My Background

Knowledge is not skill. Knowledge plus ten thousand times is skill.
Shinichi Suzuki

 I have been teaching for 25 years and have a passion for music whether it be teaching, performing, or research. I hold a Master of Music degree from the University of Ottawa and an ARCT piano pedagogy diploma (piano teacher) from the Royal Conservatory of Music. I teach children and adults as well as more advanced students who wish to prepare conservatory exams. I am a member of the Quebec Music Teachers’ Association.

  • Originally from northern Ontario, Diane Briscoe lived in Europe for five years and studied piano with Mr. Jean Della Valle (diplômé du Conservatoire national supérieur de Paris).  She 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.
  • In 2003 Diane was a founding faculty member and Treasurer of the SuzukiPiano Association of Ottawa/Gatineau and had the privilege to work with devoted colleagues and many wonderful students and their families. In 2020 she relocated to Deux-Montagnes, Quebec near Montreal.
  • Plays piano in various groups with local musicians, plays viola in “L’Orchestre symphonique des Basses-Laurentides“.
  • Member of the Quebec Music Teachers’ Association

Published Piano Pedagogy Articles 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.

Other articles on piano pedagogy have been published in the Canadian Music Educator, Clavier Companion, and Piano Pedagogy Forum among others.