Monday, August 19, 2013

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The Music Makers

Much-loved instructor returns to the Academy

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Niki Taylor works with preschoolers at the Chilliwack Arts and Culture Centre.


he Chilliwack Academy of Music is pleased to announce the return of one of its former faculty members. Niki Taylor, beloved by her students, has returned to the Chilliwack area after a 4-year hiatus. She will begin teaching at the Academy once again in the trumpet and early childhood departments.


Mrs. Taylor is an experienced classroom teacher, having taught general and choral music for grades K4-8. She also holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree (with distinction) from the University of Victoria, and a Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

In addition to building a private trumpet and French horn studio, Mrs. Taylor will teach Music Makers for preschoolers. Music Makers, developed by Mrs. Taylor especially for the Chilliwack Academy of Music, incorporates ideas from many early childhood music approaches such as Kodaly, Orff and Suzuki. Children in Music Makers learn music by actively participating and having fun. Preschoolers engage in singing, moving, listening, creating, and playing musical instruments. They also begin to read and write rhythms and melodies. The class encourages creativity as children compose and perform their own music.

Music Makers for preschoolers welcomes all children aged 3-5, with or without prior music class experience. Younger children may enjoy the Academy’s Kindermusik program for babies and for toddlers, taught by voice instructor Marlene Carr.

Students interested in trumpet or French horn lessons from Mrs. Taylor are encouraged to contact the Academy via e-mail here or 604-792-0790.


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