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Music Teachers

Music Central Ltd.
#200, 20 Crystal Ridge Drive.
Okotoks Alberta, T1S 2C3
403-938-2700
okotoksmusic@shaw.ca

Carla

Owner / Piano - (Beginner to Advanced)

Carla Humphreys is the owner and operator of Music Central Ltd. She currently teaches piano and has her ARCT in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music. She has studied vocal performance at the University of Calgary.

Carla has been teaching piano since 1971. She loves to share her passion for music with students of all ages and levels. Carla is fully qualified to prepare students for examinations, festivals and other competitions and performances.

Darlene

Voice / Theory - (Beginner to Advanced) / Piano - (Beginner to Level 6 RCM)

Darlene joins Music Central this year as a teacher of voice, piano, theory, harmony and history.  She has a Bachelor of Arts in Honors Music – Voice, Bachelor of Education and a diploma in Social Work.  Darlene has continued her education in music after University and is now teaching music in our community schools.  She brings a wealth of knowledge, not only in music, but in teaching techniques.  Her approach is positive and she is able to tailor her teaching to each individual student.   
 

Sheila

Piano / Voice - (Beginner to Advanced)

Sheila Paton received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance from the University of Lethbridge in 2008. She brings over 10 years of experience teaching voice, piano and theory and is fully qualified to prepare students for exams, festivals, other performances and competitions. She has participated in choirs across the province including the University Singers (U of L), Foothills Centennial Chorus and Mount Royal Youth Choir. She has also participated in choral competitions at the local, provincial, national and international levels. She has also taken the opportunity to experience music and culture exchanges to Cuba and Scotland. Sheila grew up in Okotoks and is looking forward to sharing her love of music with the community that has given her so much.

Cathy

Violin / Piano – (Beginner to Advanced)

Cathy has been with Music Central for more than 20 years. She has over 30 years of teaching experience and we are very happy to welcome her back this year. Cathy has a degree from the Western Board of Music in Violin and Piano. She is fully qualified to prepare students for examinations and festivals or any other competitions and performances. Her knowledge and experience is very evident in the progress of her students. Welcome back Cathy!!

Kezia

Violin / Piano - (Beginner to Level 4 RCM)

As a violin and piano teacher, Kezia joins Music Central this year.  She is currently a University student in music and will be using her talents to help our students continue their musical education.  As part of her own continuing education Kezia is also preparing to complete Level 10 RCM in Violin and Piano.  In her experience as a teacher, she has learned to tailor her teaching to individual students.  Kezia shares her passion for music with enthusiasm, creativity, positivity and patience. 

Lincoln

Violin - (Beginner to Level 4 RCM)

Lincoln began listening to classical music at a very young age and has studied the violin since age six. He began his studies in the Suzuki method and has further developed through taking his exams in the Royal Conservatory where he has received first class honors.  He is working on his Grade 9 Repertoire and is excited to play some of the great violin music from Vivaldi to Paganini.  He participated in the Mount Royal Junior Orchestra Program and is excited to now be in the Conservatory Sinfonia.  Lincoln takes great care in proper carriage and posture.  He believes that music should be a life long pursuit and is excited to help his students grow in their talents.

 

Gaetan

Piano / Flute – (Beginner to Advanced)

Music Central welcomes back Gaetan, who holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Quebec in Trois-Rivieres. He brings over 18 years of teaching experience in piano and flute. His passion and commitment is to help his students succeed in achieving their goals. Many of his students have excelled in exams and festivals and also won at provincial and national competitions. He believes that every student needs an individual approach that is suited to their personality. Although Gaetan has considerable experience training students for exams and competitions, he enjoys, just as much, teaching students who just want to learn for their own pleasure. He is always happy to help anyone in exploring or perfecting the art of music.

Treena

Piano - (Beginner to Level 5 RCM)

Treena has been teaching piano at Music Central for 5 years. She brings over 20 years of experience teaching and is dedicated to the progress of her students. Treena loves to work with all ages and abilities to find their best way of learning. She is versatile and willing to give her all to each student including preparing them for examinations, festivals and other performances. Her sweet loving personality and her love for music and teaching is definitely an asset to our studio. We look forward to another wonderful year for you and our students.

