Memorial Pedagogy Award Winner 2016 - Megan Kuntz
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, Ontario. 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, Ontario.
She completed her ARCT in Piano Performance in 2011, then went on to study piano pedagogy under Margot Hundt from Hanover, Ontario. 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 a local 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!
CFMTA is pleased to offer the Memorial Pedagogy Award to the candidate who receives the highest mark in the Teachers Written Examination of either the Royal Conservatory of Music or Conservatory Canada.
This award was initiated upon the passing of Robert Pounder of Alberta, a renowned teacher, mentor and colleague. Mr. Pounder became the first Honorary President of CFMTA serving from 1975 to 1996.
Applicants must have studied with a current CFMTA/FCAPM teacher and the examination must be from a nationally accredited teaching institution, which offers examinations in every province. Along with an official transcription of the Pedagogy Examination mark, the applicant is required to submit a summary of their musical training and interim teaching, which will be considered in the case of a tie.
The Memorial Pedagogy Award is presented biennially in the non-conference year and is governed by the Awards & Competitions Chair. The closing date for the applications to be received June 1 of the even-numbered years. Applicants must have completed the requirements within the two years prior of the closing date to be eligible.
Please direct submissions and questions to:
Awards & Competitions Chair