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Faculty & Teachers

Teachers at Musica are known for their strong teaching profile and talent. All the Yamaha Teachers are certified by Yamaha Canada, and the Private teachers have or are pursuing their ARCT from RCM or equivalent.

Our faculty is very energetic and easy-going which allows them to build a fantastic rapport with the students. Passionate and well-trained, our staff members work very hard at making the lessons as engaging and as rewarding as possible.

If you'd like to join our team, please visit our Careers page.

The following are short biographies of our current teachers at Musica Academy.

Aileen Lucia Aguilar
Teaching: Since 2020
Courses Taught at Musica Academy: Yamaha Group lessons, Private Flute
Teaching Locations: NW, SW
Music Qualifications: Bachelor of Music – University of Calgary
RCM Grade 10 – Flute & Piano (2022)
ARCT Harmony & Counterpoint
Level 10 History

Summary and other Accomplishments:
Aileen Lucia Aguilar is a native Calgarian with a strong passion for music and education. Her musical journey started at the age of 5 when she took piano lessons under the late Nelly Bala. It was with Ms. Bala’s instruction that Aileen developed a powerful relationship with music, and quickly realized that she couldn’t imagine her future without it.

Since then, Aileen has been working towards her Bachelor of Music at the University of Calgary with a concentration in Integrated Studies, where she is able to combine her love of music and psychology through study and research. In the near future, she hopes to become a music therapist; helping others to achieve wellness and reach their non-musical goals through music.

Aileen has also expanded her skillset to be able to play over 10 instruments. Her primary instrument is the flute, for which she has had the honour of studying under renowned flutists such as Sara Hahn, Gwen Klassen, and Lucie Jones. Aileen has also held the position of Flute Chair under the University of Calgary Wind Ensemble for three years, one of the finest university woodwind ensembles in Canada, which has allowed her to perform across Canada. As well, she has had the pleasure of performing with the University of Calgary Symphonic Band as the Flute Section Leader in 2018 and as the Principal Chair of the Calgary Youth Wind Ensemble for the 2019 season.

Throughout this time, Aileen has been working on her RCM Certification in both Flute and Piano Performance, hoping to obtain her Grade 10 Certification in both instruments by the end of 2022. Her extensive theory knowledge and background has also enabled her to obtain her ARCT in Theory and Counterpoint.

Aileen is honoured to be joining the Musica Academy team as a group piano teacher and hopes to make your students’ musical journey memorable, magical and fun!

 

Arianna Hu
Teaching: Since 2021
Courses Taught at Musica Academy: Private Piano
Teaching Locations: NW
Music Qualifications: RCM Level 10 Practical, History, and Harmony

Summary and other Accomplishments:
Playing piano since age 3, Arianna loves to explore music through piano playing, theory, and musical history. She has volunteered at several youth summer camps, including the Yamaha Disney Camp. She loves to spend time with young children and is determined to inspire them to have fun with music.

She has received First Honors with Distinction in both RCM Level 9 Piano and Level 10 History, and First Honors in Level 10 Harmony. She has also received gold in the Kiwanis Festival. Additionally, she has played clarinet in her school band for two years. She is joining the Yamaha team as part of the Student-Teacher program under the direction of our senior teacher Ms. Looi Tan.

After completing the Student Teacher training program, Ms. Arianna continues to be actively part of the faculty and Musica’s related events as well as teaching students of various levels at Musica Academy.

 

Ben Carson
Teaching: Since 2008
Courses Taught at Musica Academy: Guitar
Teaching Locations: NW, SW
Music Qualifications: Bachelor of Music

Summary and other Accomplishments:
Ben began teaching guitar at Musica Academy in 2008 while attending the University of Calgary. After graduating with a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Education degree, Ben taught Music and Phys Ed in the Calgary Board of Education for 2 years.

After completing his MBA at the University of Victoria he worked at the Victoria Symphony as Senior Community Relations Officer managing the Education and Outreach program and large public events. Ben’s passion for teaching guitar led him to continue teaching during his time in Victoria.

Ben is currently teaching at Connect Charter School and is very excited to be back at Yamaha Musica Academy where his music teaching journey began!

