Who are the PMTA members? Our members are dedicated, experienced musicians who love to share their passion for music. All of our members are unique in their own way, whether it be by instrument taught, teaching philosophy, or education and experience. Learn more about each member below.
Teaching: Piano, Theory, History, Harmony
I have enjoyed teaching piano and theory in the Parkland area since 1982. I also taught in the Early Childhood music program at Alberta College and have done some substitute teaching for Parkland School Division. Having developed an appreciation for all of the arts, I like to see my students become well rounded musicians.
Since 1995, I have been a pianist/organist at Stony Plain United Church, playing for services as well as accompanying the choir. I also encourage my students to play at student performance classes, the Parkland Music Festival and the June Recital. Discovering how to bring out the unique musicality within each of my students continues to inspire and delight me!
- Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta (1977)
- ARCT Diploma (Piano Teacher) from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto Canada
- Theatre Arts Diploma from Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton (1981)
Contact: hm. 780-963-3613 cell 780 819 3613; firstname.lastname@example.org
ARCT, RMT, studied with Maureen Nielsen, Linda Stobbe and Lori Elder. With over 20 years of experience, she enjoys teaching students from beginner to level 9, as well as theory. Anne has accompanied school choirs (Vanway Trebles for over 10 years); church choirs; vocal students; and being a church pianist. Currently, she and colleague Esther Gunderson, perform as the "INTREPID PIANO DUO" at seniors residences in Edmonton, Spruce Grove & Stony Plain, as well as at the Misericordia Hospital, on a regular basis.
Location: Parkland County
Hello! My name is Don Bartlett, I’m a 23 year old working musician/teacher offering guitar lessons to students of all ages and skill levels. 2019 will be my fifth year teaching professionally; in the past two years I have instructed over 1200 lessons from students age 5, to 50+. My teaching style is individually designed for every one of my students, with the most emphasis always being on the student’s guitar playing goals. If the student desires a classical, theory based approach to learning guitar, I would design the lessons with that in mind. Should the student desire to be able to play chords around a campfire, and understand playing purely on a fundamental level, the lessons would center upon that goal. Music is my passion, and it fills me with great joy to be able to share my knowledge with those that express an interest. My hope is that through my lessons, musical concepts and guitar playing can be explained in the simplest, and most accessible way possible. It is never too late to start learning an instrument, and I can promise that it will be a life long investment of happiness. I am currently offering lessons out of my studios in two communities, Edmonton (Glenora), and Spruce Grove. Contact me for more info on each of these. All that’s required of the student, is to have a functioning instrument, a pencil/lined paper notebook for lesson progress, and some self discipline for at home practicing.
“I was referred to Don from a friend. I have taken a few lessons before but nothing ever made sense to me, and I may as well have had two left hands. After a few lessons, with his patience and knowledge everything is starting to come together. Still a ways to go from going on tour, but what a great start.” -Wes
“Recommending Don for guitar lessons. I have known Don since last fall. He has been my instructor, taught me so much in such a short time. Don is very reliable, accommodating, patient and a dedicated teacher. Based on what I have accomplished in learning how to play guitar, without any hesitation, I would highly recommend him to you.” -Sylvia
YouTube links to recent works:
Right Hand Man (Original): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4siC_c4u_QY
Ongaku Concept (Original Arrangement): https://youtu.be/7oj_PIrzKPE
Sunflower (Original Arrangement): https://youtu.be/Z7SEIw-4pOk
Teaching: Piano, Theory
I began playing the piano at the age of six. I have always known that I wanted to be a musician, either performing or teaching piano.
I have Level 10 Harmony & Counterpoint, Level 10 History, and completed my Level 10 Practical Piano exam in June, 2018. I am currently preparing for an associate (ARCT) diploma in piano performance. I have won several awards for Theory and Practical, performed annually at St. Albert Rotary Festival, and also had the privilege to perform at the Alberta Provincial Music Festival (2016). I was also honored to be the Emerging Artist at St Albert Chamber Music Society’s October 2016 performance. Other musical avenues that I enjoy are playing in the Parkland Handbell Choir in Spruce Grove, playing at my local church, and teaching myself to play the accordion.
