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Daniel Mahlberg, MA

Burnaby BC | V5A 3V9

About me

Daniel Mahlberg is an experienced and fully qualified piano teacher and teacher trainer based in Burnaby, British Columbia. He is currently completing a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in historical musicology at the University of British Columbia. Active as a teacher, adjudicator, performer, and scholar, Daniel provides private and group lessons in piano and theory from his home studio.

Daniel was born in Toronto and undertook initial piano study with Paula Copithorn in Port Perry, Ontario at the age of nine. He furthered his studies under Helen Nickel, Elizabeth Wolak, Ronald Morgan, and Jane Coop, earning several degrees in piano pedagogy, including an Associate of the London College of Music (ALCM), a Licentiate of the London College of Music (LLCM), and an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music (ARCT).

In 1993 Daniel entered Simon Fraser University's School for the Contemporary Arts to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in music. There he studied with Rodney Sharman, Owen Underhill, and Rudolf Komerous. He undertook further study in music composition at the University of Sussex in Brighton, UK with Sam Hayden and the legendary Michael Finnissy. In 1998 he studied on scholarship at Germany’s Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt, where his work was premiered as part of the celebrated Summer Course for New Music, an arena for avant-garde composers and performers.

In 2007, Daniel completed a Master of Arts (MA) in music from California State University, Dominguez Hills. His thesis explores the keyboard literature of Bach and Chopin. The same year, he entered the University of British Columbia on scholarship to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in historical musicology. There, in addition to his studies in musicology, he studied music theory with William Benjamin, Alan Dodson, and John Roeder; pedagogy with Alice Enns; and piano performance with Jane Coop. He also assisted in teaching several courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Daniel holds both Finnish and Canadian citizenship, and is currently working on a dissertation that examines the symphonic literature of fin-de-siècle Finland.

Daniel is an experienced pedagogue. A teacher since 1995, he joined the Carillon Music Academy in 1997 and Moody Music, under the direction of BCRMTA president Gloria Cristobal, in 1998. He held both of these positions until 2005, during which time he taught group and private lessons in theory and piano, underwent intensive training in diverse genres (including popular and jazz styles), and assisted in the development of progressive curricula for a variety of group classes. In 2003 Daniel joined the staff at the Sarah McLachlan Music Outreach (SMMO), an outreach program founded by singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan that offers high quality music instruction to young people in Vancouver's inner city. There, in addition to teaching group and private lessons, he assisted in curriculum development and oversaw the creation of the Private Lesson Stream, an accelerated program for advanced students. Daniel established a music studio near Main Street in 2004, by which time he was already working for three separate academies and teaching upward of eighty students per week.

Daniel now teaches exclusively from his home studio in Burnaby. His students consistently achieve high marks in music examinations and receive awards and scholarships in music festivals and competitions. They receive frequent performing opportunities through master classes, annual recitals, and public concerts. Many students continue on to become successful teachers themselves.

In addition to his teaching and academic responsibilities, Daniel enjoys adjudicating and has been invited to judge several music festivals, including the Carillon Music Festival, the National Professional Music Teachers' Association Workshop, and the RCM Alumni Association Annual Workshop. He is an active member of the British Columbia Registered Music Teachers' Association (BCRMTA), the National Professional Music Teachers' Association (NPMTA), the Canadian University Music Society (CUMS), and the American Musicological Society (AMS).


Daniel teaches piano through all major examination boards, including RCM, LCM, and ABRSM. He offers individually tailored curricula for RCM Piano Pedagogy examinations, and is fully conversant in all theoretical subjects, including harmony, history, counterpoint, analysis, composition, and jazz theory.

Daniel accepts all ages and levels, subject to an initial interview. Adult students must have previous musical experience.

Lesson details

Daniel’s piano students take weekly private lessons and enjoy frequent master classes and performing opportunities. Daniel teaches group lessons in theory, pedagogy, and class piano subject to enrolment.

Education and Accreditation

Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music (ARCT),Royal Conservatory of Music

Associate of the London College of Music (ALCM),London College of Music

Licentiate of the London College of Music (LLCM),London College of Music

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA),School for the Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University, University of Sussex, UK

Master of Arts (MA), California State University, Dominguez Hills

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), pending University of British Columbia

British Columbia Registered Music Teachers' Association (BCRMTA)

National Professional Music Teachers' Association (NPMTA)

American Musicological Society (AMS)

Canadian University Music Society (CUMS)



$50 - $59


Monday 9am - 9pm
Tuesday 9am - 9pm
Wednesday 9am - 9pm
Thursday 9am - 9pm
Friday 9am - 9pm
Saturday 9am - 9pm
Sunday 9am - 9pm


Country / Western
Rhythm and Blues


Canada Conservatory
London College of Music
Royal Conservatory of Music

Instruments and Subjects

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

Levels taught


Type of students

Young Adults



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