I am passionate about helping musicians learn flute, piano or music theory. Each student receives a program that specifically caters to their needs and desires including style of music, preparing for festivals, honour band, Royal Conservatory Exams or university entrance auditions.
What I Offer
LESSONS OFFERED IN STUDIO OR REMOTELY
FLUTE - BEGINNER THROUGH ARCT LEVEL (ADVANCED PERFORMER/TEACHER)
PIANO - BEGINNER THROUGH LEVEL 8 RCM
THEORY - BEGINNER THROUGH LEVEL 9 HARMONY AND HISTORY
TEACHER OF FLUTE, PIANO AND THEORY
Weekly lessons given in music to help students reach their goal, whether it is learning a certain curriculum, preparing for festivals, honour bands or an exam. Many students have been accepted into universities including McGill, Acadia, Brandon, CMU, and University of Manitoba. Students have successfully auditioned for Manitoba Honour Bands at all levels, National Youth Band, and Winnipeg Youth Orchestras. RCM has also awarded many of my students the Gold Medal for their high level in examination performance.
MASTERCLASS INSTRUCTOR, CLINICIAN AND ADJUDICATOR
Teaching masterclasses, working with students in a band camp setting or adjudicating at various festivals including Syrinx Flute Festival, Solo and Ensemble Festival and the Associated Manitoba Arts Festivals. I have also taken the adjudicator training course through the Associated Manitoba Arts Festivals.
Playing for various functions such as weddings or special events.
I have the privilege of organizing the annual Syrinx Flute Festival along with colleagues Laurel Ridd and Layla Roberts. I am also the secretary treasurer for the Manitoba Registered Music Teachers' Association.
I received my Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Music (flute performance) from the University of Winnipeg in conjunction with Concord College. I also hold an Associate in Music as a Flute Performer from the Western Board of Music.
I am a Certified Teacher with the Royal Conservatory of Music with the designations of Intermediate Specialist of Piano, Advanced Specialist of Flute, and Intermediate Specialist of Theory.
I am also a registered teacher with the Manitoba Registered Music Teachers' Association and the Canadian Registered Music Teachers' Association.
I am passionate about teaching flute, piano and theory. I strive to teach in a way that fosters a well-rounded program for growth in each student’s musical learning. My past teachers created a caring and safe environment in which to learn, and I strive to continue this tradition. Each lesson is taught in a positive yet challenging way that cheerleads a student’s effort. I recognize that every student approaches music lessons differently - each one has their own particular interests and passions, learning style, and commitment level. My job is to find out how best to help each student attain their goals.
My objective as a teacher is to educate well-rounded musicians. This includes teaching level-appropriate repertoire from a variety of eras and musical styles, building technical skills to provide a proper foundation and encouraging students to express their own creativity in the music they play. Sight reading, ear training, music theory and history are all included in weekly lessons. I predominately use Faber’s Adventure Series for beginning piano students, RCM’s Celebration Series for pianists in Elementary levels and beyond, and RCM’s Overtone series for flutists. I encourage students to play in recitals, festivals and examinations to grow in performance opportunities, receive feedback, maintain motivation and track progress.
Each lesson begins with a warm up incorporating technique, including scales, chords, and a discussion of finding the best physical gestures in approaching technical challenges. Next, we review material the student has worked on during the week and correct any necessary issues that may have arisen. We then continue to learn new sections of the pieces through any of the following methods: clapping, singing, demonstrating, echoing, researching, analyzing and polishing. Sight playing is our next area of focus, where we stress the importance of steady tempo, accurate rhythms, musical markings and note accuracy. Aural skills of intervalic recognition, clap backs, and play backs are reviewed. More advanced players also listen to and identify chord progressions and cadences. Students often have an ongoing composition, which we review, tweak and discuss in order to further progress in their writing. At the end of each lesson, homework is assigned and clearly laid out with appropriate steps to follow throughout the week for successful practicing.
Similar to a personal trainer, I am constantly assessing growing musicians and helping them to reach their full potential in their areas of strength, while encouraging growth in their areas of weakness. I offer challenges, motivate, inspire and give guidelines for how best to achieve success in the various aspects of musical training. Students all vary in what they want to accomplish through our lesson time. Because of this, what music we use can be flexible; students often bring in extra pieces, band assignments, or a pop song that they are excited to learn. If a student feels invested in the music they are learning, they will apply themselves more readily and find new ways to express their creativity.
I encourage my students to set short and long term goals and make a realistic plan on how to achieve these. Small choices add up; persistence and dedication are required on a weekly basis. I want each student to feel a sense of accomplishment; to be proud of what they have achieved through hard work, and to experience the joy that ultimately comes from pushing through when the going gets tough. Human tendency is to get distracted when the newness of something wears off. Music presents the opportunity to keep pushing on, flexing the muscles of grit and determination. Balance is necessary in life and I try to help my students focus on what needs to be a priority. I also push students to accomplish more than they ever thought possible.
I have completed the intermediate piano pedagogy course through RCM’s teacher services. I am thrilled to implement new teaching strategies to help the musicians I am privileged to have the opportunity to work with each week. My hope for each student is that after their formal music lessons are over, they will be able to enjoy playing music for the rest of their lives and know that the study of music impacted them positively in shaping who they have become.