Nurturing a life-long love of music through personalized piano lessons.
Piano Lessons in Kelowna, BC
We respectfully acknowledge that we live, work, and play on the unceded territory of the Syilx (Okanagan) Peoples.
Adult Private Piano Lessons
You've regretted not playing the piano for long enough. Whether you've never played a note or feel the piano calling you back. I'm here to create safe space and set you up for success!
Learn to play the music you love.
Lessons are customized for every student. You choose the pace and approach (method book, chord charts, lead sheets, sheet music or a combination).
Read the reviews on Google to hear what my amazing adult students have to say about in person and Zoom lessons.
I teach from a strength-based approach. Let's play!
Please contact the studio to inquire about a January 2023 opening for weekly private piano lessons (daytime).
Drop-In Private Piano Lessons
Drop-In Lessons are offered for those students looking to book an
occassional or a la carte
series of lessons.
This option allows students to book intermittently through the
studio calendar and is ideal
for those who work rotating shifts,
travel or find weekly lessons
are too frequent for their schedules.
Lessons are customized for each student. Music is curated for each student to set them up for
success based on their goals.
I'm here to support when you are ready.
Current Drop-In Rates:
$35/30 minute lesson
$50/45 minute lesson
(weekly lessons are discounted)
Youth Private Piano
Private Piano Lessons are offered to committed students who attend for
30 or 45 minutes per week.
Private lessons allow for complete student support in a 1 on 1 setting. Tuition is reflected accordingly.
The studio is currently full for before/after school and lunch time Private Piano Lessons.
In the event you are looking for a daytime lesson please reach out to inquire about availability.
Criminal Record Checks are on file with both HCOS and KLEOS.
Welcome to Michelle's Music Studio!
Thank you for being curious and coming to find out a little more about me and the studio.
My name is Michelle and I have been enjoying music for as long as I can remember and playing the piano since I was 7. I have been teaching piano for 30 years and I love what I do!
I strive to create a safe learning space for all students. My goal is to meet each student where they are at and move them forward on their musical learning continuum. I want students to leave their lessons inspired to learn and set up for success. I teach innovative lessons online and out of this spacious and bright studio in Kelowna, BC on Dilworth Mountain.
My formal piano training was through the Royal Conservatory of Music (Piano). My music education was enhanced by becoming a Certified Music For Young Children Teacher (MYCC) in 1997 after attending university where I studied Education with a Minor in Music. A fun fact about me was that though I studied classically, my superpower is my ear so I was often at the piano figuring out melodies and playing for fun whenever I could. I am honoured to be a member of the Alberta Piano Teacher's Association.
Beginner piano pedagogy is a particular passion for me. In addition to teaching my own students, I had the distinct opportunity to support new teachers in British Columbia and California when I served as a teacher trainer and mentor with Music for Young Children (MYC). The MYC program was a group curriculum where classes of 6 children and their parents attended lessons on a weekly basis. I have taught hundreds of students over the years and am delighted to be in touch with many of them to this day. I love teaching music and theory to all ages with a strengths-based approach. I now offer Group Piano Lab lessons teaching small groups of students of various ages and abilities in addition to private piano lessons.
I teach all ages. My boutique music studio is full of retirees, university students, working professionals, school-aged children and teens. Many of my students identify as neurodiverse. Each student's lessons are individually tailored to them depending on their goals. I curate music to get students playing and feeling successful. Whether playing by ear, from sheet music, chord charts or lead sheets, I will work with you to get you playing music that you resonate with. I believe when students are playing music they love they are motivated to practice! I am a theory enthusiast and I love equipping my students with relevant music theory to provide greater comprehension. I have many subscriptions which allows me the ability to find most music in several formats with a few clicks.
I am often learning new music to teach to my students who have a wide variety of musical interests. My students are my best teachers! I enjoy early morning runs, hikes and walks with friends, cooking plant-based food, baking and spending time with my diverse family. I am an Enneagram 2 who loves listening to audio books, podcasts and music. I believe strongly in attachment-based theory and I resonate greatly with Fred Rogers. I am a curious life-long learner and am left hand dominant (though fairly ambidextrous).
The studio is bright and spacious featuring a Kawai Grand Piano, a Yamaha Clavinova Digital Piano, a Roland Digital Piano and additional keyboards. In addition the glockenspiel, Boomwhackers, Step Bells, Push Bells and rhythm instruments are used to reinforce notes, timing patterns and many other concepts. Boom Cards are used to review music theory with the studio iPad and are assigned for home practice. The studio features plenty of natural light and is located centrally on Dilworth Mountain. I invite you to click on the social media links at the bottom of the website to see photos and videos of lessons in action to give you a sense of how I teach and how much fun we have at lessons. Come play!
Your dream of playing piano is possible!
Michelle's Music (Piano) Studio provides a safe learning environment where students feel comfortable to take risks. My goal is to meet students where they are at and move them forward on their musical learning continuum. Come play!
Amazing Adult Piano Student
Michelle is an incredible instructor and lovely person! I’m an adult learner and she is warm, patient, encouraging, and professional. She is a gifted teacher who explains concepts clearly and is quick to try another approach if the first isn’t working. The techniques she has introduced me to have been very helpful in learning and retaining new information. Not only this, but she has numerous apps, games, and recommendations to help with all sorts of musical theory, methods, and practice. Her home is welcoming and calm, and her piano is gorgeous. I highly recommend Michelle's Music Studio. :)
Piano Parent Extraordinaire
Michelle is the kindest, most passionate, patient, and dynamic teacher! She has so many different teaching techniques, tools, and exciting props. My 5 year old daughter was nervous to start, and within the first 2 minutes of meeting, she was instantly comfortable. Probably the most telling, is that after the first lesson, my daughter said, "that was the best ever. Can I do that forever?!"
And so we shall have her in piano lessons with MIchelle forever, as long as Michelle is willing to share her talent. She is a born teacher!! We love her so much.
Past Student & Piano Parent
Wow, if you don't already know Michelle...you should! Her years of experience really shine through and her passion for teaching music are fully evident and radiate in all she does. She keeps my daughter challenged but not overwhelmed, and always has new games or teaching tricks to help the learning process. Michelle is a natural with teaching and in her communication with my daughter. Thank you for being, not only a wonderful teacher, but a wonderful human. Would highly recommend Michelle (in case that wasn't already clear)!
Lovely Adult Piano Student
Michelle is an amazing instructor. As an adult learner, I appreciate her positive reinforcement and interest in tailoring her teaching to songs and techniques I gravitate towards, which makes learning easy and motivation to play is high. You won't be disappointed picking her.