A fun, inspiring and creative concept of learning how to make music come alive! It is all about creating magic in the space between the notes.

“Individualized” instruction with emphasis on artistic expression, catered to a student’s age, grade level, interests, needs and potential, that goes far beyond just playing notes and following a “page by page in one book” concept of learning.

The friendly open concept walk-out rancher home Children’s Piano-Arts Corner (CPAC) performing arts studio and AD LIB Art Gallery, with a diverse variety of learning centers, offer an ideal setting for students age 4 and up to adults including seniors to learn and develop to reach their fullest potential. At CPAC a student is encouraged to be proud of his/her individuality. Students are given opportunity to express their unique artistic creativity and talents in art, music and storytelling by taking part in studio showcase experiences through the course of the academic year. Enrolment and lessons are available year-round with a flexible summer program to have fun, when school is out, to expand artistic horizons. The CPAC performing arts studio has 2 beautiful Yamaha professional performing concert pianos ( 1 studio grand and 1 full upright acoustic piano) along with an impressive collectors’ children’s literature library, extensive sheet music & music-arts resource library and an outstanding CDs and DVDs music library.

Music is love that speaks from the soul. CPAC offers an intergenerational opportunity for family members of all ages to participate together in learning and sharing the pleasurable experience of making music.

In the multi-centered studio, students have the opportunity and advantage of learning a variety of important and fundamental skills to establish and build upon a solid, creative and artistic music/arts foundation. Pre-tested educational materials, activities, and concepts enable students to learn how to read music (even compose), acquire the basics in theory, technique, learn about composers & play different styles of music, use the open studio’s library to listen to professional CD’s as well as take top quality books from the children’s library on music, the arts and exemplary children’s literature, and create an “individualized” piano-arts portfolio to express and capture moods, feelings and emotions expressed in piano pieces being learned.

 

Extensive Music-Arts-Culture Background

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Claudia Kargl, YAPClub Founder & Artistic Director, brings to the Okanagan a wealth of experience and talent in music, piano performance, arts, public relations and business management. For over 30 years she has been operating her Children’s Piano-Arts Corner studio in Ottawa, Vancouver & Kelowna. She has an extensive national & international musical background including organizing, co-ordinating, promoting and hosting concerts and cultural gala events. Her artistic management experience includes the founding and directing of the Kanata Music Club (Ottawa 1989) with a gala event, year-end special show coverage from a local cable TV station and involvement of the Mayor in a large fundraising arts campaign. In 2003 Claudia, a member of the Women’s University Club, founded and directed the YAPClub in Vancouver. She hosted concerts at the prestigious Hycroft Mansion. The VSO Associate Conductor, head keyboard player and General Manager all played vital roles in the success of the YAPClub.

Twinkle Little Star

“Twinkle Little Star” is the original founding creative “all round” piano-arts program that uses language arts, visual arts and the performing arts in the music learning process. Since its establishment in 1980, the unique & highly successful program, that established some bright talented young stars, has been offering custom designed “individualized” course of study to students. Attention focuses on the the needs, potential, age, level, and interests of the individual child age 4 and up.

The artistic curriculum, especially suitable for early childhood development, enables & inspires a young child to learn, listen, play and have fun being introduced to the symbolic language of music.Through the course of study, a strong musical foundation is established and the child’s musical, creative and emotional skills are developed.

The innovative “Imagery In Music” educational concept provides a child with the creative tools to communicate character, mood and emotion when playing a piece at the piano. Students explore a variety of arts disciplines to express their musical performance and go beyond just playing notes. Each child is required to create his/her own music arts portfolio by using scrapbook, sketchbook and studio recording equipment to capture artistic expression. The performing arts studio exhibits a variety of impressive inter-connection of the arts examples created by students.

For some very gifted, artistically inclined and enthusiastic young learners, the “Twinkle Little Star” program has been the foundation and “stepping stone” for talented and serious students to further pursue a concentrated course of piano performance study at the studio.

A very impressive track record of student accolades and a thick archives binder are testament of the studio’s standard of educational arts excellence.

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Annual Party

The Halloween Extravaganza, late October, is an annual highlight for both my students and their parents at the West Kelowna Performing Arts Children’s PIANO-ARTS Corner studio. The weekend late afternoon event offers a variety of fun, food, theme games and chances to win “neat” prizes. There is something for everybody. Wearing costume and mask attire adds to the excitement and Halloween atmosphere. It is a great opportunity for students to display their diverse creative & artistic talents.

Enrollment

Enrollment for the piano-arts program is year round. A non-refundable registration fee is required prior to the commencement of lessons. Tuition payment must be made at the beginning of each month before the start of the first lesson. Cash or cheque payments are accepted. Tax receipts are available upon request.

The Children’s Piano-Arts Corner curriculum is an acknowledged program eligible for the Child Tax Arts Credit.

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