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Abigail Burnett

Langley BC | V3A 7L2

About me

I have studied piano since I was six years old. My grandmother was my first teacher. I began serious studies with Phyllis Heppner, continued under Joanne Sommer Miller, and completed my Teacher's ARCT (Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto) achieving the gold medal under the tutelage of Mr. Edward Parker.

My teachers inspired me with their love of music and it was they, and my parents, who encouraged me to become the best I could be. I find that my students inspire me on a daily basis to continue to grow and stretch myself to meet their individual needs.

My philosophy of teaching is to teach the student, not just the lesson. It is important to me to tailor my teaching to fit the individual needs of my students. I appreciate getting to know my students so that I can:
...understand their abilities and goals and encourage and motivate them to be their best.
...know the kind of music they like and stretch them to appreciate new things.
...encourage them to grow in character as well as talent. Help them understand the qualities that music develops and requires such as, creativity, diligence, alertness, etc.
It is important to me to develop well rounded students with proper training in repertoire, technique, ear, and sight. Again, tailoring the lesson to the individual student and their personal development and needs.

Specialties

I have experience teaching the very young and the quite mature. I love teaching all ages. My favourite student is someone who comes to me with a desire to learn...and they can be 5 or 75.

I have developed a series of Character Cards that I use to highlight a quality each month. This gives the student a tangible way of understanding character and presents opportunities throughout the month to highlight and discuss the quality of focus and how they can grow in it.

I have created a special Practice Folder to better aid my students in their practicing, to help them undertsand more accurately what/how they need to practice, and to make it more hands on for the students and easier on the parents (especially of young students).

Group lessons occur every other month and are a time to focus on history, theory, rhythm, etc., using games, craft projects, and other creative activities. This is also an opportunity for the students to present a mini recital to their peers.

Lesson details

Private weekly lessons.
Group lessons every other month.
Beginners: 30 minutes
Grade 1-6: 45 minutes
Grade 7 and up: 1 hour

Education and Accreditation

ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Music, earning the Gold Medal for highest marks in all of Canada.

Testimonials

Experience

more than 10 years

Rates

$50 - $59

Availability

Monday N/A
Tuesday 9am - 3pm
Wednesday 9am - 7pm
Thursday 9am - 7pm
Friday N/A
Saturday N/A
Sunday N/A

Teaching location

Teachers Studio

Genre

Childrens Music
Classical
Contemporary
Pop

Methods

Alfred Method
BC Conservatory of Music
Canada Conservatory
Faber and Faber
Royal Conservatory of Music

Instruments and Subjects

piano
theory – music history
theory – rudiments

Levels taught

Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced

Type of students

Children
Young Adults
Adults
Seniors

Languages

English

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