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Teacher Profile

 

Piano 

 

Daniel Chung

 

Instruments: Piano, Violin

Education:  Queens University (Bachelor), University of Toronto (Masters)

Style: Classical, Contemporary, RCM examination program

Language: English, Cantonese

 

Being a Toronto native, Daniel was classically trained in piano from the young age of 6 through the Royal Conservatory of Music program. At the age of 10, he was also introduced to the violin at school. An instrument he would play for the next 8 years as part of an orchestra performing both locally and internationally in countries such as USA, Germany, Romania, Hungary, and Austria. As a pianist, he has performed over the years in numerous venues from recitals and concerts to Kiwanis festivals and long-term senior residences.

After graduating from the University of Toronto with a Masters degree, Daniel decided to further explore opportunities in the performing arts and studied improvisation for a year at Second City. Simultaneously, he took to the stage and screen as an actor showcasing his talents in independent films, plays, commercials, and more. Daniel also has extensive experience as an instructor having worked with a wide range of ages from children all the way to adults. Through positive reinforcement, he guides every student towards reaching their full potential while building up their self confidence in the process. His teaching philosophy is getting the student to enjoy what they are learning and to have fun in the classroom.

 

 

Ivan Yeung

 

Instruments: Piano, Advanced Rudiments, Harmony, History

Education: Bachelor of Music: Piano Performance (University of Toronto), Master of Music: Piano Pedagogy (University of Toronto)

Style: Classical Piano, Contemporary Piano, RCM examination program

Language: English, Cantonese

 

 

Ivan was introduced to the piano at the age of 4 but did not find his passion for music until 11 years old. Since then, Ivan has advanced through the RCM Grades at a fast pace, competed and won numerous competitions. He has placed first in music competitions and festivals such as the Scarborough Music Festival, Kiwanis Music Festival, Toronto Music Competition, Richmond Hill Music Festival, and Yip’s Music Festival. He has also placed 3rd in the 2007 Canadian Music Competition for the category of 14 years and under, and also placed 4th in the 2009 Canadian Music Competition for the category of 18 years and under. During the year of 2008, he was fortunate enough to be invited to the Vienna School of the Performing Arts where he performed a solo recital. In 2009 and 2010, Ivan was invited to the Officials Gathering at the Heintzman House as a solo pianist, performing in front of many important officials of the town such as the Mayor of Markham, Frank Scarpitti. Ivan currently holds a Bachelor of Piano Performance degree and Master of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy both from the University of Toronto. In his spare time, Ivan enjoys reading books and playing sports such as table tennis and badminton.

 

 

 

Tim Chiu

 

Instruments: Acoustic Guitar, Classical Guitar, Electric Guitar,

Education: York University

Style: Jazz, Folk, Rock, Pop

Language: English, Mandarin

 

Tim Chiu holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree studying classical piano from York University with entrance scholarship, as well as Bachelor of Education from Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, illegible to teach Music and Drama from Grade 7 to Grade 12 in Ontario Public Schools. Began his musical journey since six years old, and passionate for both music performance and education, Tim has almost a decade of teaching experience at the age of twenty-five already.

Although he came from a Classical background, Tim has extensive experience in Pop, Rock, Blues, Electronic, and other genres of music as well. He started playing in bands since high school and performed songs in many genres. Being the keyboardist of his band, Moonfall, he is also attuned for sound design, recording, and composition. He has performed in several local events, including Night It Up, Waterfront Night Market, Taiwan Fest, and many others.

 

 

 

Sammi Lee

 

Instruments: Piano, Vocal

Education: York University

Style: Jazz, Folk, Rock, Pop

Language: English

 

Sammi was born into a family of artists, discovering the joy of piano at age 5 and loving any form of arts since. She is a multi-talented artist who performs in all kinds of stages. She is a pianist, classical singer, dancer, actress, member of a choir and a rock band. Sammi has a passion in sharing her music, not only with performances, but also through teaching and encouraging her students.

Sammi has also acquired Master of Music Therapy and Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours; specialization in Classical Piano at York University. She has been trained in Guitar, Voice and Orff Instruments.

With her experience teaching music at several private schools and in-home lessons worldwide, Sammi utilizes repertoire of all types of music literature, including traditional and contemporary that are appropriate for all ages and skill levels of students to provide creative and professional music lessons. Sammi’s teaching methods are adaptive to varying aptitudes in each student and instill the joy of learning and making music.

