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Maltby, Sylvia

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Sylvia obtained both Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts (Musicology) degrees from the University of Alberta, as well as a diploma in Vocal Pedagogy from the Western Board of Music. She began her University career as a string bass player, but changed direction and studied classical piano with Viola Braun-Fox, Isabel Rolston and Ernesto Lejano at the University of Alberta, as well jazz piano with Charles Austin at Grant MacEwan University. Sylvia's areas of specialization in musicology were film score, blues, gender in music, and music and conflict.

Sylvia teaches individual lessons in piano, theory, harmony, music history, counterpoint and form and analysis. She instructs piano lessons for all ages from beginner to accomplished performer, in both jazz and classical styles. Sylvia also teaches advanced theoretical subjects for Royal Conservatory, British Columbia Conservatory and Conservatory Canada examinations. 

Sylvia will be teaching a new summer Musical Theater camp at the Port Moody Arts Centre in 2020, continuing from over 10 years of running this camp at Grant McEwan University in Edmonton. Before relocating to Port Moody, Sylvia was well established in the Edmonton area as a private and group music instructor, accompanist, theater musician and soloist. Sylvia was the theater pianist at Northern Light Theater, Theater Three and Alberta Barter Theater participating in performances of Piaf: Her Life, Her Loves; A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum; Side by Side by Sondheim; Threepenny Opera; and You're a Good Man Charlie Brown as well as many others.