Zara Chan (Piano)

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Instruments: Piano

Area of specialty: Classical RCM Piano, Beginners/Intermediate/Advanced Piano, Theory, Harmony, RCM Exam Preparation

zarachan2Zara began her formal piano training at the age of 5 after she taught herself to play some pieces her older sister was learning at the time. From there, she progressed to complete her grade 8 piano certificate at 9 and obtained her ARCT diploma in Piano Performance at 15. She participated in music festivals such as Kiwanis Music Festival, Markham Music Festival, and Peel Music Festival, and consistently placed among the top in her class. During high school, Zara attended Earl Haig Secondary School as a piano major in the Claude Watson Program for the Arts and was introduced to classical voice, choral singing, accompanying, and composition. She has composed numerous pieces and has won awards for her works, including the Alliance for Canadian New Music Projects’ Patricia Elliott Scholarship and the Barry Gosse Award for Music Composition. Her Piano Trio was selected for performance by the critically acclaimed Gryphon Trio in the fall of 2007, and was praised as “compelling” (The Toronto Star) and “precocious” (The Globe and Mail).

Zara began teaching piano and theory after graduating from high school and continued to advance her pedagogical skills by pursuing her ARCT diploma in Piano Pedagogy and attending professional development workshops. She obtained her ARCT diploma in 2011 and was awarded the Adelmo Melecci Scholarship for her achievements on the practical component of the exam. In addition to her music education training, Zara’s background in psychology contributes to her approach as a teacher. She holds a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Psychology from Ryerson University and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A. Spec. Hons.) in Psychology from Glendon College, York University, and is excited to combine her two passions to provide an enriching and rewarding experience for her students. Zara continues to further her music career through her work as a pianist, accompanist, composer, and vocalist, and often performs with her sister, a fellow musician and teacher, at private events.

 

 

A great teacher for both young beginning adults and young students.  Zara is back with us after a 5 year hiatus.

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