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Ara Arakelyan (B.A., M.MUS)
Drums, Flute, Guitar, Piano, Saxophone

For Ara Arakelyan, music has always been a way of life. He has graduated from the special music school after Sayat-Nova for gifted children with honor. Afterwards, Ara entered the Komitas State Conservatory, where he received B. A. with Honors and is pursuing his Master’s degree in Wind Instruments with specialization in Saxophone.

Since 2011, Mr. Arakelyan has launched a very successful career. He worked as a performer, Leading Saxophonist of the symphonic orchestra, and pedagogue at various teaching levels: music schools and colleges. He was also a soloist at Armenian National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet after A. Spendiaryan and Armenian State Jazz Band.

In the period of 2005 – 2012, Mr. Arakelyan performed more than 20 solo and collaborative recitals and participated in many international Competitions & Festivals in Armenia, USA, Germany, Sweden, Georgia, and Egypt. Ara is a Laureate of the “Golden Note” amateur arts festival, “Renaissance” International Competition, Kavkaz Jazz Fest. As of now, Ara Arakelyan has already recorded 3 DVDs.

Since 2013, Ara has begun to work at Sheraton Cadwell Orchestra as a leading saxophonist and running a very busy music studio.

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Fernando Baldasinni (B.F.A., B.A./EDU., A.R.C.T.)
Keyboard, Piano, Theory

Fernando’s diverse musical career goes back to his high school days  when he learned to play various woodwind instruments including  the clarinet, bass clarinet, the all members of the sax family. In Grade 10, he picked up the trumpet as well but his teacher persuaded him to switch back to the clarinet family. Afterwards, Fernando was urged to pursue full-time studies at the prestigious Royal Conservatory of Music. There, during the 1980’s, he excelled in his studies under the teachings of his mentors including Paul Grice (clarinet), Robert Linzon (piano),  Timothy Sullivan (harmony, counterpoint and composition), Josph Macerollo (history), Wes Wragget (electronic music). During this period, Fernando was very active, along his teachers and peers in trying to save the downtown branch of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto from being sold and moved to another location. They succeeded in their efforts.

In 1992, Fernando graduated from York University having studied composition with James Tenney. During these years, Fernando wrote many original compositions in all styles including a 10-minute background score used by a major advertising company, and dozens of arrangements of classical and popular pieces for band and keyboard ensembles. He used these in his extensive studio teachings in private music studios in the Scarborough area. Even with his extensive schedule, Fernando continued his studies in music education and graduated with a Bachelor  degree in Education from the University of Toronto in 2002.

Over the years, Fernando’s love for teaching is reflected in the success of his students as many of them are currently on staff in music studios throughout the GTA. In short, Fernando’s passion continues to to be that of a truly dedicated piano and theory (all grades and subjects) to all age groups. “Music is meant for anyone and everyone…” will continue to be his motto.  His classes are fun, creative, motivational and geared towards a life long musical learning.

Since 2000, Fernando resides in Markham with his family, his wife Susanna and his two kids Joshua and Josiah.

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Helen Chan (B.Comm)
Piano, Vocal, Theory

Helen started playing piano at the age of four. She began classical training in voice 17 years ago and continues to take lessons to this day. Helen has over 15 years of teaching experience. While she has prepared many students for Royal Conservatory of Music examinations and competitions, her passion is to inspire students to explore the power of sounds and to teach them how to play by ear. Her classes are designed to be fun and engaging. Helen will soon be studying the Sound Healing Associates Degree Program at the Globe Institute and intends on becoming a Sound Healer.

Besides music, Helen is also a certified holistic nutritionist and a juice fanatic.

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Hadara Jacoby (B.Ed.Mus.)
Piano, Theory

Hadara started taking piano lessons at the age of 5, and went on to obtain a Bachelor of Education in Music from the Jerusalem Academy of Music. For 13 years, Hadara worked as a piano teacher at Forte Music School in Oak Ridges, where she enjoyed sharing her passion for music with students of all ages. Throughout the years, Hadara proudly watched her students grow and develop their musical skills, participate in recitals, and excel at RCM exams. Since 2010, Hadara has also been working as a piano accompanist for the Evergreen Choir in Aurora, under the direction of Dr. Richard Heinzle.

