My life with the piano started at age eight when I came home from school to find a piano in my living room. Lessons proceeded immediately. Over that period, I completed grades one through ten of the Royal Conservatory of Music. In each of these exams I received First Class Honours, or First Class Honours with Distinction. As well, I developed a true love for music that has enriched my life and afforded me many opportunities to travel and perform.
Singing has always been a large part of my life, I’ve been involved in small ensembles, many Church choirs, Youth Singers of Calgary, Mount Royal Youth Choir, Mount Royal Vocal Academy, Ambrose University ensemble choir as well as the Nazarene University and Ambrose University choirs. With such a love for singing I received formal training in Voice from 1999-2007 and obtained my ARCT with Honours from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto; this is the highest ranking certification that you can receive.
I graduated from Ambrose University in 2007 and received my Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Voice and Piano.
Before I started Skye’s School of Music I maintained a studio based in my home for eight years, and was very excited to be branching out within the community to share my love of music. Over these past 11 years that I’ve run Skye’s School of Music, it has been some of the most rewarding years of my life. With many of our students continuing lessons with us year after year, I have been able to see many students mature, grow and move on to careers and jobs involving music. I truly believe that a musical education develops ambition, problem solving skills, dedication, sense of accomplishment, and able to find joy and appreciation in all aspects of life.
I’ve been surrounded by a very talented team these past 11 years; they have all contributed ideas, new techniques, resources and support. Without them, I feel that our school would not be where it is today. We all strive to be better, put the students first, and find new ways to challenge, encourage and support all our students.
As I move forward I will continue to enrich my education and personal development, striving to find innovative ideas to teach our students more effectively, and enriching their growth and love for music.
I started my life with music at very young age. First I studied aesthetic music and received a degree of “Visharada” from Bhatkhande Sangit Vidyapith, India. I have won number of music awards in Sri Lanka including the Creative Performance Award 1996 (First Place) for classical music. I have two years of work experience working as a music teacher. Many years ago, I wanted to try different music instrument and I found a passion in Piano. Upon completion of my Grade 6 RCM, I joined Skye’s School of Music in 2016 as a student, and will be completing my grade 8 RCM piano this summer. I have also completed my Advanced Rudiments Theory examination.
I also have extensive experience working with children and early childhood education. I am also involved in the volunteers works in the community, training children for various music events. I love to sing, and I perform regularly in various Sri Lankan music events within Calgary.
I started playing the piano at age 5, for the first 7 years my mother instructed me. I started taking formal piano lessons in 2012, I decided that taking organized lessons would help me become a better pianist. I recently completed my Grade 10 piano and am currently working on my ARCT. I have also studied theory, harmony and music history. Some of my accomplishments include playing in the Stampede Talent Show in 2012, 2014, and 2015. I have worked for Skye’s School of Music since the start of 2014 and am looking forward to another exciting year. Some of my hobbies include Travelling, competing and spending time with family.
Ashley Mamen has passion for singing and as a local musician, artist, actress, and teacher she strives to help students develop the skills that will nurture their appreciation and love for music and the fine arts, while also giving them weekly opportunities to experience personal growth and a sense of achievement from the lessons they receive.
Ashley Mamen has over a decade of professional training from one of Calgary’s most acclaimed classical singers and has won numerous awards and accolades from various competitions. Ashley also has extensive experience in the dramatic arts including musical theatre, speech arts, and audition preparation. She brings with her as well numerous years of choral and ensemble experience and has performed many diverse styles and genres of music.
Ashley Mamen has an energetic, encouraging and creative style of teaching that is informative, based on the individual, and most importantly fun!
She sincerely looks forward to seeing you this fall and sharing the Art of Song!
Piano has been a part of my life for 12 years, and it has introduced me to the amazing world of music. During this time, I’ve completed the Royal Conservatory examination for Grades 7, 9, and 10; receiving First Class honours in all exams. Iv’e also finished my Advanced Rudiments Theory examination with First Class Honours with Distinctions. As well, I’ve performed in the Calgary Music Festival and in countless recitals hosted at Mount Royal University. Thus far, I’ve had one year of experience teaching at Allegro Music. I am currently attending Henry Wise wood High School where I continue expressing my love for music by participating in the school choir. Outside of school, I volunteer as an assistant swim instructor at the YMCA and I love working with kids. This will be my first year teaching at Skye’s School of Music and I’m excited to join an amazing team to help spread the joy of music to others! My hobbies include piano, reading, swimming, and baking.
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