We have a great, dedicated faculty at Music and Play.
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.
⇒ Bachelor of Music Education – University of Regina
⇒ Grade 9 Piano & corequisites – Royal Conservatory of Music
⇒ MYCC (MYC certified)
⇒ Music Pups Certified
(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.
(Music: Group Music)
Music Teacher, researcher and life-time student, Bahar started to work with children when she was still pursuing her conservatory education. After she graduated, she completed her pedagogical formation as a teacher by studying many special music teaching techniques such as ‘Orff’ and ‘Body Percussion’, to provide better understanding and create strong communication with her students. Bahar specializes in teaching music to students between the ages of 0 to 6 years old. Her teaching philosophy is based on communicate, monitor, and have fun, and she believes the best education can be provided when families and teachers work together.
Bahar enjoys outdoor activities, cooking, and family time and is currently pursuing her PhD studies at the University of Calgary in the Musicology Department. She is interested in intercultural studies and is actively performing Classical Kemence, and vocal, along with doing her research.
⇒ Doctorate of Musicology – University of Calgary
⇒ Doctorate of Musicology and Music Theory – Istanbul Technical University
⇒ Master’s Degree on Folklore – Aegean (Ege) University Social Sciences
⇒ Bachelor’s Degree on Traditional Music – Aegean (Ege) University Traditional Music Conservatory
⇒ Pedagogical Formation – Aegean University Faculty of Education
(Music: Group Music)
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!
⇒ 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
⇒ MYC Level 3 – Music for Young Children
(Music: Private Piano)
Piano has always been the center of my life since I was a child. I was born and raised in Taiwan and my early music aspirations and disciplines were established in a culture that emphasized a good work ethic. I moved to Canada in 2001 and have since been greatly inspired by western music tradition through continued private study.
Music is a gift that gives us tremendous power to feel, to express, and to love. I vividly remember how fascinated I was when learning to play my first Chopin Waltz (in C minor) when I was twelve. Its exotic, eerie and mysterious atmosphere just brought me to another world. I also recall how amazed I was when I discovered Mozart was a world-famous composer because it felt like he was just a childhood friend. It is this kind of magical moment that brightens our mind and soul, and it is this kind of inspiration that makes life worth living!
To me, sharing music expertise is no different than sharing joy and I look forward to meeting new music loving students at Music and Play and sharing the joy of music with them!
⇒ MBA – University of Calgary
⇒ ARCT (Piano Performance Candidate) – Royal Conservatory of Music
⇒ ARCT Counterpoint and Harmony – Royal Conservatory of Music
⇒ Advanced Rudiments – Royal Conservatory of Music
⇒ Music History (Levels One and Two) – Royal Conservatory of Music
⇒ Gold Seal – Calgary Performing Arts Festival, 2016
(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 meet the students at Music & Play and look forward to helping them develop a true passion for music!
⇒ Bachelor of Music (Piano) – Hanil University/Korea
⇒ Shindongah Music School (Founder) – Korea
⇒ Alfred Music Certified
(Music: Private Piano)
As an accomplished trumpet player, pianist, and educator for two decades, Jon has been a featured artist in a variety of music festivals around the globe, and has had the privilege of sharing the stage with a variety of world-class musicians. Jon is a respected leader having conducted and composed for a wide variety of ensembles, orchestras, bands, quartets, and vocal groups.
In addition to an impressive performance career, Jon is known for being a skillful instructor and has worked for more than two decades as a private and group instructor on both trumpet and piano. He has served as a music professor at Mount Royal University and Rocky Mountain College teaching instrument technique, performance technique, improvisation, music theory and ear training, arranging, composition, and history and has also worked as a civilian instructor and conductor of marching bands, small ensembles, and jazz ensembles for several Air Cadet Squadrons across Canada.
Jon currently resides in Calgary, Alberta where he works in the music industry as a freelance performer, recording artist, arranger, orchestrator, composer and educator!
⇒ Bachelor of Music (Jazz Performance-Trumpet major, Dean’s Honour Roll, Rosenthal Award) – McGill University (Montreal, QC)
⇒ Popular Music Diploma (Program Award, graduated with Distinction) – Vanier College (St. Laurent, QC)
(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!
