Piano, Voice, Guitar, Ukulele
Kristen holds a Master of Arts in Study of Drama, Theatre and Performance from the University of Toronto, as well as 15 years of training at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Classical Piano (Grade 10 level). She enjoys teaching students of all ages in piano, singing, guitar and ukulele.
Voice, Piano, Ukulele, Guitar
Aniqa recently graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Voice, studying jazz, world music, and contemporary improvisation with Casey Sokol, Matt Brubeck, Steve Koven, and Rita Di Ghent. She has been teaching voice and piano for a number of years. Before university, she attended the arts high school, Cawthra Park Secondary School. As a teacher, Aniqa strives to provide a happy and vocally healthy space for students. She enjoys finding what inspires and motivates her students, so that every student is given exactly what they need, and what interests them. She is an active performer with bands/musicians in genres ranging from pop, R&B, hip hop, blues, jazz, funk, rock, indie, folk, avant-garde, klezmer, balkan, and more.
Guitar, Voice, Ukulele, Mandolin, Piano
Larra enjoys introducing children and adults to the world of music lessons, and helping them to gain an appreciation for their musical instrument of choice. Larra has trained privately with jazz educator Lisa Martinelli and as an honours classical voice student with Loralie Kirkpatrick at the Royal Conservatory of Music. She has training in piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Larra began studying classical guitar at an early age and performing her original songs at local venues. Her debut music album “The World Disappears”, released under the name Larra Skye, became the #1 independent jazz album for HMV Canada in the year of its release. Her music has since appeared on national radio and television stations including the CBC and Jazz FM 91. She has performed in Canada and the U.S and her latest album “Wishing Tree” was released in 2013.
Ian has been playing the drums for the past 18 years and has been teaching since he was 15 years old. Ian holds a Bachelor of Music, Magna Cum Laude from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington and Diploma in Jazz Performance from Mt. Royal College. As an experienced private instructor and master class teacher, Ian is keenly aware of how to engage students and how to motivate them to perform their best.
Ianʼs teaching career has seen him work with students as young as 5 and as experienced as 70 years of age. He has served on the musical staff of the world famous Calgary Stampede, and he learned the art of ensemble performance while studying with the legendary Julian Priester. It is Ianʼs goal to provide every student with a strong foundation of percussion fundamentals to allow them to pursue any musical genre or style.
Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, PIano, Voice
Joel has played guitar since the age of 5. Growing up with a musical father and community, he had the opportunity to play guitar and bass for school bands, musical theatre productions and many local events.
Now a graduate of the University of Guelph’s music program, Joel has had several years of teaching experience at a music school in Guelph.
Joel is a full time musician, he teaches guitar, bass, ukulele, piano, voice and music theory, and performs solo (Joel Saunders Fingerstyle) and with various jazz, folk and blues-rock bands in the GTA.
Piano, Guitar, Ukulele
Originally from New Zealand, Lara Goulding began her musical journey at age 4 through the Suzuki method, an immersive and holistic approach to musical learning. She gained her qualification in Piano Performance and Theory from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and has travelled extensively since then.
Lara won the Sheila Wynn Shakespeare Festival Composition Prize in 2002 in Christchurch, New Zealand for her violin and piano trio. Specializing in composition and theory, she has been involved in choir, theatre and band projects in Vancouver and Kansas City, as well as writing music for film. She is currently recording and performing with new Toronto band The Cassidies.
Lara loves to share her knowledge and coach people of all ages to discover the joy of playing piano, ukulele and guitar.
Guitar, Ukulele, Piano, Voice, Saxophone, Percussion
Christa is a composer, performer and multi-instrumentalist with eight years of experience teaching private instrumental music to students of all ages. Christa holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from York University (Composition) and a Certificate in Conducting from Capilano University, and has had private study in saxophone, voice, piano, guitar and percussion.
Christa approaches teaching with an interest in finding each student’s most authentic “voice”, creating lessons that are flexible, interesting and innovative.
Trumpet, Piano, Theory
Brian is a seasoned trumpet player who studied Jazz Performance at Humber College in Toronto. He has performed at Massey Hall and the JUNO Awards with pop act Down with Webster, and has shared the stage or performed with the Black Eyed Peas, Snoop Dogg, Toots and the Maytals, Steve Gadd and Dave Holland. Brian studied the Reinhardt method of brass playing with United States Armed Forces Jazz Ambassador Charles Garrett.
Piano, Accordion, Theory
Lili Ahopelto is a Toronto-based pianist currently studying under the tutelage of Emily Chiang in the University of Toronto Piano Performance Program. She received her ARCT in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory at age 17. Lili has won numerous awards from the Woodstock Rotary Music Festival and Kiwanis Music Festivals in London, Stratford, and Toronto, including attending the Ontario Music Festival Association Provincial finals three times. Lili enjoys teaching piano and music theory; her students have received honours from their RCM exams. She plays in a variety of styles, such as classical, pop, folk, and musical theatre, and she is also an accomplished accordionist who can be seen performing on accordion as a licensed TTC subway musician.
Guitar, Ukulele, Piano, Theory
Shannon first picked up the guitar and found her passion for music at 14 years old. In 2015, she graduated with her Bachelor of Music degree from Queen’s University, where she specialized in classical guitar. Throughout her career, Shannon has performed both independently and in collaboration with other musicians. In September of 2015, she continued to pursue her passion for music by enrolling in a master’s degree in Music and Health at the University of Toronto.
As a teacher, Shannon enjoys working with music-lovers of all ages and has experience instructing guitar, ukulele, and piano. She prides herself on her ability to cater lessons to the individual goals of her students, as well as create an enjoyable learning atmosphere for everyone.