Kasia Young

Toronto Piano and Music Theory Teacher

Kasia YoungABC Academy of Music2017-11-27T20:23:54+00:00

Project Description

M.Mus (Katowice)

Graduating with a Masters Degree in Music from the Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland, Kasia brings to ABC Music Academy over 20 years of teaching experience. A warm and patient teacher, Kasia moved to Toronto 18 years ago where she has been an accomplished teacher in numerous music schools. She has taught individual and group lessons to students of all ages and all levels of piano. Besides preparing for RCM exams, festivals and music competitions, Kasia teaches composition and counterpoint, and helps each student develop their own personal style. Whether you wish to learn pop, classical, jazz, or contemporary, Kasia is a teacher who can help you achieve your music goals!

Every student is unique, and Kasia customizes each lesson to focus on the specific needs of the individual. Kasia keeps a healthy balance between the creative part of the lesson and learning the craft itself, and incorporates ear training and sight reading into each lesson. Working for years in the digital editing of the Symphony Orchestra in Poland for radio broadcasts, and also performing in various group ensembles, she brings vast experience to the art of teaching.

The enjoyment of making music can be contagious, and highly addictive. As believed through the centuries, music, not only as an art form, but as a science, helps students in many areas of life and keeps them mentally healthy and happy. The journey through each level and every lesson is a fun and satisfying adventure, both to the student and for Kasia. She looks forward to meeting you!

Hobbies:  Traveling, Exploring Nature, Cooking, Conversation

Musical influences:  Scarlatti, Vivaldi, Telemann, Handel, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Debussy, Knapik

Favourite food:  Everything

Least favourite food:  None

Favourite music:  Classical, Funk, Jazz, Contemporary

Favourite song:  Too many to mention

Favourite movie:  Buffalo 66

Favouirite movie music:  The Living Sea

Favourite musical theatre/opera:  Hair

Best quote from your teacher:  Stop practicing and go for a walk

Favourite quote:  All you need is love

Favourite book:  Ubik, by Philip K. Dick

Best thing about teaching at ABC:  My students, and the relaxing atmosphere

Latest Homework from Kasia

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Homework Assignments Dec 11 – 18

Casey Ann,

Warm up : scales C, D, E, F, major and minor, A flat major, F sharp minor , 2 octaves hands together

In  progress : Bach – Invention No 8 in F major , work in sections, change tempos and dynamics, be sure to follow indicated fingering

Chopin – Polonaise In G minor , left hand chords practice solid and broken form, count the beat

New : Chinese contemporary song, try to memorize the harmony (chords in left hand)

(practice time : 20 minutes a day)



Warm up : scales C, D, E , F, G, A, B major hands separately and together , 1 octave

Review : Spanish song

In progress : A country song , practice in sections, follow the chord changes in the left hand/ notice a pattern

By memory : Fur Elise, work on smooth transitions

(practice time : 15 – 20 minutes a day)



Warm up : scales C, G, major and A minor , hands separately and together, 1 octave

In progress : Dinosaur stomp – G position, watch for accents!

Dreydl Song  – count your beat

The Bubble – work in sections (every 2 lines) watch the fingering

(practice time 15 minutes a day)



Warm up : scales C, D, E, F, and G major, hands separately and together, 1 octave

Review : Pumpkin Boogie – watch for syncopated rhythm and octave transpositions

In progress : Sounds from the gumdrop factory – left hand low C position

New : Almost like a dream – A minor / F major (changes positions)

(practice time : 15 minutes a day)



Warm up : scales C, D, G major in parallel and contrary motion , 1 octave hands together

Review : Fandango

In progress : Casey Jones – work on tempo, speeding up very gradually

New : Waltz in Vienna – try 1st page hands together, 2nd hands separately

(practice time : 15 – 20 minutes a day)



Warm up : scales C, G, and D major, A minor, hands separately and hands together, 1 octave

In progress : On the bridge at Avignon – C postilion, dotted quarter notes in right hand

New : 18 th Century Dance  – G positions , left stays on the G base

By memory : pop song A -ha

(practice time 15 minutes  a day)



Warm up : 5 note scales C, D, E, F, G

broken chords cross over

Review : Jolly Old saint Nicholas – smooth transitions between lines

In progress : Alley Cat’s choir

Magic Wand – whole note scale (left hand on white keys / right hand on black keys, and in reverse)

(practice time 10 minutes a day)








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