Abby's Music Lessons

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Semester Calendar

Please see the calendar below for the semester dates for Fall 2022-Spring 2023. Space is limited, but if you would like to sign up for lessons with Abby, please send her an email at: 



Fall Term - 12 weeks:


Sept. 14, Sept. 21, Sept. 28, Oct. 5, Oct. 12, Oct. 19, Oct. 26, Nov. 2, No classes Nov. 9, Nov. 16, Nov. 23, Dec. 7, Dec. 14

Winter Term - 12 weeks:


Jan. 11, Jan. 18, Jan. 25, Feb. 1, Feb. 8, Feb. 15, No classes Feb. 23, Mar. 1, Mar. 8, No classes Mar. 15 - March Break, Mar. 22, Mar. 29, Ap. 5, No classes Ap. 12, Ap. 19.

  • 30 minute lesson - $25

  • 45 minute lesson - $ 37.50

  • 60 minute/1 hour lesson - $50

  • 1 term (12 weeks) of 30 minute lessons - $300

  • 1 term (12 weeks) of 45 minute lessons - $450

  • 1 term (12 weeks) of 60 minute/1 hour lessons - $600

Fees may be payed at the beginning of each semester by cheque or e-transfer unless alternative arrangements are made.

Cancellation Policy

Families are permitted one rescheduled/make-up lesson per semester provided they give notice before the regularly scheduled lesson. If the rescheduled lesson is missed, it will not be rescheduled and no refund will be given. 

Any in person lessons cancelled due to illness or weather will be given the option to be held online at the scheduled time.


I plan on teaching lessons without wearing a mask, unless parents/students request otherwise. Students have the option of wearing a mask; hand sanitizer will still be used before each lesson. If your child is ill, please reschedule your lesson or switch to online for that day. I will also be cancelling or moving the lesson online if I become sick.

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Born and raised in Dartmouth, but with strong ties to Cape Breton and the Nova Scotia Gaelic community, Abby Hanson has been involved in music since she was an infant. She views music as an integral part of her life and enjoys sharing her love for music with others through both performance and teaching.

Abby is proficient in both classical piano and violin after more than a decade of theoretical and practical training following the Royal Conservatory of Music curriculum. Participation in many music festivals, recitals, and exams gives Abby a deep empathy for her students as they prepare their own pieces and experience the nerves and excitement of performing for others.

In addition to her classical music work; Abby has spent years working with a variety of Celtic artists on her fiddle repertoire. Specializing in the Cape Breton/Gaelic style, her fiddle playing is enhanced by her fluency in Scottish Gaelic language and her extensive knowledge of Gaelic song, which she attributes to language mentors and years of study at Colaisde na Gàidhlig/The Gaelic College. Abby’s talents have been utilized by the Cape Breton and Nova Scotia Gaelic community as she has been booked to perform at a wide variety of events, tourist attractions, and dances throughout the province. Along with her sister, Ella, Abby is co-owner of “Up With Gaelic” and has shared her performance skills and knowledge of Nova Scotia’s Gaelic culture with thousands of student and teachers throughout the HRM and surrounding areas; their work has been recognized by the province as “(bringing) passion, commitment and perseverance in raising greater awareness, appreciation and understanding of Nova Scotia Gaels”.

Abby is a lifelong learner even as she teaches and inspires her own students; there is always new music to learn and perform!


All lessons will be conducted at my home in Montague Gold Mines (halfway between Dartmouth Crossing and Cole Harbour). Parents are free to stay or to drop students off and return at the end of the lesson.