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Brenda Chan

An accomplished performer and a seasoned music educator, Ms Chan has over 20 years of experience in teaching music to young children. She is keen on motivating children by using different tactics through careful planning. She believes that children’s natural inclination to music can be served as a tool to unlock their full potential.

A graduate of University of Toronto and University of Western Ontario, Ms Chan holds a Master Degree of Music in Piano Performance, Licentiate of Trinity College and Licentiate of Royal Schools of Music, England. She has also held solo recitals in Hong Kong, Canada and Italy, and appeared as soloist with Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra, Toronto. Ms Chan also holds a Master of Social Science in Applied Psychology from City University of Hong Kong.

Credentials: M.Mus., M.Sc., B.Mus., LTCL, LRSM

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Sophia Chan

Sophia Chan holds First Class Honours in ARCT Piano Performance and in the ARCT Teacher’s written exam. During her piano studies, she won several awards in music festivals, and was a regional representative at the 1998 O.R.M.T.A. Provincial Competition. Sophia’s continued interests in piano music teaching has drawn her to pursue a full-time career not related to, though enriched by, her Hons. B. Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Toronto. She has also obtained the ARCT in Piano Pedagogy with Jimmy Chan, having completed the program’s Elementary, Intermediate & Advanced Certificates.

Credentials: M.Sc., ARCT.

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David Chang

David finished his ARCT Performance with first class honours and won numerous Kiwanis awards along the way. He studied at York University, specializing in piano performance, piano collaboration and conducting. David is also one of the official collaborative pianists of York University, participating in recitals, classes, examinations and competitions. Every year, he collaborates with musicians of all ages for different regional, provincial and national competitions, such as Canadian Music Competition, Kiwanis Festival, Markham Music Festival, and more.

David has been teaching piano for more than a decade. Thanks to his enthusiastic, positive and supportive character, David’s students display a passion for music and demonstrate great technical and musical achievements. He believes that a passion for learning is the greatest motivator towards success.

Credentials: ARCT, B.A.Math

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Nancy Cheung
Piano, Theory

Nancy graduated from the Faculty of Music at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and holds First-class Honors in Theory Research and Piano Performance. She is a proficient piano teacher in both Hong Kong and Canada with over 15 years of experience, and her students have won competitions in major music festivals such as Kiwanis and CMC and have achieved outstanding examination results. Nancy believes that music education adds value to one’s life and her teaching approach emphasizes the development of self-discipline, the ability to focus, and the appreciation of arts.

In addition to classical music, Nancy is also actively involved in contemporary church music, improvisation and accompaniment.

Nancy’s students received First Class Honours with distinction at RCM piano examination. And also numerous students received 100% in RCM Rudiments and History examination.

Credentials: B.Mus., LTCL.

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Yucca Chiu

Yucca holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Performance and Pedagogy, and an ATCL Performer’s Diploma in Pianoforte from Hong Kong Baptist University and Trinity College of Music in London respectively. She has privately taught piano for more than 20 years, and her students have achieved First Class Honours with Distinction at the Royal Conservatory of Music exams. Yucca’s performance experience includes conducting school and church choirs, accompanying ballet school exams classes, and performing as a soloist for various recitals and ceremonies. She has also studied master classes under notable pianists. Overall, Yucca is an experienced teacher well versed in both solo and collaborative performance.

Credentials: B.A.(Honours), ATCL

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May Chown

With many years of teach experience, May will work with your child to acquire excellent piano skills. She enjoys teaching young children, teenagers and adults of all ages. She is well qualified to make learning piano a happy and successful experience. She is a graduate from Queen’s University with a degree in Bachelor of Education. She has specialized training for early childhood piano with the Suzuki Method. She also has advanced training with the Royal Conservatory of Music. She has been a private piano teacher for over 30 years, with experience teaching in a school environment as well. Her students consistently do well in competitions, with some receiving musical scholarships. She enjoys making learning fun, and is looking forward to working with your children.

Credentials: B.A.,B.Ed.

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Eva Chu
Piano, Flute

Eva graduated from York University with a Bachelor Degree, major in flute and piano. For more than a decade of teaching experience, Eva’s students received outstanding awards and achievements from RCM Examinations, Kiwanis Music Festivals and Markham Music Festivals.

RCM Silver & Gold Medalists:
2009 – Student received Gr.4 RCM Silver Medal in flute for the highest exam grade in Ontario
2013 – Student received Gr.2 RCM Gold Medal in flute for the highest exam grade in Ontario

Credentials: B.A., ARCT in Piano and Flute

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Diana Goutkin

Diana Goutkin graduated from the Moscow State Music College and completed her Bachelor of Arts in Moscow Pedagogical University. She developed her pedagogical approach in Canada through the study of various teaching methods such as Suzuki, Yamaha, and Carl Orff.

