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Keyan Emami


Dr. Keyan Emami

RCM Certified
Dr. Keyan Emami is an accomplished and versatile pianist, musician and educator. He has been teaching piano, theory, harmony, solfège, and composition to all ages and levels of students for more than 20 years. Dr. Emami is a Royal Conservatory of Music’s Certified Teacher (RCM Certified Teacher), and an active member of both the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association and the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Association. Dr. Emami has several years of postsecondary teaching experience at the University of Toronto, Art University of Tehran, Azad University, and Tehran Conservatory of Music, where he offered different courses including piano, music theory, sight-singing, ear-training, history, harmony, counterpoint, and composition. As a teacher, Dr. Emami uses various resources to provide his students with the tools in a step by step approach to achieving their full musical potential. An award-winning composer and educator based in Newmarket, Dr. Emami's music is known for its contemporary tonal language and innovative sonic texture, frequently inspired by Persian music and art heritage. His works have been commissioned, performed, and recorded all over the world by many different organizations, festivals, and orchestras such as the National Ballet of Canada, What Next Festival of New Music, Nuit Blanche Toronto, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto Tirgan Festival, Canadian Music Centre, Fountain School of Performing Arts, Ton Beau String Quartet, Millar Piano Duo, Ladom Ensemble, Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra, ICOT Orchestra, SPO Orchestra, Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestra Toronto. Founder and academic manager of Key Music, Dr. Emami has been awarded multiple grants, including grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council. He is an Associate Composer at the Canadian Music Centre, a Member of the Canadian League of Composers as well as a SOCAN member. He is the artistic director, co-founder, and one of the composers of ICOT, a non-profit arts organization that bridges cultures through music and art, and produced over 40 new works since its inception in 2011. He also holds the positions of the founder and director of Key Music Studio. Dr. Emami completed his doctorate in music at the University of Toronto in 2020. He holds a B.Eng. in Polymer Engineering, and an M.Mus. in Music Composition with first-degree honor, and was awarded the Best Master’s Thesis Prize for his Symphony in Three Movements. His major studies have been with Christos Hatzis, Alexander Rapoport, and Norbert Palej. Dr. Emami offers online lessons in addition to in-person lessons.

Instrument / Discipline

  • Piano
  • Theory
  • Harmony
  • Composition

Spoken languages

  • English
  • Farsi

Specialized in

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

Teaches At

  • At own studio
  • Online

Specialist designation

  • Piano - Elementary
  • Piano - Intermediate


  • 2020 - Doctor of Music - University of Toronto
  • 2007 - Master of Music - University of Art Tehran

Professional development

  • Composition I - Art University of Tehran, Instructor - 2010
  • Materials of Music III (Music Since 1900) - University of Toronto, Teaching Assistant - 2014
  • Music Theory I - University of Toronto, Teaching Assistant - 2013
  • Piano - Azad University of Shiraz, Instructor - 2009
  • Sight-Singing & Dictation I & II - Art University of Tehran, Instructor - 2009

School Associations

  • Canadian Music Centre - National
  • Ontario Registered Music Teachers' Association - Provincial / State
RCM Credentials
RCM Certified