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OUR TEACHERS

"Education isn't just about feeding the brain. Art and music feed the heart and soul" - Julie Garwood

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Katie Korfmann

Owner & Teacher, RECE

 Katie has over 22 years of music experience and started performing professionally at the age of 12. She is passionate about educating future generations and passing on her love of music to all ages. Katie customizes each lesson to the student's goals while simultaneously keeping each lesson fun.

Grace Hetherington

Violin, Vocals, Guitar, Ukulele (Online only)

Grace is a dedicated music teacher,
performer, artist, photographer and actress from St.Catharines, Ontario.  Grace’s main focus is the fiddle (Celtic, Old Time, Bluegrass…etc) but also teaches classical violin, guitar, ukulele, song writing and voice. Grace keeps her lesson light and fun but educational at the same time.

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Thomas Wade 
 

guitar/ukulele/drums/bass/music production/songwriting

Thomas’ life-long love for music was born when he strummed his first guitar at age four, and while other youngsters were playing hide and seek, he was performing weekly throughout southern Ontario with a popular family band from Burford. 

Eventually graduating Fanshawe College’s Music Industry Arts Music Production program in London, Thomas set out as a touring musician, into the recording studio, and on to Nashville, honing his craft as a songwriter with some of the most renowned teachers. 

Thomas is a multiple award winning, Juno-nominated artist and songwriter. For the past two decades he has been mentoring music lovers of all ages both as a teacher and a music producer, using years of professional knowledge to help students find their way to the joy of making music with an organic, less-is-more teaching style, always adhering to a simple principle: let the love of music lead the way. 

Claire Collins

Piano, Voice

Claire is a 2023 Graduate of Western University with her Bachelor of Music Education.

She has been playing piano for 15 years and pursuing singing since she first joined her high school choir. Since studying classical voice she has learned the art of technique and proper vocal health, as well as comfortability with varying musical genres. Claire has experience with Royal Conservatory exams for both piano and voice and can oftentimes be found learning a new instrument; there’s always more to learn!

Her goal as a music educator is to foster a safe environment to create, learn, and celebrate music.

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Cassia Billington

Piano, Violin, Cello

Cassia is a dynamic, young teacher with the ability to teach students both young and old. Having started piano lessons herself when she was twelve years old, she believes that it’s never too late to start your music journey. Cassia has achieved her Grade 8 Royal Conservatory Practical and her RCM Grade 7 Theory. Cassia began teaching piano lessons when she was just 16 years old and has continued teaching lessons for the past 5 years. She has experience teaching many different ages and skill levels on the piano, as well as teaching beginners on the cello and violin. Cassia tries to ensure that every student achieves their goals in a fun, yet professional environment! Cassia strives to teach each student to love music, and their instrument, and to ensure that they are playing the music that they love. 

Thom Speck

Early Childhood Music 

Thom has honed his skill as a musician and a performer through a diverse career. After studying Musical Theatre Performance at Sheridan College, Thom went on to tour extensively throughout North America, sharing the stage with such greats as Fred Penner, Robert Munsch, Matt Dusk, and comedy legend Jay Leno. He has been a regular anthem singer for the Toronto Raptors and the Toronto Maple Leafs, has released multiple albums and is certified GOLD in Canada. Before moving to his new home in Dundas Ontario in 2020, Thom ran parent/tot music classes throughout the GTA with Rainbow Songs Inc, sharing his ‘inventive, engaging and caring’ energy to the delight of the many families he worked with.

When he isn’t entertaining the demanding audience of his two young daughters, you can find Thom playing with his Celtic band Screeched Inn. He is thrilled to have found a new musical home with Katie’s Music Studio.

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Dalyce Dostal

Flute, Piano, Theory, BMus

Dalyce is a passionate and enthusiastic music lover who loves to share her passion for the arts with others. She is a recent graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo and received a Bachelor of Music degree for Community Music. Music theory is a key part of being able to play any instrument and she loves to help students who want to understand music theory at a deeper level than simply reading sheet music. It can come in handy when wanting to write your own songs or to compose your own pieces of music. She believes that music can be taught and learned in different ways and lessons should be flexible to what the student wants to achieve in order to preserve their passion for the arts. Music lessons should be a fun place for students to express themselves and nurture their passion for music.

Kirsten Wegner

Piano, Voice

Being a recent graduate of Lakehead University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, Kirsten is excited to share her passion for music with her students. Her musical experience began at the age of 6 when she started taking both piano and voice lessons, and she has never looked back since! Kirsten has been involved with the Royal Conservatory of Arts, Kiwanis Music Festival, and has achieved a ARCT level proficiency in voice. Bedsides voice and piano, she also has experience teaching ukulele and flute in a group and private setting. Music has been intertwined in many aspects of her life, whether it is in the form of composing, teaching, or performing and has been a huge positive influence in her life. Her goal is create a positive environment for students focusing on their individual goals, needs, and preferences, while having fun in the process!

