University of Alberta Augustana Campus violin instructor Thomas Schoen recently received a Teacher of Distinction Award by Dr. Peter Simon, President and CEO of the Royal Conservatory of Music, at the Royal Conservatory Convocation and Gold Medals Ceremony at Mount Royal University in Calgary.
RCM Teachers of Distinction are recognized for their leadership as music teachers in their community. They instill a lifelong love of music in their students, provide mentorship to other teachers, and inspire everyone around them. Teachers of Distinction are nominated by members of their musical community and selected following these criteria: innovative and exemplary teaching practices; student achievement and engagement; and teacher commitment and leadership.
Thomas was born and raised in Dawson Creek, B.C. and holds a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from the University of British Columbia. He now resides in Edmonton, Alberta where he is an active performer and teacher. Teaching positions include violin instructor at Augustana Faculty of the University of Alberta, the Society for Talent Education in Edmonton. Thomas is in demand around western Canada as a festival adjudicator and clinician.