Musicians and athletes are the same -- we coordinate our bodies and minds to create beautiful, complex and amazing experiences.
My teaching method integrates muscle training and technique with music theory, improvisation, composing and careful score study to build these mind-body connections. This allows my students to:
understand, enjoy and be confident in their playing;
build concentration, memory and body awareness; and
avoid physical and mental stress.
I focus on helping each student learn how to learn. Since each student is different, I often write exercises and study pieces to respond to an individual student's needs.
Concert pianist and music teacher with twenty years of experience. I studied at the Barcelona Conservatory as a teenager, and then took top scholarships and prizes at Harvard University and the Eastman School of Music. I've performed on piano, fortepiano and harpsichord in cities across Canada and the United States, and on radio (including multiple CBC appearances). I enjoy teaching all ages and levels, including adult beginners, and I have also prepared students for university study and professional careers.
Reduced rates are available for students in need. Travel fee varies, subject to distance.
University of British Columbia, School of Music
PhD student in Music Theory, 2011-2012
SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholar
Master of Music in Historical Performance, September, 2001
Eastman School of Music
Master of Music in Piano Performance and Literature, May 1994
Lizzie Teege Mason Memorial Scholarship (top piano jury), 1994
Performer’s Certificate, 1994
Bachelor of Arts in Music, June 1992
Harvard National Scholar (awarded to 80 of 16,000 applicants), 1989-1992
Conservatoriú Municipal de Musica de Barcelona
Special student in piano, 1987-1988
Piano: Nelita True, Gabriel Chodos, Carmen Vilá
Fortepiano: David Breitman, Malcolm Bilson
Clavichord: Peter Sykes
Private instructor: piano, music theory, chamber music
Boston, Cleveland, Winnipeg, Montreal (1992-present)
Canadian Mennonite University
Piano instructor, sessional. (2009-2011)
University of Manitoba. Preparatory Division.
Piano instructor, clinician. (2008-2011)
Winnipeg Summer Cello Institute.
Teaching assistant in 18th-century music history. (Spring 2000)
Eastman School of Music (1995)
Lebanon Valley College of Pennsylvania (1996)
Adjunct instructor in piano performance, music theory, keyboard skills.
Groundswell New Music Series (Winnipeg)
Member of the Board of Directors, 2010-2011
Manitoba Registered Music Teachers’ Association
Winnipeg Musicians' Association, AFM Local 190
"Freewheeling...bursts with bold ideas."
-- Boston Globe
"Soulful and arresting...playful and fluid."
-- Winnipeg Free Press
"A fearless performer ... pushed the instrument to its limits ... with fierceness and virtuosic tools."
Perfect! My son likes his lesson. His lesson style is passionate. Thank you, Max.
Max is perhaps the best possible instructor I could have picked after a ten year hiatus from the piano, which I had played for over a decade prior. It was especially important for playing the piano to be therapeutic for me—and Max supported me from day one. He never once shoehorned me into a prescribed curriculum—rather, he was incredibly sensitive about designing one for me as we revisited some of my old repertoire alongside new, engaging pieces that challenged me at a comfortable pace. He did this while correcting old bad habits I'd developed, saving me from possible future injury. Max's passion for music history also meant that I could develop a better gut instinct for how I interpret pieces—and where to bend the rules! I am grateful to now play the piano with more mindfulness, technique, and musicianship than I had ever experienced growing up. For these reasons, whether you're beginning the instrument or returning after a while, I highly recommend Max as a piano teacher.
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