Hally Friesen is a graduate of Canadian Mennonite University with a Bachelor of Music.
Raised in a musical family in Paraguay, Hally was introduced to music and the piano at a very young age. She finished her piano studies abroad and won several national competitions. After moving to Winnipeg in 2005, Hally studied classical piano with Dr Cheryl Pauls and graduated with a BA from Canadian Mennonite University in 2010. She has built private piano studios and taught Orff in Winnipeg, Steinbach and in her home town in Paraguay. Hally has worked with students of many ages and abilities, from beginners to advanced. Her students are given tools to excel and have met with success in competitions and exams. Some former students are currently enrolled in piano studies in universities! Hally is passionate about each student and works at finding their individual learning styles and uses their personal interests to develop their musical potential. In addition to teaching, Hally has also worked with children’s choirs and directed musicals, as well as accompanied various vocal and instrumental soloists, choirs and ensembles. She is fluent in English, German and Spanish and has teaching experience in all three languages. Hally is currently teaching piano at the Southeast Centre for Music and at her home studio in Steinbach. She is excited to share her knowledge and enthusiasm with her students.
This Fall, Hally is pursuing a longtime dream of teaching Music for Young Children! She is excited to see where this unique program and her love for young children will take her.
When she is not teaching, Hally enjoys researching different approaches on music teaching, techniques and styles. She likes to read, explore the outdoors, breed Shih Tzu puppies and loves to travel to interesting new places with her family.
“Over the course of this past year, my piano progress has grown immensely. Hally has helped me work through the rough spots week after week, using creative methods to get me immersed in the music. She always ensures that I have time to practice, too, never giving me more homework than I can handle. One of her best qualities is definitely her patience, as even if I mess up while playing piano, she helps me through it and highlights specific passages to continue working on, which we revisit the following week. Whatever I need, she is always there to help!” (Kyra is a transfer piano student and finished her first year of piano studies with Hally)
“We are so fortunate to have found Hally and that she is teaching our 10 year old son to play piano! Her passion for, understanding of, and dedication to music is matched only by her passion for, understanding of, and dedication to teaching her students. She is so patient and has a real ability to see exactly how much or how little to push them forward, at a rate, in which they will learn as quickly as possible, but without causing too much stress on the student, which could cause them to lose heart. In our opinion, we could not have asked for a better instructor for our son. She is so warm and genuine with him and takes so much interest in his musical interests. We are very blessed to have Hally!” (Steve is a father of a 10 year old piano student.)
“Hally is very diligent about making sure her students’ questions get answers, even if it means she has to look into it herself. She is very passionate about what she does! She is also patient when I don’t understand something right away. I’m very happy to call Hally my teacher!” (Stephanie is a piano instructor and has her own piano studio in the Southeast.)
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