Michele Satanove, music teacher

I provide

  • private piano and cello lessons for students ages 5 to 105;
  • preparation for exams and festivals, if desired; and
  • lots of support, especially for adult beginners!

I’m also available to coach pianists or string players who are preparing for a festival, exam, or recital and want to play for somebody in addition to their own teacher.

I live on the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia, Canada, where I teach from my home. If you’re interested in my services, please contact me to set up a meeting to see if we’re a good match and to sort out logistics if we are.

A lifetime of music

I’ve been involved in music for more than 50 years, beginning with piano lessons at the age of 7 and double bass lessons at 12. Recently I took up the cello, which I now consider to be my principal instrument. At this time I’ve more or less retired from performing, but I enjoy the camaraderie of sight-reading music with friends and, especially, the rewards of teaching.

I majored in double bass performance at the Manhattan School of Music, where I earned my BMus. Later I studied music therapy at Capilano College (now Capilano University) and subsequently earned my accreditation (MTA) from the Canadian Association of Music Therapists. I’ve also trained as a Suzuki cello teacher.

My performance experience is extensive: five years as principal bass of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra; freelance work as bassist with the Vancouver, Victoria, Okanagan, Prince George, and Kamloops symphony orchestras; and many gigs with small ensembles ranging from children’s bands to jazz ensembles.

As a music teacher I’ve taught students ages 5 to 86. I love observing young children grow and develop, and I have a special affinity for adults, whether they are returning to piano after an absence or starting from scratch—including one student who had her first ever music lesson at the age of 80!

I encourage rather than demand that students practise, and I tailor my teaching to the student’s interests and needs. The bottom line for me is that my students enjoy music. Discipline is important and helpful, but joy in music-making is the ultimate goal.