Lida Szkwarek

Lida Szkwarek

Classical , Musical Theatre, Opera, Jazz, and Contemporary Voice


What is your education and experience?

2011 – Masters of Music Performance and Literature, University of Western Ontario. 2009 – Bachelors of Music Education Honours, University of Western Ontario. 2005 – Bachelor of Arts, University of Manitoba

What inspired you to study music?

From a very young age my parents encouraged me to participate in all sorts of classical music events. We would listen to tapes(!) like “Beethoven Lives Upstairs” as well as lots of Ukrainian folk music at home. We would attend the Opera, the Symphony and Ballet and then I would perform them at home in the safety of my own room. Music was all around me growing up but it was one particular memory I have where I decided I wanted to be a musician. I remember attending a Winnipeg Symphony concert at the Concert Hall and as soon as I sat in my seat I was enthralled with the electricity in the room, the sound of the orchestra warming up and the energy I felt from the audience. I knew from that moment on that I was in the right place and that I needed to be on the stage performing in some capacity. Being a shy child, that dream did not come into fruition until I was 19 when I was given my first voice lesson. I remember feeling enthralled once again with the energy I felt in singing freely. It wasn’t long after that first lesson I decided to pursue my studies in music. And the rest is history!

What do you love about teaching?

I love teaching music because I enjoy sharing the joy of music with others. I love the excitement of each lesson and the anticipation of what each of my students can accomplish every time we meet. I love watching my students progress and grow, becoming more confident musicians week after week.  My students often inspire me to be a better colleague and musician so I strive to do the same for them. I enjoy sharing the knowledge that I’ve obtained over the course of my career with my students and use it to help them achieve their goals.

What makes your lessons unique?

My lessons tailor-made for each student. It is my belief that there is no one way to teach a student. Recognizing and understanding my students learning style(s) allows me to design a lesson plan that will fill their individual needs. I like to provide a creative environment where my students can feel safe and creatively free to discover their imaginative selves. I like to think of my classroom as a collaborative venue where teacher and student have an equal say in what is performed. I enjoy focusing on the dramatic aspects of a performance in lessons. I believe that acting skills and dramatic intention are crucial to a successful performance and I like to draw focus to that during lesson time in preparation for performance. I like to be flexible and consult the student on what they would like the focus of the lesson to be. Whether it is breath control, vocal technique, auditioning for a role at school, learning performance practices or just singing for the fun of it, together we can plan out your lessons to maximize their efficiency and help you reach your creative goals faster (and have fun doing it)!

What would you say to someone who is interested in studying music?

Congratulations! Welcome to the wonderful world of music study! Be prepared to work hard and practice often. Mastering ones own craft and unlocking your natural voice will not happen overnight. However, if you fully invest your energy over time and commit to enjoying the process along the way, inevitably you will discover fantastic results! You will learn a lot about yourself as an individual and develop valuable life skills along the way (like how to work well with others!). Be prepared to break away from old habits, to grow, and to let yourself play and explore freely! In my experience, that is when truly amazing things start to happen!