"It's a wonderful place with great teachers!"
– Lara Duarte, Parent
Michelle Jacques founds Kindermusik Cambridge, a music school providing group classes to students from ages 0-7.
Richard & Valerie L'Abbe start Queen Street Music School in their home, teaching students from ages 5 and up. The school has now taught over 1000 students.
Queen Street Music School moves to 27 Queen Street East.
Michelle Jacques passes Kindermusik Cambridge on to the L'Abbes.
Richard & Valerie decide to move back into a house for their family. They decide it may also be time to pass on the businesses.
Long-time QSM instructor, Dylan Langan, becomes the new owner. The two businesses are combined into one – Queen Street Music School. The business gets a new home in Hespeler, at 25 Sheffield Street.
Queen Street Music (QSM) is a community-driven school focusing on creativity and quality education for students of all ages. We've been enriching the lives of our students for over 34 years.
We are known in the community for our care for and dedication to our students .
We can often be found at community events, and have been fortunate to have the support of this community.
We look forward to many more years of helping our students succeed.
"You have acquired all the best of the best Instructors for your school. Well done, in selecting this exceptionally well-qualified, humble team to be a part of your music school. "
– Indra P.
"QSM helped me discover my passion for teaching music. We have fostered such a welcoming environment over the years and I am proud to be a part of our community!"
– Zach Daza, QSM Instructor
We retain incredible students year after year because of the quality of our instructors.
"Jan is just fantastic with children - her enjoyment and her energy come through so clearly. I thought it was the best class my son had ever been to."
– Charlotte, Parent
Jan Holt has a teaching career spanning 3 decades in Canada and the UK.
She has formal accreditations from the Royal Academy of Music, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Exeter University.
She has taught in elementary schools, as well as privately on voice, piano, and guitar. She focuses on giving all her students the confidence to grow and fulfil their potential. Jan trained here as a Kindermusik instructor under Michelle Jacques during our beginnings as Kindermusik Cambridge. She later moved to the UK with her husband to start their own Kindermusik Studio, becoming a Maestro educator during their 23 years of operation.
She has played leading roles in the Musical Theatre productions in Canada and the USA, including a new show written by George Stiles, writer for Mary Poppins the Musical on Broadway.
Mother of 4 children, Jan is excited to be back teaching at Queen Street Music School after having recently moved back to Cambridge from the UK.
Jan teaches: Piano, Voice, & Guitar.
"Thanks to Amy for being an awesome, fun-loving, passionate, and simply irreplaceable instructor."
– Julia T., Parent
Amy has been teaching at QSM for over 8 years. She is a multi-instrumentalist who teaches beginner piano, guitar, and saxophone. She is also a licensed Kindermusik educator. Amy has sung with different choirs, was Co-Director for the youth band at St. Andrews church, and has volunteered to lead music programs at local public schools.
Amy teaches: Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, Violin, & Saxophone
"Liam is really amazing with my girls, he's so patient with them and is really good at keeping them engaged during the lesson. My girls aren't very easy students. This online method poses more challenges than in-person for sure, and Liam is really good at adapting his lessons to get the job done. We're so happy with this arrangement!"
– Steph D., Parent
Liam began learning piano at age 9 and later focused on low brass instruments, including tuba. He instructs his students in Faber, Hal Leonard, and Royal Conservatory methods. Liam is fluent in French and English.
He has developed a strong sense of community from volunteering at festivals, singing in choirs, performing musicals, and joining the Cambridge Youth Symphony Orchestra. He works to ensure his students can also develop their confidence and love for music.
Liam teaches: Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, Voice, & Drums.
"Our three girls have become little lovers of music. Hannah has been not only their first teacher of piano and vocals, but an amazing role model as well. We would highly recommend Hannah as she is professional, excellent at her craft as well as very considerate to each child’s learnings and strengths."
– Jenn & Mark, Parents
Hannah Guenther is currently studying Community Music at Wilfrid Laurier University, focusing on Voice with a minor in Education. Her teaching interests include musical theatre and various forms of pop music. Hannah is working towards becoming an elementary school music teacher.
Music, and in particular singing, have always been a part of Hannah's life. She has received the Bev Fraser Music Scholarship and National Association of Teachers of Singing scholarship for vocal performance.
Hannah believes that planting the seed of love for music is one of the most important steps in a child's life, and is the mantra she lives by.
Hannah teaches: Voice & Piano.
"Zach and Queen Street Music have been my motivation for years and inspire my passion for music."
– Dan, Current Student
Zach Daza is an RCM Licentiate-level pianist and principal conductor of the Fuse Orchestra. Zach teaches in Russian and English.
He has also been playing the guitar since the age of 9. He enjoys writing music and exploring musical history.
Zach teaches: Piano, Guitar, Drums, Clarinet, Ukulele, Bass Guitar, & Accordion.
"My son Artyom's been taking piano with Vanessa for six years now! Initially, knowing our son, we thought it would be temporary. Vanessa has been working with Artyom’s uniqueness and helping him to see his strength and build upon it. She has not only sparked a passion in playing piano skillfully but also as gone above and beyond duty to encourage Artyom to have the confidence to play in the community and audition!"
– Patty D., Parent
Vanessa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Music from McMaster University, a Diploma of Applied Arts in Vocal Music from Mohawk College.
Vanessa is classically trained in both voice and piano through the Royal Conservatory of Music along with college and university. Her vocal training includes jazz, pop/rock and musical theater styles.
She has performed with many groups, including: the KW Philharmonic Youth Choir and Symphony, The Roanoke Symphony Choir, The Roanoke Opera, Arcady Ensemble, Believe Musical Theater, Kitchener Waterloo Musical Productions, and Lost and Found Theater.
Vanessa teaches: Voice & Piano.
"When I started guitar with Dylan, I was incredibly nervous (as most kids are starting something new). Dylan was able to work so well with me and made me feel welcome. I was always excited to see him and learn new things. After 5 years of lessons, there is no one I'd recommend more than Dylan."
– Marko S., Former Student
Dylan Langan – MA, BMus is the new owner of Queen Street Music School & Kindermusik Cambridge. He is also the Founder and Executive Director of Fuse. Dylan has received the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers and the Bernice Adams Memorial Award for his cultural contributions to the province and the City of Cambridge. He has held positions at Vera Causa Opera, the Guelph Symphony Orchestra, the Guelph Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Opera on the Avalon.
Dylan has released albums of electronic, metal, and rock music. He’s performed at venues from pop-up nightclubs to opera houses in Italy. He is an accredited opera singer, guitarist, and pianist.
Dylan loves teaching in both French and English. After teaching for 6 years at QSM, he is privileged to be the new owner of the school.
Dylan teaches: Piano, Guitar, Voice, & Drums.
"Queen Street Music a community of amazing families and instructors."
– Richard L'Abbe
"Couldn't be more proud of our students and our staff. It's a privilege to work here."
– Dylan Langan