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Michael Sommerville

Port Coquitlam BC | V3B 3N5

About me

I am a passionate, energetic and experienced piano teacher and musician. I have been playing piano for 18 years and have over 12 years of teaching experience. I began teaching at a young age and have been incredibly passionate about it ever since then. Sharing my love of music with others has proven to be one of the most rewarding experiences.
I have studied with Dr. Terence Dawson, Rena Sharon, Dr. Patricia Hoy, Ellen Silverman and April Smith. Having studied under many different teachers, I have been exposed to a variety of teaching styles and apply this experience to my own teaching. It is very important to me to understand that every student is unique and that no single teaching method works for everyone. I believe that my style of teaching is highly dynamic; I easily adapt to each student's individual needs.

Specialties

-All ages and levels from beginner to very advanced (university level)
-Conservatory Canada curriculum as well as Royal Conservatory
-History and theory for conservatory exams (both RCM and Conservatory Canada)
-Playing for fun (no pressure of exams)

Lesson details

-I teach on a beautiful full-sized grand piano from my comfortable home studio in Coquitlam
-30, 45 and 60 minute lessons are available
-performance opportunities available (festivals, workshops, recitals)

Education and Accreditation

B. Mus - Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from UBC
ACCM - Associate of the Canadian Conservatory of Music - Performer's Diploma
Member of the BCRMTA

Testimonials

Michael has been our piano teacher for the past five years since he was a mature nineteen year old and since our...

Experience

more than 10 years

Rates

$40 - $49

Availability

Monday 10am - 9pm
Tuesday 10am - 9pm
Wednesday 10am - 9pm
Thursday 10am - 9pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 11am - 3pm
Sunday 11am - 3pm

Teaching location

Teachers Studio

Genre

Chamber Music
Classical
Contemporary
Modern
Performance
Pop

Methods

Alfred Method
Bastien Method
Canada Conservatory
Faber and Faber
Royal Conservatory of Music

Instruments and Subjects

pedagogy
piano
theory – analysis
theory – counterpoint
theory – harmony
theory – music history
theory – rudiments

Levels taught

Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced

Type of students

Children
Young Adults
Adults
Seniors

Languages

English