Location: Calahoo, Onoway, and area
Contact: phone/text: 780-224-1370; email@example.com
Melanie Bodnar began playing the piano at the age of 7 and she thrives on sharing her love of music with others, especially children.
A trained teacher in the Suzuki Method of piano instruction, Melanie is a firm believer that talent is developed and nurtured in rich and life-giving environments and that every child can learn.
Also called the “Mother Tongue” approach to musical instruction, the Suzuki Method is an easy and natural way to learn. Just as babies spend years listening to language before speaking, so Suzuki students spend ample time listening to recordings of beautiful music before learning to play those pieces themselves. Just as children learn to speak before learning to read and write, so Suzuki students learn to play by ear before learning to read musical scores.
Melanie holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Lethbridge and a Bachelor of Education Degree from King’s University College in Edmonton. Highlights of her teaching career thus far include teaching children as young as two years old to play the piano, as well as teaching children and young adults with developmental disabilities.
Melanie teaches in her home studio on an acreage in the Carvel/Duffield area (15 min. west of Stony Plain) where she lives with her husband and five children. Aside from music, Melanie loves reading, baking, and homeschooling her children.
Please see www.edmontonsuzukipiano.ca for more information about the Suzuki Method and Suzuki Program.
I recently moved to Stony Plain and am looking forward to teaching piano here. I’ve been teaching since 1998 and have enjoyed teaching both children and adults.
My own musical journey started late. I was an adult beginner, but now have the Grade 10 Practical piano certificate and am finishing the final theory course for the Conservatory Canada teaching diploma.
I love the lifelong process of discovering and learning music and being able to share it with my students, whether they want to work towards examinations or play for their own enjoyment. I offer weekly private lessons and believe in a well-rounded approach, including technique, ear training, sight reading and theory.
Location: Stony Plain and Parkland County
Contact: 780-217-3636; firstname.lastname@example.org
Teaching: Piano, Theory
Cathy Gomes was born in Calgary, Alberta and began her piano studies at the age of 7 with Ethel Huber. She moved to Claresholm and continued lessons under Arnold Waack. Cathy also began lessons on the French Horn and attended summer workshops. She received some scholarships towards furthering her music studies. In 1984, Cathy started her University training and continued the study of piano, theory and French Horn. She obtained her Grade 10 Piano and her Grade 10 French Horn Certification during her University Training. Cathy graduated with a Bachelor of Education with a Music Major in 1989 from the University of Lethbridge.
Cathy also was trained to teach Music for Young Children and taught MYC from 1998 through 2008. Cathy has taught private piano, theory, French Horn and Music for Young Children.
Location: Spruce Grove
I have my grade 9 Toronto Conservatory Piano Certificate and have taught piano lessons for over 35 years. Besides teaching, I have accompanied vocalists, instrumentalists, and choirs. I have spent many years playing for church congregational singing and worship teams. I have sung in and directed choirs, arranged music for vocalists and instrumentalists. Our family moved to Spruce Grove in 2012. The last 5 years I have been playing piano duets (one piano, four hands) 5 times a year at long term care facilities. I love sharing music and my passion is to pass this love on to my students.
Music lessons generally start in September and end near the end of May with recitals at Christmas and Year end. Lessons include sight reading, ear training and when I can, composition.
Location: Spruce Grove
Teaching: Piano, Theory, History
Joanne started playing at a very young age, however her formal studies started in Edmonton with Jackie Smith followed by Pat Stretch, Lillian Stillman, and Dr. Lillian Upright.
Joanne achieved her ARCT and has been teaching for over 35 years in the Edmonton and Spruce Grove area. Her students enjoy a varied program of music including Popular, Jazz and student favorites with a focus on Royal Conservatory of Music. They can enjoy both Christmas and Final recitals as well as 2 Piano Parties a year (students only!) and she likes to take them to one performance a year when an appropriate event comes along.
