William Snyder 施跃威
Certified Piano Teacher 钢琴老师
Master of Music (M.Mus.) Degree Candidate, Western University 🎓
Artist Diploma in Performance with Distinction, Western University 🎓
Ontario Registered Music Teacher Designation (R.M.T.), ORMTA 🎵
Licentiate in Performance (LRCM), Royal Conservatory (Toronto) 🎹
Associate Diploma (ARCT), Royal Conservatory (Toronto) 🎹
Bachelor of Commerce Degree (B.Comm.), Finance, Ryerson University 🎓
HSK Level 4 (汉语水平考试), Certification in Chinese Proficiency, Hanban
William Snyder brings an eclectic wealth of experiences to his teaching and performing. After bridging a prolific career in finance while balancing serious musical pursuits, he was invited into the class of Professor Stéphan Sylvestre at the University of Western Ontario where he completed his post-bachelor Artist Diploma. Originally from Toronto, William graduated among only a handful from the rigorous Licentiate Diploma program through the Royal Conservatory of Music. Combined with a deep passion for mentorship and 10 years experience, the Opus 1 Music Hub Professional Studio, was born.
His transformative leadership approach is influenced by a diverse background and personal philosophy which emphasizes making connections between music and life's many other facets. He believes that every individual can achieve great things when given barrier-free opportunities to engage in the creative process of music making. In his words, "there lies a great joy in seeing a smile of immersive self-discovery on the face of a student."
William views music as the strongest global language, able to break down cross-cultural barriers and foster mutual understanding. While on tour with Babel Chorus in 2019, William was invited as a featured performer in the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts masterclass program. HKAPA ranking #1 in Asia and #7 globally was the perfect launchpad with which he proceeded to win the 2nd Prize at the 2019 GOCAA International Piano Competition held in Hainan, China. In addition to his musical achievements, William has given speeches in Mandarin Chinese on the topic of the musical bridge at several high-profile language competitions having won twice, and having appeared on National Chinese TV in 2016.
His professional background includes a role as Piano Faculty Member, Toronto School for Strings & Piano, Organist & Choir Director (Music Director), Thornhill Baptist Church, and an Administrative position with Yamaha Canada at their flagship Canadian school. He also held several positions with the Dean's Office, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University.
“…He had a wide variety of students in terms of their character and ability, and he did a great job of teaching them. He was gentle and encouraging in his approach.” – Julian Fisher, Principal & CEO, Toronto School for Strings & Piano
“Our school serves more than 1,200 students, which makes for a fast-paced and sometimes chaotic atmosphere. William shows resilience and patience in handling a changing environment and is able to both identify problems and come up with creative solutions.” – Carolina Irigoyen, School Supervisor, Yamaha Canada Music
“…He really has a lot to offer...” – Prof. Stephan Sylvestre, Associate Professor, Head of Keyboard Studies, Western University
“...you have a natural way of making people feel comfortable around you...” – Dr. Megumi Okamoto, Midtown Music School
“…a religious performance of La Chapelle!...” – Prof. Aaron Wunsh, The Juilliard School.
“William’s passion for teaching and learning has made him a true asset to this school. His commitment to the students and his position as Facilitator is unquestionable. Based on student feedback and the way in which he relates to students, I only have the highest praise for William.” – Dr. Allen Goss, Associate Dean, Students, Ted Rogers School of Management
“Thank you for all the efforts you have made [in promoting career-relevant skills to TRSM students]. We are very fortunate to have you here. I personally feel very lucky to have you as my T.A. this term” – Dr. Yi Feng, Chair, Finance, School of Accounting & Finance, Ryerson University
“He is independent, reliable, and respectful of the views of others...” – John Edward Stowe, PhD, Visiting Professor & Auditor, Peking University (北京大学)
“...he has a very sincere attitude and a strong desire for knowledge... I have witnessed him being invited as a master of ceremonies from time to time and believe everything is directly related to his language ability and piano talent...” – Helen Xiaoyan Wu, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Toronto.
“I like your approach and people like working with you... I like working with you…” – Silas Jacob, Purchasing Program Sr. Manager, Schneider Electric Canada Inc.