Accessible for All

The Canadian Bureau for the Advancement of Music strives to provide affordable group piano lessons for every elementary student who wishes to learn music. Our annual registration, a one-time fee for your convenience, is $90.00, which covers the CBAM program in school for the entire year. We also provide a family rate for two or more children at $86.00 per child.

The annual registration fee covers the cost of office administration, insurance, processing school board permits, on-going development of eight levels practical and theory curriculum and the syllabus, scheduling of annual CBAM examinations, teacher workshops and training. Included in the annual fee is a school board fee of $44. This fee is paid by CBAM to school boards to process school board permits and for the use of schools for CBAM piano class lessons and recitals.


Weekly classes last one hour. Minimum enrollment for each child is one full nine week term. We provide no refunds except for prolonged illness. A special CBAM progress report card is issued to each child at the end of each 9 week term There are approximately four 9 week terms per school year (September to June).

Practice books, performance books, and theory books are provided at an additional cost. Each student may require a different number of books, depending on their progress. We work hard to make our program interesting and fun and most children enjoy learning in a group environment. Although a piano or keyboard at home is not required at first, it is important to understand that there is a daily need for home practice.

Written theory is one of the main activities in group classes. While the teacher is giving individual attention to a student at the piano, the remaining students work on theory assignments at their desks.  Educational games are also used to augment theory lessons.  The Eight Level Theory curriculum progresses systematically up to the Royal Conservatory’s  Intermediary level.


Costs will differ as a student advances. Here’s a breakdown of our pricing structure:

- 1st year $85.50/term $9.50/hour

- 2nd year $92.25/term $10.25/hour
- 3rd year $99.00/term $11.00/hour
- 4th year $105.75/term $11.75/hour
- 5th year $112.50/term $12.50/hour
Advanced $117.00/term $13.00/hour

To connect your child with all the benefits CBAM classes provide, get in touch today.


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