About Sandra Lee

Ever since I can remember, I have wanted to play the piano. From the first time I heard my mom play Schubert’s “Serenade”, when I was about five years old, I knew that it was the instrument for me!

Growing up in Vancouver, I grew musically by taking piano lessons, singing in choirs, taking dance lessons, performing in high school musicals, and even playing the glockenspiel in a marching band. My focus, however, was playing the piano and all of the magic and excitement that it brought. From playing in recitals, festival, and exams; to playing for school, church choirs, and family sing-a-longs, the piano has been the centre of my life.

Teaching piano has also been the centre of who I am. Before receiving my A.R.C.T. (Association of Registered Canadian Teachers) diploma in 1975, I was teaching students as a student teacher. It has always given me great pleasure to see students grow musically in my studio. I take great pride in witnessing the growth of all of my students, whether they are taking lessons to become musically literate, or performing at a senior level.

I have lived in Port Coquitlam for the past thirty years with my husband and three children. All three of my children play piano at a senior level; one is a public school teacher, and another is a performer.

I continue to be a life-long learner in music. I am currently the Past President of the B.C.R.M.T.A. (British Columbia Music Teachers Association) Coquitlam-Maple Ridge Branch and am the librarian for our Members Lending Library. I take on-going refresher courses in senior theory and jazz keyboarding. In the last couple of years, I have also taken up voice lessons. I find it endlessly gratifying to continue learning, performing, and teaching music.

Education & Accreditation

I studied piano under Mary (Nan) Gorringe and theory under Keiko Parker. I am a member and past executive-member of the British Columbia Music Teachers Association (BCRMTA). I am currently the President for the BCRMTA and am actively coordinating our annual North Fraser Music Festival.

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Lesson Details

Lessons take place at my home studio. Depending on the needs, abilities and ambitions of each student, I choose from a variety of techniques and method books. When the time comes, and the student chooses to, I help prepare them for Royal Conservatory exams. However, taking these exams is not a requirement of my studio.

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