⇒ Bachelor of Music – with distinction (percussion performance), University of Calgary
Private Vocal and Performance Coach
Throughout his career, Dennis has put his versatility to the test in many endeavours. As a young man, Dennis toured as a key performer in his family’s high energy musical variety show that landed in Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia. In Canada, the Dubbins were heard on radio jingles, seen on television and were a hit on stage at the 1988 Winter Olympic Games.
Soon after, Dennis found himself as part of the Canadian touring company of Les Misérables. His first mega-musical, staged in Toronto, was Miss Saigon in 1994, which was quickly followed by another, when Dennis was hand-picked by Pete Townsend to appear in The Who’s, Tommy. After lighting up the stage in Toronto, Dennis was asked to join the German production of Miss Saigon – where he became the first Caucasian actor to play the role of John. Following, Dennis went on play the lead role of Jean Valjean in Les Misérables (in Germany) along with shows including Man of La Mancha, Passion, Crazy for You, Evita, Grease and I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change.
As a professional performer, Dennis has had the pleasure of living out his life both on stage and around the world. Having now returned to Calgary, he looks forward to impacting artists young and old within our city and inspiring and challenging students at Music and Play.
ABOUT ENROLLING WITH DENNIS:
Mr. Dubbin started singing at 10 years old, was working professionally by the age of 17 and has studied in Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, and Germany.
Dennis utilizes the ‘speech-level singing’ method. This technique was originally developed by Mr. Seth Riggs, who works with Barbra Streisand, Stevie Wonder, and Madonna, and emphasizes a mostly inactive — or ‘out of the way’—larynx. More importantly, Dennis works with his students in a way that builds on their ‘natural talent’ without imposing complicated technique.
Coaching sessions with Dennis can take you from warm-up, to natural technique, to song application, to performance. Coaching sessions with Dennis are designed for students aged 10 – Adult and may be customized for beginner to Advanced students. Dennis specializes in the following:
- Physical & Vocal Warm-Up Coaching
- Song interpretation/Acting through the Song
- Repertoire Building/Song Book Preparation
- Audition Prep for Musical Theatre
Note: Private Coaching with Dennis Dubbin start at $40/half-hour.
Dr. Richard Emilson
(Music: Private Piano, Group Music)
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.
⇒ PhD (Education) – Biola University, La Mirada California
⇒ Various Music courses – Providence University & Ambrose University
(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. Alongside my performing career, I enjoy sharing my passion for music with my students, and make a point of giving them the tools to play the music they like.
⇒ Bachelor of Music (composition): Université de Montréal
(Dance: Hip Hop)
Dance is a crucial part of my life. I have grown up in both the street dance scene and in structured dance classes. Experienced in ballet, jazz, modern, hip-hop and Krump, I have trained in all disciplines and am currently studying dance at the University of Calgary. My plan for studying dance is to apply the knowledge into the street dance scene in Calgary to create more focused, passionate and deliberate dancers. I am a founding (and youngest) member of Empirical Freedom Krump (Calgary’s first and only Krump group) and a member of the urban dance group Mpact. Although I enjoy all of the styles I have trained in, hip-hop and Krump are in my heart. I’ve been dancing hip-hop since I was 8 years old and I’ve been in love with it ever since. My goal is to spark the love of dance in my students, get them active, and educate them with the real purpose of hip-hop culture; self-expression, respect and fun!
(Dance: Tap, Ballet, Jazz)
I have been dancing since the age of four and I love to share my passion of dance with everyone I can! I am currently attending the University of Calgary, working on my double degree with a BA in Dance and a BSc in Psychology. Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, I trained in the Intensive Training Program at Halifax Dance. In Halifax I performed as Emily, the Rag Doll in Symphony Nova Scotia’s The Nutcracker and was a member of The YOung COmpany of Halifax Dance from 2011 to 2013. Since moving to Calgary I have performed in Dance Montage and Dance@Noon at the University of Calgary as part of their 2013-2014 season.
I have enjoyed teaching dance students of all ages, and at a number of schools, including Halifax Dance and Urban Dance Connect and have also assisted with Inclusive Movement special needs dance classes. I look forward to continuing to work with the great young dancers at Music and Play this year!
