We have a great, dedicated faculty at Music and Play.
From long-time educators to practicing professional artists, our staff are chosen
not only for their qualifications and expertise – but also for their dedication
to the arts and to the growth of our students!

Colleen Lindenbach

M&P Founder: (Group Music, Private Piano & Voice, Theatre Arts, Music Pups)

I have been teaching music to students of all ages for over 30 years now! I have a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the Univ. of Regina and spent 20 years teaching band, choir, and general music classes to K – gr. 12  students in Saskatchewan and Alberta. I have also worked as a musical director for theatre productions, a band clinician, a piano accompanist, and a choral director. Six years ago I opened my music studio “Music and Play”, specializing in the Music for Young Children and Music Pups curriculum, in west Calgary and I am happy to watch it grow and expand every year. My philosophy that quality comes first and fun is mandatory, currently brings the joy of music and the performing arts to over 700 students per year.

Qualifications
⇒ Bachelor of Music Education – University of Regina
⇒ Grade 9 Piano & corequisites – Royal Conservatory of Music
⇒ Certified Instructor – Keyboard Adventures: The Safari
⇒ Music Pups Certified
⇒ MYCC (MYC certified)

Ovid Alexis

(Music: Private Piano – Contemporary)

As an educator, producer, arranger and composer, Mr. Alexis has played piano since the age of three. He started his formal training at age 7 and attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston where he received a B.A. in Music as well as the Berklee College of Music Performance Award. In addition to his work with countless students over the years, Mr. Alexis has taught Improvisation and Arranging at the University of the West Indies (Trinidad Campus) and was invited to deliver a Teachers program to the faculty at the St. Lucia School of Music.

Throughout his career, Mr. Alexis has worked and performed in over 30 countries, has recorded four albums and has had the opportunity to work and perform with some of the world’s leading musicians including: Dizzy Gillespie, Hugh Masekela, Donald Byrd, Dave Valentino, Ellis Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Tania Maria, Arturo Sandoval, Thelonious Monk Jr. and many more.

In addition to piano (his main instrument), Mr. Alexis also plays Saxophone and Steel Pan. Mr. Alexis’s worldly approach to music embraces the genres of Jazz, Latin, Calypso. Reggae, Funk, Hip and Pop and he seeks to instill this same worldly love of music in all of his students.

Qualifications
⇒ Bachelor of Arts (Music) – Berklee College of Music, Boston

Andrew Balboa

(Music: Private Guitar & Private Voice)

Opera singer, composer, band member, and music teacher, Andrew has dedicated more than 13 years to his love for music; mastering voice, piano, guitar, bass, ukulele, and drums. As a natural musician with a strong understanding of theory Andrew instills knowledge, confidence, and sincere enjoyment in all of his students. With an education from McGill University’s Faculty of Music, in Montreal, Quebec, first place – class IX, running in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Andrew demonstrates his vast skills in both singing and music theory.

Click here to see Andrew in vocal performance (classical) and here for guitar/vocal/keyboard (original composition)

Lyon Beckers

(Private Music: Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Theory; Group Music: I’m In The Band, Ukulele, Theory)

Lyon Beckers holds a Bachelor of Music in composition, composes music for video games and plays the double bass in various local bands and ensembles. While in University, Lyon played guitar in the University of Calgary Jazz Orchestra, where he got to participate in the Idaho Jazz Festival and the Elmhurst College Jazz Festival. On double bass, he has performed in the University of Calgary Orchestra, and in the Pacific Region International Summer Music Festival.

Lyon believes that no one is ever really ‘born’ a musician, and that anyone can learn music at any age. As a composer he is also a music theory nut, and believes that in order to break all the rules, you first have to learn them.

Qualifications
⇒ Bachelor of Music (Composition) – University of Calgary

Sunny Chan

(Music: Private Piano)

Inspiring children and teaching music has been my passion for more than a decade! I am grateful for the opportunity to bring joy to my students through music and I enjoy watching them grow using their talents. I love being part of a great team of individuals who are passionate, enthusiastic, and enjoy helping others learn and discover their love for music and I look forward to meeting all my new students this year at Music and Play!

