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Chelsea Forster

Burnaby BC | V5J 4G3

About me

Chelsea Forster is a graduate of the UBC School of music with a bachelors in Music Composition. She has almost twenty years of musical experience in piano, composition, and voice. Her artistic prowess spreads to the theatre as well, having active involvement in Musical Theatre instruction and performance. She is excited to pursue her Masters and DMA in Music Composition.

Her musical career started in private music lessons and musical theatre involvement. Since then she has has studied voice, piano, saxophone, guitar, and percussion. At age ten she began pursuing a Composition Career and began entering a series of festivals and competitions for both performance and composition. She has won multiple awards at the Kiwanis Music Festival, North Frasier Festival, Canada Music Fest, and many others. At age thirteen she began teaching private music lesson in Theory, Piano, and Voice, as well as acting as the teachers assistant at Gleneagle Secondary School.

During this time she conducted ensembles at venues such as the Orpheum and was published with with Mayfair Music Publishing and Canadian Conservatory. After highschool she chose to begin her post secondary career at Vancouver Community College, and moved on to UBC in her third year. She has now studied privetly with Anne Burman, David Duke, David Branter, Keith Hamel and Dorothy Chang. Her pieces have been performed at the Sonic Book Festival and by Madrigal Singers, UBC Orchestra, and many other artists. She owes her success to the talented artists before her who inspired her to reach for the sky and keep going.

Specialties

Composition, Piano, Voice, Theory, and Saxophone.

Lesson details

For an absolute beginner i will usually start with the physical characteristics of the instrument and how it works, for voice this would be giving a brief lesson on how the voice works and the importance of rest and hydration.

Then i will begin to show both where the notes are on the instrument and teach theory along side it. I think it is very important to teach a student how to read music while they learn to play the instrument.

For voice I will have the student sing one of their favourite songs first, to get them warmed up and started with their lesson. Then go through a series of warm ups and scales. I like to teach solfege alongside the singing lessons because it helps with sight reading and ear training, as well as tuning. I also tend to sing along side the student to give them a sense of different characteristics a voice may have.

These are just examples of what I might do in a first lesson.

Education and Accreditation

Bachelors of Music Composition with a concentration on Voice, Piano, Saxophone, Choral, and Conducting.

Testimonials

Experience

more than 20 years

Rates

$50 - $59

Availability

Times vary with the season. Please contact for availability.

Teaching location

Students Home

Genre

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

Methods

Bastien Method
Canada Conservatory
Faber and Faber
Kindermusik
Kodály Method
Royal Conservatory of Music

Instruments and Subjects

piano
saxophone
theory – harmony
theory – music history
theory – rudiments
voice

Levels taught

Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced

Type of students

Children
Young Adults
Adults
Seniors

Languages

English