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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
I remain available to give mock examinations and masterclasses, and look forward to exploring the world of adjudicators and examiners.
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.