⇒ Awarded Commended from the Society of Russian Ballet on her Elementary Ballet Exam
(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!
⇒ Grade 8 Piano – Royal Conservatory of Music
⇒ Grade 3 History and Harmony – Royal Conservatory of Music
⇒ Grade 2 Theory – Royal Conservatory of Music
(Music: Private Piano)
Tammy Hemmaway Lehman was born and raised in Medicine Hat. She began studying music at the age of 8 with a focus on classical and theater organ. In 1983 she began her teaching career at The United Conservatory of Music teaching organ lessons and eventually expanding into electronic and digital piano / keyboards. She has taught hundreds of students over her career, and many of her new students are children of her past students. Tammy has continued her education in music including, several Jazz Piano workshops, led by Derek Stoll (Mount Royal University-Calgary), many years of Technics Canada workshops and seminars and in 2013 she completed the `MUSIC COGNITION` program through BOSTON`S BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC.
There have been many proud moments in Tammy’s teaching career including a former student, Ronaye Beck (now a chemical engineer in Dubai) being invited to perform at the World Expo in Spain. Tammy has been a UCOM Festival coordinator for 14 years now, fostering the advancement of music for students in piano, guitar, drums and voice in Medicine Hat.
In her spare time, she enjoys running and outdoor activities, enjoys spending time with her family and friends. and is a proud mother of two daughters – now in university.
⇒ Grade 9 & Advanced Rudiments – Royal Conservatory of Music
(Music: Private Woodwinds, Group Theory)
Simon MacLeod is a versatile member of the Calgary arts scene, contributing his talents as a performing and teaching artist with an enthusiasm for contemporary music. He has received a Bachelor of Music from the School of Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Calgary and he has been showcased at local venues such as Arts Commons and the National Music Centre, and has performed with local ensembles including Alberta Winds and the Calgary Wind Symphony. Simon’s activities have taken him across North America to cities such as Vancouver and Chicago for programs, workshops, and performances associated with the North American Saxophone Alliance, and the International Academy of Music, where he has worked with artists Eugene Rousseau, Jeremy Brown, Frederick Hemke, Julia Nolan, and Jean-Michel Goury. Simon is passionate about new music for saxophone as well as experimenting with new ideas for collaborative projects with artists in dance, theatre, and visual art.
⇒ Bachelor of Music (woodwind performance) – University of Calgary
(Music: Private Guitar)
Mackenzie Meding grew up in small town Trochu, Alberta, where she took an interest in guitar during her teenage years. After high school, Mackenzie decided to take her musicianship to the next level and enrolled in the Red Deer College music diploma program, studying jazz and classical guitar and exploring other genres (rock, blues, funk, country and alternative) for three years. Throughout her schooling, Mackenzie developed an understanding of music theory and ear training, and began teaching outside of her studies. Now as a recent graduate, she looks forward to pursuing her teaching career with a whole new array of styles and techniques and is very excited about passing the joy of music along to her new, bright, young students at Music and Play!
⇒ Diploma of music (electric guitar) – Red Deer College
(Theatre Arts: Musical Theatre; Music: Private Voice)
Brianne has been singing since the age of four and is trained in classical and musical theatre with some experience in jazz. She has been in several shows across Calgary including Ruddigore, Legally Blonde and It’s a Wonderful Life.
Growing up, Brianne attended Central Memorial High School in the Performing Visual Arts Voice program and has won numerous vocal awards in the City including the Most Outstanding Vocal Musicianship Award, Songfest Musical Theatre Award (2017), and Fan’s Choice Award with Karaoke Idol (with Kiss Productions). Brianne is currently enrolled at Ambrose University working towards her Bachelor’s of Music degree and is excited to be part of the Music and Play team!
⇒ Bachelor of Music (Vocal Performance – current) – Ambrose University
⇒ Fine and Performing Arts Certificate
(Music: Music Adventures, 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.
