Bio

Composer, Teacher, Adjudicator, B.Mus., RMT

Thank-you for visiting. To tell you a little about myself….

Hi, I’m Rebekah Maxner. I grew up in Hantsport, Nova Scotia, and began improvising on the piano as soon as I could walk. Music was ever-present at home in my formative years and became like a mother tongue to me.

 

Education

My sister, Judy Price, became my first piano teacher when I was age six. At twelve I won my first provincial young composers’ competition, and at nineteen, won the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Associations’ national Music Writing Contest. As a teen I studied piano with Barbara Hansen. I received my Bachelor of Music in Composition from Acadia University (’95), where I studied composition with Owen Stephens, piano and piano pedagogy with John Hansen, organ with Clarence Ledbetter and creative writing with Donna Smyth.

Professional activities

I have published several piano collections, which have received positive reviews and are performed in recitals, exams and music festivals globally. My piano music is now published by several major conservatories. These include The Royal Conservatory of Music, The Canadian National Conservatory of Music and the London Conservatory of Music (of the University of West London, in England). I’ve been invited to present workshops for professional teachers and adjudicate composition contests and music festivals. I also love learning from other clinicians and have attended national and international piano conferences in Chicago (2005, 2007), Toronto (2007), New York (2012), Halifax (2013) and Orlando (2018). My writing has appeared in print: Keyboard Companion (2007) and the Clavier Companion (2012). I belong to the Nova Scotia Registered Music Teachers’ Association and the Red Leaf Pianoworks composer’s collective.

Home and Family

Our family lives in a small town in Nova Scotia, Canada. My husband, Paul, and I have three growing children who love homemade cookies, to hear stories read out loud, movies and LEGO. To keep things lively, we have two budgie birds, Gale and Peeta, and a grey tuxedo cat, Mozart (Mo for short).

Piano Studio

Notekidds Piano Studio, my home-based teaching business, is small, personal and thriving. My students and I work and play hard to bring the best out of each other. I help my students discover the music within, and they help me learn how to be a better teacher. It’s all win-win. My students perform throughout the year: in a studio recital, in Valley Registered Music Teacher (RMT) recitals, in the Annapolis Valley Music Festival, and enter RMT composition contests. We also aspire to have at least one kitchen party a year, in the true Maritime fashion.

Rebekah Maxner. Photo credit: Carole Morris-Underhill

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