Piano

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Brenda Chan
Piano

An accomplished performer and a seasoned music educator, Brenda 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.

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

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

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David Chang
Piano

David obtained his ARCT Performance diploma with first class honours and has won numerous Kiwanis Music Festival awards. He studied at the York University, specializing in Piano Performance, Piano Collaboration and Conducting. David is one of the official collaborative pianists of the 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 the Canadian Music Competition, Kiwanis Music 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. Her students have won competitions in major music festivals such as Kiwanis and Canadian Music Competition and 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 excellent results in various Music Festivals and RCM Exams:
Level 8 Theory – 2020 ~ 100% | 2019 ~ 100% | 2018 ~ 100%
Level 9 History – 2020 ~ 98% | 2019 ~ 98% | 2018 ~ 99%
Level 10 History – 2020 ~ 96% | 2019 ~ 100% | 2018 ~ 98% | 2017 ~ 100%
ARCT History – 2020 ~ 94% | 2019 ~ 96% | 2018 ~ 96%
2019 – Yip’s Music Festivals, Level 3 ~ 1st Place
2019 – North York Music Festival, Level 4 ~ 2nd & 3rd Place
2019 – First Class Honours with Distinction in RCM exam, Piano Level 7 ~ 90%
2019 – Unionville Music Academy Competition, Piano Level 8 ~ 1st & 2nd Place | Level 4 ~ 1st Place | Level 6 ~ 1st & 2nd Place
2018 – Yip’s Music Festivals, Level ARCT ~ 2nd & 3rd Place
2018 – Markham Music Festivals, Level 5 ~ 1st Place | Level 3 ~ 1st & 2nd Place |Level 7 ~ 1st & 3rd Place
2018 – North York Music Festival, Level 6 ~ 2nd Place
2011-2017 – see Pro-Music Newsletters

Credentials: B.Mus., LTCL.

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Yucca Chiu
Piano

Yucca holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Performance and Pedagogy, and an ATCL Performer’s Diploma in Pianoforte from the Hong Kong Baptist University and Trinity College of Music in London respectively. She has privately taught piano for more than 20 years. Her students have achieved First Class Honours with Distinction in the Royal Conservatory of Music examinations.

Yucca’s performance experience includes conducting school and church choirs, accompanying ballet school examination classes, and performing as a soloist at various recitals and ceremonies. She has also taken masterclasses with 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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Eva Chu
Piano, Flute, Theory

Eva graduated from the York University with a Bachelor’s Degree, majoring in Flute and Piano. With more than a decade of teaching experience, Eva’s students received outstanding awards and achievements from the Royal Conservatory of Music examinations, Kiwanis Music Festival and Markham Music Festival.

RCM Examinations and Gold / Silver Medalists
Students who obtained the highest marks in each level of RCM examination in Ontario
2013 – Grade 2 Gold Medal in Flute
2011 – RCM Level 8 Piano ~ First Class Honours with Distinction, 91%
2009 – Grade 4 Silver Medal in Flute

Credentials: B.A., ARCT (in Flute), ARCT (in Piano)

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Diana Goutkin
Piano

Diana graduated from the Moscow State Music College and completed her Bachelor of Arts in the 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 passion in music playing.

Diana’s students received excellent results in various Music Festivals and RCM Exams:
2019 – North York Music Festival, Piano Level 2 ~ 3rd Place
2019 – RCM Piano Level Prep A ~ First Class Honours with Distinction, 94%
2019 – RCM Piano Level Prep B ~ First Class Honours with Distinction, 97%
2018 – North York Music Festival, PIano Level Prep B ~ 1st & 2nd place

Credentials: B.A.

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Angel He
Piano

Angel holds a Bachelor of Music degree with Honours from the Faculty of Music of the University of Toronto, 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.

Angel is enthusiastic about providing music education to people of all ages. She strikes a balance between supportive and challenging tones 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, Angel is an accompanist on the organ at the Chinese Martyrs Catholic Church.

