With over thirty years of teaching and performance experience, Jennifer not only created Imagine Music in 1994, but she continues to enhance its reputation throughout Calgary while providing students with fun, creative and inspiring music lessons.
Jennifer often teaches her students the ability to improvise, interpret, or learn various music styles, making them more versatile players. She believes that young students should learn the piano so they can use it when the become adults. Older students can obtain enjoyment, relaxation, physical and mental skills from learning an instrument with her.
She is a highly respected music teacher, accompanist, contemporary pop and jazz pianist with a history of playing at numerous events, including weddings, corporate parties and private functions. Even as a child, Jennifer began to embellish her music. On her first instrument, the organ, she quickly learned how to chord, orchestrate sounds and rhythm settings.
At 16, she was teaching new and creative improvisation techniques to students of all ages. She went on to study piano and keyboard at Mount Royal University, graduating with a Diploma in Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance. Furthermore, she completed the Royal Conservatory of Music Level 8 in piano and theory.
Affiliated with the Alberta Piano Teachers Association (APTA) and the Calgary Arts & Summer School Association (CASSA), Jennifer can inspire you to learn and love the beauty of music.
Bella is a saxophone and piano teacher who is passionate about sharing the joy of music with others.
Bella believes that every student deserves a chance to learn in a safe and positive environment. Her priority is making sure that students feel comfortable, relaxed and empowered. She would like to help students to build a strong foundation in their instrument while having fun. She also aims to meet students where they’re at and build their confidence and technique with manageable practice strategies.
Her love of music began when she started learning piano at age seven. She later fell in love with saxophone at age 12 when she joined her school band, which led her to pursue a career in music. She is in the process of completing a Bachelor of Music degree and hopes to become a high school band teacher. She has also completed her Grade 8 Piano and Theory with the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Bella has participated in several local, provincial and national honour ensembles, including the Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra and JazzYYC Youth Lab Band. She currently performs virtually with the Reddit Symphony Orchestra and Untitled Virtual Ensemble and sings in her church choir on a weekly basis.
Having studied various musical genres through the Conservatory Canada Program, Hannah provides fun and excellent piano and violin lessons in her NW studio.
While many people think that music lessons are an optional part of a child’s development, Hannah believes that playing music is essential. With her, you’ll develop critical thinking skills, listening abilities, personal character, and self-discipline – while having loads of fun!
Since she was eight, she has played violin in several orchestras and ensembles, playing both sacred and secular music for various audiences. She has also performed as a soloist for receptions and weddings on both instruments.
At four years old, she started official music lessons in a Calgary Kindermusik class. Piano and violin lessons followed, then Hannah studied various musical genres through the Conservatory Canada Program. She continued in the classical stream with the Royal Conservatory Program and is currently preparing for her Level 10 piano exam and Harmony and History. She is a graduate of the Imagine Music Junior Teaching Program and has recently also completed her Royal Conservatory Theory Level 8, receiving First Class Honours with Distinction.
An eternal optimist, Jasmin feels music should be a source of enjoyment through which to express yourself. She encourages students to have fun as they learn more about the piano while exposing them to many different and diverse music genres to better understand what it takes to be a versatile piano player. She believes that being able to play across many different music genres makes you a well-rounded musician.
At the age of three, Jasmin began piano and then joined Imagine Music Inc. in 2007 at nine. Her ambition to expand her musical knowledge prompted her to learn the flute and guitar as well! Jasmin played clarinet for 3 ½ years in a school band and sang in the school choir for six years, with her talent and musicality securing Jasmin as a teacher in the Imagine Music Junior Teaching Program in 2016.
Jasmin completed her Grade 9 Conservatory Canada Piano receiving First Class Honours with Distinction. She also has completed her Grade 8 Theory with the Royal Conservatory of Music.
While studying piano with Imagine Music Mentors, Jasmin plays the piano and sings in her church choir weekly, recently being promoted to choir director. To give back to the community, she occasionally plays piano at the McCaig Tower in the Foothills Hospital, a place close to her heart. As both a teacher and student with Imagine Music, Jasmin has also participated in numerous piano recitals over the years.
A versatile piano and vocal teacher with RCM qualifications, Juliana enjoys teaching a range of students who also have the opportunity to perform at recitals. With her BA and BEd and RCM for Piano and Voice qualifications, Juliana inspires students to enjoy a beautiful array of diverse music.
Juliana believes that success is a combination of hard work and dedication from both the child and their parents. While encouraging parents to participate in their child’s practice, she creates lesson plans that fit the child’s skills and needs. Her large student return rate shows her success, with her students receiving high scores for both piano and voice in their Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) and Conservatory Canada exams.
