Toronto based singing and piano teacher, Patrick Jang has been teaching singing and piano lessons with Neighbour Note for over five years and has been teaching since 2010. Patrick has a very warm and welcoming personality and this is reflected in his teaching style. His students are quite successful and they really enjoy their music lessons with Patrick.
As a performer, Patrick is a very talented singer. He is a tenor with quite a big vocal range. Patrick has sung as a tenor with the Canadian Opera Company Chorus in 2010 and 2017 and with the independent Toronto based opera company entitled Odd Opera where he is also a board member.
Patrick is bilingual. He is fluent in both French and English and can also speak both Italian and German conversationally. Piano and singing lessons can also be offered in French.
Patrick holds a Master of Music in Opera Performance from the University of Toronto Opera School, a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Western Ontario, and a Juris Doctorate (JD.) from Queen's University. He is an accomplished performer and a national scholar, having been awarded a Canadian Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and a National Excellence Award from the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation. Performance credits include roles with Opera Atelier, Toronto Operetta Theatre, Toronto Summer Lyric Theatre, the Tanglewood Music Festival (Boston Symphony Orchestra), the Bel Canto Institute (Florence, Italy), and the Aspen Music Festival (as a winner of the 2009 concerto competition). He has performed in concerts and operas throughout Canada, the United States, and Italy, and has studied law in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Patrick has performed multiple seasons with the Canadian Vocal Arts Festival, Opera NUOVA, and the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity's Opera as Theatre program. He maintains his law practice in Toronto and Simcoe County, and also teaches private French and Italian language lessons in addition to teaching Voice and Piano with Neighbour Note.
Patrick's philosophy of teaching can be summarized as such:
Patrick believes in a comprehensive approach to music education. Above all, students should feel excited about learning music, so as much as rigorous practice and disciplined exercises do yield excellent results, in his teaching he always makes sure students are having fun too. Patrick teaches with an interdisciplinary approach meaning that he builds musicianship and artistry into his teaching alongside with solid pedagogical techniques that reference the latest in brain science. Good teaching is about calculated inquiry and collaboration. Patrick's students learn best when he guides them through a process of discovery. Patrick teaches his students to be active listeners and to delve into their own process of inquiry. He wants them to eventually know themselves to be their best teacher and he to be their trusted guide.
Congratulations Patrick on all of your achievements. We are so proud of you! We are also very thankful to have you as part of our teaching faculty here at Neighbour Note.