Click here to hear Sunny discuss why he teaches music!

Qualifications
Grade 10 Piano – Royal Conservatory of Music
⇒ Grade 4 Music History – Royal Conservatory of Music
⇒ Grade 4 Harmony – Royal Conservatory of Music
⇒ Grade 4 Counterpoint/Analysis – Royal Conservatory of Music
⇒ Grade 2 Theory – Royal Conservatory of Music
⇒ Certified Instructor – Keyboard Adventures: The Safari
⇒ MYC Level 3 – Music for Young Children

Yuri Choi

(Music: Private Piano)

I was born into a music loving family and so naturally I was exposed to the world of music at a young age. My mother was also a piano teacher which brought me to learn piano at the age of five. I spent all of my childhood and days as a youth playing piano and also majored piano in University. I have been teaching piano for over twenty years and have enjoyed teaching beginners as well as students who have chosen to major in piano.

In addition, I have experience teaching young children with ADHD and Down Syndrome and have enjoyed watching them grow through the joy of music education. I have served as a piano accompanist in a number of church environments, I have experience being on stage – as being a part of ensembles and piano recitals and I have also founded a music school in Korea and am qualified to teach the Alfred Music system.

I am excited to work with the students at Music & Play and help them develop a true passion for music!

Click here to see Ms Yuri performing.

Qualifications
⇒ 
Bachelor of Music (Piano) – Hanil University/Korea
⇒ Shindongah Music School (Founder) – Korea
⇒ Alfred Music Certified

Nia Devetzis

(Music: Private Percussion)

I completed my Bachelor of Music – with distinction – in percussion performance and education with Rod Squance at the University of Calgary and am an active performer and teacher around Calgary, often running band clinics and private lessons as well as performing in a wide variety of genres. I have performed with a variety of groups, from the Rubbing Stone Ensemble – a contemporary chamber group, to the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra to playing drum set in the orchestra pit of several musicals. In February 2014, I had the opportunity to perform as a soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic in the final round of the RBC Concerto Competition and have also been a participant of the TorQ Percussion Quartet Music Seminar. I have a love for percussion ensemble music and hope to start a percussion ensemble someday. I am very excited about working in the amazing environment at Music and Play and sharing my joy of percussion music!

Click here to see Nia in performance

Qualifications
⇒ Bachelor of Music – with distinction (percussion performance), University of Calgary

Dr. Richard Emilson

(Music: Private Piano)

Music has been a constant companion for me since childhood. As a teen, I thought that passing my Grade 9 piano practical Royal Conservatory exam meant my music education was completed, but it was just the beginning. Along the way I’ve performed as a soloist, in choirs, quartets and worship teams – sometimes as an instrumentalist, sometimes as a vocalist and often as a director. Professionally I’ve been a Christian education professor (tenured, at Ambrose University) and I love the entire experience of learning. Music and Play lets me share my love of music with some of the most exceptional groups ever — children and parents — as they discover music together.

Qualifications
⇒ 
PhD (Education) – Biola University, La Mirada California
 Various Music courses – Providence University & Ambrose University

Jeremy Gignoux

(Music: Private Violin)

Music has been part of my life since I started the violin and the piano at age 7. I learned classical violin through the French conservatory system until I was 20, and then discovered other styles. I’ve played in numerous bands, in a variety of styles ranging from rock to Eastern European Gypsy music, including classical, jazz, folk, country and bluegrass. Recently I had the privilege of accompanying composer William Parker in Decidedly Jazz Danceworks’ production “New Universe” in 2016. 

I bring my variety of experience directly in my lessons. This experience enables me to help my students succeed at playing in the music styles that they like, but it also allows me to introduce them to new styles. One of my favourite techniques is to teach them fiddle tunes by ear and you would be surprised just how fast they can learn this way!

Click here to see Jeremy in performance.

