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“Don’t quit piano; what if you want to teach?” said my father to my teenage self when I told him I wanted to quit lessons to play sports. My response was, “Never!”

After the much-needed break, I kept drifting back to music and lessons during post-secondary studies. And after working for a number of years as an administrative assistant, I completed the Piano Teacher’s Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Now I have over 25 years of teaching experience, and have maintained a busy private studio in Ottawa since 2002. In 2020 the studio moved to online and has continued to grow. I have had the privilege of coaching musicians from beginner to established teachers. As an accompanist I collaborate with instrumentalists and vocalists for auditions, festivals, exams, and recitals. I have volunteered as a church musician. I also work as a studio session musician and enjoy playing keyboards in a band.

In pursuit of teaching excellence I still take lessons and regularly attend workshops, webinars, and master classes. I have completed the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Teaching Online Course and am a Certified Teacher, Advanced Specialist in Piano, Harmony, and History.

Student Successes

ORMTA Ottawa Keyboard Harmony Scholarships

  • 2022 Intermediate Keyboard Harmony – Evelyn Campbell
  • 2021 Intermediate Keyboard Harmony – Jenny Zhang
  • 2019 Junior Keyboard Harmony – Yuan Linda Tang
  • 2017 Junior Keyboard Harmony – Tracey Yu
  • 2014 Intermediate Keyboard Harmony – Katerina Paravalos

RCM Provincial Gold Medal

  • 2018 Intermediate Piano Pedagogy – Sarah Daly