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Joanne Bender

Joanne Bender

Music has always been a very important part of my life. I started studying piano at age 7 with my parents' encouragement. I lived on a farm near Stratford, Ontario, and was always involved in music at church and school. I loved playing the piano, especially for other people. I enjoyed piano duets with a fellow student, and I accompanied my sister who was a singer. Local music festivals and RCM exams motivated me. I liked science and math and decided to study them at University of Waterloo in order to become a high school teacher, but after 2 science degrees, I followed my passion for music and studied piano with Dieter Weber in Vienna. This was a life-changing experience. While raising our 4 children and teaching piano to many students every week, I attained 2 more degrees in music composition. As a member of Red Leaf composers' collective, I am pleased to be able to add to the Canadian new music landscape with several of my pieces in the RCM repertoire albums. I have been an active member of Kitchener-Waterloo ORMTA.

Instrument / Discipline

  • Piano
  • Rudiments
  • Harmony
  • Composition
  • Piano Pedagogy
  • Theory

Spoken languages

  • English

Specialized in

  • Youth (7-17)
  • Adults (18+)
  • Young Children (under 7)
  • Beginner/Elementary
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Teaches At

  • At own home
  • At own studio
  • Online

Specialist designation

  • History - Advanced
  • Piano - Advanced
  • Piano - Elementary
  • Piano - Intermediate
  • Theory - Elementary
  • Theory - Intermediate


  • 2001 - M. Mus. - University of Toronto
  • 1998 - B. Mus. - Wilfrid Laurier University
  • 1974 - M.Sc. - University of Waterloo
  • 1972 - B.Sc. - University of Waterloo

School Associations

  • Ontario Registered Music Teachers' Association - Provincial / State