"Jacqueline is an amazing teacher! She is kind, patient, and very encouraging and supportive. ...  "

"Her encouragement of discipline and hard work has laid the foundation for many of my successes in life. ... "

"Not only has my daughter developed as a pianist and has a passion for music, more importantly she grew as a person with confidence and with poise."

"Our son is soaring ahead in his understanding, appreciation and passion for music and Jacqueline is a primary reason. ... "

" ... after many recitals and performances in the Winnipeg Music Festival, I no longer become nervous or agitated when performing or doing presentations on projects or science fairs. ..."

"Her knowledge of the instrument, its technical requirements and music genre is far-reaching ... "

"She has been one of my biggest influences as a performer and it would have been impossible for me to reach this high level without her. ... "

"Piano is a joy and learning it with Ms. Ryz makes it even better. ... "

"In her, we not only find a talented, accomplished pianist, but an inspiring teacher and mentor. ..."

"Over the past eight years, I have been mentored by the most significant educational influence of my life, Jacqueline Ryz."

"She really brought my playing to a new level. ... I got into and was offered scholarships from both schools ... "

"Jacqueline will definitely be someone that I will remember as a teacher who has given me something that I will carry on for the rest of my life: the beautiful gift of playing the piano."

" ... her belief in me has given me the inspiration to continue and to strive to be the best I can be."  

 

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Jacqueline

Welcome to my website, presenting my piano studio in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

I maintain a busy schedule giving one-on-one piano lessons to students of all levels throughout the year, but I can always find time for new students who are enthusiastic about music and sincerely committed to learning to play the piano well.

Covid-19 changes: On-line piano lessons

In the interest of good citizenship and good health in this challenging time, I have switched to online piano lessons through FaceTime, WeChat, WhatsApp or Zoom until further notice. My goal is to maintain a regular weekly schedule of lessons just as if you were here in the studio so I expect all current students to continue regular practice. I also encourage you to post some of your music on YouTube or other social media to cheer up someone in isolation. Take pride in your pianistic accomplishments and share them generously!

I and my husband are both well, and we trust you are too. Let's keep it that way!

Please check this website periodically for updates about the Spring recital currently scheduled for Wednesday evening, May 20, at Sterling Mennonite Fellowship church, 1008 Dakota Street and the timeline for resumption of in-studio lessons.

Noteworthy News

I was thrilled and honoured to receive a "Teacher of Distinction" award from the Royal Conservatory for 2019. Thank you very much to everyone who supported my nomination.

Winnipeg Music Festival Results! Two trophies again this year!

Grade 7

Hearty congratulations to Victoria who was awarded the Swedish Musical Club trophy for the most outstanding performance of a Grade 7 instrumentalist.

She earned the opportunity to compete for this trophy by placing first in both the Sonatina and Baroque classes; she was also runner up in the Canadian Composers and 20th/21st Century classes and tied for runner up in the Romantic class.

Here's a link to Victoria's winning performance of the first movement of Sonatina in A Minor Op. 88, No. 3 by Friedrich Kuhlau.

This is the second year in a row that Victoria has been recognized for the outstanding performance in her grade level.

And hearty congratulations as well to Micah who was awarded the Quest Musique Trophy for the most outstanding instrumental performance in Grade 5.

Micah earned the opportunity to compete for this trophy by placing first in both the Canadian Composers and Sonatina classes; she was also runner up in the Baroque and 20th/21st Century Composers classes.

Here's a link to Micah's winning performance of the first movement of Sonatina in C Major Op.157, No.4 by Fritz Spindler.

In that same grade, Alexus placed first in both the Baroque and 20th/21st Century classes and was also runner up in the Canadian Composers class. And Chloe tied with Micah as runner up in the 20th/21st Century class.

Micah Grade 5

Congratulations as well to Ray who won the Diploma level 20th/21st Century class and thereby qualified to compete for the Aikins Memorial Trophy, emblematic of the top instrumentalist of the entire festival. Also at the Diploma level, Lauren was runner up in the 20th/21st Century class and Seanne was runner up in the Classical Sonata class.

In the midst of his Festival participation, Seanne performed as the featured Young Artist at the Virtuosi Concert, March 8 in Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall at The Uhiversity of Winnipeg.

Victoria and Alexus at MRMTA scholarship winner's concert

Congratulations to Victoria and Alexus who placed first the Intermediate and Junior categories respectively of the 2020 Manitoba Registered Music Teachers Association scholarship competition.

