Our teachers take great pride in stimulating a student’s interest in music while simultaneously building a musical foundation associated with technique, sight reading and listening skills. We strive to make music learning an interesting and enjoyable process. To achieve such goals, we employ creative approaches to introducing musical concepts, such as musical games for young beginners or using computer games to reinforce music rudiments.
We believe in the importance of applying singing and theory to performance preparation and ear training. We’ve also discovered that the study of music theory plays an essential role in developing musicianship and performance skills. Studying theory starts alongside with practical work.
Wiwin Rosiana B.Mus, BCRMTA
Wiwin Rosiana, holds a Bachelor of Music majoring in piano performance. She is also a member of British Columbia Music Teacher Association, and achieved Grade 4 in Yamaha Electone (in Yamaha method, Grade 13 as the commencement level, and grade 1 is the highest level). She has a rich teaching experience both in group and private settings. Her teaching experience has spanned over a decade where she has had experience teaching the acclaimed Yamaha method. The Yamaha method is a system specialized in child music education with a philosophy tending towards group lessons. Because of her expertise in this area she has worked as an adjudicator for this method. She held a key position at Yayasan Musik Indonesia, an exclusive program which gives much support to new teachers. While there, she taught her students while being observed by upcoming Yamaha teachers.
Besides working a busy schedule through the Yamaha method, Wiwin has also taught privately for the best part of eight years. For twenty years, her musical training has focused on Yamaha method, a system based on aural (pitch discrimination) and rhythmic training that leads to a student’s ability to put chords into a melody and to improvise and compose. During Ms. Rosiana’s post-secondary musical education, she studied Jazz piano, theory and musical arranging, that being said, her primary training has centered on classical music. As a music student, she has won several scholarships. She appeared as a soloist with the West Coast symphony and Sinfonia (now Lions Gate Sinfonia), while also cultivating her reputation as a soloist.
*Private Piano Lesson rate: $60/hour.
Jacky Mak B.Mus
Jacky Mak, holds a Bachelor of Music majoring in piano performance. During his post-secondary education, Mr. Mak has won several scholarships. Although Mr. Mak’s training focuses primarily on Western Classical Art music, he also studied Jazz piano. Mr. Mak feels strongly about the role that music history and music theory plays in developing musicianship and performance skills. He continues to actively research these topics. Mr. Mak is fully qualified to teach the Royal Conservatory of Music theory and history curriculum. After studying and playing piano for many years, Mr. Mak recognizes that virtuosity can be ingrained by precise instruction and demonstration. He is particularly fascinated by the scientific approach to piano technique offered by the Taubman method. Because of his vast knowledge on history, theory and piano technique, he actively instructs masterclasses for his students.
Many of his students go on to participate in the Royal Conservatory of Music examinations and some of them would also compete in local music festivals such as the Vancouver Kiwanis music festival. As a piano teacher, he is captivated by new pedagogical methods, specifically, applying technology to piano education. As a result, Mr. Mak began to employ different IOS applications to his studio, such as drum machines and ear training applications. For the last few years, he has been applying this technology to his private as well as group lesson situations.
*Private Piano Lesson rate: $60/hour.
Laurence O’Sullivan, Bachelor of Music
Since obtaining his degree in music at the University of Chichester, he has taught guitar and music theory to young children and adults within his community in Oxfordshire, independently on a one-to-one basis; he has played the guitar for over ten years in a range of styles, most notably: rock, jazz and classical. At university, he specialised in composition, where he became fascinated in how music plays a key role in the way that emotions get portrayed to the viewer on the big screen. In addition to this, he took modules on the ‘Lifemusic’ technique. He completed this course by instructing a series of such workshops at a community centre for a large group of participants with learning difficulties and/or physical disabilities.
Kylie Fonacier, Bachelor of Music