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Dr. Michael Park

Vancouver BC | V6K 2B8

About me

I am a composer, pianist, organist, music director, and educator. I've studied piano and composition in Winnipeg, London, and Vancouver, and now play an active role in Vancouver's classical and new music scene. I am the Artistic Director and principal pianist of Erato Ensemble, where I play a few concerts a year, and take great pleasure in making music with others. I spend many hours each week playing piano for dance classes, where I get to practice my skills as a master improviser. In all my work, I try to help people connect with and through music. I have taught a wide variety of piano students, from beginners to advanced players.

My own path to learning music was a varied and exciting one, and I can't wait to help new students along their own journeys.

Specialties

Michael's piano-teaching style can be described as Cognitive-Gestural. By integrating thought (active cognition) into otherwise muscular (gestural) playing, the student benefits greatly in areas such as speed of learning, memory, musical understanding, healthy pianistic technique, and musicality.

As a teacher, Michael is energetic, positive, and upbeat. In addition to piano lessons, he also teaches musicianship and the history/harmony co-requisites for all levels of RCM studies.

As a composer, Michael's teaching style values creativity. For interested students, IMPROVISATION and COMPOSITION can be integrated into piano lessons, or taught as stand-alone subjects.

As music director for Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Michael also has access to a grand piano and beautiful pipe organ for advanced students who wish to take their studies beyond the music studio.

Lesson details

Individual Weekly Lessons
Piano, Theory, Composition, Improvisation, Organ, Vocal Coaching
Home Studio in Kitsilano
30, 45, or 60-minutes in length, depending on the level of the student

Education and Accreditation

Doctorate of Musical Arts, University of British Columbia, Composition supervised by Dr. Dorothy Chang (2015)
Master of Music, University of Western Ontario, Composition with Dr. Omar Daniel (2009)
Bachelor of Music, University of Manitoba, Piano Performance with Dr. David Moroz (2007)
Pipe Organ Master Apprentice Scholar with Richard Greig (2003-4)
ARCT in Piano Performance, Toronto (2003)

Canadian Music Centre, Associate Composer
Royal Canadian College of Organists, Member
SOCAN member
RCCO member

Testimonials

Michael has been teaching piano to our son for over two years now, and we have always found him to be patient, kind...

I have had a handful of music teachers in my time and I can say Michael truly is a unique, insightful and talented...

Beginning to learn how to play the piano in my late forties has definitely been a challenge, but I was blessed to...

Thank you for guiding my students through a very engaging, fun learning experience. I could see that you had their...

Experience

more than 10 years

Rates

$60 & up

Availability

Monday 12pm - 8pm
Thursday 3-8pm
Friday 9am - 8pm
Sunday afternoon available for advanced and organ students.

Teaching location

Teachers Studio

Genre

Chamber Music
Classical
Composition
Contemporary
Improvisation
Lounge
Modern
Performance

Methods

Alfred Method
Bastien Method
Faber and Faber
Royal Conservatory of Music
Rote Method
Thompson Method

Instruments and Subjects

organ
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
Spanish

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