(Music: Private Piano)
⇒ The Associate Diploma of The Royal Conservatory of Music (ARCT) – Piano Performance
⇒ ARCT History & Harmony – Royal Conservatory of Music
⇒ Bachelor of Arts (Sociology, minor Psychology), University of Calgary
Sinclair was raised in a music-oriented family. His father played classical guitar and his two sisters learned the piano. Growing up, Sinclair participated in many performances and festivals including the APTA and Kiwanis Festivals. Sinclair started his Royal Conservatory of music journey at the age of only five and he has now completed his ARCT of Piano Performance.
As an educator, Sinclair has been teaching piano for over seven years and seeks to inspire students of all ages, and all skill levels, to learn to love music and the piano as much as he does. Sinclair believes that one of the greatest joys of teaching is seeing students grow their abilities and talents. He also believes that every student is unique and works to tailor his lessons and methods to best fit each student’s individual learning style.
Sinclair is excited to join Music and Play as a private piano instructor. He is passionate about teaching and looks forward to meeting all his new students.
(Music: Private Violin & Piano; Group Music: ECE & String Ensembles)
⇒ Master of Music (Violin Performance) – University of Calgary
⇒ Bachelor of Music (Violin Performance) – University of Calgary
Angela Smart is a Calgary-based violinist and pianist who has been an active part in the music community for the past decade. Having earned both her Master of Music (MMus) and Bachelor of Music (BMus) specializing in performance from the University of Calgary, Angela has a diverse skillset of both teaching and performing experience on multiple instruments.
During her studies at the University of Calgary, Angela served as concertmaster for the University Orchestra, as well as the second violin in the U of C faculty String Quartet. In addition to her experience performing locally, Angela has also frequently toured both in North America and in Europe as both a classical and electric violinist. In 2017 and 2019, Angela was invited to play in the Academia Europea dell’Opera Orchestra in productions of several Mozart operas. Angela has also participated in many prestigious Summer music festivals including the Orford Summer Music Academy, Domaine Forget International Summer Festival. Angela was also a winner of the 2020 Calgary Philharmonic Concerto Competition. As an electric violinist, Angela has performed with Michael Buble, Il Divo, 2Cellos and numerous local DJ’s for various events.
As a teacher, Angela has maintained a private studio of up to 30 students since 2014 when she began teaching. She seeks to maintain high technical and learning standards for her students, while above all making music enjoyable and rewarding. Students are educated in a range of methods including Suzuki, Kodaly and RCM but are also encouraged to seek other pieces genres to learn from.
Prior to devoting her studies exclusively to music, Angela was a highly trained ballerina; giving her a unique performance background and familiarity with kinesiology and movement which she incorporates into her teaching and performing. During her graduate studies, Angela received the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Grant from the Government of Canada for her research in how movement affects violin performance and pedagogy.
(Music: Private Voice)
⇒ Master of Music (Voice Performance) – San Francisco Conservatory of Music
⇒ Bachelor of Music (Voice Performance) – University of Toronto
⇒ Diploma (Theatre Performance) – Mount Royal University, Calgary
Having just returned from finishing her Master of Music in San Francisco, Cristina is thrilled to be back in her hometown of Calgary and to join the Music & Play team. As a diverse performer, Cristina’s performance repertoire includes a wide range of styles spanning from baroque opera to new music and everything in between, as well as art song and musical theatre. Most recently, she played Prince Orlovsky (Die Fledermaus), Matilda (Ottone), Baker’s Wife (Into the Woods), and Nova (Firebird Motel) at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Hansel in the Three Sisters Young Artists’ inaugural production of Hansel and Gretel in Calgary.
With over eight years of music and drama teaching experience, Cristina has taught private lessons and group classes to students of all ages, and with companies throughout Calgary and Okotoks. Cristina believes in finding the unique voice of each of her students and works to provide them with the tools needed to perform confidently, to become well-rounded and proficient artists through the combination of technique and artistry taught in fun and creative ways, and to bring the skills they gain through arts education into their daily lives!
