About Gwen

I studied classical piano from the age of four with Arne Sahlen in Kimberley, BC, following the Royal Conservatory of Music curriculum and later, the Western Board of Music (now Conservatory Canada). After completing Grade 8 conservatory certification with first class honours (practical and theory), I completed a teacher training course with Wendy Guimont in Cranbrook. During that time I taught elementary-level piano students of all ages and abilities. I continued to study with Mr. Sahlen (who is still a mentor and teacher for me!), completing the Grade 9 technique examination with the Western Board as well as an Associate of Science degree at the College of the Rockies in Cranbrook.

I took a break from teaching to earn a B.A.Sc. in chemical engineering with a minor in commerce from UBC, and later the CPA, CMA designation. (Music really did expand my horizons!) However, I missed teaching music. In 2006, after having my first child, I completed the Music for Young Children Sunrise training course, also with Wendy Guimont in Cranbrook, and have been teaching my children at home. I also worked full-time in industry until 2013.

I am now an MYC teacher and have completed the Levels 1 and 2 of the MYC teacher training. I am also working toward completion of the advanced levels of study and RCM piano pedagogy certification with Tammy Francis, and working to establish my studio in Castlegar, BC. I’ve recently completed the written exam for RCM elementary pedagogy scoring first class honours with distinction, the elementary pedagogy practical exam, and the RCM Elementary Specialist program.



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