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Mia has been a student of the voice for over 25 years and has been teaching private voice lessons for the past six years. Mia has earned a Bachelor of Music from UBC, an Artist Diploma from the Vancouver Academy of Music and an Opera Diploma from the University of Toronto. With her extensive training and experience in the world of operatic and classical voice she understands the instrument well and is passionate about sharing this knowledge of healthy vocal production. She believes in the healing power of music and creates a safe learning environment. It is important to meet the student where they are so that they feel heard and seen. Vulnerability is key in the discovery of self and one's own voice, for in exploring new ground one must proceed in spite of this sometimes overwhelming sense of vulnerability. It is important to Mia that her students understand that musicianship and vocal technique are simply tools in the larger, most important goal of self expression. Everyone has something to share and it is through this sharing that our community and world at large gains understanding and a sense of connection. Mia was first exposed to live performance when she was a young child. This early witnessing of live performance has stayed with her until now. Live music and theatre has the potential to leave impressions that are life changing.  

Mia is also a performer and has enjoyed singing operatic roles, oratorio, classical recitals, experimental/contemporary performance pieces as well as some musical theatre, pop, jazz and folk over the years. Her first love was for the love of theatre and acting. She is actively pursuing this passion and studying and performing with Kate Twa and other instructors at the Tempest Theatre.