Music lessons in Stittsville – about us

Why our music lessons are different

Jesse, 11

Jesse, 11

We believe music lessons teach much more than how to play or sing. They inspire, spark the imagination and build confidence and discipline. Music lessons and performance teach young people to take risks, conquer fear, and develop their potential.

U-Rock is a family business. We provide pop/rock vocal lessons, guitar lessons, bass lessons, drum lessons, keyboard/piano and ukulele lessons. Plus we coach several youth and teen bands. We work from our home-based studio on the border of Kanata and Stittsville. The biggest difference at U-Rock is the owners are the teachers – this makes us very unique compared to other music schools. The result is that we take great pride in making sure your rock stars are happy with their lessons and get the very best music education while also having fun.

Our students receive music lessons tailored to their needs. We set them up to succeed in their chosen instruments and in life. Students in private lessons get U-Rock “Star Ratings” on the 10th week (halfway mark) of every school year session to provide parents with feedback on how their rock stars are doing at their lessons.

We build relationships with students and families beyond their music lessons. We seek out performance opportunities for our rock stars, promoting them and coaching them for auditions, school plays and more.

Jada, 10

Jada, 10

We’ve groomed over 1,000 young rock stars in Kanata, Stittsville and the surrounding areas since our school first opened in 1997. Our five-star rating from students and families makes us the best choice for music education combined with fun. Many of our students stay with us for five years or more. We frequently teach many multiple sibling families. There are discounts available for families with 3+ children.

Our music education program runs from September through June every year, with a big concert finale at the end of each 5 month session. A lively summer program for all ages follows, featuring flexible private and group lessons.

Competitive rates and schedule availability can be obtained by contacting owners/teachers Cathy Hallessey & Brian Brodersen at 613-457-5064.

Maddie, 12 and Kye, 12

Maddie, 12 and Kye, 12

At what age can my child start music lessons? 

Private lessons begin at age 7. Children, pre-teens and teens are welcome up to 18 years of age. U-Rock’s now-famous The Roxies all-girl singing group and U-Rock’s Teen Band, The Crushers, and our NEW Kidz Rock band are all terrific programs for building self-esteem and helping children & teens find their voice or special talent. Many teens and preteens have found our unique music lessons and the camaraderie of group work, help build lifelong social skills.

We follow our students’ progress into adulthood

Many of our students go on to perform recreationally and professionally as adults. We like to call these former students “U-Rock Royalty”. Here are a few of their stories.


Stittsville boy, 10, impresses all to win Richmond Fair vocal contest

A 10-year-old Stittsville resident performed a Titanic-sized rendition of a Celine Dion song at the Richmond Fair’s Rise2Fame vocal contest on Sunday, Sept. 17, to capture first place for his vocal performance. Rowan Hendrick is a student at U-Rock Music School. He performed Dion’s My Heart Will Go On, from the Oscar winning film Titanic.

Stittsville News, September 21, 2017

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After 20 Years, Music School Keeps on Rocking

Stittsville-based music school a labour of love for those who teach and those who learn.

Stittsville News, January 25, 2017

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Vendors, Music at Arts in the Park in Village Square

U-Rock Music School was there with a number of it’s young performers as they presented live entertainment

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Dazzle at U-Rock Music School’s Concert

They were like music bookends at U-Rock Music School’s summer concert … and what bookends!

Stittsville News, June 23 2016

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U-Rock’s MARS Awards

MARS Awards are based on most improved technical skill, willingness to learn and enthusiasm.

Stittsvile News, June 23, 2016

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Stittsville Performers Sweep Carleton Place Singing Contest

Young singers from U-Rock Music School in Stittsville swept all four prizes at the Carleton Place Farmers’ Market (CPFM) Vocal Competition today, taking away $1,000 in cash prizes.

Stittsville Central

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Karolina Moo of Stittsville in Ottawa Idol finals

There’s a Stittsville voice in the finals of the Ottawa Idol singing competition.

Stittsville News, September 3, 2015

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U-Rock Music School students in concert

The Brass Monkey on Greenbank Road in Nepean was rocking last Saturday thanks to the youthful performers from Stittsville’s U-Rock Music School.

Stittsville News, June 25, 2015

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U-Rock Students on CTV Morning Live

We’re crazy proud of our school bands, The Crushers (12-16-year-olds) and the Rock Star Sharks (5-6-year-olds). Their versions of O-Town Funk aired on CTV Morning Live on April 17. The Crushers learned the entire song in a single band practice and performed it live! Here’s a compilation of the clips that appeared on CTV.

CTV, April 17, 2015

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Student Andrew Waines on CTV Morning Live

We’re so proud of our student, Andrew Waines, who performed on CTV Morning Live recently with singer Mandia Nantsios. Way to go Andrew!

CTV, March 11, 2015

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Singer’s Video on International Stage

Twelve-year-old Stittsville singer Abigail Moffit is making a splash on the international scene…

Stittsville News, March 12, 2015

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U-Rock Music School’s Concert of “Firsts”

There were lots of ‘firsts’ at U-Rock Music School’s concert at the Brass Monkey last Sunday afternoon…

Stittsville News, February 5, 2015

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Lots Happening at U-Rock Music School

Two students from Stittsville’s U-Rock Music School have entered an international singing contest…

Stittsville News, January 22, 2015

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The Beetle Squishers: Stittsville/Kanata Tweens & Teens Form a Rock Band

The band has been given a huge challenge: learn two classic rock songs as a group in only four practices. Then, perform the songs on stage at The Brass Monkey at U-Rock’s winter concert., January 21, 2015

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Abby Moffitt Places First in Singing Competition

A student at Stittsville’s U-Rock Music School has brought home the top prize  at the Carleton Place Farmer’s Market singing competition…

Stittsville News, October 9, 2014

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Youth Performers Rock on Canada Day’s Second Stage

Cathy Hallessey’s students lived up to her music school’s name when they performed at the second stage of at the Canada Day celebrations in Stittsville…

Stittsville News, July 10, 2014

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U-Rock Music School Students Rock at Talent Nation Showcases

Students of Stittsville’s U-Rock Music School lived up to the school’s name over the weekend – they rocked…

Stittsville News, May 29, 2014