Laurie MacArthur was raised in Ontario and comes from a musical family. She began piano lessons at the age of five. Her love of music was evident even at this early age. In her early years of music study she won several first place awards in Kiwanis Music Festivals; the most memorable being the first place standings she received in the duet division with her sister, Lynne. Laurie studied piano, violin, and cello, and played cello in her high school orchestra. However, her true passion was always the piano.
After moving to British Columbia Laurie studied piano with some of the most respected teachers in the Lower Mainland, Edward Parker, Winfried Rompf, and Bernard Duerksen. She received her ARCT Performance diploma as well as her ARCT Teachers diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music and in the same year she received her Licentiate Performance diploma from the British Columbia Conservatory of Music. After receiving her diplomas she has continued to study advanced piano repertoire and advanced theoretical subjects.
Laurie has been teaching at the British Columbia Conservatory of Music since 2002 and specializes in all levels of piano and theory including Rudiments, all levels of Harmony, History, Counterpoint and Analysis. She often attends workshops and master classes for new ideas as a way to continually grow and develop her teaching skills.
Ms. MacArthur prepares piano and theory students for BCCM and RCM Examinations at all levels where many achieve distinction standings. The success continues for festivals, winning medallions, trophies, and scholarships.
- ARCT Performers Diploma, ARCT Teachers Diploma, LBCM Licentiate Performance Diploma