Gerard Satamian

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Welcome to Gerard's website - PIANIST, COMPOSER & OPERA SINGER.

Gerard Satamian offers In-home Piano Lessons to students of all ages in Vancouver, BC.

Gerard holds a Master's Degree from Yerevan, Armenia and is a member of the BC Registered Music Teachers Association and the Piano Teachers Federation.

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Gerard Satamian, based in Vancouver, is a pianist and opera singer of Armenian origin. Born in Lebanon, he was admitted to the Beirut Conservatory of Music at the age of 13. During the Civil War in Lebanon, he obtained a scholarship to continue his musical studies in Armenia. In 1982, he received his Masters Degree in piano from the prestigious Yerevan (Capital of Armenia) Conservatory. He started voice lessons around this time and composed his first pieces. He started teaching piano in Beirut and the following year he moved to Los Angeles, California where he continued to teach and perform. In 1989, he immigrated to Vancouver, Canada.


Piano Teaching Experience

  • The Armenian Evangelical School in Beirut, Lebanon

  • His own piano studio in LA, California

  • The Arts Connection, Richmond BC

  • The Mount Royal Conservatory of Music

  • Allegro Music School

  • The Long & McQuade Education Centre

  • Private lessons

CDs and Albums

  • Dry Fig Trees (my Instrumental compositions, 1996)

  • Flowers And Thorns (Vocal, 2004)

  • Forget Me Not (my Instrumental compositions, 2010)

  • Frisson Infini (my Vocal compositions, 2010)

  • Canada, Mon Amour (my Instrumental compositions, 2010)

  • Manoushag (my Vocal compositions, 2018)


The CDs and albums are sold online at www.cdbaby.com and www.magnatune.com


Awards and Recognition

  • Album "Flowers and Thorns" was nominated for Best Classical Vocal Album for the Armenian Music Awards in LA, 2005

  • Received a grant from Socan for the album "Dry Fig Trees", 1996

Lessons

Gerard loves to teach children and adults alike on an individual basis. He makes sure the lessons are well assimilated and understood by using different methods like Bastien, Faber, Palmer, etc. He has worked successfully with kids as young as 3 years old. Gerard makes sure they can practice at home without the help of an adult.

He also wants his students to like the pieces they are learning. He gives them a choice by playing a few. He teaches all levels and has several years of experience and preferably uses the Royal Conservatory of Toronto curriculum.

He organizes regular piano recitals for his students

Gerard believes that at any level of playing the piano (or any other instrument), it should be done in a singing style. This does not mean taking up singing lessons, even though it might help. It just means the instrument should be played naturally and musically as if your were simply singing or humming.


Charges

30 minute lesson : $ 32

45 minute lesson : $ 47

60 minute lesson : $ 62


In-home Piano Lessons Teaching Policy

10 post-dated cheques are due at the beginning of September to reserve a weekly lesson time (September to June). There will be a minimum of 40 lessons for the whole year (that includes July and August). There are no credits or refunds for cancellations. There will be only 3 make-ups a year in case of sickness. Please keep schedule change to a minimum to avoid disruption in my schedule. If I find it necessary to cancel a lesson, I will make up for it at a later date. A month's notice should be given to discontinue lessons. There will be no refunds during that final month but the remaining post-dated cheques will be returned. Please create a quiet and peaceful environment during the lesson and also when your child is practicing alone. Remember to be encouraging and positive. At times, traffic or bad weather may prevent me to reach your place on time, so allow about 10 minutes of grace time.

Testimonials

Gerard Satamian - Piano Teacher

Tel : 604-228-4414

E-Mail : gerardsatamian@yahoo.ca


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