Our teachers

MUSIC INSIDEOUT

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

"Only the best is good enough for children. "

That was Zoltan Kodaly’s principle for music education. It was a philosophy that inspired many educators to be the very best teacher we could be for the young students with whom we had the privilege to work and play.  

Over the past 25 years we’ve been teaching music, we learned that being the best teacher is not about shining ourselves as the experts but creating an environment where students can discover themselves becoming experts.

Our job as educators was most fruitful when we orchestrated learning activities and interactions in ways that increased the likelihood of students noticing their own progress . 

This is why we take a play and inquiry based approach in our lessons and we make it our mission to catch students doing good work. In our perspective, that’s the art of pedagogy. 

Co-Founder & Director

Bo Yon Koh is a pianist who enjoys a versatile career as a musician, educator, and researcher. As a soloist, she has appeared with the National Academy Orchestra, the Royal Conservatory Orchestra, the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra, and the Chinese Overseas Orchestra. 

She has collaborated with many internationally recognized artists including her violinist sister, Min-Jeong Koh, violinist Conrad Chow, violist Richard Yongjae O’Neil, cellist Liza McLellan, and the members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. 

Dr. Koh is passionate about pedagogy – the arts and science of teaching – and strongly believes in the value of facilitating student-centred learning environments in her lessons. Her pedagogy is informed by various methods and research findings including Suzuki, Kodaly, and Music Learning Theory. Adding her unique expertise in Solution-Focused Education to her pedagogy, Dr. Koh strives to seize every opportunity to empower her students to become independent learners by equipping them with tools to regulate their learning when they are on their own. 

Dr. Koh frequently appears in workshops and conferences. Recently, she has presented in Music Teachers National Association Conference, National Conference of Keyboard Pedagogy, Solution Focused World Conference, and Solution Focused Brief Therapy Association Conference.

Co-Founder & Director

The Taiwanese-Canadian pianist Pei-Chen Chen has received numerous awards throughout North America and Asia since her debut at the age of fifteen with the Hsin-Tien Symphony Orchestra, performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.5. 

Pei-Chen is the prize winner of North West International Piano Ensemble Competition,  Ohio International Piano Duet & Duo Competition, and United States International Duo Piano Competition. She is also the recipient of the Mitacs Globalink Research Award and a Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship.

As an educator, she serves as the Teacher Trainer in the Piano Pedagogy Program at the University of Toronto. She has also taught the Piano Skills for Professional Musicians and Teachers course at U of T.  Her piano students have received outstanding results from the RCM examinations and have won many national and international competitions.

She is a certified piano teacher of the ORMTA and RCM, and is an active adjudicator for RCM examinations, and also serves as the President of the U of T Piano Pedagogy Student Group.

 

Peichen

Teachers

We share the same passion and dedication for excellence in music and music education.     Our teachers have university level education and continually participate in professional development opportunities including workshops, seminars, and conferences.

Eugenie

Early Childhood Music