(Music: Private Piano)
⇒ Bachelor of Music Composition – University of British Columbia
⇒ Diploma (Piano and Composition) – China Conservatory of Music
⇒ RCM Registered Teacher
⇒ Yamaha Group Lesson Certified
Kathy Wang was born into a musical family and started her piano studies at the age of three. She has more than ten years of professional music training at the China Conservatory of Music and its associated middle school, majoring in both piano and composition since the age of twelve. After moving to Canada, she completed her bachelor’s degree majoring in composition under Dr. Keith Hamel, Dr. Stephen Chatman, and Dr. Dorothy Chang at the University of British Columbia. During this time, Kathy pursued her piano study under the chair of the keyboard division – Prof. Mark Anderson who is a Steinway artist in Canada. She achieved a high standard of quality in both her composition and piano studies, and her compositions are frequently performed by the Contemporary Players Ensemble at UBC School of Music. Kathy has also achieved several musical awards and outstanding performance scholarships in both China and Canada.
Kathy has enjoyed teaching all levels, and all-ages, of private piano students as well as Yamaha group lessons, and musicianship lessons. Her goal as a music educator is to encourage and inspire all levels of music learners – from a simple interest in music to a passion for music and for those so inclined to the possibility of a profession in music.
Inspire the desire to aspire!
(Music: Private Piano-Contemporary; Jazz Ensembles/Workshops)
⇒ Technical Career’s degree in piano – Conservatory of State of Mexico
⇒ Bachelor’s degree in Communication Science – ITESM
⇒ Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Music Performance – INBA
Esteban Herrera is a pianist, composer, arranger, producer and music director originally from Mexico, now living in Canada. Born in Mexico City in 1979, he began his music formation when he was 11 years old and his studies have included, a Technical Career’s degree in Piano at the Music Conservatory of the State of Mexico, a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences at the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education and a Bachelor’s degree in jazz music performance at the National Institute of Fine Arts of Mexico.
Over the past 25 years, Esteban has worked professionally as a full-time musician and has performed, recorded and toured with numerous artists in important venues all around Mexico, USA, Canada, Spain, Italy, Germany, France and Latin America. His music is an original approach to contemporary world jazz with Latin heritage, exploring odd meters and complex rhythms, and letting improvisation lead each live session and recording. As a recording artist, Esteban is involved in all aspects; he writes the music and lyrics, arranges, play the piano, produces, direct and designs the covers of his albums. He has released 7 albums as a leader to date and is currently producing his 8th album, which will be released in August 2021.
Click here to visit Esteban’s YouTube site.
HEZE AN (TONY)
(Music: Private Piano)
⇒Bachelor of Music in Music Education – Minzhu University of China
⇒ Grade 10 Piano – Royal Conservatory of Music
⇒ Piano Teacher Certification – Royal Conservatory of Music
As an experienced professional teacher & performer, I have many years of classical training on piano, as well as theory. I began my piano education as a young child and passed the Grade 10 exam of the China Conservatory of Music in junior high school and in 2012, I received a bachelor’s degree in music education from Minzhu University of China. I have continued to enrich my music and teaching skills since moving to Canada and have completed my grade 10 piano exam and RCM piano teacher certification.
I love everything about music and enjoy empowering others to learn. I began teaching while I was in university have enjoyed teaching students of all ages during my career. My teaching philosophy is to treat each student as an individual and to develop a personalized teaching approach for each student in order to help them develop their full potential and cultivate a lifelong love of music and the arts.
Click here to see Heze at the piano: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsf03-aG1gU
(Music: Private Piano, Violin)
⇒ Bachelor of Music, Piano (in-progress) – University of Calgary
⇒ ARCT Piano Performance – Royal Conservatory of Music
⇒ Grade 9 Violin – Royal Conservatory of Music
Renee began playing the piano at a young age and soon developed a passion for performing. At 15, she completed her ARCT in Piano Performance and started learning the violin, finishing her Grade 9 Violin exam with honours in just 3 years. She is currently pursuing both a BA in Psychology and BMus in piano at the University of Calgary.
In her spare time, Renee enjoys volunteering in her community, including performing for residents at retirement homes and other care facilities.
Above all, she believes music should be fun and accessible to all, and is excited to work with the students at M&P!
(Music: Private Violin)
⇒ Grade 10 Violin—Royal Conservatory of Music
⇒ Rudiments and Basic Harmony in Theory—Royal Conservatory of Music
⇒ Ensemble Performance—Mount Royal Conservatory
As part of my musical upbringing, I have also had the privilege to teach the violin to students of all ages and backgrounds. During this time, I have learned the value of ensuring that each student is provided for individually and to ensure that the classroom remains a fun and interactive place. As a violin student, soloist, and ensemble performer, my training is primarily classical, having worked through the Royal Conservatory of Music program at the Mount Royal Conservatory in Calgary.
While studying, I was also given the unique opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City as a soloist, as part of the International Protégé competition. Likewise, I have performed as a soloist with the Calgary Performing Arts Festival (previously the Kiwanis Festival), as well as in senior homes around Calgary. While studying under the tutelage of the Conservatory, I also had the privilege to work with ensemble performers, having played with the nationally acclaimed Calgary Youth Orchestra. With this program, I had the privilege of travelling across Eastern Europe and performing in different cities in Austria, Hungary, and Poland.
Ultimately, I believe that music is an expression of the soul, and provides relief, catharsis, artistic inspiration. As such, my teaching philosophy includes maintaining a flexible attitude towards students and their unique learning styles and preferences. It is very important to me that my students are interested in the instrument, so my number one priority is to ensure that the classroom remains a place of discovery and fun. My one and only goal is for each student to walk away with a new (or continued) love of music, the violin, and the artistic world as a whole.