Piano, Jazz Piano
Alanna started studying classical piano as a child, and quickly began accompanying the school choirs, jazz ensembles, and musicals in high school. She went on to study piano in university, starting with a classical focus and later switching to jazz in her second year of study. Following graduation, Alanna moved back to Winnipeg Manitoba, where she currently teaches piano and works as a freelance musician, finding herself busy with multiple local projects. She is currently involved in groups including: Son Sabroson Band, Tropical 99 Latin Ensemble, Sean Irvine’s Oak and Alley Band, and Impressions Jazz Group. She also works as an accompanist throughout the city, accompanying multiple ensembles and choirs.
What is your education and experience?
Bachelor of Music, Jazz Performance from Brandon University.
What made you decide to study music?
I always loved listening to music, and trying to play it, since I can remember. I was initially introduced to the idea of music school by my piano teacher, and the teachers I had in high school. This lead me into jazz, and where I am today.
How are your lessons unique?
I love teaching and helping my students succeed. Every lesson is customized for each student depending on their goals and present challenges.
What makes your lessons different from the rest?
I like to work on understanding theory and chord progressions with students so they can understand how music works in any style that they are interested in.
What do you love about teaching at the MCMA?
I really like the sense of community, and the opportunities available to students, such as recitals and workshops.