With over 15 years of teaching experience, Diana strives to help students build their technical ability and instil a variety of musical knowledge. Additionally, she emphasizes the importance of creativity and expresses a passion for playing music. Her students have participated in different competitions and Royal Conservatory of Music Examinations, and achieved outstanding results.

Credentials: B.A.

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Angel He

Angel holds a Bachelors of Music degree with Honours from University of Toronto Faculty of Music, specializing in the Music Education program majoring in Piano. Angel’s interests in her undergraduate education remained in music education, especially piano pedagogy. Throughout her studies at the University of Toronto, Angel received several Faculty of Music In-Course Scholarships and Awards. She was the recipient of the Kenneth and Helen Bray Scholarship in Music Education in 2013, the Percy Faith Award in 2014, and the William Croombs Memorial Scholarship in 2015.

She is enthusiastic about providing music education to people of all ages. Angel strikes a balance between support and challenge in her teaching to engage her students. She wants to share her love for music with others by helping her students achieve artistic excellence, stimulating imagination and creativity, ultimately promoting a lifelong relationship with music and a culture of music appreciation in her students. Outside of lessons, you can find Angel accompanying on the organ at Chinese Martyrs Catholic Church.

Credentials: B.Mus.

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Stephen Ho

Stephen is an experienced and well-rounded musician. He graduated from the Hong Kong Baptist University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theory/Composition, a Master of Arts in Music Education, and obtained the Licentiate Performer’s Diploma (LTCL) from the Trinity College of Music in London. A member of the Ontario Registered Music Teacher’s Association (ORMTA) and the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Associations (CFMTA), Stephen has been involved in the music field for over 20 years and many of his students are now in the music profession. His philosophy is to teach according to each student’s individual strengths and weaknesses, recognizing that everyone has different abilities in different areas. Stephen helps his students develop and refine their strengths to aim at perfection, while encouraging and assisting them to overcome their weaknesses.

Apart from teaching private piano, Stephen was a full time professional teaching staff at the Music Office of the Hong Kong Government for years where he taught musicianship, aural and theory classes from elementary to advanced grades, and accompanied various musical instruments and choirs. He was the manager and accompanist of the Music Office Youth Choir and conductor of the Music Office Children’s Choir.

Credentials: B.A., M.A., LTCL

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Gladys Hung

Gladys taught piano since 1999, and has over 15 years of successful teaching experience.

RCM Silver & Gold Medalists:

2003 – Student received Gr 3 RCM Silver Medal in piano for the highest examination grades in Ontario

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Lydia Ip

Lydia graduated from McMaster University with an Honours Bachelor of Music Degree, majoring in History and Theory. She started as an accompanist for her church choir at the age of 14 and has since been actively participating in church music ministry. Lydia was once a high school music teacher, but with her love of working with children, she developed her profession as a piano teacher and is currently maintaining a home studio for piano and theory. Lydia has been teaching at Pro-Music since 2006. She is a member of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association and the Ontario Music Educators’ Association. Lydia has a special passion for singing, and so actively participates in the Mass Choir with the Association of Toronto Chinese Evangelical Church Musicians (1992 – present) as well as the Alata Harmonia Chorus.

RCM Silver & Gold Medalists:

2003 – Student received Gr 7 RCM Silver Medal in piano for the highest examination grades in Ontario

Credentials: B.Mus.

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Sofia Ip

Sofia received her Bachelor of Arts (specialized Honors in Music) from York University. She also studied piano pedagogy with Mrs. Marina Geringas at the Royal Conservatory of Music. Miss Ip loves working with children of all ages, and she believes that though every child is born with talents, it is the teacher’s job to bring them out. Miss Ip likes to draw inspiration from different methods to make her music lessons interesting and fun for children. She has attended workshops including the Suzuki Piano Method summer program, Mrs. Margaret Huggett’s Orff workshop and Forrest Kinney’s workshop on piano improvisation.

Credentials: B.Mus.,Specialized Honours In Music

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Natalie Ko

Natalie Ko is passionate about teaching music. She holds a Bachelor of Education, a Teacher Certificate in Music, a Piano Advanced Certificate and a Flute Certificate from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. After teaching in a secondary school, she became Director of Music at an elementary school where she worked closely with music teachers to led school choirs, recorder bands, African and Chinese drum bands, piano groups, music festivals and competitions. She has led students and choirs to participate in and win several music festivals and competitions. In the past 10 years, she has served as worship pianist, choir accompanist and choir conductor in church. She is currently completing the Piano Pedagogy Program.

