As an Ottawa Valley girl through and through, growing up in Braeside, Ontario, Danah-Lee studied music and excelled in musical theory. But the groundwork for her knowledge began at a very young age, when she would literally steal the music out of the trash after Sunday morning church services. At the time, she was determined to learn the complexities of chords, vibrations and sounds; wanting to know how each flowed together to create music. Since then, Danah-Lee has learned how to use her knowledge freely and has developed a framework for creating music to express what is happening internally.
Danah-Lee studied music at the former Taylor University College in Edmonton, Canada as well, earning her Contemporary Voice Teaching Diploma from the Voice College in London, U.K. Danah toured throughout North America with her music and after a life changing winter vehicle rollover, (which nearly took her life), Danah-Lee put all of her love and energy into building her dream of teaching students of all ages.
Contemporary Voice, Piano
David Campbell is a versatile teacher, mentor and composer-musician who has a large body of material in a variety of styles and fields. Over the years, he has toured extensively around the globe with many musical acts. David is a successful composer of many notable TV soundtracks - Nature of Things, Vinyl Cafe, For Better or For Worse, Sniz and Fondue and many others.
As an active guitar player, songwriter and producer, David is the cornerstone in several bands ranging from folk, progressive rock, and many stops between. As a music educator, he brings music to life, and students can relate to his kind nature and immediately feel comfortable to dig into their true potential. David plays all things stringed, keys and dabbles in percussion. We are incredibly lucky to have such a gift at More Than A Song Studios. David studied at Humber College.
Guitar, Bass, Ukulele,
Mandolin, Banjo, Piano
Jessica is a Nova Scotian singer-songwriter. Jessica completed her music therapy internship in the Ottawa Valley. She completed her 4-year Bachelor of Music Therapy (BMT) at Acadia University, and is currently under the supervision of an experienced music therapist accredited (MTA) for her music therapy work. Jessica has relocated back to her home province, but still keeps her active Ottawa Valley students through online lessons. Students instantly feel comfortable with Jessica.
When performing and writing, she is moved most by indie, folk, and pop styles of music, but also has experience with soul, country, classical, and other genres. Crafting lyrics and using her voice creatively are her two main loves, but she also plays guitar and piano, and dabbles with the cello, loop pedal, and recording softwares!
Whether teaching lessons or facilitating therapy sessions, she is passionate about
approaching individuals in the musical and personal styles that suit them best.
Jessica offers two separate services: Music Lessons (voice, piano, and guitar) and Music Therapy.
Click here for more information about Music Therapy!
Voice, Guitar, Piano and
Joel Tamas received his music degree from Waterloo University (1993) and has been teaching, recording, and performing as both guitarist and vocalist ever since. He loves a wide range of styles and getting new players going with a bit of hard work and a lot of fun along the way.
Joel is especially conversant with online performance and teaching. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Joel would play successful, sold out audiences, all on an online platform. He has a dedicated fanbase, and is a definite innovator in the internet music world.
Guitar, Bass, Contemporary Voice,
What Do I Have To Bring To My Lesson?
Do I Need An Instrument At Home?
Yes! All students will require an instrument to practice on at home. If you need to rent or purchase an instrument, your teacher will be happy to guide and provide appropriate options and recommend the best local music instrument retailer.
When Do I Have My Lesson?
Lessons are weekly at your designated scheduled time until the week of June 18, 2021. Lessons are not scheduled on statutory or school holidays (Labour Day, Truth and Reconciliation Day, Thanksgiving Day, Remembrance Day, Christmas Holidays, Family Day, March Break, Good Friday, and Victoria Day).
What Happens If I Cannot Make It To My Lesson?
PLEASE NOTE: 24 HOURS NOTICE IS REQUIRED FOR ALL LESSON CANCELLATIONS
Each student has a reserved lesson time and is responsible for that time. Lessons will not be extended due to student late arrival.
Rescheduled lessons will be provided if adequate notice of absence is provided. Rescheduled lessons will depend on teacher availability and are likely to occur outside of school hours, and in the studio or online, (if adequate connecting is available for students).
Rescheduled lesson should be booked at the time of cancellation and must take place within 10 days otherwise the lesson is forfeited. If a student cancels their rescheduled lesson for any reason, the lesson is forfeited.
Students may reschedule a maximum of 4 lessons in a school year. If students reschedule more than 4 times, students will be charged for the held timeslot.
Students will be responsible for finding transportation to and from their make up lesson. There are no credits or refunds given for student absences. In cases of a teacher’s absence, a make up lesson will be provided and will depend on availability, or another available teacher will be provided.
When buses are cancelled, music lessons will continue either in person, or online, unless otherwise notified.
For in school lessons, school events such as (but not limited to); class trips, assemblies, track and field, mass, or cross country are treated as absences unless adequate notice is provided.
Do I Have To Perform Anywhere?
Occasional and optional coffee houses and community performances are scheduled throughout the year, (outside of lessons, school hours and outside of the elementary schools). These performances are encouraged for experience and all-around fun. These are no pressure events.
What Should I Expect To Get Out Of My Lesson Times?
Our main goal is to have fun while learning about our instrument - discovering all of their unique capacities. Each lesson is tailored to every student’s specific and individual needs. Students will develop confidence in their musical merit and will play or sing their favourite songs with potency, strength, and confidence.
What Teaching Methods Are Used At More Than A Song Studios?
Teachers at More Than A Song Studios use proven teaching methods from a variety of music publishers and personal professional curricula. These materials are based on years of experience and represent a variety of musical styles. For your convenience, all piano books required for your lessons are provided for an additional fee of $19.50 per book.
Piano dictation books are available for $6.50.
For your convenience, our Piano Lesson Start Kit is available for $25.95.
Excellent for each NEW student!
Each Start Kit is inclusive of:
- Piano Basics Book
- Pencil for student exercises and note taking
- Piano Dictation Book: Staff Paper for Writing Music and Exercises, Ruled Pages for Teacher Notation and Homework Notes, Piano Cheat Sheet w/ visual representation of important musical signs
Can My Mom, Dad, Or Friend Stay For My Lessons?
Parents and friends are welcome to check out lessons or pop in from time to time. But we kindly as that you do not stay. Because of current restrictions we have a no waiting room policy. As a sidebar, we find that when parents stay during music lessons it severely hinders a child's growth and self-development. Yes parents - your child is more relaxed when you're not around... trust us! :)
Are The Instructors At More Than A Song Studios Qualified And Screened?
The instructors at More Than A Song Studios have received their training in music programs of well-respected institutions. As well, all instructors have been active within the Canadian Music Industry, and each come with a wealth of knowledge and experience. All instructors are trustworthy and educated.
Our screening process involves a thorough reference check, and an Ontario Provincial Police Vulnerable Sector Check. A Vulnerable Sector Check is a police information check plus a check to see if a person has a record suspension (pardon) for sexual offences.
Vulnerable sector checks were created in 2000 to protect children and vulnerable persons and is governed by section 6.3(3) of the Criminal Records Act.
How Much Do Lessons Cost?
Do Online Lessons Really Work?
Over 45% of all lessons taught at More Than A Song Studios are taught via online platforms, (Skype, FaceTime, Zoom, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, or whichever platform students feel comfortable). One of the distinctive benefits is learning from the comfort of your own home. This allows for more ease and flexibility, with no travel required.