Composer of the month – Catherine Rollin

Hello Everyone! It’s been a year since my last blog post, and as we near the start of the school year again in a few weeks (eek!), I would like to begin to post on a more regular basis. I have been busy attending workshops, masterclasses, conferences, reading other blog posts, tuning pianos,  and connectingContinue reading “Composer of the month – Catherine Rollin”

How to survive a jazz concert

This is part of an ongoing series of posts where I will explain what to expect when attending a live concert.  Music is best experienced firsthand, and depending on the genre, what’s expected for the concert-goer can be quite varied. Here are my thoughts on attending an Jazz Concert in Vancouver. What is a jazzContinue reading “How to survive a jazz concert”

How to Read Music like a Pro – Part 3 (last)

In Part 1 of How to Read Music like a Pro, I talked about what sight reading is, why it’s important, and why it’s a common challenge for many musicians. In Part 2 of How to Read Music like a Pro, I mentioned the most common sight reading books used by teachers, and how toContinue reading “How to Read Music like a Pro – Part 3 (last)”

How to Read Music like a Pro – Part 2

In my previous post, I talked about what sight reading is, why it’s important, and why it’s such a challenge for many musicians. In Part 2 of How to Read Music like a Pro, I will mention the most common sight reading books used by teachers, and how to choose the material that is rightContinue reading “How to Read Music like a Pro – Part 2”

The Amabilis Singers

On Saturday, May 4th, I had the opportunity to attend a concert by the Amabilis Singers (tickets courtesy of a thoughtful friend, D). The concert took place at New Westminster Christian Reform Church, which was a nice, 15 min. walk from home. As I entered the church, I was impressed by the beautiful organ inContinue reading “The Amabilis Singers”

Masterclass with Dina Yoffe

I had the opportunity to attend a masterclass by Dina Yoffe last week.  A masterclass is like a special piano lesson with a well-known performer, in front of an audience.  The students who were chosen for the masterclass had to undergo an audition, so the teacher mainly works to polish  and refine their playing. DinaContinue reading “Masterclass with Dina Yoffe”

Meeting Christopher Norton

Last December (only a month ago) I had the opportunity to meet living breathing composer Christopher Norton ( I say that because many of my students can’t believe that there are composers who are alive today!). If that name sounds familiar, that’s because you can find his works in the Royal Conservatory syllabus for pianoContinue reading “Meeting Christopher Norton”

Jon Kimura Parker’s Rendition of Brahm’s “Piano Concerto No. 2”

In watching some videos on YouTube from performances from renowned pianists, I came across Jon Kimura Parker’s performance on Brahm’s ‘Piano Concerto No. 2’. It is a truly magnificent work: He will be performing at Vancouver Symphony Orchestra this Saturday, 19 January and Monday, 21 Monday. Get your tickets. If you are 30 and under,Continue reading “Jon Kimura Parker’s Rendition of Brahm’s “Piano Concerto No. 2””