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Where Mind and Music Meet.
Our mandate is to nurture and educate the “whole individual”, utilizing a variety of age appropriate teaching methods that enable students to achieve success and have fun making music!

Southland Classics Piano Studio

Celebrating 30 Years of Excellence!

Southland Classics Piano Studio was founded in 1983 in south Calgary by Miss Heather. Since that time, the Studio has grown to serve Calgary, Airdrie and surrounding areas and now employs 4 teachers. Southland is a teaching academy focusing on developing musicianship in children and adults alike.

All classes continue to be given in Miss Heather’s home in order to provide students with a warm, fun learning environment. Pupils learn on two grand pianos, an upright grand and a digital for variety and experience. Master Classes and Recitals are held regularly to supplement the private lesson component.

As part of our mandate to nurture and educate the “whole individual” we are offering private tutoring in several subjects.

Southland utilizes a variety of age appropriate teaching methods enabling students to achieve success, making the learning process easier.

Southland also offers its “Note Reward System” for painless practice. All of our teachers are qualified, upbeat, enthusiastic and excited about music!

Enrich Your Life With Music!

Heather Kolankowski
  • Owner, Senior Teacher Piano, Theory, Brass
  • Miss Heather is celebrating her 29th year teaching music. Having taught students ages 4 months to 93 years of age, she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Studio.
  • Studies in include instructors Kay Thomas, Eileen Keown (Mount Royal University), Marilyn Engle (University of Calgary), Mike Sakatch ( Westwinds Jazz Ensemble), Ian Ferrie (French Horn).
  • Heather enjoys workshops in Jazz, Theory, Improvisation, Teaching Techniques, Kindermusik and also plays in an R&B band. She travels extensively in her spare time and is currently working towards a degree in Anthropology where she hopes to gain some understanding in the evolution of music in humans. Heather lives on an acreage with her husband, son and four dogs.

Miss Nikki
  • Teacher Piano
  • Nikki is 26 years old and has enjoyed playing piano for 20 years. Along with her passion for piano she attained her second degree black belt in Taekwondo in June 2008. She graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree majoring in Marketing at Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary in 2008. After finishing University she decided to embark on a five month solo backpacking trip across Europe. Upon her return to Canada Miss Nikki embarked again to teach English in Thailand. Having discovered that teaching is her passion, she then completed her Education Degree at the University of Lethbridge. Once again we are thrilled to have our talented Nikki back in the Studio teaching piano for her 9th year. Miss Nikki is looking forward to another great year of teaching at Southland Classics Piano Studio where the students are encouraged, challenged and continuously kept motivated.

Miss Jessica
  •  Teacher Piano
  •  Grade 2 Rudiments
  •  Grade 10 RCM Piano in progress
  •  ARCT in Elementary Piano Pedagogy in progress
  •  Senior High School Band Award Winner
  •  Jessica is celebrating her 5th year at the Studio achieving First Class Honors with Distinction in High School. She is a first year Engineering student at the University of Calgary. Miss Jessica is a valued member of our team at Southland and we are delighted that she will continue to bring her enthusiasm and talent to her students.

Miss Lexie
  • Teacher Piano
  •  Grade 2 Rudiments, Grade 10 Piano underway
  •  Kiwanis Music Festival
  •  Accompanist Middle School Choir, Soloist Graduation Ceremonies
  •  Graduated from University of Calgary with a degree in Mathematics Major & Visual Arts/Education Minor in 2012.
  •  Tutoring Mathematics to the Grade 12 Level
  •  Travelled extensively throughout Eastern Europe, Greece, United States, Cuba
  •  Fluent in Hungarian

Miss Kendra
  • Piano Teacher 7 Years
  •  Alto sax in Junior High and High School
  •  Bass Guitar
  •  Accompanied Vocalists both Classically & Musical Theatre
  •  Gold Medal Winner in Kiwanis Music Festival
  •  Advanced placement program in High School
  •  Attending University of Calgary: Chemistry Major & Music Minor
  •  Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do

Miss Alexa
  •  Piano Teacher
  •  First Class Honors Student High School
  •  Grade 8 Piano
  •  Advanced Theory Rudiments
  •  Alexa will continue to bring her amazing talent, love of music, fun and out-going nature to the Studio!
Studio Location
34 Rainbow Blvd, Rockyview County, AB
(403) 567-5437