Music Lessons

with Margaret Carey


Viola Lessons


Violin Lessons


Voice Lessons


Piano Lessons


Music Lessons


Viola, Violin, Voice and Piano

Exam preparation
University classes

Taught in:
English, French or German

Individual and Group

As a young child I was fortunate to have parents who fostered the arts and encouraged me to follow my dreams. However, they also knew that time-investment and interest is important to achieve the best possible results. As a dedicated teacher and professional musician, it is my goal to share the enjoyment of music with you.


Hard work and practice achieves results, and I encourage daily practice from students that is appropriate with their age. To help you to attain realistic results, I will provide students with an initial assessment in the first lesson and assign repertoire. It is highly encouraged that you bring an instrument and/or the music books that have been previously studied.


My teaching methods are mainly classical, and I use the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) and Suzuki books, but am more flexible when teaching voice. (I can teach popular music if you bring your own music to the lessons.) It is recommended that you purchase the original copy of the RCM or Suzuki at Long & McQuade Musical Instruments because the originals are necessary in exam settings. If you do not plan to take examinations, I can provide a course package with supplementary material for a modest fee (to pay for the printing costs).


I provide the following services

60 minute lessons for students aged 13 and older. (I don’t offer shorter lessons to older students, as more demanding repertoire requires more time, and students have a longer attention span.)
45 minute lessons for students aged 13 and younger.
30 minute lessons ONLY for families of 2+ children that come on the same day.


Family discounts (10% discount) for families in which 2+ children take lessons with me.


In order for students to understand, study and analyze music better, I provide tutoring sessions for music theory and music history. I teach violin, viola, voice, piano and music theory/ music history in any combination that you would like. It can be combined in hour-long sessions–(30 minutes of music theory and 30 minutes of piano, for example). A more thorough musical background is also required by the Royal Conservatory of Music system, and I can help you to prepare for music exams and competitions.

Please contact me for lesson costs, and I will get back to you promptly.


Soloist & Teaching Credentials

Private music teacher from 2000-present (15 years)
Montreal Academy of Music authorized teacher, 2012-14. Violin, Viola, Voice, Piano and Music Theory/ Music History instructor.
Music Preparatory assistant and University student teacher:
Yale University: 2005-2008
Oberlin College and Conservatory: 2003-2005

Studies and work (viola, violin, voice, composition, piano)

Winnipeg Symphony, freelance soloist and private music instructor, Alexander Mickelthwate conducting, present.
Musician’s Union member, Winnipeg
Voice studies with Ann Golden-Fischer, Ellen Hargis and Lielle Berman-Robertson. (Lieder, art songs in German, Renaissance and Baroque solo repertoire, French and Italian, Classical repertoire)
Doctor of Musical Arts completion, University of Montreal– studies with Jutta Puchhammer- Sedillot, 2011-14.
Studies at Centre Orford 2013 with Jutta Puchhammer-Sedillot.
Musician’s Union member, Montreal 2011-14
Principal Viola of the Appassionata Chamber Orchestra, Montreal 2011-14, Daniel Myssyk
Regular Substitute with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (OSM) 2013-14, Kent Nagano
Montreal Academy of Music teacher 2012-14


Union des artistes member 2011-14
Solo Alto 1 in the Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Patrick Wedd
Soprano and Alto: Montreal Symphony professional Choir and Chamber choir, Andrew Megill
Soprano in Voces Boreales and Michael Zaugg
Montreal Academy of Music voice teacher 2012-14


Solo violist in the Hyogo Performing Arts Centre Orchestra, Japan’s Kansai area, 2009-11, Yukata Sado
Violin and Viola studies with renowned Bruno Giuranna in Switzerland and Italy, 2010
First Prize Winner in the Alexander and Buono International String Competition. Solo Recital in Weill Hall in Carnegie Hall, 2010.
Solo Viola in Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, 2008-9, Sakari Oramo
S:t Jakobs Kammerkor, Soprano, Stockholm, Gary Graden, 2008-9
Chamber music and solo studies in Litomysl with Milan Vitek and Illari Angervo, 2009.


Yale School of Music, Artist Diploma and Master of Music, studies with Jesse Levine, 2005-8

Winner of the Yale School of Music Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition, 2008.

New Haven Symphony member 2006-8

Verbier Festival Orchestra member, tour in Europe and USA with Charles Dutoit and Martha Argerich

Yale’s Schola Cantorum– Soprano 2 and Alto 1, Simon Carrington 2005-7
Christ Church New Haven, Soprano 2, Robert Lehman 2005-7
Voice studies with Lielle Berman-Robertson and Thomas Cooley, 2006-8
Music Composition studies with Jay Wadley, 2007-8
Voice studies with Ellen Hargis at the Vancouver Early Music Festival, 2007
Winner of the CMC Competition, 2006, Montreal
Solo studies at the Centre Orford, 2006. Michael Frischenschlager and Atar Arad.


Oberlin College and Conservatory, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music) and Bachelor of Arts (Literature), studies with Roger Chase, 2002-5
Schleswig Holstein Festival, 2005-6
Domaine Forget Chamber music, 2004
Oberlin in Casalmaggiore, Italy 2002 and 2003.
Johann Strauss Foundation, Summer studies in 2001-2 in Salzburg
Vancouver Academy of Music, S.K. Lee College. Diploma. Violin and Viola studies with Gerald Stanick. 2000-2
Voice studies with Anne Golden-Fischer, 2000-2
Studies with Karen Tuttle at the Banff Centre, 2000
Winner of the Debut Series Vancouver, 2001. CBC radio recital broadcast.

Grand Winner of the Vancouver Young Artists Concerto Competition, 2001

2000, 2001, Winner of the Kiwanis Music Festival Mozart Competition in Violin, Calgary
2001, First Prize in the Chamber music Competition, S.K. Lee College, Vancouver, Violin.
Various other prizes for violin and viola classes in the Kiwanis local, provincial and national classes as well as the CMC competition. Studies in the Calgary Academy with Nick Pulos.


Piano: several years of private instruction with June Southard, Calgary Academy as well as piano classes in University. Montreal Academy of Music piano instructor 2012-14.


Consider taking advantage of the CRA TAX CREDIT of $500 for children under the age of 15 for artistic, cultural, recreational or developmental activities.
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Viola Lessons


Violin Lessons


Voice Lessons


Piano Lessons