Composer(s) of the month – the Bastiens

Composer(s) for August…the Bastiens! Background One of the first books I was taught from was James Bastien’s series “Bastien Piano Basics”. As a result, when I first started teaching piano, these were my “go-to” books. I used Bastien’s Primer A and B books for young beginners, and continued with book 1, 2, 3. Meanwhile, I … More Composer(s) of the month – the Bastiens

Composer of the month – Melody Bober

  The composer for July is…Melody Bober! Background Melody Bober is a pianist, teacher, composer, and clinician. She has a degree in music education from the University of Illinois and a masters degree from Minnesota State University. She has taught music in the public school and university level. I attended Melody Bober’s exhibitor showcase the … More Composer of the month – Melody Bober

Composer of the month -Irina Gorin

Composer of the month of June…Irina Gorin! Background Irina Gorin was born in Kiev, Ukraine, and holds Masters Degrees in Piano Performance, Piano Pedagogy, Chamber Ensemble, and Accompaniment.  She comes from the “Russian School of Piano Playing” known for its impeccable technique, musicality, and the strict discipline required to follow this method. After moving to … More Composer of the month -Irina Gorin

Composer of the month – Andrew Harbridge

Composer of the month May…Andrew Harbridge Background Andrew Harbridge is a composer, clinician, examiner, and the music director at Park Street Baptist Church. Andrew lives in Peterborough, Ontario. I first came across his music several years ago when I began exploring the Conservatory Canada syllabus. Many students (especially boys!) LOVE playing his music, which ranges … More Composer of the month – Andrew Harbridge

Composer of the month – Debra Wanless

Composer of March…Debra Wanless! Background Debra Wanless is a pedagogy specialist who is the principal and founding member of the Northern Lights Canadian National Conservatory of Music. This music conservatory is unique in that it features only Canadian composers; therefore the content is entirely Canadian! She is also the founder of a piano pedagogy symposium called “Summer … More Composer of the month – Debra Wanless

Composer of the month – Phillip Keveren

Composer for February…Phillip Keveren! Background Phil Keveren  is an American pianist and composer. He is a co-author of the popular Hal Leonard Student Piano Library method books (see photo below).  His “The Philip Keveren Series” are very popular. These books are arrangements of popular, religious, traditional tunes – the music that you often hear, yet … More Composer of the month – Phillip Keveren

Composer of the month – Christine Donkin

Composer for January…Christine Donkin! Background Christine Donkin was born in northwestern Alberta, and studied music composition at the University of Alberta and the University of British Columbia. She composes choral, chamber, and orchestral works, and has written several volumes of pedagogical books for the piano, violin, and double bass. I met Christine in 2012 at … More Composer of the month – Christine Donkin