Trisha Daniell, piano, cello, theory
Trisha has been teaching piano in the South Cowichan Valley since she moved here 30 years ago. She trained in New Zealand through Trinity College, and has associate diplomas in both cello and piano, as well as B.A and B.Mus. The mother of three adult children, she has a great enjoyment of young people and a great enthusiasm for her role as a teacher. Her studio, Dandelion Music, is located in Mill Bay near the shopping centre. Private piano or cello lessons are once a week, for 30, 45 or 60 minutes, with the teaching year matching the longer school holidays. Younger students may also have the chance to be involved in a once-a-month group lesson with other students of similar age and skill level. This helps the children to get used to performing for others, and to review the more repetitive skills, such as rhythm, general knowledge and note-reading, in a fun format, as well as getting to know other students.
Although she encourages all students to learn the traditional basic skills of classical music, many also enjoy chording, jazz and popular. Trisha welcomes adult students as well as children, and we all enjoy the ‘novice adult performer’ recital at the end of the year where new friendships are formed, and sympathy and support shared! Separate recitals for younger students and for adults each happen twice a year.
With pianist Rykie Avenant, Trisha is part of the cello and piano duo ‘Muse’, which performs all over Vancouver Island. She is also principal cellist of the Cowichan Consort Orchestra, the pipe organist at Shawnigan Lake School, and the local Centre Representative for the Royal Conservatory of Music.
More info at her website: www.dandelionmusic.ca