Qualifications
⇒ 
Bachelor of Music  (composition): Université de Montréal

Stacey Hilscher

(Music: Music Pups, Music Adventures-preschool)

A mother of 2 children, I am constantly reminded that every day passes quickly. As well that almost every moment can be intentionally FUN and a learning opportunity for us as caregivers AND our children. After my decision to switch my full time career from orthodontics dentistry to full-time Mom, I have dedicated myself to my children. We have such a small window to really impact and guide our children to be the best they can be! Music is all around us and after I experienced the Music Pups curriculum with my own children I knew where my passion was!

Completing many years of studying piano and alto saxophone, I’m so excited to share my love of music and many years of learning with parents and their little ones. Musical independence is one of the few gifts we can give our children; and they will appreciate and enjoy their whole lives.  I’m excited to be a part of this journey with you and your own children!

Qualifications
 Grade 8 Piano – Royal Conservatory of Music
⇒ Grade 3 History and Harmony – Royal Conservatory of Music
⇒ Grade 2 Theory – Royal Conservatory of Music

Oksana Krasnozhen

(Music: Private Piano, Private Voice; Theatre Arts: voice)

Music has been part of my life ever since I began my musical journey at the age of 6. I began studying classical violin at 8 years of age and discovered my true inspiration by singing in choirs before starting my teaching career at age 17.

I received my Master of Musical Art from the P. Tchaikovsky National Musical Academy of Ukraine and, for the past 19 years, I have experienced great success as a piano, voice, musical theory and history instructor.  I have also enjoyed conducting both professional and children’s choirs for the past 21 years. In addition to my teaching and conducting experience, I have always been a performer and have sung on stages in many different countries. I love sharing this valuable performing experience with my students and I am so very proud of my students’ achievements. Many of my vocal and piano students have won International competitions and choirs and ensembles under my direction have participated in numerous festivals, competitions and concerts.

Throughout my career, I have sought out new ideas and new approaches in teaching and, though I have a classical background, I embrace a variety of styles of music. As the Head of the Music and Drama department (British International School, Ukraine) for five years, I was honoured to provide high quality music and dramatic arts education to International students from around the world. I have also had the opportunity to work with special needs students and students on the autism spectrum and have served as a tutor for students in English, Russian and Ukrainian. As a music educator, I seek to inspire my students and share with them my personal love and passion of music. I approach every student as an individual and I work to find the method that best connects with each one. I believe that the Musical Arts are a bottomless, wonderful, colorful world which should be open to everyone.

Everyone possesses the gift of music and it is up to us as music teachers to help each student discover their musical talent and to expose them to the joy that music has to offer.

Qualifications
⇒ 
Master of Musical Art – P. Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine
⇒ Diploma in Choir Conducting – Lysenko Music School, Ukraine

Kelsey Noble

(Group Music: Music Adventures, Music Cats, Music Pups; Private Flute; Administrator; Private Music Coordinator)

Kelsey is an enthusiastic music teacher, flute clinician and performer in Calgary. She graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelors of Music in Flute Performance. During her time at the University of Calgary, Kelsey served as the Concert Master for the U of C Wind Ensemble, performed with the University Orchestra, and participated in the School of Creative and Performing Arts’ inaugural interdisciplinary performance. Always looking for professional development opportunities, Kelsey frequently participates in workshops and masterclasses having most recently attended the Pender Island Flute Retreat in July 2017.

Kelsey believes that teaching is the art of empowering a student to discover their ability to learn. The teacher’s role is to spark a student’s curiosity and to help guide the student in their journey. Private lessons can be structured to focus on RCM or CC examinations, band class preparation, festival performances or simply for personal development and enjoyment! Regardless of the focus of the lessons, Kelsey strives to teach technical and musical development in a fun, encouraging and lighthearted environment.

Click here to see Kelsey in performance.

Qualifications
 
Bachelor of Music (Flute Performance)

Daniel Pelton

(Music: Private Woodwinds)

Daniel has been playing saxophone since he was 9 years old. After winning several awards in high school jazz festivals, Daniel decided to pursue his passion for music into university. Studying performance and composition under some of Canada’s most talented musicians, Daniel’s musical experience is expansive and always growing. As a performer, Daniel is the lead alto in the U of C Jazz Orchestra, plays in a professionally gigging jazz combo, and participates in the Calgary independent music scene as the frontman and composer of local horn-band Long Time No Time. Believing that collaboration between the performing arts is integral to keeping performance alive, Daniel has plenty of experience working with dancers and actors in a professional setting.

