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Chris McGuire

Calgary AB | T2Z0W8

About me

I have played the piano since the age of 5, I live and breathe music. I have recently moved to Calgary from the UK. I have been teaching for 10 years now, and I love working with students of all backgrounds, ages and abilities helping them to make progress and foster an enjoyment for the piano and music as a whole.

Since completing my Masters in Composition (graduating with distinction) and Bachelor of Music (2:1) at Newcastle University in the UK, I have gone on to explore music in a variety of ways:

:: I taught classroom music in the top 2 achieving schools in the North of England, and was Assistant Director of Music responsible for creating an engaging curriculum across the whole school (K-12 equivalent). I have conducted Jazz Bands, Symphony Orchestras and choirs, you name it!

:: As a composer I regularly write music for my students to play. I have written music for film scores and television series and adverts. a few examples can be seen/heard here: and

:: I have conducted choirs, orchestras and jazz ensembles.

:: I regularly accompany choirs and soloists.

:: As a performer I have had residency in various establishments in the North of England, performing as a soloist or as part of an ensemble. I have also played the organ for special occasions and church services.

:: As a piano and clarinet teacher I arrange resources for my students to access easily, and tailor them to suit their needs. I have hosted recitals and concerts for my students if that is something they would be interested in. I have had pupils as young as 4 years old right up to being as young as 78 years old(!). I always aim to ensure that our lessons are instructive, fulfilling and interesting.

I would be delighted to help you or a family member discover music and foster an enjoyment for the best hobby/subject in the world.


:: I am classically trained to Grade 8+ (ABRSM, UK, c. grade 10 RCM equivalent).
:: I am able to develop superb technique in my student's performance.
:: I am flexible in offering students the choice to play what they like, whilst maintaining the best posture/technique and developing a deeper musical awareness.
:: I am able to accompany my students and offer accompanist for choirs/soloists alike
:: I can improvise in jazz, blues, folk and pop idioms.
:: I compose regularly in a variety of different ways, using manuscript, pen and paper, or using software and industry standard techniques to create a professional product. I encourage students to create their own music, using whatever method they would like to explore.
:: I would be delighted to work with a student who is keen to develop their musical skills in any of these areas.

Lesson details

Depending on the level you are at, I would ultimately aim each lesson to be tailored around your individual needs. If, for instance, a certain technical aspect reared its head in our lesson, I would not be afraid to spend the time needed to help you understand how to tackle and overcome that issue. Generally speaking:

:: Playing is the important thing and always the centre of each lesson.
:: Sight reading and aural awareness of the music is important.
:: Technique such as scales, arpeggios and method studies are there to help support the repertoire you are learning.
:: Theory and analysis is there to support and deepen your understanding of the music
:: Composition and creativity (including improvisation) is included and encouraged if the student wishes!

I always encourage my students to have a practise notebook in which I make a quick note as to what you should be focussing your time on during the week between lessons.

Education and Accreditation

Master's of Music with Honours (MMus, Hons) - Distinction - Newcastle University, United Kingdom
Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA, Hons) - 2:1 - Newcastle University, United Kingdom
Teaching Qualification Specialising in Secondary Music (GTP) - Northumbria University, United Kingdom


I began lessons with Chris on my retirement as an absolute beginner, with little confidence, with the goal of being...


more than 10 years


$50 - $59


Monday 8am - 9pm
Tuesday 8am - 9pm
Wednesday 8am - 9pm
Thursday 8am - 1pm
Friday 8am - 7pm
Saturday 10am - 2pm
Sunday N/A - N/A

Teaching location

Students Home
Teachers Studio


Chamber Music
Childrens Music
Rhythm and Blues


Alfred Method
BC Conservatory of Music
Bastien Method
Canada Conservatory
Clark Method
Faber and Faber
London College of Music
Pace Method
Royal Conservatory of Music
Robyn Method
Rote Method
Music Pups®
Trinity College London
Thompson Method

Instruments and Subjects

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

Levels taught


Type of students

Young Adults