Originally from northern Ontario, Diane Briscoe moved to Europe for five years and studied piano with Mr. Jean Della Valle (diplômé du Conservatoire national supérieur de Paris) and was a pianist-accompanist for the ballet programme at the Conservatoire Régional de Lorient, France.
- Returned to Canada to begin university studies, completing a four-year programme in three and was on the Dean’s List. Graduated “Magna Cum Laude” with a B.A. in Arts (Honours Music) at the University of Ottawa, and received several scholarships and awards, including the Frederick Karam scholarship in music education.
- On full scholarship awarded by the Department of Music and the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Diane successfully completed a Masters of Music degree at the University of Ottawa.
- Received an A.R.C.T. Piano Teacher Diploma awarded “First Class Honours” by the Royal Conservatory of Music.
- Diane has trained with and observed classes of numerous Suzuki pedagogues including Bruce Anderson, Carole Bigler, Mary Craig Powell, Doris Leland Harrel, Merlin Thompson, and Valery Watts.
- Completed Gr. 7 viola exam in 2015
- Recent continuing education: Winter 2020 – “Off the Bench and Technology & “The Beginner Course: Establishing Strong Foundations for Young Pianists.”
- Member of Suzuki Musique Montréal and Suzuki Association of the Americas
In 2003 Diane was a founding faculty member and Treasurer of the SuzukiPiano Association of Ottawa/Gatineau and worked with many wonderful students and their families. In 2020 she relocated to Deux-Montagnes, Quebec near Montreal.
Articles written by Diane
“Enhanced Learning for Young Music Students: Involving and Motivating Parents” Music Educators Journal – invited to present this paper in Dalian, China, for World Education Day, Sept 2017.
“Parents attending lessons: Rewards and Challenges” Clavier Companion Jan. 2018. This article is featured in the Frances Clark Center for Piano Pedagogy teacher training course: “The Beginner Course: Establishing Strong Foundations for Young Pianists.” Reprinted in Serenade: India’s First Western Classical Music Portal.
- “Towards a Successful Instrumental Music Program: ‘Three Basic Needs’ and Parental Motivation” Piano Pedagogy Forum,
January 2019. http://keyboardpedagogy.org/images/Piano_Pedagogy_Forum_-_Volume_20_-_No._1_-_January_2019.pdf
- “Piano Concertos, Children, and Social Cognitive Theory” Canadian Music Educator/Musicien éducateur au Canada, printemps 2014. https://www.questia.com/magazine/1P3-3388034231/piano-concertos-children-and-social-cognitive-theory
- “Practice Ideas for Beginner Pianists” American Suzuki Journal – Dec. 2012.
- “Welcoming Young Children into Your Studio” Clavier Companion – July/Aug. 2012.
- “Home Visit” American Music Teacher-Aug./Sept. 2009.
- “Contemporary Music in Canada: Alexina Louie,” Masters Thesis, University of Ottawa, 1994.