I started my music education at the age of nine with a wonderful piano teacher who instilled in me a life-long love of music. As a teenager I added cello and flute to my musical repertoire but the piano remains my first love. In fact I resumed lessons as an adult and completed my Royal Conservatory of Music Grade 10 examination and the requisite theory and music history.
I discovered MYC in 1995 when I registered my oldest child in the program. I found it an amazingly innovative way to teach music to young children and both my son and I enjoyed it immensely. Three of my four children are graduates (the fourth went directly to violin lessons and I have always regretted that she didn’t do MYC first!). I firmly believed in the curriculum and the merits of the MYC approach long before I began to teach it. While I enjoyed being a teacher of adults for 15 years as a prenatal educator, teaching music to children is so wonderful and rewarding and has given me the opportunity to combine two of my passions: music and children. In addition to teaching the MYC method I teach private students in several schools in the Limestone District School Board and the Algonquin & Lakeshore Catholic District School Board and in my home studio.
I am the studio coordinator and share my studio space at 1212 Woodbine Road in the Kingston Christian School with Tanya Bezanson. We are able to offer classes Monday through Saturday at many convenient times. Our philosophy toward teaching is to make the experience both fun and enjoyable for the student and parent while developing a firm, fundamental understanding of music.
Music has always been an important part of my life. Born and raised in the Kingston area, I started my first musical training at the age of 5, with the Suzuki piano program. Throughout public and high school I continued to pursue piano and many other instruments as well. I completed my Grade 10 Royal Conservatory in piano and furthered my studies by completing my Bachelor of Music at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating I became the musical director for a local church as well as offering private piano lessons.
I completed my Music for Young Children training in 1997 and have been teaching the program ever since. I also teach private piano at several schools in the Limestone District School Board and the Algonquin & Lakeshore Catholic District School Board, as well as maintaining a studio for private students in my home.
Music continues to be a strong passion of mine, and now, as the mother of two young children who have graduated from the MYC program, I am thrilled to pass on this wonderful love of music to all of my students as we continue to make the "happy habit of learning music".