Ani Essegulian has been a music educator for more than 30 years. After completing piano and theoretical subjects of the Associated Board of Music of London, UK, she pursued studies at the Romanos Melikian College of Music in Armenia, USSR, and at l'Ecole de Musique Vincent d'Indy in Montréal, Québec. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Specialization in Music Performance Studies) and a Graduate Diploma in Advanced Music Performance Studies from Concordia University in Montréal. Later she attended Westminster Choir College in New Jersey and has trained in a number of teaching methods including Suzuki, Méthode Jocelyne Laberge and Orff. Her teachers include Sister Rita de la Croix, Lauretta Altman-Milkman, and Philip Cohen.
She has enjoyed an active performance career, but now devotes more of her time to teaching. She has taught at l'Ecole de Musique Vincent d'Indy, and at Conservatoire de Musique du Québec. She has also taught at Suzuki institutes in Montréal and Oakville. A member of the RCM College of examiners, she has been a faculty member of the Royal Conservatory of Music since 1990, teaching piano, Suzuki piano, theory, ear training and Orff. Ms Essegulian is also active as an adjudicator, accompanist and workshop clinician.
Ms Essegulian has conducted various workshops and given several lectures on a variety of topics across Quebec and Ontario. Her workshops that prepare students for performance practices, as well as the motivational lecture/workshops for parents, guiding them through the process of providing parental support to young student performers, have always been received with great enthusiasm.
Many of her students have placed in festivals, evaluations, auditions and have been recipients of various scholarships. Her students have also achieved high scores in their RCM exams, with many of them achieving First Class Honours with Distinction.
Over the last few years, several of her students have been awarded the Gold Medal for receiving the highest provincial mark on their RCM exam for their level. A few of her students have continued their music studies professionally.
Please contact Ani to discuss the approach that will be best suited to your needs.
Languages Spoken in Addition to English: French, Armenian, Spanish
Minimum Age of Student: 5.5
Instruments / Subjects Taught: Piano, Suzuki Piano
ARCT Preparation: Yes
Member of the College of Examiners: Yes
Professional Designations / Associations: Ontario Registered Music Teachers' Association