Emma W.


Emma is a Montreal-based piano teacher and musician. She grew up studying piano, in addition to trumpet, violin, voice, and percussion, then went on to complete her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto in classical piano. Since then, Emma has continued learning with mentors in order to continually deepen her musical and teaching skills; most recently, she was invited to attend the Adamant Music School’s summer piano program in Vermont. Her pedagogy is strongly informed by additional training in Alexander Technique, Taubman Technique, and other somatic and physiological studies. Emma’s life in music is a musical mosaic that includes having held the position of music and choir director at St. Paul’s United Church, Scarborough, Ontario, and singing in Christine Duncan’s Element Choir, a jazz improvisational ensemble that has performed at the Luminato Festival, the Guelph Jazz Festival, the Canadian Music Centre, among others. In 2019, she music directed Mamma Mia!, and has been in the pit band for additional musicals, including Cabaret and Spring Awakening. She also played the piano part for Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite (1919) with the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra in 2019. Having taught piano since 2014, Emma is a patient teacher, fostering creativity, curiosity, and confidence through compositional projects, improvisation, regular listening, singing and movement, and interpretational discussions, while developing students’ technical and theoretical knowledge. Emma believes that every student has unique gifts to explore and share, and hopes that through studying music, her students will come to understand themselves better, and feel empowered to create a kinder, more connected world.