first of all I want to thank everyone for a very successful year last year. Our house was always bustling with activity. Although we thought we would stay on the west coast, we ended up moving to Toronto since I am now attending the University of Toronto out here as a DMA student. Looks like we’ll be setting up shop here and attempting to enrich young lives here this year.
Changes: We no longer offer Violin and Viola lessons since our friend Thomas still lives in Vancouver. In the off chance you move out there, go see him. He’s great!
We will be teaching the following:
- Theory Rudiments: Kristie works with this using fun games, tutorial exercises, flash cards, and the whole gamut. The idea is to hold the young ones attention.
- Piano: Beginner and Intermediate. Kristie specializes in Beginners and she has many creative methodologies for working with students as young as 5. She also is comfortable teaching up to about grade 5 or 6 RCM. I can also teach but I only work with piano students when absolutely necesary because . . .
I teach the rest!!
- Electric Guitar: Rock guitar with a focus on building chops and learning how to improvise. Sign up if you are prepared to work and want to see results. The idea is to get students ready to play in a band or maybe even enter a university program in the future, if this is what is desired.
- Acoustic Guitar: Again, a focus on chops and improvising. The idea is to learn how music works and how to play in a way that compliments other musicians.
- Bass Guitar: Bass guitar is a unique instrument as the primary function is rhythm. Unbeknownst to many, the function of pitch on a bass guitar is only secondary to the time keeping potential of this great instrument. A good drummer is a good bassists best friend as they both have the task of ‘locking in’ with one another and becoming a single unit. Bass chops and licks are great, but you really have to get the rhythm part of things down to be a great bassist. My goal is to help bassists become great assets and desirable commodities within the local band scene!
- Cello: Beginner and Intermediate. I have classical training on the cello so I can teach RCM style, Suzuki Style, or even rock / improv techniques. Whatever is desirable to the student.
- Composition: This is my expertise. I can teach beginner, intermediate, and advanced right up until undergrad level composition. I have a year of experience working with first year undergrads at UBC and I’m sure I can help many young aspiring composers learn the skills they need to go on and become professionals. I can also help learn the finer points of Finale notation. I know this is a tricky program to use but it really is a powerful and flexible notation tool as well! Want help with your songwriting, or maybe you want to create the next symphony epic. I’d be glad to help with either!!
- As part of the work with composition, I also teach theory elements as they relate to composition. This is all part of having a loaded toolkit for creating great music!