Ms. West began studying the piano at the age of 9 in Red Deer with Ruth Neufeld. She continued her studies in Edmonton at the Alberta College Conservatory of Music with well-respected teacher Glenda Murphy. Through the University of Alberta and the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto, Ms. West completed all theory examinations (including Harmony, Analysis, and Counterpoint), receiving First Class Honours with Distinction in History. Ms. West has her Advanced Theory Certification from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
Upon moving to Vancouver, Ms. West began studying piano pedagogy with John Dupuis at the West Point Grey School of Music. She completed both Elementary and Intermediate Piano Pedagogy Certificates, receiving First Class Honours in 2009 and 2014, respectively. In 2016, Ms. West received her Diploma in Instrumental Instruction (Piano) from the ABRSM (Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music) in London, UK. Since then, Ms. West has maintained a busy schedule teaching Elementary French Immersion full time in BC public schools and teaching piano privately.
Ms. West is fortunate to have studied with Irina Faletski, Rita Attrot, Michelle Mares, Matthew Ming Li, Wayne Weng, and Mark Anderson. Her recent performances have been in Pyatt Hall in Vancouver with award-winning violinist Ewald Cheung and at the Vancouver Academy of Music in a benefit concert for Shine on Music. She has also done collaborative piano performances with her mentor Dr. Sergei Saratovsky.
Ms. West is co-founder and artistic director of a recital series in Vancouver, BC – Müzewest Concerts