I’m glad that you are exploring taking piano lessons. I hope this information helps you decide on a teacher that is right for you. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like to schedule a meeting!
I am a pianist, composer, improvisor, and conductor. I am passionate about teaching music creatively and holistically by integrating piano, theory, improvisation, and composition into lessons.
I hold a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Manitoba, diplomas in composition from the European American Musical Alliance at La Schola Cantorum in Paris, France, and a Bachelor of Music in piano and music theory from the University of Manitoba.
I hold a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Manitoba.
I love playing the piano and making music!
It’s fun, it’s hard work, and it’s beautiful!
I hope to help you or your child along their musical journey!
My Teaching Philosophy
I believe that when we teach music we are teaching a language. When we learn a language we learn to read, speak, and write. This is how I aim to teach others to be fluent in music:
- to read through learning to decipher a score, and perform repertoire;
- to speak through improvisation exercises that augment and expand on the repertoire that is being studied;
- to write, using those improvisations to develop small compositions.
For you, learning to read, speak, and write music will open up so many possibilities for a lifetime of music making. Whatever musical journey you are on – playing in a band on the piano or another instrument, singing in a choir, or becoming a singer songwriter – you will have a deep understanding of how music works and the skills to adapt that knowledge to any musical situation.
“Ian’s natural instinct is to unlock and reward students’ creativity.”
– Eric Heidbreder
“Ian is very encouraging and understanding with a sound theoretical knowledge and excellent performance skills.”
– Farah Noreen
Online Lessons via Zoom
What You Will Need
You will need a phone, tablet, or computer that can video chat and some way to prop the device at the end of the piano so I am able to your fingers and face.
A no-fee consultation with the student, parent, and me, where we can meet, I can answer any of your questions, and we can have a mini-lesson.
Practising Between Lessons
Practicing between lessons is important. At each lesson I will write comments and suggestions to practice and improve in the student’s lesson notebook.
Each student’s practice habits are different and the amount of time necessary can vary with one level and other commitments. For some amount of time spent practicing will ebb and flow each day, for some it is important to keep a consistent schedule. I can help students create practice schedules that work for them.
See my Practice Tips page for lots of tips, ideas, and links for parents and all types of learners.
What I think is most important is that there is a consistent and regular effort most days to practice.
Please sign and date the Studio Policy before our second lesson. The Studio Policy is available for download here.
I teach from September to early December and from January to late May or early June.
Summer lessons may be arranged on an individual basis.
Please pay for the coming month’s lessons on or before the 1st of each month. My preferred method of payment is by e-transfer.
Please give me 24 hours notice if you need to cancel a lesson. If it is less than 24 hours before a lesson your fee will be forfeited. As my schedule permits I will do my best to schedule make up lessons.
Discontinuation of Lessons
Please give me 4 weeks notice of discontinuation of lessons or payment of the equivalent of 4 weeks of lessons.
I have recently complete a Winnipeg Police Service Criminal Record Check, a Vulnerable Sector Screening, and a Child Abuse Registry screening.
All checks and screenings are clear of any worngdoing. I can provide copies if requested.