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Webinar in Online Teaching – Tues. March 24, 2020

WEBINAR WITH DEREK CHIU College of Examiners (RCM) and RCM Alberta Regional Representative

Müzewest Concerts and Pardalis Studio of Music and Performing Arts are thrilled to present a webinar by Derek Chiu on the topic of online music education. In these uncertain times, our incomes will depend on our flexibility and ability to adapt to the changing environment.  One way that music instruction can continue is through distance learning.

Topics Include: -Why we should teach online -How distance learning in music can be rich -How we should communicate to parents about online learning -How to utilize Zoom in our private studio (including necessary equipment) -How to think like a business person during these times

Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

Time: 11 AM (PST)

ZOOM meeting ID: 432 251 4212

Derek Zhi Guang Chiu, pianist

b. July 24, 1977

“…adept at playing many different types of piano literature, having particular affinity for the music of the Classical period, especially that of Mozart, a composer in which he truly understood. Also, his technical mastery of the keyboard allowed him to easily perform the more difficult works of Franz Liszt and Sergei Rachmaninoff.” – Steinway Artist Joel Hastings

“The graduate of the Manhattan School of Music captivated the intimate crowd.” – Medicine Hat News. Derek Zhi Guang Chiu is a seasoned Canadian pianist and piano pedagogue from Calgary, Alberta (named by Steinway & Sons as one of the Top Teachers in Calgary for 2016 and 2018). He was featured on CBC Music’s website on the topic of teens and piano lessons (November 2017). His extensive training includes mentorship with notable Canadian teachers such as Dr. E. Gregory Butler and Joel Hastings at The University of Windsor. Chiu had additional studies in piano pedagogy with Dr. Thomas Green. Under the guidance of Solomon Mikowsky (featured in Benjamin Saver’s book The Most Wanted Piano Teachers in the USA) and Donn-Alexandre Feder at the Manhattan School of Music in New York, Chiu graduated with a Master of Music degree in 2003. During his studies at the Manhattan School of Music, Chiu was mentored in chamber music by well-known pianist Daniel Epstein of the Raphael Trio and engaged in rigorous studies in Baroque and Classical performance practices with Kenneth Cooper, one of the world’s foremost music specialists in the music from those eras. Chiu has performed in master classes in Canada, Europe and the United States for Janina Fialkowska, Robin Harrison, James Howsmon, Lorrin Hollander, Ramzi Yassa, Cecilio Tieles, and Jesus Angel Rodriquez.

In November 2013, he was awarded The Odyssey Award by the University of Windsor Alumni Association. The award recognizes alumni who are in the early years of their career path, having distinguished themselves through successes in career endeavours, notable achievements in their local community, or through a significant or innovative achievement in their professional or personal life. Chiu’s performance that evening was hailed as the “highlight” of the Alumni Association’s annual awards night.

He has performed solo and chamber recitals throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe, in addition to multiple orchestral engagements with the Windsor Community Orchestra, Briercrest College, and Rockland Symphony Orchestras. Chiu performed in 2016 with The Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra in their inaugural season. He has collaborated with artists such as Roberta Cani (concert master of the LA Opera), David Lakirovich (assistant concert master of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra) and Meghan Jacoby (principal flute chamber orchestra Symphony by the Seas).

In addition to maintaining a full performance schedule, Chiu is a devoted piano pedagogue. He has presented pedagogical workshops on cognitive practice, aural skills development, sight reading, memorization of music and is a clinician for The Royal Conservatory of Music. His academic lectures include the music of Chopin, Liszt, and Mozart. He is a sought-after music adjudicator and guest teacher.

Chiu has been an active member of The Royal Conservatory of Music’s College of Examiners since 2006 and is currently the Alberta Regional Representative for The Royal Conservatory. Mr. Chiu is on the Faculty of the Cremona International Music Academy and JVL Summer School for Performing Arts.


Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/4322514212?pwd=TUNFN1NPdDUrMlVjTERpLy8yY0VHUT09

Meeting ID: 432 251 4212 Password: music

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