Juliana began studying piano at the age of five and continues to play classical and popular music, in addition to sacred church pieces. Her first degree is a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Calgary, followed by a Bachelor of Education from Ambrose University. Music theory, music history, musicianship, and conducting and teaching music in elementary and junior high schools enhances her music technique. Most noteworthy, Juliana is in the process of completing her Levels 9 and 10 Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) in Voice and Piano.
Juliana understands the importance of volunteering and supporting the Calgary Music Community. She is a regular volunteer at the APTA (Alberta Piano Teachers Association) Music Festival and the Calgary Performing Arts Festival (previously known as the Calgary Kiwanis Festival).
Greatly admiring technically proficient musicians, Marilyn believes that early exposure to various styles of music and offering students many varied musical experiences are the most effective way to ensure musical understanding and lifelong musical enjoyment.
With her Bachelor of Music, Marilyn teaches various styles to her students, including jazz, musical theatre, folk, and soft rock.
Raised in a musical family, she is grateful for her musical background and the opportunities for growth, enjoyment, and expression it has afforded her. As a result, Marilyn has performed professionally, including for the Calgary Opera Chorus (8 productions), in ‘History of Music‘, an a cappella comedy show which toured Canada and the USA, Candide’ with Alberta Theatre Projects, ‘Swing Time’ with Lunchbox Theatre, and ‘Blood Brothers’ with Aurora Stage Productions.
She also has extensive experience in studio recording (album, TV and radio commercials) and has sung in choirs and small ensembles, vocal jazz groups, classical choirs, and a cappella quartets – including performing at the Olympic Games and Canada Day.
Hilda’s music journey started at 7 years old when she received vocal training as a member of the renowned Hong Kong Children’s Choir (HKCC). She was selected to join an elite group within the choir to represent Hong Kong in various global music festivals and concerts, and from that she has gained countless valuable competition and performance experiences.
Hilda continued her pursuit in music education when she arrived in Canada in her teenage years. She participated in the Mount Royal Chamber Choir and The University of Calgary Chorus (University Chorus), and decided to share her knowledge of choral music education through assisting in the establishment of the Calgary Chinese Children’s Choir. She was an instructor/conductor in the choir, and was instrumental in developing the choir’s curriculum and performance repertoires.
After graduating from the University of Calgary, Hilda went back to Hong Kong to seize an opportunity to build her career internationally. She continued to be a performing vocalist, and became one of the founders of a choral ensemble group called “Brio”. Her love of choral music has also led her to take on the role of Management Executive for the Hong Kong Treble Choir, with a focus on the choir’s business development and organizing concert/event productions.
Hilda has recently returned to Canada and brought with her a wealth of International music experiences. As an established vocal coach, she has recently joined Imagine Music Studio with a desire to apply her unique vocal training method to help students’ with developing healthy and proper vocal techniques, and achieving versatility in singing different genres of music. She also focuses on building students’ confidence in their performance with an appealing stage presence.
Besides teaching, Hilda enjoys performing as a soloist, and is actively involved in local music events and online music platforms. Her passion lies within musical theater and classical art songs, and is broadening her singing style to include pop and jazz music as well.
As an instructor in piano, violin, and theory, John Matthew Cabalsa holds a philosophy of instilling a love for the musical craft and the pursuit of musical excellence. He believes in helping students in building the foundations of their instruments, journeying with them as they progress, and developing confidence in their abilities, no matter the skill level or age. He looks forward to learn, grow, and contribute his skills for the edification of others. He believes his approach to teaching music is in line with the mission statement of Imagine Music, Inc.
John began studying piano at age three and has since been trained extensively in the classical arts. He has completed the Level 10 requirements, including music theory, of the Royal Conservatory Certificate Program with First Class Honours. He has also completed Level 10 RCM requirements in violin, music theory, and music history. John specializes in RCM examination preparation, but he is willing and able to teach students with different goals and aspirations.
John is currently pursuing two degrees at Ambrose University in Calgary: a Bachelor of Music in piano performance, and a Bachelor of Science in biology. He is also working on achieving the ARCT diploma in piano performance with the Royal Conservatory of Music. He has studied under numerous mentors such as Edwin Gnandt and Krzysztof Jablonski.
John continues to volunteer as a pianist at his church, and has previously directed small and large ensembles for church events. Moreover, he has served as a collaborative pianist for chamber ensembles from duets, trios, and quintets. Besides his involvement in piano performance, John is a president of a health club at Ambrose University and a peer tutor for science and other music subjects.
