Bachelor of Music (Performance - North Carolina School of the Arts)
CANSTAT-Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique (Toronto School of the Alexander Technique)
Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Music Education (The Royal Conservatory and Ryerson University)
Certified Orff Specialist – post-level III certificate (The Royal Conservatory)
Tanya Bénard serves on the faculty of the Glenn Gould School, teaching an ongoing Alexander Technique program that she developed. She first discovered the Technique while pursuing a career as a professional clarinettist, and was so impressed with its benefits that she decided to train as a teacher. Tanya specializes in working with musicians. In addition to her work with the students in the professional training program, Tanya also offers private lessons in the Alexander Technique through the Royal Conservatory School, and is very active as a workshop presenter and clinician. Past presentations have included the Toronto Musicians’ Union (AFM Local 149), the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association and the Ontario Music Educators’ Association, as well as various local and national conferences and musical organizations.
Tanya serves as the Alexander Technique teacher in residence at various summer music institutes and festivals. She is a member of both the Canadian and the American Societies of Teachers of the Alexander Technique, as well as the Performing Arts Medicine Association.
As a clarinettist, Tanya has performed with the Winston-Salem Piedmont Triad Symphony, the Salisbury Symphony, and the Carolina Chamber Symphony, and has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Sarah Graham Kenan Scholarship, runner-up in the International Music Program Concerto Competition, a Semans Art Fund Career Development Grant, and First Prize in the Euterpe Music Competition.
In addition to her training and experience as a performer, Tanya is also trained as a teacher of musicianship. She has taught music and movement in a wide range of settings, has served as a music festival adjudicator, and has helped to train music teachers, both through the Toronto District School Board and the Royal Conservatory School. Tanya has been awarded the Gunild Keetman Scholarship (Carl Orff Canada), the Keith Bissell Scholarship (Carl Orff Canada), and the Robert & Donna Wood Scholarship (Early Childhood Music Association). She is a member of the Early Childhood Music Association of Ontario and Music for Children - Carl Orff Canada. Tanya joined The Royal Conservatory faculty in 2005.
Professor Bénard can be reached through e-mail at:firstname.lastname@example.org