Wendy Chan is a pianist and teacher in Surrey, BC where she teaches independently at her Surrey/Panorama Ridge home studio. Wendy began her teaching career in Malaysia and Singapore before arriving in Canada and has been teaching piano for more than 20 years to students of all ages and levels.
Wendy received her piano and musical training from Rickie Oui, a well known and master piano pedagogue, examiner and adjudicator in Malaysia and Singapore. Under Rickie's tutelage, she completed the graded ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) examinations at an early age and went on to attain the Performers’ Certificate and Licentiate in Piano Performance (LTCL) from the Trinity College of Music, London in 1993. During her training, she regularly participated in masterclasses with visiting artists and pedagogues, including a masterclass with Professor Kum-Sing Lee on his tour to Malaysia.
Wendy has experience working with young children at the individual level as well as in group settings, having taught the Music For Young Children program for 5 years. Wendy’s experience teaching the MYC program provides her a very unique advantage of understanding how young children learn in the process of guiding students to acquiring a solid foundation of technical and musical skills. Wendy’s passion for creative learning has driven her to design her very own teaching aids and materials that reinforce concepts presented. The materials are of exceptional quality and appeal, and well loved by teachers and students alike.
Wendy is a member of the Canadian Federation Music Teachers Association and the British Columbia Registered Music Teachers’ Association (South Fraser Branch) where she currently serves as an Executive Member. She plays an integral role for the South Fraser Festival Committee, as a key member responsible for setting up and managing online entry forms, program preparation and festival duties involving design and technology expertise. Wendy believes in continuous learning at all stages of her musical career and regularly attends State and National Conferences for ongoing professional development. It is her goal to instill an appreciation for music with a strong mandate to deliver sound and quality music instruction. As a result of her dedication and commitment, Wendy’s students continue to earn top marks at Royal Conservatory (RCM) Piano and Theory Examinations and are routinely award winners at the South Fraser and Kiwanis Festivals each year. Wendy is also a certified RCM teacher for both piano and theory disciplines. In recent years, Wendy has taken a special interest in coaching and providing her students with collaboration opportunities through ensemble works. She enjoys performing alongside her students and accompanying her two children who play the violin and cello. In Wendy’s spare time, she loves exploring ways of integrating technology into the studio, researching into pedagogy topics, and sharing creative ideas, fun resources and her musical adventures on her blog.