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Students in this lesson stream participate regularly in music festivals and complete Royal Conservatory of Music piano exams. Please indicate your interest in the Pathway to Artistry here: Get Started
Advantages of the RCM Certificate program:
"[student] is enjoying the piano lessons and adapted well to online instruction through the Covid pandemic."
"Having regular lessons through all the disruptions in our routine was really helpful"
"The lessons were smoothly transitioned to online sessions with the best possible set-up"
"I think Torey did a great job making the online lessons both very useful and most enjoyable"
- comments from summer 2020 Studio Survey
Piano students can now enjoy learning in a virtual lesson environment!
All you need to get started is your piano (digital or acoustic) and a laptop, tablet or smartphone.
Did you know there are many health benefits to learning piano as an older adult?
♪ slow the onset of dementia
♪ improve hand-eye coordination
♪ increase levels of HGH which is linked to reduced aches and pains & increased energy
♪ lessen depression and loneliness
♪ Increase memory
♪ Reduce stress
Piano teacher Torey Zachary (B.Mus., A.R.C.T., L.L.C.M., RMT) has enjoyed teaching for over twenty years 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 piano lessons in Kitsilano, North Vancouver, and online piano lessons worldwide.
As a pianist, she has performed at concerts, music festivals, and community events in the Okanagan and Vancouver, achieving many 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 classical and jazz voice, guitar, and Orff methodology.
Torey loves the diversity of teaching in Vancouver, and enjoys working with students of all ages. She is focused on nurturing students to achieve their potential and pursue excellence by adapting to individual interests, goals, and learning styles.
Torey is an excellent teacher for me, an adult returning to the piano after many years of absence. I feel very lucky to have found her. Lessons are always meaningful and productive, she is thoughtful about my abilities and interests, and is very good at exploring different ways to approach a piece or a problem to find one that works for me. She is always positive and encouraging, and gives me constructive suggestions for improving my playing as well as musical interpretation. She shows the desire and the ability to stay engaged and inspiring, and she is professional while remaining friendly and warm. I am happy that she has been so dedicated and innovative in continuing lessons during the pandemic. I think that Torey is naturally an excellent teacher, but she also puts a lot of thought into my lessons and it is always a pleasure to have a session with her.
Lindsay Dunn, adult 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 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
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
Students interested in starting piano lessons are invited to apply below to be considered for available openings. Beginners welcome!
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