Piano Lessons

Studio Hours: Monday-Wednesday  1:00-8:00;  Thursday 12:00 P.M – 8:00 P.M.;  Friday  12:00-5:00.  Contact me at aahenda@shaw.ca or 403-815-0725 for availability. Lessons, including make-ups, are offered during normal studio hours. See policy for specific details.

Lessons are available for all ages and levels, from beginner to advanced.  I focus on a traditional, classical style of teaching, encouraging strong musical literacy and appreciation of a wide range of styles.  I use a variety of method books depending on the student. Lessons will start at 30 or 45 minutes per week, depending on the student. Be prepared to spend $60-100 per year on books.

Parental support is critical for success in learning music. Read the article posted here: http://musicalresources.blogspot.com/2011/07/truth-about-piano-lessons.html. Feel free to discuss any of this with me.

Conservatory Canada (http://conservatorycanada.ca/)  is my exam system of choice. It includes a more comprehensive approach to technique and keyboard skills, and requires study of Canadian composers as well as the standard classical composers.  I will keep transfer students in RCM if they are in Grade 5 or higher.

Lessons are private, with several scheduled group Performance Classes throughout the year that take the place of lessons for the week.  The Classes are an exciting hour of instructional games, interaction, performance opportunities, directed listening and ensemble playing. Students are grouped roughly according to age and level.

Christmas piano “parties” are scheduled in my studio in December. This is an opportunity for students to invite a guest and perform for a slightly larger audience in an informal setting. We finish the party with a reception.

An Ensemble Recital will be planned for spring. All students will team up with one or two others and play duets and/or trios in a recital. Date and location TBA.

A formal recital followed by a reception is held in June in a rented church.

Other performance opportunities include the Kiwanis Festival (competitive), the APTA Festival (non-competitive), and exams. Participating in some or all of these is optional and the decision is made in consultation with parents.

Contact me for a current Studio Policy.


  • Preparatory theory concepts are incorporated into the piano lessons for the first few years, until the student has reached Grade 5.
  • Conservatory Canada Theory 1,2,3, and 4 are taught as part of the piano lesson.
  • RCM and CC Advanced Theory (History, Harmony, and Analysis) are generally taught privately in 30-minute lessons weekly.
  • Summer lessons are available in July for students who wish to do an August exam

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