Piano, Wind, and Voice Lessons2021-08-26T14:45:14-04:00

Music Lessons

In Barrie

Patience Piano provides quality musical instruction to all levels of students.  Our convenient lesson times accommodate even the busiest schedules. Our various programs are designed to accommodate students of all ages and levels, including adult students. We also offer RCM exam preparation.



    Private Lessons

    COVID-19: Two options are currently available for private lessons – distanced, in-person classes (with proof of full vaccination required for those 12 and up), or virtual lessons over Zoom.  

    Would you like to see results with skill improvement?

    Enroll in a one-on-one with Lynn Thompson as your private instructor. Private lessons offer increased comprehension, better technique, and greater confidence. Available to children 4 years and older, teens, adults and seniors.

    Discover Music with Patience Piano today. 

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    COVID-19: In-person, distanced lessons are available, now requiring proof of vaccination for students 12 and up. Otherwise, they may participate virtually over Zoom. The acoustic piano, designated for student use, is sanitized after each client. Lynn, the educator, exclusively uses a second piano (set up 2 meters away) for demonstrations and duets. A Plexiglas barrier sits between the two, and an air purifier enhances the air circulation in the room.

    Are you thinking about starting piano lessons for your child or yourself? If you’re looking for a patient teacher in Barrie, then look no further. Patience Piano offers primary to intermediate classes for children and adults.

    Studies have shown that music lessons have a significant impact on a child’s early development. After all, children who take piano lessons learn technique, rhythm, memorization, the importance of practice, how to read music and the life-long skill of believing in themselves. In addition, learning music positively impacts children’s reading and math skills. Lessons regularly include playing from sheet music, ear training, ensemble play (duets) and music-writing activities. Improvising and playing by ear or chording are encouraged as well. And, as time allows, introduction to other instruments opens students up to other musical possibilities.

    Wind Instruments

    COVID-19: Due to the higher transmission risk associated with wind instruments, only virtual lessons are available for them at this time.

    Wind instruments can be a fun and rewarding way to grow your love of music. Lynn’s specialty, the clarinet, is a beautiful  woodwind instrument that has one of the largest ranges of pitch. She is certified by The Royal Conservatory of Music as an intermediate clarinet specialist.

    Lynn also has experience teaching recorder (sopranino, soprano, alto and tenor), saxophone, flute, trumpet and trombone. She enjoys playing wind instrument duets with students or accompanying them on the piano. Our relaxed environment and exposure to a wide range of musical genres, helps keep each student inspired and offers a lifelong opportunity to love and appreciate music. In addition, exploring other instruments in Lynn’s collection, as time allows, is a fun part of the lesson experience.

    Wind Instruments

    If you have never played a wind instrument before the clarinet is a truly fun and rewarding way to grow your love of music. The clarinet is a beautiful, woodwind instrument that has one of the largest ranges of pitch when compared to all of the other musical instruments. The clarinet is also a great wind instrument for growth. Making for an easy transition to saxophone, bassoon and or flute. Lynn’s broad range of experience include saxophone, flute, recorder, trumpet and trombone.

    Our relaxed environment keeps the student inspired and offers a lifelong opportunity to love and appreciate the music they are taught. Lynn is certified by The Royal Conservatory of music as an intermediate clarinet specialist.


    COVID-19: Virtual voice lessons are available any time. Due to the higher risk of transmission associated with singing, in-person lessons are not currently available but will resume as soon as possible.

    People often ask, will voice lessons make me a better singer? The answer is, “Yes”. Whatever your goal, vocal training with a calm, patient instructor will give you the tools to improve your voice and build your confidence. Learning the basics of reading music and the fundamentals of proper singing technique (eg. breath control) are part of the full experience. From very simple songs with young children, to more complex pieces for those with experience, our classes are taught with a fun, low pressure approach to singing. And, Lynn has the skills to accompanying vocal students on the piano.

    “Lynn is a Fantastic teacher, a serious lady and so very patient. Lynn teaches my youngest daughter (5 years old) piano. The education she receives is more than just learning to play songs on a piano. She teaches theory and all the parts of the piano and how it all works. She actually opened up the piano and showed how it works, which was really amazing for my child. In just under a year my older daughter (10 years old) went from a level 2 understanding of piano and jumped to level 4 with Lynn. We are so impressed with her progress. She is now preparing for level 6 piano exam.“

    — Jenny Chen – more of two daughters in private piano lessons.


    Give the gift of music lessons to yourself or someone you love. 

    Half Hour

    $2500per lesson
    • 30 Minute Weekly Private Lessons

    Full Hour

    $4500per lesson
    • Full Hour Weekly Private Lessons

    *Each addition family member of a current student enjoys a $5.00 discount (per 30 min. lesson)!


    How do virtual private lessons work?2021-01-21T12:01:17-05:00

    Virtual private lessons (piano, wind instruments or voice) are conducted over Zoom, using the same personal meeting room each week. Lynn has been teaching this way since April 2020, and has adapted well to it’s challenges. She has copies of each student’s music to refer to, and has learned to use her listening and language skills to effectively instruct over the internet. Students, in turn, have also developed new listening, language, and music-reading skills. Once the pandemic is over, virtual lessons will continue to be an option.

    What are all the instruments you teach?2021-01-11T11:46:51-05:00

    Lynn’s Royal Conservatory of Music certification recognizes her ability to teach piano (RCM level 5 and lower), clarinet (level 6 and lower) and, pending completion of her upcoming exam, voice (RCM level 5 and lower).  However, over the years she’s  helped students, by request, get their start playing various other woodwind, brass, and string instruments.


    Are students required to participate in Royal Conservatory of Music exams?2020-12-15T11:22:28-05:00

    No, that is entirely optional. There are many approaches to studying music, depending on what the student’s goals are. Most students try some of the RCM repertoire, once they progress far enough. Even though preparing for an exam is a good motivator, some chose to work on the required material but not register for an exam. Others try one exam to see what it’s all about and either decide it’s not for them, or continue with more. Besides classical piano, Lynn also like to teach playing from chord charts or lead sheets, for those who are interested in a  more contemporary style.

    Do I need a piano at home or is a keyboard okay?2021-01-11T11:48:19-05:00

    An acoustic piano is ideal, but a keyboard is sufficient, at least for a start. Unless it’s a higher quality instrument that allows the player to vary the volume and articulation with their fingers, the student may want to upgrade eventually. However, as long as the keys are the same size as a regular piano, it will still allow them to practice basic skills and they can develop the others at their lessons.

    Is it okay if the student has no previous musical experience?2020-12-15T11:08:59-05:00

    Absolutely. That’s the typical situation, although sometimes students want to pick up where they left off earlier in their lives.

    What age can children start private lessons?2021-01-11T11:52:17-05:00

    Lynn has a lot of experience working with young children (both in Kindermusik classes and one-on-one). For piano lessons, children as young as 4 may do a trial to see if they’re developmentally ready. They need to use their fingers independently, as opposed to pushing the keys with their palms or clusters of fingers as very young children tend to do. The lesson book designed for 4-6 year-olds gradually moves them from playing by finger-numbers on black keys, to reading full music notation. The companion writing book gives them creative, age-appropriate activities to reinforce what they learn in their lesson book.

    Lessons include other musical fun (eg. rhythm-instrument play-alongs or be-the-conductor) as time allows or need for a break arises. Piano curricula designed for other age-groups (6-10 years, over 10 years, and adults) are also available.

    Children interested in voice or wind instrument lessons should be a little older to start (6+), depending on the instrument.