Hi I'm Ian, my piano lessons focus on developing holistic musicianship—not just performance skills.

Lessons are student-centered and personalized, rooted in my knowledge and love of creating and playing music, and encourage life-long music making.

As a musician and teacher, I’m serious about helping my students along their musical path, but I also know that sometimes the best way to do that is by being a little goofy - lessons should be fun, because music is fun!

Ian Campbell-1001-X3

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About Me

About Me

I am an experienced music educator, pianist, composer, improvisor, and conductor.

I am passionate about teaching music holistically, nurturing my students’ creativity, and encouraging their musical interests.

I hold a Master of Music in choral conducting from the University of Manitoba, I spent two summers studying composition, counterpoint, and partimenti at La Schola Cantorum with the European American Musical Alliance in Paris, France. I hold a Bachelor of Music in piano and music theory from the University of Manitoba.

What are you looking for?

Beginner Lessons for Kids

Beginner Lessons for Kids

Starting piano lessons is so exciting! As a teacher, it’s so much fun to help my students take their first steps into the magical world of music.

From their first lesson, I teach my students to be creative and express themselves through music. I explain musical concepts in age appropriate ways, nurture my students’ unique creativity, and help them develop as a musician so they can enjoy making music throughout their life. 

I take my direction from my students. What get’s them excited? What sparks their interest? What are they enthusiastic about?

Together we will work at developing a healthy technique, ears for listening and understanding music and musical intelligence by composing and improvising. All while having fun and making awesome music!

For kids just starting at the piano and kids who are developing core skills, we will use my own method Nurturing Creativity at the Piano. 

Nurturing Creativity gives kids a well rounded skill set to explore music independently and will provide the foundational tools for whatever musical path(s) they choose to explore.  Here are some of the skills they will:

  • Learn to read music, play and perform reperetoire
  • Learn to improvise, and create music spontaneously
  • Learn to compose, write music, and perform their own songs

What about music theory?

  • Music theory concepts are woven into composing and improvising
  • We will take apart each song we play to see how it works
  • By using music theory students will be able to spot it, hear it, play it, improvise it, and ‘use it in a sentence’

For musicians our ears are our most powerful tool! Using online tools, kids will learn to listen to music like a musician!

  • Learn to play by ear, by listening to, figuring out, writing down, and playing songs 
  • Listen to music from the Renaissance to the present including:
    • Classical music, Jazz, Folk, Rock
    • Music the students like and are interested in
    • Other musics from around the world

Twice a year, students (in Winnipeg) of similar abilities will get together for a piano party

  • To get to know each other
  • To perform for each other in a relaxed and supportive environment
  • To learn from each other 
  • To play some music games
  • A little food

Caregivers are welcome to listen to the performances, but the focus will be the kids performing for each other. 

Piano Parties will happen in November and April. A sign-up form will be circulated about a month before the event to make sure everyone is on the same page, confirm attendance and will include information about dietary restrictions and allergies.

At the end of every year, students will take part in a collaborative composition project. 

  • Students will compose two pieces in the winter/spring that will demonstrate their understanding of what they have learned in the previous year.  
  • Students will perform one of their own songs 
  • Their second song will be distributed among my other students of similar level and they will receive someone else’s song
  • Songs will be prepared and recorded in their lessons
  • I will assemble a video of everyone’s performances and distribute the videos on YouTube. 

This sounds great! Please contact me later.

No pressure, I will email you about twice a year to see if the time is right for lessons.

Nurturing Creativity is my method for kids to learn to express themselves through composing, improvising and playing repertoire at the piano. and understand music through analysis and solfège. 

My students learn to be creative and tell stories through their music. 

Beginner Lessons for Teens + Adults

No matter your age, learning to play the piano can be a great adventure, an awesome hobby, and so much fun!

With your input I will customize your lessons to your interests and help you build your skills at the keyboard and your musicianship to achieve whatever goals you’ve set for yourself

If you want to play classical repertoire or popular song, just be able to sit down and improvise or compose your own music, or learn to play by ear: now is the time to start an amazing and fulfilling journey of learning to play the piano and making music.

Intermediate + Advanced Lessons

You have learned the basics, you can read music and learn repertoire, congrats! That’s huge!

But you feel like you are missing pieces deepen your musical abilities. Or you want to write your own songs, learn to improvise, learn songs by ear, and learn more complex repertoire.

Almost every composer and song writer has a wide variety of musical skills. Why shouldn’t you explore music the way they did?

Intermediate + Advanced Lessons

Partimento + Piano Lessons

Partimento + Piano Lessons

What is Partimento?

    / par ti ˈmɛn toʊ /

Partimento was one of the most powerful and common musical teaching methods in the western tradition of the 17th through 19th centuries. 

Partimenti are two things:

1.   an oral tradition and method of learning composition and improvisation at the keyboard,

2.   instructional bass lines designed to teach harmony and counterpoint.

A Little History

Partimenti – both the basses and the oral tradition – were developed and refined in Italy, particularly Naples. Orphans living in conservatories in Naples were taught music as a trade so they could earn a living.


The methods in these conservatories were so successful at teaching the average child composition, improvisation, performance, and analysis, that musicians trained in Naples started to flood the churches and courts of Europe. After the French Revolution, the Paris Conservatory was established and they imported Italian music teachers. Soon partimenti gained traction as a teaching method in Paris and in the conservatories around France. In Germany, musicians studied either with a student of the partimenti school or traveled to Italy themselves.

About the Partimeni Method

The extant manuscripts of partimenti are full of bass lines and very few words. These bass lines are full of musical implications. In learning partimenti the student learns to decipher the implications of the bass line attaching different rules, such as cadences, the rule of the octave, sequences and other harmonic and contrapuntal moves to create a new improvisation or composition. Through deep study of all the rules, students learn to understand the music they are playing and are able to compose and improvise new music.

What's Involved In Partimenti + Piano Lessons?

Learn Partimento Today

Partimenti are still one of the most effective tools for learning music at the keyboard. Partimento were designed to teach everyone to compose, improvise, play and understand music – not just the most naturally talented. It worked for some of the greatest composers, and it can work for you too!