 

 

Kay Lu

 

Instruments: Piano

Education: York University (Bachelor)

Style: Classical, Contemporary, RCM examination program

Language: English, Mandarin

 

Wei Yin Lu, going by the English name Kay, began learning piano at the age of three.  Kay originates from Taiwan, immigrating to Canada when she was 14. An experienced teacher, Kay has taught music since 2009, much of it with young children in both 1 on 1 settings and music camps. Her training and education has culminated in a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Music from York University, after briefly attending Wilfred Laurier and the University of Prince Edward Island.  As a pianist, Kay has performed on stage at Taiwan, Prince Edward Island, Halifax and Hong Kong. In addition to piano, Kay is a talented composer and flautist. She wishes to bring the joy of music to anyone she can with her outgoing teaching style

Ava Liu

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Instruments: 
Piano, Vocal

Education: Bachelor of Arts (Ryerson University)

Style: Classical Piano, Contemporary Piano, R&B Vocal, Pop Vocal, RCM examination program

Language: English, Mandarin, Cantonese

 

 

Ava has been studying the piano since the age of 7 and has been active in the Greater Toronto Chinese community as a performer and singer since the age of 16. During these years, she sang, and guest performed over hundreds shows, including Chinese new year countdown events, piano competitions and singing contests. She was featured as the lead vocalist in the Toronto based film “Promise” soundtrack. As a teacher, Ava has over 6 years in teaching experience to students aged 4 and above. Her lessons implement both the piano and voice techniques to educate her students and how both instruments can be used with one another. Her experience also allows her to train students to develop performance skills and on stage techniques. 

 

 

 

Yukwei Chan

 

Instruments: Piano, Advanced Rudiments

Education: Bachelor of Music Therapy (Wilfrid Laurier University)

Style: Classical Piano, Contemporary Piano, RCM examination program

Language: English, Cantonese

 

Yu Kwei first encountered her musical interest at the age of 2, when sitting in front of the keyboard playing familiar melodies by ear.  She soon began piano lessons, competing in various competitions and completing her Level 10 RCM certification. Continuing her love for music, Yu Kwei was completed the Music Therapy program at Wilfrid Laurier University in hopes to help others through music, while obtaining tutelage of classical piano at a university level. Her patience, understanding, and commitment to the success of her students allow her to gage student needs, adapting lessons to make learning an enjoyable experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Violin 

 

Erick Wawrzkiewicz

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Instruments: Violin, Advanced Rudiments

Eucation: ARCT Violin Performance, Bachelor of Music: Jazz Violin, Violin Performance (University of Toronto)

Style: Classical, Pop, Jazz, RCM Examination Program

Language: English

 

Erick is a professional violinist active in the GTA area. He performs regularly with orchestras and ensembles around the city. Always pursuing greater horizons Erick also occasionally appears as a violist and baroque violinist.

Born in England to Polish and Brazilian parents he started studying the violin in Poland at age 4.  He studied with Israeli violinist, Eyal Kless, at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and with TSO associate concertmaster Mark Skazinetsky at the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Taylor Academy and the University of Toronto Faculty of Music where he also took viola lessons with Eric Nowlin and worked on Historically Informed Performance Practice with Jeanne Lamon and Ivars Taurins from Tafelmusik.

As a teacher Erick seeks to help his students find their own voices and explore how to express themselves clearly through music.

 

 

 


 

Drum 

 

Randolf Jimenez

Instruments: Drum

Eucation: Bachelor of Arts: Jazz Performance  (York University)

Style: Rock, Pop, Metal, Funk, RCM Accredited

Language: English

 

Randolf Jimenez born in Caracas, Venezuela. At a young age shows great interest in percussion instruments and at 12 he begins practicing drums, to later enroll in the School of Music Jose Reyna. At the same time, he starts drum lessons with renowned teachers such as Andres Briceño (Director of Conservatory Big Band Jazz of Simon Bolivar) and Tomas Luis Garcia (DC New York). Additionally, as part of his training, he also attends important seminars with world-class drummers such as Horacio Hernandez, Robbie Ameen, Russ Miller, Julio Barreto, Alvaro Lopez and Richie Garcia.

This young and talented musician has performed in many concerts in major art centres in Caracas-Venezuela and in different venues around the world, earning himself and his jazz trio, the recognition of one the musicians with more shows in the music scene in Caracas.His work has been reviewed in major print media such as El Diario de Caracas, weekly Sexto Poder, Ultimas Noticias, also magazines like CARAS, A UNO and more recently in the international journal ACID CONGA as well as in numerous TV shows. Also, he has been mentioned in several important websites such as SinFlash.com, muheve.com, acn.com, quenotarevista.com among many others. Most of these websites have named him The Groove of Venezuela for his outstanding work as a teacher and performing/studio musician.