As an educator, Daniel strives to remind students of all skill levels that playing music is FUN. Hard work and dedication are required to make progress, but one should never forget how cool it feels to pick up your horn and play a few notes.

Qualifications
 Bachelor of Music (Composition) – University of Calgary (in progress)

Megan Robertson

(Registrar/Administrator)

Megan has a Master’s degree in Music Performance from Western University and has performed in various roles in productions at Western and in Lucca, Italy. She also has experience as a choreographer and stage manager for opera and dance productions. For the past 3 years, Megan was employed in various administrative roles at the Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western. Megan is looking forward to her new role at Music and Play and is delighted to be back in Calgary, near to family and her new nephew.

Tigran Saakyan

(Music: Private Piano)

I am a passionate musician from an Armenian family and was born in Russia. In Moscow I received my Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance at the Gnesins Russian Academy of Music. From there I went on to study with Professor Alexander Tselyakov at Brandon University where I received my Masters of Music degree.

As an active performer, I appear on stage not only as a solo performer but also as a chamber musician. As a chamber musician, I have performed with artists including Kerry DuWors, Catherine Wood, Alexander Tselyakov and Tory Okwabi and my piano repertoire ranges from the early period to 21st century music. In addition to performing, I have had the honour of playing recitals and participating in International piano competitions in Russia, Armenia, Italy, France, Canada, South Africa and Mexico.

Along with pursuing my education and enjoying performing, I have also had the pleasure of teaching private piano students since 2009. For me it is very important to teach my students in a versatile manner. I always work to find the individual approach that works best for each student as I help them to focus on their piano technique, their sense of rhythm, musical creativity and the many other aspects of playing the piano. I also consider sight reading to be a valuable part of a musician’s education as it develops a student’s reading and listening skills. I truly enjoy inspiring and encouraging my students to achieve their goals and I look forward to joining the Music and Play team.

Click here, here, or here to see Tigran in performance.

Qualifications
⇒ Master of Music (Piano Performance and Literature) – Brandon University (Brandon, MB)
 Bachelor of Music (Piano Performance) – Gnesins Russian Academy of Music (Moscow, Russia)

Ashley Soles

(Theatre Arts: Musical Theatre); Admin. Ass’t

I was born in British Columbia, grew up in Alberta and have been dancing since I was 4. I was always able to find a reason to dance and a way to perform, whether it was at my dance studio, putting together a routine at home for my family, or in the many theatrical shows while in school. In my second year of high school I joined Calaway Park’s ‘Calaway Live’ cast and 2015 marked my ninth and final season performing with the Park. High school was spent putting on show after show (15 productions in total) and after graduating and taking a year off, I moved to Toronto, Ont. to attend George Brown College’s Dance Performance Program. Following this I moved to Victoria, BC. and received triple-threat training from the Canadian College of Performing Arts. CCPA was essential to developing my artistry and helped me discover the deepest reasons of why I love all things theatre! I have also trained with the School of Alberta Ballet, Canada’s National Ballet School, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks (Professional Training Program), and Company of Rogues Acting Studio.

I’m so glad and lucky that my travels have given me so many different ways to look at dance, theatre and the performing arts and I’m grateful for how much it has helped build my passion for what I do. I can’t wait to share my love for the arts with the students of Music and Play.

Qualifications
 Dance Performance Certificate – George Brown College
⇒ Certificate, Diploma, and Applied Diploma in the Performing Arts – The Canadian College of Performing Arts

Harold Squire

(Music: Group Music – Music Pups)

I have taught music for over 10 years in middle and high schools, as a private instructor and in university and over the years I have had the pleasure of teaching in Canada as well as India.  I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Theatre from the University of Calgary, I play many musical instruments and enjoy performing and writing music.

As a performer, I have played in the Canadian Badlands Passion Play (and acted), the University of Calgary’s operetta’s production of West Side Story and countless concerts at the Rosza Centre in Calgary with the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble.

