Nancy is a classically-trained pianist with an ARCT Diploma in Piano Performance. Nancy has taught music to students of all ages and abilities. She is passionate about facilitating community music experiences and has developed numerous goal-based group music programs for camps and music school.
Nancy’s goal is for all her students to feel comfortable applying their musical abilities in ways that are relevant to them – whether it is to prepare and excel at their RCM exams, to learn to play a piece that is meaningful for them, or to learn to sing and accompany themselves. Each lesson will be individualized to the student’s learning needs and will include 4 major components: technical skill building, learning and reviewing repertoire, ear training, and basic theory & keyboard harmony.
Nancy welcomes the opportunity for musical collaboration and looks forward to accompanying all prospective students on their journey to becoming creative and passionate musicians!
Avalon Harris is a certified music therapist who has followed her innate passion for music most of her life. Starting with classical voice lessons as a young girl, she went on to earn a Bachelor of Music Therapy from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2014. Avalon lives in Hamilton, and is currently the music therapist for the Halton Region Long-Term Care Facilities. Her experience covers a range of ages and settings, and she is the owner of the Sing It Girls!™ group vocal program in Hamilton.
Corey Clark is a graduate of Humber College’s Bachelor of Music program, where he was on the Dean’s Honours List for all four years of his study. His major was for guitar performance, with supplementary focus on arranging and songwriting, music production and recording technologies, and teaching.
Corey is an experienced guitarist, but also plays piano, percussion, ukulele, and is also a vocalist.
Corey is experienced in teaching for all ages and experience levels. He takes particular interest in rock, jazz, blues, classical, electronica, pop, and film and videogame soundtracks, believing in a diverse approach to music learning and appreciation.
Corey works as a freelance musician in the GTA, playing in a variety of bands, as well as creating compositions and arrangements in Ableton Live and with miniature orchestras.
Jessie-Ann has been teaching music since age 15. She holds a Bachelor`s Degree, and Associateship degrees in both Piano and Singing from the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto. She is comfortable teaching ages four to adult, and has extensive experience tutoring voice, piano and musical rudiments and harmony. Jessie-Ann is a church pianist, organist and choir director, and has also performed as an accompanist and solo piano performer. She has served as chorister and soloist The John Laing Singers, has joined the Boris Brott Festival choir, and is currently involved in a new group of Renaissance and early Baroque singers called Villanella. Jessie-Ann continues to pursue her vocal training, with the goal of additional solo performance.
Naomi completed the Bachelor of Music Therapy at Wilfrid Laurier University and was the President’s Gold Scholarship recipient in all four years of study. Although they majored in voice, Naomi plays the cello, guitar and piano. They have experience performing in a variety of choirs and ensembles and has worked with clients of all age groups has facilitated Sing it Girls. Outside of teaching, Naomi enjoys playing video games, watching documentaries and spending time with family.
Julia St. Cyr studied classical voice at Wilfrid Laurier University, and has an Honours Bachelor of Music Therapy with a Psychology Minor.
Julia began taking voice and piano lessons at a young age, and has received extensive training in classical, musical theatre and jazz genres. In addition to participating in countless festivals and musicals, Julia has sung in community and school choirs, and has experience singing backup for artists who have recorded and performed in the GTA (including The Rolling Stones, Classified, Son Real, Marianas Trench, etc).
Julia finds great joy in learning new things, and has taught herself guitar and ukulele over the years. She is also a Sing it Girls facilitator and works with a wide range of individuals as a music therapist.
“Bringing people together is what music does best!”
Daniel Stajov holds a Bachelor and Master of Music (jazz performance) from Brandon University, as well as a Bachelor of Education from Nipissing University. He loves teaching music, he believes the skills developed from learning an instrument apply to all walks of life.
Daniel has had a wide range of musical experience, beginning with classical piano lessons at age 5 and completing his grade 10 RCM prior to university. It was in University where he developed a moderate level of skill on the drums. In addition, he enjoyed singing in choirs, performing in musicals, playing in jazz, blues & rock bands. Daniels’ musical interests are varied and there’s no genre that doesn’t appeal to him on some level – he enjoys sharing his love of music with children of all ages.
Ashlye Ramos is an undergrad student at Wilfrid Laurier University striving to earn her Bachelor of Music in the community music program. The passion for music began at a young age studying through the RCM curriculum in voice and piano and has been executed through performing locally n her hometown Brampton and the Waterloo region. Ashlye has also developed a passion to inspire others and help individuals grow as a musician. With her adaptability to needs and styles ranging from classical to r&b and pop, she has taught ages as young as 4 years old and individuals beyond her years who are eager to begin pursuing their passion.
Jon is a lifelong musician with training on jazz guitar, classical piano, and trombone in jazz ensemble and orchestra. As an adult, Jon has performed in groups and solo in styles including rock, jazz, blues, country, R&B, hip-hop, and electronic music.
