Music students make the grade

Two Motif Music Studios students distinguished themselves recently.

Two Motif Music Studios students distinguished themselves recently.

Matthew Black finished first in the BC Registered Music Teachers Association composition competition (15 and younger) and tied for first place in the University of Victoria Don Wright Composition Competition.

Kassandra Warner achieved her Bronze Community Service Certificate for 10 hours of using her music to benefit the community.

Other students at Motif’s studio in the Tin Town section of Courtenay recently completed exams through the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Grade 2 Piano; Kassandra Warner, Elizabeth Pater, Ashley Wilson Grade 3 Piano; Juliana Pater, Thana Fayad Grade 4 Piano; Julie Pickett Grade 5 Piano; Shannon Moore, Haley Wauldhaus, Shimen Fayad Grade 6 Piano; Christian Taylor Grade 7 Piano; Katelin Pater Grade 8 Piano; Leanne Nelson, Meghan Caine, Leanne Herrndorf, Mandolin Vanderveen, Erin Hallier Grade 9 Piano; Matthew Black Grade 10 Piano; Dean Sanchez.

Music theory:


Intermediate Rudiments; Erin Hallier, Kaela Giomo, Barbara Cobham Advanced Rudiments; Mandy Vanderveen, Sara Klassen, Meghan Caine, Erin Hallier Introductory Harmony; Christina Duncan.

Music History 3: Nathania Schmaling, Christina Duncan, Leanne Nelson Elementary Piano Pedagogy; Julianne Wolfe, Jill Marston, Nathania Schmaling Elementary Viva Voce; Julianne Wolfe.


The Royal Conservatory program introduces students of all ages to music of many different styles. Students are challenged to develop the skills they will need to play musically and with confidence.

Motif welcomes new students who are interested in learning and enjoying music to contact them at 250-792-3065 or visit

— Motif Music Studios


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