My musical roots can be traced back to the Bradley Institute of Music in Niagara Falls, where I began studying classical piano and violin at the age of six. I grew up in the Niagara Region performing in numerous piano recitals, and as a piano accompanist in my local parish church. My teaching experiences began as a young assistant with group violin lessons.
I received a scholarship from the Bradley Institute for musical study in post-secondary education, and continued music education at Wilfrid Laurier University. I studied piano under Canadian Pianist James Parker, completing an Honours Bachelor of Music Comprehensive-Music Education degree, and a Minor in Psychology. Following graduation, I taught for the Merriam School of Music and thereafter completed a Bachelor of Education at the University of Western Ontario.
Over the course of my career I have taught over 12 years as an Elementary School Teacher, using music as a tool for teaching and learning while enhancing the overall development of my students. My musical teaching experiences also include directing school choirs, teaching band, voice, recorder, and theory. In addition, I have taught private piano lessons for many years in the Kitchener-Waterloo area.
I have a keen interest in Early Childhood Music Education, particularly the effects of music on child development. I have taught Music and Movement Classes for families and their children from birth to 5 years.
I hold additional certificates in Elementary Piano teaching through the Royal Conservatory of Music and Early Childhood Music Together Teacher Training. I participate in ongoing professional development through RCM pedagogy courses and I enjoy taking classical voice lessons.
A positive student-teacher relationship is the most crucial aspect of successful private piano lessons.
My goal is to enhance the lives of students of all ages, by inspiring a love of music while developing creative, well rounded musicians.
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