Bio

Chantal est devenue passionné de musique dès un jeune âge et croit à sa capacité de nourrir l’âme de tous, soit de l’enfant en croissance jusqu’aux adultes qui découvrent ou éprouvent ce désir d’expression musical plus tard dans leur cheminement de vie. Avant d’entreprendre l’ukulélé, elle a suivi des cours de piano en enfance jusqu’en adolescence et ensuite la guitare classique, par la méthode Suzuki, comme adulte. 

Après une rencontre durant un atelier d’école en 2010 avec l’artiste et pédagogue de l’ukulélé, James Hill, elle a complétée sa formation en tant qu’instructrice de l’ukulélé via le programme de certification du “James Hill Ukulele Initiative”. Elle a enseigné des cours supplémentaires pour enfants ainsi que pour adultes dans quelques écoles du conseil publique d’Ottawa jusqu’en 2016. Durant l’été de 2014, elle a accepté une invitation de James pour enseigner à l’institut de certification JHUI à Toronto. Elle a aussi crée et enseigné un cours d’enrichissement via l’ukulélé aux parents et enfants de l’école de musique Suzuki de la capitale nationale. Depuis 2016, après un déménagement vers Toronto, elle a aussi servi comme gérante des médias sociaux sur l’équipe de James Hill à Uketropolis. Durant les dernières années, elle a participé et collaboré avec Eve Goldberg, la directrice de l’orchestre d’ukulélé de Toronto et continue d’y participer en-ligne. Le plaisir de l’apprentissage et la passion de jouer, d’enseigner et d’arranger de la musique de tous genres avec l’ukulélé continue.

Chantal est Franco-ontarienne et peut ainsi offrir tout instruction et matériaux en français, sur demande.

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.

Living and working in my RV.
Currently stationed in Burnaby, BC, on the unceded traditional territories of the
Coast Salish, səl̓ilwətaɁɬ təməxʷ (Tsleil-Waututh), S’ólh Téméxw (Stó:lō), Qayqayt Stz’uminus \ šxʷməθkʷəy̓əmaɁɬ təməxʷ (Musqueam)
First Nations of the Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group.

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“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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