Joanne has accompanied vocalists, instrumentalists, ensembles, and choirs since she was 11 years old, performed at the Horizon Stage Theatre, Jubilee Auditorium, at the Fringe with the "Tribute Singers", Festival of Trees, recorded at CBC and many, many other events. As well she has played for church services and weddings both near and far.
Joanne continues to attend workshops and educational events to expand on her knowledge of music, its evolution and has a particular interest in the anatomy of performance. Your body is your instrument too!
Joanne looks forward to meeting new students in an audition setting and hopes they find her studio an inviting forum for learning one of the greatest gifts to mankind - Music!
Location: Woodhaven, Spruce Grove
Contact: 780-405-0302; email@example.com
Teaching: Piano, Theory
Hello fellow music lovers!
I am a long-time resident of the Parkland area and have been teaching for over 20 years. I teach ages 5 and up, beginners to Grade 8 Royal Conservatory and the theory applicable to each level. Lessons begin in September and run through to the end of May. I offer private piano lessons for students on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 2:00-9:00pm. My current students range from beginner to Grade 8 and ages 6-46. I have a body of 30-40 students.
At my studio, there are 2 recitals: one at Christmas and another as a final year end celebration. I encourage students to perform at the Parkland Music Festival; it is a wonderful opportunity for performance experience and a chance to perform for an adjudicator. Support will be provided for those who want the challenge of a piano exam. I have hard-working, smart, fun, dedicated students!
I LOVE MUSIC and am passionate about teaching. I encourage my students to venture out into different avenues of interest like jazz, movie theme music, popular, etc. I cater each lesson to the individual. No two students are the same, so no two lessons are the same.
Location: Aspenglen, Spruce Grove
Teaching: Piano, Harp, Theory, Voice
Monika Kowalczuk is an active musician, instructor and performer for special occasions. She earned her BA in Music at the King's University College in Edmonton. With 20 years of training and teaching experience, she has been exposed to various styles and genres of music. She is involved in piano, harp, organ, voice, theory, ear training, harmony, choral music, various forms of dance including ballroom, theatre, leading and attending workshops, planning and organizing events and performances. Some of her performances have been seen at the Jubilee Auditorium, Winspear, and Royal Alberta Museum. She has expanded to teach group classes with the Yamaha program and is constantly acquiring new techniques and approaches to expose students of all ages to the various aspects of music. As a teacher she strives to be kind, patient, creative, imaginative, fun loving, and is committed to having each student excel in their best possible way, whether for an exam, recital, or for personal knowledge and enjoyment.
Ballroom Dance: Ballroom dance (workshops/private/group) lessons are available upon request. Dances avaiable are the Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Rhumba, Cha Cha, Swing, Salsa, Jive. Lessons are usually one hour long. Individuals without partners are welcome.
Music Lessons: Piano, harp, theory, or voice lessons are offered weekly or by appointment in the locations of Wabamun and Onoway. For children, youth, and adults and all levels. Lesson plans are based on each students’ needs but usually include ear traning, technique, theory, and sight reading. Exams, recitals, and festivals are an option. Half hour or one hour lessons are available.
Harp performance: Book a harpist to play for a wedding, banquet, reception, party, anniversary....and for many other events or occasions.
Location: Wabamum & Onoway
Contact: 780-916-1317 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Teaching: Piano, Theory
Carmen Kulak was born in Quesnel, BC and started piano lessons with Paul Dykstra at seven years of age. She continued her studies in Edmonton with Dr. Lillian Upright before studying at the University of Alberta with Stephane Lemelin and Janet Scott-Hoyt. She has participated in summer classes at the Orford Centre for the Arts and audited classes at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Carmen graduated from the University of Alberta in 2001 with a Bachelor of Music Performance degree. She now has a successful private studio where she resides in Stony Plain and frequently accompanies voice and violin students in and around Edmonton. Carmen is Past-President of the Parkland Music Teachers Association, a member of the Alberta Registered Music Teachers Association, and the Alberta Piano Teachers Association.
