Philosophy and Program
The Jean Lyons School of Music's goals are to provide excellence in musical instruction and musical performance. Jean Lyons believed that learning the piano must be fun. Besides individual tuition in piano, the school offers Suzuki classes, and supplementary master classes for senior students; theoretical subjects are taught in groups. Recitals are held regularly in the studio and an annual recital is held in a local church or recital hall. Many of the early recitals were held at the Vancouver Playhouse. Pupils are prepared for Royal Schools of Music, Trinity College (London), and the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music examinations, and many enter the annual Kiwanis Music Festival in Vancouver. The school places strong emphasis on the study of Canadian music. Scholarships are awarded semi-annually.
Students enjoy a high level of success in examinations and competitions (including the Canadian Music Competitions). The school boasts a number of well-known performers and teachers as its former students. Among those who have continued their musical career with distinction are Alexina Louie and Wanda Louie. Recent successes include the four performers of Quatuor Piano (George Kamiya, Joseph Tong, Michael Cheung and Richard Ho). Cheung performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Seattle, and won the Vancouver Women's Musical Society Piano School Competition. Ho won the Richmond Music Festival Scholarship and other competitions. Kamiya was a Canadian Music Competition national finalist in 2001.
Lyons published eight books on the rudiments, history and analysis of music, the last being released in 2003.
Author Bryan N.S. Gooch, Emily-Jane Orford
Thomas, Sandra. 'Music still sweet for 82-year-old,' The Vancouver Courier.com, 5 Aug 2004
Obituary, Globe and Mail, 31 Dec 2005
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