About

I am an accomplished pianist and piano teacher. This blog is about MUSIC – that is, a blog with posts about teaching, performing and listening.

I live Calgary, Alberta with my husband and 2 of my almost-grown-up children. I teach in my home studio. My teaching tenets are based on the following principles: (1) a passionate commitment to my students and their personal development, (2) a traditional classical approach that prepares students to explore and enjoy all genres of music,  (3) the enrichment of the lives of students of all ages and abilities through the study of music.

I grew up in Meadow Lake, a small town in northern Saskatchewan, Canada. I started piano lessons at age 5 and was reading music before I was reading words. After a move to Calgary I studied with Dale Jackson. He had an immeasurable impact on my musical growth and technique and my success in achieving the Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto in Piano Performance (ARCT).

After earning a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of British Columbia, I worked as an accompanist in the Academy Program at the Mount Royal Conservatory of Music (Calgary) and then as a freelance accompanist for numerous instrumentalists and choirs. My teaching career began while I was still in high school, continued on a part-time basis alongside the playing, and has becoming an increasingly important part of my life and career.

I have had the privilege of previewing and proofreading history and harmony textbooks prior to publication, and am available to do more of this.

I have given several talks at piano teachers’ group meetings and have more prepared. Topics include Creative Ways to Practice Technique, Conservatory Canada as an alternate exam system, Teaching Your Own Children, Living With and Without Perfect Pitch. More topics are in progress. Contact me at aahenda@shaw.ca.

I remain available to give mock examinations and masterclasses, and look forward to exploring the world of adjudicators and examiners.

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Disclosure about product reviews in my blog:

My blog is a non-commercial labour of love. I do not receive remuneration of any kind for products that are reviewed on this blog. I may choose to review music and music-related products that are shared or given to me but I reserve the right to publish my honest opinion, or to refrain from writing a review at all.

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21 Responses to About

  1. Hi LaDona,
    I’m going to start following your blog. What I’ve read so far is both interesting & helpful. I’m teaching the “Music for Young Children” program in southern Alberta. Thank you!
    Carrie

  2. LaDona, I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blog Award. See the nomination at http://wp.me/p1TJPv-2m0. Congratulations. Dave

  3. Well said. Actually, with Suite101.com and some of the other webzines out there, writers are NOT to review anything they’ve received for free. It has to be something, as you said – that you’ve purchased to use, professionally endorse and write about of your own free will.

    Otherwise, it’s bribery of sorts..

    It’s similar to click-fraud in a way. Those of us who have online publications with ads on them aren’t allowed to click on the ads or force people to click on the ads.

  4. Thank you, Rhona-Mae. Should have gone to you first! This all crept up on me.

  5. LaDona, I have nominated you for the Family of Bloggers Award in this post: http://davidkanigan.com/2012/10/06/1-year-and-counting/. You are under no obligation to accept. I just wanted to thank you for your followership and your friendship. Dave

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  7. Sarah Konecsni says:

    Hi LaDona,

    I recently found your favorable review of my composition, “Buenos Dias, Welcome To Spain!” Thank you so much for your lovely comments. I am so pleased that you enjoy it. I’ve also enjoyed perusing your blog, and look forward to reading more of your musical thoughts and opinions.

    All the best,
    Sarah Konecsni

  8. Sarah Konecsni says:

    Hi LaDona,
    Have you perused the new From Prairie to Pine Book 2? I have another composition there which my students enjoy, completely different in style, titled, ‘Whistlestop Jazz and Blues’.
    I am currently publishing several new works as well, including an arrangement of ‘Happy BIrthday’ in a few different levels. I think every student should know how to play it!
    Sarah

  9. LaDona, thank you for stopping and liking a recent post. I love music, but cannot sing or play any instruments. My tastes are eclectic so my radio station of choice is CKUA which satisfies that need. I look forward to following your blog as you enrich me with your knowledge about music.

    Take care,

    Ivon

  10. LaDona, I’ve nominated you for the 2012 Blog of the Year Award @ http://davidkanigan.com/2012/12/08/blog-of-the-year/#more-13084. You are under no obligation to accept. I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your inspirational posts and your friendship in 2012.

  11. Sandy says:

    LaDona, I’ve nominated you for the “Family of Bloggers” Award. To see the nomination, visit http://anotherlovelyday.wordpress.com/2012/12/13/overdue-thank-yous-awards-and-a-little-winnie-the-pooh.

    Thanks so much for your friendship and followship.

    ~ Sandy

  12. Laura Lamere says:

    Hi LaDona – I’ve nominated you for another award! It looks like you’ve had a great 2012 – so you’ve been named a winner of the ‘Blog of the Year 2012′ Award. It’s a great way to acknowledge the blogs you’re enjoying! You can learn more in my post: http://lauralamere.com/2012/12/18/blog-of-the-year/ Congrats – and happy new year!

  13. fame1444 says:

    Happy New Year, LaDona! I’ve nominated you for 2012 Blog of the Year. You can get all the details on my post at http://thefameschoolblog.com/2013/01/08/blog-of-the-year-award/
    Congrats!

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  15. Piano is a great instrument to learn. Read about my first experience on this link and what I learned:http://marygilmartin.wordpress.com/2013/03/15/the-piano-and-perseverance/

  16. Delighted to have stumbled into your blog. I shall enjoy strolling through your posts, I can tell!
    Cheers,
    Kathryn

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