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Amy J K Teo-Poh

Coquitlam BC | V3B 6R3

About me

I had the satisfaction and pleasure of completing three Canadian piano performance qualifications and two academic qualifications with Music,after immigrating into Vancouver: LBCM, ACCM, ARCT,DipPerfArts (Music),and A.Arts (Music Major) degree. My teaching experience began in Singapore where I was employed as a piano teacher at a music school and at a Baptist church. I served extensively as pianist, organist, and accompanist at church choir performances and concerts. Besides teaching privately, I worked at G & G Music (Maple Ridge) for eight years before teaching at Salina Cheng Music Academy, and then Tom Lee Music in Coquitlam.

My inspiration comes from my students: their interest and love of music, their motivation, progress and their commendable achievements in music examinations. I treasure the relationships I have with my students, many of whom remain with me for up to eight or ten years. I appreciate the formation of friendship with parents and colleagues as an enrichment to my personal life.

I love challenges and continually seek to upgrade my knowledge, skills and abilities in music. In pursuit of a music degree, I recently completed, with distinction, a two-year Diploma in Performing Arts (a University-Transfer music program), with a Performance-Based (full) Tuition Scholarship.

Specialties

I specialize in teaching Classical music especially in preparing students for RCM examinations (up to Grade 10/ARCT level). I also teach other areas of music: spiritual music (church hymns and choruses) with improvisations, and popular/jaz1 tunes for pleasure. In year 2015, 14 students of mine achieved first-class honours in RCM practical (Grades 3 to 9) exams and 11 were awarded Tom Lee Music medals at the Tom Lee Granville concert hall; several have also been awarded Tom Lee Music trophies (for RCM theory exams).

I have also had the invaluable experience of teaching an autistic student who began lessons as a beginner and later completed his music studies at RCM Grade 8 (practical and theory) with first-class honours in both categories. I love challenges and seek always to motivate students to strive to do their best.

Lesson details

BEGINNER STUDENTS: Simple technical exercises, basic theory, method books, flashcards, easy arrangements of popular tunes, Christmas music, and lower- level RCM examinations, if desired.
INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED STUDENTS: All of the above at a higher level, Christmas or religious music with improvisations; often Advanced students would be studying for RCM practical/theory examinations; TLM/BCCM recitals,festivals, competition participation.

Education and Accreditation

BACKGROUND MUSIC EDUCATION: ABRSM of London, UK, (all grades) in Singapore.
CANADIAN MUSIC QUALIFICATIONS:
ACCM (Associate in Piano Performance, Conservatory Canada, Ontario); awarded a "Medal For Excellence" and "Edward (Ted) Lincoln" Scholarship.
LBCM (Licentiate in Piano Performance, BC Conservatory of Music).
ARCT (Associate in Piano Performance, Toronto).
DIPLOMA IN PERFORMING ARTS (Music - Piano Major); awarded the Douglas College Performance-Based Tuition Scholarship (a two-year full tuition scholarship).
ASSOCIATE DEGREE IN ARTS(A.Arts: Music Major with Social Sciences concentration; awarded a gold cord for highest CGPA in Music section)
RMT (Registered Music Teacher, BCRMTA) since year 2001; awarded three Coquitlam/Maple Ridge BCRMT Trophies: Music History (2) and Piano Pedagogy (1).

Testimonials

Amy J K Teo-Poh has taught piano (practical and theory) at G & G Music from year 2000 to 2008. Her teaching...

"Amy, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for teaching me all these years. It has been fun and...

"Dear Amy - Thank you for INSPIRING me to continue my quest for learning piano and music ... you are a...

"Dear Amy - Thank you for helping me become a better piano player. My parents are really proud of me at how...

"A teacher AFFECTS ETERNITY: (she) can never tell where (her) influence stops` Henry Adams
`Dear `Aunty...

"Dear Amy - I would like to thank you for being my teacher for these past years. I could not even state how...

Experience

more than 20 years

Rates

$40 - $49

Availability

Please call 778-773-5370 to arrange private lessons.

Teaching location

Teachers Studio

Genre

Childrens Music
Classical
Contemporary
Folk
Gospel
Improvisation
Modern
Performance
Pop

Methods

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

Instruments and Subjects

piano
theory – harmony
theory – music history
theory – rudiments

Levels taught

Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced

Type of students

Children
Young Adults
Adults
Seniors

Languages

English
Mandarin

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