*Voice *Piano*Oboe

B.Mus Oboe and voice
Erica SkowronAll ages and styles. gentle supportive teaching style.
 
 
Student's describe me as easy going. The fact that they see me as''easy going'', shows that their steady progress is enjoyable to them and doesn't feel difficult.
This is ideal, the student progresses steadily without frustration. I enjoy teaching very much and enjoy it more and more every year. With music there is always something new to learn and even with my University degree and 20+ years of performing experience, I am still challenging myself through reading, workshops and the occasional lesson with my mentors.
I have a wonderful group of students of all ages and levels and from different walks of life. Each student learns in their own unique way and I love the challenge of understanding how they think and how I can help them.
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The same reeds and gear I use for my own professional engagements, along with prices that match the big stores we offer valuable advice. 

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Music Lessons

Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute, Oboe, Piano, Voice (singing) Theory and History. Lessons for all ages and levels. From beginner to advanced.

RCM 100% pass rate. Students compose, play with the symphony excel at the music festival etc. But best of all they have fun, learn about music and develop some skills so they can have music as a part of their lives forever.

A level of instruction not normally found outside major cities. 
 
Beginners learn these pieces and more in their first year of lessons or our band class.
Star Wars Main theme, Spiderman , Ironman, Tequila, Simpsons theme, Raiders of the lost ark etc..
 

Progress

"The pattern of progress can be compared to an oncoming tide-wave after wave moves onward seemingly with the same upsurge, but once in a while, one of the waves reaches ahead of the others, and then seems to be followed by the others, until the same motion occurs anew. Progress always moves forward-it is never still. The minute one feels that a certain level has been achieved at that precise moment one stops progressing, unless one tries to reach a higher level still or else regression starts and the level goes down. Perfection does not exist, but the ambition to reach it makes for unending progress and self satisfaction."  Bonade 

Symphony pros

Lessons

Voice, Clarinet, Saxophone, Oboe, Piano,Flute, Theory, History and  Musicianship

 

Study music in a friendly relaxed atmosphere devoted to music. Our studio is full of musical instruments, music books, recordings and tools to build and maintain instruments because we are full time professional musiciansstudio2-2.png
 First time students are always pleased and surprised to find out music lessons can be more fun and interesting than they had ever imagined. We love music and we want to give you the tools and abilities to experience music from inside like we do.
 
You don't need to have sung for years or already be able to play. Coming to us as a beginner is the best way because we can start you off correctly. We have  never had a student that couldn't sing or play and do it well.
You will be studying with trained musicians holding professional positions/degrees.

We have not only a flexible lessons plan but a flexible approach to teaching. Every student has different needs. Some  students are casual and an hour of enjoyment playing is all they are looking for others want to perform or have careers in music. Our proven success as teachers has been as a result of our understanding of what the student needs.

Flexible lessons
You can change your lesson times from week to week to match your schedule and that way you don't lose money paying for lessons you can' t make.
When you pay for a full month of lessons you may have them any time during that month.
We have an online calendar so you can log in and change your lesson. We only need 1 day's notice to change lessons . Most people just book the same time each week and then change it as needed
 

We have students of all ages, taking lessons in Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute, Oboe, Recorder, Voice, beginner Piano and Theory.

 Our students have scored top marks in Exams, win many concerto and other competitions and year after year are among or are the best young players in BC and Canada, former students have gone on to careers in music as teachers, recording engineers and performers . References are available . 

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Studio News

Students are claiming thier spaces already more than half have booked a time.

  • Congratulations to Grace Finnie, Logan Ozcan, Lucas Gairns, Alex Benny, Luke Ongman for  playing  with the symphony.
  • Congratulations to Grace, Piers and Lucas for getting thier grade 6 clarinet.
  • Students are preparing already for next season.

Lesson Length

Lessons can be 30, 45 or 60 minutes in length. Usually, lesson length is determined by a student’s age, ability and experience. 30 minute lessons are perfect for beginners. Due to the physical nature of wind instruments, longer lesson times can become tiring. For the first year or two, a 30 minute lesson should suffice unless RCM exams are being taken. 45 minute lessons would be recommended for students of high school age who have been playing for more than 2 years and for those taking RCM exams, Grades 2 – 6. 60 minute lessons are ideal for more advanced students, adult learners and those taking RCM Grade 8 and beyond.

In other words if you want to play in orchestra or do an exam or compete you should be taking an hour lesson.

Latest Exam results

  • Congratulations to Grace Finnie Honors Grade 6 Clarinet
  • Congratulations to Piers Dhaldy First Class Honours Grade 6 clarinet
  • Congratulations to Lucas Gairns First Class Honours Grade 6 clarinet
  • Congratulations to Jeanna Tiani who received First Class Honours on her Royal Conservatory Grade 2 Piano Exam
  • Congratulations to Piers Dhadly Honors Grade 4 clarinet 
  • Congratulations to Adam Judge Honors Grade 2 sax
  • Congratulations to Grace Finnie Honors Grade 4 Clarinet
  • Congatulations to Jenna Tiani 1st class Honors with Distincton Preparatory B Piano
  • Congratulations to Tyler Fennel First class Honors Grade 2 flute
  • Congratulations to Tyler Fennel First Class Honors Grade 2 voice
  • Congratulations to AJ Kenway First Class Honors Grade 2 voice
  • Congratulations to Holly Burke First Class Honors on her Grade 1 piano
  • Congratulations to Jessica Deveault Grade 1 Theory with first class honours
    • Congratulations to Jessica Deveault Grade 5 piano with honours
    • Congatulations to Jenna Tiani 1st class Honors with Distincton Preparatory A Piano
    • Congratulations to Steve Burke 1st class honors on his Grade 2 Piano
    • Congatulations to Arielle Nelles First Class Honours with Distinction grade 6 Flute.
    • Congratulations to Adam Judge-1st class honors Grade 1 Saxophone
    • Congratulations to karen Bartlett honors Grade 9 Clarinet
    • Congratulations to Jessica Grade 4 piano
    • Congratulations to Deidre Suhr- 1st class honors on her Grade 2 Clarinet
    • Congratulations to Piers 1st class honors on his Grade 1 Clarinet
    • Congratulations to Steve Burke 1st class honors on his Grade 1 Piano
    • Congratulations to Holly Burke 1st class honors on her Preparatory A Piano

    Simon Cole /Clarinet Saxophone Flute Composer

    Simon Cole clarinet

    Has played Principal clarinet with numerous orchestras including winning international auditions for Rishon Orchestra Israel, Banff Opera orchestra.

    Alban Classical


    Private performance April 14

    PGSO April 21

    Wind World Alban classical school show April 23 and 30