Darcie Watson-Laird is a highly accomplished musician and performer who recently graduated with Distinction from the Bachelor of Music program at Queen's University (June 2022). Currently, she is pursuing her Bachelor of Arts Honours with medials in Music and Drama, further expanding her knowledge and expertise in these fields. Darcie's dedication to her craft extends beyond her academic pursuits, as she is also completing her ARCT in Vocal Performance through the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Darcie began learning the piano at the young age of four, and over the years her musical journey has led her to explore various other instruments, including the trumpet, cello, mallet percussion, clarinet, flute, steel pans, and singing.
Throughout her musical career, Darcie has had numerous opportunities to showcase her talent as a soloist within her community. She has also sung in several ensembles, such as the Queen's University's Polyhymnia Ensemble and the Kingston Chamber Choir. These collaborative experiences have not only enriched her musical abilities but have also shaped her own artistic approach, emphasizing the joy, inspiration, and emotional depth that music can bring to both performers and audiences alike.
Darcie has also spent the last few years learning to work as a Music Director in the theatre industry. Most recently, she worked as the Assistant Music Director for the DAN School of Drama and Music’s production of Canadian music theatre composer Leslie Arden’s new musical The Lancashire Lass, which was supported by the city of Kingston and Queen’s University and performed as part of The Watershed Festival in May 2023.
In addition to her impressive background, Darcie has spent the past eight years honing her teaching skills and working with students of diverse ages and skill levels. This invaluable experience has enabled her to develop a robust teaching method that caters to the unique needs and aspirations of each student. Darcie's approach to teaching emphasizes providing a well-rounded musical education encompassing multiple genres. Furthermore, she places great importance on music theory, sight reading, and ear training, understanding that these elements form the foundation for musical growth and proficiency. Her philosophy for vocal training is centered on the belief that anyone, of any age, can sing, provided they are given the correct tools to maintain a healthy sound. Darcie is also interested in examining traditional methods of teaching to determine how they can be accurately adapted to reflect new research and findings in the industry.
Darcie firmly believes in the transformative power of music, recognizing its ability to enhance mental development, foster creativity, and instill a sense of discipline and dedication. With this understanding, she strives to make a positive and enduring impact on each of her students, nurturing their musical abilities and helping them discover their own unique artistic voice.
As Darcie continues her educational journey, she plans to pursue a Master's of Music in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance, further refining her skills as a performer and educator. Currently, Darcie offers her teaching services through Zoom, allowing students from various locations to benefit from her expertise. For students in the Kingston area, in-person lessons can be arranged at their houses.
Instrument / Discipline
- Youth (7-17)
- Adults (18+)
- Young Children (under 7)
- At a school
- At own studio