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ILDIKO SKELDON

Local Piano & Theory Lessons Teacher | Ildiko Skeldon Piano Studio Richmond BC

Because of her knowledge of the music examination process and superior piano lesson teaching skills Ms. Ildiko Skeldon is skilled in providing insights into the piano examination process. This serves her piano students well as it gives them an extra level of skill and confidence in preparing for their piano examinations – where they get higher exam marks and have the trophys to prove it!

Piano, Pedagogy, Rudiments

Ildiko Skeldon received her Bachelor of Music Degree – Piano Performance – from the University of British Columbia. While her principal teachers were Lee Kum-Sing and Pawel Checinski, she also received coaching performing in master classes with Robert Silverman, Ivan Moravec, Menaham Pressler and Anton Kuerti.Summer studies were pursued at the Liszt Academy in Budapest, Hungary.

Ms. Skeldon has been a Senior Examiner with the College of Examiners – RCM Examinations Toronto – since 1994,examining in both Canada and the USA.She has adjudicated numerous festivals across Canada;  is also a member of the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers Association, as well as being a sanctioned Music Festival Adjudicator (Judge) with the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators Association.

She is pleased to have been accepted and is a member of The Piano Teachers Federation.

An active member of the B.C. Registered Music Teachers Association, she currently serves on the Richmond Executive as Member at Large. She served as the Chairman of the Board of Examiners for B.C. Provincial Council from 1998 – 2011, after having been Branch President (Richmond) from 1991-1997.She is also past Chair of the Professional Development Committee for B.C. Provincial Council and Board of Directors for the Richmond Concert Association.

Her own solo CD was released in 2002 – a recording of live solo piano performances encompassing the past 20 years of her performance career.

Ms. Skeldon now devotes her energies towards teaching, pedagogy, coaching, master classes and examining while directing a successful music studio in Richmond, B.C.Her student of 14 years, Kenneth Lee, was chosen to represent Richmond at the B.C. Piano Competition held in Harrison, B.C. in September of 2008. This was the first time in 20 years that Richmond had representation at the Piano Competition!

 

 

Jonathan Li
A.R.C.T., B. Mus. (Performance), M.Mus. (Performance and Pedagogy)

I am very pleased to welcome Jonathan Li as part of my piano studio team.

Jonathan Li is an experienced and passionate teacher and musician.

While teaching in schools and privately across Canada over the last decade, he has trained many students, of all ages and backgrounds. He believes that each student’s musical education should be tailored towards their needs, goals and temperament as well as other factors, and looks forward to the challenge of adapting to each student.

As a young musician, Jonathan finished his ARCT in piano performance at the age of 14 while studying under Ildiko Skeldon and was awarded by the BCRMTA for achieving the top mark of that exam session in his hometown of Richmond, B.C.

Along the way he won multiple accolades such as the Gloria Cristobal Scholarship as well as placing in the top three multiple times at the annual Kiwanis Music Festival.

From 2008-2011 Jonathan contributed to three volumes of the Dynamic Duettists, a CD series stemming from the Young People s Concert at Tsawwassen Arts Centre.

In 2016, Jonathan sought out the tutelage of Jane Hayes, seeking to continue his music education in the hopes of becoming a better teacher. A major influence on his views of music and education, studying with Jane revitalized him back into the world of piano performance after a seven year absence.

Since then, Jonathan has completed an undergraduate degree in piano performance at the University of Victoria in the studio of Arthur Rowe, during which time he was the National nominee from the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival, as well as the recipient of the Dr. Robin Wood and Winifred Scott Wood Memorial Award (2019).

He has also attended Orford Music Festival (2018, 2019) as well as Brevard Music Festival (2019).

In 2020, Jonathan was accepted into the Piano Performance and Pedagogy programme at the University of Toronto with the Yoshiteru Koga and Sumiko Hara Piano Pedagogy Scholarship, where he studied with Jamie Parker.

He has since completed his masters, but continues to both practice and research, as “there are always more things to learn as a musician and teacher.”

 

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RYAN TREW

Theory Rudiments, Harmony, History, Counterpoint, Analysis, Composition

I am very pleased that Ryan Trew is part of my Piano And Theory Lessons music studio team.

He has been teaching theories in partnership with me for the past 15 years.

Throughout his academic career, Ryan has studied with several important Canadian composers including: Christos Hatzis, Glenn Buhr, Peter Hatch, Ka Nin Chan, Linda Smith, and Stephen Chatman. Ryan’s work has been commissioned and performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Prince George Symphony Orchestra, the UBC Symphony Orchestra, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and the Wilfrid Laurier (Alumni) Flute Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Amy Hamilton.

Ryan has an extensive experience in teaching Theory, Harmony and Music History courses both privately and in group lessons. He taught theory in Semiahmoo Academy of Music, British Columbia Conservatory of Music and Music Centre in Barrie, Ontario. His teaching and preparation students for RCM exams is very effective with usual First Class Honors Marks at the exams.

 

To set up an interview or sample lesson contact Ms. Ildiko Skeldon today!

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Phone: 604-710-8891