My teaching is focused on helping my students reach their goals with healthy playing and practicing techniques. I work with classical students from beginner to advanced, and contemporary/pop students who want to develop their reading, playing by ear or improvising. My lessons are personable, professional and centered around the students' needs. I am an advocate and practitioner of movement awareness schools including Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais and Skinner Release Technique.
I am a gigging classical and contemporary pianist who produces interactive multi-media concerts. I have taught music for over 10 years, and directed church music in many styles in Canada and the UK. I am passionate about classical piano music and its influence on my contemporary singer-songwriter compositions. Currently I am pursuing a Masters of Music from McGill University. As a music researcher, I am conducting a lab study to measure the different learning strategies of adults and children when learning to play piano.
Lessons are paid in full at the beginning of each month.
Cancellations by students must be made 24 hours prior to lesson to guarantee rescheduling.
Cancellations within 24 hours of lesson are not refunded.
Cancellations by teacher are guaranteed to be rescheduled.
In-home lesson fee: added $10
M. Mus (Piano Performance), McGill University (ongoing)
B. Mus (Piano Performance and Music Ministry), Canadian Mennonite University (2006-11)
Gr. 10 Piano Certification, Royal Conservatory of Music
Languages: English, Intermediate French
Russell Music Teaching Studios, Kitchener, ON (2014 - 2016)
Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg, MB (2010 - 2012)
Community School of Music and the Arts, Winnipeg, MB (2007 - 2012)
CONCERT PRODUCER, CURATOR and PERFORMER
"Resonate," Interactive and Multimedia Concert, 2016
"If the Earth Could Sing," Interactive and Multimedia Concert, 2015
"Tales and Tunes," Community Variety Show, 2014
"Fall Concert Series," Concerts in diverse styles, 2015
"Sammy Duke and Becky Reesor, Playing Canada Tour" Contemporary Gigs, 2014
FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES as FEATURE ARTIST
Cambridge Charter Day Festival (2016)
Toronto Jazz Festival (2015)
YES! International Women's Day (2015)
CHURCH MUSIC DIRECTOR
Elmira Trinity United Church, ON (2014 - 2016)
Iona Abbey, Scotland, UK (2012 - 2013)
Fort Garry Mennonite Brethren Church, Winnipeg, MB (2010 - 2011)
“Duet Out of Doors,” for 4-hands and burning grand piano (2017)
“Walkin' Round,” TV theme for 'In Your Own Backyard,' Rogers TV (2014)
"Departing From Self," outdoor song cycle for voices, guitar, percussion and dance ensemble (2013)
Emerald Trio: piano, viola, clarinet (2011 - 2012)
Chai Israeli Ensemble: orchestra, vocalists, dancers (2011-2012);
MUSIC APPRECIATION WORKSHOPS
"Music and Art," Kitchener House of Friendship: Alcontrol Addictions Centre (2015 – 16)
"Guitar Sing-along," KW Rehabilitation Centre (2016)
"Music in Worship" Various locations (2009, 2011)
Milverton Village Voices Community Choir (2014 - 16)
After Eight Women's Chorus (2014)
Canadian Mennonite University Chamber Choir (2006)
Winnipeg Singers (2007)
Sammy Duke Trio (2013 - present)
Janice Jo Lee and the Free Radicals (2015 - 16)
The Museum (2010 - 12)
Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, (2011 - 2012)
Listowel School of Dance, (2000 - 02)
CONCERT PRODUCER and PERFORMER
Variety Show Fundraiser (Elmira, ON, 2006)
Voices from Yesterday and Today for a Better Tomorrow (Elmira, ON, 2015)
The Lab @ 500 Laidlaw Concert Series (Winnipeg, MB, 2012)
A Pianist, an Organist and an Inventor (Winnipeg, MB, 2012)
The Creation of Stories (Winnipeg, MB, 2012)
Becky Reesor & Agnes-Marie Henderson (Listowel, ON, 2009)
An Evening of Musical Perspectives, (Listowel, ON, 2008)
OTHER EVENTS and GROUPS
Iona Island Choir (Scotland, 2012 – 13)
Earth Day Protest, Consumption Sabbath Revival Tent Meeting (2012)
Mennonite Festival Chorus (2010-12)
AWARDS and HONOURS
SHRRC GCS-Masters Scholarship ($17,500, 2017 - 18)
Dean's Graduate Entrance Award; Gian Lyman Memorial Scholarship; Mildred Largie Award ($5000, 2016)
Canadian Mennonite University ($9,800, 2006 - 11)
President’s Medal for Scholarship, Leadership and Service; Phillip and Anna Wiebe Music Scholarship;
Academic Excellence Scholarship; Highest GPA Award: Music; Abner Martin Music Scholarship; Program
Merit Award: Music; Leadership Scholarship Honorable Mention; Dean’s Honor Roll
Verna Mae Janzen Music Competition, (Winnipeg, MB, $700, 2011)
CONTRIBUTIONS AND PUBLICATIONS
Ongoing Research: “Piano studies across ages: the effects of learning strategies,” (CIRMMT, 2017-18)
“Something Old, Something New” in: Leader, ed. Richard Kauffman (Kitchener, ON: Herald Press, Summer 2013)
Panel contributor, Off the Page, Refreshing Winds Worship Conference (CMU, 2011)
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