Both performed in the concert featuring the winners from all categories on Sunday evening, February 2 at Sterling Mennonite Fellowship church.

Congratulations to Kira (grade 9), Hannah (grade 8), Emily (grade 6), Chloe (grade 5) and Anna (grade 3) who all earned first class honours for their respective Royal Conservatory of Music exams in the January session.

 

Six (6) gold medalists!!!!!!

Congratulations to Elise, Alexus, Emily, Victoria, Hannah and Seanne who each received a gold medal for earning the highest mark in Manitoba for their respective Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 10 Royal Conservatory examinations during the 2018-19 exam year! They received their medals at the RCM Celebration of Excellence event on November 23 in the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

Jacqueline Ryz, RCM Teacher of Distinction, with six gold medal-winning students

Nika was one of six performers at the Women's Musical Club Scholarship Winners' Recital in the Muriel Richardson Auditorium of the Winnipeg Art Gallery at 2:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon, December 29.

Another international competition success!

Seanne in Philadelphia for the International Music Camp & Festival Congratulations to Seanne who placed first in his age category (11-14) in the concerto competition at the 2019 Philadelphia International Music Camp & Festival in June.

Seanne played the Greig Concerto with which he had won the John Melnyk trophy and bursary for best performance of a piano concerto in the Winnipeg Music Festival.

In August, Seanne attended the Minnesota International Piano Camp in Minneapolis where he had the opportunity to perform the Grieg Concerto with orchestra!


Summer exam results


Congratulations to Elise who earned first class honours with distinction for her Grade 3 Royal Conservatory of Music exam in the August session.

Congratulations also to Victoria (grade 6), Alexus and Micah (grade 4), and William (grade 1) who all earned first class honours with distinction for their RCM examinations and to Seanne who earned first class honours for his Grade 10 exam, in the June session.

Competition and audition successes

Congratulations to Seanne and to Victoria, who placed first in the Advanced Piano and Junior Piano divisions respectively of the 2019 Provincial Music & Arts Festival held in Winnipeg from May 24 to 28. Victoria also placed first in the junior Bach class and Alexus was runner up in the Preliminary level Canadian composers class.

Hearty congratulations to Nika who was one of six musicians selected from a field of twenty contestants to receive a Women’s Musical  Club of Winnipeg scholarship in their annual auditions held May 11, 2019. Nika received the Phyllis Ilavsky Scholarship and performed in the annual WMC scholarship winners' concert held at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on Sunday, December 29, 2019.

Congratulations to Seanne and Raymond who were both selected to participate in the Virtuosi Concerts Young Artists Program during the 2019-20 season! Seanne received a $200 scholarship for placing third in these auditions. They each performed immediately prior to the featured professional artist(s) in a concert at Eckhard-Gramatté Hall at The University of Winnipeg; Raymond performed at the Saturday evening, October 19 concert; Seanne performed at the Sunday afternoon, March 8 concert.

Scholarship Success

Congratulations to Alexandra who was recently accepted with a scholarship to the Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba.

Congratulations also to Lauren and to Raymond for receiving a Nita Eamer Memorial Scholarship Award from the Manitoba Registered Music Teachers Association, as well as to Nika, who received the Grace Rich-Bastin Keyboard/Instrumental Award from the MRMTA.

Jacqueline in her studio with a group of her students

Jacqueline Ryz is a gifted pianist and teacher whose passion for music inspires audiences and students alike. Her professionalism, skilled teaching and approachability allows for her to develop pianists of a very high standard. I highly recommend her as a teacher for beginners as well as students who are already established pianists. Jacqueline's motivational teaching style has inspired my sons to practice and develop an excellent work ethic; they quickly developed into fine young pianists.

- Carol L Ridd
Arts Consultant,
River East Transcona School Division

Noteworthy Links

Here's a link to a charming reflection by Jeremy Denk in the New Yorker Magazine on the sometimes humourous trials and tribulations of piano lessons and the impact of two special teachers on his musical development.

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/culture/2013/04/video-jeremy-denks-piano-lessons.html?mobify=0

Here's a link to a new digital resource for music study Dream Music Tool (http://www.dreammusictool.ca/) which came to my attention through the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers Association conference in Vancouver, summer of 2015. In particular, check out the ABRSM Aural Trainer app at http://www.dreammusictool.ca/abrsm-aural-trainer which can very helpful for ear training.