Dustin has taught piano for 14 years and welcomes students of all ages and levels from beginner to advanced. He enjoys teaching a wide variety of styles that include: classical, jazz, film / anime music, video game music and popular music arranged for piano. Dustin regularly prepares students for recitals, festival performances, piano examinations and theory examinations. In recent years, Dustin has expanded his teaching to include a focus on arranging, composition and chording techniques for students that have interest in areas of piano beyond the RCM / CCM examination curriculum. He describes his personal teaching style as rooted in patience, encouragement and artistic discovery while maintaining a high standard that assists students in reaching their full potential.
Dustin’s academic credentials include a Master of Arts degree in Musicology and Piano Performance from the University of Victoria as well as ARCT diplomas in both Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto. Dustin is also a certified RCM teacher and has specialization status for all levels of piano, theory and music history studies. He enjoys performing alongside his students, accompanying other student performers and collaborating with colleagues.
When not teaching or performing music, Dustin enjoys playing complicated boardgames with his wife, Christine, and their teenage child, Yuki. He is also kept busy by the two family miniature dachshunds, Anastasia (Ana) and Theodore (Theo). Dustin and his family are strong supporters of the LGBTQ community as well as any person in need of love, support and inspiration.