Tonia Allen has been teaching Orff and Kodaly methods since 1981. Tonia joined the faculty at VAM in 1981 as an Orff teacher. Tonia has worked in many private schools and community centers in the lower mainland and is currently teaching Orff at the Vancouver Academy of Music, Dunbar Community Centre, Roundhouse Community Centre, as well as the Sunflower Academy Montessori Preschool. Tonia teaches private lessons to all ages on guitar, flute and recorder as well as teaching “Guitar for Kids” classes at Dunbar community center. Tonia is also teaching the “Head Start Music” classes as part of the Vancouver Academy’s new Brain Boosters program. She has a Level 3 Orff certification and holds a B.C. Teaching Certificate as an Elementary Music Specialist. Tonia trained for Orff with notable Orff specialists Birthe Kulich, Jos Wytuck,Doug Goodkin and Jane Frazee. She studied flute with Kathryn Cernauskas, and is an alumni herself of the Vancouver Academy of Music.
Tonia is the Orff Department Head, and the Head Start Music Instructor with the Brain Booster program. She has a B.A. from UBC; Teaching Certification, Music Specialist, from Western Washington University, and Level 3 Orff certification.