Derek Chiu (Masterclasses, Piano)

MMus, Manhattan School of Music

*NOTE: Derek Chiu is only available as an online instructor.

Canadian pianist and piano pedagogue Derek Zhi Guang Chiu is enjoying an active professional career. In 2016 and 2018 he was named by Steinway & Sons as one of the Top Teachers in Calgary, Alberta. He has a growing reputation as a performer, music educator, clinician and speaker.

As a performer, Chiu has performed solo and chamber recitals throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe. Most recently he has performed at Biola University, California State University – Northridge, Showcase Pianos in Vancouver, Bishop’s University, University of Lethbridge and the University of Regina. His orchestral engagements have included performances with the Windsor  Community Orchestra, Briercrest College Orchestra, Rockland Symphony Orchestras and The Rocky Mountain Symphony  Orchestra. He has collaborated with artists Roberto Cani (concert master of the LA Opera), David Lakirovich (assistant concert  master of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra), Meghan Jacoby (principal flute Chamber Orchestra Symphony by the Seas) and  David Mitchell (clarinetist from the US ARMY Band).

In addition to maintaining a full performance schedule, Chiu is a devoted piano pedagogue. He has presented pedagogical workshops on E-Learning/online music teaching, utilizing technology in the teaching studio, cognitive practice, aural skills development, sight reading, Baroque performance practice, memorization of music. His academic lectures have explored the music of Bach, Chopin, Liszt, and Mozart. During the Covid-19 Pandemic, Chiu was appointed to the online teaching team at Virtuosity.Online. He has led lectures on piano technique, motivating teenagers and a four part series on teaching, studying and performing the keyboard works of Mozart for the new online music education platform. Chiu has also presented at the Colorado State Music Teachers’ Conference, The Colburn School, the University of Windsor, Lakehead University and Providence College to name a few. Chiu is also a clinician for the Royal Conservatory having presented workshops across the country on the 2015 Celebration Series, 2016 Celebrate Theory and annually at the Royal Conservatory’s Summer Summit.

Chiu maintains a private studio in Calgary where his piano students have earned scholarships to attend undergraduate and graduate music schools; have received gold medals from the Royal Conservatory; and are prize winners at local, national and international piano competitions. He has been teaching online since 2015 and provides consultation to teachers who are interested in establishing a virtual teaching presence. He is on the Faculty of the Cremona International Music Academy (Italy) and JVL Summer School for Performing Arts (Canada). Chiu is a sought after master class clinician, ensemble coach and guest teacher.

He is the Alberta Regional Representative for the Royal Conservatory and a member of their College of Examiners. Chiu was featured on CBC Music’s website on the topic of teens and piano lessons in November 2017.

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What's new

ToMA Children's Choir Starting September 12!

Our ToMA Online Choir - for children ages 6-12 - is gearing up to start rehearsing on Saturday, September 12. The cost for the choir is $270 per term, with two terms during the school year. Rehearsals run from 10-11 Saturday mornings, and rehearse via Google Meet. Feel free to contact us for the link to our rehearsal room, and join in the musical fun! You can join us starting anytime, even partway through the season (we will made adjustments to the fee for later starts).

To see just a small sample of what they do, click Read More to see one of the videos from our Summer Virtual Choir program.

Why Online-Only Lessons?

We've heard from many of you asking both when we will be able to return to in-person lessons, as well as why we are working only online with our students. The first answer is, we don't know. But the second answer is simple: safety. And we have the science to back it up.