Maternity Leave

Hello Lovely Parents and Students,
I wanted to let you know my maternity leave plans. I will be working up until Friday March 9, the last day before Spring Break, and returning to work to finish out the year on Thursday May 3. I will be cutting back my hours to 3:30-7:30pm and will be asking some of you to change lesson times as I adjust my schedule so I can be home by 7:30 every night. After the year end concert in June, I will be taking July, August and September off and returning part time 3 days a week 3:30-7:30pm in October.
If you would like to continue lessons after Spring Break from Monday March 26 to Friday April 27 and/or for July, August and September, I have spoken to several teachers I know who are interested in substituting for me while I’m off. All three are currently full time professional teacher/musicians.

Hilary Grist:
Hilary is a close friend of mine, we went to university together. She has a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies. She teaches piano and voice, and I have had some wonderful voice lessons with her. She released a very successful album last year and she’s a fantastic piano player with a beautiful voice. Check out her website to get a sense of what she does.

Kathy Fitzpatrick:
Kathy has a Bachelor of Music in Flute, and her RCM grade 8 in piano. She also has a Musical Theatre Diploma and 6 years of teaching experience. She went to Capilano University after I did, and I have met her many times through my friend Hilary.

Paul Miyai:
I went to university with Paul as well. He has a Diploma in Jazz Studies from Capilano. He is an amazing pianist, specializing in jazz but very comfortable teaching all styles of music. His website is

If you are interested in continuing with lessons with me when I’m “back in the saddle” in October, please let me know. I would love to keep teaching all of you that my schedule permits.
Thank you for another great, albeit abbreviated, year of music study:)