Bogdan Focsaneanu

Hello, my name is Bogdan and I teach piano, guitar, music theory, and composition at Resonate Music School & Studio.

My musical itinerary has begun almost 35 year ago, in Iasi, Romania, where my grandfather introduced me for the first time to the world of classical guitar. Fascinated by the instrument sonority and its repertoire, I joined Popular School of Arts, which proved to be a perfect ramp toward my admission for the University of Arts “G. Enescu”. During my undergraduate studies in Music Pedagogy and Guitar, I also enrolled the Composition section. This specialization offered me great insight about the musical discourse and a chance to encounter the piano, chamber and orchestral repertoire. Graduating in 1998, with degrees in both Music Pedagogy and Composition, I joined University of Arts “G. Enescu” as assistant professor and taught Music Theory and Counterpoint classes from 1999 – 2004.

In the Fall of 2004, my wife and I decided to move to Canada. In 2005, at Conservatoire Superior de Music, Montreal, I taught Guitar, Piano, at different levels and various styles, to students ranging from age seven and up. Between 2010 – 2012, during my master in Music Theory at University of Ottawa, as Teaching Assistant, I taught Music Theory and Ear Training to several undergraduate classes. Throughout my master studies, I also joined All You Need Music Academy, Brockville, Ontario, where I taught Guitar, Piano and prepared several students for RCM examinations. From 2014, I accepted the PhD admission at University of Alberta, and together with my wife and our son, we made beautiful Edmonton our new home. As Teaching Assistant, I taught year one and two undergraduate classes in Music Theory and Electronics. Electronics allowed me to teach students how to use DAWs such as Cubase, Logic and notation programs such as Finale, Sibelius in combination with virtual instruments. Music technology proved to be an important tool in improving student creativity, especially for the ones composing for games or films. These tools allowing them to hear and modify instantly their music, according to their ideas, having an entire orchestral apparatus at their fingertips. They also served as accompaniment for a variety of genres, to improve the student sense of rhythm, melody, harmony, and at the same time, to develop their inner musical hearing.

Throughout my entire musical career, I performed and composed for both solo instruments and ensembles, to orchestral works, game and film music. Based on many years of practice and teaching music theory, composition and instruments, to various groups of students, at different ages, I concluded that a holistic approach to music leads to immense benefits. Starting from the beginner repertoire up to more advanced ones, no matter the style or complexity, music usually has melody, harmony / counterpoint, form and texture. Each and every aspect contributes to the student’s vision and understanding of the musical text, and greatly improve the artistical sensibility, if they are learned together at once. Furthermore, this holistic perspective is also acting as a link between theoretical knowledge, technique (skills) and talent, according to the student level. The joy of acquiring innovative tools to discover and interpret new facets of musical expression, it always brings students a higher level of satisfaction. Every student is unique, and this represents an intrinsic quality. Connected to talent and nurtured, this combination can create and shape an individual, to have its own voice resonating in the beautiful world of sounds.