Northern Lights: Canadian National Conservatory of Music
Beth Hamilton is a music educator, music therapist, and singer-songwriter. Raised in a musical family, her studies began at the early age of five as her mother’s first piano student. Beth sang in choirs, played in bands, and studied piano throughout her school years, completing her Grade 10 Piano with the Royal Conservatory of Music. She continued her piano studies at Wilfrid Laurier University with Leslie Wyber and master class teacher Jamie Parker, graduating with an Honours Bachelor of Music Therapy in 2001.
Beth’s love for music and making a difference in people’s lives led to a career in both music therapy and music education. As an Accredited Music Therapist, Beth’s practice centers in gerontology and palliative care, working in hospitals and long term care centres. She served as Public Relations Chair for several years on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Association for Music Therapy.
Beth has taught music for over 20 years including Kindermusik, workshops for school children, and private piano lessons. She has a thriving piano studio in Owen Sound, Ontario where she is Vice-President of the ORMTA Owen Sound Branch.
Beth is a singer-songwriter in the duo Beckon with her friend Connie Rossitter. In June 2012, Beckon released their debut full-length album “Beautiful Life”. With Juno nominated producer Rick Hutt at the helm, this FACTOR supported album garnered commercial radio play and airplay on CBC. Beckon has toured venues and festivals across Ontario. Their song “Beautiful Life” has been utilized in promotional videos for the City of Owen Sound and The Roxy Theatre. The song has made its way into classrooms across Ontario, utilised by teachers to teach music, movement, and to explore themes of community, gratitude, and aspirations. Beckon is an intriguing blend of fresh pop sound and graceful style, rapidly gaining recognition for their captivating original music and stunning trademark harmonies. Beth and Connie continue to meet weekly to create, compose, rehearse, and record original music.