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.

⇒ Bachelor of Music Education (voice) – 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.

⇒ 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.

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.

⇒ Bachelor of Music (Composition) – University of Calgary

Sunny Chan

(Music: Group 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!

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 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

Nia Devetzis

(Music: Private Percussion)

Nia Devetzis is a percussionist driven by the vivid and vast world of contemporary music, whether as a soloist or chamber musician. As a teaching artist, she is dedicated to education through performance and instruction, leading by example and questioning audience expectations by asking, ‘what exactly is percussion?’

Notable performances include solo engagements with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and Calgary Wind Symphony, as well as Calgary’s contemporary music and sonic arts festival, Forms of Sound and the Stratford Summer Music Festival. As a chamber musician, Nia is dedicated to the support of contemporary music in Calgary as a core member of Timepoint Ensemble and has made appearances with The Rubbing Stone Ensemble and Land’s End Chamber Ensemble. Favourite past performances include Steve Reich’s Drumming at the TorQ Percussion Seminar, Conduct with the University of Calgary’s School of Creative and Performing Arts and concerts with So Percussion Quartet at Princeton University. Equally at home in an orchestra, contemporary ensemble, or playing Broadway musicals, Nia is an active performer and educator around Calgary. She completed a master’s in percussion performance at the university of Calgary with Rod Thomas Squance.

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

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

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!

Bachelor of Music  (composition): Université de Montréal

Stacey Hilscher

(Music: Music Pups, Music Adventures-preschool)

With a passion for music and a knowledge of experiential learning and that almost every moment can be intentionally FUN – I have been honoured to teach through Music and Play the last three years. A mother of 2 children, I am constantly reminded that every day passes quickly. We have such a small window to really impact our children and guide them to be the best they can be!

I first experienced the Music Pups® curriculum with my own children and was astonished by the intentionality of its program. Not only were my children having FUN they were stretched in areas of early childhood learning. These including social development, rhythm and tonal accuracy, physical literacy and structured learning. The Music Pups program is a perfect merriment of music and play! After a decision to switch my full-time career within dentistry to full-time Mom, I knew that I had an opportunity once again to build on my love of music and share this passion and knowledge with others.

Completing many years of studying piano and alto Saxophone, I’m always excited to share my years of learning with my young students AND they’re caregivers! 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 children!

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

Sarah Irwin

(Music: Private Voice)

I am thrilled to be back at Music and Play teaching private voice! Currently, I am back being a student myself, finishing up my B.A. in Music at Ambrose University, however, I graduated from the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria in 2009 and have been singing since the age of 10. For the last eight years, I have been pursuing a career in performing and have had the pleasure of being on stages across the country. My favorite roles include ‘Belle’ in Beauty and the Beast, ‘Audrey’ in Little Shop of Horrors, and ‘Cathy’ in The Last 5 Years. As an experienced singer and performer I sing all styles, (pop/rock-classical) but musical theatre is my specialty.

I believe music education should be above all fun, yet also challenging. My desire is to help my students grow in their love for music, as well as build their confidence for their everyday lives. I also believe that singing should not just be executed with good technique (although that is important!) but that it needs to express what is in your heart and soul; because you have something to say. My goal is to encourage my students to find their own unique voices and to discover the stories they want to tell.

Click here to see Sarah in performance.

Diploma (Performing Arts, 3-year) – Canadian College of Performing Arts
⇒ Bachelor of Arts (Music; minor English Literature) – Ambrose University (in progress)

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.

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.

Bachelor of Music (Flute Performance)

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.

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

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.

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

Chandra Stromberg

(on maternity leave)

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
⇒ 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. .

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

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!”

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.

⇒ 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.

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

Kiyo Yokoyama Larose

(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