Calgary AB | T2Z0W8
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: chrismcguiremusic.com and soundcloud.com/chris-mcguire-music
:: 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.
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
Monday 8am - 9pm
Tuesday 8am - 9pm
Wednesday 8am - 9pm
Thursday 8am - 1pm
Friday 8am - 7pm
Saturday 10am - 2pm
Sunday N/A - N/A