Piano Lessons

My teaching philosophy is to foster a love of music making and to offer a way to include music into your life in a fun, explorative, and supportive environment. Every student is unique in their own way, how they think and learn. Lesson plans are therefore catered to each individual student. 

Each lesson includes a combination of technique, repertoire, theory, ear training, and sight reading based on what you want out of these lessons. I offer lessons for those who are preparing for college auditions, exams (RCM), festivals and competitions, as well as lessons for those who just love playing the piano and want to further their appreciation for the instrument and for music.

  • Learning styles: visual, auditory, kinaesthetic, and linguistic
  • Posture, balance and technique
  • Musical styles and phrasing
  • Practice and preparation techniques
  • Backgrounds to repertoire such as social, political, artistic
  • Finding the artist within beyond the notes

Focused Study

avocational study

Adult Professionals

A little bit about Tina....

Tina first discovered her affinity for music before she was 6 years old by banging on all sorts of household objects together, and grooving to her own rhythm. To get away from the noise, her parents enrolled her in music classes which eventually turned to private piano lessons. In high school, Tina got involved in school musicals and discovered a her love of collaboration with artists of various disciplines. After completing her studies at the University of British Columbia and the University of Minnesota, she went on to pursue many opportunities abroad. First as an instructor of keyboard studies at Dalhousie University for both piano majors and non-piano majors, she went on to working with opera companies in Canada, the US, and Europe. Since then, she has performed across Canada, the US, and Europe. Currently based in Vancouver, she has worked with local organizations such as Vancouver Opera, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Little Chamber Music, Chor Leoni, and the Health Arts Society.

Teaching Credentials....

At present…,

  • Adjunct Professor – Vocal Coach, University of British Columbia
  • Music Staff, Vancouver Opera
  • Piano & Vocal Faculty, Vancouver Academy of Music

In the past…,

  • Music Staff, Wexford Festival Opera
  • Staff Instructor of Keyboard Skills and Vocal Coach, Dalhousie University
  • Master of Music, University of Minnesota
  • Bachelor of Music, University of British Columbia
  • Associated Diploma (ARCT) Performer, Royal Conservatory of Music

Health & Safety Policy

  • The studio and its participants will follow all current government health regulations.
  • Upon entry to the studio, hand sanitizer or hand washing station will be provided.
  • Maintain a 2 meter distance at all times, and wear a mask.
  • All surfaces that have been in contact will be disinfected before the next student.
  • If you are feeling unwell, whether or not you test positive for COVID-19, please contact ASAP. We will make alternate arrangements, including online lesson options so progress isn’t disrupted.
  • Please arrive (and depart) on time, and not early.
  • Each lesson is buffeted by a time gap to allow for disinfection and that students don’t cross paths with each other on arrival/departure.