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Mimi Ho: Music teacher found her true passion

Mimi Ho is a Richmond music teacher who also holds a computer science degree.  -
Mimi Ho is a Richmond music teacher who also holds a computer science degree.
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Richmond music teacher Mimi Ho has a passion for music education.

As the current president of the B.C. Registered Music Teachers’ Association Richmond branch, Ho is proud to work with fellow teachers to maintain a high level of musical excellence in Richmond.

Through her involvement with the association, Ho helps provide performance opportunities for students, organizing professional workshops and awarding outstanding students with scholarships.

Ho began studying piano at age three—and she was hooked. It was in Hong Kong where she built her technique before arriving in Canada. The Hugh Boyd grad’s nearly two-decade-long teaching career began in her teenage years.

Her unique background includes a computer science degree and experience in teaching students of all ages and abilities. She holds an ARCT in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music, and a diploma of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

“Despite having a computer science degree and being in that industry for six years, I now work full-time in private music teaching. I am passionate and driven in every profession that I choose and I believe that if one is genuinely interested in the area that he or she works for, success is just a consequence of determination and dedication.”

Her passion for music education is rooted in the belief that all children should get to know music. It’s a vehicle to express themselves, like language, she said.

“Unlike the IT industry where I interact with a machine most of the time, I am the most grateful to be able to directly influence my students’ music education, and best of all, instil the love of music for all the students I work with.”

Outside of music—she still wants to further her own music education—she enjoys badminton and snowboarding, and likes the multiculturalism and diversity Richmond offers.

“Richmond is a vibrant city with nice natural scenery and lots of good food. A bike ride along the dyke or an ice cream trip at Fisherman’s Wharf are some of my favourite summer activities.”

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