Credentials: B.Mus.

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Stephen Ho
Piano

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 currently conducts the Music Office Children’s Choir.

Stephen’s students attained awards from various music festivals:
2015 – The Kiwanis Music Festival, Piano Grade 2 ~ 1st Award | Grade 9 ~ 1st Award | Grade 10 ~ 3rd Award | Grade 6 ~ 3rd Award
2014 – Piano Level 9 ~ 3rd Award | Piano Level 5 ~ 1st Award

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

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Gladys Hung
Piano

Gladys studied music at the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) in Toronto. Her teacher was Clifford Poole, a British-Canadian music teacher, composer, conductor and contributor to music. Gladys also studied piano pedagogy with renowned music teacher, Mrs Marina Geringas, and was deeply influenced by her disciplinary and creative approaches.

Gladys started teaching piano at Pro-Music since 1999. With over 30 years of successful teaching experience, Gladys has developed a very systemic approach in teaching little kids to read music.

Gladys’s students have received excellent results in RCM examinations and awards from various music competitions.

 

(Silver Medal – Student who obtained the highest mark in each level of RCM exam in Ontario)
2020 – RCM Level 3 Piano ~ First Class Honours with Distinction, 90%
2016 – Yip’s Music Festival, Piano Grade 3 ~ 3rd Place
2015 – Newmarket Lions Music Festival, Grade 8 ~ 1st Place | Level 6 ~ 1st & 3rd Place
2015 – Arts Richmond Hill Music Festival, Grade 9 ~ 2nd & 3rd Place | Grade 7 ~ 3rd Place
2014 – RCM Level 4 Piano ~ First Class Honours with Distinction, 91%
2013 – Arts Richmond Hill Music Festival, Grade 8 ~ 1st & 2nd Place | Grade 9 ~ 3rd Place |
2013 – Markham Music Festival, Grade 9 ~ 3rd Place | Grade 3 ~ 1st & 3rd Place
2013 – Yip’s Music Festival – Grade 3 ~ 3rd Place
2012 – Markham Music Festival, Grade 2 ~ 3rd Place | Grade 4 ~ 3rd Place
2012 – Newmarket Lions Music Festival, Grade 2 ~ 1st Place | Grade 3 ~ 1st Place
2012 – North York Music Festival, Prep B ~ 2nd & 3rd Place | Grade 6 ~ 1st Place
2011 – Newmarket Lions Music Festival, Grade 4 ~ Gold Award
2003 – RCM Piano Grade 3 ~ *Silver Medal
2000 – 2010 (see Pro-Music’s Newsletters)

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Lydia Ip
Piano

Lydia developed a strong passion for music at a young age and decided to pursue study and a career in music. She graduated from the McMaster University with an Honours Bachelor of Music Degree at First Class standing, majoring in History and Theory. She received numerous scholarships for her academic excellence in those years.

Lydia started accompanying the church choir at the age of 14. She has been actively participating in church as a choir member, choir accompanist, congregation pianist and choir conductor. She was once a high school music teacher. With the love of working with children and the eagerness to explore further in the art of music, Lydia began to develop her profession as a piano teacher.

Lydia is a member of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association and the Ontario Music Educators’ Association. She loves to sing, and this passion for singing has kept her an active participant at the Alata Harmonia Chorus since its first concert in 2002.

