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Rita Thatcher

Surrey BC | V4A 9R8

About me

I have been teaching since early 1980's, both in Johannesburg, South Africa, Timmins, Ontario, Winnipeg, Manitoba and South Surrey in BC. I enjoy working with all ages of students, especially younger beginners. I believe all students are able and capable of learning to play the piano for their personal growth and enjoyment. I truly believe in the wise words of Dr. Suzuki "Every Child Can!"

Experience
I started studying at the age of 8 in Pretoria, South Africa. As a child I participated in local festivals and completed music examinations. I also free-lanced, playing clarinet in orchestras, operas and musicals.

Specialties

I am a BC Registered Music Teacher and I teach all ages of beginners to advanced, but especially enjoy working with younger students. Mornings, I teach Orff "Music for Children" classes for preschoolers and early elementary students at Langley Community Music School. At present, I am participating in Suzuki Piano Teacher's Development Training at Langley Community Music School with the trainer, Susan Magnusson. Summer 2013, I completed Suzuki Book 1 training with Merlin Thompson. In July 2014, I completed Book 2 training with Caroline Fraser at Holy Names University in Oakland. In July 2015 I completed a Piano Practicum with Susan Magnusson.

Lesson details

Lessons take place at my studio in my house in South Surrey. Preschool beginner lessons start from 20 minutes per week; elementary school age start from 30 minutes and increase in length as the student progresses. Presently I only teach the Suzuki Piano Method.

Education and Accreditation

I started studying at the age of 8 in Pretoria, South Africa and graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg) with a B Mus (Performers) Degree in Piano and Clarinet. I completed my post-graduate teaching certification in 1986. After moving to Canada, I completed my Orff "Music for Children" Level I-III Certification at the University of Manitoba. I am registered with the Suzuki Association of the Americas and have completed the Suzuki "Every Child Can" course summer of 2012, Book 1 in 2013, Book 2 in 2014 and Piano Practicum in 2015.

My long-term goals are to continue studying the Suzuki Method as well as to play the flute at a more proficient level. I believe that studying music is life-long endeavour.

Testimonials

Experience

more than 20 years

Rates

$50 - $59

Availability

Tuesday 2pm - 8pm

Friday 2pm - 7pm

Teaching location

Teachers Studio

Genre

Classical

Methods

Royal Conservatory of Music
Suzuki Method

Instruments and Subjects

clarinet
piano

Levels taught

Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced

Type of students

Children
Young Adults
Adults

Languages

English

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