We're not normal.

Growing up, we didn't have a lot of options for learning music.

And if we didn't fit the mold of the options available to us? It was usually too bad, so sad.

So we set out to create something different for your kids. For the kids of our friends. And for our kids.

Beginner Music Lessons in Edmonton with Axton

"We knew we were going to have to break the mold. So we did."

- Dan and Nella Sabo, Co-founders of Backbeat

Today, this is what we do. And why we do it.

Learning music doesn't have to be a lonely, solo pursuit. It doesn't have to be rigid or stuffy. And it definitely doesn't have to be boring.

We Have Fun


Because music shouldn't be boring and we want you to have the best environment for learning.

Take Risks


Because this is a safe place to make mistakes and we want to see you grow in confidence.

We Collaborate


Because we know how much we can learn from each other and we want to push you to the next level.


We believe in the potential of each and every student. We believe that kids need and desire positive role models, loads of encouragement, and meaningful affirmation. We believe that kids can grow in self-confidence through acquiring a skill that they are proud of, such as playing guitar, singing, playing drums, etc. They can learn to believe in themselves through successful performance experiences. They can develop humility and teamwork and trust by playing with other kids, through shared musical experiences. They can learn how to become leaders and how to help others, and how to accept constructive criticism. We believe kids need a place to belong – for some, it’s their basketball team, or their hockey team, or the chess club – but for many students (and adults) that place is lacking. That’s where we come in.

We exist to gives kids a fun place to connect and learn new things so that they can grow in confidence and be proud of who they are.

Mel Shier // Guitar, Piano, Vocal Teacher
Will Scott // Guitar, Bass, Drums Teacher
Stephanie French // Piano, Vocals, Guitar Teacher
Mary-Lee Bird // Piano, Drums, Guitar, Bass Teacher


We want your child to learn music from some of the best humans on earth. So we don't hire people who are just great musicians. We hire people who have a teacher's heart. People know how to have fun and create fun. People who aren't afraid to take risks themselves so they can serve as role models for your child. We hire people who get excited about the idea of helping your child get to the next level.