Teachers

Skye McNeill: Piano, Voice, Theory.

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.  I have also recently completed my Elementary Piano Pedagogy through RCM receiving Distinction, and plan to continue my pedagogical education.

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 14 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 14 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.

Ashley Mamen: Voice

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!

Doug Crowe: Guitar, Ukulele, Bass, Piano

Bio coming soon!

Logan Douglas: Guitar, Bass

Bio coming soon!

Shahana Huq: Piano

My love for music started when I was very young. I started taking piano lessons from Skye when I was 5. Since then, I have completed level 9 of the Royal Conservatory of Music with First Class Honours, and am currently working on my level 10. I have also completed my Advanced Rudiments and Music History 1 RCM exams. I have enjoyed playing in numerous festivals in and around Calgary including APTA, High River festival, Canadian Contemporary, and CPAF. I have experimented with other instruments such as violin, and have sung in choirs, but I always come back to piano. I enjoy teaching because I find it very rewarding to watch the children I teach succeed. I am ready to adapt my teaching approach to suit the child I am teaching, and I love to get to know the personality of the child I am teaching and interact with them in order to better equip them with musical skills they will use. My goal as a teacher is to in-still the kids I teach with love and appreciation for music.

Kailey Buchanan: Piano

I am very excited to be joining the teaching staff of Skye’s School of Music this year. I started piano lessons with Skye at the age of 7 and completed my Level 8 Royal Conservatory last year. Music has always been a big part of my life. I have grown up surrounded by all types of music and I always have music playing. When I heard about junior high band, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I played the trumpet as well as piano over the course of 3 years. I also love to play ringette; I was a Junior Coach for a younger team as well as playing on my own this past season and I really enjoyed getting to teach the girls about the sport I love and I am thrilled to bring this same attitude to piano. After many years of musical experience, I am looking forward to being able to share my knowledge and passion with other growing musicians. I can’t wait to meet everyone and I’m looking forward to a great year!

Christine O’Neil: Piano

Bio coming soon!