At Prairie Songstress Music we empower students to build their confidence with music.

Our guitar, voice and songwriting lessons are customized to each students ability and learning style so they can experience success.

Our teachers are experienced and professional musicians.

We offer both in-home and in-studio lessons.

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Meet Our Teachers

Saskatoon Guitar Lessons Teacher - Melissa Nygren

Melissa Nygren

Prairie Songstress Music is owned and operated by Melissa Nygren.  As a singer/songwriter she has had the pleasure of touring across Canada and overseas.  She has released 5 albums with her two bands and continues to write, record and perform.  This experienced prairie songstress has never hesitated to spread her music in a journey that’s taken her from the back porch to big stages in more than a decade of writing, performing and collaborating.

Saskatoon Voice Lessons Teacher - Sophie James-Cavan



Sophie James-Cavan has loved music since she first began music classes at the age of 2. She has performed in two international music competitions with the Saskatoon Children's Choir and has had experience performing with the Saskatoon Opera Company. Sophia is incredibly passionate about music and enjoys playing piano, flute, guitar, ukulele, and voice. Sophia also has experience teaching piano.  She is in her first year of teaching voice with the students at prairie songstress Music!

Saskatoon Guitar Lessons Teacher - Palima Shrestha

Palima Shrestha

Music is Palima Shrestha’s passion. She began singing as a toddler and at 9 years old, she picked up a guitar and hasn’t put it down since. She has experience in classical and contemporary guitar, songwriting, singing and keyboard. Palima also enjoys performing at various events around the city. She loves teaching at Prairie Songstress Music!

Saskatoon Guitar Lessons Teacher - Maria Himbeault

Maria Himbeault

Ever since Maria Himbeault first picked up the guitar, she has been taking lessons at Prairie Songstress Music. Now she is excited for the opportunity to pass down her knowledge as an instructor this year. Maria has experience in the teaching world already as assistant instructor in many dance classes for younger students. She is passionate about music, and enjoys playing various instruments including the tuba, euphonium, trumpet, piano and ukulele. She also enjoys singing and song writing. Maria can't wait to teach and watch her students learn and grow at Prairie Songstress Music!

Saskatoon Mandolin and Guitar Lessons Teacher - Kasia Thorlakson

   Kasia Leigh

"Growing up in small town Kinistino, Kasia Leigh didn't have many sources to learn how to play stringed instruments so she took up the challenge on her own. Starting at 12 years old, she has since taught herself how to play 7 instruments including the guitar, mandolin and has recently started on the banjo. Kasia is also passionate about singing and songwriting.  Her hard work allowed her to play in Saskatoon's bluegrass trio 'In With The Old' for the past 4 years, touring Canada and showcasing in the United States. She is excited to further her teaching experience and join the Prairie Songstress Music team! Kasia will be offering in-home guitar and mandolin lessons.

Substitute & Additional Teachers

At Prairie Songstress Music we get full fast! That's why we also have a few other fantastic teachers we recommend and will put you in touch with when our roster is full. 


Music has been a huge passion for Jenn Elash all her life and it eventually led her to want to teach and coach to help others accomplish their musical goals.  Starting out playing piano classically and then flute, she then found her passion with the guitar, both acoustic and electric and now ukulele.  Jenn is forever learning new material to pass on to others wanting to learn. Whether it be a hobby or something one wants to pursue as a career, playing music can be invigorating and amazing for one’s soul.  The beautiful aspect of music is that it never gets dull, there’s always something new and exciting to learn!  Jenn offers individual and group lessons, as well skyping and facetiming.