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Date Listed 09-Nov-16
Address Waterloo, ON N2J2G8
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Hello, and thank you for your interest.

For information regarding rates, please contact me.

I am offering private instruction specialized for piano and cello students. My approach is based upon helping students to understand music first and then discover different ways of expressing that understanding to others as an artist. My primary goal is to give or strengthen someone's love for music-making. I aspire to provide the most fun, productive and rewarding experience to my students by encouraging them to set goals, and introducing them to new ways of thinking that facilitate problem-solving. The focus of each lesson is tailored differently for each student, with emphasis on tracking how their needs change as they learn.

On Technique

The technical component involved when learning to play an instrument is a tool-set to build upon and be used for musical intention. As such, I teach technique as something that occurs as a result of deep concentration upon each musical detail, over time discovering more efficient means of expressing those details.


So often is practicing an instrument dreaded and misunderstood as a tedious chore. I enjoy encouraging my students to achieve the patience and discipline that is needed when they practice independently, so that it is fun and rewarding for them.


Chadd Yaniw, 25, is a freelance pianist and cellist in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. His extensive performances in Alberta and Ontario include orchestral, chamber, and solo experience. Starting at a very early age, Chadd was a cellist with the Edmonton Public Schools Singing Strings Orchestra, and with the Edmonton Youth Orchestra under the well known pianist and conductor Michael Massey. Mr. Yaniw has performed with the Waterloo Chamber Players, the Young Artists Performance Academy Chamber Orchestra of the Royal Conservatory (Toronto), the Stratford Civic Orchestra, and for two full seasons in the cello section of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra. Chadd was also a member of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra for two years, and in 2009 was accepted into the cello section of the prestigious National Youth Orchestra of Canada for its Juno award-winning tour across Ontario and Quebec – all under maestro Alain Trudel. He has been granted Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto (ARCT) performance diplomas in both cello and piano, and has won numerous local music festival awards in both instruments. Chadd teaches cello and piano lessons in Waterloo.

Chadd Yaniw began his musical studies in his hometown of Edmonton, Alberta, studying cello with Ronda Metzies, Colin Ryan and Tanya Prochazka; he studied piano with Bonnie Mounsef and Corey Hamm. He moved to Waterloo in 2001, and continued his cello and piano studies with John Helmers and Raymond Yundt. Subsequently, his major cello teachers have included Hector Vasquez, Paul Widner, and Thomas Wiebe; he has also performed in masterclasses for and had private lessons with Lawrence Lesser, Shauna Rolston and Roman Borys. Chadd most recently studied piano with Leslie Kinton, and his accomplished brother Todd Yaniw.

In addition to teaching, Chadd also provides performing services for a variety of occasions including solo, chamber and piano accompaniment.


Email: chaddyaniw@gmail.com
Phone: 226 606 8530

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please contact me by email or phone.

Thank you.
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