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Music stays with you for a lifetime!

Research indicates that children's ears develop most rapidly during the preschool years. TUNES FOR TWO places emphasis on the enjoyment of music. This music experience helps to nurture the development of coordination skills, language, social interaction, and creativity.

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Faculty & Teachers

Teachers at Musica are known for their strong teaching profile and talent. All the Yamaha Teachers are certified by Yamaha Canada, and the Private teachers have or are pursuing their ARCT from RCM or equivalent.

Our faculty is very energetic and easy-going which allows them to build a fantastic rapport with the students. Passionate and well-trained, our staff members work very hard at making the lessons as engaging and as rewarding as possible.

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The following are short biographies of our current teachers at Musica Academy.

Annie Pham
Teaching: Since 2008
Courses Taught at Musica Academy: Private Piano, Yamaha Group Classes
Teaching Locations: NW
Music Qualifications: Pursuing a Bachelor of Music Performance (Ambrose University)
Music Performance Diploma (Mount Royal University)

Summary and other Accomplishments:
Annie graduated from Mount Royal University with a Music Performance Diploma in Classical Piano in April, 2012. She is currently in her last year completing her Bachelor of Music Performance in Classical Piano at Ambrose University. She studied with Dmitri Nesterov, who won the Honens International Piano Competition in 1992. She has achieved many awards and scholarships throughout her music education, including the Harvard Broadcasting Music Scholarship and the Ginny Paterson Music Bursary in Piano.

Annie was blessed with perfect pitch, facilitating her to excel in every musical genre. Although she is classically trained, Annie easily improvises and loves playing pop and modern music. She has performed on national television in Vietnam and on many stages in Canada.

Annie is a very motivated and patient instructor who is committed to enriching young minds with a thorough music education. She always tries her best to create different ways of teaching to make practising become more fun and enjoyable. She provides students with sufficient amount of homework to ensure that they will get the best and most effective result from learning. Many of her students achieved First Class Honours with Distinction in their Royal Conservatory examinations, while others have won gold medals in the Kiwanis Music Competition. Some of her students have also begun their career as piano teachers. She has a strong passion for teaching music and is looking forward to meeting her new students.
Armiluz Taningco
Teaching: Since 1990s
Courses Taught at Musica Academy: Private Piano
Teaching Locations: SW
Music Qualifications: Bachelor of Music-Education Major
Major Instrument: Piano Minor
Minor Instrument: Electric Organ

Summary and other Accomplishments:
Armiluz showed a keen interest in Piano at an early age and attended the Conservatory of Music at the University of Sto. Tomas, the oldest University in the Philippines and one of the most prestigious in the country. She received her Bachelor of Music diploma, supplemented with Choral Conducting as well as Ethnic Music and got her certificate in Physical Education. She has taught all levels for the past 35 years which proves her expertise. She believes that as a teacher she has a unique opportunity to connect and inspire her students. She makes every music experience both rewarding and enjoyable. She works with an encouraging approach that inspires most of her students to love and develop a commitment to piano study. With the years of teaching here in Calgary and back in her country she earned the reputation as one of the most respectable teachers in her field. As a senior teacher in the Irene Besse Academy of Music, her tips on how to encourage students to practice and enjoy playing for their parents was published in the Calgary Herald. She now works with Musica Academy where she chooses to teach Private Piano to all levels, especially adults and special kids. Her students excel in Concerts and Competitions. Presently, she considers herself fulfilled as a teacher.
Chi-Wing Chan
Teaching: Since 2014
Courses Taught at Musica Academy: Private Piano
Teaching Locations: SW
Music Qualifications: Grade 8 in Piano
(Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music, UK), Grade 8 in Organ (Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music, UK), Service Playing Certificate of the Royal Canadian College of Organization

Summary and other Accomplishments:
Chi-Wing obtained her music trainings and qualifications in Hong Kong. After completing her grade 8 piano examinations (highest grade of ABRSM exam, UK), she moved on to learn pipe organ with Rev. Samuel Tong, Ms Wendy Tin-Lok Yuen and Ms Kin-Yu Wong. In 2005, ChiWing passed Grade 8 organ examination with distinction. After she moved to Calgary, she continues the organ study with Dr. Neil Cockburn. In 2015, Chi-Wing received the Kathleen Williams Prize for the highest marks nation-wide in the Service Playing Examination.

Chi-Wing has been actively involved in sacred music ministry at church for over 20 years in both Hong Kong and Calgary. She was the accompanist of children choir & ensemble, pianist of fellowship and Sunday Worship and the coordinator of Handbell Choir. She is now a church organist and pianist in Calgary.

She had worked in the Youth Department (teenagers who are 11-21 years old) of a church for 7 year before coming to Canada. As a mother of two children, Chi-Wing has extensive experience in working with children and teenagers.

