“It’s a wonderful place with great teachers!”
– Lara Duarte, Parent
Queen Street Music School started out in the home of Richard & Valerie L’Abbe in 2010. A neighbour asked Richard for guitar lessons and soon word spread. The business grew quickly.
In 2013, they purchased 27 Queen Street East in Hespeler. The downtown property was home to Queen Street Music School for many years. Over 1,000 students were taught at this location.
In 2021, Richard & Valerie decided it was time to move back into a house for their family. They decided it may also be time to pass on the business. Long-time QSM instructor Dylan Langan expressed interest, and is now the new owner of the school.
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 11 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.
“Andrea has been a tremendous mentor and guide, advancing my daughters’ music skills in a fun and inspirational way for 6 years. Even moving to online learning has been organized and seamless as she continues to maintain a positive learning experience. We would highly recommend Andrea!”
– Krista Cvar, Parent
Andrea Mauro has taught in the Kitchener-Waterloo area for over 19 years. They have formal training on piano, flute, and voice through the Wilfrid Laurier University, the Royal Conservatory of Music, and private instruction.
Andrea actively helps students achieve their goals through RCM exams, Kiwanis Music Festival competitions, organizing group and solo shows, hosting open mic nights, making audio recordings, and fostering the love of music in students of all ages. Andrea’s flexibility with styles of music, ranging from classical composed music to pop and original composition, assist them in facilitating a broad range of students from the casual learners to those preparing for University and College.
Andrea believes music is a lifetime commitment of learning and discovery. They are currently performing, working on compositions and recordings
Andrea teaches: Voice, Piano, & 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, & Saxophone
“Zach and Queen Street Music have been my motivation for years and inspire my passion for music.“
– Dan, Current Student
Zach Daza is an ARCT-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, Bass Guitar, & Accordion.
“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. 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, & Drums.
“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 and 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, BEd (in-progress) is the new owner of Queen Street Music School & Kindermusik Cambridge. He is also the Founder and 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, 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 in Huron-Perth County as a Primary School Teacher and 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