Music Bio

Photo by Steve LeBlanc

From an early age Chantal has felt passionate about music and believes in its capacity to nurture the full development of all children. As a parent of young music students and an adult learner she discovered that all human beings, no matter how young or old, have the potential to learn and enjoy making music. Chantal studied piano as a child and into her teens and then classical guitar as an adult student before discovering the ukulele.

Chantal received the Arts Recognition Award for Volunteer Community Service from the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board’s Advisory Committee for the Arts after helping create an informal lunchtime “ukulele club” at her daughters’ elementary school and organizing workshops from visiting musicians, including James Hill, in 2010.

Me, James Hill and Tara Klager, April 2010

Me, James Hill and Tara Klager, April 2010

Following that meeting, Chantal proceeded to complete all 3 levels of the James Hill Ukulele Initiative’s Teacher Certification Program and taught using the Ukulele in the Classroom method in several schools in the OCDSB’s Extra-Curricular Creative Arts program as well as in their General Interest evening program. In the summer of 2014, she was invited to serve as an instructor at the JHUI Teacher Certification institute in Toronto. She also taught the ukulele as an enrichment program to Suzuki music students and parents at The National Capital Suzuki School of Music.

Since relocating to Toronto in the summer of 2016, Chantal has mainly served as the social media coordinator for the James Hill Music team as well as for the Toronto Ukulele Orchestra, under the direction of Eve Goldberg. She continues to enjoy teaching privately, learning, arranging and playing all styles of music on the ukulele as well as crafting and selling handmade ukulele accessories.

Currently living and working from an RV.
Stationed on the traditional territories of the Abitibiwinni Aki, Cree and the Anishinabewaki ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ First Nations under James Bay Treaty No.9 

Chantal est Franco-ontarienne et peut ainsi offrir services et instruction en français.


“In addition to providing candidates with an in-depth, 10-month teacher training and personal skill-development course, the JHUI Teacher Certification Program creates a worldwide community of like-minded individuals; a support network for ukulele teachers.”

2011 JHUI Institute (Vancouver, BC). Photo by Peng Ratchaworapong.

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