"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."  

 

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Jacqueline

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

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

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

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

 

Congratulations to Alexus and Elise who earned first class honours with distinction for their respective Grade 2 and Grade 1 Royal Conservatory of Music exams, and to Christine who earned first class honours for her Grade 6 exam, all in the August session.

Congratulations as well to Raymond, Michael, Vicki and Chloe who earned first class honours with distinction for their respective Grade 9, Grade 8, Grade 4 and Grade 2 Royal Conservatory of Music exams in the June session.

NB! WINTER RECITAL, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6
(River East Mennonite Brethren Church, 755 McLeod Avenue)

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.

April session exam results

Congratulations to Nika and to Andrew who earned first class honours with distinction for their Grade 9 and Grade 2 Royal Conservatory of Music exams respectively, as well as to Xiao Yu who earned first class honours for her Grade 10 exam, all in the April session.

Winnipeg Music Festival Success

Congratulations to Michael, Seanne and Vicki who were all recommended to represent the Winnipeg Music Festival at the Manitoba Provincial Festival which will be held at Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg, May 25 - 28, 2017.Seanne with the Swedish Musical Club trophy awarded for best instrumentalist in Grade 7 classes

Bravo to Seanne who won the Swedish Musical Club trophy as the best instrumentalist in Grade 7 classes of the 2017 Winnipeg Music Festival.

Seanne also received a bursary from the Wednesday Morning Musicale as part of his prize.

This is the second year in a row he has won the trophy for best instrumentalist in his grade.

Seanne qualified for the trophy class by winning both the Grade 7 Canadian Composers and Baroque classes.

He also tied for runner-up in both the 20th/21st Century and Romantic Composers classes for his grade.

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

Congratulations also to Michael who won the Grade 8 Canadian Composers class and tied for runner-up in the competition for the Manitoba Music Teachers Association trophy for that grade. Michael was also runner-up in the Grade 8 Romantic Composers class.

Here's Michael's performance in the Grade 8 trophy class.

And congratulations as well as to Natalie who won the Grade 5 20th/21st Century class and played in the trophy class for that grade.

In addition, Nika was runner-up in the Grade 9 French Composers class, and tied for runner-up in the Romantic Composers class. Raymond tied for runner-up in the Grade 9 Concerto class, and Kira tied for runner-up in both the Grade 7 20th/21st Century and Classical Sonata classes.

Vicki performing at the Festival Gala Concerts, March 18, 2917 at Westminster Church

Congratulations to Vicki who was awarded a Manitoba Registered Music Teachers Association scholarship for a promising performer in the Junior grades of the Festival and was invited to play in the Festival Gala Concert, Sunday, March 19 at Westminster United Church.

Here's Vicki's performance in Festival Gala Concert.

Well done everyone!

 

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

January session exam results

Congratulations also to Alexandra (Grade 8), Seanne (Grade 7), Emily (Grade 3), Micah and Caitlin (Grade 1) for earning first class honours with distinction in their Royal Conservatory of Music exams this past January session, as well as to Kira who earned first class honours for her Grade 7 exam.

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.