If want to learn how to play an acoustic guitar, a ukulele, or a bass guitar, visit Cornerstone Music café for music lessons. We have an experienced team of music instructors in Calgary whose musical training ranges from classical to metal and everything in between. Our guitar and ukulele lessons are also enhanced by the opportunity to perform with other musicians. You can either jam in a rock band setting or perform solo in our recitals. For more information about our music lessons, give us a call now.
Barry Mason - Guitar, Ukulele, and Bass
Barry Mason is a local musician and music educator who has been active in the Canadian music scene for over 10 years. He has been a contributing member of bands such as Lynn Olagundoye, Amelie Patterson, Kate Stevens, and Sweet Barry Wine as well as a supporting member of over 20 other groups in the Canadian scene. He is an avid festival performer, having played Calgary Reggaefest, Calgary Carifest, Medicine Hat Jazz Festival, Canmore Folk Festival, Calgary Folk Festival, POP Montreal, Real Love Winnipeg, and Sled Island. He was recently recognized by the Calgary Herald as one of the “Most Compelling Calgarians” and has participated as a clinician and speaker at TEDx Calgary. After hours, you can likely hear Barry’s laugh at a plethora of live music venues around the city. Seriously, you’ll recognize it.
Kyle Tenove - Bass, Ukulele, and Guitar
Kyle Tenove is a bass and guitar player and teacher who resides in Calgary, Alberta. He has played in various groups, including Panda Attack, Brother Prussia, Zackariah and the Prophets, and Amelie Patterson. Kyle is also very active participating in charity work, starting with the creation of Zackariah and the Non-Profits, and most recently being involved with The Prophets of Music Organization, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting emerging artists in the creation of exceptional music.
Keith Watson - Guitar, Bass, and Ukulele
Keith started teaching himself piano at the age of 6 but realized at the age of 15 that piano wasn’t going to get him the girls so he quickly switched to guitar. After learning every possible Led Zeppelin note he could, he started teaching music at the age of 17. A few short years later he decided to take up a classical guitar because, well, it sounded harder than what he was playing. (And, he already found his girl…. thanks U2 Desire). Keith completed his Royal Conservatory studies and made the switch back to rock and roll, jazz, blues, folk and more contemporary styles, picking up the bass, mandolin, ukulele, and didgeridoo along the way. After almost 40 years of teaching, he has an even stronger belief that “Learning has to be fun”. Oh yeah, Keith has been on stage with such greats as Randy Bachman, Loverboy, Trooper, Tom Cochrane, Jim Cuddy, Northern Pikes, Big Sugar, Colin James, and the list goes on.
Vincent Bundick - Guitar and Ukulele
Vincent Bundick is a Calgary based guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter with over ten years of professional performing experience. He is a current member of Souls in Rhythm and Mitch Belot Band and a co-founder of Calgary funk and soul group Vincelin. He performs as a sideman with a variety of other local groups. During his time as a professional musician, Vincent has played and sung on a collection of releases, spent time in music residencies at the Banff Centre, and shared stages with acts such as Boyz II Men, Trooper, Loverboy, Colin James, and Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer.
Brian Volke - Guitar, Ukulele, and Mandolin
Brian Volke has been playing guitar since the age of nine. Inspired by the Monkees, he wrote his first song in Grade Three. Since then his musical wanderings have led him through rock and country and into Celtic folk and back to rock again. He is the lead singer and main guitarist for the roots band My Son Ted. Their most recent CD is entitled “Carmel’s Parlour”. Brian also likes to play solo and has found his songwriting to be going in all sorts of different directions. He’s been working on a new album which will be filled with quirky songs about people he knows and people he imagines he knows! In his musical lifetime, Brian has performed at the Regina Folk Festival, opened for the Irish descendants and the chieftains, and best of all, has been backed up by Rik Emmett of Triumph. Brian has over twenty years’ experience teaching guitar, mandolin, and ukulele in individual and group settings. He is also an elementary school teacher with the Calgary Catholic School District.
Jay Scraba - Guitar and Ukulele
Jay Scraba is a dynamic performer, songwriter, and music educator based in Calgary, Alberta. Jay has shared the stage with musical icons such as Colin James, Cool and the Gang, Tom Cochrane, Jully Black, and Maya Angelou during his career of over twenty years.
After studying for several years and completing degrees in jazz performance and composition, Jay spent time travelling worldwide while entertaining thousands aboard Holland America Cruise lines. In 2002, he settled in Calgary and began a thriving freelance career with several bands, jazz combos, and solo work. 2008 saw the release of his debut recording “Reasons, Seasons and Lifetimes” and is presently at work on its follow up.
Currently you can find Jay performing with local artist Kyemara, and providing personal instruction from beginner to expert levels. Jay specializes in rock, jazz, country, and fingerstyle guitar by combining his vast knowledge and years of experience along with his classic style.
The other notable instructors at Cornerstone Music Cafe are David Dallas, Kat Hammer, Aaron Noonan, Chris Taylor, Tom Sejk, Patrick Zellinski, and Daniel Selak.