Tom LeBlanc has been teaching guitar in Calgary for over 15 years, and has helped hundreds of students achieve their musical goals. With over two decades of professional guitar playing under his belt, he offers lessons to students of all ages and skill levels, framed around the student’s choice from dozens of genres and styles.
Tom has played in countless local bands over the years, notably playing in tribute bands for Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones, a 90’s cover band, and dozens of original/indie projects, including lead guitar duties for Bebe Buckskin. With extensive experience in recording studios, session work, and a deep knowledge of gear and equipment, and great expertise with music theory and history, Tom helps students to immerse themselves in their instrument and truly enjoy music.
As a teacher, Tom is patient and passionate, consistent and thorough. The focus is always on the student’s progress and engagement. Tom seeks to inspire his students to always be excited about practicing and playing their instrument.
Tim’s original teaching style brings out the best in his guitar, ukulele and bass guitar students.
He believes that everyone is part musician and part performer, and with his experience, he finds the unique natural creative abilities within each student. He tailors his lesson so his students have the tools to create and perform as true artists – whether the goal is to play as famous performers or personal fulfillment.
He has been at Imagine Music for over 15 years, providing the best guitar lessons to students in the comfort of their homes.
Besides teaching guitar, ukulele and bass lessons, Tim has extensive experience in performing and recording as a solo guitarist and his acoustic rock band, Soul Expired. He is a singer-songwriter who has worked on his own original material since 1988, including his own studio and production company called Hopelight Productions.
Tim has recorded demos for various solo performers and has performed at various venues such as Vern’s, Jackdaw’s Pub and Soda Sound Lounge. Tim has also hosted jam sessions at venues such as The Stone Gate Inn, The Bar Fly, and The Lighthouse Pub. He is currently finishing his solo album, The Truth Letters, and beginning another album with Soul Expired.
Working for Imagine Music for 14 years, Peter tailors drum, ukulele and guitar lessons to each individual’s wants and needs.
By combining written theory with a very “hands-on” practical application (teaching through sheet music, audio and video recording), students can enjoy the full musical education experience with him.
Significantly, his experience as a performer and running his own bands truly makes him a well-rounded teacher and musician.
Peter began singing in public at age six before taking up piano and drums lessons. By twelve, he was playing the drums and singing professionally in his home of Winnipeg, Manitoba. As a teen, he worked as a drummer playing with various trios & quartets. These groups performed various styles of music, including rock, pop, country, blues and a touch of jazz/big band.
Calgary-based Roy is joining our team as a classical and contemporary-focused violin teacher. He is a native Albertan who studied violin privately for many years with a notable Edmonton-based violin teacher. Roy completed Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) studies and continued further training at the Banff Centre and the University of Alberta with a number of world-class domestic and international level violinists and musicians. He toured Eastern Canada and Europe in orchestras and created his own Alberta-based touring symphonic orchestra. Some of Roy’s violin students have achieved top Alberta RCM awards.
Roy’s violin teaching and mentoring has evolved into a simple focus of natural, positive and audience-captivating skill. He loves to see his students inspire others to learn violin especially when they hear it played so beautifully.
Amelia is a Registered Music Teacher in the province of Alberta, as well as certified Music for Young Children instructor. She has been teaching piano performance and theory as well as accompanying students for various instrumental, choir and voice performances for over 20 years. She has taught students at her home studio, Keyano College in Fort McMurray, and different music schools in Alberta.
She has been playing the piano since her childhood and was introduced to voice and accompaniment in her college years.
She loves working with students, and as a mother, she appreciates the importance of music in the development of children’s mental and cognitive growth.
Her teaching philosophy and approach are based on finding the better person in ourselves with the help of music. Both her knowledge of music and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology helps her in establishing a rich and respectful relationship with her students of different age groups.
With great enthusiasm and dedication to the study of Vocal Art, Romanian-Canadian Tenor Valentin B. believes that consistent guided practice can bring your singing to a completely new level. Exploring Classical and Classical Crossover Styles, Valentin is excited to share his knowledge and experience to guide singers to achieve their musical goals.
Remarked for his distinctive vocal qualities and a refined timbre exuding natural warmth, Valentin brought to life various operatic characters, including King Ahasuerus in ESTHER, The Lover in AMELIA GOES TO THE BALL, as well as Lenski in EUGENE ONEGIN. Additionally, Valentin was also cast in various Oratorio performances of MESSIAH. He has collaborated with various Opera Companies, based in Alberta, such as Calgary Concert Opera Company, Cowtown Opera, Opera Nuova, Grande Prairie Opera, and had sung with Calgary Civic Symphony, Rosa Barocca and Rocky Mountains Symphony Orchestra.
