Prudence obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Music with first class standing and Master of Arts in Music Theory from the University of British Columbia School Of Music where she studied with Dr. Richard Kurth and professor Alice Enns. She also holds both the ARCT diplomas in piano performance and piano teaching from the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) with first class honours. In particular, she received awards from BCRMTA and Tom Lee Music in recognition of achieving the highest score in the 2002 RCM Teacher’s ARCT examination in British Columbia. As a member of the British Columbia Registered Music Teachers Association (BCRMTA), she is certified to have the required qualification in both piano performance and piano pedagogy.
For the past years, Prudence has been giving Masterclasses and Mock Examinations for fellow music teachers. In 2011, she joined the Richmond Music Festival board of directors to support the creation and promote the production of a high level of excellence in music performance. In 2012, she was invited to be a master teacher for the UBC School of Music Piano Pedagogy course to guide, mentor and provide university students with her expertise and knowledge. In addition, she is the Student Promotions Chairperson for the BCRMTA Richmond Branch, helping the Association in providing public performance opportunities for students in various local venues. In 2013, she has joined the board of directors of the Canadian Music Competition B.C. chapter to encourage local musicians to challenge and surpass themselves, cultivate discipline, and develop their artistic personality. Recently, she is coaching the Vancouver Orchestra Club Piano Quartet teams, bringing the fun and joy of ensemble playing into the world of piano performance.
A devoted teacher and pedagogue, Prudence has over 19 years of teaching experience. Since 1996, her students have consistently achieved first class honors with distinction in the RCM practical and theory examinations. Some of these students are winners of the BCRMTA highest mark medal/trophy (over 20 winners), the RCM Gold medals (formerly named Silver medal) for achieving the highest mark in British Columbia. Furthermore, her students are frequent winners of prizes, scholarships and trophies at National competitions (CMC) and major local festivals. Some of the senior students have continued to study music and music education at prestigious institutions such as the UBC School of Music and the University of Victoria.