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Piano Lessons
2020 – 2021

Learn to interpret music, practice efficiently and perform with confidence and skill.

TEACH

UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY COURSES:
 

MUSI 127 (Class Piano) - Functional Approach to the Piano

MUSI 221/223 - Performance Practicum

MUSI 321/323 - Performance Practicum

MUSI 421/423 - Performance Practicum

MUSI 462A - Junior Performance Project

MUSI 621/623 - Performance Practicum

Music is a powerful language that accentuates our lives in countless ways.  It impacts our souls and leaves lasting impressions.

 

Studying music introduces students to this valuable and meaningful form of expression, while simultaneously teaching them discipline, determination, commitment and communication. 

In my lessons, students develop proficiency with score analysis and interpretation of style and character; 

while learning to listen for harmonic color and textural variety in the structural and rhythmic context of each work. 

Students work to establish a strong technical foundation by building an extensive palette of practice tools and physiological approaches, which enable them to effectively communicate their ideas and produce moving performances. 

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • 38 years of performing experience (recitals, festivals and competitions)

  • Over 29 years of pedagogical experience with students of various age ranges and levels (all levels of R.C.M.) and seven years of teaching experience at a university level (University of Calgary, McGill University)

  • Attention to musical detail and technical skills required for producing moving, energetic and convincing performances 

  • An aptitude for colourful and imaginative demonstrations, explanations and methodologies

  • Emphasis on effective and efficient practice methods that focus on exploration, inquiry and autonomy

  • Development of strong technical foundation, including proper posture, warm-up, relaxation and efficiency in movement

  • Performance coaching on topics relating to anxiety and confidence-building

STUDIO GUIDELINES

TAUGHT

UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY COURSES:

MUSI 521/523 - Performance Practicum

MUSI 327.01, MUSI 327.03, 327.04 - Second Instrument Study

MCGILL UNIVERSITY COURSES:

MUEN 582 - Piano Ensemble

MUIN 180/181 - BMus Practical Lessons

Adjudicating, Masterclasses, Clinics

Airdrie Rotary Festival of Performing Arts (Airdrie, AB)

Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Juror for Project Grants--Music (Edmonton, AB)

APTA Festival (Calgary, AB)

ARMTA Masterclass (Calgary, AB)

Brooks Music Festival (Brooks, AB)

Canadian Music Competitions--Adjudicator for First Round and Provincial Finals (BC, AB, MB, ON, QC, NB)

Cardston Music Festival (Cardston, AB)

Crowsnest Pass Music Festival (Crowsnest Pass, AB)

Drumheller and District Music Festival (Drumheller, AB)

Grande Prairie Music Festival (Grande Prairie, AB)

Highwood Lions Music Festival (High River, AB)

Honens Masterclass Auditios, Juror (Calgary, AB)

Honens Pro Am Piano Competition, Juror (Calgary, AB)

Lacombe and District Music Festival (Lacombe, AB)

McGill University, Masterclass (Montreal, QC)

Mount Royal Suzuki Fall Festival (Calgary, AB)

Mount Royal Suzuki Piano Winter Workshop (Calgary, AB)

Oilsands Rotary Music Festival (Fort McMurray, AB)

Olds & District Kiwanis Music Festival (Olds, AB)

Private Festival, Marian Parrot (Calgary, AB)

Red Deer Contemporary Showcase Festival (Red Deer, AB)

Red Deer Festival for the Performing Arts (Red Deer, AB)

Sherwood Park Music Festival (Sherwood Park, AB)

St. Albert Rotary Music Festival (St. Albert, AB)

University of Alberta, Masterclass (Edmonton, AB)

University of Lethbridge, Masterclass (Lethbridge, AB)

Yellowknife Music Festival (Yellowknife, NWT)

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Chanel Fu

Lana is one of the kindest teachers I've had, but she would also always push me to improve myself, be it with my piano performance or my work ethic. Studying with her was one of the most beneficial decisions for my life moving forward.

Dakota Perez

Dr. Henchell is an amazing teacher. She has elevated my understanding of music, playing and practicing the piano to a more mature level. In the short time that she has been my private instructor, I am able to hear progress in my passion for performance and it is very rewarding to have a teacher who will be able to push me that much further into success and a balanced mindset for the sake of creating music. I cannot wait to see how much more she has to teach me.

Kevin Kahlert

Lana is a talented piano teacher who is also a skilled performer. She has taught me for many years and is a very detailed instructor. Lana always knows what to do to make me a better pianist, so that I can play my best whether in an exam or in front of an audience. I have enjoyed being her student and would recommend her to others.

Parris Zhu

Lana is one of the most inspiring teachers I have ever met.  She has encouraged me to pursue my passion for music! Her knowledge and expertise have incredibly helped me grow in many ways!

Xinchen (Carrie) Rong

Lana's approach to piano playing is so unique in that she works with you individually to understand the music, and teaches you how to really bring the notes on the page to life. Her lessons focus not only on the technical and physical aspects of playing, but on developing the ability to express the composers' intentions through listening to harmonies and musical phrases. She uses a variety of examples to visually represent ideas. She demonstrates these concepts with so much passion and vivacity, that it's hard not to get swept along in the music with her. 

I have learned about how to properly warm up, practice, learn, and memorize pieces with her guidance and patience––she has something for everyone, regardless of age, experience or talent. By attending her frequent masterclasses and being encouraged to make peer critiques and listen to recordings, I have become a wholesome musician who is confident in my own skills, in addition to being able to appreciate other artists' works. Her numerous technique exercises and teaching methods have improved my playing so much that it is unrecognizable from a few years ago. She will take a personal stake in your success and dedicate her own time and effort to supporting you both musically and as a person. She is the sole reason I am now studying music at McGill University, and why music has become one of the greatest joys in my life.