Valentin holds an Associate Diploma in Voice (ARCT – Alberta Gold Medalist) from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, as well as an Associate and Licentiate Diploma in Singing (ATCL/LTCL with Distinction) from Trinity-Guildhall College London (UK).
If you would like to get started on your Voice Exploration Regimen in the quest of finding your Free, Naturally Embodied, Resonant Voice, you are just a step away.
Believing that any kind of engagement in music is beneficial to anyone, Conrad credits piano playing with much of his success in school and other areas in his life. Learning music is structured but also fun and a creative way to achieve success!
Conrad aims to make his lessons flexible to help cater to every kind of student, their learning styles, and their favourite types of music.
He began playing piano at four years old with Jennifer Aumentado at Imagine Music. Conrad developed early piano skills and is now at an advanced level of playing.
At 15 years old, Conrad is working on his Level 8 Contemporary Idioms. He has completed his Level 8 theory RCM (Royal Conservatory of Music) with First Class Honours with Distinction. Conrad has also received the Medal of Excellence for both Level 6 and 7 Piano Contemporary Idioms Exams from the Conservatory Canada. This is awarded to the highest-scoring individual province-wide.
Conrad has always felt that playing any musical instrument is an incredible ability. It allows one’s feelings to be expressed as music. Conrad enjoys playing piano for this reason. He pursues opportunities to share his passion with others.
Sophie, a student and Jr. Teacher, provides violin lessons that encourage students to have fun while welcoming music into their lives as she believes that music is extremely important in a child’s development and growth.
She began playing the violin as an orchestra member at age nine in the US, beginning private lessons soon after and becoming first chair in the orchestra group. After moving to Calgary in 2018, she began lessons, playing in several Imagine Music recitals since.
As of 2021, Sophie has recently completed her Royal Conservatory Practical Level 6 violin, earning First Class Honours. She is currently working on her Level 6 Theory, and her Level 7 Practical. She has performed with various ensembles and chamber groups, as well as several solo and virtual performances. Her passion for performance has transferred to her teaching and she strives to provide fun and interesting lessons to instill a love of music in the hearts of new musicians. Sophie plays a variety of music styles, including Classical, Baroque, Romantic, Popular, and Fiddle. She hopes that her lessons will inspire her students to pursue music with the same passion that she does.
Sophie believes that music is extremely important in a child’s development and growth. She believes that music aids greatly in one’s self-discipline, and the ability to work well with one’s self as well as with others.
Starting piano lessons since he was eight, Jason believes that music plays an integral part in any person’s life, and that learning music is one of the greatest things anyone can do, whether or not it is simply just playing once in a while, or playing in front of thousands of people. Jason believes that every music lesson should be engaging and fun, while also allowing the student to grow and expand their musicality.
Jason has taken piano lessons for eight years, and has completed the RCM ARCT Harmony and Counterpoint, and ARCT Analysis. He has completed his Level 9 Piano Practical Exam with First Class Honours with Distinction, and he is currently working on his Level 10 Piano Practical and Level 10 Music History.
To Tess, playing an instrument opens the door to limitless opportunities. As well as bettering the development of the brain, music is a versatile skill. Whether it is a hobby, a profession, or a passion, playing an instrument is always rewarding.
Because of this, Tess believes that children should be supported in playing whichever genre or style they choose, as long as they enjoy it. The freedom a student has in their musical education determines whether playing is seen as a gift or as a chore.
Tess aims to make each session both fun and beneficial, as her own instructors have done through the years.
Tess began playing piano at the age of five and joined Imagine Music as a piano and voice student at ten. Tess sang in choirs through all her years of school and is a member of the William Aberhart Concert Choir and her high school’s audition choir.
Currently, Tess is at RCM Level 5 Piano and RCM Level 3 Voice, with two completed courses in Choral Music. In recent years, Tess’s love of music influenced her to learn beginner guitar and ukulele.
Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Behavioural Science, Stefani decided to mix her passion for working with people with her love for administrative tasks by beginning her professional career working in the non-profit sector. Later she joined a travel tech company where she was able to expand her marketing and communication skills and build on her organization skills as the customer service team leader. After taking a few years break from the workforce to be home with her two young children she is excited to bring her keen attention to detail and positive demeanor to the Imagine Music team as the Administrative Assistant and Social Media Director.
Stefani began taking piano lessons at age 7 and studied with the Royal Conservatory Program until the age of 18. She also played clarinet in various school concert bands and tenor saxophone in her high school jazz band. Knowing the important role her music teachers played in her childhood she is excited to support the Imagine Music director and teachers as they impact and instill a love for music into the next generation.