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Christine Surman

Christine Surman
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  • Faculty, Oscar Peterson School of Music



Educational Background

  • ARCT in Piano Performance, Gold Medallist (The Royal Conservatory)
  • ARCT in Piano Pedagogy (The Royal Conservatory); 

Principal teachers and mentors include Madeline Bone, Earle Moss, James Anagnoson, Karl Ulrich Schnabel. Performed in master classes given by Willard Palmer, Anton Kuerti.

Christine Surman has taught all levels of piano performance, music theory, history, and pedagogy. She also conducts workshops, including the Art of Teaching, and is active as an adjudicator for Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association auditions and numerous music festivals and competitions. In addition, Christine has served on The Royal Conservatory’s Faculty Executive. As a member of the College of Examiners, she has trained and evaluated new examiners and served on the Panel of Examiners. She is also a consultant for the Frederick Harris Music Co., Limited. Christine has been a member of The Royal Conservatory faculty since 1972.

ARCT Preparation: Yes

Instruments / Subjects Taught

  • Piano
  • Piano pedagogy

Member of the College of Examiners: Yes

Minimum Age of Student: 5

Musical Styles: Classical, Contemporary, Folk, Jazz

RCM Examination Preparation (Beginner - Grade 10): Yes

Special Needs: Considered on a case by case basis.

Professional Designations / Associations

A senior member of the RCM College of Examiners, she has trained and evaluated new examiners, as well as serving many times on its Panel of Examiners and Council of Examiners and syllabus sub-committees. Consultant for the Frederick Harris Music Company. In 2005, Christine Surman chaired "Meeting of the Minds"

Teaching & Professional Experience:

Christine Surman enjoys an active career as piano teacher, performer, accompanist, examiner and curriculum developer. A member of the RCM piano faculty since 1972, she has taught piano performance, music theory, history and pedagogy to students of all levels as well as conducted workshops, including the "Art of Teaching Symposium" in Toronto. Active as an adjudicator for RCM examinations.