Lesson Feesfrom $50.00 / 30 Minutes
Liz Craig is an award winning, Toronto-based pianist with a passion for making every event special through live music. She offers custom tailored piano performances for over 100 weddings and events each year in southern Ontario. She is the proud recipient of the Best of Weddings award from the Knot.com for live wedding music. While classically trained, Liz performs a wide variety of styles of music including her own arrangements of jazz and the newest popular songs. Liz has found great success and personal satisfaction using her music to help others celebrate important milestones.
Besides performing regularly, she has been teaching piano and music theory lessons since 2006. Liz provides a student-centered curriculum which focuses on developing musical literacy from beginning to advanced levels. During the summer months she has instructed a piano & composition day camp she designed that encourages children to learn through discovery with their peers. Liz has experience adjudicating at ten different musical festivals and is a past member of both the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators’ Association and the RCM College of Examiners. She is also an active member of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association where she serves as President of the Central Toronto Branch.
To complement her teaching and performing activities, she has also been involved with many community based projects. One cool experience was a short foray into the film music world with director Andrew McPhillips. Liz enjoys consulting and performing on recordings by local singer/songwriters, singing with and accompanying choirs, and working with soloists in preparation for music festivals, auditions and exams. Liz spent a term as Assistant Music Director at Grace Anglican Church in Scarborough where she was given the opportunity to organize a concert series called Grace Presents. This series aimed to bring world class live music to the suburban community as well as provide an opportunity for solo musicians and ensembles to showcase their work in an intimate setting.
Liz had the privilege of studying with Juilliard alumnus Dr. David Moroz at the University of Manitoba where she graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance. She also holds ARCT Diplomas in both Piano Performance and Pedagogy. Along with her formal educational pursuits, she is keen on continued professional development. Liz travels and presents at conferences on piano pedagogy, music performance and entrepreneurship a few times a year at locations throughout Canada and the US. Due to her work in these areas, she has earned numerous awards including the Richardson Scholarship in Music and the Kristin and Albert Stephenson Music Scholarship from IODE Canada.
First Class Honours with Distinction standing at RCM exams
Graduation with ARCT in Piano Performance
Winners of theory exam scholarships
Winning performances at the North York Music Festival
ORMTA Central Toronto Branch Scholarship Recital winners including "Overall Outstanding Performance"
ORMTA GTA Zone Competition participation
Top placement in the ORMTA Provincial Music Writing Competition
Solo recitals given at the Canadian Music Centre
Performances at the Koerner Hall
Silver Placement at the CFMTA National E-Festival
Learn how to play the piano from the comfort of your own home - all you need is keys and a can-do attitude! I offer a student centered curriculum that is primarily concerned with developing musical literacy within each student. My goal is that my students feel confident interpreting, creating and performing. A musician has many skills which they draw upon; often simultaneously. These include a strong sense of rhythm, ability to read music off of a page, playing by ear, a sense of comfort with their instrument and an understanding of musical structure & style.
I want to help you sound good, and enjoy yourself when you play. To achieve this, we look at a wide variety of pieces as well as explore improvisation, arranging and composition at the piano.
B.Mus in Piano Performance from the University of Manitoba
ARCT Diploma in Piano Performance
ARCT Diploma in Piano Pedagogy
Registered Music Teacher with the Ontario Registered Music Teachers' Association
RCM Certified Teacher: Advanced Specialist
Member of the RCM College of Examiners
Member of the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators' Association
Teaching since 2006