Theory Co-ordinator Lic. Trinity College of Music London, England Orff Certification Levels I & II Wilfred Laurier University
Norine is active as a piano and theory teacher, Music for Young Children teacher, festival adjudicator and accompanist, examiner with CNCM, pianist and accompanist at First Baptist Church Mount Forest, classroom music and recorder teacher at Arbor Glen Private School, accompanist with the Concertare Musical in Owen Sound, former president of Hanover-Walkerton ORMTA and the Georgetown Trinity Teacher's Association, and a former theory teacher with the Guelph Children's Singers.
She has continued studies with numerous pedagogues and was the recipient of The Georgetown Trinity Teacher's Award for highest achievements in theory and pianoforte, as well as the Cora B. Ahrens Award for excellence in Teacher's piano pedagogy.
Norine co-founded the Mount Forest and District Arts Council as well as The Mount Forest Festival of the Arts, and is musically active in her community.
Co-ordinator & Editor of Publications Lic. CNCM, ARCT, R.M.T.
Tenley Dyck is a prominent piano and pedagogy teacher in southwestern Manitoba. Her students have earned numerous scholarships and awards at local and provincial levels, as well as Silver Medals for obtaining the highest standing in CNCM and Royal Conservatory piano examinations. She is active as a piano examiner, adjudicator, accompanist and workshop clinician. Tenley holds a Licentiate in Piano Pedagogy with Canadian National Conservatory of Music and a Piano Teachers’ Associate Diploma with Royal Conservatory of Music.
Presently, Tenley is a member of the Examining Board for Northern Lights Canadian National Conservatory of Music, as well as the Academic Development committee. She is the provincial representative for CNCM in Manitoba, and is a member of the Manitoba Registered Music Teachers' Association. She serves on Festival committees at local and provincial levels. As Project Manager and Editor of CNCM’s publications, the Northern Lights – An Exploration of Canadian Piano Music and Making Tracks – An Expedition in Canadian Piano Music series, Tenley works with composers from across Canada for the promotion of educational Canadian piano music.
Beth Hamilton is a music educator, music therapist, and singer-songwriter. Raised in a musical family, her studies began at the early age of five as her mother’s first piano student. Beth sang in choirs, played in bands, and studied piano throughout her school years, completing her Grade 10 Piano with the Royal Conservatory of Music. She continued her piano studies at Wilfrid Laurier University with Leslie Wyber and master class teacher Jamie Parker, graduating with an Honours Bachelor of Music Therapy in 2001.
Beth’s love for music and making a difference in people’s lives led to a career in both music therapy and music education. As an Accredited Music Therapist, Beth’s practice centers in gerontology and palliative care, working in hospitals and long term care centres. She served as Public Relations Chair for several years on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Association for Music Therapy.
Beth has taught music for over 20 years including Kindermusik, workshops for school children, and private piano lessons. She has a thriving piano studio in Owen Sound, Ontario where she is Vice-President of the ORMTA Owen Sound Branch.
Beth is a singer-songwriter in the duo Beckon with her friend Connie Rossitter. In June 2012, Beckon released their debut full-length album “Beautiful Life”. With Juno nominated producer Rick Hutt at the helm, this FACTOR supported album garnered commercial radio play and airplay on CBC. Beckon has toured venues and festivals across Ontario. Their song “Beautiful Life” has been utilized in promotional videos for the City of Owen Sound and The Roxy Theatre. The song has made its way into classrooms across Ontario, utilised by teachers to teach music, movement, and to explore themes of community, gratitude, and aspirations. Beckon is an intriguing blend of fresh pop sound and graceful style, rapidly gaining recognition for their captivating original music and stunning trademark harmonies. Beth and Connie continue to meet weekly to create, compose, rehearse, and record original music.
Principal Junior Fellowship CNCM; Lic. CNCM; A.Mus.; R.M.T.
Debra Wanless is an active piano adjudicator, studio teacher, editor, examiner, music publisher, and composer. She has travelled across Canada and the United States as a pedagogy clinician. Debra holds a Junior Fellowship and Licentiate in piano pedagogy with Northern Lights Canadian National Conservatory of Music; an Associate of Music in piano pedagogy with Western Ontario Conservatory of Music (Conservatory Canada); and post graduate studies in piano performance, theory and piano ensemble.
Debra has served at the local and provincial levels of ORMTA, is the founder of the North Wellington Camerata Canada Music Week Festival and worked for many years as music secretary to the Midwestern Ontario Rotary Music Festival.
Debra's piano solos and ensembles have been selected for performance at festivals across Canada; for inclusion in the New Millennium, Contemporary Idioms, Northern Lights and Making Tracks Series, the Piano Now Syllabus, and reviewed in Clavier Magazine. Debra has edited, revised and written new material for the Leila Fletcher Piano Course (Mayfair/Montgomery Music), the James Lawless Theory Course (Waterloo Music) and arranges pop music for the ProMusic Company in California. Her most recent books/materials include two Rhythm Workbooks, Elementary Harmony and Melody Writing, Musical Signs and Terms Flashcards, Let's Begin, 101 Children's Pieces, A Jazzy Day, Midnight Jazz which includes a CD, Keyboard Harmony Books 1-3, Classy Piano Pieces, Boogie and Jazz Piano Styles, Groovin' and What a Wonderful World in Big Note and intermediate piano solos, intermediate Sacred Jazz Solos. and Matinee Jazz with CD. Debra's pedagogy materials and compositions are also used and performed in Australia, Brazil, China, England, Guam, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Serbia and throughout North America. She is the recipient of the ORMTA Special Teacher Award, and the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada.