Why study with me?

I don't normally talk about my qualifications in great detail, but perhaps this is the right time ...

I have decades of teaching experience. I started teaching private piano and music theory lessons in the mid-1990s in Toronto, and since 2002 I have taught music theory and composition courses, as well as private lessons, at five different universities and colleges in Canada and the United States. 

I have successfuly guided students through bachelors, masters and doctoral composition programs, as well as the preparation of composition portfolios, or piano auditions, for entry into university or conservatory programmes.


But despite my teaching experience, I am well aware of the cliché:


"Those who can, do, and those who can't, teach."


This may be true for some, but it is by no means universal. I 'do' and 'teach,' and I believe that is what gives my teaching value.  


Lessons ...


Are you interested in learning to play the piano? Do you already play, or used to in the past, and would like to continue with a new teacher? Whatever your level, from absolute beginner to advanced conservatory repertoire, I am able to offer you guidance ...

I have taught students as young as 5 years old, to senior citizens. 





Are you interested in composing music but don't quite know where or how to start?

Are you already composing and are looking for a fresh pair of ears and eyes?
Whatever your style or goals, I can tailor lessons to suit your needs.




Music theory


Are you curious about how music works? Are you looking to continue studies in music theoyr, analysis, counterpoint, orchestration? Or are you studying to enter a music programme and would like some giuidance to prepare? Whether you are looking for basic western music theory knowledge (e.g., for pop music, or casual playing, composing, or improvising) or more advanced tonal or non-tonal analytical skills, I can work with you at whatever level you wish.




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