Kim Michele is a diverse performer and artist educator trained at the Royal Conservatory of Music for Voice, Classical Harp and for the Artist Educator program Learning through the Arts. Studying at the University of Toronto she also specialized in the early periods including Medieval, Renaissance and Celtic Studies. A musical troubadour, Kim plays the Celtic, Renaissance and the Lyon and Healy Classical Harps along with other stringed instruments. She blends her instruments with voice and song to create a variety of programming.
Experienced in teaching the arts and her Hands on Harp programs to children and adults, her goal is to inspire a love for the arts and make a difference in students’ lives by procuring a perfect blend of knowledge and performance in the arts.
Kim has been a musical guest for a variety of art galleries, art exhibits and artist receptions throughout the GTA and beyond such as the Royal Ontario Museum, Markham Theatre, JD Carrier Gallery and McMichael Gallery Kleinberg. Her performance audiences range from children to seniors and she has been a featured artist for various venues such as the Stellar Literary Festival at Durham’s Parkwoods Estates for the past four years, sharing original stories, poetry, and songs reflecting her heritage and roots. Also, for five consecutive years she has performed harp, mandolin, vocals and stories, a musical medley for the Durham Folklore Society’s Celtic Celebration at historic Town Hall .
As a theatre performer, Kim held a principal role as an actress, singer and harpist in the play Elfin Knight for Cliffhanger Productions forty-five shows at the historic Guild Inn, Scarborough.
Kim is a former vice president of the Ontario Folk Harp Society, a member for Durham Museums’ Stepping in Thyme, a current professional member of Storytelling Toronto, as well as editor for the Canadian Storytellers for Children. She is founder of the integrated arts program Legends, Lore, Music and More delivering programs in schools and throughout the community in the Greater Toronto Area and beyond.
PHILOSOPHY OF TEACHING
The arts have the magic of unmasking students’ creative perimeters of expression, exposing the budding artist within.
“As an artist educator I strive to create a unique style of mentorship for each individual student to enable them to cultivate their own tapestry of creative and artistic skills. It is my belief that educators of the arts help cultivate and kindle the imagination and provide students with creativity, broadening their insights about the world they live in. A mosaic of the arts is a students’ greatest discovery, bringing a wealth of music, drama, dance, story, song and visual arts that compliment the mind and stimulate the imagination. As an artist educator, I am committed to embroidering a love and desire for the arts, by creating a light hearted and expressive environment where students can flourish through a tapestry of unique and creative programming.”