Michelle knows there are lots of options in Winnipeg for families when choosing a music educator or therapist. So why choose Prelude Music?
Collectively we have over 40 years of experience teaching private and group music classes, years of experience working with individuals with disabilities and over 10 years of professional music therapy experience.
All of our specialists have university education, experience performing, competing and a passion for teaching. If fun and engaging lessons are what you are looking for, then Prelude Music is the place for you!
Michelle (Lawrence) Yaciuk, MM, MTA, MT-BC (Owner)
Specializations: Music Therapy, Melodies & ABC’s, Piano
She is certified music therapy in both Canada (MTA) and the United States (MT-BC). She has a Masters of Music (MM) (Western Michigan University, 2009), with an emphasis in Music Therapy, and also holds undergraduate degrees in Music Education and Special Education (University of Mary, 2003).
She has specialized training in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT), which can assist those individuals who have rehabilitation and/or neurological needs as well as Neonatal Intensive Care Music Therapy (NICU), assisting premature infants and their families.
Since becoming a music therapist in 2007, Michelle has had the privileged of working at BC Children’s Hospital, Victoria Conservatory of Music and starting Prelude Music. In 2016, Michelle became an instructor of music therapy at Canadian Mennonite University, where she gets to share her passion for the field with up and coming therapists.
Some of Michelle’s achievements are creating Melodies & ABCs an inclusive parent/child program for children between 6 months – 6 years (separated by age), 2012 judge for the Juno’s in the category of Best Children’s Album and in 2014 the winner of the Women Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Emerging Business.
Queveen Arcedo, BMus
Queveen Arcedo began his musical journey at the age of 7, playing piano at St. John’s Music starting out in group piano lessons. He continued his studies at Preparatory Division at the University of Manitoba taking private lessons with Diane Knute who helped guide his passion for music. Later studying under Julliard Alumni, David Moroz, Queveen graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor’s in Piano Performance. Although Queveen has been performing since he began studying music, his true love for the art is in composition. Queveen is a winner of CFMTA Student Composer Competition for Solo Piano in both 2009 and 2010 at the Provincial level. Currently, Queveen works alongside the Pearl of the Orient directing and composing music for traditional Filipino dances. Queveen enjoy’s teaching all age groups and levels of experience. His goal for his students is to leave not only learning something new about the music they play, but also feeling proud about what they have accomplished.
Kelly Beaton, BMT
Specializations: Voice, Piano, Music Therapy, Melodies & ABCs
Kelly Beaton is completing the Bachelor of Music Therapy program at the Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg, and will begin her music therapy internship at Prelude Music under the supervision of Michelle Lawrence in February, 2015.
Kelly has completed music therapy internship placements at the Children’s Hospital in Winnipeg and at several elementary schools in Winnipeg.
She has also taught vocal and piano lessons for the last 5 years, and has studied and performed classical voice and piano since the age of 5.
Kelly studied vocal jazz at the International Music Camp, and was heavily involved with the Performance Arts Program while attending Westwood Collegiate, receiving the award for Outstanding Recognition in Music for three consecutive years.
In addition to formal training, Kelly has traveled throughout North America and Europe with musicians from Winnipeg performing at large, international music festivals and venues. She continues to teach and perform regularly in Winnipeg, and is looking forward to joining Prelude Music’s team.
Specializations: Guitar, Ukulele
Paige Drobot is a young and enthusiastic teacher with experience teaching in many different environments. She has worked with students of all ages and skill levels ranging from beginner to advanced musicians. She has studied jazz guitar and ethnomusicology at universities and can teach nearly any style of music you can name. When not teaching, Paige is busy writing, recording and performing across Canada with her band.
Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Brianna Koller started her musical career at the age of 3 with her first piano lesson. She never looked back as she continued to discover her love for music while studying piano with Alla Rekhson and violin with Cherie Larson in Edmonton. Brianna won numerous first place prizes in several competitions including the Edmonton Fall Festival, and the Edmonton Kiwanis Festival. In 2009 Brianna completed the Royal Conservatory of Music program within the top percentile of the country. She has been teaching for six years, always with a goal of sharing the wonder of music with others. Having completed the RCM program, Brianna felt the desire to further continue her musical studies. She is now in her third year at the University of Manitoba Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music studying piano under the direction of David Moroz. Brianna hopes to broaden her studies in the future with a second degree in Music Therapy.
Rebekah Koop, BMus
Growing up, Rebekah always found herself surrounded by music. Her father and her three sisters all played stringed instruments and took piano lessons, and so there was rarely silence in the Koop household. Rebekah was no exception to this family trend, and began playing violin at the age of four. Throughout junior high and high school Rebekah was involved in numerous choirs, bands, and orchestras. Although she enjoyed all of her musical experiences, violin playing always gave her the most joy.
Rebekah graduated with a Bachelor of Music (majoring in violin and voice) from Canadian Mennonite University in 2015, and will be completing her Bachelor of Music Therapy in 2018. Aside from violin, Rebekah also has training in: voice, clarinet, saxophone, guitar, piano, music history, and music theory. Although Rebekah was primarily trained in the Suzuki violin approach, her pedagogy is to use an integrative approach that meets the needs of each individual student.
Sarah Kroeker, BMT, MTA
Specializations: Music Therapy, Melodies & ABC’s, Cello
Jesse Popeski, BMus
Jesse Popeski graduated with a Bachelor’s of Music degree from the University of Manitoba in 2015, where he studied Jazz guitar with Larry Roy. Jesse frequently performs Jazz in Winnipeg, and also plays original music with a number of local bands in a variety of styles. Jesse is the assistant musical director for the Sarah Sommer Chai Folk Ensemble, performing traditional Jewish music at Folklorama and other events. Jesse enjoys teaching guitar and ukulele to students of all ages and skill levels, from children holding a guitar for their first time, to students looking to pursue a career in music, to adults looking for a new hobby.