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Vashti Fairbairn

New Westminster BC | V3M 6B9

About me

Vashti Fairbairn is a teacher, pianist and collaborator. Vashti is an active musical director in Vancouver, performing in theatres all across the lower mainland, including: Gateway Theatre, Metro Theatre, Surrey Art Center, Shadbolt Center, Waterfront Theatre, Jericho Arts Centre and more. Recent musical direction credits include such recent shows as; The Gondoliers (FVGSS), The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Little Shop of Horrors (FCP). She has gathered five nominations and two wins for CTC’s “Best Musical Director” award, as well as one nomination for an Ovation award in the same category.

Vashti performs professionally throughout the Vancouver area, BC and the United States. She works both as soloist and band member in groups such as, the wedding cover band Guilty Pleasure, a jazz/pop saxophone/piano duo Bluesette and the international traditional jazz band Big Bang Jazz Band. Vashti is a frequent pianist for festivals, university courses (Vancouver Film School and Capilano University respectfully), choirs, music exams, master classes, auditions and church services.

As a teacher, she honed her skills with studies at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, the Royal Conservatory of Music and Capilano University. Vashti has previously enjoyed being on faculty at Gateway Theatre Academy, Burnaby Montessori and Western Conservatory of Music. Vashti is excited to bring her love of music and theatre to New Westminster with Music Box! ~ Vashti.ca ~ www.musicboxnw.ca

Specialties

Piano Lessons
Beginner-Advanced lessons for all ages. Classical-Pop-Jazz.

Theory Tutoring
Private theory lessons at Music Box
Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) levels:
Preliminary Rudiments
Grade 1 Rudiments
Grade 2 Rudiments
Grade 3 Harmony
Grade 4 Harmony
Grade 3 Keyboard Harmony [Introductory]
Grade 4 Keyboard Harmony [Intermediate]
Grade 5 Keyboard Harmony [Advanced]

Musicianship
Sight Singing, Ear Training, Rhythm, Sight Reading

Mock RCM Piano Exams/Entrance Auditions

Vocal Coaching
Diction, Interpretation, Repertoire building, Recital and Audition preparation

Lesson details

PIANO LESSONS (for ages 4.5 and up)
I teach a variety of styles from classical to popular music. Whether you want to learn Bach or Alicia Keys, I am happy to help you become the pianist you want to be. I will show you the fundamentals of sight reading, technique and theory but will also incorporate your favourite songs into your lessons. You do not have to have a piano at home to take lessons. A simple full size electronic keyboard will suffice for the first 6 months. I have a have warm personality and enjoy sharing my love for the piano with students of all ages.

Education and Accreditation

DipMus (Kwantlen Polytechnic University)
2 years – Jazz Studies (Capilano University)
Kelly Kirby Teacher’s Certificate
Elementary Piano Pedagogy Certificate (Royal Conservatory of Music)
Intermediate Piano Pedagogy Certificate (Royal Conservatory of Music)
Best Musical Director - Community Theatre Coalition - 5 nominations, 2 wins
Best Musical Director - Ovation Awards - 1 nomination

Testimonials

He had a such a good time with you @ Music Box he’s asking to come back ASAP! – Karin
She’s already...

Music Box is a fantastic academy providing kids the opportunity to gain confidence and joy in their musical...

Experience

more than 10 years

Rates

$40 - $49

Availability

Monday 11am - 8pm
Tuesday 11am - 8pm
Wednesday 11am - 8pm
Thursday 11am - 8pm
Friday 11am - 7pm
Saturday 11am - 3pm
Sunday N/A - N/A

Teaching location

Teachers Studio

Genre

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

Methods

Alfred Method
Faber and Faber
Kelly Kirby
Royal Conservatory of Music

Instruments and Subjects

accordion
piano
speech arts and drama
theory – harmony
theory – rudiments
voice

Levels taught

Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced

Type of students

Children
Young Adults
Adults
Seniors

Languages

English