Jennifer Buckland

Jennifer has been with Keynotes School of music for 22 years. She is an accomplished pianist, composer and academic. At present, she is finishing her ARCT in piano performance. Graduating from York University, she holds a BFA (cum laude) and a Masters Degree in composition. While studying at York, she has premiered several of her original compositions. She also holds a BA from the University of Toronto. Currently she is working on completing her PhD in musicology (ABD) at York. Her background also includes having played viola for the Etobicoke Philharmonic orchestra (1999-2009). At Keynotes, she is a senior level piano teacher (beginner to Grade 10), as well as being a theory specialist, instructing all levels of theory and composition. A primary goal is having her students enjoy and understand the music they play, as well as ensuring correct technique and interpretation. As an educator, she believes that every student has a unique way of learning and she strives to enable each student to develop their own unique talents.

At Keynotes, students learn to appreciate and enjoy the music with a focus on good technique as opposed to just rushing through completing RCM exams. Added to that, we have always appreciated Kathy’s efforts to accommodate scheduling needs and teaching preferences for both our boys. Our older son began learning piano at Keynotes when he was 7. Still at Keynotes at 18, he is working towards his Grade 9 RCM while at the same time preparing to teach piano. His younger brother is following along the same path. Kathy placed each of our sons with a teacher who suited his personality, and making the learning experience more enjoyable.

We recommend Keynotes to anyone who would like to learn and enjoy playing music.

Gracy and Lester Moniz / parents

Keynotes School of Music has been a great place for both our boys. Keynotes has exceptional teachers that take a lot of time & dedication to show what it is to have a love for music. Our boys look forward to many more years of learning at your school. We are so proud to be part of the Keynotes School of Music family and would highly recommend students to come out and learn here.

Fiona Lobo / parent

My daughter has always had an ear for music but until she was 10 years old we did not have an opportunity to fit piano lessons into our busy schedule. When I found Keynotes School of Music, I was so delighted that owner Kathy Vykysaly carefully considered my daughter's personality and learning style and she was matched with the teacher who was just right for her. Almost three years later, my daughter is now working on her Grade 3 RCM level and has won awards for her previous high scores. Even better from my perspective is the lovely music that fills our house whenever my daughter plays. We are very happy with Keynotes and the supportive and responsive staff.

The Thompson Family / parents