Natalie actively prepares students for piano and theory examinations. Her extensive experiences and teaching skills enhance her students’ interest in music performance. She participates in piano teaching seminars to gain new techniques in performance, composition and teaching, and applies them to both private and classroom settings.

Credentials: B.Ed, Teacher Cert in Music, Advanced Cert (ABRSM)

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Wayne Lai

Wayne Lai won numerous awards in piano competitions in Hong Kong and performed in Hong Kong City Hall when he was 10. His students have achieved excellent results in RCM examinations and in various music festivals. He is currently working towards his Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music (ARCT) diploma for Teachers. He also studied piano pedagogy with renowned piano teacher Mrs. Marina Geringas at the Royal Conservatory of Music.

With over 10 years experience as church pianist and choir conductor, Wayne is also currently a band leader at church. He has lots of experiences in contemporary music arrangement and improvisation.

Wayne enjoys teaching kids and adults, not only to help them reach their academic goals, but also to cultivate their interest and appreciation for music.

Credentials: BBA., RCM Advanced Specialist – Piano

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Jaime Lau (Theory Assistant Teacher)
Piano, Theory

Jaime began her piano studies at the age of 5 and was a student of Ms. Shuk Han Yu, an RCM Examiner. At Queen’s University, she studied the piano with Mr. Michel Szczesniak, Continuing Adjunct Lecturer in Piano (Keyboard).

As a young musician, Jaime actively involves in a variety of music groups. She was a member of the Toronto Children’s Chorus and has participated in school concert band as the flautist and clarinettist. She has also served as a singer and pianist in the worship team of her church.

As a graduate from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Music, Jaime aims to use her knowledge in music theory and piano pedagogy to ignite the enthusiasm for music in her students.

Credentials: B.Mus.

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Sammi Lee
Piano, Vocal

After receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts at York University, specialized in Classical Piano, Sammi acquired Master of Music Therapy in Seoul, Korea. Besides learning the piano, Sammi also took Guitar Competencies, Vocal Techniques and Group Music Therapy Techniques courses in universities.

Sammi has more than 15 years of teaching experience. She is a Certified Teacher of Yamaha Music Education, Toronto. Her students received excellent results in RCM and various music festivals.

Besides teaching, she has also actively participated as a vocalist in Rock Band; creator and director of musical play; teaching assistant at university and piano accompanist at church.

Sammi teaches different styles, including classical, popular, musical theatre and K Pop. She speaks English and Korean.

Credentials: M.M.T., B.F.A.

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Felicia Leo

Felicia graduated from Trinity College of London with a Teacher’s Diploma (LTCL) in 1986. She trained in Yamaha Music School for the junior music course (JMC), with a focus on building interest towards music for children between 4-6 years old.

Felicia is a dedicated, caring and patient teacher, able to motivate children to find interest and fun in music. She is experienced with preparing students for exams in the Royal Conservatory of Music, Trinity College of London, Royal School of London and AMED Australian Board.

Credentials: LTCL, ATCL.

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Athena Lu

Athena Lu has taught piano since the early 1980s. Formerly, she was a Yamaha music instructor and piano teacher at the Yamaha Music Foundation in Hong Kong. After moving to Toronto, she taught a variety of levels in different music schools. Her students continually achieve excellent results in RCM Examinations and music festivals.

Athena holds LTCL, the Piano Performer’s Certificate from the Trinity College of London; Teacher Diploma of the Yamaha Teacher Grade Examination; and Diploma of JMC Teacher from Yamaha Canada. She also graduated from the Ryerson Polytechnic University with a Bachelor Degree of Science.

Credentials: B.Sc, LTCL, RCM Advanced Specialist – Piano

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Cindy Lu

Credentials: B.A.

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Jennia Lutov

Jennia received the Bachelor of Music Degree, majoring in Piano Performance, from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. She also holds a Diploma for Teacher of Music and Education from the Pedagogical College of St. Petersburg, Russia.

Since her arrival in Canada in 2000, she has been teaching piano to students of all grades. Jennia’s students have received First Class Honours from the RCM Examinations. Many have been awarded in such competitions as the Markham Music, the Arts Richmond Hill, Yip’s Music, and Kiwanis Music Festivals.

Credentials: B.Mus. Teacher’s Dip.

