I understand that everyone learns differently, so I work with your personal style and pace. I can help you learn to read music, but won't force it if you prefer to learn by ear (I learned both ways in the past). For beginners looking for structured lessons, I use methods such as Suzuki, Claude Letourneau and Pope. For those intermediate players looking to improvise and expand their sound, I use a more eclectic approach incorporating music technology (such as backing tracks, recording and listening) and spontaneous collaboration.
I believe that learning music should be fun!
I began my journey with violin as a classical musician, learning to read music and play with a variety of ensembles such as string duos, trios and quartets as well as symphony orchestras, joining the PEI Symphony at the age of 13. I obtained my BA in Violin Performance at the Conservatoire de Musique de Quebec in 2000 and went on to perform and tour with several orchestras throughout Quebec and the Maritimes. I also completed intensive trainings with world class musicians at the National Arts Centre, the Orford Centre for the Arts and Domaine Forget International Music camps.
After a bout with tendinitis forced me to take a break from classical concerts, I began to explore other genres, joining rock bands, electronic pop groups, world music ensembles and more on stage, on tour, and in the recording studio. This experience helped me discover a true love of experimentation and improvisation, introducing me to the vast world of possibilities of the violin. Soon I began using accessories such as effect pedals, amps and loops in order to expand my musical world.
Since then, I have toured Canada, the United States and Europe with various groups, performed in major festivals and recorded on a number of professional albums in styles including classical, rock/pop, fiddle, hip hop, tzigane/gypsy, and klezmer.
In 2016 I returned to school in order to obtain my Mater's degree in Music Therapy, which also vastly expanded my perspective on music instruction to incorporate ideas on music and wellness.
Please see my resume for more information.
Bilingual music educator, performer, and music therapist with 10 years of teaching experience seeks to share her passion and knowledge of music using an inclusive and holistic approach.
Violin teacher, private studio, Montreal, 2008 - present
o Teaching individuals aged 6-60, beginner to advanced levels
o Music theory instruction with concrete playing examples (i.e. scales), written homework, and visual aids
o Adapting curriculum and lesson plans to students with various challenges, including learning disabilities or autism spectrum disorder
o Introduction to note reading; sight-reading practice using simple duets
o Rhythm training
Violin teacher, Montreal Academy of Music, Montreal, 2007 - 2012
o Teaching violin lessons 20-90 minutes long to students aged 5 to 65 at the school or on contract at home studio
o Preparing students for end-of-year concerts
o Include lessons on music theory, history, and famous performers
Music therapy experience
Music Therapist, Residence Lasalle, 2017 – present
o Run individual and group music therapy sessions to seniors with various dementias and Alzheimer’s. Clinical goals include cognitive stimulation, life recall and social integration, targeted using a variety of music therapy techniques
o Liaise with recreational director to help create goals and tailor treatment
o Run occasional open groups focussed on therapeutic singing
o Create documentation such as client assessment, treatment plans, treatment summaries, and progress notes
o Assist seniors with transitions to other activities
Music therapist, Declic, Sept 2020 - present
o Run individual music therapy sessions with children and youth, aged 4 to 21, with ASD and developmental disabilities. Clinical goals included increasing attention, facilitating social contact, and emotional self-regulation.
o Include music education goals along with music therapy goals via individual adapted instrumental instruction (violin and piano)
o Create documentation such as client assessment, treatment plans, treatment summaries, and progress notes for 50 participants
Selected performing experience - violin
Classical: Concert performances with Orchestre Symphonique de Sherbrooke (2010-2012), Orchestre Symphonique de l’Estuaire (1998-2016); Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra (2007-present), Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadienne (2007-2008)
World: Orkestar Kriminal, 2010-2017
-Perform and record songs of the 20th century international underground, including music from Greece, Russia, Argentina, Afghanistan, Moldova, Cambodia and Denmark
Rock/pop: Monogrenade (French chamber pop, electro, rock), 2011-2015
-Perform on European tours and television appearances (France 3 TV, Radio International France, Festival Transgénériques, LaRochelle, Printemps de Bourges, etc.)
Hip hop: Deltron 3030, 2012
-Performances at the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Ottawa Blues Festival, and Toronto’s Luminosity Festival
o MA Music Therapy, Concordia University
o Graduate Diploma-Music Therapy, Concordia University, 2017
o BA performance, Conservatoire de Musique de Québec, 2000
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