AMRC, LMRC, RMT
ARMTA - Alberta Registered Music Teacher’s Association
VASTA - Voice and Speech Trainers Association
Frances completed her Associate and Licentiate diplomas in Speech Arts and Drama from the Mount Royal Conservatory in 1997. She was awarded the “Love of Literature” Scholarship and received the highest mark attainable on her Associate Pedagogy. At the time, she was the first Speech student to receive a Licentiate diploma from Mount Royal in a decade.
Frances was then employed by Mount Royal Conservatory as a Speech Arts and Drama instructor, where she taught private lessons, group speech arts, and theoretical studies on and off from 1997 to 2016. She worked for The Royal Conservatory of Music as The Calgary Speech Arts Representative and liaison. Frances currently teaches private lessons, adjudicates at local drama & poetry events, is a voice coach for the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary, and is an instructor at the Company of Rogues Actors’ Studio.
Frances’ professional development includes training with Theatre Alberta, The Registered Speech Teachers Association, The Canadian Society of Alexander Technique, University of Calgary, and Mount Royal University. Frances is a 2005 Masterclass program graduate from Company of Rogues Actors’ Studio, training in Meisner Technique, stage, film, and directing. In 2013, Frances attended the prestigious Canadian National Voice Intensive at the University of British Columbia, working with eleven of the top voice and movement practitioners in Canada and the United States. She is also trained in Embodied Practice, Syntonics, and Authentic Movement under the guidence of internationally renowned movement specialist Judith Koltai, and Valerie Campbell Associate Professor of Drama Uof C.
Aside from Speech Arts, Frances is a soprano singer, having sung with numerous choirs between 1990 and 2015, including Mount Royal Kantorei and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Chorus. She is also a Yoga Alliance Certified instructor. Frances worked as an Early Reading Interventionist for the Calgary Arts Academy and is is trained in the TLC Lively Letters program and Fountas & Pinnell Levelled Literacy Intervention System.
Frances is a full member of ARMTA (Alberta Registered Music Teacher’s Association) and Chair of the Calgary ARMTA Branch. This means Frances is fully qualified in both performance and pedagogy as set out in the Society Act of ARMTA (1982) Chapter S-18 of the Revised Statues of Alberta (1980), and is insured under the ARMTA umbrella. Her Calgary Police background check is available upon request.
Actively participating in the performing arts requires all of our being. Those who learn through the arts do so in a fully immersed way. I am proud to be an arts teacher.
- Youth (7-17)
- Adults (18+)
- Young Children (under 7)
- At own home
- At own studio
- 2013 - Canadian National Voice Intensive - University of British Columbia
- 2005 - Master Class Program - Company of Rogues Actors Studio
- 1997 - Associate Diploma - Mount Royal University
- 1997 - Licentiate Diploma - Mount Royal University
- Alberta Registered Music Teachers' Association - Provincial / State