated.
We also introduce the Conservatory/European method system to all students, which stresses the ability to read music. In later years, all violin students use only this method.
Violin students can also study fiddling which is just a style of playing.

Why Take Private Lessons?

Better grades in school

High school students who take music courses score significantly better on math, science and English exams than their non-musical peers

Journal of Educational Psychology

Improved speech and reading

After musical training, children showed enhanced reading and pitch discrimination abilities in speech. Remarkably, 6 months of musical training thus suffices to significantly improve behavior and to influence the development of neural processes as reflected in specific pattern of brain waves.

Cerebral Cortex - Neuroscience Journal

Tuition Fees


Prices reflect private weekly 30-minute lessons. Music lessons are exempt from sales tax. A one-time $15 registration fee applies after the intro period.

New Student

$ 20.00 Per Lesson
New Students


$ 25.00 Per Lesson

Credit Card

$ 24.50 Per Lesson
Most Popular


$ 24.00 Per Lesson

Why Us?


years in business


students taught


annual lessons

All students enjoy:

10% off all music books

two recitals per year

progress reports and report cards

preparation for exams/competitions

  • University/College trained teachers, or with extensive professional performing experience
  • Private lessons provided to ensure students learn in the manner that is best suited for them
  • Students are able to choose from pop, jazz, rock or classical instruction
  • Choice of more than one teacher for each student to fit your child’s personality and learning style
  • Instruction available for children as young as 5 through adulthood
  • Ability to schedule private lessons for 2 or more family members at the same time to avoid hours of waiting and driving to different lesson providers each month
  • The Music Stand owns the school and retail store. You don’t have to go far to find books, instruments, or accessories. Everything you need can be found in one place.
  • The Music Stand offers instrument rentals and maintenance services
  • We offer The Music Stand Exams and Royal Conservatory Exam preparation for all grades
  • We prepare students for Kiwanis and any other music festival
  • Optional low pressure recitals offered at least twice a year free of charge
  • Desk staff available to assist you during all teaching hours, 6 days a week
  • Wide range of time slots available for music lessons
  • Students or parents are never required to fund raise for studio events
  • Year round program (Special Summer Program)
  • Competitive pricing and Tax Receipts available (Family discounts)
  • Easy access and free parking
  • 30+ years in the music lesson and retail business!