Chi-Wing is now a part-time piano teacher, hoping to train children and teenagers in skills, and help them develop a life-long appreciation for music.
Crary Myers
Teaching: Since 1994
Courses Taught at Musica Academy: Guitar & Ukulele; Private & Group
Teaching Locations: NW, SW
Music Qualifications: BA Music from Knapp School of Music, NY; The Sweets – Professional Band in NY
Major Instrument: Piano Minor
Minor Instrument: Electric Organ

Summary and other Accomplishments:
Crary Myers was born and raised in Western New York State, where he began his musical journey on the alto saxophone at the age of ten. After feeling the pull of classic rock in junior high school, he began guitar lessons, but continued learning his way around woodwinds, including the entire saxophone family. By the end of high school, he had begun giving guitar lessons at the same music school where he had learned the fundamentals. He has played professionally for over twenty years, appearing in amateur theatrical performances and working music groups. Through the years, Crary has formally taught guitar, saxophone, bass guitar, ukulele, and, banjo. He believes in two-prong approach to teaching: the first prong focused on music theory and reading music; secondly a more practical approach to learning and analyzing music, and, importantly, enjoyment. He fully believes that a working knowledge of music theory and application is not only important for those who intend to pursue music formally, but is rewarding for all and can be an integral component in a happy and fulfilled life.
 
Cheryl Wong
Teaching: Since 2013
Courses Taught at Musica Academy: Private Piano
Teaching Locations: NW
Music Qualifications: Pursing RCM grade 10

Summary and other Accomplishments:
She has started teaching piano from a private studio when she was 19. With over 10 years teaching and performing experience, Alice has a passion for music teaching and believes that all individuals have music potential, and each person deserves access to a comprehensive music education. She offers a balanced and flexible music curriculum which includes: Classical Piano, Jazz Piano, Popular Piano, Ear Training, Sight Reading, Arranging and Composition. Cheryl began learning piano from the age of 7, and enjoys different music ranging from popular to classical. Cheryl also was involved in her school band, playing the clarinet and saxophone. She has performed regularly with the school band and in piano festivals and competitions. Cheryl was a student at Musica Academy and is currently completing her teacher training program at Musica. She is also pursuing her Grade 10 Royal Conservatory of Music. As an enthusiastic music lover she hopes to share this passion with her students. She is excited to be part of the teaching team at Musica Academy.
Elizabeth Ho
Teaching: Since 2019
Courses Taught at Musica Academy: Private Violin & Private Piano
Teaching Locations: NW, SW
Music Qualifications: Bachelor of Education (University of Lethbridge), Bachelor of Music (University of Lethbridge) Trinity College London – ATCL (Violin), The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music

Summary and other Accomplishments:
Elizabeth Ho got her Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Lethbridge, where she also received a Bachelor of Music in violin performance. She has more than 17 years of violin and piano training with performance and theory certificates from The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) and Trinity College London. She has played in symphonies in both Hong Kong and Lethbridge, and has taught violin in private music schools. Elizabeth Ho is a musician who is passionate about sharing what she knows. She also speaks three languages: Cantonese, Mandarin and English. Although English is not her first language, she sees music as a universal bond for people from all backgrounds and cultures. In her future teaching, she will use music as a tool that allows her students to explore the world, acquire new knowledge and find new ways to understand who they are and all they can become. She is excited to join Musica Academy’s faculty.
Jacky Wong
Teaching: Since 2019
Courses Taught at Musica Academy: Private Piano
Teaching Locations: NW
Music Qualifications: RCM Grade 10, Yamaha Piano Grade 6

Summary and other Accomplishments:
Jacky Wong started playing piano at the age of 5 at Musica Academy. He later took private lessons with Musica Academy’s director, Ms. Looi Tan, and learned piano under her wing for 10 years. Under her guidance, he completed his Grade 10 RCM with First Class Honors and learned how to compose music. Jacky has competed in the Kiwanis/ Calgary Performing Arts Festival for four years, earning second, first, and second place in his last three competing years in the piano solo-recital category. In his final year competing, he placed first in the competition category, as well as earning an invitation from Edmonton to compete provincially, winning second place. He has also played in multiple JOC concerts and was once invited to Vancouver to share his composition. Jacky is currently a student at the Alberta College of Art and Design, hoping to pursue a design degree. In his spare time, he creates concepts for his designs or for his compositions in piano.
Jaclyn Ruddy
Teaching: Since 2015
Courses Taught at Musica Academy: Private Piano
Teaching Locations: NW, SW
Music Qualifications: ARCT Harmony and Counter Point, Musical Analysis Level 10 RCM Piano (currently pursuing) RCM Elementary Piano Specialist