Music Competitions & RCM Silver Medalists:
(Students who obtained the highest marks in each level of RCM examination in Ontario)
2016 – RCM First Class Honours with Distinction, Piano Grade 3 ~ 91%
2016 – North York Music Festival, Grade 5 ~ 1st & 3rd Place
2015 – Wishing Well Lions Music Scarborough, Grade 2 ~ 1st & 3rd Place
2014 – Yip’s Music Festival, Grade 1 ~ 2nd & 3rd Place
2014 – North York Music Festival, Grade 1 ~ 1st Place
2014 – CCC Toronto Piano Competition, Grade 1 ~ 3rd Award | Grade 3 ~ 1st Award | Grade 4 ~ 3rd Award
2013 – Arts Richmond Hill Music Festival, Grade 2 ~ 2nd Place | Grade 7 ~ 1st Place
2010 – RCM First Class Honours with Distinction, Piano Grade 3 ~ 90%
2003 – Grade 7 Silver Medal in Piano

Credentials: Hons.B.Mus.

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Sofia Ip
Piano

Sofia received her Bachelor of Arts (specialized Honours in Music) from the York University. She also studied Piano Pedagogy with Mrs. Marina Geringas at the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Sofia loves working with children of all ages. She believes that though every child is born with talents, it is the teacher’s job to bring them out. She 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, Margaret Huggett’s Orff workshop and Forrest Kinney’s workshop on piano improvisation.

Sofia’s students scored excellent results in RCM Exams and various Music Festivals:
2015 – First Class Honours with Distinction in RCM, Grade 4 piano ~ 90%
2015 – Arts Richmond Hill Music Festival, Piano Grade 6 ~ 1st Place | Grade 4 ~ 1st Place
2014 – York Region Music Celebration Festival, Piano Grade 3, 2nd Award
2013 – York Region Music Celebration Festival, Piano Grade 1, 1st & 3rd Award
2012 – York Region Music Celebration Festival, Piano Introductory, 1st & 2nd Award

Credentials: B.A., Specialized Honours In Music

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Natalie Ko
Piano

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 lead school choirs, recorder bands, African and Chinese drum bands, piano groups, music festivals and competitions. She has lead 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.

 

Natalie’s students attained excellent results in RCM examinations:
2020 – RCM First Class Honours with Distinction, piano level 2 ~ 91%
2020 – RCM First Class Honours with Distinction, piano level 4 ~ 90%
2019 – RCM First Class Honours with Distinction, piano level 1 ~ 91%

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

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Wayne Lai
Piano

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.

Wayne serves as church pianist, choir conductor and band leader at church. He is proficient in contemporary music arrangement and improvisation.

Wayne enjoys teaching students of all ages, not only to help them reach their academic goals, but also to cultivate their interest and appreciation for music. With over 10 years teaching experience, Wayne’s students have achieved excellent results in RCM examinations and won awards in various music festivals:

2019 – Yip’s Music Festival, Piano Level 9 ~ 3rd Place
2017 – The Kiwanis Music Festival, Piano Level 7 ~ 1st & 2nd Place
2015 – North York Music Festival, Piano Level 5 ~ 3rd Place
2014 – North York Music Festival, Piano Level 1 ~ 3rd Place
2013 – York Region Music Celebration Festival, Piano Age 16 & under ~ 1st Award
2010 – RCM First Class Honours with Distinction, Grade 3 ~ 90%

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 Examiner of the Royal Conservatory of Music. At the Queen’s University, Jaime studied 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 at her church.

As a graduate from the 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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Felicia Leo
Piano

Felicia obtained LTCL Teacher’s Diploma from the Trinity College of Music (London) in 1986. She is also a Certified Teacher of Yamaha Music Education. She taught at the Yamaha Music School for the Junior Music Course (JMC) with a focus on building interest towards music for young children.

Felicia is a dedicated music teacher who motivates children to find interest and fun in music. She is experienced in preparing students for the Royal Conservatory of Music (Canada), Trinity College of Music (London), Royal Schools of Music (London) and AMED Australian Board Examinations.

