Marie Calvert has been teaching piano and music classes in the greater Vancouver area for over twenty years.
Marie teaches piano using both Suzuki and traditional methods, and is also well versed in Kodaly, Orff, Colourstrings, and other classroom methods. Her piano students regularly achieve First Class Honors on exams, and her choirs, Kodaly and other general music students perform to a high level at festivals and concerts.
Drawing from her extensive training and experience, Marie finds approaches that fit the individual musical and social needs of her students. Marie believes that children learn best when they are happy, relaxed and engaged, and incorporates play and creativity into her lessons. Although Marie teaches all ages, she specializes in early childhood music She finds that being a Suzuki mom herself adds insight and understanding to her communications with students and their families.
Marie has taught at the V.S.O. School of Music, the St. James Music Academy, the East Vancouver Community Music School, the Langley Community Music School, and at various pre-schools in the city. In addition, she is a part-time Music Specialist in the Surrey School District for Kindergarten through Grade 5.
Marie holds a MMus in Piano Performance from WWU (Jeffrey Gilliam), a BMus from UBC (Jane Coop) as well as a Professional Teaching Certificate for B.C. schools. She has both an A.T.C.L (Teachers’) Diploma and a L.T.C.L. (Performers’) diploma in piano from the Trinity College of London. She studied Suzuki pedagogy with Susan Magnusson, Merlin Thompson, and Haruko Kataoka, and Kodaly methodology with Cam Trowsdale, Ilona Bartalus, and Sandra Davies. In 2014, Marie earned her certification (CATMK) in Colourstrings Music Kindergarten, a preschool music program that combines the methodologies of Kodaly, Orff and Dalcroze.
Marie has also studied harpsichord and voice, and has sung and toured with Vancouver Cantata Singers, Vancouver Bach Choir, and University Singers (UBC). She performed as a harpsichordist in Hungary, Italy and Germany with the Collegium Musicum under the direction of the late Dr. Mary Terey-Smith, a Hungarian music scholar and student of Zoltan Kodaly.
Marie is a chamber music lover, and enjoys performing with with her piano trio. She is married to a cellist; her daughter studies Suzuki cello with Audrey Nodwell at VAM; and her dog, Carly, likes to lie in the middle of things at rehearsals!