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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!"

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.


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.



more than 20 years


$50 - $59


Tuesday 2pm - 8pm

Friday 2pm - 7pm

Teaching location

Teachers Studio




Royal Conservatory of Music
Suzuki Method

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Levels taught


Type of students

Young Adults



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