My name is Claire Reid. I will be teaching the art program this year. I graduated from the University of Lethbridge with my Bachelor of Fine arts in addition to my BFA. My two passions in life are working with children and the arts. I have been working with children since 2006 and art has always been an important part of my life. I have worked with art programs at Cassa, Southern Alberta Art Gallery , Edmonton City Art Center, Edmonton earth day festival and Alberta Mental Hospital.
Children will start their artistic journey on the right foot. I will guide your kids to an understanding of basic fundamental practice of drawing, painting, sculpture, collage, basic printmaking and mixed media. Students will build friendships, explore creative thinking and have fun. They will keep a sketchbook and work independently and collaboratively with peers. Through exploration of the arts children gain experience in thinking critically and creatively, which can enhance their experience of daily life. Students will develop skills over the year in various art forms.
With my 8 years experience working with children, a Bachelor in Fine Arts, several education courses as well as experience working with special needs children, and my dedication and passion for the arts, it will surely make for a unique and memorable artistic experience.
Hello! My name is MacKenzie Klassen, and I am one of the piano teachers at McGill Music and Arts this year. I am studying both Piano and Education, with plans to complete my Bachelor of Music in the next year; followed by a Bachelor of Education in the 2 years following. Like many musicians, I have been studying my trade for many, many years. I have not taught piano since moving to Lethbridge for school about 3 years ago, but am very excited to have the opportunity and space to share my skill and pass it on to others. While completing high school in Medicine Hat AB., I was awarded the opportunity of teaching piano for another teachers’ 1 year maternity leave; through the United Conservatory of Music. After that period ended, I took up teaching private piano lessons while finishing high school. I plan to make music education my lifelong career and am very excited to be able to start this early in life. My main motive in teaching piano is to find a healthy balance between growing both a skill, and a love for piano. I know that every student learns differently, and every student approaches a new instrument with a different goal in mind. I plan to help my students discover both a new skill and passion, and look forward to meeting you all in the upcoming semester.
My name is Elizabeth Ho. I have just graduated my Music degree in the University of Lethbridge, and I will continue to study in Education in this coming Fall. My major instrument is violin, which I have spent more than 17years of private instruction. I hope to become a future music educator, and teach students from all different backgrounds. Therefore, I look forward to teach in McGill Music & Arts school because I want to inspire students as well as to encourage students to express themselves through music. Before I study in Lethbridge, I have more than 5 years of music teaching experience in Hong Kong which I have taught students in private as well as in group. In addition, for students who would like to take RCM Examination, I am also available to teach.
Hello, my name is Joel Gray and I am the Guitar instructor at McGill Music and Arts School. I currently hold a diploma in Music Performance from the Grande Prairie Regional College and am approaching my final year as a Bachelor of Music – Digital Audio Arts student at the University of Lethbridge. I have been playing guitar for the past twelve years and I have spent the majority of that time immersed in all aspects of live music performance and music studies. I have had the opportunity to lend my talents to bands and artists such as Nikki Meeres, The Silkstones, TJ Ruckus, and Field holler, and have been humbled to warm up the stage for acts such as The Sheepdogs, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Dwight Yoakam, April Wine, Marty Stewart, Josh Turner, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, Mohsin Zaman, Scenic Route to Alaska, and many other respected artists. I have also served as a member of the Grande Prairie Jazz Ensemble and worked as a musician for theatrical productions such as Oklahoma!, The Full Monte, and The Buddy Holly Story. I have spent the last two years of my life as a contemporary guitar instructor: first at the Grande Prairie Regional College, and secondly at McGill Music and Arts School. I am very interested in creating a unique bond with each individual I have the pleasure of working with and I look forward to crafting a program to best suit your needs and desires as a guitar student. In the end I’m just a passionate, hard working musician committed to helping steer you towards your goals as a developing musician. Thank you for your consideration!
Hi, my name is Theo Lysyk and I am ecstatic to start teaching at McGill Music and Arts School. I have entered my third year of studies at the University of Lethbridge for Percussion performance, playing with many ensembles such as Global Drums and Lethbridge Symphony. I started piano at the age of 7 and switched my focus onto percussion and drum set when I turned 10. Since then I have found a love for the art and I cannot imagine my life without music being the focal point. As such, it is my time to "give back" and stoke the passion in young players to help them along their musical journey; whatever it may be. I feel it is very important for beginning players to have fun and enjoy playing their music while still establishing fundamental skill that they can carry on throughout their life. This would mean my lessons would be shaped around the students. The curriculum will be molded to the student’s personality, age, and goals that they set themselves to achieve at the end of the semester. This could include learning specific genres, songs, or extended techniques and concepts such as improvisation. Alongside that I will teach them the fundamentals to reading music, drum set technique, basic ear training, and supply each student with a small set of repertoire to practice at home. I find a mix between cerebral and visceral playing encourages the spontaneity and creativity required for music, and I look forward to working with my students and help them grow their love of the drums.