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.

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 12 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 12 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.

Roshini Ratnayake: Piano

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.

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, Piano. 

Bio coming soon!

 

Mack Crowe: Guitar, Bass.

I have been playing guitar for 23 years, since the age of nine. I began learning under the tutelage of my father, Doug, who also teaches guitar at Skye’s School of Music. I have played solo and in many bands throughout my professional career, culminating in an independent Cross-Canada tour with a band named Makeshift Innocence. Highlights include being featured on Breakfast Television as well as sharing the same stage with legendary musician Ben E. King (Stand By Me), at Calgary’s own Knox United Church. I now play mainly for fundraisers and charitable events such as the Sport Check Mother’s day Run/Walk/Ride and Spruce Meadows’ “Dashing through the Glow”. Throughout my years with guitar I have played in many styles ranging from Rock and Folk to Hip Hip and Reggae and learned many techniques from a variety of accomplished and talented musicians. My passion for the guitar and individualized style of teaching makes me a great fit at Skye’s School of Music and I eagerly await sharing my enthusiasm and knowledge in the Fall!

Kyle Sodvedt: Piano

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 8 of the Royal Conservatory of Music with First Class Honours, and am currently working on my level 9. 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.

 

Odum Abekah: Piano

From playing in youth groups to opening with friends for k.d. Lang, Odum’s supportive and knowledgeable nature make him a sought after accompanist/sideman and performer. Odum Abekah is an expressive multi-instrumentalist from Fredericton, NB. His love for music was fostered at an early age and grew substantially in high school, where his interests led him to leading church bands and across North America as a bassist and band leader with Kingswood University. 

Odum is a graduate from Humber College (BMus ‘18) and Mount Allison University (BA Mus ‘13), taking his experience with classical/Jazz theory, performance, songwriting and production into his passion for music, worship arts and furthering the musical goals of others. Odum now serves as a Music Associate (Band Director) at First Alliance Church Calgary, performs on bass, vocals, guitar and piano (the latter of which was fostered through RCM training), and works remotely on musical projects with friends and artists alike.”