Piano Compass Team

Tanya & Joseph

Tanya Fridman, M.Mus.

Founder & Author, Piano Compass

President & CEO, Alberta Music Academy Inc.

Tanya Fridman has been teaching piano to students of all levels and various ages for three decades. Many of her students have continued learning piano with her for 12-13 years, often starting as toddlers and advancing to become professional musicians.

Passionate about making music a part of the younger generations’ lives, in 2002 she co-founded Alberta Music Academy Inc.

Tanya is the creator of a brand very popular among her youngest students - TUNEimals™ (educational toys for learning piano) - and the author of the “Discover Music” Program & Books for piano beginners. She is a recognized scholar on musical education for young children, and has been consulting and advising professional piano teachers for 18 years on how to teach music successfully.

In 2020 she founded Piano Compass, an online source of high quality piano programs for children and practical, educational content for parents interested in activating their child's musical potential. 

Tanya holds a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance & Piano Pedagogy from one of the most prestigious Musical Universities in Europe - the St. Petersburg State Conservatoire in Russia.

Today, she remains wholly dedicated to helping young people with their piano education and making music a part of their lives.

She lives with her family in Edmonton, Canada and teaches at the Alberta Music Academy. 

Joseph Fridman, M.Mus.

Vice-President, Alberta Music Academy Inc.

Joseph has earned two master’s degrees - as a pianist and opera director - from the world-renowned St. Petersburg State Conservatory (Russia).

 He is a concert pianist, teacher, vocal coach and accompanist. He taught at the Schools for Musically Gifted Children of St. Petersburg and Kiev and the Pskov Music College and performed with the St. Petersburg and Pskov Philharmonics.
 Joseph served on the faculty of the Alberta College Conservatory of Music from 1991 till 2002 and taught in the Conservatory’s International Music Academy and the University of Alberta.

Currently, Joseph is a director and teacher of the Alberta Music Academy.

 He lectures and gives masterclasses and workshops in Canada, Ukraine, Russia and the USA and has taught in various summer schools: “Strings and Keys” (Bergen), Alberta College summer school (Edmonton) and as a clinician in the CASSA (Calgary) summer camp.

Joseph has adjudicated a number of festivals and competitions, including the prestigious Canadian Music Competition (2004).

His piano students have received first class honors and medals in RCM Exams, first and second prizes in the Kiwanis Festival, Northern Alberta Concerto Competition and Fall Festival.

Joseph Fridman performs in solo and chamber recitals and has been broadcast frequently on CBC Radio.