Glenna has been teaching piano, keyboards, organ, voice and theory since 1983.
Her students have been very successful over the years in Music Festivals and Exams. Many of her students have received high school credits for piano. They have appeared at Provincial Music Festivals as well as Telemiracle.
Glenna studied piano for 15 years. Her early years were with piano teachers, Virgina Hemsworth and Myrna Fleenor. As an adult, she continued with her studies at the University of Regina and finishing up with Professor Robin Harrison at the University of Saskatoon.
Her teaching philosophy hasn’t changed. Music lessons must fit into the modern child’s busy schedule. Glenna feels that there is no sense nagging a child to practise. She tells them practising is boring and tries to instill in the students, that in order to succeed at things in life, one must work hard. However, if you are a fierce task master, they will only end up hating the lessons as well as music. They will grow up to be one of the countless adults who wish they had not quit lessons when they were a child. Glenna divides the lesson time between exercises which are very important and fun songs!!
In 2009, after she had request after request to teach voice lessons, she embarked on a new phase of her teaching and began offering voice lessons. Glenna is a firm believer in the students finding their own voice. In 2013, she as well as other committee members from the Swift Current Lyric Theatre began the Youth Open Mic. This is patterned after the Adult Open Mic which is held at the Lyric once a month. The Youth Open Mic is for 18 years and younger.
Glenna now takes her students to the Youth Open Mic which is held about 6 times per year.
“The Woods would be very silent if no birds sang except for the best!” This is something Glenna lives by and instills in her students. She is against talent contests and shows like American Idol because she feels that everyone should have a chance to sing if they want to. Whether your place is in Las Vegas with your own theatre, or singing in your church choir, Glenna feels there is a place for everyone. Music is not something for only a select few. It is for everyone!!!
This is one of my students performing “Hallelujah”.
Listen to one of my students, Becky, perform “Rollin in the Deep”!
These are two videos of Danni Jamieson performing at the Lyric Theatre. Glenna takes her students to perform at the Lyric once per month to get valuable experience performing in front of live crowds. Click here to visit www.lyrictheatre.ca