Music Lessons and Workshops 

I teach music lessons and workshops 


I am currently available to teach/tutor private composition (& music theory) or clarinet in central/South Halifax

I also teach piano and beginner voice lessons at music studios in Dartmouth/Bedford area 

I may have additional availability for private music lessons starting in Summer 2018, so please check back for updates later this Spring! 

Music and Creativity Workshops

I am always available to lead workshops for groups (e.g. school groups, church choirs/congregations, workplaces, music classes, and community groups). I lead musical creativity workshops that help develop confidence in music creation/composition, improvisation, performance, and creative problem solving/teamwork. 

For information on upcoming public workshops please check back here or send me a message to request to be notified when workshop information is available

If you have any questions or would like to hire me please click here or write to fiona(dot)margaret(dot)ryan(at)gmail(dot)com

Teaching Philosophy

I believe that everyone can, with work and practice, create beautiful music if they want to. When I teach, I try to meet students where they are and teach with their interests and goals in mind. It is important to me that I create a supportive environment for students, so that they can explore, experiment, and learn in an environment where their musical interests and ideas are respected and they are encouraged to build skills related to their interests. My own approach to music is eclectic and experiential, and I am more interested in helping musicians and composers find their own voice than helping them to imitate others. 

Throughout my musical studies, I have had the good fortune to study music with teachers who approached teaching and music theory from different perspectives, so I have learned to look at music from many different angles. Some of these approaches resonated with me more than others, but this diversity of learning experiences helped me become a more well-rounded musician and music teacher. As a music instructor, I work on developing the tools to explain concepts in many different ways so that I can find the best way to help each student develop creative thinking that will help them make connections between ideas. 

I feel it is very important to encourage students to discover practical and creative applications of lesson materials. For example, in music theory classes/lessons I may encourage students to create their own pieces of music or to find examples of concepts in the music they play in order to improve familiarity with the concepts we are discussing in lessons/classes. 

I have attended teaching training courses, workshops, and teaching conferences, and regularly seek new ways of getting students to approach learning with excitement and enthusiasm, and to help them find links between the ideas they learn in lessons/classes and creative applications of those ideas. 

My goal is to help others listen to music more attentively, understand music more deeply, approach music more creatively and apply this ability to listen, understand, and think creatively to all aspects of their lives.