Dorothea Johanson, Instructor, Piano
Dorothea Johanson studied music in central Alberta from an early age. Her natural aptitude for teaching children was recognized and rewarded by the Western Board of Music when she received her Silver Medal for Pedagogy. A scholarship to attend the Banff School of Fine Arts allowed Miss Johanson the honour of studying under the highly respected teacher, Mr. Boris Roubakine, who directed her to ongoing studies with Mrs. Egbert in Calgary. Her training through the Yamaha Music Course helped establish her specialty of working with young children. She was a visiting teacher in kindergarten music classes and she developed her own Music Enrichment Classes for elementary aged children.
Miss Johanson is a long time member of the Alberta Registered Music Teachers’ Association (ARMTA) and has served on the executive in many capacities. She is presently the ARMTA Provincial Past President and represents Alberta as second delegate to the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Associations (CFMTA). Miss Johanson is an enthusiastic member of the Calgary Arts Summer School Association (CASSA) and is the Special Projects Director on the CASSA Board.
Miss Johanson teaches private piano students ranging from pre-school to adults. Her students have competed in music festivals and taken conservatory exams providing valuable opportunities to test and display their excellence. Always conscious of her students having the opportunity to be heard and appreciated, she has escorted young people to various audiences in the city, including the Esther Honens Promenade Concerts. Some of her students have pursued musical careers. Equally significant is that she has nurtured in her students a great love of music.