Candace began her musical studies at the age of 3 with Rosalind O’Keefe, right here at the Vancouver Academy of Music. After years with the Suzuki method, she switched over to the traditional method at 11 with Evelyn Creaser-Rumley. Candace continued her violin studies with Margitta Krebs, until returning to the Academy at 15, studying with Robert Rozek.
Upon high school graduation, Candace continued her musical journey at the University of British Columbia, where she earned a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance in 2011, under the tutelage of Nancy DiNovo and Jasper Wood. In 2012, Candace pursued and obtained a Bachelor of Education at UBC, specializing in Music Education. During that time, she served as president of the student chapter of the British Columbia’s Music Education Association, advocating music education in both elementary and secondary schools. She strongly believes that every child deserves quality music education, and works to achieve that goal with all her students. Candace is currently teaching elementary music full time in the Vancouver public school system, where she enjoys exploring and experimenting with different instruments, technology, and genres to make learning music more accessible and fun. Candace completed her Master of Education at UBC in May 2017, specializing in Music Education. The focus of her studies was finding ways to incorporate inquiry-based learning into the general elementary music classroom.
Throughout her undergrad, Candace was an active member of the UBC Symphony Orchestra, which was where she fell in love with small ensemble and orchestral performance. She strives to help her students understand that with individual hard work, creating music with peers is one of the most rewarding experiences. Candace spent countless hours throughout her childhood at the VAM and has many fond memories as a student. Since joining the VAM faculty in 2011, she hopes to provide her students with the same opportunities.
Candace is a passionate, patient, and dedicated teacher. She enjoys teaching individual and group classes using both the Suzuki and traditional approaches. Candace understands that every child has unique learning styles and different capabilities, and she aims to help each student reach their full potential.