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Karin Mak

Karin graduated from the Hong Kong Baptist University and majored in Music Education. She holds the Licentiate Diploma (L.T.C.L) in piano performance and Associate Diploma (A.T.C.L) in vocal performance from Trinity College of Music, London. Her background includes teaching music in day school, conducting in children’s choir and chamber music. She has also performed in piano recitals presented by Hong Kong Urban Council.

With over 30 years’ experience in piano teaching in Hong Kong and Canada, Karin takes students of all ages from beginner to advanced levels. She prepares them for RCM examinations with excellent results. Her students also achieve outstanding awards in various competitions.

Credentials: B.Ed., LTCL, ATCL.

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Alana Ngo
Flute, Piano

Alana is currently studying to complete her Bachelor degree in Music Education at the University of Toronto. She was the recipient of the David John Malysh Memorial Entrance Scholarship in Music Education in 2017. She graduated from the intensive arts program at Unionville High School with the Melody Adams award and was the valedictorian of her Arts Unionville class. She majors in flute, but also holds an ARCT diploma in piano.

Alana began her studies in piano at the age of 5, and the flute at the age of 10. She has developed a passion for teaching young children music and wants to share her love for music. She has studied with Dr. Kui Min on piano, and currently studies with Camille Watts, flutist and piccoloist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, on flute. She has also performed with several groups, such as the Ontario Provincial Honour Band and the Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra.

Outside of her musical studies, Alana also serves actively on her church’s worship team.

Credentials: ARCT

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Lucy Nie

Lucy graduated from Shenyang Conservatory of Music and holds a Bachelor Degree of Music. She studied under renowned teachers like Xin Li, Dan Zhaoyi and Dr. Na Ni. She received the Advanced Teacher’s Certificate in 2007 from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and the Excellent Teacher’s Award from the 14th Blüthner Piano Open Competition, Hong Kong-Asia.

Lucy always encourages her students to participate in different music activities, like piano recitals and competitions. Her students received excellent results in piano examinations and have had opportunities to participate in Kawai, Toyama, and Kerman competitions that held in China, Hong Kong, and the States.

Credentials: B.Mus.

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Laura Pashanov

Laura received her Master Degree and Bachelor Degree from Niznyi Novgorod State Conservatory, Moscow Pedagogical Institute and Moscow Gnessin School of Music in Russia. With over 25 years of teaching experience, Laura’s students received Top Prize from the International World Piano Competition in Cincinnati; First Prize at the Cresendo International Music Competition with performance at the Carnegie Hall, New York; First Prize from the National Finals of Canadian Music Competition; Silver Tray Intermediate Piano Trophy Final Winner and Rose Bowl Senior Piano Trophy at the Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival; Best Festival Trophy at the Yip’s, Markham Music Festivals and also CCC Music Competition.

When studying her Master Degree in the Central Music School of Moscow State Conservatory, Laura had a good opportunity to be the assistant of Anna Danilovna Artobolevskaja, where she learned the outstanding and unique method of teaching young musicians.

Laura was also the co-writer of the Treatise of Piano Instruction “Pervaya Vstrecha s Musikoy” (First Meet with Music). This instruction book is still widely used and published today.

Credentials: M.A.,B.A.

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Ilia Shekhtihin

Ilia graduated from the Azerbaijan State Conservatorium of Music with a Diploma in Teaching, Chamber Music and Accompaniment as well as a Masters Degree in Performance.

Additionally, he has extensive solo, chamber music and teaching experience as Senior Lecturer in the Azerbaijan State College of Music and throughout Europe, Israel and Canada. His students are the top prizewinners of the Canadian Music Competition (CMC) and often pursue professional careers in music.

Credentials: M.Mus., Teacher’s Dip.

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Hasmig Surmélian
Piano, Violin

Mrs. Surmélian has a distinguished career as a concert pianist, giving solo recitals, performances with orchestras and chamber music concerts. She has recorded several CD’s.

Holder of the highest awards and distinctions from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, French Ministry of Culture and international competitions, her teaching experience spans over 25 years in Europe and has a twin profession as a pianist and violinist.

Mrs. Surmélian is RCM Registered Teacher. She prepares her students to all levels of examinations up to ARCT and LRCM (Licentiate Diploma) in piano performance.

She is fluent in both English and French.

Credentials:D.M.A., M.A., M.M.

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Teresa Tang
Piano, Vocal

Teresa Tang studied solo piano with celebrated pianist Marina Mdivani at McGill University, earning a Bachelor of Music. She later received her Master of Music in Conducting from the University of Toronto. She has received scholarships from the Bruno Walter Memorial Foundation (2010), University of Toronto (2007-2009), and Hong Kong Children’s Choir (2002).

