Program At-A-Glance

  • Weekly Private Lessons
  • Monthly Studio Classes
  • Skill Assessments
  • Masterclasses and Workshops
  • Performance Opportunities
  • Preparation for Exams, Auditions, and Competitions

Private Lessons 

One-on-one instruction is the cornerstone to learning how to play a musical instrument. I use a highly personalized approach with each student, merging elements from the Russian Children's Music School (DMSh) with traditional and contemporary method books. 

Lessons are offered in lengths of 30, 45, or 60 minutes, either once or twice a week. The appropriate lesson length and lesson frequency is agreed upon at the time of registration. New students are eligible to take a free introductory lesson/consultation before making a commitment for the semester. 


Studio Classes

Studio classes are designed to provide informal performance opportunities while building community within the studio. All students perform in each class and give each other feedback in the form of positive comments and constructive criticism. This encourages "active listening" (i.e. listening for specific details in a piece/performance) and provides an opportunity for students to develop pedagogical skills. It is a well-known fact that when we teach something, we gain a deeper understanding of the subject ourselves. When students give actionable feedback to their peers, they are more likely to implement the same strategies in their own practice. Because of the age differences among the students, I often have a seven- or eight-year-old giving comments to a seventeen-year-old. In a world where children are generally segregated by age until they graduate high school, I am committed to fostering equality and respect in my studio, regardless of age, race, gender, color, ethnicity, religion, disability, or other characteristics.

At this time all studio classes are being held over Zoom.


Skill Assessments

All students are required to complete skill assessments as applicable to their playing ability each semester. These assessments are similar to examinations held by the Royal Conservatory of Music, but are broken up into separate components to take place at different times throughout the year. A guest teacher is invited to sit on the panel and to give constructive comments to the students. Beginners can expect to play a few scales and pieces, while more advanced students may also be required to play orchestral excerpts and sight read. The atmosphere is friendly and encouraging, with the goal of helping students to prepare for more formal events such as auditions, exams, and competitions. 


Masterclasses and Workshops

While the pandemic has been devastating in a multitude of ways, I am beyond grateful for the transformation that technology has made in the world of music education over the past year. I remember having to fly to other countries for masterclasses, but now it is possible to learn from international artists without even leaving your living room!

I deeply value my own experiences of playing in masterclasses, and the only regret I have is that I did not play more. I strive to facilitate more of these opportunities for my students by occasionally inviting a guest teacher to conduct a masterclass or workshop. Participation in masterclasses is usually limited to about four students, but everyone is expected to attend in order to learn from the guest teacher.  


Performance Opportunities

Performances are the milestones of our musical journey, and an essential part of a musical education. All students are required to participate in semesterly recitals. Additional performances may be scheduled as opportunities arise. Participation in supplementary performances is highly encouraged but not required. 


Preparation for Exams, Auditions, and Competitions

I encourage all students to take part in events outside the studio, including RCM examinations, auditions, and local competitions. Stepping outside our comfort zone can be scary, but it is also profoundly rewarding. Besides gaining performance experience and boosting confidence, participating in additional musical activities can spark lasting friendships and forge valuable connections in the music world. 



Payment is arranged in two semesters, with flexible scheduling during the summer. The tentative dates for the 2021-2022 academic year are as follows:

Fall Semester
September 5, 2021 - January 22, 2022

Spring Semester
Januray 23, 2022 - June 4, 2022

2021-2022 rates are available for view and download here


Studio Location

My home studio is located in Gatineau, QC, less than 20 minutes from downtown Ottawa. 

All lessons are currently being held online over Zoom.