Kristy Y. Nagumo
BMus (UBC), BEd (UBC), ARCT

  • Classically trained, studied with Patricia Rolston since the age of four
  • Over eight years of teaching experience
  • RCM Certified Teacher: Advanced Specialist for Piano
  • Specializing in beginner and intermediate piano lessons for children and youth
  • RCM Examination Preparation including Practical Piano & Music Theory

Teaching Philosophy

♪          All students are individuals who have different learning styles, needs, interests, and experiences.
My personal teaching method is composed of a combination of modern and traditional schools of thought.
A main goal is to keep the lesson format open to ensure that students have fun, and to meet the needs of the individual through a student-centered approach. Lessons may include theory activities, games, warm ups, and even composition! Music learned includes classical and student's suggestions are welcomed!

  ♪         My goal as a teacher is to guide students to become independent musicians and thinkers, who will eventually be able to approach unfamiliar music on their own. My role is to equip students with the necessary tools and skills in order for them to play confidently and expressively. My hope is that students will be able to continue to play and love music, as well as share it with family and friends.


Biography

Growing up in Steveston, BC, I come from a classically trained background having studied piano with Patricia Rolston since the age of four until University, where then I continued my piano studies with Miranda Wong. 

Teaching piano lessons for over eight years, honoured to work with children as young as three to adults 65+.

Qualifications: Performers ARCT Diploma with the Royal Conservatory of Music, Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education Degrees from the University of British Columbia, as well as RCM Teacher Certification as an Advanced Specialist for Piano, Certified BC Teacher from the BC Ministry of Education, and a member of the BC Registered Music Teacher's Association. 

Experience: teaching piano since 2009, offering tailored lessons to the individual student, understanding various learning styles and needs. Specializing in beginner piano with all ages, working with children ages 5-12, children with special needs, as well as gifted individuals. Preparing students for RCM examinations. Volunteer accompanist for flute student recitals.

Favourite composers & musicians: Frédéric Chopin, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Claude Debussy, Erik Satie, Oscar Peterson, John Cage, Toru Takemitsu, Yann Tiersen, Feist, Norah Jones, Radiohead, Beirut ...