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Claire Arthur, MMus

Columbus OH | 43215

About me

Claire Arthur completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto where she studied piano as well as piano pedagogy with renowned instructor Marina Geringas at the Royal Conservatory of Music. Since then, she has moved to beautiful B.C. and in 2008 graduated from the MA. Music program at UBC.
Although Claire has been teaching for 10 years, she truly discovered her passion for it while working as a Professor’s Assistant at the UBC School of Music. There, she led tutorials for undergraduate students covering everything from introductory harmony to advanced serialism. Her enthusiasm for teaching and her success with these tutorials led her to begin teaching group theory courses.

Experience
Claire has recently begun teaching piano and theory lessons out of a studio at the West Point Grey School of Music on West Broadway and is currently accepting students ages 7 and up, and teaches all levels of music from beginner to advanced. Lessons can be “just for fun”, or tailored to prepare students for RCM exam preparation, University entrance auditions, and music competitions and festivals.
Claire has experience teaching students of all ages from 5 to 80! Her career has focused primarily on the study of pedagogy although she has been in her share of musical performances. Claire takes great pride in being able to pass down all her knowledge and enthusiasm that she has acquired from her many years of studying, performing and teaching music.

Specialties

Theory Lessons:
One-on-one theory lessons are available at the same prices listed above. Small group theory lessons are available (Max.3 persons) in preparation for the various RCM exams (listed below). These are available at a discounted rate. All group lessons are 1 hour per week. Please note that homework will be assigned weekly and is due at the following lesson. If you would like join one of the group classes, please send me an email indicating the class of interest, your name, age, and time preference (Monday or Sunday classes), and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Intermediate Rudiments (previously Grade 1 Rudiments)
Advanced Rudiments (previously Grade 2 Rudiments)
Introductory Harmony
Basic Harmony (previously Grade 3 Harmony)
Intermediate Harmony (previously Grade 4 Harmony)
Advanced Harmony (previously Grade 5 Harmony)
Note: I also teach private lessons in composition. If you are interested, please email me for more information.

A note about young children:
I believe that any natural inclinations that young children show towards music should be explored and developed. Since every child is unique, music lessons must be geared towards the skill level and attention span of the student. Many children do not like, at first, to be “boxed in” by rigorously following through the songs in a book. This is not that important. There are many skills that can be taught to beginners of a young age simply by copying the teacher and exploring the keyboard, such as: hand positions, fingering, note naming, articulation, dynamics, interval training and composition. Composition is especially overlooked in early music training. Children are naturally creative and imaginative. Teaching piano techniques via composition is incredibly fun and rewarding, as the child feels a sense of accomplishment in having created something, and the teacher can remain focused on one technique (ie. Staccato) until she feels that the student has understood the concept.

For Advanced students:
Advanced students will occasionally be required to spend extra time in addition to practicing; at times doing analyses or other research of the pieces they are performing. I believe this to be invaluable to the music’s performance, and as well, it creates an all-rounded education for the student.

Lesson details

Piano lessons are all one-on-one. Lessons are available for students ages 6 and up*, and for every level of experience from complete beginner up to ARCT level. Lessons can be “just for fun”, or tailored to prepare students for RCM exam preparation, University entrance auditions, and music competitions and festivals.

*Students under 6 may be considered for lessons after assessment.

Education and Accreditation

Masters from UBC

Testimonials

Experience

more than 10 years

Rates

$40 - $49

Availability

Sunday 10am-7pm
Monday 10am -9pm
Thursday 2pm-9pm
Friday 2pm-9pm
Saturday 10am-6pm

Teaching location

Teachers Studio

Genre

Blues
Classical
Jazz
Pop

Methods

Royal Conservatory of Music

Instruments and Subjects

piano
theory – analysis
theory – counterpoint
theory – harmony
theory – music history
theory – rudiments

Levels taught

Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced

Type of students

Children
Young Adults
Adults

Languages

English

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