Joanna Chapman-Smith

Joanna Chapman-Smith has been singing and performing since the age of six. She has toured across Canada, Europe and the US many times as a folk singer and songwriter. She has released three solo albums to date, and has received international recognition from the Independent Music Awards for her songwriting in 2010. She also received recognition at home as a performer from the Canada Council for the Arts, the CBC and National Public Radio in the States. 

Joanna studied Music and English at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, graduating with her Bachelor of Music degree in 2006. 

Joanna is also the founder of Songbird's Travelling Music School, which presents musical workshops, private lessons and music camps from touring Canadian musicians to the various communities they visit. She also works with aspiring songwriters to hone their craft. As a teacher, Joanna is passionate about encouraging students' musicality by promoting an easy and resonant singing voice in singers and the use of effective songwriting tools for those looking to create their own repertoire.

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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.