About Dr Ross Braes
Dr Ross Braes graduated from the University of Victoria twice, both majoring in Music History (BMus, 1984 and MA, 1995) and graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2003 having completed his PhD in music theory after seven years of study. While most of his students are aware that he teaches conservatory-level music theory and history, Dr Ross also taught for a number of years at UBC focussing on aural skills and advanced theory. Besides his on-going studio teaching, he also teaches music appreciation for older students and adults, composition for all ages, and help prepare students for entrance exams to major conservatoires and universities throughout North America.
Dr Ross has studied music since the age of eight and spent 16 years studying music at post-secondary institutions. He has travelled abroad to give lectures on his particular expertise – the music and life of Claude Vivier. (“Google” his name and Vivier’s orchestral work Orion to learn more.) In short, Dr Ross is always learning about music language and history, and how to better teach all aspects of music in exciting, different ways. Lately he enjoyed the chance to teach about the music and history of Canada and our composers overseas, especially in Budapest and Debrecen, Hungary in spring of 2013. He has returned annually giving lectures on a variety of musical topic.s. In Spring 2017 he anticipates offering a Training course in Canadian music history, culture and language.
Ross is a third-generation Vancouverite who is blessed with a fun-loving and active childhood steeped in music of all types. His mother and maternal grandmother both played piano and organ and those two keyboard instruments inspired Ross’s musical studies. As a young teenager his family moved to the Comox Valley where he was introduced to the accordion, an instrument more suited to small hands. Ross joined band in high school and focused on alto saxophone and bassoon during these years. His post-secondary studies at the University of Victoria increased his experience with learning many Baroque wind instruments. Ross played in many concert bands and orchestras, and was third & contra-bassoonist for the Port Angeles Symphony orchestra for several years.
Ross's childhood years