Early Years & Music Therapy Department Chair; IN-PERSON & ONLINE LESSONS
Born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon, Nadia Petriw began studying violin at the age of 4 and completed her Royal Conservatory of Music Grade 10 piano exam at the age of 16. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music in String Performance from Brandon University in 2016 studying with Kerry DuWors in Brandon, Manitoba and Daniel Phillips in Queens, New York. Nadia moved to Vancouver in 2017 to pursue music therapy studies at Capilano University and graduated with distinction in June 2020 after successfully completing a practicum in Richmond and Delta working with children and adults.
Nadia has taught in her own private violin and piano studio since 2008 and is passionate about sharing music with young people. Trained in the Suzuki and Music Together methods, she enjoys working with all ages, abilities, and styles. Her music therapy training also influences her teaching style, as she works with the student and their family to achieve their personal and musical goals. Nadia believes that all children are musical and is passionate about sharing music through exploration, creativity, and play.
As a performer, Nadia was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada in 2015 and was featured as a soloist with the Queens College Chamber Orchestra in 2016. She was concert master of the Brandon Community Orchestra for 3 seasons and performed with the Brandon Chamber Players on numerous occasions. She continues to perform in a variety of settings in Metro Vancouver and volunteers with provincial and national Suzuki and music therapy associations.
In her free time, Nadia can be found baking cookies, reading, or tending to her garden.