 

Bonnie Bi
Teaching: Since 2019
Courses Taught at Musica Academy: Private Piano
Teaching Locations: NW, SW
Music Qualifications: Doctoral Diploma in Piano Performance, Chamber Music, Music Education of Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory

Summary and other Accomplishments:
Bonnie is an enthusiastic Musician who started playing piano at the age of five years. With a great passion for music, she went to Central Music School of Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory when she was twelve. Through her professional training and study, she received her Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral Diploma.

She participated in a variety of concerts, recitals, and competitions worldwide. She is the third prize winner of the 23rd Chopin International Competition in Italy and has obtained many outstanding performance rewards.

Bonnie worked as a solo Piano Performer and an Accompanist at Poly Symphony, Chamber and Choir Orchestras in China. Since 2019, she had been working as a Piano Instructor and an Accompanist at Musiark School of Music in Winnipeg, before she moved to Calgary in 2022, which was a great experience that helped her to adjust to the culture and mindset in Canada.

 

Crary Myers
Teaching: Since 1994
Courses Taught at Musica Academy: Guitar & Ukulele; Private & Group
Teaching Locations: NW, SW
Music Qualifications: BA Music from Knapp School of Music, NY; The Sweets – Professional Band in NY
Major Instrument: Piano Minor
Minor Instrument: Electric Organ

Summary and other Accomplishments:
Crary Myers was born and raised in Western New York State, where he began his musical journey on the alto saxophone at the age of ten. After feeling the pull of classic rock in junior high school, he began guitar lessons, but continued learning his way around woodwinds, including the entire saxophone family. By the end of high school, he had begun giving guitar lessons at the same music school where he had learned the fundamentals. He has played professionally for over twenty years, appearing in amateur theatrical performances and working music groups. Through the years, Crary has formally taught guitar, saxophone, bass guitar, ukulele, and, banjo. He believes in two-prong approach to teaching: the first prong focused on music theory and reading music; secondly a more practical approach to learning and analyzing music, and, importantly, enjoyment. He fully believes that a working knowledge of music theory and application is not only important for those who intend to pursue music formally but is rewarding for all and can be an integral component in a happy and fulfilled life.

 

Jarome Harlea
Teaching: Since 2019
Courses Taught at Musica Academy: Piano & Theory
Teaching Locations: NW, SW
Music Qualifications: Bachelor of Music – University of Calgary RCM ARCT Diploma (2022)

Summary and other Accomplishments:
Jarome first ventured into the music world taking piano lessons at the age of 6, taking exams in both the Canadian National Conservatory of music and Royal Conservatory of Music curriculums. Currently, he is a fourth-year Bachelor of Music in piano performance student, under the guidance of Marilyn Engle. He is on track to complete both his degree and the RCM ARCT diploma in 2022. During his time at the university, he has participated in masterclasses with Yael Weiss, Makoto Ueno, Ayami Ikeba, and Lana Henchell. He has also attended masterclasses at the Coimbra International Piano Meeting and had the honor of performing in the closing concert of the event.

In terms of teaching experience, Jarome has been teaching since 2019, to a wide range of students, from level 1 to 10 RCM. A number of his students consistently receive first-class honors with distinction in their respective RCM exams. He also has some experience arranging and teaching pop music, organizing repertoire for student recitals, as well as teaching theory/harmony. Jarome likes sharing his love of music with his students and helping them find what drives their passion and creativity while guiding them to excel in the subject at the same time.

 

Javier Carril
Teaching: Since 2010
Courses Taught at Musica Academy: Private Piano, Yamaha Group Classes
Teaching Locations: NW, SW
Music Qualifications: Master of Arts (Musicology) - University of Calgary, Bachelor of Music (Piano) - National Autonomous University of Mexico

Summary and other Accomplishments:
Javier Carril received his Bachelor’s degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico in 2011. He has received his training from well-renowned piano instructors in Mexico, such as Monique Rasetti and Elias Morales Cariño. He has performed on several stages in Mexico accompanying school choirs and as a soloist. His interest in the history of Western music encouraged him to obtain a Masters in Musicology at the University of Calgary, from which he graduated in 2019. Javier Carril has experience teaching both young children and older adults, and has been involved in the Yamaha Music Education System since 2010 –first in Mexico City, and later in Calgary. He has lived in Calgary since 2017. Javier Carril is a very motivated and patient instructor, with strong analytical skills, which are useful in solving students’ piano techniques and difficulties. Although he was classically trained, he enjoys playing pop and film music and is open to learning from his students’ musical interests. In his free time, he enjoys watching movies and swimming.

 

Jennifer Dyck 
Teaching Since: 2018
Courses Taught at Musica Academy: Piano and Voice
Teaching Locations: SW, NW
Music Qualifications: Two years completed of Bachelor of Music in Piano, Theory and Composition, University of Saskatchewan; Grade 9 RCM Piano; Grade 8 RCM Voice.

Summary and Other Accomplishments
Jen is a life-long lover and student of music trained in both piano and voice. She began private piano lessons at the age of six and continued on to university, completing two years of a Bachelor of Music Program in piano, theory, and composition. She has always had a keen interest in both piano and singing and pursued private voice lessons as an adult, achieving a Grade 8 level RCM.  Her other musical pursuits have included participation in music festivals, choirs, digital music, and audio-engineering studies, Royal Conservatory of Music exams in both piano and voice, singing with a band, teaching herself to play the guitar, and composition and song-writing.

Jen’s teaching focuses on the joy of making music and aims to create a positive and encouraging atmosphere where students can gain confidence in their musical abilities and feel comfortable trying new things.  She believes in providing a solid foundation of practical skills that allow each student to achieve their own personal musical goals and gives them a deeper understanding of music. Jen loves to explore new music with her students, play and sing together, and hear the unique talents of each student.

 

Looi Tan
Teaching: Since 1988
Courses Taught at Musica Academy: Private Piano, Yamaha Group Classes
Teaching Locations: NW, SW
Music Qualifications: Yamaha Grade 5, Authorized Yamaha examiner, ARCT – Performance (Royal Conservatory of Music) Bachelor of Music – Education (University of Calgary)

Summary and other Accomplishments:
Looi is an enthusiastic musician who plays the trumpet, piano, and electone organ. She has performed with the University bands and choirs and has traveled abroad with the Calgary Stampede Band to Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and North America. She has attended music camps and festivals both locally and overseas. Looi started music lessons in the Yamaha Music Course in Malaysia. She studied electone organ, and continued her studies after she moved to Calgary. She has studied piano with renowned teachers Marilyn Engle, Pat Jewell, Dmitri Nesterov, and the Kodaly method with Lois Choksky. She has written articles for the Kodaly Association's magazine. Looi often adjudicates and examines students in the Yamaha examination system moved to Calgary. Looi is presently the director and principal of Musica Academy. She has many years of teaching experience, and loves all aspects of running a music school, from summer camps, to keyboard festivals, adjudicating music exams and festivals, and teaching all levels; she does it with utmost enthusiasm. She is also a member of the Alberta Registered Music Teachers Association, as well as the Alberta Piano Teachers Association.

 

Mariah Atkinson
Teaching: Since 2008
Courses Taught at Musica Academy: Private Piano & Yamaha Group Classes
Teaching Locations: NW, SW
Music Qualifications: Grade 10 (Royal Conservatory of Music), Yamaha Grade 5 Piano and Fundamentals Yamaha Group Certified Teacher, RCM Elementary Piano Specialist, RCM Intermediate Piano Course

Summary and other Accomplishments:
Mariah is an enthusiastic musician who started playing piano at the age of five. She has since achieved her Grade 10 with the Royal Conservatory of Music and her Grade 5 with Yamaha. She has played extensively in churches which have given her the ability to easily play off of chord charts and lead sheets. She also plays the euphonium in the Salvation Army brass band.

Mariah is a motivated piano teacher with more than 10 years of teaching experience. She has taught students of all ages and strives to inspire students by providing fun and enjoyable lessons. She also enjoys encouraging creativity through improvisation, harmonization, and composition depending on students’ interests. Mariah joined Musica Academy in September 2016 to teach both group and private piano lessons.

 

Mia Gu
Teaching: Since 2016
Courses Taught at Musica Academy: Group Classes, Private Piano
Teaching Locations: NW, SW
Music Qualifications: Bachelor of Music - Music Business (Seoul Digital University)

Summary and other Accomplishments:
Mia began her studies in piano at the age of six. She earned a bachelor of music business and jazz piano degree at Seoul Digital University. Mia has a passion for educating and sharing her love of music with young children.

She has worked as a music subject teacher at high schools in Korea, directing concerts and performances for students. With over 3 years of teaching experience, and believes that anyone at any age can learn to play and enjoy music.

She wants to enjoy what students are doing while discovering their own interests, talents, and passions.

 

Reagan (Shuaihua) Li
Teaching: Since 2012
Courses Taught at Musica Academy: Private Piano, Private/Group Theory
Teaching Locations: NW, SW
Music Qualifications: ARCT Perf ARCT- Piano Pedagogy (RCM)

Summary and other Accomplishments:
Reagan’s musical journey began at the age of 7 in Winnipeg. His interest stemmed not from the piano, but rather from wanting to play Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 14 in C Sharp minor “Moonlight”. Learning piano happened to be a prerequisite. With the goal of playing his most desired piece in mind, Reagan embarked on a journey that would later see him win numerous awards at events such as the Canadian Music Competition, Associated Manitoba Arts Festivals, Winnipeg Music Festival, and the University of Manitoba Piano Concerto Competition.

Reagan firmly believes that the value in learning music lies in establishing good studying habits and having small, easily achievable goals that students can maintain over long periods of time rather than attempting large tasks in short timeframes. Students who study music and choose to pursue any field in the future will stand to benefit. These principles are what led Reagan to establish his own studio in Winnipeg in 2012 (still run by his brother) that has since produced successful students as well. Reagan can confidently state that his studio has never produced a result under the Royal Conservatory of Music’s First Class Honors designation.

Music has always and will always be a part of Reagan’s journey. He hopes to be a productive member of the Musica Academy faculty and looks forward to contributing to students’ own musical paths.

 

Typhen Chan
Teaching: Since 2021
Courses Taught at Musica Academy: Violin
Teaching Locations: NW, SW
Music Qualifications: Advanced Performance Program (APP) – Mount Royal

Summary and other Accomplishments:
Typhen Chan was a member of the Advanced Performance Program (APP) at the Academy Program for Young Artists hosted by Mount Royal University. He started playing the violin at the age of 5 under the guidance of Jeremy vanDieman and has studied with the prestigious Professor William van der Sloot.

He has won several prizes in his thirteen years of playing the violin locally, provincially, and nationally. He is a two-time winner of the Canadian Music Competition and was presented with the Grande Prairie & District Encana Music Festival scholarship by the Alberta Music Festival Association. Typhen was one of four winners of the Rotary Calgary Concerto Competition (RC3) three years ago and performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Calgary Civic Symphony. He has gone on community outreaches throughout the city through various programs such as the Advanced Performance Program, the Back to Bach project, and the Dick Matthews Young Artists Development Program, playing in homes for the elderly and elementary schools. Besides his violin, he enjoys playing video games, traveling, playing the piano, swimming, and arranging music. He is excited to be a part of Musica Academy's faculty.

 

Yuna Choi
Teaching: Since 2009
Courses Taught at Musica Academy: Piano
Teaching Locations: NW and SW
Music Qualifications: Bachelor of Music in Piano (Kyungpook National University), Master of Music Education (Kyungpook National University), Royal Conservatory of Music – Piano and Theory
Summary and other Accomplishments:
Yuna began her studies in piano at the age of five and completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano and a Master’s Degree in Music Education. With her enthusiasm for teaching, Yuna taught high school students as a music teacher and instructed piano students in all age groups from the basic to the advanced level. After moving to Calgary, Yuna volunteered as an after-school teacher to introduce piano to beginning students at Connaught School, and she also completed RCM Teaching Elementary Piano Course.

Through her teaching experience, she has strengthened her abilities to develop individualized lesson plans and teaching materials. Sometimes learning piano can be difficult for some students, but Yuna believes that students can discover their musical potential and continuously enjoy playing piano through exciting learning environments. Therefore, Yuna always does her best to provide joyful lessons based on each student’s goal and help students achieve their highest potential.

 

 
 

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