Jon has been teaching guitar and piano lessons in addition to working in mental health for several years. Jon is willing to meet students where their interest lies, and values creative exploration with students.
Jon has several years of experience with electronic music production, which can increase accessibility to music-making and allows for a diverse palette of sounds that can be included in lessons.
Jon Burkhart is a recent graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Master’s of Music Therapy program, where he applied music psychotherapy training and clinical musicianship at placements such as mental health centres and long term care homes.
Yogesh is pursuing a Masters of Arts in Community Music at Wilfrid Laurier University. He started playing gigs as a Lead guitarist in and around Hyderabad not limiting himself to a particular genre, and he has continuously played numerous cross-genre gigs apart from his main genre Rock. He first performed at a college festival in Hyderabad winning away the title “Mr. Talent”. This followed by performances at a local charity- SOUL, ORSA a national level college fest, corporate shows for the likes of “MindTree” and “Valuelabs”, Promotional events for UCB (United Colours of Benneton), which then paved way for many other performances with various artists including Harini Rao, Peri Tyagaraja, Usha and many more. He led a class of about fifty corporate students to learn guitar at corporate organizations and music schools like “Value labs” and "Soundkraft". He co-founded hard rock bands like Zoravar and Black Pearl. In later years he experimented with new genres, co-founding bands like Pahiya (Folk), Asfiya (Semi-classical) and Khanabadosh(Light classical), being a lead guitarist and enjoying his work throughout the whole journey.
He also studies “Western Classical Orchestration” and writes classical orchestral compositions teaching music theory and guitar. His influences include Mozart, Bach, Dvorak, Beethoven, Malher and Chopin. He is motivated to continue learning and composing in the Western Classical genre.
I'm a currently a student in the Master's of Science in Education program at Niagara University. I also have a Master's Degree in Legal Philosophy from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy and History from McMaster. I am an accomplished musician and music teacher, with over 15 years experience playing guitar. I took jazz guitar lessons in my early teens and have taken music history and theory courses at the university level. I have been performing in musical groups since my teens and have performed at venues and festivals from Hamilton to Toronto. I also have recorded an album with a Grammy award-winning producer and continue to perform music live. Further, I have experience teaching at a private music studio.
Meredith began playing flute at age 12 through her school’s music program. Since then she has pursued an Honours Bachelor of Music Therapy degree at Wilfrid Laurier University with a minor in Psychology. Aside from her extensive knowledge of flute, Meredith also enjoys playing piano, guitar, ukulele, and singing. She has played with several different ensembles including the Halton Mississauga Youth Orchestra and has volunteered to bring music to older adults through organizations like Acclaim Health and Suite Melody Care. Meredith is passionate about her field and enjoys teaching individuals of all ages.
From the age of 15, Carolyn has been teaching piano to students of all ages and skill levels. Her own lesson experience & personal development has made her comfortable using different method books, RCM, and chording / playing by ear.
Mentoring youth and young adults in the love and development of music is one of her favourite things! Carolyn had the opportunity to work with young, aspiring, and mature musicians in church worship settings. She led worship departments, overseeing individual musicians and groups, leading choirs, and playing and leading vocally herself. This experience, coupled with a Bachelors degree in Child & Youth Studies has enriched her teaching, helping her more skillfully engage with students.
On her own time, Carolyn enjoys performing (singing and playing) music with her husband - light jazz and classics like the Everly Brothers are among their favourite bands to cover.
Meagan Rowatt is an Ontario Certified Teacher with a Bachelor of Music from the University of Windsor. Her major was for clarinet performance with a focus on education. Meagan is an experienced clarinettist, but also plays the saxophone, piano, percussion, and fiddle, and has experience with teaching all ages and experience levels
She has a particular love of rock, jazz, celtic, film and video game soundtracks, and enjoys sharing her passions with others. Her love of music has lead her to seek out and participate in local arts and music groups from a young age. She enjoys learning and experiencing music of all genres and cultures, while fostering a love of life-long learning in students of all ages.
Stephanie An is a classically trained clarinettist currently enrolled at McMaster University; she is a fourth-year student undertaking her Honours Music with a Minor in Mental Health and Drug Addiction. Throughout her undergrad career, Stephanie has been a member of the McMaster Concert Band, McMaster Music Cognition society, and McMaster Music Society. In addition to clarinet, Stephanie plays guitar and ukulele.
Outside of her full-time student commitments, Stephanie engages in several activities. Stephanie teaches students of all ages in her private studio and plays at numerous events. Stephanie is also completing an independent research study at McMaster University. Her research currently explores the links between mental health and the field of performing arts, specifically with musicians. As an aspiring music therapist, she hopes to further this research as she believes music can be a key factor in improving one’s quality of life.
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