I am excited to teach the Music Pups® program because I truly believe that music can be learned, just as a spoken language may be, at any age.  And just as children learn to speak by imitating, I feel that they can learn music the same way.  I have a deep love for the performing arts and I look forward to passing on the curiosity and intrigue that has inspired me to perform and pursue a career in music.

Qualifications
⇒ 
Bachelor of Arts (Music major / Drama minor) – University of Calgary

Chandra Stromberg

(Music: Group Music – Music Pups)

My earliest memory of music is standing on my picnic table in the backyard holding a stick as a microphone! Since that backyard, I have had the opportunity to be involved in many different Musical Theatre and Opera productions and I find that with each adventure my love for the arts grows. I have always loved music and I love helping to instill the enjoyment and love of music into every child I teach. Having taught piano and voice for 8 years, I am happy to be a part of the Music and Play team!

Qualifications
⇒ 
Bachelor of Music (vocal performance) – University of Manitoba
 Grade 9 Piano – Royal Conservatory of Music
 All Theory Levels (Rudiments, Harmony, History, Counterpoint, Analysis) – RCM
 Voice/ARCT Performers Degree – Royal Conservatory of Music
⇒ Certified Instructor – Keyboard Adventures: The Safari

Kim Szabo

(Music: Private Piano; Private Voice)

Kim is a seasoned professional musician with a teaching, performance and recording resume that spans over 35 years and the globe. Born and raised in Canada, she started by honing her skills through initial classical training, followed by studies at Grant MacEwan Music Program in Jazz and Popular music. Growing up in Edmonton, Kim’s “after school job” for 10 years was teaching the neighbourhood children piano and voice following the Royal Conservatory of Music curriculum. During this time, Kim was an active member of Edmonton Musical Theatre, the Alberta College Choir and ProCoro professional classical choir, while also honing her vocal and piano skills within the local Jazz scene.

In early 1989, Kim took her talent overseas to Japan, where she spent the majority of this time in Osaka, performing as a solo artist, establishing a jazz trio, becoming a regular guest artist with various touring pop, jazz and funk groups, and television and recording sessions throughout the Kansia area.

The mid 90’s saw Kim moving her now established career to Europe. Frankfurt, Germany became her base in 2000. By 2003, she was teaching at and eventually led the Jazz Vocal Program at Frankfurt Musikwerkstadt (State Academy for Jazz and Popular Music). She instructed students in vocal Jazz technique and improvisation, preparing them to challenge national exams for a Degree in Jazz Pedagogue. Included in her duties was chair member of the adjudication team for these exams. She also found time to volunteer as educator/instructor for English language through music participation material, within the national education system, specifically with Kindergarten students. During this time in Germany, Kim continued to professionally tour and perform throughout the Rhine-Main area, appearing with her Jazz and Gospel projects. She continued her private vocal studies and analysis of the human voice with Coleman Freeman, professional operatic tenor, in Mannheim, and with Mike Schoenmehl, professional jazz pianist and published author in Frankfurt.

Since returning to Canada, Kim has reintroduced herself to Calgary audiences as a guest pianist for the Fox Big Band, and is currently the vocalist with the Summit Big Band.

Click here to see Kim in performance.

Qualifications
⇒ 
Grade 9 Piano – Royal Conservatory of Music
Grade 8 Voice – Royal Conservatory of Music
Grade III History (equiv to current gr 9), Grade V Harmony (equiv to ARCT), Grade V Theory (equiv to ARCT)– Royal Conservatory of Music
⇒ Music Composition in Jazz Studies, Grant MacEwan College

Genevieve Taylor

(Music: Group Music – Music Pups)

Music has always been an integral part of Genevieve’s life and she is delighted to share her passion for music with her students!  As a little girl, Genevieve would put on a show, singing and twirling in one of her mom’s outfits or listening to music and wearing out the rewind button. She happily took centre stage for the first time at age seven, where she developed her musical passion through musical theatre and touring with youth choirs. Genevieve studied Performing Arts at Vanguard College and her adventurous spirit has taken her on performance tours of Africa, Western Europe and Greece.  She has also worked as a Creative Arts Director and has recorded her first album entitled Now.