Carmen's students will receive a well-rounded program of study including technique, ear training, practise techniques, musical interpretation, theory and performance. Students primarily focus on the classical discipline to secure a firm musical foundation but there is always room for popular pieces or special musical interests within the lessons. Students are encouraged to participate in the yearly Christmas & Spring recitals as well as the Parkland Music Festival.
Location: Willow Park, Stony Plain
Contact: 780-968-8138; email@example.com
Teaching: Piano, Theory
Location: Spruce Grove
Teaching: Violin, Theory
Violin has been my passion since I was six, and now ten years later, I am so grateful for the opportunity I had to learn for it has changed my life in so many ways. Now I would like to be able to share this opportunity with other people in my local community who would also like to learn how to play the violin. My desire is to aid in their process of learning, growth, and maturity as well as share my love for music.
I am currently 16 and am in Grade 11 at Onoway High School. I have completed my Grade 8 RCM exam with First Class Honors, and am currently training under Dr. Vladimir Rufino for my Grade 10 Violin exam in June 2020. I also hold a position in the Senior Edmonton Youth Orchestra (and have for the past two years) and perform with them at various locations throughout the year, including the Winspear and the Banff center of Arts. This is also my third year of teaching private lessons out of my home. I been honored to participate and receive awards from the Parkland Music Festival (2014-2016) in the past.
Teaching: Piano, Theory, Songwriting
After firmly establishing a solid foundation of classical training, I broadened my experience and performance in jazz, popular music, and folk music. I excel at songwriting and enjoy passing on my experience to instill passion for music to all of my students. My credentials include Grade 10 Royal Conservatory of Music, Conservatory Canada ARCT piano teachers, Bachelor of Music Composition at the University of Alberta, 10+ years as an accompanist for the Alberta Lyric Theatre, and also active in music ministry at the Spruce Grove Alliance Church.
Location: Stony Plain, Parkland County
Contact: 780-991-3419; firstname.lastname@example.org
Teaching: Piano, Theory, Early Childhood Music
Thank you for reading my biography! I’m not currently accepting new private students. However, I invite you and your child (7 years or younger) to join me for Music for Young Children keyboard classes, which run from September to June each year.
The MYC parent-child beginner keyboard class ‘Sunshine 1’ is available for children age 4 (or almost 4). There is also a beginner keyboard class for children 5-7 years old (‘Sunbeams 1’). Visit www.myc.com/teacher/joanne-peterson for information about MYC keyboard programs or contact me at email@example.com. Keyboard classes start in early September and run till early June (36 classes). The format may be on-line or in-person (or a combination of both), depending on provincial health regulations and the wishes of the participating families.
Music Pups is a family music class for children newborn to age 4. We have a blast boppin’ to great tunes, singing, and playing rhythm instruments. 4-week on-line sessions will take place both in July 2020 and August 2020 on Wednesday mornings from 10 to 10:30 am. Visit www.themusicclass.com or www.myc.com/teacher/joanne-peterson for more information about the Music Pups program.
The MYC Sunrise pre-keyboard program for 3-and 4-year olds runs in three 8-week blocks starting in late September. Sunrise is the perfect introduction to music lessons for your 3-or 4-year old. We do lots of singing, movement and rhythm instruments like Music Pups. In addition, our Bear friends introduce aural and visual patterns and basic music concepts in an age-appropriate manner. Visit www.myc.com/teacher/joanne-peterson for more information about the Sunrise program.
I’ve been teaching music lessons in Stony Plain since 1997. I started teaching private piano lessons in 1989. Twelve years ago, I also started teaching parent-child small group classes through Music for Young Children. I have my grade 10 piano certificate from the Royal Conservatory and my grade 9 singing certificate from Conservatory Canada. I’ve also taken jazz piano courses at Grant MacEwan College. Continuing education is important to me. I enjoy teaching all styles of music. I think it’s important for students to work together so I always feature duets, trios or larger ensembles as part of my studio curriculum. I really try to understand the learning styles of my students, both to help them learn efficiently and also to stretch them into exploring their non-dominant modes.
