Nestled in the foothills with a breathtaking view of the Rockies, FortePiano Studio is located in my home 2 km west of Turner Valley, Alberta.
Teaching piano has been my passion for the last nine years, but it took me awhile to realize I could turn this passion into the amazing career that it is. After pursuing midwifery at Mount Royal University I turned to early childhood education, a field in which I worked as both an infant and toddler caregiver and a preschool teacher. But the piano kept pulling me back, and in 2016 FortePiano Studio was born. The variety of ages and levels that a piano teacher encounters (I've taught students from beginner to Level 9, from ages 2 to 76!) is a challenge I thrive on meeting.
Having recently achieved First Class Honors with Distinction for Level 10 Piano and Theory and First Class Honors with Distinction for my ARCT in Elementary Pedagogy, I am continuing on the path toward becoming a fully certified teacher with the RCM. In addition,I am a recipient of scholarships in piano performance, harmony, and pedagogy, the accompanist for a local choir, and extended executive for the local chapter of the Alberta Piano Teachers Association.
I love teaching piano and would love the opportunity to work with you or your child! To arrange a meeting or trial lesson, use the contact information below.
The ability to create music is an incredible gift that speaks across language, age, and experience.
My lessons are not limited to what's on the page but explore all the domains of music, including improvisation, composition, playing by ear, lead sheets, and chording. We get up to move and sing with activities inspired by Kodaly, Dalcroze eurhythmics, and Music Learning Theory. Theory is taught through colorful and zany off-the-bench games, iPad apps like GarageBand and Flashnote Derby, analysis of current repertoire, and composition projects, as well as traditional workbooks. As a strong believer in the importance of good technique right from the beginning, my teaching is influenced by my medical background in anatomy and physiology as well as by courses I have taken in body mapping and Alexander Technique. My students enjoy a broad palette of repertoire choices, from blues and jazz to Classical to pop to contemporary, and I enjoy finding music to inspire them with.
Most importantly, I appreciate and celebrate the individuality of each of my students. Where learning stalls, I alter my approach. It is my goal to establish a strong musical foundation in my students, and to inspire them with a love of music that they will carry forever.
Location & Contact Information
208134 424 Ave W
Turner Valley, Alberta