Summary and other Accomplishments:
Jaclyn is an energetic musician who started playing piano at the age of five. She has since achieved her ARCT in Harmony and Counterpoint and also Musical Analysis. This has helped to deepen her understanding of 'how things work'. She is currently pursuing level 10 Royal Conservatory of Music under the direction of Colleen Athparia. Jaclyn is a part of the Alberta Piano Teachers Association, which enables her students to benefit from their festival. She is also a member of the Piano Pedagogy Group, a group of piano teachers that meet once a month to stay current with teaching methods and ideas from special guests and speakers. Jaclyn has played at the Kiwanis music competition and has always done well during exams and recitals. Her love of music has enabled her to step up and play at the spur of moment for churches, children's choirs and more. She is also an avid choral member who loves to sing and be apart of the 'team spirit‘. She is a highly motivated and a goal oriented piano teacher. Preparing students for recitals, exams and festivals are ways that musical growth is facilitated. She has experience teaching both young children and older adults, coming from a place of patience and care when addressing individual needs. You will find her singing along and playing duets with her students! Jaclyn loves music and her main goal is to create life long musicians. In her free time she enjoys running outside with her husband and two kids.
Javier Carril
Teaching: Since 2010
Courses Taught at Musica Academy: Private Piano, Yamaha Group Classes
Teaching Locations: NW, SW
Music Qualifications: Master of Arts (Musicology) - University of Calgary, Bachelor of Music (Piano) - National Autonomous University of Mexico

Summary and other Accomplishments:
Javier Carril received his Bachelor’s degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico in 2011. He has received his training from well-renowned piano instructors in Mexico, such as Monique Rasetti and Elias Morales Cariño. He has performed on several stages in Mexico accompanying school choirs and as a soloist. His interest in the history of Western music encouraged him to obtain a Masters in Musicology at the University of Calgary, from which he graduated in 2019. Javier Carril has experience teaching both young children and older adults, and has been involved in the Yamaha Music Education System since 2010 –first in Mexico City, and later in Calgary. He has lived in Calgary since 2017. Javier Carril is a very motivated and patient instructor, with strong analytical skills, which are useful in solving students’ piano techniques and difficulties. Although he was classically trained, he enjoys playing pop and film music, and is open to learn from his students’ musical interests. In his free time he enjoys watching movies and swimming.
Jill O'Connell
Teaching: Since 2017
Courses Taught at Musica Academy: Private Voice
Teaching Locations: NW, SW
Music Qualifications: Completing BMus degree (Voice)

Summary and other Accomplishments:
Jill O'Connell has performed and studied music from the age of 7 years old. Beginning with piano and voice lessons, she developed a passion for music and the performing arts. Jill is currently completing her Bachelor of Music in Voice at the University of Calgary. She has received her training from well-renowned voice instructors in Calgary, through one-on-one and group settings. Jill has performed in numerous productions with companies including the Young Canadians, Storybook Theatre, Front Row Centre, Edje Dance Performance, Untapped School of Dance and Occasional Notes. Jill has taken part in many competitions such as the Stampede Talent Search, Calgary’s Got Talent and Canadas Got Talent. She performs regularly at corporate events and has recently started to record backup vocals for upcoming artists. She looks forward to sharing her knowledge and helping to shape students' talents that share the same passion for music and performing.
Kevin Wong
Teaching: Since 2001
Courses Taught at Musica Academy: Private Piano & Yamaha Group
Teaching Locations: NW, SW
Music Qualifications: B.Mus. & M.Mus. (UBC), ARCT (Royal Conservatory of Music), Yamaha Group Certified Teacher

Summary and other Accomplishments:
Kevin is an accomplished pianist, chamber musician, and teacher in the Greater Vancouver area. Kevin received his Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto (ARCT) at the age of 16 and began to develop an appreciation for the art of teaching. Kevin started his undergraduate studies, majoring in piano performance at the University of British Columbia with Dr. Henri-Paul Sicsic. He was a provincial and national finalist for the Canadian Music Competition on numerous occasions and received the 3rd prize at the 2002 Pacific International Piano Competition. Kevin continued onto the Master’s Degree program in piano performance under the tutelage of Dr. Sicsic. He graduated with his Master’s Degree in piano performance from UBC in 2006 Since 2011, Kevin has maintained his private studio for piano teaching. He continues to give solo and chamber recitals and has been Music Minister and Choir Director at St. Catherines Anglican Church. Kevin teaches music theory including advanced music harmony, analysis, counterpoint, and history. Additionally, Kevin uses modified teaching programs and techniques to teach piano to children with special needs.
Looi Tan
Teaching: Since 1988
Courses Taught at Musica Academy: Private Piano, Yamaha Group Classes
Teaching Locations: NW, SW
Music Qualifications: Yamaha Grade 5, Authorized Yamaha examiner, ARCT – Performance (Royal Conservatory of Music) Bachelor of Music – Education (University of Calgary)

