Torey Zachary (B.Mus., A.R.C.T., L.L.C.M.) began her music studies with piano lessons at age four. Her principal teachers include Ernst Schneider, David Vandereyk, Terence Dawson and Miranda Wong. As a pianist she has performed frequently at concerts, music festivals and community events in the Okanagan and Vancouver, B.C., achieving many performance awards. A graduate of UBC’s School of Music, she also holds an A.R.C.T. in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory, an L.L.C.M. from London College of Music and Media, and a Diploma in Music from Capilano College. Additional studies include voice (classical and jazz), guitar and Orff methodology.
Torey has further developed her skill as a singer by performing in a wide variety of choral groups, including female barbershop, the VOXY improvising choir, chamber choirs and large classical ensembles. She has also attended vocal workshops with such artists as Jay Clayton and Sheila Jordan.
Torey began teaching in 1998 and since then has enjoyed working in a variety of settings in the Okanagan and Vancouver. She taught group and private piano lessons for 10 years at Capilano University’s Community Music School, and currently offers private lessons at West Point Grey School of Music, Tapestry Music and Holy Trinity Church in North Vancouver. In 2008, she developed her own music and movement program for toddlers and caregivers at West Point Grey Community Centre called Sing! Dance! Play!, and this year is excited to introduce the WunderKeys ™ piano program for preschoolers! Torey loves the diversity of teaching in Vancouver, and enjoys working with students of all ages, from toddlers to adults! She is focused on nurturing students to achieve their potential and pursue excellence by adapting to individual interests, goals, and learning styles.
Whether your goal is completing RCM examination requirements, learning to play for your own enjoyment, or creating a solid foundation of essential skills to benefit your other musical pursuits, Torey will provide you with guidance tailored to your interests and learning needs. Kids and adults welcome, from beginner to advanced. Find out about Piano Lessons for Preschoolers here.
Beginner voice students learn simple exercises and breathing techniques to enhance and strengthen their singing while gaining a more confident and resonant sound. Songs are chosen in consultation with students and based on interests and ability level.
Introductory, Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Rudiments
Is your preschooler interested in piano but not yet ready for “traditional” private lessons? There’s a program designed especially for you! Jump-start a life-long love of music with WunderKeys™ Piano for Preschoolers. Not only will your child develop keyboard awareness, rhythmic understanding and piano skills, they’ll get a head-start on kindergarten math concepts including sorting, ordering, counting, classification, and pattern recognition. Each 30 minute piano lesson includes several different activity types to keep your preschooler engaged and entertained! WunderKeys™ is the perfect introduction to piano for children ages 3-5. Unsure whether your child is ready? Contact Torey to find out!
♪ Nurture children’s natural musical curiosity
♪ Create a foundation for future education
♪ Develop focused listening skills that benefit all areas of life
♪ Self-expression and creativity
♪ Increase confidence
♪ Body awareness
♪ Parent-child bonding
♪ Speech and vocal development
♪ Fine and gross motor skills development
♪ Exposure to age-appropriate instruments
Sing! Dance! Play! was developed by Torey for toddlers to preschoolers and has been offered at West Point Grey Community Centre since 2008. Sing! Dance! Play! creates a fun-filled learning environment while exploring the world of music through songs, stories, games and expressive movement.
Musical, cognitive, and social development are all supported in this unique class and parent-child bonds are strengthened as you participate together. Children are introduced to musical concepts such as dynamics, attentive listening, keeping the beat and playing Orff instruments, while movement activities enhance coordination, spatial awareness and body control.
July & August: classes will be offered Tuesdays & Thursdays.
"I first met Torey when I enrolled my toddler in her music class. At that time, my 2 month old tagged along for the ride. Torey's patience and demeanour won my son over, and we signed up for many of her classes over the next year and a half. Her ability to read each child was amazing, and she catered to the needs of each little one in the class. We loved how she shared her passion for music with the kids. She is a very talented music teacher." Kelley Zwicker
"'Music class' is what my son looks forward to every week! Torey is not only fun, patient, and great with the kids, but she is a talented vocalist and pianist. She keeps a good pace to the class to keep the kids engaged, and uses both repetition and new activities to move them to new heights. She had my kids dancing, humming, singing and doing actions all week. We highly recommend this class for toddlers, but I have to say that my baby was right in there too!" Laura Lee
Add the perfect touch of elegance to your special day! Torey works with couples to design a personalized selection of music and create the ideal enhancement to this memorable occasion! Special requests are welcome (with advance notice). Contact Torey for details.
For the past few years, Torey has provided piano music for memorial services held at Banfield Pavilion (a residential care facility at Vancouver General Hospital). She is honored to be part of these meaningful ceremonies that honor loved ones who have passed away, and create a space for those left behind to reflect and remember their family member or friend. If you would like gentle, contemplative piano music in a similar setting, contact Torey and she will be glad to help.
