Early Childhood Music
Sharon earned an Honours Bachelor degree in Piano Performance from The University of Western Ontario. She then moved to New York City to study privately with Edith Oppens, and received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Piano Performance at The State University of New York. Before pursuing a Masters degree in Musicology at the University of Toronto, she spent a year studying historical fortepiano performance with Malcolm Bilson at Cornell University. In 1995 Sharon established the Kingsway Conservatory of Music in the community where she was born and raised. In her various roles as Executive Director, piano teacher, history instructor and an early childhood music educator, she puts her passion for teaching and appreciation for excellence in education to the test with students of all levels and ages. She is currently training in Dalcroze Eurhythmics and regularily attends workshops and conferences in the field of Early Childhood Music Education. Outside of her KCM commitments, Sharon volunteers giving workshops and classes at various public schools. She is active as a clinician and has adjudicated at the Peel, the GTA and Kiwanis Music Festivals. As a chamber musician she has played for the Mozart Society, the Academy Concert Series, and the ROM “Musically Speaking” series, among others. Her area of specialty is 18th-century fortepiano music, which she performs on her own replica of a Viennese instrument from circa 1802.