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Davina Lee (B.COMM., A.R.C.T.)
Music Adventure, Piano, Theory

Davina holds an ARCT in Piano Performance.  She also studied piano pedagogy with Mrs. Marina Geringas at the Royal Conservatory of Music, and the Orff Method with Mrs. Margaret Huggett.

Davina is a co-founder of the Music Clubhouse and Music Adventure programs.  She loves teaching children and puts great emphasis in making her lessons fun and enjoyable.  She also serves as organist at her local church.

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Kristal Lee (working towards a B Mus degree)
Clarinet, Piano

Kristal is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education with a major in clarinet at the University of Toronto. She studied clarinet with Stephen Pierre and now studies with Richard Thomson. Presently, she is also an ARCT piano performance candidate, studying under Glenn Gould School instructor, Lang-Ning Liu.

Kristal began her musical studies with piano lessons at the age of 5, and has since developed an appreciation for music. As a piano accompanist, she has played at churches, recitals and weddings. At the age of 11, she began to learn the clarinet and was a member of the 2017 and 2018 Ontario Provincial Honour Band.

In the summers of 2017 and 2018, Kristal was a teacher assistant at Pro Music’s summer camp. There, she was able to help many children discover music for the first time, such as playing their first notes on an instrument. It brings her so much joy to see children develop their passion and explore the world of music.

Kristal enjoys teaching a variety of musical styles, from classical to pop to contemporary Christian music. Furthermore, she uses many different approaches to teach students of all ages and backgrounds.

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Sahar Mash (B.F.A., B.Sc.)
Piano, Theory

Sahar holds a double major at York University; a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Biophysics. Sahar fell in love with music at a young age, and since, has 16 years of classical piano experience. Furthermore, with 10 years of theory experience she has completed all RCM theory examinations. She has also competed and placed first in The Kiwanis Toronto competition.

Sahar’s passion for the piano is evident through her teaching habits and lesson plans. She continues to strive for excellence and is driven to give her students the best education possible.

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Guzal Nasirova (B.A., M.A.)
Piano

At the age of 5, Guzal started learning piano with M.Sultanova, who graduated from Moscow State Conservatory in the class of Prof. D.Bashkirov.

Guzal studied 11 years at Uspensky Music School for Gifted Children and graduated with BA and MA in Piano Pedagogy from Tashkent State Conservatory.

Guzal had an opportunity to complete her internship in Moscow State Conservatory, where attended classes of M.Voskresensky.

Guzal gave her first private lesson at the age of 19. After receiving her diplomas, she returned to Uspensky School where she worked until 2010.

In the meantime she worked also as an accompanist in Tashkent State Conservatory and Institute of Theatre & Arts and had the opportunity to stay in UK (1996-1999) and France (2002-2007) where she continued to work as a piano teacher.

Her extensive experience includes teaching piano to children of various ages, preparing them for piano examinations and recitals, accompanying the school’s choir, vocalists and violin players during repetitions and various performances. Throughout her work experience in Toronto, Guzal was proud to see her students progress and improve their piano skills, win or get good results at piano contests such as Kiwanis, North York and CCC Music Festivals.

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Jason Ng (M.Mus., A.R.C.T.)
Piano

Jason’s musical background consists of an ARCT in piano performance and a Master of Music specializing in music technology and digital media from the University of Toronto. He has a decade of experience teaching piano and music to students of all ages and of diverse backgrounds and special needs.

As a music teacher, he genuinely believes that the primary role is to inspire passion in students by exposing them to music’s expressive powers, how deeply entrenched music is within culture and the human psyche, and how emotionally and intellectually rewarding it can be to make music. With that as a foundation, he proceeds to teaching technical proficiency and exploring a repertoire of interest.

