What People Are Saying

Some comments from students, parents and others about their lesson, class or performance experiences.


“Cynthia is a down-to-earth music angel. She can bring music you didn’t even know you were missing back into your life.” – Adult student

“Bayfield Ukulele Society recently hosted and enjoyed two energetic and educational ukulele workshops led by Cynthia. She was a dynamic teacher who managed to engage all levels of experience by both encouraging the newbies, and challenging the more advanced. In our diverse group of 20 + adults, there was something for everyone and we not only gained confidence with some new strumming techniques and creative song arranging, but had a terrifically fun afternoon playing and singing together. Our learning from that day continues to impact our weekly practises. We would highly recommend Cynthia as a professional and talented musician and a vibrant and articulate teacher.” –Bayfield Ukulele Society

“As an adult learner with no musical background, the pub classes provided a non-intimidating environment to learn in. The biggest thing, aside from learning some cool songs, was how we were invited to relax and have fun. The playful joy of being able to make music is the biggest thing I’m able to pass al to the children in my life. We have spent endless hours singing and playing and having fun, something I’d never have imagined would be possible before this.” – Adult student

“The highlight of our team-building event, Cynthia brought joy and laughter through a playful lesson on the ukulele. Although most of us had little to no musical experience, she had us making music and singing together in under an hour. Cynthia is a dynamic teacher with a beautiful voice and a great sense of humour. Thank you, Cynthia, for bringing out the fun in our team!” – corporate team-building workshop participant

“Cynthia has been giving piano lessons to my 7 year old daughter and this was her introduction not only to music but also to formal lessons. We’ve seen steady progress under Cynthia’s weekly instruction. She is still at the age where her attention isn’t always 100% on the task at hand and I’ve admired Cynthia’s ability to adjust to the child’s current mood, continue on with the lesson, and acquire the desired result. She teaches in a very relaxed and non threatening manner, and the children seem to be very comfortable with her. She has also been exposed to playing in front of others (outside the family) in a non-threatening way with the Music Cafes Cynthia hosts. I would highly recommend Cynthia as an excellent piano teacher.”  – Parent

“Cynthia’s got such a lovely voice. We really enjoyed her set — with some interesting song choices on ukulele!” – venue owner

“Cynthia’s classes are so exhilarating. With her wonderful knowledge and supportive, positive approach she is able to get everyone to perform at their best while giving them super confidence to challenge themselves. I like the way that she is so prepared and professional while instilling lots of fun into the classes. Her method of combining basic techniques with actual progressive, enjoyable songs is masterful. Every student is challenged no matter whether you are a beginner or someone who needs a refresher/reminder. She has brought the joy of music back into my life. Super teacher!!!!” – Adult student

“Cynthia Kinnunen is a very patient, enthusiastic and knowledgeable music instructor – her enthusiasm makes learning to play a Ukulele (and music theory in general) a challenging, fun and enjoyable experience!  As a student it is great to be able to leave each class with the tools and ability to play new songs and motivate ourselves to keep learning.” – Adult student

“Our residents really enjoy listening to Cynthia. Her songs have a lot of variety but geared towards her audience. She knows to include particular ones that resonate with the residents and they’ll be singing along and tapping their toes. She’s got a wonderful presence singing and playing.” – Seniors residence administrator

“I like learning piano from Cynthia! I am learning songs that are from the radio so that is cool and then she also teaches me really old ones that I don’t know but are also neat to learn. “ – Young student

“I have always wanted to learn to play an instrument but never got around to it. Cynthia got me hooked on the ukulele after a 4-week session. All of a sudden, I could play music and sing! How fun is that? The ukulele ensemble, led by Cynthia, is a non-threatening but challenging way to gain proficiency in an instrument while still having a ton of fun. She makes it seem possible!” – Adult student

“Cynthia really listens to each student and tailors her teaching to suit their particular needs and interests. She also provides great ‘play along videos’ that allow her students to practise at home with her expert guidance.” – Elementary Teacher

“AWESOME UKULELE TEACHER! Cynthia is an engaging and talented teacher whose passion and dedication to the ukulele are contagious. As a student you learn a lot while having a lot of fun. Cynthia is very professional, and always prepared for classes, developing effective lessons plans which include an interesting and eclectic range of songs. Whether you’re a newbie or a more seasoned player, Cynthia takes the time to help each individual with their unique challenges. I recommend Cynthia without reservation.” – Adult student

“Cynthia is wonderful to work with. She is very flexible, and pays close attention to the needs of our teenager, from his schedule to his musical interests.  She makes learning fun, and has inspired our 15 year old boy to have a real love of piano. We are amazed at what he has been able to accomplish in just one year with Cynthia. We have recommended her to many friends looking for a personal touch.” – Parent

“I had never learned music as a child, but I thought it would be fun to make music with other adults. I approached Cynthia about learning ukluele so I could participate in the Royal City Ukulele Ensemble. I literally couldn’t strum a chord, nor could I identify a note…but in a few short weeks, I am playing music proficiently and participating in the ensemble. I am so enjoying learning about music, singing…and my lessons with Cynthia and her patient guidance have improved my enjoyment of both music and life in profound ways. She is highly recommended!”  – Adult student