 

 

Felicia’s students scored excellent results in RCM exams and music festivals:
2020 – RCM First Class Honours with Distinction, Level 10 ~ 90%
2020 – Unionville Music Competition, Level 8 ~ 1st Place | Level 10 ~ 1st & 2nd Place
2019 – North York Music Festival, Level 2 ~ 2nd Place | Level 9 ~ 2nd Place | Level 8 ~ 2nd Place
2019 – The Kiwanis Music Festival, Level 3 ~ 2nd Place | Level 9 ~ 2nd & 3rd Place
2019 – Newmarket Lions Music Festival, Level 9 ~ 1st Place
2019 – Unionville Music Competition, Level 7 ~ 1st & 3rd Place | Level 8 ~ 2nd Place |Level 9, 2nd & 3rd Place | ARCT ~ 2nd Place | Level 10 ~ 3rd Place
2018 – The Kiwanis Music Festival, Level 8 ~ 1st Place | Level 8 ~ 1st & 2nd Place
2018 – Markham Music Festival, Level 8 ~ 3rd Place
2018 – North York Music Festival, Level 7 ~ 2nd Place | ARCT ~ 2nd & 3rd Place | Level 8 ~ 1st & 2nd Place
2017 – RCM First Class Honours with Distinction, Level 10 ~ 90%
2017 – North York Music Festival, Grade 5 ~ 1st Place | Grade 9 ~ 1st Place
2017 – Markham Music Festival, Grade 7 ~ 2nd Place | Grade 9 ~ 2nd Place | Grade 10 ~ 2nd Place | Grade 7 ~ 3rd Place
2017 – The Kiwanis Music Festival, Grade 8 ~ 3rd Place | Grade 7 ~ 1st & 2nd Place
2010-2016 – see more results from Pro-Music

Credentials: LTCL, ATCL.

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Athena Lu
Piano

Athena Lu has been teaching the 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.

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

Athena’s students scored excellent results in RCM Exams and various Music Festival: 
2019 – North York Music Festival, Level 6 ~ 2nd Place | Level 7 ~ 2nd Place | Level 8 ~ 3rd Place
2018 – North York Music Festival, Level 2 ~ 3rd Place | Level 6 ~ 3rd Place
2015 – North York Music Festival, Grade 1 ~ 2nd Place
2015 – Arts Richmond Hill Music Festival, Grade 2 ~ 2nd Place | Grade 8 ~ 3rd Place
2014 – Yip’s Music Festival, Grade 1 ~ 2nd Place

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

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Cindy Lu
Piano

Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Cindy joined the Pro-Music family in 2005. From beginner’s level to ARCT, Cindy is equipped to teach students of all ages with the promise of cultivating and enriching their lives with music. With over 30 years of teaching experience, a lot of students have achieved excellent and gratifying results under her guidance.

 

 

 
 

Cindy’s students scored excellent results in RCM Exams and various Music Festivals: 
2019 – Yip’s Music Festival, Level 7 ~ 3rd Place
2019 – North York Music Festival, Level 7 ~ 2nd Place
2018 – RCM First Class Honours with Distinction, Level 8 ~ 91%
2018 – North York Music Festival, Level 4 ~ 1st Place | Level 5 ~ 2nd Place | Level 6 ~ 1st Place
2017 – North York Music Festival, Level 4 ~ 3rd Place
2015 – North York Music Festival, Level 7 ~ 3rd Place
2015 – The Kiwanis Music Festival, Level 5 ~ 1st Award | Piano Solo – Chopin ~ 2nd Award
2014 – CCC Toronto Piano Competition, Grade 3 ~ 3rd Award
2014 – North York Music Competition, Grade 10 ~ 2nd & 3rd Place
2014 – York Region Music Celebration Festival, Grade 9 ~ 1st Award | Grade 4 ~ 2nd Award | Grade 8 ~ 2nd & 3rd Award | Grade 10 ~ 2nd Award
2013 – Markham Music Festival, Grade 3 ~ 3rd Place | Grade 7 ~ 1st & 2nd Place |
2013 – RCM First Class Honours with Distinction, Level 5 ~ 91%
2005-2012 – see more results from Pro-Music Newsletters

Credentials: B.A.

