Our Teachers 

  Magdalena Melax 

Owner and Director

Meet Magdalena

 

Hi!  I'm Magdalena Melax (also known as Maggie or Agnes).  I am proud to be the owner and director of the Leduc School of Music!  My intent is to make quality music instruction available to students of all ages in the Leduc area. I believe that a musical education is crucial in developing a society of whole, well-rounded, and cultured young people. I also believe that learning to play an instrument is about more than just playing notes, rather it is about learning to engage the heart, the mind and the imagination.


I have chosen the teachers who work with me because they agree with this philosophy. A common thread that links all of the teachers at the Leduc School of Music, is that we have each had a solid training in our respective disciplines, and we all love sharing what we have learned with our students!

 

Breanna Fehler

Piano

Breanna grew up in Beaumont, where she studied Piano and Piano Pedagogy with Desiree Lafaut, and from whom she has learned to develop a fun teaching style that uses incentives, prizes and games.  Breanna also worked with Dessi Gavriolova, and has completed her Grade 10 piano with the Royal Conservatory.  Breanna is a new mom.  She and husband Rich have recently welcomed baby Annaliese into the world.  Despite this new excitement, Breanna continues to be dedicated to piano teaching.  She maintains a teaching studio in her home in Beaumont, and is excited to return to the Leduc School of Music after a 6-month maternity leave.

Carla Thompson

Piano

Carla has been teaching piano for over 30 years.  Many of those years were spent teaching in Camrose, and she later joined the Leduc School of Music faculty in 2011.  A keen musician from an early age, she began her own music studies at the age of 2 and 1/2, and by the age of 16 had completed a Grade 10 Piano Certificate with the Western Board of Music.  She has studied with Marlene Nepstad, Joy Berg and Annika Roos, and has studied pedagogy with Dr. Anne Burrows in Edmonton.  Since beginning to teach, she has prepared her students for exams and local and provincial festivals, where they typically do well, as Carla always strives to instill and excellence in performance and technique in her students at any age.

Debbie Regehr

Piano

Debbie is a well-loved and respected teacher who has been teaching in the Leduc area for many years.  Debbie most often teaches intermediate and senior students, and her students are well prepared for exams and festivals.  We at the music school love to listen to her students, as they all seem to absorb Debbie's own artistry and beauty in playing.  Debbie  is the accompanist for Leduc's Piatta Forma Community Choir, and the accompanist for the Leduc High School choir.  Debbie is the very capable president of the Leduc Music Festival Association.  Besides working at the Leduc School of Music, Debbie maintains a home piano studio at her rural Leduc sheep farm.  She also very much enjoys spending with her very young grandchildren.

Hannah Ibrahim

Piano

Hannah Ibrahim grew up in Wetaskiwin, where known by her maiden name Hannah Taje, she was herself enrolled in Music for Young Children, and then moved on to study piano with Gayle Anderson and Jackie Nichols.  She dedicated herself to her piano studies very young, achieving her Grade 8 at the age of 15, her Grade 9 at the age of 17, and her Grade 10 at the age of 19.  Acceptance into the Kings' College music program followed, where she was happily paired with Jana Olsen in the area of Piano Pedagogy.  Hannah maintains her own home piano teaching studio, and works as piano teacher in three Wetaskiwin schools, and comes to the Leduc School of Music, where she teaches piano and MYC. 

Jennifer Mellom

Piano

Jennifer is a very energetic piano teacher and mother of 3!  She seems to have boundless energy and enthusiasm, and playing piano has always been a central theme in her life.  Growing up in Wetaskiwin, she herself was a student in the Music for Young Children program, and following that, studied with local piano teachers Audrey Reynolds, Brenda Fuss, and Bettina Mercer.  Jennifer enjoyed the discipline of the Royal Conservatory exam system, completing each grade from 1 through to 8.  She also played in the Wetaskiwin Music Festival annually, with highlights there being the yearly piano duets she played with her sister, and the time she won the Dr. Bellamy award at age 13.  Fast forward a number of years to present day, Jennifer enjoys teaching piano and delving into Piano Pedagogy with Carla Thompson, and teacher training from Music for Young Children.  

Kaija Meetsma

Piano

Kaija is a talented young pianist who currently studies Piano Performance at King's University College.   Kaija performed in the local music festival each year, and has occasionally represented Leduc in the   Provincial Music Festival.  She was also a recipient of the Leduc Foundation Scholarship in 2015.   Kaija has studied Piano Pedagogy with Carla Thompson, and has been teaching her own students at the Leduc School of Music since 2017.  She is also employed as a Church pianist at Peace Lutheran Church. 

Lois Green

Piano

Lois is a patient and encouraging piano teacher with decades of experience.  She is the only original teacher who has been with the Leduc School of Music since it was founded in 1987!  As such, she sometimes finds herself teaching the children of her former piano students.    Lois is also a substitute Education Assistant with the Black Gold School Division, and she is the accompanist for the Leduc Junior High School choir.  She is also a church pianist for three different congregations in the Leduc area.

Yolanda Kakoschke

Piano

Consider this:  achieving the highest mark Alberta-wide for Conservatory Canada piano exams in grades 6, 7 and 8; and then achieving the highest mark Canada-wide for the Grade 9 Conservatory Canada piano exam; Yolanda is now on staff as piano teacher at the Leduc School of Music!!  Yolanda is from Wetaskiwin.  She has studied with Gayle Anderson for many years, and now studies with Inna Luzanac of Augustana University College.  Yolanda is currently completing her Associate Diploma in piano with Conservatory Canada.

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Magdalena Melax

Voice, Musical Theatre Class

Magdalena has been teaching voice for over 20 years, preparing her many students for Festivals, Exams and College-entry Auditions. She has an Associate Teaching Diploma in Vocal Performance with the Royal Conservatory of Music, a Vocal Pedagogy Certificate with Conservatory Canada, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree.  Throughout her career, she has invested highly in her own continuing professional development.  This has brought her to studies in Vancouver (Early Music Festival), Boston (Crittendon Opera Workshop), Berlin & Cologne, Germany (University research studies), and more locally, participation in the Vocal Arts Institute of Alberta under the direction of Heather Meyers.

Carla Thompson

Voice, Musical Theatre Class

Carla has an ARCT in Voice Performance from the Royal Conservatory.  Her teachers have included Charlene Brown (Camrose), Annika Naude, Heather Meyers, and Renee Brad.  She enjoys singing spirituals, classical sacred music and art song.  But beyond this, Carla absolutely loves Musical Theatre, and as a child and teen in Camrose, has competed in Musical Theatre Provincial competitions four times.  She enjoys teaching classical repertoire and especially loves teaching musical theatre repertoire.

Karen Claypool

Voice (Contemporary)