We know there are lots of options in Winnipeg for families when choosing a music educator or therapist. So why choose Prelude Music?
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, (Owner)
Specializations: Music Therapy, Melodies & ABC’s, Piano
Michelle is certified music therapy in both Canada (MTA) and the United States (MT-BC). She holds 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).
Michelle 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 a part-time Professor 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 curriculum, 2012 judge for the Juno’s in the category of Best Children’s Album, 2014 the winner of the Women Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Emerging Business and being a guest speaker throughout North America.
Kelly Beaton, BMT, MTA, MT-BC
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 Yaicuk 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.
Jenna Coombs, BMT, MTA, MT-BC
Specializations: Music Therapy, Melodies & ABC’s
Jenna graduated from Capilano University with a Bachelor of Music Therapy and was the recipient of the Dean’s Award for Academic Achievement. She did the first half of her internship at St Amant in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where she worked with children and adults with developmental disabilities; the second half of her internship was completed in the Brandon School Division working with children from ages 6-21 in the life skills program. Jenna is accredited with and is a member of the Canadian Association for Music Therapy (CAMT), and is a Neurological Music Therapist (NMT). Jenna has pursued continuing education to teach early years music and enjoys teaching family music classes. She has worked with children and adults in both individual and group sessions, ranging from babies to older adults in long-term care. Jenna enjoys working with people of all ages and abilities and loves watching others grow and develop through music therapy.
Specializations: Guitar, Ukulele
Paige Drobot is a young and enthusiastic teacher with experience teaching in manydifferent 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.
Rebekah Miller, BMus
Specializations: Music Therapy, Melodies & ABC’s
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
Sarah Kroeker graduated with a Bachelor of Music Therapy from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2014 and received her MTA in September 2015. Sarah was trained with an improvisation-based/creative music therapy focus and has worked with a range of clients, primarily school-aged children and adolescents. Sarah splits her time as a Music Therapist at Prelude Music between private clients, kindergarten classrooms and instructing Melodies and ABCs.
Sarah’s primary musical love is the cello which she has played since she was four. She has studied cello locally with Adeline Muller, Andrea Bell and Karen Sunabacka. In her spare time, Sarah serves on a number of professional and arts organization boards.
Specializations: Music Therapy, Melodies & ABCs
Lida Szkwarek, MM, B.Ed
Specializations: Voice and Piano
Lida is thrilled to be joining the Prelude Music faculty! Born and raised in Winnipeg, Lida completed her Bachelors of Music Education and Masters in Music Performance and Literature at the University of Western Ontario. Although her training has been focused in classical music, Lida is experienced in teaching many other genres, including musical theatre, jazz, pop and rock. Lida’s philosophy is that proper singing technique creates the foundation for healthy singing. As such, her vocal lessons will include emphasis on posture, breath control, tone production and diction. Lida has prepared students for Royal Conservatory exams as well as musical theatre and university entrance auditions. Her studio is a gentle and welcoming environment where students can feel free to explore and experiment with their imagination. Catering to student needs, she prepares lesson plans on an individual basis and strives to achieve the most positive and creative environment possible while fostering their love of music.
An avid performer, Lida has completed vocal studies at some of Canada’s premier young artist programs, including: Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Program, The Banff Centre, Opera NUOVA and Opera on the Avalon. She has performed with Calgary Opera, Saskatoon Opera Edmonton Opera, Niagara Symphony, The Greater Grand Forks Symphony as well as Guelph Symphony. Additionally, she has also won prominent prizes in The International Czech and Slovak Singing Competition and was a semi-finalist in the National Council Auditions with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. This season Lida is very excited to make her hometown debut with Manitoba Opera singing Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen.