Pam devotes herself to inspiring students to love music and piano as a lifetime gift. Music has been an important part of her life since she can remember. In 1968, Pam passed Grade 8 (Final Level) Pianoforte Examination with Distinction from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in Hong Kong. In 1975, she passed Grade 10 Piano and Theory with Honours at the Western Board of Music in Edmonton, Alberta. In 1976, Pam graduated with the Bachelor of Music Degree (Piano Performance) from the University of Alberta. In 1994, she passed the ARCT Piano Pedagogy Course with Honors at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Ontario.
Pam was a member of the ORMTA (Ontario Registered Music Teacher’s Association) from 1999 to 2010 in Mississauga, Ontario. She has been a member of the Affiliate Teacher’s Network of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Ontario from 1995 to 1999. Pam has established a high level of achievement among her students at all levels, with frequent music festival award winners and top examination marks.
From 1990 to 2010 in Mississauga Ontario, highlights of her teaching were as follows:
- Six silver Medal winners at the Royal Conservatory of Music in the period of 1993 to 2007, in Piano Grades 3 to 6, with marks ranging from 92% to 98%.
- Regular festival winners: many have been awarded scholarships from the Kiwanis Music Festival, Peel Music Festival, Yip’s Children’s Music Festival, and Mississauga Music Festival. Many have also been invited to perform at the ‘Stars Concerts’ of these festivals.
- A number of her students won the highest honors at the Royal Conservatory of Music Affiliate Teacher’s Network Spring Auditions from 1995 to 1999.
- Since 2000, a number of her students have been scholarship winners from Introductory level to Grade 10 at the Ontario Registered Music Teacher’s Association May Scholarship recitals.
- Several students have been admitted to the prestigious Cawthra Park Secondary Schools Music Program in Mississauga, Ontario.
Continuing education is also something that Pam has valued greatly. She has studied with Dr. Janet Lopinski, Boyanna Toyich, James Anagnoson, Boris Zarankin and Andrew Markow. Pam has attended teacher’s workshops conducted by Marina Geringas and Boris Zarankin. She has also attended masterclasses conducted by Marc Durand, John Perry, Jane Coop, Marietta Orlov, Anton Kuerti and Andrew Markow.
Pam greatly values the opportunity to be a teacher at the Edmonton Academy of Music since September 2010, and hopes to enrich the music education in Edmonton in the years to come.
- If the student is taking 30 minutes lesson weekly, please practice 30 minutes daily at home. If the student is taking 60 minutes lesson, then practice 60 minutes daily.
- Students are requested to rest before the lesson, do not come to the lesson without a break after a football practice! Students should regain focus and energy before the piano lesson begins.
- Students are required to bring their piano books to each lesson.
- Students are requested to attend the mini concert Pam conducts twice a year before the Christmas Recital and the Summer June Concert. Performance at the mini concert will prepare the student with MORE confidence to perform in front of an audience.
- Please be aware SUCCESS doesn’t come without hard work and dedication. Students should have consistent and enjoyable practice daily. Learning to play the piano is really FUN!!!