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Jennia Lutov
Piano

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, Jennia has been teaching piano to students of all grades. Her students have received First Class Honours in the Royal Conservatory of Music Examinations, and been awarded in lots of competitions.

 

 

Jennia’s students scored excellent results in RCM Exams and various Music Festivals:
2020 – RCM First Class Honours with Distinction, Level 9 Keyboard Harmony ~ 99%
2020 – OMFA 2020 Virtual Provincial Festival, Piano Level 6 ~ Honourable Mentioned
2020 – Unionville Music Academy Competition, Level 6 ~ 2nd Place
2019 – Yip’s Music Festival, Level 4 ~ 3rd Place | Level 1 ~ 3rd Place
2019 – The Kiwanis Music Festival, Level 5 ~ 2nd & 3rd Award
2018 – Unionville Music Academy Competition, Level 1 ~ 1st Place
2018 – North York Music Festival, Level 3 ~ 3rd Place
2017 – Pickering GTA Music Festival, ARCT ~ 2nd Place | Grade 8 Chopin ~ 2nd Place
2017 – North York Music Festival, Prep Level ~ 2nd Place
2017 – Newmarket Lions Music Festival, Prep Duet ~ 1st Place | Trios Level 2 ~ 1st Place | Duet Level 6 ~ 3rd Place
2016 – Yip’s Music Festival, Grade 1 ~ 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place | Grade 8 ~ 3rd Place | Grade 9 ~ 3rd Place
2013-2015 – see Pro-Music Newsletter for more results

Credentials: B.Mus. Teacher’s Dip.

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Karin Mak
Piano

Karin graduated from the Hong Kong Baptist University, majored in Music Education. She holds the Licentiate Diploma (LTCL) in Piano Performance and Associate Diploma (ATCL) in Vocal Performance from the Trinity College of Music, London. She taught music in day school, and conducted children’s choir and chamber group. She has also performed in piano recitals presented by the Urban Council of Hong Kong.

With over 30 years of experience in piano teaching in Hong Kong and Canada, Karin takes students of all ages from beginner to advanced levels. She prepares her students for the Royal Conservatory of Music examinations.

 

 

Karin’s students achieved excellent results in the examinations and outstanding awards in various competitions:
2018 – North York Music Festival, Level 5 ~ 2nd & 3rd Place
2017 – The Kiwanis Music Festival, Level 2 ~ 2nd Place
2015 – The Kiwanis Music Festival, Grade 6 ~ 3rd Place | Grade 1 ~ 1st & 2nd Award
2015 – York Region Music Celebration Festival, Grade 1 ~ 1st Place
2014 – The Kiwanis Music Festival, Grade 8 ~ 3rd Award
2013 – Arts Richmond Hill Music Festival, Grade 8 ~ 1st Place

Credentials: B.Ed., LTCL, ATCL.

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Alana Ngo
Flute, Piano

Alana is currently studying to complete her Bachelor’s 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 the 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 in teaching music to young children and wants to share her love for music with them. She has studied piano with Dr. Kui Min, and currently studies flute with Camille Watts, flutist and piccoloist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Alana has performed with several groups, such as the Ontario Provincial Honour Band and the Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra. Outside of her musical studies, she also serves actively on her church’s worship team.

Credentials: ARCT

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Lucy Nie
Piano

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

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

Credentials: B.Mus.

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Laura Pashanov
Piano

Laura received her Masters Degree and Bachelor’s Degree from the Niznyi Novgorod State Conservatory, Moscow Pedagogical Institute and Moscow Gnessin School of Music in Russia. When studying her Masters Degree in the Central Music School of Moscow State Conservatory, Laura had a good opportunity to be the Assistant of Anna Danilovna Artobolevskaja, from whom she learned the outstanding and unique method of teaching young musicians.

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

With over 25 years of teaching experience, Laura’s students received Top Prize at 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 at the National Finals of the 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 and Markham Music Festivals as well as the CCC Music Competition.

