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Melissa H. Clark

Langley BC | V3A 1V1

About me

Melissa H. Clark, a resident of Langley, B.C. for more than 40 years offers her fine art and musical experience to the community and surrounding localities. Her technical skills along with her creative ability are well recognized with collections in Holland, USA, Australia, Romania, Mexico and Canada. This artist continues to develop her knowledge in traditional methods; however, she thrives on self-exploration. This is evident in her many awards to having an artist file compiled by the National Gallery of Art.
Since 1997, Miss Clark has been the creative artist and operator of Acorn Art and Image. This home based business incorporates visual art and music education. Business and volunteering achievements have garnered her a nomination for Women of Excellence - Arts, within Langley.
Currently, Miss Clark is teaching in your own home music lessons, is a faculty member of 'Beethoven at Home', a piano accompanist at the Langley Community Music School and an Educator for the Fort Langley Centennial Musuem and National Exhibition Centre, creating and presenting art/academic based lessons for 'in school' programming and the general public.

Specialties

Art - the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.

I live and breathe music and visual art. I am able to integrate art, music and world cultures into the curriculum we will study. I am fascinated by different cultures and have also been teaching English as a Second Language for many years.

I have been playing the piano since I was 8 years old and tooting my trumpet since I was 13-14. I took a ten year hiatus to attend university but renewed my musical passion in 2000 to complete my grade 9-10 RCM exams. I am currently an ARCT candidate.

Lesson details

I will bring my experiences as a teacher, artist and musician to the lesson. I want to share new discoveries and practices with my students. I am a life long learner, not afraid to ask questions and confront challenges in which I hope to instill this knowledge in students. Learning to accept mistakes, discover and imagine in the world of music and art. Wherever the classroom, I create a community supporting diversity, energy and encouragement so students can reach great potential. My students are taught using several different methods which is determined upon a one on one consultation. I create lesson plans based on a students ability. My students have consistently reached Honours/First Class Honours on RCM exams.

Goals for my Students;
- To be respectful of students, teacher and other peoples.
- To become motivational learners and responsible for own actions.
- To be able to perceive and respond to music and contemporary visual cultural / historical works of composition.
- To understand what art can be as they undertake a visual and musical journey.
- To accept a multicultural environment, to be culturally responsive.
- To have a sense of worth in their growth and development.
- To be reflective and expressive global citizens.
- To act in a professional manner as would an artist.
- To be encouraged to use their imaginations as a life skill.

The Curriculum;
- Highlighting the context of a student’s life into their visual and musical work (Inquiry based).
- Addressing multiculturalism (Cultural Pluralism).
- Integrating other curricula (Language Arts).
- Opportunity for students to practice techniques, skills and methods.
- Integrating self assessment and class critiques as an essential part of art making.
- Participation and engagement required of all students.
- Curriculum based upon a course studied (Royal Conservatory of Music.)

Education and Accreditation

- B.ED (U.B.C),Art Education
- B.A (U.B.C.),Studio Arts (Major), Anthropology (Minor), Music History
- Associate of Visual Arts (Kwantlen College)
- Member of the B.C. Teacher's Federation
- ARCT Performance Candidate (Royal Conservatory of Music)

Testimonials

Experience

more than 10 years

Rates

$39 & under

Availability

Monday - 5:30pm-9pm
Tuesday - not available
Wednesday - 6:30pm-9pm
Thursday - 3:30pm-4:30pm
Friday - not available
Saturday - 10am-3pm
Sunday - not available

Adult students are taught during the day. Ask for current schedule.

Teaching location

Students Home

Genre

Ballad
Blues
Childrens Music
Classical
Contemporary
Country / Western
Folk
Gospel
Jazz
Latin Rhythm
Modern
Performance
Pop
Rhythm and Blues
Rock

Methods

Alfred Method
Bastien Method
Faber and Faber
Royal Conservatory of Music

Instruments and Subjects

pedagogy
piano
theory – music history
theory – rudiments
trumpet
voice

Levels taught

Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced

Type of students

Children
Young Adults
Adults
Seniors

Languages

English

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