About Bel Canto Orchestra/Band Programs...

Bel Canto Strings was founded in 2011. Our mandate is providing affordable lessons to learners of all ages & experience levels. With group programs costing only ~$10/week and the inclusion of a free instrument rental, learning to play violin has never been so accessible! Our group programs are fun and educational, with students learning a variety of music from classics like Bach and Beethoven to movie themes, radio hits, Bluegrass and Celtic tunes, carols, jazz and more. The group setting is a wonderful way to learn to make music with others and enjoy a social outlet, too. Our ensembles perform throughout the year in the community, including free concerts at retirement homes, the public libraries, the market, McMaster sports games, and churches; charity events for the Police Dept, at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, and at Wesley Urban Ministry; and local music festivals and competitions. We are always on the look out for new concert opportunities for our student ensembles. If you are interested in inviting our musicians to perform at your event, please contact me!

About Private Lessons...

Students who choose to take private lessons generally follow the Royal Conservatory of Music levels, studying a diverse program of musicianship including repertoire (songs), etudes, scales and technique, ear training exercises and sight reading skills. While not every student chooses to perform an exam each year, musicians are encouraged to set this goal for themselves to inspire their home practice and development. Two yearly Solo recitals are held, in December and in June, for private students to showcase a song they have learned in front of their peers and families. Instrument rentals are provided at a low monthly cost.

About Bel Canto Instructors...

Bel Canto Strings is owned and directed by Miss Jennifer with some teaching assistance a few hours each week by professional colleagues: Mrs Trina on cello, Mr Eric on violin/viola and Mr Ross on guitar. Our professional staff also performs regularly at weddings, corporate functions and other special events - please see our Weddings page for more info.

About Miss Jennifer...

Jennifer Spleit-Landry began studying the violin at aged 3 under the tutelage of her mother, professional violinist and strings instructor, Mrs. Ilona Spleit, and earned her Bachelor of Music in Performance in 2005 from the University of Toronto studying under Scott St. John.

Jennifer has performed with professional symphonies, and performed live and recorded in studio with local bands and independent artists. She currently performs regularly at weddings and special events on solo violin, or as part of a string duo, trio or quartet with professional colleagues.

As an instructor, Jennifer has over 20 years of private teaching experience and holds an Advanced Specialist teaching certificate from the Royal Conservatory of Music and a part-time teaching position at Mohawk College’s Applied Music program. At Bel Canto, her students range in level from beginners to advanced and regularly receive high honours at examinations and competitions. Prior to founding Bel Canto, Jennifer was an itinerant strings instructor for the HWDSB Strings Program for 5 years, teaching students at 10 different public schools and conducting the 120-piece string orchestra called the West Hamilton Strings.

An energetic and enthusiastic teacher, Jennifer believes that being part of something great helps build self-esteem and confidence, and that with commitment and motivation we can all experience personal success. She is thrilled to be able to share her love for music and life-long learning with so many wonderful people each day.