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2020 Pedagogy Award Winner, Marilyn Shantz
(Teacher: Joanne Bender)
Marilyn is passionate about instilling a love of music in her students. Her love for music was initially nurtured by exceptional music teachers in school, with her first instrument being the violin. She began piano lessons at a later age, when it became a possibility, and started teaching soon after. For Marilyn, the joy and fulfillment in reaching students’ hearts, watching them achieve their goals, win scholarships, receive their high school credits and create meaning and purpose in their life, makes teaching an honour and a privilege. One of her greatest accomplishments has been caring for developmentally disabled and autistic adults through music. Ever since the door opened for Marilyn, it has been a challenging and rewarding experience. The language of music has the ability to reach everyone and the impact it has is unspeakable! Marilyn thanks her teachers, Carolyn Bearinger, Joanne Bender (pedagogy) and Erin Coffey (theory) for their inspiration, insight and expertise through the years. The quote by Bach is hung in her studio, “The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.” 


       Marilyn's teacher, Joanne Bender             

2017 Pedagogy Award Winner, Lannette Heikoop
(Teacher: Andrew Ludziejewski)

Lannette Heikoop began formal piano lessons at the age of five which instilled a love for the instrument. She is forever grateful to her parents who made it a priority to keep their five children in music lessons throughout the years. Her teacher Donna Chapin made sure Lannette competed in the Kiwanis Music Festival every year to which she placed each time. She continued lessons under Andrew Ludziejewski of London who brought her through grade nine piano through to her Advanced Pedagogy certificate. He taught her an insurmountable amount of technique and ability! She was honoured to receive the Regional Gold Medal from the Royal Conservatory of Music for the highest mark in her Intermediate Pedagogy certificate in Ontario. While in high school, Lannette began teaching piano lessons in her home. Subsequently, she built her own business successfully teaching piano lessons in the rural schools of Huron County for the past decade. Her husband Timothy has encouraged her in her studies, especially as she studied to complete her Advanced Pedagogy exams while expecting their first child. Lannette has also used her skill in multiple churches and ministries to the glory of God. She is passionate about music education as she realizes the impact it has on the musician and for the listening ear.

2016 Pedagogy Award Winner, Megan Kuntz
(Teacher: Margot Hundt)

Megan Kuntz was born and raised in Hanover, ON. She was home-schooled through elementary school and high school, and comes from a family of 11 children. She is thankful to her parents who gave her the opportunity to begin studying piano at 8 years old under Patti Schmidt from Walkerton, ON. It was within these first years of lessons that she knew she wanted to become a piano teacher. She also spent two years studying under David Cotterell from Durham, ON.

She completed her ARCT in Piano Performance in 2011, then went on to study piano pedagogy under Margot Hundt from Hanover, ON.  She completed both Elementary and Intermediate Pedagogy certificates, and was very honoured to receive the Regional Gold Medal from the Royal Conservatory of Music for achieving the highest mark in Ontario and Quebec for the Intermediate Pedagogy examinations. She has completed the Advanced Piano Pedagogy program with RCM, writing the written examination in August 2015, and the practical examinations at the end of January 2016.

She enjoys teaching piano at Chesley District Community School, as well as from her home studio. She is also a ballet instructor at the local dance school. In addition to teaching, she also plays the piano at her church and at weddings.

She is passionate about music, and is thrilled to have the opportunity each day to share her knowledge and passion for music with her students.

2015 Pedagogy Award Winner, Kathy Anderson

A self-described life-long learner, Kathy Anderson grew up in Keswick, Ontario, started piano lessons at the age of eight and studied with Mary Lou Stanton in Newmarket as a teenager. Kathy began a twenty-six year career as a medical secretary at the former York County Hospital (now Southlake), got married, had two beautiful children and it wasn’t long before her passion for music education led her to begin building a private music studio.

Kathy has always strongly believed in continuing professional development for teachers and would return to Mary Lou for lessons at every opportunity. She continued to build her pedagogy knowledge through available workshops and seminars, always sharing the new ideas and information with her students. Kathy had the opportunity to connect with Debra Wanless and began an exciting new phase of studies with her. She has recently completed the Primary/Elementary and Licentiate diplomas in Piano Pedagogy through the Northern Lights Canadian National Conservatory of Music and is continuing Junior Fellowship studies in piano pedagogy.

Kathy is thrilled to have been asked to join the Board of Examiners for CNCM. She entertains seniors bi-weekly at the local retirement home in Keswick and is music director at Ravenshoe United Church where she directs a choir of twenty-five enthusiastic adults and organizes summer music camps for children. Kathy continues to teach children and adults and is always happy to host Composer and Kids sessions in her studio. Kathy is excited by this award and shares it with her very supportive husband John and her friend and mentor Debbie. Thank you for this honour.