Get in touch with Cornerstone Music Cafe for professional piano lessons in Calgary. Whether you want to learn to play the piano for the enjoyment of it or receive accreditation from the Royal Conservatory of Music, we can help. Our team of qualified and talented piano instructors can offer lessons for both beginners and advanced students. Be it classical or modern, we have a teacher for all the styles you want to learn. You can jam with other musicians in a rock band setting or perform solo in our recitals. Give us a call today to talk to our teachers.
Ann Alcorn - Piano
Originally from Ireland, Ann began playing piano at the age of 6 and was classically trained with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (UK). She successfully guided her daughters through their early piano exams with the ABRSM. Now living in Calgary for more than 10 years, Ann is returning to teaching classical piano in order to share her love of music in a fun way with new learners. She recently completed the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Certificate in Teaching Elementary Piano which provides the student not just with the technical knowledge of piano playing but also encourages musical creativity and artistic expression. Ann holds a Master’s degree in the Arts from University College Cork (Ireland), has an eclectic love of music and is a regular attendee at many concerts of various genres. She also loves performing music on her second instrument, the violin. She has been a member of various string ensembles in the UK, Blue Arch Strings in Calgary, and currently plays first violin with the Foothills Philharmonic Orchestra.
Oaitse Hellard - Voice and Piano
Oaitse Hellard - coined as Ms. Oäi, is known for soulful jazz stylings reminiscent of the late greats such as Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan. Born in Botswana but raised here in Calgary, Oaitse has been trained classically in Piano and Voice. She has performed at the Jubillee Auditorium opening as a soloist with a Gospel Choir for Ms. Coretta Scott King and has been singing with The Ray Charles Tribute Orchestra for the last 7 years and performing with Grammy Award winner Donald Ray Johnson. Her latest project performing in Jazz Band The X-Oäi-Z’s with Johnny Summers, Tyler Hornby, John Gray, and Stephen Fletcher she brings on this Classic Jazzy notes.
Jan Sullivan - Piano
Jan has been teaching piano and theory lessons for over 15 years with students from ages 5 to 65. She offers creativity and enjoyment that keep her students returning year after year.
Classically trained, and having completed the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Certificate in Teaching Elementary Piano, Jan has successfully guided many students through the Royal Conservatory of Music levels and is also happy to work with students in whatever genres might interest them.
A lifelong learner, Jan continues to study at the ARCT level. Her teaching philosophy maintains that a teacher is most effective when personally growing and learning.
CARLY REIRSON - PIANO, VOICE & SONGWRITING
Born and raised just outside of Leduc, Alberta, Carly started playing music at the age of 6, taking piano lessons for 10 years and falling in love with the worlds of blues and jazz. Graduating from The Royal Conservatory of Music with Grade 8 piano, Carly went on to attend Grant MacEwan University for Vocal Performance in Music. Carly is currently working toward recording her first full-length album as she continues teaching private lessons, heading into her 4th year of teaching. Carly is passionate about building relationships with her students and fostering a love of music that is rooted in each students’ identity and individuality.
KAITLYN SOUTHGATE - VOICE, PIANO & GUITAR
Kaitlyn Southgate is a pianist, guitarist, vocalist, and Music Therapist originally from Okotoks. She fell in love with music at a young age when her grandmother would play the organ and teach Kaitlyn little bits here and there. Her formal music training began with classical piano and soon expanded to include guitar exploring the music of all genres! This love of music brought her to study Music Therapy at Acadia University, where she learned how different aspects of music could be used to help clients work toward a wide variety of goals that may be related to behavioural, communicative, emotional, social, verbal, and/or musical needs.
ESTEBAN HERRERA - PIANO & THEORY
Esteban Herrera is a pianist, composer, arranger, producer and music director originally from Mexico, living in Canada. He studied at the Music Conservatory of the State of Mexico, the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, the National Institute of Fine Arts of Mexico and at the Ambrose University of Calgary. He has been a full-time jazz musician for 25 years, taking him throughout Mexico, USA, Canada, Spain, Italy, Germany, France and Latin America. He says, “Life is beautiful because we make it beautiful with art.” Esteban is an engaging teacher, a talented improviser, and has a passion for creativity and expression through art. He has been teaching for over 15 years and loves to help others discover their own creativity through music education.
Born, raised, and living in Calgary, AB, Thompson started showing interest in piano when he was 5 years old and began his formal training when he was 8. A student and then a teacher at the United Conservatory of Music (UCOM) for 10 years, he learned and taught piano under the Royal Conservatory of Music curriculum. He also performed at UCOM's United Music Festival for multiple years during that time and won numerous awards behind his performances.
Thompson's aim is to collaborate with his students to find and hone their passions, cultivate their talents, and achieve their goals, be it for personal, educational, and/or performative purposes. He wants to help them transform their love of music into the production they want to see (and hear)!
Our Other Faculty Members
In addition to our esteemed teachers mentioned above, we’re indeed lucky to have a few other piano instructors at Cornerstone Music Cafe. They are Anthony Czarneckie, Carly Reirson, Dave Borrow, Esteban Herrera, Tim Bowen, Luke Smit, and Joanna Tjia.