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Kathy Dornian


Kathy Dornian

RCM Certified
RCM Examiner
Over 40 years experience teaching students of all ages, over 30 years experience as examiner for RCM and adjudicator. I am on Faculty at Mount Royal University Conservatory, but do the bulk of my teaching in my N.W. home studio. Other professional activities include extensive collaborative work, RCM examining, adjudicating and guest teaching. I prefer students age 8 and above and level 5 RCM and above, although will consider lower ages and levels on an individual basis after assessing suitability. I prefer students who are serious and committed to their musical studies. I also love working with adults of all ages and abilities. Teaching availability is Monday to Thursday including mornings--I very much enjoy morning and before school teaching. My teaching philosophy is simply to work individually with each student to help them realize their full potential, to foster a lifelong love and appreciation of music, and the arts, and to create self-sufficiency and independent thinkers. Open to world wide online teaching , guest teaching, pedagogical consulting.

Instrument / Discipline

  • Piano
  • Piano Pedagogy

Spoken languages

  • English

Specialized in

  • Youth (7-17)
  • Adults (18+)
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Teaches At

  • Music school
  • Online
  • Teacher's home
  • Teacher's studio

Specialist designation

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


  • 1996 - Bachelor of Education - University of Calgary
  • 1996 - Diploma Fine Arts - University of Calgary
  • 1982 - Master of Music - University of Western Ontario
  • 1979 - Bachelor of Music - University of Calgary

Professional development

  • Post Graduate Studies - Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, Hungary - 1984

School Associations

  • Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators' Association - National
RCM Credentials
RCM Certified
RCM Examiner