Brass & Woodwinds

Lesson Information

Beginner level students develop the skills of reading music, fingering and tone production (embouchure and breathing). As students progress they are introduced to more advanced repertoire and technical exercises that prepare them for both solo and ensemble playing.

Many of our students are already receiving instruction in high school music and band programs. We will often work with the same repertoire that students are playing at school providing more in-depth attention to technique and style. Students may even choose to participate in Royal Conservatory examinations in their instrument.

Students normally begin lessons around the age of eight or nine years when their physical size is suitable for instruction in these instruments. For students who are not quite ready for lessons in saxophone, flute, clarinet or trumpet we would recommend recorder lessons as an excellent preparation for other wind instruments. Piano lessons are also highly recommended for young students in preparation for instruction in any other musical instrument.

Saxophones, flutes, clarinets and trumpets all come in a wide variety of qualities and price ranges. Instruments are available for rent and often rent-to-buy arrangements can be made with a local supplier. It is worthwhile to consider renting initially, perhaps planning to buy an instrument later on.


Our Teachers

Yosyp Margulis

Yosyp Margulis

“I have a great deal of experience from my years in Ukraine and I wish to bring this experience to my Canadian students.”

Yosyp came to Canada in 2001 after a long and distinguished career as a musician and teacher in Ukraine and Russia. As a part of that rich and vibrant musical world Yosyp played in song and dance bands, symphony orchestras and opera and ballet theatres including more than 25 years with the Symphony Orchestra at the Kiev Operetta. Yosyp was also a full-time teacher at several music colleges in Ukraine. He continues to be a member of the Ukrainian Guild of Professional Trumpeters. Yosyp is now a Canadian citizen and he has continued his musical activities in this part of the world as a teacher and performer. He currently plays in the Maple Leaf Brass Band, performs regularly at his church and teaches. He has been with the Manotick School of Music for several years.

Doug Martin

Doug Martin

“Music isn’t about the notes on the page, it’s about the feeling”

Doug studied Jazz at Humber College in Toronto. He has spent many years performing at home and abroad with bands around Canada and the U.S. During this time he has played a wide variety of musical styles including Blues, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Pop, Funk, Rhythm and Blues, Jazz and Classical music. Nowadays he performs closer to home and devotes his time to composition, recording, performing with his various Jazz and Blues groups and, of course, teaching, which he has enjoyed doing for the past fifteen years. Doug has been teaching that the Manotick School of Music for several years.

Many of our teachers excel in more than one instrument!

Click to see other MSM Instructors qualified to teach brasss/woodwind:

Connor de Laplante,
Saira Lyons


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