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Chelsea Behm

Piano, Voice

Since the age of three, Chelsea has been gifted with the ability to learn songs by ear on the piano. At age six, she took piano lessons to further develop her musical skills. At age ten, she started writing her own songs and learning how to sing. Throughout her adolescence, Chelsea produced a couple of recordings - a self-titled EP and a full album titled “Yesterday’s Innocence” - and performed at local venues. In 2011, she graduated from the Jazz Music program at Mohawk College. She also achieved Grade 8 in RCM Piano.

 

For over ten years, Chelsea has been successfully teaching vocal and piano lessons to students ages five and up. She teaches many styles of music including pop, jazz, and classical. She also enjoys helping students to create their own songs through improvisation. She is an active member at her local church as well as one of its participating cantors and pianists.

 

Chelsea is passionate about sharing the joy of music with others and composing her own music.

Allyson Brown

Drama

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Our drama teacher, Miss Allyson Brown, has extensive training in drama, dance and singing. Her education stems from an Honours Drama degree from McMaster University, Mohawk (creating comedy), Marilyn Szwec School of Dance, Tammy Beach Dance School, Singing lessons (Bach Academy, Ray Lyell, Reggie's Music School), Clown training, Sears and Switzer (Voice and Auditoning), Second City, and training from acclaimed Broadway teacher and casting director, Ginger Howard Friedman (scene study). She has also worked with Actraworks, Dave Dayler Player's Guild, and Dundas Little Theatre School programme in technical theatre and scene study. She a member of A.C.T.R.A. and is a professional actress, performer, and clown. Allyson has also studied writing, children's literature (degree), teaching, and is a professional writer and director. One of her plays was even performed at Hamilton Place. Her mentors are Ted Danson and Arlene Martel, who have been very supportive of her efforts. When she is not performing or writing, she enjoys working with children and teaching.

Crystal Glowala

Piano 

Crystal’s love of piano started with lessons at the age of 4, later achieving her Grade 8 from the Royal Conservatory by age fourteen. Coming from a large musical family, gatherings always included a family jam with a wide range of instruments; piano, guitar, banjo, accordion, spoons, and violin – all of which were played by ear. Crystal has shared her gift of music as a church organist/pianist and through volunteer work. She also enjoys the challenge of working out the chord progression to her newest favourite song! As a teacher, Crystal hopes to grow a love for music in her students and aims to provide an environment that fosters trust, promotes self-respect, and is rooted in experiential learning beyond the keys.

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Desiree Schneider

Admin 

Desiree has been playing the piano for over 20 years. She has her grade 9 Royal Conservatory of Music, and has a niche for improv playing. Once she obtained her Grade 9 Royal Conservatory, she took lessons in improv with a highly skilled teacher. She started accompaniment for Kiwanis, Royal Conservatory exams, and musical recitals at the age of 14. Her goal with lessons is to make it positive for the student while catering the lesson to fit the student's needs. She has a passion for learning, with her students and in her personal life. Various genres are incorporated into her lesson plans. She is classically trained and teaches the Royal Conservatory method alongside many other classical books. She strongly believes music is supposed to be enjoyable, and a way to express yourself. 

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Naomi Kroesbergen

Piano

Raised on a farm in the small town of Lynden, ON, Naomi Kroesbergen was introduced to music at a very early age and was enrolled into piano lessons at the age of five. Being homeschooled from kindergarten through high school, gave ample opportunity for more time spent on lessons and practicing, and in grade 8, Naomi came under the piano tutelage and mentorship of Russian teacher Olga Tcherniak of Ancaster, ON.
 
Naomi has performed at numerous music festivals, competitions & exams since the early grades, and received The Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto diplomas for Elementary and Intermediate Pedagogy at the age of 18. She has been teaching students of all ages since grade 8, accompanied various choirs, solo instrumentalists, vocalists, small ensembles and frequently plays for weddings and church services.

Her goal in both teaching and accompanying, is to broaden the horizons of musical understanding and nurture a deeper appreciation for the gift that music has been to her personally, and to give it back to others in whatever capacity and opportunities may arise. 

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Ross Wooldridge

Piano, Clarinet, Saxophone

Born 1962 in Hamilton Ontario, Ross Wooldridge showed early musical ability, taking piano lessons by age four. Self taught on clarinet at age 13, he took up the saxophone at 16. 

Attending Mohawk College and Humber College, Ross honed his arranging and composing skills. Afterwards he added to his portfolio the skills of Producer, Conductor, Transcription specialist and Educator.

 

Ross is an active performer and is the leader of Toronto's Galaxy Orchestra. Notable are his critically acclaimed recordings Tribute to the Benny Goodman Sextet Volumes 1 and 2, Scuttlebutt – a Tribute to Artie Shaw and his Gramercy 5 and two Dixie Demons recordings “Live at the Rex” and “Fossil Fuel”.  

Ross teaches elementary school band classes for the Toronto District School Board and is passionate about sharing his practical approach to learning to play music. 

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