Begin Your Journey as a Musician


In just a few days, Sept 6th to be exact, my university students (all piano majors) will converge on UBC for a new year of study, practice and goals to attain. The latter, of course, is my ultimate concern and that they pass their end-of-year exams with flying colors. The lesson to be learned is […]

The constant tapping and counting of a teacher in a music lesson seems to be a constant and never-ending tedium. How many music teachers have I heard say, “I sound like a broken record: 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 during every lesson! Why can’t students just learn to count themselves?!” The answer my […]

Success of young students, no matter the discipline, is built on a solid foundation. Information is distributed to the student in a classroom/private lesson format and then reinforced with continued study outside of that class or lesson. In the case of music, which presents a vast array of high-level concepts combined with an intense demand […]

Watch and listen to some of NWMA’s outstanding students in our 2016 Holiday Recital. Visit and subscribe to our YouTube channel to see other performances from this and other recitals and get automatic updates on new videos posted as they become available. Such amazing talent deserves to be heard! Happy listening!! To find our YouTube […]

The Academy is pleased to congratulate Markus Pawlik’s students, Amy Cai and Jason Hale, on qualifying for the Berkeley Junior Bach Festival. The Festival will be March 17-26, 2017.

Markus Pawlik’s student, Jessica Phongsa won a 1st prize in the US Open Music Competition.