Coquitlam BC | V3E 2N5
3rd generation pianist and piano/theory teacher. Studied with Winnifred Proud, Lloyd Powell and Glen Geary. Along with teaching piano at all levels, I also work as a church musician, playing for services and directing choir. I particularly enjoy also working as a pianist for choirs, soloists (vocal or instrumental) and instrumental ensembles. Currently retired from teaching as a music specialist in District 43 (Coquitlam), which included guitar, handbell choir, recorder, Orff, and choral direction.
I have done some composing, most recently including an entry for the CBC Hockey Night in Canada theme contest in 2008.
I am married with 2 adult daughters.
Began student teaching at 13 while completing my RCM Grade 10 piano. Have continued with varying numbers of students since then for over 40 years. Teaching in the public schools for 7 years has added additional insight to working as an independent music teacher.
I teach piano at all levels and ages. I particularly enjoy teaching beginners, whether very young or up to adult age. The past several years have also included teaching pedagogy (teacher certification) to several students, which I found particularly rewarding. Theory instruction includes all levels of Rudiments and Keyboard Harmony, Basic (played, not written).
My philosophy is to develop a musician. This means we use the piano to learn playing and interpretive skills which comprehensively include technique, theory, sight reading, ear training, music appreciation, ensemble work and creative work. I endeavor to develop lifelong musicians who will continue to enjoy creating and sharing music through the years. Students are encouraged to participate in school bands and choirs to enhance their critical listening and enjoyment of music. Exposure to many styles of repertoire has proven to provide broader skills and greater motivation. I include RCM exams for students as a rewarding evaluation of their hard work and achievement.
Lessons can be arranged for 30, 45 or 60 minutes.
I usually use "Piano Adventures" by Faber and Faber for beginners as they have different resources for different ages of beginners. Moving into RCM materials after beginner books, I also supplement using resources from popular, jazz, movies, ragtime, etc. Other composer collections I include are Christopher Norton Connections and various books by Linda Niamath and Stephen Chatman.
> Piano is taught privately and lessons include technique, ear training, sight reading, theory, repertoire, composing/improvising, music appreciation (listening to additional music and learning about composers, eras, styles), and ensemble work (duets, trios, piano duos, etc.)
Theory is taught privately or in small groups, depending on student availability. My preferred resources are usually Mark Sarnecki.
Pedagogy is taught privately or in small groups.
Education and Accreditation
A.R.C.T. - Teachers from Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto)
B.Ed - major in music from U.B.C. First 2 years in Music Faculty as piano major with harpsichord secondary.
Current member of B.C.R.M.T.A.
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Tuesday 12pm - 9pm
Wednesday 12pm - 9pm
Thursday 12pm - 6pm
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