Megan

Piano - (Beginner to Level 4 RCM)

Megan is coming back for her 6th year teaching at Music Central. She has completed the requirements for level 8 with the Royal Conservatory of Music. She has continued her studies and now plays at a Level 9-10. She is a very talented and sensitive pianist and has proven herself as a teacher. Megan is kind and gentle, very patient and willing to give her students her full attention. She is able to prepare students for examinations and festivals. Music Central is very happy to welcome her back for another year.

Ezri

Piano - (Beginner to Level 5 RCM)

Ezri has returned to Music Central as a piano teacher this year.  She is a very talented pianist and popular teacher.  She has completed Level 9 RCM.  She has the ability to connect with students of any age and is able to help them progress in an environment of positivity and consistency. Ezri is fully qualified to help students prepare for examinations, festivals and other performances.

Christine

Piano - (Beginner to Level 5 RCM)

Christine is an experienced pianist completing the Grade 10 RCM exam with First Class Honors. She has been taking piano lessons from the Royal Conservatory for 11 years and has performed at the Calgary Arts/Kiwanis Festival for 7 consecutive years. Christine is a passionate and motivated individual as she comes from a musical family inspiring her to become a successful teacher. Christine is delighted to join Music Central to share her love for music and the beauty behind the black and white keys. 

Eilish

Piano - (Beginner to Level 4 RCM)

A former student of Music Central, Eilish joins us as a piano teacher this year.  Her passion has always been music and she has displayed her talent in many ways.  She has been composing her own music since elementary school and has won the recommendation to the Provincial Festival 3 times.  She has also become a very competent Bassoonist.  Eilish is currently working toward Level 10 RCM Piano.  She is excited to share her passion for music with students of any age.  

Dallin

Piano - (Beginner to Level 5 RCM)

Music Central is happy to have Dallin join us as a teacher this year.  He has been a student for the last six years and has excelled in music.  He was the winner of the Gold Medal in Alberta for the highest mark on his 1st RCM exam and has consistently kept high marks as he progressed.  Dallin is currently preparing for Level 10 RCM this year.  He has been teaching privately for 4 years and has substituted for teachers at Music Central (including Carla) and has proven his ability as a teacher.   

Jeff

Guitar / Ukulele - (Beginner to Advanced)

Jeff has been teaching guitar (acoustic, electric, bass) and ukulele at Music Central for 5 years. He has over 20 years of teaching experience including a degree from the Red Deer College of Art. He is able to take students of any age and ability. Jeff is a passionate musician and is excited to continue sharing his knowledge. As a well rounded musician, Jeff is passionate in teaching his students in whatever genre they wish to pursue.

JP

Guitar / Bass / Drums / Ukulele - (Beginner to Advanced)

Jean-pascal (JP) has completed 3 years of classical guitar in 1995 and received his Bachelor of Music degree in 1999 in Jazz Guitar performance at the Université du Québec a Trois-Riviéres. JP has over 25 years of teaching experience in Guitar, Bass guitar, Drums and Ukulele. When JP is not teaching he enjoys touring as a professional freelance musician. He has toured across Canada over the past 30 years and through the USA twice in the early 2000’s. JP is a very popular teacher at Music Central and we welcome him back to our teaching team this year.

Taylor

Guitar / Bass / Ukulele - (Beginner to Advanced)

Taylor McPhail has been teaching guitar for over 15 years, and has been playing professionally since 2013. He is a graduate from Red Deer College, earning a Music Diploma with a major in Jazz Guitar. Taylor was the winner of the 2011 Red Deer College Scholarship Competition for Best Guitarist, and Best Original Composition, and has his Royal Conservatory of Music Certifications for Grade 1 and Grade 2 Rudiments. Taylor is also a member of the local rock band Stonegate, as well as the Craig Carswell Band. His music and recordings have made numerous appearances on radio stations, including X92.9, Sun Country 99.7, CJSW 90.9 and The Eagle 100.9.

Braiden

Guitar - (Beginner to Intermediate) / Piano – (Beginner to Level 3 RCM)

Music Central is pleased to welcome Braiden to the teaching team.  Braiden picked up his first guitar when he was just ten years old and has since learned to play the guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, drums, and piano.   He has completed RCM Theory Level 8, and currently plays piano at RCM Level 10.   He has been accepted to the University of Calgary where he plans to continue his musical studies and pursue a career in music. Braiden grew up in the Foothills and is happy to be part of the vibrant musical community in the area.   Realizing the importance of opportunities for youth within the community, he is an encouraging teacher who takes an individual approach with each of his students.   He is completely focused on assisting each student develop their own musical talents.  

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