I can honestly say that I cannot imagine having a better teacher. Torey is very knowledgeable, creative, and, most importantly, she genuinely cares about her students. Teaching an adult student can pose many challenges, but whether it was sight reading, playing technique, learning new tunes, advanced music theory, or even composition, Torey has always been ready to meet the challenge with great results. I would highly recommend Torey to any student looking for a talented, innovative and personable teacher.
Piotr Kozlowski, adult student
Torey is one of the best teachers I've ever had in my long history of music lessons. Not only is she kind, welcoming, and easy to be around, Torey boasts impressive techniques and superb teaching skills. Lessons with her are comfortable, while also being very productive. She is attentive to her students and customizes each lesson to the pupil's strengths and weaknesses, choosing songs, teaching techniques, and outlining warm-ups for each student's specific needs and tastes. I am always so glad I have Torey as a teacher because lessons become a place where I'm not afraid to make mistakes and learn from them. Since having her as my teacher, I've seen my abilities go up leaps and bounds.
Kaitlyn Le, voice student
If it was not for Torey, my daughter Ashley would have dropped piano after Grade 2. With Torey's teaching style Ashley was the one reminding me to make sure I had her signed up for the next session. It's been a delight over the years to see how much Ashley has improved to the point where now she will have piano skills for life and for that we want to say to Torey one big thank you!!
Len Klassen, parent
I've been a student of Torey's for nearly 8 years. Torey has shown me such amazing patience, kindness, and guidance throughout every single lesson we've had together. With every year of lessons that passes, there is such a great improvement within my technique, practice, performance, and all around playing. Throughout my lessons with Torey, she has always shown my best interest in pieces and genres that I wanted to learn. Torey has made learning the piano such an amazing and beautiful experience, and even after 8 years - I still look forward to our lessons every single week.
Ashley Klassen, student
My son worked with Torey for 6 years. He had a great experience learning skills while having fun and being challenged. Torey’s structured approach to playing and theory gave him confidence and skills he could transfer to band classes when he was ready. The recitals were always a pleasure to hear his growth over the years.
Shirley Lempriere, parent
Torey is an exceptional piano teacher who found the way to be at once a friend and mentor for my daughter. I am really grateful for Torey's special attitude to inspire my daughter and help her nurture her love for playing piano.
Nataliia Laptieva, parent
I love having piano lessons with Torey. She is an amazing teacher! Torey pays attention to my pieces and my theory, and always corrects me if I'm doing something wrong. She always has a technique I could use for improving something. I find Torey very encouraging, and I feel that my playing and theory has improved a thousand times since I started lessons with her. I look forward to every lesson with my awesome teacher!
Dasha Laptieva, student
Torey is one of the best teachers I have seen. She does her best to provide you an environment that you could learn music and enjoy that experience. She tries to find your strengths and develop them; at the same time, Torey designs specific practices to improve your weaknesses. As a PhD student that has spent several years in academia, I enjoyed learning from many instructors and Torey is one of the best ones!
Hamid Omid, adult student
We had the pleasure of working with Torey after a particularly difficult experience with piano lessons. My two boys both had felt they wanted to quit piano after working with a teacher that was not the right match to their interests and we decided to stop lessons for some time. When we were ready to go back, the boys now 7 and 8 were quite hesitant but Torey with her gentle and loving approach to teaching music was able to remind them why they liked piano in the first place. My children are now 14 and 15 and both consider music as an integral part of their lives. One is now a double bass player for Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra and the other is a drummer involved in numerous jazz bands both in and outside of school. Again, we all whole heartedly agree that if it was not for the healing effects of Torey's teaching they would have abandoned music a long time ago.
Farnaz Ohadi, parent
As a beginner adult student I have very much enjoyed Torey's guidance and patience as a teacher. She encourages me to explore different genres of music and provides helpful suggestions for practice and technique while respecting self-direction.
Cynthia Lewis, adult student
Torey is an excellent piano instructor. During my classes she was always so patient and taught piano so that I could learn at the same pace as the pieces progressed in difficulty. I enjoyed my years of piano playing very much!
Michael Partridge, student
We were extremely pleased to have Torey as Michael's piano instructor; she was nurturing and kind, she cared about his learning and respected him as a person. She also challenged him when she felt he could push himself further. And when we had the chance to hear her play, she did so with an easy grace, truly lovely!
Michelle & Robert Partridge, parents
West Point Grey School of Music (now in Mount Pleasant) 75 West Broadway
Tapestry Music 3607 West Broadway
Holy Trinity Church 2725 Lonsdale Ave (take exit #18 off Highway 1)
West Point Grey Community Centre 4397 West 2nd Ave
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