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 15 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.