2020 – Unionville Music Academy Competition, Provincial Piano Inter Concerto ~ 2nd Place
2019 – Markham Music Festival, Level 8 ~ 3rd Place
2019 – Yip’s Music Festival, Level 9 ~ 3rd Place
2019 – Unionville Music Academy Competition, Level 3 ~ 1st Place | Level 10 ~ 3rd Place | Level 7 ~ 2nd Place
2018 – The Kiwanis Music Festival, Level 9 ~ 3rd Place
2018 – Markham Music Festival, Level 3 ~ 1st Place
2018 – North York Music Festival, Level 4 ~ 3rd Place

Credentials: M.A.,B.A.

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Ilia Shekhtihin
Piano

Ilia graduated from the Azerbaijan State Conservatorium of Music with a Masters Degree in Performance, and a Diploma in Teaching, Chamber Music and Piano Accompaniment. He has extensive solo, chamber music and teaching experience as Senior Lecturer at the Azerbaijan State College of Music and throughout Europe, Israel and Canada.

Ilia’s students received excellent results in RCM Examinations and music competitions. Some of his students have pursued music as their professional career.

 

 

2020 – North York Music Festival, Level 3 ~ 1st & 2nd Place
2020 – RCM First Class Honours with Distinction, Level 6 ~ 90%
2019 – North York Music Festival, Level 1 ~ 1st Place | Level 10 ~ 1st & 2nd Place
2019 – CCC Music Festival, Level 10 ~ 1st Place
2018 – Yip’s Music Festival, Level 10 ~ 2nd & 3rd Place
2017 – Markham Music Festiva, Level 4 ~ 2nd & 3rd Place
2017 – North York Music Festival, Level 4 ~ 1st & 2nd Place
2016 – RCM First Class Honours with Distinction, Level 10 ~ 93%
2015 – RCM First Class Honours with Distinction, Level 8 ~ 90%
2015 – CCC Music Festival, Grade 6 ~ 2nd & 3rd Award
2015 – North York Music Festival, Grade 6 ~ 1st & 2nd Place | Grade 8 ~ 2nd & 3rd Place | Grade 7 ~ 2nd & 3rd Place
2014 – Yip’s Music Festival, Grade 5 ~ 1st & 3rd Place | Grade 8 ~ 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place
2014 – North York Music Festival, Grade 5 ~ 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place
2007 – 2013 (see more results from Pro-Music newsletters)

Credentials: M.Mus., Teacher’s Dip.

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Hasmig Surmélian
Piano, Violin

Hasmig has a twin vocation as a violinist and pianist. She has performed in various recitals, including solo performances with orchestras and chamber music concerts, and has recorded several CDs. She holds the highest awards and distinctions from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, French Ministry of Culture and international competitions.

Hasmig’s teaching experience spans over 25 years in Europe and Canada. She prepares her students for all levels of examinations including ARCT and LRCM in both piano and violin performances.

Hasmig speaks English and French.

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

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Teresa Tang
Piano

Teresa studied solo piano with celebrated pianist Marina Mdivani at the 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).

Teresa 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 (Hong Kong) in Handel’s Messiah. From 2003 to 2006, Teresa was invited by the Pentecostal Lam Hon Kwong School (Hong Kong) to develop a high school choral education program with great success.

 

Teresa’s students received excellent results in music competitions:
2016 – Pickering GTA Music Festival, Level 5 ~ 2nd Place | Level 9 ~ 1st and 3rd Place
2015 – North York Music Festival, Level 6 ~ 2nd Place
2015 – Pickering GTA Music Festival, Level 7 ~ 2nd & 3rd Place | Level 8 ~ 2nd & 3rd Place
2014 – Newmarket Lions Music Festival, Grade 7 ~ 3rd Award
2014 – Pickering GTA Music Festival, Grade 5 ~ 1st Place

Credentials: M.Mus., LTCL, RMT(piano)

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Dr. Nancy Tye
Piano

Nancy 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 and Dr. Andrew Cooperstock. Nancy has a diverse background as a performer, teacher, accompanist, adjudicator and workshop clinician in Canada, United States and Asia.