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Guitar 

 

Lorne MacDonald

 

Instruments: Acoustic Guitar, Classical Guitar, Electric Guitar,

Education: York University

Style:Classical, Jazz, Folk, Rock, Pop

Language: English

 

Lorne began studying guitar when he was 12 years old and I have been teaching since 2015. When he was a kid my favorite thing to do was to go to my guitar lessons and in my free time, playing rock and pop music on electric guitar. As he became older, he developed a passion for classical guitar. He began to study privately with renowned guitar virtuoso, RCM faculty member and examiner James Brown. With James, he became classically trained through the RCM examination system as well as in performance and Jazz improve. He learned that achieving the best grade possible in an RCM exam requires a very refined technique, strong articulation, attention to detail and knowledge of the history behind each piece. It is not about the quantity of the pieces you can play but the quality of how you can play them.

Although Lorne really enjoy performing, his true passion is teaching. My first step when meeting a new student is to acknowledge what they like and dislike and any goals they may have. Always trying to keep things as intriguing as possible, introducing new things that will hopefully spark the students interest.

 

 


 

Vocal 

Eileen Shan

 

Instruments: Piano, Vocal

Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts – Music/Psychology 

Style: Classical, Modern, Pop, Jazz

Language: English, Mandarin, Cantonese 

 

Born in Foshan, China, Eileen started to learn piano and singing since age of 6. She started singing in a local children Choir and the choir was entitled the first place in 2004 in an international choir competition named World Choir Game. She studied Jazz Theory and vocal in York University and entered several local singing competitions and achieved great success and fame in the GTA. Since 2011, she has been freelance performer as an keyboardist, vocalist, and chorus for over hundreds of shows in and around the GTA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Clarinet 

Brian Lee

 

Instruments: Piano, Clarinet

Education: Bachelor of Arts - University of Toronto

Style: Contemporary, RCM examination program Level 1 – 5, Jazz Vocal 

Language: English, Mandarin, Cantonese 

Available Time: Saturday AM/PM, Sunday AM, Weekdays after 6 PM

Brought up in Hong Kong in a music family, Brian came to Toronto in 2012. He has won numerous prizes in various open competitions including Hong Kong Asia Piano Open Competition as well as Hong Kong Schools Music and Speech Festival. As a pianist, Brian has performed in Hacken Lee’s Concert as a piano accompanist at Hong Kong Coliseum with over 10,000 audiences. As a clarinetist, Brian has actively participated in school woodwind orchestra, scout band, brass band, cadet corps, etc., and he is now a guest clarinetist at University of Toronto Concert Band.

Brian is patient and enjoys working with kids and teens to inspire and deepen their interest in music as a “universal language”. He believes every human being has unlimited potential to be explored. Brian has great passion in music. He enjoys composing, singing and busking during his leisure time. He also enjoys playing basketball and is a super Raptors fan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Visual Art Lessons in Markham and Richmond Hill

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Singing Lessons at Hanway Music in Markham and Richmond Hill

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What We Offer

 

 

 

Our Teachers

 

 

Eileen Shan Zou

 

Instruments: Piano, Vocal

Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts – Music/Psychology 

Style: Contemporary, RCM examination program Level 1 – 5, Jazz Vocal 

Language: English, Mandarin, Cantonese 

Available Time: Saturday AM/PM, Sunday AM, Weekdays after 6 PM

Born in Foshan, China, Eileen started to learn piano and singing since age of 6. She started singing in a local children Choir and the choir was entitled the first place in 2004 in an international choir competition named World Choir Game. She studied Jazz Theory and vocal in York University and entered several local singing competitions and achieved great success and fame in the GTA. Since 2011, she has been freelance performer as an keyboardist, vocalist, and chorus for over hundreds of shows in and around the GTA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sammi Lee

 

Instruments: Piano, Vocal

Education: York University

Style: Jazz, Folk, Rock, Pop

Language: English

Available Time: Monday PM, Tuesday PM, Saturday PM

Sammi was born into a family of artists, discovering the joy of piano at age 5 and loving any form of arts since. She is a multi-talented artist who performs in all kinds of stages. She is a pianist, classical singer, dancer, actress, member of a choir and a rock band. Sammi has a passion in sharing her music, not only with performances, but also through teaching and encouraging her students.

Sammi has also acquired Master of Music Therapy and Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours; specialization in Classical Piano at York University. She has been trained in Guitar, Voice and Orff Instruments.