I love performing and encourage all my students to take advantage of performance opportunities, such as Christmas and year-end concerts and the annual Parkland Music Festival each spring.
I’m active in my church as pianist, organist and vocal ensemble director. In the past, I’ve also accompanied an award-winning junior choir and the vocal jazz quartet U-4-Ya. I guess it would be fair to say that music is the hub around which my life revolves!
Location: Downtown, Stony Plain
Contact: 780-963-0817; firstname.lastname@example.org
Teaching: Piano, Theory
My name is Melanie Poruchny and I am a music educator. I have loved music my whole life and have made it a career for the past 15 years. Not only do I love teaching music, but I love learning. I truly believe that there is always more to learn when it comes to music or any other craft. This is why I have done numerous teacher training courses and seminars to better improve myself so I can be the best teacher for my students. I have been a Yamaha Certified teacher and examiner for 12 years and just recently become a certified music theory teacher through the Ultimate Music Theory Course.
I believe that everyone has their own learning style and I make it my mission to understand yours so we can have the most efficient lessons. I have seen many benefits to learning in groups so I offer a few variety of group lessons in my home studio which I have named the Music Imaginarium.
Please have a look at my website for more details and feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. I look forward to meeting you!
Location: Parkland County
Contact: 780-721-0130 Themusicimaginarium@gmail.com
Teaching: Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele, Bass
Tim Rutter has been teaching and performing guitar since the early nineties. He has a diploma in music performance from Humber College in Toronto.
A busy local musician, Tim has played many styles in a variety of venues. He can play and teach rock, jazz, blues, country, classical and Celtic, all done with expert ability and enthusiasm.
A passionate teacher, Tim maintains a busy private teaching roster in his home. All ages, styles and levels of students are welcome.
Location: Spruce Grove
Contact: 780-974-9275; email@example.com
Teaching: Piano, Voice, Theory
I live on an acreage near Carvel and Blueberry School. I teach piano, voice, and theory. I have been teaching for many years and have always loved my work. One of my friends once said to me, "You are the only person I know who never complains about your job." I teach all grades and ages. I have completed my Grade 10 Practical and Grade 11 Theory with the Western Board of Music. I studied in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. I sing Soprano 1 with the Richard Eaton Singers, Edmonton's Symphonic Choir, an auditioned choir under the direction of Dr. Leonard Ratzlaff. I teach all styles of music and will prepare students for examinations. My students entertain parents and guests at recitals, many in the form of plays, which I write. Many of my students have won awards for highest exam marks in the province in both theory and practical exams.
Location: Carvel, Blueberry
Contact: 780-963-4884; 780-914-0456; firstname.lastname@example.org
Teaching: Piano, Voice
My first and foremost passion is music! I get to spend my days doing what I love and to have the opportunity to share that passion with others is a gift all on its own!
I’ve been teaching Voice and Piano for the past 4 years. I teach lessons to students ages 5 and up out of my home studio in Stony Plain. I graduated from the University of Alberta with her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance majoring in classical training and I have been studying Piano and Voice for over 16 years.
I currently hold my grade 9 RCM piano certificate. I have been honored to be a recipient of numerous music festival awards and scholarships and my studies have taken her Italy where I performed in the opera” L’incornazione de Poppea” and Newfoundland, in which I was cast to understudy two of the main characters in the musical “Sweeny Todd”
In addition to teaching, I try and do as many various performances in the area and is I have began Co-Conducting and Accompanying for the “Parkland Celebration Choir”
I enjoy teaching all different genres of voice and piano, including Pop, Musical Theatre, Contemporary, Folk and Classical.
Thank you for taking a moment to read my bio. I would love to hear from you and be able to share my passion of music with you!
Location: Spruce Grove
Contact: either email@example.com or (587) 785-1802
Teaching: Piano, Composition, Rudiments & Theory
Laura Weed teaches piano, composition, rudiments and theory in Spruce Grove, AB. She prepares students for RCM piano exams (Levels 1-8) and arranges fun video game songs and movie music. Laura helps students develop musicianship through technical exercises, reading music, rhythm activities, ear training, memorization and music games!