Fast forward to today – as a mom, Genevieve delights in seeing her enthusiasm and passion for music develop in her two daughters and as a Music Pups teacher, Genevieve brings that contagious joy to her classes. Learning through music is so much fun and it impacts every area of a child’s development.  I consider it a true joy and honour to be a part of a child’s first musical journey and I look forward to creating musical bonds that will last a lifetime with my students in my Music Pups® classes!”

Qualifications
⇒ 
Bachelor of Music – Vanguard College

Kathleen Warke

(Music: Group Music – Music Pups)

Growing up in Edmonton, I studied piano, double bass, and tuba, but it wasn’t until I started singing that I found my true musical passion! I love to sing, especially in choirs. I am currently a member of Spiritus Chamber Choir and Luminous Voices (Calgary’s only professional choir). Over the past 25 years, I have performed with VoiceScapes, Pro Coro Canada (Edmonton), Ensemble de la Rue, Windsor Classic Chorale (Ontario), New Art Voices (Indiana), and many different university ensembles, most notably the award-winning U of A Madrigal Singers. I’m excited share my love for music with the students at Music and Play.

Qualifications
⇒ Master of Arts (Ethnomusicology) – University of Alberta
⇒ Bachelor of Arts (Music) – Augustana University College

Sarah Wong

(Music: Private Piano)

As a B.A. graduate in Psychology, I recognize the importance of education and how it is enhanced by a musical foundation. My teaching style encourages daily practicing, building good habits and discipline, while still maintaining a fun and creative atmosphere.

Music has always been an important part of my life. I began my piano studies at age 12. Currently, I am working towards my Grade 10 certificate from the Royal Conservatory of Music. As a Music and Play teacher, I maintain a balance between meeting the students’ needs and gently stressing the importance of musical theory and building appreciation and love for music.

Click here to hear Sarah discuss her teaching philosophy

Qualifications
⇒ Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) – University of Alberta
⇒ Grade 9 Piano & corequisites – Royal Conservatory of Music
⇒ Intermediate Harmony – Royal Conservatory of Music

Kiyo Yokoyama

(Music: Private Piano)

Kiyo Yokoyama was born and raised in Sapporo, Japan. She began piano lessons at age five through the Yamaha Music Program, and continued with private lessons until her high school graduation. Kiyo moved to the US to further her music education at Brigham Young University Hawaii where she chose to study organ music and later received a Bachelor of Music Degree from Utah State University and a Masters Degree in Organ Performance from Arizona State University. She has served as an accompanist for university choirs, local choirs and churches in Hawaii, Utah, Arizona, and Japan and taught at the Phoenix Yamaha Music School in Arizona for seven years.

Kiyo has been involved with musicals as a rehearsal accompanist and a show pianist. Since moving to Calgary in 2006, she has been part of a show with Storybook Theatre, as well as playing at church, for auditions, and has been teaching piano and organ lessons at a local Calgary music studio. Kiyo is very excited to join Music and Play as a piano instructor and is looking forward to sharing her love of music with her students.

Qualifications
⇒ Bachelor of Music (Organ Performance) – Utah State University
⇒ Master of Music (Organ Performance) – Arizona State University
⇒ Yamaha Certified Teacher

Darryl Lindenbach

(Co-Founder, Director: Theatre Arts, Artistic Producer: Imagine Performing Arts)

As an arts entrepreneur, management consultant and community builder, I’ve had the pleasure of creating and leading arts organizations across Western Canada over the past 25 years. I spent the majority of my early career as a theatre director, designer and artistic director/producer focusing on multi-disciplinary & musical theatre creation – founding three arts organizations, three performing arts schools directing/designing over 60 productions – and I still come back for more!  The second half of my career has focused on helping companies in the corporate, government, church and education sectors meet the goals and dreams they have for their organizations. Music and Play is the culmination of my life’s work and loves – providing artists and audiences, of all ages, the opportunity to experience and explore all that the arts has to offer.