(Music: Private Guitar, Private Trumpet)
⇒ Bachelor of Music – with distinction (jazz studies – trumpet) – Capilano University, North Vancouver
David is a trumpet player, guitarist, composer and educator in Calgary. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz from Capilano University. He began studying trumpet in his teens which led him to major in trumpet studies in university. He has also studied guitar for 11 years from age 12 and it has remained
his secondary instrument throughout his degree with classical, rock and jazz guitar styles continuing to be a focus in his musical career.
Since completing his degree, David has gone on to record a full-length original jazz quartet album (on Trumpet) with Juno award winning pianist Brad Turner. On trumpet he also regularly performed in Vancouver with various small jazz groups. David has also recorded an EP (on guitar and vocals) with his original rock group ‘Wild Friar’, has performed regularly throughout the lower mainland and has played professionally on many studio recording projects for film and other projects over the past seven years in Vancouver. Aside from his playing, David has composed original works for Capilano A Band and had original works recorded and played by the Hard Rubber Orchestra and Vancouver Young Composers Ensemble.
As an educator, David has taught guitar and trumpet at studios throughout the lower-mainland in BC and enjoys sharing his passion for music with students of all ages, abilities and levels. He believes that students all learn differently and, that in addition to helping students through the various elements of advancing their musicality, a teacher is also there to help students learn how to effectively practice (so that they may achieve these goals when they are away from the studio). David’s lessons are tailor-made to each student to ensure they may advance in the areas they are focused on while at the same time diversifying their skills.
(Music: Private Saxophone, Woodwinds)
⇒ Bachelor of Music (Saxophone Performance) – University of Lethbridge
⇒ Bachelor of Education (Music) – University of Lethbridge
Emily Foxton has been a musician specializing in saxophone for over ten years and has grown into a music educator. She began her musical endeavours right here in Calgary, as a member of the many marching bands and community ensembles the city offers. She attended the University of Lethbridge where she performed in the Wind Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble and Coulee Saxophone Quartet. In addition to her university ensembles, she has performed at numerous North American Saxophone Alliance conferences as well as for the Southern Winds and the National Youth Band of Canada. During her performance degree, Emily also discovered her passion for education when she had the opportunity to work with young musicians and lead clinics at a number of festivals including, the Cantando and Whistler Con Brio Festivals.
Emily received her Bachelor of Education in 2019 and has been teaching music privately, in schools and at summer camps to eager young musicians for many years. As a teacher, she seeks to provide her students with strong musical literacy, a sense of style and of course, proper technique and continually works to seek out innovative and engaging ways to inspire and grow the love of music in all of her students.
Emily is excited to join Music and Play and eager to start playing with her new saxophone and woodwind students!
(Music: Private Drums – Set)
⇒ Bachelor of Music (Jazz Focus) – Ambrose University (in progress)
John is currently at Ambrose University studying jazz drumming and completing his Bachelor of Music degree. Beginning lessons at age 10, he has spent the past 12 years heavily involved in music as he has continued to advance his skills, play gigs, and develop a deep love and admiration for music. John primarily performs as a jazz musician but also professionally works in a wide variety of styles, from rock/pop to orchestral music. He has performed with the Ambrose Chamber Orchestra, University Singers, Jazz Big Band and combos, as well as various bands/jazz combos around Calgary.
He loves working with youth and has experience teaching a wide range of students in private lessons, summer camps and as a clinician. He believes that music education should not just make better drummers, but passionate and well-rounded musicians and looks forward to passing on what he has learned to inspire his students to grow.
(Music: Private Drums/Percussion-Contemporary/Latin/Jazz/Funk/Grove/Rock/Alternative; Private Bass Guitar, Private Guitar (Beginner-Intermediate)
Mr. Schaeffer started out his music career with completing his 3rd grade Royal Conservatory Piano at a young age, but soon learned that he had a passion for percussion. He then began lessons with a professional percussionist for a period of 3 years.
Mr. Schaeffer brings with him over 9 years of teaching experience for various Music Studios and has taught students from 4 to 82 years of age, as well as teaching disabled children. As a student of Mr. Schaeffer’s, you will learn the necessities to becoming a great drummer as well as Rudiments/Reading sheet music and Theory.
As well as percussion, David enjoys teaching Bass Guitar and Guitar.