⇒ Bachelor of Music (Flute Performance)
(Music: Private Piano)
I grew up in rural Manitoba in a very musical family and began piano lessons at the age of seven. I was very fortunate to have excellent teachers. My own teaching career began at age 15, after achieving RCM Grade 8 piano with honors. I taught for five years at that time, including while I was a student at Brandon University School of Music (Brandon MB), where, as a piano major, I studied with Gordon Macpherson, and achieved a grade 10 level of performance.
After two years in the BMUS program, I decided to change my focus and graduated from Brigham Young University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Educational Psychology. Soon after, I came to Calgary and returned to my original passion of teaching private piano and music theory. I now have nearly 35 years of teaching experience.
I believe that music education can be for anyone. I have had the pleasure of working with students of all ages and with a wide range of abilities, and have prepared many for exams, competitions, and recitals. I have also enjoyed working with students whose interests and expectations were more about playing for enjoyment.
Music is truly a lifelong passion and a part of my soul. I have found nurturing that love and appreciation in those I teach to be one of life’s most rewarding experiences.
⇒ Bachelor of Science, Educational Psychology – Brigham Young University (Utah)
⇒ Grade 8 piano – RCM
⇒ Grade 10 Voice – RCM
⇒ Grade 4 Theory, first class honours– RCM
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.
(Dance: Jazz, Contemporary, Creative Dance Ens; Theatre Arts: Musical Theatre, ShowChoir)
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.
⇒ Dance Performance Certificate – George Brown College
⇒ Certificate, Diploma, and Applied Diploma in the Performing Arts – The Canadian College of Performing Arts
(Music: Group Music, Private Music)
From the moment that his fingers could reach the keys of his mother’s piano, David has had a lifelong love of the instrument. He originally planned to be a physician but took a break to fulfill his dream of studying music and never looked back.
David has had a wide variety of experiences in the music industry for over 40 years. He has been a recruiter, trainer, lecturer and teacher as well as a full-time professional musician. His association with ‘Music For Young Children’™ has resulted in numerous publications and he is a recipient of their ‘Cornerstone Award’. David has also been involved with the writing and production of two musicals and in 1999, David formed the North West Mounted Police Brass Band to commemorate the founding of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and to revive their historic musical traditions from the 1800’s.
David has performed across Europe, the U.S., Latin America and coast to coast in Canada. David has appeared in half a dozen movies and has been music coach to the stars (Sarah Polley, Milla Jovovich). During the 1990’s he was an official Judge for the Stampede Youth Talent Competition, he has been a three-time judge for the Juno Awards, Contemporary Christian Category and his multimedia project “Songs of the Street / Canciones de la Calle”, (photographs and music) was presented at the Naval Museum in Cartagena, Colombia in 2010.
This broad expanse of musical experience has helped lead to, and has been injected into, the creation of ‘The Safari’ – a new curriculum that David is pleased to be introducing to music studios worldwide.
⇒ Music Diploma (honours) – Humber College, Toronto
(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!
⇒ 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
(Music: Private Voice)
Musical theatre is my passion and I love sharing this passion with my students. I started singing when I was a child and discovered my love of musical theatre in school and I haven’t looked back since. I attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York with a focus on musical theatre performance and I continue to hone my skills performing around Calgary. I’m delighted to be a part of the Music and Play team and look forward to continuing to help develop and nurture the skills of each student, encouraging them to take risks and most importantly – to have fun!
⇒ Certificate (Musical Theatre) – American Musical and Dramatic Academy
(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. .
⇒ Grade 9 Piano – Royal Conservatory of Music
⇒ Grade 8 Voice – Royal Conservatory of Music
⇒ Grade 3 History, Grade 5 Harmony, Grade 5 Theory – Royal Conservatory of Music
⇒ Music Composition in Jazz Studies, Grant MacEwan College
(Music: Group Music)
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.
⇒ Master of Arts (Ethnomusicology) – University of Alberta
⇒ Bachelor of Arts (Music) – Augustana University College
(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.
⇒ Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) – University of Alberta
⇒ Grade 9 Piano & corequisites – Royal Conservatory of Music
⇒ Intermediate Harmony – Royal Conservatory of Music
(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.
⇒ Bachelor of Music (Organ Performance) – Utah State University
⇒ Master of Music (Organ Performance) – Arizona State University
⇒ Yamaha Certified Teacher
(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.