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Karen Wen

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Instrument: Flute

"My vision as a music educator is to empower my students to be self-learners as they become established in the fundamentals of flute playing, and inspire them to integrate their talents into different aspects of their lives. "

- Karen

About

Karen Wen has a great passion for music, which plays an essential role in her life. She started playing piano when she was six and started flute at the age of twelve. She played in the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra and was a member of the Honour Wind Ensemble of the British Columbia Music Educators’ Association. She was selected for the National Youth Band of Canada. 

Excelling in competitions, she received 15 Gold Medals and multiple Silver Medals at the Vancouver Kiwanis and Richmond Music Festivals; she was also awarded the Most Promising Senior Flutist Trophy at the 2012 Richmond Music Festival, the musical excellence award, the Dogwood Scholarship, and the Tom Lee Scholarship. She represented the Vancouver Kiwanis Festival woodwind division to attend the national level of Performance of Arts, BC. 

Karen’s passion for music is reflected in her continued quest for greater music knowledge. Successfully passing a series of Royal Conservatory of Music exams, she completed Level 10 RCM at the age of sixteen with First Class Honours. 

Karen graduated from The University of British Columbia, studied with Ms. Christie Reside, and finished the dual degree of Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education. As a teacher, she enjoys working with students of all ages and abilities. Also, she remains an active performer and plays in the UBC Symphony Orchestra and UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble. 

Musical Education and highlights

  • University of British Columbia, Bachelor of Music 

  • University of British Columbia, Bachelor of Education specialized in music education

  • Surrey School District teacher

Awards and Distinctions

  • - Selected to the National Youth Band of Canada,

  • - BCMEA honor wind ensemble

  • - Selected to the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra

  • - Selected to the Richmond Youth Honour Choir 

  • - Performing Arts BC National division, honorable mention, 2014,

  • - 15 gold medals and multiple silver medals at Richmond Music Festival and

  • Vancouver Kiwanis Music Festival,

  • - Valedictory scholarships, Tom Lee Scholarship Award, and Dogwood scholarship

  • - Most Promising Senior Flutist trophy at the 2012 Richmond Music Festival,

  • - Grade 10 RCME flute exam, first-class honors,

Languages

  • English 

  • Mandarin

Rates and Policies

  1. REGISTRATION FEE

  2. INSTRUCTION OPTIONS

    • 30 minute private lesson 

    • 45 minute private lesson 

    • 60 minute private lesson

    • Travel Charge​

  3. CANCELLATION POLICY

Lessons canceled within 24 hours without a valid reason will be charged. This does not apply to travel fees unless the notice is given at the door and the teachers have traveled to the location. ​

   4. ILLNESS / VACATION POLICY 

A maximum of three make-up lessons are permitted and can be rescheduled each school year (Sept - June) due to illness or emergency. Students need to notify the school and the teacher two weeks in advance if going on a vacation or extended absence to avoid extra charges. The vacation policy does not apply during summer breaks. 

   5. TRIAL PERIOD 

Students can try out two lessons to see if it is a great fit. We value teachers' valuable time and effort, so there will not be a free trial lesson, it will be charged. After the two trial lessons, all policies start getting effect and students will be billed in terms. 

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