As a prominent pedagogue, Nancy’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.

Nancy 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.

Nancy 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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Joelle Wong
Music Adventure, Piano, Vocal

Joelle Wong is currently approaching her final year in the Music Education Program at the University of Toronto. She has had many years of experience teaching students of all ages, inspiring them to grow in their love for music. She majors in classical voice, and studies with Jean MacPhail, the founding President of the Ontario Chapter of NATS. In her first and second year, she had the privilege of studying with renowned mezzo soprano, Krisztina Szabo. Under the brilliant tutelage of Dr. Michael Esch, she received her ARCT in piano performance diploma in 2019. Joelle is a recipient of numerous awards for her outstanding music career both in voice and piano, including the Reagan Greavette Memorial Award, which is the award for the most outstanding graduating vocalist in Arts Unionville, the Harald and Jean Bohne Scholarship and the Northup/Lawson Scholarship for her academic and musical achievements in her undergraduate years in the University of Toronto. Joelle also studied cello for 4 years and has experience playing both in a solo setting and orchestral setting. Besides cello, Joelle has experience playing the guitar, violin, clarinet and trumpet as part of her training as a music educator in U of T. Joelle has also been a member of many choirs, including the prestigious Ontario Youth Choir. She also enjoys volunteering in music camps and working with young children. As an active member of her local church, she is a vital assistant to the choir director, and helps in leading and accompanying the choir.

Credentials: ARCT

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Karen Wong
Music Development, Piano

Karen Wong received her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of Toronto. She was the recipient of the Ann D. Sutton scholarship award in 2019. She is currently studying for her Master of music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Toronto under Dr. James Parker and Dr. Midori Koga. Karen received her ARCT Diploma with First Class Honor in 2016 under the tutelage of the highly respected pedagogue Aster Lai. She was the recipient of multiple top awards from competitions, include the Asian Pacific Piano Competition and Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival.

Following her passion in music, Karen has thoroughly enjoyed teaching music in private and group setting over the past years. She believes that students learn best when they enjoy what they do, and her goal is to share with them the music charm as well as develop creative power and individuality in their musical journeys.

Outside of her piano studies, she also enjoyed her time being in choir as both accompanist and choir members such as being assistant for choir faculty at the Interprovincial Music Camp.

Credentials: B.Mus., ARCT

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Rachel Wu
Piano

Rachel is 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 in Taiwan, France and Canada for over 20 years. Students received numerous prizes in music competitions:

2020 – The Best of Scarborough Music Festival
2019 – Chopin Trophy from Unionville Music Festival
2019 – OMFA Final Diploma, Third Place
2018 – OMFA Final Grade 10, First Place

RCM Gold Medalist:
(Students who obtained the highest marks in each level of RCM examination in Ontario)
2017 – Level 8 Gold Medal in Piano (student received $150 scholarship from RCM)

Credentials: B.Mus., ARCT (Piano Pedagogy), ARCT (Piano Performance)

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Jennifer Yung
Piano

Jennifer started teaching piano at Pro-Music since 2001. With extensive experience, her students have received excellent results in the Royal Conservatory of Music Examinations with First Class Honours with Distinction, and First Class Honours. Also, her students have won awards in various music festivals, including the Arts Richmond Hill Music Festival and York Region Music Celebration Music Festival.

Jennifer studied Piano Pedagogy with renowned piano teacher, Mrs Marina Geringas. In order to engage students’ mind and body while playing music, she also learned the Orff Approach from Mrs Margaret Huggett. Jennifer is also active in participating different piano workshops and master classes.

Credentials: B.A.