PIANO LESSONS: Louise Chochla began taking piano lessons at 10 years of age. She became a Dental Hygienist at 22 and and earned a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in dentistry by the time she was 24. Jobs included, being Director of Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene at Niagara College in Welland, Ont., a teacher at Seneca College in Toronto and Senior Dental Hygienist at Queen Elizabeth Rehabilitation and Chronic Care Hospital in Toronto.
After her children were born, she returned to her first two loves, playing the piano and teaching and started her music studio “Colour Outside The Lines Music.”
Music Educational accomplishments include receiving her Affiliate of the Royal Conservatory of Music (teacher’s diploma) being involved in many piano pedagogy programs including a week in Chicago and 2 weeks in Kingston attending Queen’s University. She is also the Toronto East Representative for The Royal Conservatory of Music. Most recently she has been studying a unique and specialized piano technique with The Golandsky Institute which includes private lessons and an annual summer conference at Princeton University. Pianists from all over the world studying this technique gather to learn and perform at this seminar every summer. She has just completed her third summer session at Princeton and travels to Ottawa regularly to study with an accomplished coach.
During the summer of 2011 she spent two weeks at a performers’ conference in Rome because her belief is that to be a good teacher, you must perform.
MUSIC AND MOVEMENT FOR YOUNG CHILDREN: Louise is also a trained “Music Together ” professional which is a program developed in 1987 which “pioneered the concept of a research-based, developmentally appropriate early childhood music curriculum that strongly emphasizes and facilitates adult involvement.” She uses part of this method, her own method and ideas from Kindermusic and Music For Young Children . She is already in charge of the music program at a local Daycare and is excited about bringing a similar class to Judy Lo’s Parent Enrichment Centre in Cabbagetown this Fall.
To teach individuals to play the piano and/or enjoy music and movement in a fun, supportive interactive environment. To help my students to develop a sense of community and a love of music. To collaborate with and learn from others to enhance my ability to provide creative and effective learning experiences for my students.