I am an Accredited Music Therapist (MTA) with the Canadian Association of Music Therapists and a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. I hold a Bachelor of Music in Piano and Voice Performance from West Virginia University, a Master of Music in Collaborative Piano from Bowling Green State University, and a Master of Music Therapy from Wilfrid Laurier University.
As a music educator and coach-accompanist, I specialize in voice and piano instruction, lyric diction, accompanying, and chamber music coaching. I typically use classical, musical theatre, and traditional/folk repertoire in my teaching, and place an equal emphasis on both technique and musical expression. While I have had the honour of successfully preparing students for and guiding them through their university music studies, I am also equally versed in teaching young children and adults. Over the last fifteen years, I have held teaching and coach-accompanist positions at several Malaysian institutions: UCSI University, Bentley Music Academy, Nexus International School, and the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre.
My interest in music and wellness developed while teaching disadvantaged and refugee youth in Malaysia. I have since practiced music therapy in acute medical care, inpatient mental health, and community settings; using music as a therapeutic medium to address physical, emotional, cognitive, communicative, social, and spiritual needs. My clinical experience includes mental health, developmental disabilities, and cancer and palliative care.
Working with individuals and supporting them to reach their full potential has always been my personal interest. In this sense, my approach to teaching and therapy is similar. Just as it brings me joy to see students discover their love for music and develop as a musician, it brings me fulfilment to see clients discover themselves in a different way and develop strengths to overcome life’s challenges. Whether it is to find the voice you thought you never had, to learn more efficient practice techniques at the piano, or to seek well-being and personal growth through music, I am happy to meet your needs!
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