Vancouver BC | V5Y3G2
Roisin Adams is a classically trained jazz/contemporary piano player and teacher based out of Vancouver. At the age of 6, Roisin was introduced to the piano, and consequently, a life long musical journey! She studied classical piano and soon completed all Royal Conservatory of Music examinations (up to and including grade 10). In an effort to develop as a well rounded musician, she studied composition and started playing the trumpet and french horn in high school jazz and concert bands as well as being sectional leaders in jazz/concert/honour choirs. Also throughout high school, Roisin worked as an accompanist for local private vocal instructors.
Roisin completed a degree of Arts at the University of British Columbia in Psychology and Religion, Literature, and the Arts in 2008. During this time, she worked as an Applied Behavioural Analyst, providing therapy to teens with Autism. This gave great insight into the world of individualized education. Hungry for more experiences with education, she worked as a vocal instructor and rehearsal accompanist for Stagecraft Theatre School in North, West, and Downtown Vancouver. She then worked as an Educational Instructor at a private school for autistic children where she led daily group music classes and provided one-on-one tutoring.
In 2014, Roisin completed her studies at Vancouver Community College where she was named 2013 contemporary composition competition winner and recipient of the Chris Gage Memorial Award, Fred Bass Scholarship, and the Andres Espinoza Memorial Scholarship. During her studies, Roisin found a love for arranging and began writing pieces for varying ensembles at VCC. In that vein, she continues to write and collaborate with local artists. Also during this time, Roisin developed and delivered two 10-week introduction-to-piano courses for 4-5 year olds and 6-7 year olds. She taught these level one and two group classes as well as private lessons in the West Vancouver Community Centre (2013-2014).
Dedicated to fostering community within the improvised music genre, she curates a monthly series entitled, "Here and NOW," in conjunction with New Orchestra Workshop Society. Recent highlights include performing her composition, "This City," for the Sonic Boom Festival in March 2014, performing at the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival (2013 and 2015), debuting her art song collaboration in June 2016 and recording an album with her instrumental jazz quartet, Hildegard's Ghost. While not composing, Adams performs regularly in her two independent projects, Hildegard's Ghost and Rosie and the Jugheads in addition to other local groups.
Roisin is inspired by the holistic and healing properties of music. She believes in creating/strengthening a solid foundation of knowledge and intuition. She is excited to learn about each individual's interests and learning styles to provide them with the tools to be the best musician they can!
Roisin is eager to maintain and expand on her experiences in teaching varying ages and abilities. She strongly believes in the benefits of early exposure to music and the positive benefits music has on health and cognitive/social functioning.
Being a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and composer, she has great diversity and perspectives in music.
Lessons are largely structured based on the student's age, experience, and interests. Since consistency is key, Roisin spends a good amount of time setting up her students for a successful home practise. A general breakdown of a typical lesson consists of three categories:
1) Warm Up (body Warm Ups & technique at the keyboard)
2) Current Repertoire (pieces, studies, compositions, ect.)
3) FUN (student lead explorations of sounds, improvising, and games aimed at experientially summarizing the day's lesson)
Education and Accreditation
Royal Conservatory of Music grade Ten certificate, and Grade Four harmony and history.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Religion, Literature, and the Arts from the University of British Columbia (2003-2008)
Degree in Jazz/Contemporary Piano at Vancouver Community College (2011 - 2014)
Monday 12pm- 8pm
Tuesday 12pm- 8pm
Wednesday 5:30pm - 8pm