Tracey’s music education began at the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s Kodály music program at four years of age. From there she took lessons in piano, guitar, and cello. Focusing on piano in her teens, she began taking Royal Conservatory of Music examinations. Tracey graduated with her Bachelor of Music from the University of Victoria in 2001 in harpsichord, majoring in Music History and Literature. Since then, Tracey returned to school, completed her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, and became a trauma therapist. Recently returning to music after a ten-year career in mental health, she has completed course work with the Royal Conservatory in Elementary Piano Pedagogy while also fulfilling her duties as PAMDA’s Executive Director.
As a teacher, Tracey believes students learn best in a warm, supportive, and creative environment, with individual goals and using healthy technique as a foundation. She has a deep passion for music history and theory, and knows how both of these topics can deepen the understanding and appreciation of the music students play. Because of Tracey’s training as a counsellor, she is keenly aware of the vulnerability and nerves students of all ages may bring to lessons and is happy to work through any fears or worries that show up in the studio. Most of all, through her journey back to music, she knows how great a pleasure it can be in life!
In her off hours, Tracey can be found singing, practicing driving (you’re never too old to learn something new!), playing with her cat Kitty Baby, or in her front yard’s vegetable garden.