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There Are No Shortcuts


This weekend we had our end of the year student recital and as always it was fun and entertaining to watch and listen to the performances and the personalities and observe their progress.   It never ceases to amaze me how different each student is and how despite these differences music has the capacity to open up a voice of expression for each one of them...
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The End of the Year


The hot weather tells us that we are quickly coming to the close of yet another school year. Looking back on the year for me means looking back on the progress of my students. This year I have a student who is moving along to a music program at a College level in Vancouver. He started with me over five years ago now and despite listening to all my caution... Read More

Learning To Speak The Language Of Music


I taught my first music lessons at the age of 17 at a pop up music school called ABC Music Studios in Vancouver.   I remember the "studios" were dingy and dark with draw curtains separating one space from another. There was virtually no expectation on the part of the management regarding the necessary qualifications for their teachers.  At that time, my r... Read More

My Guitar Pal – Our Educational Website


Over the last three years we have worked on developing "My Guitar Pal", an online guitar education site. Now, I think the reason it is called an "education" site is because the process of developing this enterprise has been "an education." Initially, the idea was to bring 40 years of teaching experience and materials online with some very innovative ideas... Read More