Marjory Purdy began piano lessons at the age of four with her mother, Margaret Purdy. She later continued her studies with Helen Dahlstrom, Robin Wood, Winifred Scott Wood, and William Goldenberg. Her education includes Performer’s and Teacher’s Diplomas from the Royal Conservatory of Music and the Victoria Conservatory of Music; a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Victoria; and a Master of Music Degree and Performer’s Certificate from Northern Illinois University. She also studied collaborative piano at the doctorate level with Martin Katz at the University of Michigan and participated in summer programs and masterclasses in Canada, the United States, and Europe.
Currently, Marjory teaches in Coquitlam at her home studio and at Place des Arts. She loves working with all levels from the very young beginner to the advanced piano student. She also specializes in pedagogy for new and established teachers, and at Place des Arts, she mentors and supervises several student teachers. Marjory adjudicates music festivals throughout British Columbia, and she is an examiner for Conservatory Canada. As a clinician, she presents masterclasses and workshops to teachers and students on various topics, including a session at the National Convention of the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Association.
Marjory considers the benefits of music education immeasurable for a child’s emotional, social, and intellectual development. In her teaching, she encourages and challenges students to strive toward excellence within a kind and supportive environment. She believes all children have an artist within, and she aspires to guide students on their journey of learning and discovery.
Marjory’s students are recipients of numerous awards from local festivals, the BCRMTA, and Conservatory Canada; but what Marjory values most is helping students master the things they thought were impossible, and the privilege of sharing time with children as they grow up.