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VPIA 04519 - 90877 - Private Piano Lessons (45minx19)
Private Lessons (Conservatory)
Ariana Rodríguez was born in Havana Cuba, into a professional musical family (Nilo Rodríguez/ Composer; and Elvira Fuentes/ Ear Training Teacher). She started her academic piano instruction and musical education at the age of seven. During the first years of musical education, she attended two specialized schools of music in Havana: the Conservatory A. G. Caturlas first, and later on, the National School of Music. In 1991 she graduated with distinction at the Higher Institute of Art, Havana, with a degree in Piano Performance. Miss Rodríguez took regular piano lessons from important Cuban pianists such as Mercedes Esteves, Ninivska Fernadez-Brito, Andrés Alén, and Victor Rodríguez. In masterclasses, she received instruction from well known local pianists (Jorge Luis Prats and Frank Fernandez) and from foreign pianists visiting Cuba (Stanislav Pochekin, Konstantin Sherbakov, Ricardo Requejo). From 1991-98, Ariana Rodríguez taught Piano and Piano Literature at the Higher Institute of Art in Cuba. Continuing her professional career, she participated in several important music concerts and festivals throughout Cuba, performing as a soloist (both in piano recitals and with symphony orchestras); and as a chamber musician.
She came to Calgary in 1998, after receiving a scholarship from the University of Calgary. In April 2000 she completed her Masters in Piano Performance at the University of Calgary, where she studied with Vladimir Levtov, Charles Foreman and Patricia Jewell. While completing her degree in Canada, she took part in several festivals and concerts, being among the winners of the Concerto Competition for 1999. During the period of 1999 to 2004, she worked actively as a vocal coach and accompanist. In 1999 Ariana found her own piano studio in Calgary (Ariana's Piano Studio). In 2002, Miss Rodríguez joined the teaching staff at Mount Royal University Conservatory. She is also the music director of Saint Martin's Anglican Church and has adjudicated for local music festivals. A musician of wide interests, she is active as an accompanist and soloist, as well as a composer and arranger. She is the pianist and co-founder of Très Belles Trio and Harmonia Trio. In her spare time, Ariana plays and sings with several salsa bands in the city of Calgary.
"Ariana Rodríguez has a mature understanding of pianism and exhibits a keen ear, especially for repertoire that is highly colored and nuanced. She brings a very personal stamp to the music and balances the syntax and organization of the musical elements with expressive details".
Professor and Head
Department of Music, University of Calgary
Private Lesson Rate: $79.00 per hour.
VPIA 04519 - 91221 - Private Piano Lessons (45minx19)
Marianne is a well-recognized figure in the Calgary music scene. She has been motivating students in a wide variety of settings for over 35 years. Having earned a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance as well as a Bachelor of Education from the University of Calgary, she is well equipped to teach, inspire, nurture and support your child. She has collected several awards and recognition as a teacher. Using a wide array of creative techniques and activities within a proven structural platform, Marianne has established and maintained a large, successful, confident, and satisfied class of students. Inspired by the uniqueness of each child, she motivates, directs, and provides the skills necessary for success in music as well as life, in general. Her students have performed exceptionally well at both the local and national levels. Marianne knows children. Her wealth of knowledge and experience, as well as her passion for music and children, keep most students returning until adulthood, at which point they bring their own children to her studio.
In addition to maintaining a busy studio, Marianne continues to work as a collaborative artist, as she has done for most of her life. All the skills that apply to her teaching also apply to her accompanying as she works with young string players in the Academy Program at the MRU Conservatory. In addition to strings, she has extensive experience playing for choirs, vocal soloists, wind players, musical theatre groups and ballet classes.
Private Lesson Rate: $89.00 per hour.
VPIA 04519 - 91240 - Private Piano Lessons (45minx19)
BA, MMus, PgDip
A native of Almaty, Kazakhstan, Janna (Zhanar) Banman is a professional pianist, chamber concertmaster and devoted piano teacher. She has extensive international experience as she has taught around the world in countries such as Kazakhstan, Indonesia , France, Norway, and Canada.
Based on each student's strengths and needs she adapts her teaching style to the individual with the idea of building a solid musical foundation and inspiring musical enthusiasm.
Janna holds advanced musical performance degrees including a B.A (Kazakhstan) and MMus (University of Calgary) under tutelage of Marilyn Engle. Her musical development continued with a Postgraduate Diploma in Piano Performance in Norway under tutelage of Erling Ragnar Eriksen.
She believes that learning the piano can be a powerful experience that will enhance your life in many ways and she enjoys helping students learn some of the life lessons and critical skills that come with mastering the ins and outs of the instrument.
Private Lesson Rate: $89.00 per hour.
VPIA 04519 - 91312 - Private Piano Lessons (45minx19)
VPIA 04519 - 91389 - Private Piano Lessons (45minx19)
- Kodàly Musicianship
- Music & Movement
- Music with Your Baby
- Accompanist (General Programs)
Sylvia graduated from McGill University in Montreal and obtained her Kodàly training from the University of Calgary. Sylvia has taught as a preschool/kindergarten music specialist at the Calgary French and International School and she has been a Kodàly instructor and an accompanist at Mount Royal University conservatory since 2005. She loves working with children and believes that learning through singing is a fundamental step in developing musicianship. She is now back in Calgary after spending over two years in Montreal and is very eager once again to be part of the Mount Royal family to pursue her love of teaching.
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