Start climbing the mountain

What could be cooler than taking music lessons in a working recording studio? Gathering all this creative energy under one roof helps everyone, whatever their musical ambitions may be. At the heart of what moves music through the ages is community, whether it be local or global, and it’s our goal to nurture that community through our students and artists who work at the studio.

Our professional isolation booths serve as top-of-the-line lessons studios equipped with acoustic treatment and air conditioning for maximum comfort. We offer lessons for young and mature students in guitar, bass, piano, voice, brass, woodwinds and more. If you’re interested in learning an instrument not listed above, still get in touch. We have a wide network and may be able to put you in touch with the perfect teacher.


per lesson
  • 4 x 1/2 hour lessons
  • Great for young students and beginners
  • $98 per month (4 weeks)
Wheelchair accessible
Promotions and conditions are subject to change without notice.

Learn music with Tiger Mountain


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Andrew Halliwell

Piano / Guitar / Bass

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    David Bamford


    Born and raised in Nanaimo, David Bamford graduated from Vancouver Island University in 2015 with bachelor degrees in music and education. Since the completion of his studies, David has been active as a freelance musician across the island, performing frequently with groups such as Boomshack, Decadence, and the NMA Big Band, while also performing in multiple pit orchestras. An aspiring music educator, David is also active as a private teacher, working with local high school students in both individual and group settings.

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  • Jim Blair


    Guitar Instruction - beginner to advanced. Jim has been a professional music teacher for over 30 years. Specializing in electric and acoustic guitar, he covers a variety of styles, including rock, metal, blues, and folk. Previously located in the Vancouver area, he has taught guitar in Nanaimo since 1996. In addition to basic and advanced guitar skills, Jim covers a wide range of relevant topics during lessons, including music history, songwriting techniques, guitar maintenance, music software, and studio recording. A former Malaspina University/College student, he is also a producer and mix engineer, specializing in recording, editing, and mixing for national and local artists. Jim also prepares students for entrance into music college.

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    Kendall Patrick

    Piano / Ukulele

    Kendall is thrilled to be teaching music at Tiger Mountain Studios. She has years of experience working with children, and loves that she is now combining that with her passion for music(Although she does love teaching students of all ages!). She is a professional singer/songwriter and has been releasing music since 2005. She has 7 years of Royal Conservatory training in classical piano and spent one year in the Jazz program at VIU. Kendall just released her 4th studio album, which you can find at Tiger Mountain!

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    Sarah Deno

    Violin / Trombone / Voice

    Sarah Deno was born and raised Nanaimo, BC. She developed a love of music at an early age, learning to sing and play violin as a small child. As a teenager, she added the trombone to her repertoire as she became interested in Jazz music. This venture allowed her to travel with her music, and she is fortunate to have earned many awards and recognition for her pursuits as a young musician. Sarah continued her Music education into Post Secondary, earning her Bachelor of Music in Jazz studies from VIU in 2010. Having taught from her home studio until recently, Sarah is very excited to begin a new chapter working with Tiger Mountain! Sarah has extensive experience working with children and teens, both in professional and volunteer environments. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge and love of music with new musicians. She loves working one on one with students, catering to each person's individual strengths and interests, and she would love to work with you!

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  • FAQ

    What happens if I need to cancel a lesson?

    Not a problem! All we ask is that you give us at least 24-hours notice so that we can plan around your absence accordingly. In the event that you have to cancel a lesson with less than 24-hours notice we will have to charge for the lesson.

    What if I'm sick?

    Please stay at home and get well! Your teacher spends every day teaching students and a virus would love to use them as a host. We won't charge you for the lesson unless calling in sick with short notice becomes a regular occurrence.

    How does billing work?

    We take a two-lesson deposit when you sign up and bill monthly retrospectively thereafter for whatever lessons you received in the previous month. You'll receive a detailed invoice by email and will be able to pay online with credit card or eTransfer or you can bring cash or cheque to your next lesson.