"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. ..."

"Over the past eight years, I have been mentored by the most significant educational influence of my life, Jacqueline Ryz."

"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."  

 

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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

Congratulations to Victoria and to Caitlin, who will receive gold medals for earning the highest marks in the province for their respective Grace 5 and Grade 2 Royal Conservatory of Music exams. The medals will be presented in a ceremony at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on November 25.

Stay in touch with this website for details of the Saturday, December 15 winter recital, to be held in the afternoon at River East Mennonite Brethren Church, 755 McLeod Avenue.

August exam results

Congratulations to Raymond, who completed his Grade 10 Royal Conservatory of Music exam to earn first class honours with distinction, as well as to Micah and Alexus, who earned first class honours for their Grade 3 RCM exams, as did Chloe for her Grade 1 RCM exam. Well done everyone!

International Competition success!

Congratulations to Seanne who earned Honourable Mention for a fourth place finish in his age category at the Aloha International Piano Festival and Competition! First place went to a student from Japan; second and third places went to students from California.

Here's the video of Seanne's performance at the competition.

Seanne beside University of Hawaii crestSeanne with Honourable Mention certificate from the Aloha International Piano Festival and Competition

June exam results

Congratulations again to Seanne, and also to Vicki and to Caitlin, who earned first class honours with distinction for their respective Grade 9, Grade 5 and Grade 2 Royal Conservatory of Music exams in the June session. And congratulations as well to Nika and to Christine, who earned first class honours for their respective Grade 10 and Grade 7 exams.

Provincial scholarships

Congratulations again to Nika who was awarded two scholarships at the recent Provincial Music Festival competitions in Brandon. She received the Lions Club of Winnipeg Scholarship for winning the Advanced Canadian Composers class playing a composition by my former teacher, John Melnyk Sr. and was also awarded the S.C. Eckhardt-Gramatté Manitoba Composers Scholarship for the best performance of a work by a Manitoba composer.

Five Thousand Dollars of MRMTA Scholarships!

Jacqueline with Nika, Raymond and Lauren, MRMTA sholarship winners for 2018

Congratulations to Raymond and Lauren, who both received $2,000 Holtby scholarships towards their upcoming A.R.C.T studies and Grade 10 studies, and to Nika who received a $1,000 Nita Eamer scholarship, all from the Manitoba Registered Music Teachers Association.

This is the second year in a row students from my studio have been recognized with these prestigious awards.

Nika, Raymond standing at back;
Lauren seated at right.

April exam results

Congratulations to Alexandra who earned first class honours with distinction for her Grade 9 Royal Conservatory of Music exam, and to Sarah and Kira who earned first class honours for their Grace 9 and Grade 8 exams respectively.

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, one of only two pianists to do so. 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 in the Romantic Composers class;

Lauren won the Piano Solo class, and 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 both the Romantic Composers and Sonata classes.

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 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.

 

January exam results

Congratulations to Andrew for earning first class honours with distinction, and to Emily for earning first class honours in 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.

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.

 

 

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.

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/culture/2013/04/video-jeremy-denks-piano-lessons.html?mobify=0

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.