She offers extensive teaching experience, repertoire variety, a May recital and weekly progress reports.
FREE music games: http://www.musicteachersgames.com
FREE music videos: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCza6xixW1wOKqTN51-4bVsA
FREE sheet music: http://www.lauraweed.com
Laura holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Montana, Missoula and a Teacher's ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto. A versatile and dedicated musician, she strives to improve each student's musicianship and have fun along the way!
Location: Spruce Grove, Parkland County
Contact: (780) 962-6705 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Teaching: Voice, Piano, Theory
Teaching singing, beginner piano, and theory for over 25 years; and still loving it. I enjoy performing and teaching. I have an A.R.C.T. in Singing Performance and take every opportunity to sing in public and teach students to do the same. It takes confidence to sing in public, and having "been there, done that" helps me to help you do it too. I've had great success with students performing at Festivals, special events, or getting accredited through RCM or Conservatory Canada exams. I teach classical, musical theatre, and contemporary styles, I even have the sound equipment set up to teach you the proper use of the microphone. Singing can also be a 'visual' art as well, so presentation is carefully prepared so you feel confident in your performance.
I teach 40 minute lessons once a week for the beginner to grade 4 level. More advanced students would require an hour per week.
Come see me. I look forward to hearing from you and meeting you.
Location: Stony Plain & Area
Contact: 780-238-4662; email@example.com
If you would ask me, it's hard to say which I love most -- making music on my piano, or teaching children to make it! Using fun and games to teach, I have given lessons to children ages 5 - 10 and am of this year accepting preschool students. My goal is to create in my students a love for making music. Every time my students walk into the studio door, they are smiling!
My music experience and credentials includes achieving my Grade 10 Piano from Royal Conservatory of Music (First Class Honors) and the accompanying History and Theory: Intermediate (First Class Honors with Distinction). I also served two years as the primary pianist in our church. I am also furthering my music education and skill as I finish working towards my Associate Diploma in Piano.
Location: Lac Ste. Anne County
Contact: 780-967-3391 firstname.lastname@example.org
Teaching: Piano | Music Theory | Voice | Guitar | Early Childhood Music Education
Kimberly Wong is passionate about music and about nurturing the love of music in her students. She was born and raised in Vancouver, BC, and moved to Spruce Grove, Alberta in October 2015. She has her Royal Conservatory of Music Teacher's ARCT and has been teaching for over ten years. She herself has played the piano since she was four years old. She played and sang in her church congregation music team since age eleven, and has eight years of experience leading children's music at the Pacific Grace Mennonite Brethren Church in Vancouver. Throughout the years, she won many first place piano performance awards in the Vancouver Kiwanis Music Festivals for her piano performances. When she lived in Fort St. John, BC from 2010 to 2015, she picked up the guitar, wrote songs, and has performed in local shows. In 2015, she sang in the North Peace Community Choir at Carnegie Hall, New York.
Kimberly studied piano with Winfried Rompf, the Vice President of BC Conservatory of Music and musical director of Vancouver Piano Ensemble. For her Teacher’s ARCT and Piano Pedagogy, which she achieved in 2006, she studied with Edward J. Parker, the father of concert pianist Ian Parker and uncle of concert pianist Jon (Jackie) Parker. She graduated from The University of British Columbia in 2008, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology with a focus on child developmental psychology and cognitive neuroscience.
Lessons with Kimberly are fun and creative as she believes that making music should first and foremost be fun! Students receive a well-rounded musical education, including ear training, technique, performance skills, memorization, musical interpretation, improvisation, and theory. Kim also takes adult students who want to pursue music casually without necessarily taking exams.
As an early childhood music educator, Kimberly developed own program called Music Fun Time. Kimberly is also a pianist for events, singer, voice teacher (she studied with Rachel Casponi, Master of Music in Vocal Performance, and achieved her RCM Level 9 in Classical Voice), musical theatre actress, and guitar player.
Location: Heatherglen, Spruce Grove
Contact:780-571-0071; 250-261-2595; email@example.com