PhD, McGill University (Music Education)
MMus, McGill University (Piano Performance)
BMus, Acadia University (Piano Performance)
Wolfville, Nova Scotia
Canada B4P 2R6
Krissy teaches applied piano and comprehensive keyboard class at Acadia.
She completed her PhD in Music Education at McGill University, where she focused her doctoral research on elements of piano pedagogy and teacher effectiveness—in particular, applied teachers’ identification and correction of students’ errors. Continuing research interests include applied teacher effectiveness at the secondary and collegiate level, effective practice methods, classroom piano pedagogy, and best practices for error correction.
The guiding principle behind her research and teaching philosophy is the belief in the importance of the well-rounded musician, which includes the abilities to improvise and compose. Chording, arranging, improvising and composing are increasingly being recognised by researchers as important for musicians of all ages. Mistakes are also fascinating as they are inevitable and integral to the learning and creative processes. How do teachers, on the one hand, create an atmosphere where mistakes aren’t feared, where errors are embraced as learning opportunities, while one the other hand, maintain high standards of performance?
In addition to her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano performance where she focussed on solo classical music, Krissy has a broad experience performing piano music in other styles: jazz, blues, folk, congregational, show tunes, Latin-American, and pop.
As an accompanist, she is especially recognised for her rehearsal and performance skills in choral settings. She has worked with the Annapolis Valley Honour Choir, Nova Scotia Youth Choir, Canadian Chamber Choir, and numerous internationally renowned choral conductors (e.g., Elise Bradley, Scott Leithead, Micahel Zaugg). She has been on the accompanying staff at Acadia, collaborating and and coaching woodwind students. As a gig musician, she continues a busy schedule of playing and singing at weddings, conferences, church services, restaurants, and other special events.
Krissy also operates a private home studio in Halifax.