Cynthia Arnold has been teaching with the Central Valley Academy of Music for more than 25 years. She currently teaches all levels of piano, from beginners to advanced students, and her many years of experience have allowed her to develop a variety of effective teaching methods. Her education and experience in both Royal Conservatory and Suzuki methods, has broadened her ability to successfully motivate and support her many award winning students. Cynthia has a strong focus on performance etiquette along with a passion for teaching the appreciation and enjoyment of music. She holds a degree with the Royal Conservatory of Music (ARCT) and is a qualified Suzuki teacher and is currently a longstanding and active member of the BC Registered Music Teachers Association. Cynthia is currently the Music Coordinator for the Central Valley Academy of Music. She develops musical events for the Academy and the community and encourages all CVAM teachers to have their students perform at various in house recitals, at community events such as performances at retirement/care homes, as well as the Academy's more formal concerts. She also assists in the development of the Academy's annual Music Festival and the 'Technique Olympics" which help to foster sound musical education for the Academy's students.
M.A. in Arts Education, SFU; BA, double major in Music and Drama, TWU, concentration in piano performance, Provincial Instructor Diploma, BC. Celeste-tina has taught private music lessons in Ontario, Africa and the Lower Mainland. She has also taught at Douglas Academy of Music in Surrey. Founded and directed the Aldergrove Children's Choir (by audition only) for talented children in grades 4-10. The choir achieved high standings in a number of music festivals.
Debbie Bonar has taught RCM Piano & Theory for 27 years and holds an Associate Diploma in Piano teaching from the Royal Conservatory of Music. She has had many successful exam and festival candidates and enjoys teaching beginners to advanced students. As well as performing as a collaborative pianist with colleagues and students of other diciplines.
Adele has over 40 years experience teaching music. She taught at the University of Regina, Conservatory of Performing Arts as well as a private home studio teaching traditional violin and piano, along with the Suzuki Method. She has studied at summer workshops for Suzuki strings/piano in Canada and the US. She began teaching at CVAM in September 2008 after moving from Regina, Saskatchewan.
Petkau has been teaching piano as well as preschool music programs to many
beginner students at Central Valley Academy of Music for the past 16 years. She
currently teaches all levels of piano from beginner to advanced students. Her
passion and love for music have motivated her students to become successful
performers at festivals and examinations as well as imparting the love of music
to her students. Her experience of introducing and teaching preschool music
programs for over 25 years to many students has been a highlight in her
received her ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Music and has been a member of
the Registered Music Teachers Association for the past 40 years. She also taught
Yamaha classes for 8 years at the Tom Lee Music Academy for 8 years. Diane was
the president of the local branch of the Registered Music for the past 5 years
and was actively involved in organizing meetings and workshops for teachers in
the branch. She was also involved in the Abbotsford Music Festival for many
years and together with many other people, worked to help make this annual event
a success in our community. Diane is an accomplished pianist as well as an
accompanist and loves to improvise on the piano and play for enjoyment.
recently Diane completed her Music for Young Children training and is pleased to
offer this amazing program to students in our community. There are classes for
children of all ages starting as young as babies. Her enthusiasm and love of
music and her many years of teaching children the love of music will be a great
asset to all children who register in her classes.
Tracey Tobin took private lessons in Canada since the age of five and went through the royal Conservatory to complete Grade 10 and began ARCT. During her teen years she studied with Antonia Caubet, graduate of the Wiennese School of Music. She went to Moody College as a Sacred Music Major for three years and graduated with her diploma, and did extensive performing and accompanying while there; transferred to DePaul School of Music to complete her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance. She has taught privately since the age of 18, including one year at a city-funded music school in Chicago for underprivileged children. She is in her fourth year teaching at CVAM.