Music and movement for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

Early childhood music education in Ottawa

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About the Director

and the history of the program.


Joëlle Perrier is a versatile musician and a seasoned teacher.  She is a cellist first and foremost, but also plays piano (and other keyboard instruments), soprano and alto recorders, diatonic flute, clarinet, guitar, ukulele and she sings. As a cellist, Joëlle will be starting her 7th season with Divertimento Orchestra. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education (Primary, Junior and Intermediate) with a specialisation in music from the University of Ottawa. Joëlle was privileged to study under Gilles Comeau, a music education expert. She has attended Ontario Music Educators Association conferences and has received one-on-one training in the Making Music Meaningful curriculum by its founder, Nicole Wassink.

Joëlle looks forward to meeting you and your child and to sharing with you the joy of music!

Nicole Wassink founded Making Music Meaningful in 2006. She holds a Bachelor of Education (Elementary) and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. She received her training as an early childhood music educator at the Royal Conservatory of Music. Nicole’s love of music was nurtured by guitar and voice lessons as a child and teenager. She started playing the flute in her teens and learned to play the recorder and the ukulele during her university studies. She also taught an elementary school choir for 5 years.

Nicole operated Making Music Meaningful from 2006 to 2016. Following a foot injury, she hired contractors to replace her on a sessional basis before officially passing the torch to Joëlle Perrier in 2017. Nicole currently serves as coach and mentor to Joëlle.

Class Location

1500 Alta Vista Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
K1G 3Y9

Thank You

Tea provided by: Heart Tea Heart
Facilities provided by: Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation