About MBT

Suzuki Piano Teaching Background

  • 1980 – Began teaching Suzuki Piano at the McGill Conservatory
  • 1981 – Met Dr. Shinichi Suzuki at the International Suzuki Teachers’ Conference in Amherst, Massachusetts
  • 1983-86 – Teacher mentorship with co-founders of the Suzuki Piano Method Drs. S. Suzuki and H. Kataoka. First Canadian to graduate from the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan.
  • 1986 – Suzuki Piano Teacher Trainer through the Suzuki Association of the Americas
  • 1988-2004 – Artistic Director of the Suzuki Piano Program, MRC Conservatory, Calgary.
  • 2004-present – Continue teaching through my home-based studio in Calgary.
  • 1986-present – Work with hundreds of children, their parents, and teachers in workshops, institutes, conferences, established programs, and mentorships throughout Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.

Academic Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Thesis title: Authenticity, Teaching Relationships, & Suzuki, Graduate Division of Education Research, Faculty of Education, University of Calgary, Alberta
  • Maître ès Arts (M.A.) Musicologie, Université de Montréal, Montréal, P.Q.
  • Bachelor of Music – Piano Performance, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Suzuki Piano Teacher Certificate, Talent Education Institute, Matsumoto, Japan

Areas of Expertise

  • Piano Pedagogy
  • Music Studio Pedagogy
  • Project-Based Learning
  • Education Philosophy & Philosophy of Life
  • Professional Development & Lifelong Learning


  • 2018 – Music Teaching Award, Schulich School of Music, McGill University
  • 2018 – Award in Teaching Excellence, Students’ Union Association, U of Calgary
  • 2017 – Teaching Excellence Award, Werklund School of Education, U of Calgary
  • 2016 – Teaching Excellence Award, Werklund School of Education, U of Calgary



  • 2017 Article of the Year, American Music Teacher Journal, Music Teachers of North America.


  • 2018 Fundamentals of Piano Pedagogy: Fuelling Authentic Student Musicians from the Beginning. Springer Publications.
  • 2018 PLAY What You Know & READ What You Play. Alfred Publications.
  • (ND) What Every Music Teacher Needs to Know About Practising.

Published Articles in the Following Journals

  • American Music Teacher
  • American Suzuki Journal
  • Educational Theory
  • Journal of School Choice
  • Philosophy of Music Education Review
  • Studies in Philosophy and Education.

MBT Short Bio

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