Seumas Coyne played in the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band (SFU) in the '80s and '90s. He was Piper of the Year of the British Columbia Pipers' Association in 1991, and has won various prizes in Scotland. Such awards include second place in the "A" strathspey/reel (Oban) in 1998. He serves as Director of the James J. Coyne Memorial School of Piping and Drumming. He participates full-time in teaching, clinics, composing, and judging. Mr. Coyne is offering introductory group classes and private lessons in bagpipes.
Instruments: Piano, Organ
Bachelor of Arts, University of La Verne
Graduate work at Claremont Graduate School, Columbia Teachers College, UC Santa Cruz and UC Riverside
Recreational Music Making for Adults
Marna Makau taught at Machakos Teachers' College in Kenya for nine years, where she was head of the education department. She studied at a teachers' college in Germany for one year, and has certification to teach English as a Second Language in California. She also retains a California Teaching Credential to teach through 8th grade. Ms. Makau was also an organist in several churches over a period of about ten years.
Her traditional piano study was with Ralph Travis and Nora Teichmann (Padgogische Hochschule, Gottingen, Germany). She completed Suzuki training through volume 3 with Harlow Mills, Carol Hendrixson and Bruce Anderson. Makau studied the pipe organ with Ralph Travis and Doctor Blanchard. Makau holds certifications in level-one Orff-Schulwerk approach, Multiple Intelligences and Digital Keyboard Ensemble teaching. She taught in the Ontario/Ontario-Montclair School District from 1962-64 and 1967-2002. She was a first grade teacher and music specialist at Buena Vista Arts Integrated School. In 1998, Makau earned Teacher of the Year in San Bernardino County, and was a teacher mentor.
Teaching Philosophy: "I feel that the Suzuki method (mother tongue approach) is an exemplary way to teach, but that age-appropriate theory and pre-reading are also a necessary part of early instruction for keyboard instrument playing. I therefore take the best of both the Suzuki and traditional methods and integrate them in my teaching. I believe in life-long learning and have gained many insights from observing master piano teachers and attending music conferences. Since piano students often feel isolated from their peers who play in bands or orchestras, I like to give them the opportunity to play in ensembles to discover the joy of shared music-making. Finally, I truly believe that music has the capacity to enrich one's life, contribute to wellness, and nurture a beautiful heart that binds us together as fellow human beings."