Summary and other Accomplishments:
Looi is an enthusiastic musician who plays the trumpet, piano and electone organ. She has performed with the University bands and choirs, and has travelled abroad with the Calgary Stampede Band to Europe, Australia, New Zealand and around North America. She has attended music camps and festivals both locally and overseas. Looi started music lessons in the Yamaha Music Course in Malaysia. She studied electone organ, and continued her studies after she moved to Calgary. She has studied piano with renowned teachers Marilyn Engle, Pat Jewell, Dmitri Nesterov, and the Kodaly method with Lois Choksky. She has written articles for the Kodaly Association's magazine. Looi often adjudicates and examines students in the Yamaha examination system moved to Calgary. Looi is presently the director and principal of Musica Academy. She has many years of teaching experience, and loves all aspects of running a music school, from summer camps, to keyboard festivals, adjudicating music exams and festival, and teaching all levels; she does it with utmost enthusiasm. She is also a member of the Alberta Registered Music Teachers Association, as well as the Alberta Piano teachers Association.
Mariah Atkinson
Teaching: Since 2008
Courses Taught at Musica Academy: Private Piano & Yamaha Group Classes
Teaching Locations: NW, SW
Music Qualifications: Grade 10 (Royal Conservatory of Music), Yamaha Grade 5 Piano and Fundamentals Yamaha Group Certified Teacher, RCM Elementary Piano Specialist, RCM Intermediate Piano Course

Summary and other Accomplishments:
Mariah is an enthusiastic musician who started playing piano at the age of five. She has since achieved her Grade 10 with the Royal Conservatory of Music and her Grade 5 with Yamaha. She has played extensively in church which has given her the ability to easily play off of chord charts and lead sheets. She also plays the euphonium in the Salvation Army brass band.

Mariah is a motivated piano teacher with more than 10 years of teaching experience. She has taught students of all ages and strives to inspire students by providing fun and enjoyable lessons. She also enjoys encouraging creativity through improvisation, harmonization, and composition depending on students’ interests. Mariah joined Musica Academy in September 2016 to teach both group and private piano lessons.
Sheila McPherson
Teaching: Since 2010
Courses Taught at Musica Academy: YMC, JMC, JXC, JAC, Private Piano, Private Flute
Teaching Locations: NW, SW
Music Qualifications: Bachelor of Music, Yamaha Grade 4, Fundamentals, Yamaha Grade 5 Piano

Summary and other Accomplishments:
Sheila began learning piano at the age of 10 and flute in high school. She earned a Bachelor of Music (Education) from the University of Ottawa. She has taught both piano and flute privately at her home studio throughout the years. She was the Director of Music of a military band in Winnipeg for 15 years and achieved the rank of Captain. In the military, she was responsible for conducting, recruiting, training, musical evaluation and all administrative details. Sheila had the opportunity to organize and perform at many military and civilian functions, including a performance for Prince Charles, community band festivals and Winnipeg's 60th anniversary of D-Day ceremonies.

Sheila has been an enthusiastic member of the Musica Academy team since 2010. Her students regularly perform in JOC concerts, take Yamaha exams and perform in Musica events.
Tolkyn Menkesheva
Teaching: Since 2007
Courses Taught at Musica Academy: Private Piano & Violin
Teaching Locations: NW, SW
Music Qualifications: Ph.D. in General Pedagogy at Aktobe State University (Kazakhstan)

Summary and other Accomplishments:
Over the years, Ms. Menkesheva has been working with a variety of Piano and Violin students in her home country as well as in Calgary. She has excelled in adapting her pedagogical theories into her music teaching practice. Her initiative, love for music, and positive attitude show in her successful student retention rate. Ms. Menkesheva has a great affinity with people of all ages, especially children. She has a superb ability to teach concepts of varying degrees of difficulty and is successful in connecting with her students. Her students have attained good results in exams, festivals and concerts. In her spare time, Ms. Menkesheva enjoys reading, swimming, skiing and going to the movies. She has studied a wide variety of musical genres and composers. Her favorites include Schumann, Chopin, Beethoven, Brahms, and Bach.

 
 

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"During the musical summer camp, I gained a lot of experience being a leader that I did not have before. With Ms. Toshi, I was introduced to new voice techniques alongside the children. I believe that her vocal coaching was very beneficial for the kids who had an interest in singing because she made the learning experience fun. In addition, I found helping the children to take a lot of energy, but it was enjoyable to see them learn on the keyboard, act, and sing. Overall, I am glad that I volunteered at the camp as it was a profitable experience."

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