Torey Zachary Music Studio

Piano | Voice | Early Childhood Music | Vancouver Lessons for Kids & Adults


Lessons

Vancouver Piano Lessons for Preschoolers

Is your preschooler interested in piano but not yet ready for “traditional” private lessons?

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!

Each 30 minute piano lesson includes several activity types to keep your preschooler engaged and entertained!

WunderKeys is the perfect introduction to piano for children ages 3-5.

 

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Vancouver Piano Lessons for Kids and Adults

 

  • Guidance tailored to your interests and goals, whether you wish to play purely for pleasure, or to complete RCM exam requirements
  • Imagine the accomplishment you'll feel as your artistry and technique grows, making it possible to play your favourite songs!
  • Kids and adults welcome, beginners to advanced

 

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Music Theory Lessons for Kids and Adults

 

  • Students LOVE learning through kid-friendly games & off-bench activities!
  • Theory instruction is included with most beginner and intermediate piano lessons.
  • Advanced students require longer piano lessons to incorporate theory instruction, or a separate theory lesson. 
  • RCM exam preparation available

 

Voice Lessons for Kids and Adults

 

  • Learn exercises and breathing techniques to enhance and strengthen your singing
  • Achieve a confident, resonant sound

 

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Meet the Teacher

Torey Zachary (B.Mus., A.R.C.T., L.L.C.M.) loved music from the start, and began formal training at age four with piano lessons.

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 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 locations in Mount Pleasant, West Point Grey and North Vancouver.

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.  

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Reviews

 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
 

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 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!
 
H. Omid, adult student

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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  

 

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"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


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Students interested in joining the studio may apply below to be considered for available openings. An interview may be required. The interview is an opportunity to meet the potential student, assess the current level of playing/singing and work with the student to discover their goals for lessons. Recommendations for an initial course of study may also be made. Beginners welcome!   

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Contact & Locations

For more information about private lessons, group classes, event bookings or to arrange an interview:

Phone: 604-417-9520      Email: info@toreyzachary.com

Lessons in Mount Pleasant

#202-75 W. Broadway, Vancouver (Mondays and Thursdays)

Lessons in North Vancouver

2641 Chesterfield Ave (Wednesdays)

Lessons in West Point Grey

4405 West 8th Ave (Tuesdays and Fridays)

4397 West 2nd Ave (Fridays) 


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