Exclusive with Musician and Educator Bonnie Milne

by | Apr 17, 2024

Meet Bonnie Milne

Bonnie Milne, born and raised in a small central northern town in Ontario, studied classical piano from a young age. Around age 11, Bonnie realized that she could create music. She continued on with studying Music in University and completed her Teaching Degree adding vocal music as a focus too. Bonnie taught both piano and vocal lessons over the years and began teaching music in elementary schools. She is now working as the District Arts Facilitator for her Board and implementing a “music education program” in all elementary schools.

The Sound of Bonnie Milne

1 In Music: What is unique about you and your music?

Bonnie Milne [BM]: My music is described as flowing, melodic, deeply emotional and even intense at times. I have my own sense of dissonance to harmony that is unique to me, moving from major to minor and back, creating an emotional journey for the listener. I enjoy performing in the outdoors, surrounded by natural beauty.

I believe that music is a tool for well-being. I see how my own sons as well as students and adults are affected by the calming sounds of my compositions. In a world where anxiety is on the rise, music should be a “go to” for support.

1 In Music: What or who shaped your music and who supports you?

BM: I was inspired by the greats of Classical Music, Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, etc. but also drawn to more contemporary instrumental music, such as Ludovico Einaudi, David Tolk, Piano Guys, and the popular sounds of Sarah McLachlan, Alanis Morissette, Sara Bareilles etc. Everyday, in my role, I am inspired by passionate Music Teachers and students who are fully engaged in musical activities. I also have family members and friends who encourage me to keep composing and sharing my music.Bonnie Milne

Bonnie Milne’s inspirations

1 In Music: When did you realize you were going to make music professionally?

Bonnie Milne [BM]: After the experience of recording my first pieces, a fire was lit! I was so thrilled to hear how the harmonies and counter melodies of the tracks I was composing were sounding together. Then after sharing publicly, when I started receiving positive messages and seeing the downloads happen of the pieces on my first album Anticipation, I thought maybe I should take this further!

1 In Music: What type of music do you listen to?

BM: I listen to many genres of music, including instrumental, classical, Christian, popular, blues, jazz, folk and some country.

1 In Music: Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?

BM: I think that women composers are still undervalued but this has been changing over the past few years thankfully.

Getting inspired by Bonnie Milne

1 In Music: How do you prepare for your performances?

Bonnie Milne on the pianoBonnie Milne [BM]: I like to record myself leading up to the performance so that I can hear how the dynamics and tempo are sounding. I also want to ensure that I am moving with the music and not sitting with anxiousness in my body. I practice in sections with the goal of playing difficult areas with confidence. Sometimes, my writing brain creates things that are challenging for me to play, ha, ha! I was trained in transcendental meditation and often use this tool to support focus and clarity before performing.

1 In Music: What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?

BM: I spend time hiking with my sons and dog and I love to be paddling on the water. I think it is important to model how being in nature helps us feel better and how being active is essential to our health.

1 In Music: Success to you is…?

BM: Providing listeners with the experience of an emotional journey that supports them in feeling the way they need to at that moment.

1 In Music: What do you wish you were told when you started out and that you think would help anyone who starts out?

BM: Find a recording and notation tool that makes the process easier to capture.

If you have the ability to create, just go with it and don’t stress about whether the form is it right or wrong. Are you expressing how you are feeling and what you want to say? That’s what is most important.

What is next for Bonnie Milne?

1 In Music: Any upcoming projects?

Bonnie Milne [BM]: I am working with many Community Partners and have various projects in the works, such as with the Music Care Organization. This programming supports youth and adults by providing tools and strategies to use during stressful or anxious times.

I am continuing to compose more music, with the intent of compiling a second album.

I am continuing to collaborate with musicians on my pieces so that we are able to perform in spaces that welcome Instrumental Music.

1 In Music: Thank you so much for answering our questions. Before you leave, where do we find you music?

BM:

Twitter: @BMilneMusic (BonnieMilneMusic)

Instagram: @bonniemilnemusic https://www.instagram.com/bonniemilnemusic/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Bonnie-Milne-Music-112360984677608

TikTok: BonnieMilneMusic

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