Music Teachers

Nancy Leung BMT, MTA, ARCT

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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 BMT, MTA, NMT

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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 BMus

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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 Bradshaw B.M., A.R.C.T.

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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 Ben-Aharon BMT, MTA

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 Naomi completed her Bachelor of Music Therapy at Wilfrid Laurier University and was the President’s Gold Scholarship recipient in all four years of study.  Although she majored in voice, Naomi plays the cello, guitar and piano. She has experience performing in a variety of choirs and ensembles and has worked with clients of all age groups & is a Sing it Girls facilitator. Outside of teaching, Naomi enjoys playing video games, watching documentaries and spending time with family. 

Julia St. Cyr BMT

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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 BMus, MMus, BED

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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

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 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 Burkhart BSc, MMT

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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 Tripathi

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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 leaded 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, Black Pearl and Brown Bastards. In later years he experimented with genres like nothing before 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 as part-time. The likes of Mozart, Bach, Dvorak, Beethoven, Malher, Chopin, etc is what he indulges himself in. He wants to keep educating, studying and composing in the field of Western Classical.