As a composer and audio engineer, his work focuses on the intersection of digital media, electronic synthesis, and acoustic sound recording. He has produced music and sound effects for a variety of projects, from indie films and video games to internet ads to web series. He has also produced and engineered a number of small-ensemble jazz and classical studio recordings.

Website: http://www.jasonhmng.ca

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Maggie Pong (B.F.A.)
Piano

Maggie graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours). Also, she holds ATCL level of the Trinity College London in Recital in Piano.

She has been teaching piano for over 15 years and had been successfully sent her students for the ABRSM piano examination in Hong Kong. Most of her students have passed with merits and distinction in the examination.

Thanks for her passion, well-rounded approach of techniques and musicality, her students received outstanding awards in the Hong Kong Music Festival.

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Eva Sit (L.T.C.L.)
Piano

Eva began her piano studies when she was four years old. At the age of thirteen, she achieved Grade 8 Diploma from the Associated Board of The Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) in Hong Kong. She also received the Licentiate diploma in Piano Recital from Trinity College of London (LTCL). Since the age of ten, she participated in numerous events, and has won various awards in both Hong Kong Interschool Music festivals and in open competitions.

Eva has been a pianist for Ontario Overseas Chinese Music Association and Alata Harmonia Chorus of Canada for extensive years, as well in accompanying many other soloists and choirs in a variety of musical performance and plays.

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Karen Tam (B.F.A., A.R.C.T.)
Music Adventure, Piano

Karen graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Faculty of Music at York University. She studied piano with Christina Petrowska Quilico and music composition with David Mott. Karen also holds an ARCT Diploma in Piano Performance, and has studied piano pedagogy at the Royal Conservatory of Music. Her teaching style was influenced by the inspiring and encouraging guidance of Marina Geringas. To date, Karen’s students have always achieved First-class Honours in RCM examinations, and won awards in various music festival competitions.

Karen is also one of the experienced Music Adventure (group lessons) teachers at Pro-Music. She has taught Music Adventure to junior and senior kindergarten students at Wesley Christian Academy. In addition to her teaching, Karen actively participates in many music workshops, to share ideas and discuss issues relevant to piano pedagogy. The Orff Approach that she studied under Margaret Hugget has effectively enhanced her group and piano lessons through its emphasis on songs, games, rhythms, poems, stories and percussion instruments. Karen’s teaching approach emphasizes a balance of affection, patience and strength, and encourages her students to enjoy the process of learning.

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Nigel Tang (B.MUS)
Piano, Guitar

Nigel received his Bachelor of Music with Honours in Piano Performance from Western University, where he studied with James Hibbard. Nigel has performed in solo as well as collaborative settings, and has been the accompanist for multiple award winning vocalists at the Pickering Music Festival. His passion for music extends to the guitar as well, where he has performed with bands across the Greater Toronto Area for events such as the Markham Village Music Festival.

As a teacher, Nigel encourages his students to use their imagination while they explore topics of musicianship and artistry. He works to develop a well rounded musical foundation in his students so that they may have the tools to express themselves in any style or genre. Nigel’s other creative pursuits include painting and drawing. In his art-making, he draws inspiration from a wide range of music, from classical, rock, jazz, funk, hip-hop, and everything in between.

Photo of Cara Tors (B. Mus., M. Mus.)
Cara Tors (B. Mus., M. Mus.)
Piano, Vocal, Theory

Cara composed her first song at the age of 5 (Busy-Dizzy Day) and her first piano piece when she was 11 years old (Lunchtime). Since Lunchtime, she has further explored piano composition. In 2015, she completed a Bachelor of Music degree with a History/Theory specialization from the University of Toronto. Cara then completed a Master of Music degree in Music Technology and Digital Media at the same school, in 2019. Throughout these years, she wrote works for piano, voice, choir, violin, brass quintet, and more. Currently, she is working on her first musical, From Straw to Gold, based on the tale of Rumpelstiltskin. Cara enjoys teaching children, and has instructed them in piano, theory, history, vocal, and composition.

Website: https://caratorsmusic.com