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Tivannagh L'Abbé

Vancouver BC | V6P1W8

About me

Tivannagh L'Abbé is a Vancouver-based multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, and educator. She has been actively involved in all aspects of music and has had extensive musical training in several different disciplines from a young age. She has studied and worked in New York and London, holds an ALCM, LLCM, and an ARCT in piano performance, a BA in French and Music, and an MSc (with distinction) in Music Composition and Technology. She is also a current member of SOCAN and the BCRMTA.

Tivannagh began her formal piano training and started performing in competitions, recitals, and concerts at the age of 3. Under the tutelage of Edward J. Parker and Marie Cahill, she won many trophies, awards, and scholarships in competitions, both as a soloist and a duo pianist. Tivannagh was also an RCM medallist and consistently awarded marks of distinction on piano and theory examinations. She performed regularly as a soloist, as well as an accompanist for vocalists, choirs, and instrumentalists, and was a lead ensemble pianist at the Chan Centre for several consecutive years.

Along with piano, Tivannagh studied violin and busked successfully for many summers, before going on to explore other instruments, such as drums, cornet, guitar, bass, ukulele, harp, and banjo, among others.

Tivannagh gradually shifted her focus from performance to composition and production after breaking a finger playing football. She has composed and produced event-specific commissions and had her tracks used for corporate advertising campaigns. Several of her original productions and remixes have been released on local and international labels, while others have received airplay on radio stations across North America and Europe. Her work has been praised by a wide range of artists, perhaps most notably by Alicia Keys, who described Tivannagh as having "an exceptional gift".

In addition to her creative endeavours, Tivannagh maintains a full teaching schedule, specializing in the instruction of piano, rudiments, composition, music technology, and guitar. She has also returned to performance, playing a wide range of live events as a soloist, multi-instrumentalist, and DJ.

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Specialties

Tivannagh enrolled her first piano student at age 14 and has been teaching ever since. She is a member of the BCRMTA, specializing in the instruction of piano, rudiments, composition, and music technology. She also teaches guitar and has given the occasional banjo and ukulele lesson as well. Tivannagh welcomes students of all ages and abilities and has experience teaching children with learning disabilities and neurological disorders.

Lesson details

Many of Tivannagh's students follow the RCM curriculum, take exams, and have been awarded marks of distinction. This route is not for everyone, however, and Tivannagh is open to helping students learn a variety of repertoire in pop and other genres as well. Whether students are preparing for exams or playing for their own enjoyment, she takes a friendly, individual-centred approach to teaching to ensure that each student is achieving his or her personal best and gaining a greater appreciation for and love of music in the process.

The standard lesson schedule and course of study runs from September to June and students are assigned a time slot which they retain for those months. Tivannagh also teaches over the summer and can make special arrangements for one-off, or more casual lessons during the academic year.

Education and Accreditation

Tivannagh holds an ALCM, LLCM, and an ARCT in piano performance, a BA in French and Music, and an MSc (with distinction) in Music Composition and Technology. She is also a current member of SOCAN and the BCRMTA.

Testimonials

Experience

more than 10 years

Rates

$50 - $59

Availability

Monday 9am - 9pm
Tuesday 9am - 9pm
Wednesday 9am - 9pm
Thursday 9am - 9pm
Friday 9am - 9pm
Saturday N/A - N/A
Sunday N/A - N/A

Teaching location

Teachers Studio

Genre

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

Methods

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

Instruments and Subjects

guitar
piano
theory – rudiments

Levels taught

Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced

Type of students

Children
Young Adults
Adults
Seniors

Languages

English

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