"Jacqueline is an amazing teacher! She is kind, patient, and very encouraging and supportive. ...  "

"Her encouragement of discipline and hard work has laid the foundation for many of my successes in life. ... "

"Not only has my daughter developed as a pianist and has a passion for music, more importantly she grew as a person with confidence and with poise."

"Our son is soaring ahead in his understanding, appreciation and passion for music and Jacqueline is a primary reason. ... "

" ... after many recitals and performances in the Winnipeg Music Festival, I no longer become nervous or agitated when performing or doing presentations on projects or science fairs. ..."

"Her knowledge of the instrument, its technical requirements and music genre is far-reaching ... "

"She has been one of my biggest influences as a performer and it would have been impossible for me to reach this high level without her. ... "

"Piano is a joy and learning it with Ms. Ryz makes it even better. ... "

"In her, we not only find a talented, accomplished pianist, but an inspiring teacher and mentor. ..."

"She really brought my playing to a new level. ... I got into and was offered scholarships from both schools ... "

"Jacqueline will definitely be someone that I will remember as a teacher who has given me something that I will carry on for the rest of my life: the beautiful gift of playing the piano."

" ... her belief in me has given me the inspiration to continue and to strive to be the best I can be."  


Banner for Jacqueline Ryz, Pianist and Teacher Web site

Welcome to my website, presenting my piano studio in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

I maintain a busy schedule giving one-on-one piano lessons to students of all levels throughout the year, but I can always find time for new students who are enthusiastic about music and sincerely committed to learning to play the piano well.


Noteworthy News

Winnipeg Music Festival Success

Congratulations to Raymond, who was the sole runner-up in a class of 15 finalists competing for the Beryl Ferguson trophy, awarded to the most outstanding Grade 10 instrumentalist in the Winnipeg Music Festival, to Seanne, who tied for runner-up in a class of 17 finalists competing for the Junior Musical Club trophy for the most outstanding Grade 9 instrumentalist, and to Victoria, who tied for runner-up in a class of seven finalists competing for the Quest Musique trophy for most outstanding Grade 5 instrumentalist.

Victoria was also awarded the Madge O. Stevens Memorial Bursary recognizing a promising Grade 5 or 6 pianist, and for the second year in a row was invited to perform in the Gala Concert of Festival Highlights. Here's her performance there.

Congratulations also to Seanne for winning the Grade 9 Piano Concerto class performing the Kabalevsky Piano Concerto No.3 ("Youth Concerto") and to Nika who was runner-up in the Grade 10 Piano Concerto class performing the Schumann Piano Concerto in A Minor.

Here's Seanne's winning concerto performance on YouTube.

Raymond and Nika each won a class and tied for runner up in Romantic Composers class, March 6, 2018

Long-time students Raymond and Nika each won a class
thus earning an opportunity to compete for the Beryl Ferguson trophy,
awarded to the most outstanding Grade 10 instrumentalist.

At the Grade 10 level Raymond won the French Composers class performing Clair de Lune by Debussy and was runner up three times: in the 20th / 21st Century Composers, the Sonata class, and the Romantic Composers class;

Nika won the Canadian Composers class playing a composition by my former teacher, the late John Melnyk Sr., and tied with Raymond for runner-up the Romantic Composers class;

Lauren tied for runner-up in the Bach Prelude and Fugue class.

At the Grade 9 level, Sarah won the Baroque class, and Seanne won the Canadian Composers class and was runner-up in the Romantic Composers class.

Congratulations to all these senior students who have worked really hard.

Congratulations also to Victoria who won both the Sonatina class and the Baroque class and was runner-up in the both the Canadian Composers class and the 20th / 21st Century Composers for Grade 5 as well as to Kira who won the Canadian Composers class and was runner-up in the 20th / 21st Century Composers class for Grade 8.

NB Spring recital will be on Sunday afternoon, May 27
at River East Mennonite Brethren Church.

Congratulations to Andrew for earning first class honours with distinction, and to Emily for earning first class honours on their respective Grade 3 and Grade 4 Royal Conservatory of Music exams this January session.

FOUR GOLD MEDALS for 2016-17 Royal Conservatory of Music exam year!

Hearty congratulations to Seanne. Micah, Andrew and Vicki (left to right below) who were each awarded a gold medal for earning the highest mark in Manitoba for their respective Grade 7, Grade 1, Grade 2 and Grade 4 Royal Conservatory of Music exams this past academic year.

Four gold medalists, 2017 RCM awards ceremony

The medals were presented in a ceremony at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on Sunday, October 29.

Jacqueline with Nika at one of the Steinways in the Ryz Studio

Nika receives Holtby scholarship!

Congratulations to Nika who was awarded one of two annual Holtby scholarships from the Manitoba Registered Music Teachers Association (MRMTA).

The Holtby scholarship provides $2,000 to support her future musical studies towards her Grade 10 and Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto (ARCT) examinations.

Nika is the third student from my studio to receive a Holtby scholarship.


Nika with Canadian pianist Janina Fialkowska at an MRMTA sponsored masterclass


MRMTA Masterclass with Janina Fialkowska

Nika recently had the opportunity to play for internationally renowned Canadian pianist Janina Fialkowska in a masterclass sponsored by the Manitoba Registered Music Teachers Association.

The masterclass was held in Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall at The University of Winnipeg, April 6, 2017.

Ms. Fialkowska was in Winnipeg to play an all-Chopin program on the Virtuosi Concerts series.

Nika and Janina Fialkowska
on the stage of Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall.


Independent of the music festival, Raymond was chosen from among many applicants to share the Nita Eamer Memorial Scholarship from the Manitoba Registered Music Teachers Association. Raymond received $1,000 towards his future musical studies!

Raymond seated at piano in front of music shelving


Jacqueline in her studio with a group of her students

Jacqueline Ryz is a gifted pianist and teacher whose passion for music inspires audiences and students alike. Her professionalism, skilled teaching and approachability allows for her to develop pianists of a very high standard. I highly recommend her as a teacher for beginners as well as students who are already established pianists. Jacqueline's motivational teaching style has inspired my sons to practice and develop an excellent work ethic; they quickly developed into fine young pianists.

- Carol L Ridd
Arts Consultant,
River East Transcona School Division

Noteworthy Links

Here's a link to a charming reflection by Jeremy Denk in the New Yorker Magazine on the sometimes humourous trials and tribulations of piano lessons and the impact of two special teachers on his musical development.


Here's a link to Raymond's winning performance of Rock Zone by Robert Vandall - the Grade 7 level of the Royal Conservatory of Music's "Share the Celebration: Celebration Series Video Countdown," as well as to Graham's winning performance of Jazz Exercise No.2 by Canadian jazz legend Oscar Peterson, the Grade 8 level of that same competition.

Here's a link to a new digital resource for music study Dream Music Tool (http://www.dreammusictool.ca/) which came to my attention through the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers Association conference in Vancouver, summer of 2015. In particular, check out the ABRSM Aural Trainer app at http://www.dreammusictool.ca/abrsm-aural-trainer which can very helpful for ear training.