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Paul Jessen


Paul Jessen

RCM Certified
Music is one activity that combines all our modalities of learning: sight, hearing, touch, and thinking. It increases a student's self-discipline while increasing the brain's complexity and hence ability to learn other skills such as mathematics and language. It is now known that learning music at an early age even reduces the likelihood of Alzheimers in later years. My own years of study of piano, viola, and organ from twenty different teachers have shown me what works and what does not work! I can even trace my teacher - student lineage back to Johann Sebastian Bach, Anton Rubinstein, and Ludwig van Beethoven. These many years of study and multiplicity of teachers have encompassed both modern and historic performance techniques. Add to that my extensive experience as a recitalist on organ and piano and thirty years of teaching amateur choirs and you have a well-versed empathetic teacher with exceptional communication skills. In my curriculum I aim for a well-rounded education including an understanding of each style of music and period, technique, reading skills, harmony and chord formation, playing from a lead-line, accompaniment patterns, improvisation, and aural skills. By a special method of finger yoga I strengthen the fingers and make them more supple. I choose pieces and books that strengthen my teaching methods and keep the student's interest alive.

Instrument / Discipline

  • Organ
  • Harmony
  • History
  • Counterpoint
  • Analysis
  • Piano
  • Theory

Spoken languages

  • English
  • French

Specialized in

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

Teaches At

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

Specialist designation

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


  • 1996 - D.Mus. - Université de Montréal
  • 1991 - M.Mus. - McGill University
  • 1989 - No Diploma - Bremen Early Music Academy
  • 1989 - No Diploma - North German Organ Academy
  • 1986 - Licentiate of the Australian and New Zealand Cultural Arts - Australian and New Zealand Cultural Arts
  • 1979 - B.Mus. - Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1979 - Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music - Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music
  • 1976 - Licentiate of Trinity College of Music, London - Trinity College of Music, London

Professional development

  • Choral Conducting - Training in Choral Conducting - 1985
  • Master Classes with Dorothy Davies (piano student of Artur Schnabel) - Performance in masters classes over a 7 year period - 1980
  • Various Courses as an Associate of the Registered Music Teachers, New Zealand, 1981 - 1987 - Pedagogy - 1986

School Associations

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