Ms. Tang is the founder and music director of Mellow Singers. She has served as Assistant Conductor to the University of Toronto MacMillan Singers and the University Women’s Chorus, and held a conducting post with the Hong Kong Children’s Choir. She was guest conductor to the Hong Kong Catholic Diocesan Choir, and in 2000, had assisted in coaching a combined choir of 200 for the Catholic Diocesan (HK) in Handel’s Messiah. From 2003 to 2006, Ms. Tang was invited by the Pentecostal Lam Hon Kwong School (HK) to develop a high school choral education program with great success.

Credentials: M.Mus., LTCL

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Dr. Nancy Tye

Nancy Tye holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy with top honours from the University of Oklahoma, one of the prestigious full-fledged pedagogy institutions in the United States. She studied under the tutelage of internationally-renowned pedagogues including Dr. E. L. Lancaster, Dr. Jane Magrath & Dr. Andrew Cooperstock. Dr.Tye has a diverse background as a performer, teacher, accompanist, adjudicator and workshop clinician in Canada, United States and Asia.

As a prominent pedagogue, Dr. Tye’s vast teaching experience spans over 25 years, having taught students of all ages and levels privately and at various colleges and institutions. Her students have frequently won scholarships and awards in music festivals and competitions and have been invited to perform in the Winners Gala Concerts. They have coveted exceptional results including First Class Honours with Distinction and Silver Medals in the RCM piano and theory examinations.

Dr. Tye is a member of the College of Examiners at the Royal Conservatory of Music and Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced Specialist in Piano, Music Theory and History. She was awarded the 2016 Steinway & Sons Top Music Teacher Award and Steinway Piano Gallery of Toronto Certificate of Appreciation.

Dr. Tye teaches in various genres comprising Classical, light classical, popular, contemporary, jazz, religious and improvisational styles. She is also a versatile performer in improvisation. She teaches comprehensive RCM theoretical subjects as well as general musicianship, music appreciation and piano literature.

Credentials: D.Mus.A., M.Mus., B.Mus., L.R.S.M

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Michelle Wong

Michelle studied piano under Mr. John Lee in Hong Kong. After moving to Canada, she studied with Dr. Janet Lopinski at the Royal Conservatory of Music. Michelle attended the ARCT full-time program at the conservatory for three years, obtaining many honors and distinctions. She also took extra courses associated with the Teacher’s Diploma, including Orff Pedagogy with Lois Birkenshaw-Fleming and Dalcroze Eurhythmics with Wendy Taxis. Michelle has taught piano for 15 years. She has a positive attitude and great passion for teaching students of all ages, encouraging them to enjoy performing and playing the piano. Her students participate in examinations and music festivals with positive outcomes. Currently studying piano pedagogy under Mrs. Marina Geringas, Michelle still strives for higher learning.

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Rachel Wu

Rachel is a both a solo pianist and an accompanist for singer, choir and chamber groups. She received a diploma from the National Taiwan Academy of Arts (majoring in piano), ARCT Associate Diplomas for Piano Teaching and Performance in Toronto, and a Certificate of Piano Superieur and Professional study in Performance and Chamber Music from Paris, France. She has also obtained certificates for the Kodaly, Orff, and Dalcroze pedagogical trainings in Toronto.

Rachel has been teaching piano and theory to children, teenagers and adults in Taiwan, France and Canada for over 20 years. Her students receive numerous prizes in Scarborough and Markham Music Competitions.

RCM Silver & Gold Medalists:

2017 – Student received Level 8 RCM Gold Medal in piano for the highest exam grade in Ontario

Credentials: B.Mus., ARCT.

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Regina Yeung

Regina graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration. She began playing the piano at the age of 9, and has over 10 years of teaching experience. Regina enjoys teaching as her students’ accomplishments bring her a great sense of satisfaction.

Credentials: B.B.A., CMA.

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Shuk Han Yu
Piano, Theory

As a RCM examiner in piano, Shuk Han Yu maintains a private piano and theory studio, in addition to teaching at the Pro-Music Conservatory.

In past years, Ms. Yu served as pianist to the Toronto Chinese Christian Chorale. She also regularly accompanies singers and instrumentalists.

Currently Shuk Han Yu serves as music director at St John’s Presbyterian Church in Scarborough.

Credentials: ATCL (Teaching)
LTCL (Performance)
BA (Music)
MLS (Music Librarianship)

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Jennifer Yung

Credentials: B.A.