Gayle was born in
Calgary, Alberta, Canada where she completed the piano
requirements for the Associateship of the Royal Conservatory
of Music of Toronto (A.R.C.T.). Her musical education
continued at le Conservatoire de Musique de Québec from
which she received the diploma, Laureat de l’Académie de
Musique de Québec.
Gayle’s love of music and
desire to speak French fluently, led her to two further
years of study in Paris, France. Her program included
concerts and competitions. Returning to Canada and a career
teaching piano, Gayle became aware of a ‘missing subject’ in
the curriculum of formal piano education. Although many
students could excel technically and interpret complex
compositions with ease, they were often perplexed if asked
to create their own accompaniment to a basic melody.
Realizing that hearing and anticipating chord changes is
another area of the brain, Gayle began writing melodies that
progressed equally in difficulty with the sight-reading and
technical skills. Students providing accompaniments for two
or three new melodies (at least weekly) developed a feel for
the harmonic changes, progressions, styles, rhythms and
patterns. She soon noticed that, like most
new skills, creating accompaniment for melodies requires
hands-on, step-by-step training from the beginning.
Gayle lives in Nanaimo, BC, Canada with her husband, and is
a member of the BC Registered Music Teachers’ Association.
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