With her experience teaching music at several private schools and in-home lessons worldwide, Sammi utilizes repertoire of all types of music literature, including traditional and contemporary that are appropriate for all ages and skill levels of students to provide creative and professional music lessons. Sammi’s teaching methods are adaptive to varying aptitudes in each student and instill the joy of learning and making music.

 

 

 

Ava Liu

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Instruments: 
Piano, Vocal

Education: Bachelor of Arts (Ryerson University)

Style: Classical Piano, Contemporary Piano, R&B Vocal, Pop Vocal, RCM examination program

Language: English, Mandarin, Cantonese

Available Time: Tuesday PM, Thursday PM

 

Ava has been studying the piano since the age of 7 and has been active in the Greater Toronto Chinese community as a performer and singer since the age of 16. During these years, she sang, and guest performed over hundreds shows, including Chinese new year countdown events, piano competitions and singing contests. She was featured as the lead vocalist in the Toronto based film “Promise” soundtrack. As a teacher, Ava has over 6 years in teaching experience to students aged 4 and above. Her lessons implement both the piano and voice techniques to educate her students and how both instruments can be used with one another. Her experience also allows her to train students to develop performance skills and on stage techniques. 

 

 

 

 

 

 


如何准备钢琴考级 【教师及家长必看】

考前准备

学生学习钢琴到一定程度时,家长及学生都希望得到专家的评定,也就是俗称的“考级”,这时候,凡是专业的钢琴教师都要提前半年至一年左右,开始让学生为考级做准备。
但要注意的是,这些准备时间并不是指这半年到一年的时间只弹考级曲目,而是要通过练习其它乐曲提高技术技能。
在此期间,钢琴教师要根据考级教程的要求,针对学生的训练目的及特点,合理安排考级曲目。单纯的练习考级曲目,还远远达不到培养学生综合素质的目的,为此,专业教师还应根据考生学习的需要,有针对性地给予学生不同的辅助教材进行练习。

 

制定学习计划

在备考过程中,老师要有计划、有步骤地安排考生的学习进度,如下:

1、首先不要忽略基础训练,老师要不断地强调基本功的重要性并随时检查(如音阶部分);

2、面对一首新作品,首先要培养学生的视奏能力,然后按照由慢到快的方式练习,并学会克服乐谱上的技术难点,并注意各种速度、力度标记;

3、学会如何分句,如何表达乐曲的不同情感、风格,如何完整地演奏整首乐曲,最后如何把所有的考级曲目连贯起来演奏。
当考级曲目练好后,老师和家长要多给考生一个当众演奏的机会。老师可以把要参加考级的学生集中在一起,轮流把考级曲目完整地演奏一遍,然后进行考评,指出学生在演奏过程中应当注意的问题(包括演奏心态、临场可能出现的错误、演奏时断了如何接下去、以及台风等问题),家长还可邀请一些亲朋好友到家聆听孩子的演奏,提高他们的表演欲望,增加信心,以便考级时能很好发挥自己的水平。
还有,切忌给考生造成过大的心理压力!

 

考级结束后要善于总结问题

考生离开考场见到家长后,无论考得好坏,都要给予鼓励!

考级结果出来后,家长要认真阅读考官的评语,特别是针对考生学习中存在的问题,要仔细思考,哪些问题是老师经常提起而考生没有改正的,哪些问题老师根本就没有提及。

如果获得“优秀”,要鼓励学生继续努力,不要骄傲;

如果获“通过”,则希望他们对自己有更高的要求,下次争取“优秀”;

如果是“勉强通过”,家长和老师就要认真研究评语,找出原因,督促并鼓励学生克服不足,继续努力;

对于获得“不通过”的学生,家长和老师千万不要责怪学生,从目前的情况来看,除了不认真学习的学生外,多数获“不通过”学生的问题都存在于家长和老师之中:如果不是教师不称职,就是家长盲目追求高级别!要知道学习音乐也是和学习任何一门课程一样,要符合循序渐进的规则,注重基本功的练习,不要盲目追求进度跳级考试。对于“不通过”的学生,还要区别对待:

1、不用功的,要从思想上认识学习钢琴对开发智力的好处,每天练琴要像做作业一样完成任务;

2、有的考生学习比较努力,但没有通过,这就需要家长认真思考寻找原因有针对性地因势利导了。
最后,希望每一位准备考级的家长真正从孩子存在的问题着手,不要盲目追求级别,并学会通过考级逐渐提高学生的音乐素养与技巧。

 

 

皇家音乐学院考试环节视频