Theory

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Fernando Baldassini
Theory

In 1992, Fernando Baldassini graduated from York University having studied compositions with James Tenney. During these year, he wrote many original compositions in all styles including a 10-minute background score used by a major advertising company. Fernando continued his studies in music education and graduated with a Bachelor degree in Education from the University of Toronto in 2002.

Over the years, Fenando’s love for teaching is reflected in the success of his students as many of them are currently on staff in music studies. He has students received First Class Honours with Distinction in ARCT theory courses.

Credentials: B.F.A.. B.A./EDU., ARCT

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Clire Chen (Theory Assistant Teacher)
Theory

Clire holds an ARCT diploma in piano performance. She uses strategic methods when teaching to enhance students’ musical understanding, thereby helping them develop and gain confidence as a musician. Clire’s students have won various music competitions and received first class honours in theory exams. She has experience with students of all ages, as she is actively involved with children and adult choirs in Toronto. Clire also offers private lessons and tutoring classes for Level 5,6,7 and 8 Theory.

Credentials: ARCT

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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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Ron Cheung
Theory, Vocal

Ron graduated from University of Toronto with a Masters Degree in Choral Conducting and with a Bachelor Degree in Music Education from McMaster University. He was winner of the Elmer Iseler Conducting Fellowship Award and the Peter Sheehan Memorial Scholarship. Ron is the artistic director and founder of Voices and the Healey Willan Singers, as well as the conductor of the Yip’s Children Senior Choir (Canada). From 2001-2005, he conducted the Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir.

To learn more about Ron’s career and updated news, you can visit his website at http://www.ronkmcheung.com

Credentials: M.Mus., B.Ed.

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Jaime Lau (Theory Assistant Teacher)
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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Michelle Lau
Theory

Michelle holds a Masters degree in Piano Performance and Literature from Western University and is recipient of the Dr. Sherwood Fox Music Fellowship for excellence in performance. She has performed frequently as a solo and collaborative pianist in London, Toronto, and France. Recently, she was the accompanist of an all female choir, Les Choriste, which toured Ottawa.

She is also equally comfortable as a teacher and enjoys encouraging music in people of all ages and levels through her teaching. Michelle enjoys personalizing every lesson to suit each student’s personality, learning style, and goals. She is a strong believer that exploration and play are essential to effective learning. By encouraging critical thinking and problem solving, Michelle aims to cultivate a life long love for music in all her students.

Michelle’s interests and passions also lies in the Performing Arts Medicine, which lead her to create “theOpenScore”, an educational resource for musicians. It aims to provide the tools and knowledge to help musicians and music educators to perform at their best. She discusses topics such as methods in combatting performance anxiety, psychology, and playing with freedom.

Credentials: B. Mus Honours in Piano Performance, M.Mus Piano Performance and Literature

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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)