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Elliot Barenthin, (B.Mus. Candidate)

Elliott has been playing piano since he was 4 years old. He has had a love for jazz even in his early years studying the Royal Conservatory of Music program.

During his high school years, he shared his love for jazz with audiences through various solo and ensemble performances. He was the pianist for the King City Secondary School Jazz Improv Combo Ensemble (invited in grade 8), a guest performer at Michelle Mele’s Inaugural Sunburst Festival, the Friday night pianist at Port Soire, Schomberg, ON and volunteered to play the piano at Hogan’s Inn Restaurant, King City, ON on Friday nights (grade 8).

Elliott never passes up the opportunity to play a piano, including airports and underground parking garages (yes, they can be found in Europe!).

Prior to the pandemic, Elliott provided weekly entertainment at a local retirement residence where he had a regular audience. Now that pandemic restrictions have lifted, he has returned and can be heard in the atrium every Sunday afternoon.

Elliott formed the 6 Feet Apart TRIO in the winter of 2020 and performed at the 2021 Toronto Undergraduate Jazz Festival and was the pianist in the Maddie Zeidenberg Jazz Band, also performers at the Toronto Undergraduate Jazz Festival in 2020. He was the pianist for the Toronto All Star Big Band in 2021-2022.

Elliott has studied under Amanda Tosoff, Richard Whiteman, Mark Eisenman, Adrean Farrugia. He is currently studying under Hannah Barstow in the Jazz Performance Program at the University of Toronto.

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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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Irina Kremer, (M.Mus., B.Mus.)

Irina received her Bachelor’s in Music with Honours in Piano pedagogy at Moscow College of Music with further graduate studies at Saratov State Conservatory, earning her Master’s degree in piano pedagogy.

Irina has been teaching piano for all ages and levels for over 25 years and very passionate about sharing her knowledge with her students. Irina’s teaching approach to motivate and inspire her students helping them to reach their potential and achieve an excellent results on RCM exams

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Davina Lee, (A.R.C.T., B.Comm.)
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, (B. Mus., A.R.C.T.)
Clarinet, Piano

Kristal holds 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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Alexandra Los, (B. Mus., B. Ed.)

Alexandra teaches piano and music theory students of all ages, incorporating
instrumental technique and interpretation, as well as elements of general musicianship and ear
training. Her participation in numerous musical events, recitals and festivals earned her rewards
and recognition. She holds the Bachelor of Music from University of Toronto and also Bachelor in
Education from York University. She is an Ontario Certified Teacher.
Her academic background and teaching experience allow her to select and use instructional
methods that fit pupil’s individual abilities and levels, and meet their needs and interests. In her
lessons, she focuses on all aspects of playing: proper position, technique, sound production,
articulation, etc. She prepares students for exams, competition and recitals. She encourages young
musician to use every opportunity to perform as a very important part of studying the art of
playing an instrument and for achieving self-confidence. She is driven to help students achieve
their very best.

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Tatyana Mirzoyan, (M.A., B.A.)

Tatyana has 20 years of experience as a teacher and an accompanist. She possesses strong knowledge of classical, romantic and modern music that she has successfully instructed students of various age groups. Her professional studies started in the Sayat-Nova State Music School after which she was accepted in the Arno Babadjanian State Music College. She continued her studies in the Armenian State Pedagogical University and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music with specialization as a Choir Director. In 1989, Tatyana received her Bachelor and Masters Degree in Yerevan State University with specialization in Piano Performance. She also received qualification to teach music at the college and university level. She remained teaching university students and conducting extensive research of Methods in Music Pedagogy for public school systems. She commuted to and from Gertzen’s University and St. Petersburg where she participated in conferences and gained extensive knowledge in various disciplines of Pedagogy. Currently, Tatyana works as a Piano Instructor and Accompanist as well as adjudicates at festivals and competitions. Tatyana is very passionate about working with students and sharing her knowledge of music. Many of her students achieved great results and have gone on to receive ARCT diplomas. Tatyana has worked at many churches where she has accompanied choirs and musical ensembles.

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

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.)

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.


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Maggie Pong, (B.F.A.)

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 20 years and had been successfully sent her students for the piano exams at the Royal Conservatory of Music. Most of her students have passed with merit and distinction in the examination.

Thanks for her passion, well-rounded approach of techniques and musicality, her students received outstanding awards in music competitions.

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Adele Qian, (B.Mus., A.R.C.T.)

Adele embarked on her musical endeavor when she acquired her ARCT in piano performance. With a Bachelor of Music in Piano at the University of Toronto, Adele sets out to establish herself as a piano teacher. “Curiosity is Key.” Adele has always believed that learning should be a balance between fun and discipline. Aside from teaching, Adele has had numerous collaborative experiences as a pianist, including accompanying for the Wind Ensemble at University of Toronto.

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Edith Suen, (A.T.C.L., B.SocSc.)

At the age of 5, Edith started learning piano with her first piano teacher, who encouraged her to participate in music festivals and masterclasses. Edith had since then obtained numerous awards in local and regional piano competitions. In the 2000’s, she attained distinction in Grade 8 by the ABRSM examination board and distinction in ATCL diploma (recital in solo piano) by the Trinity College London.  Edith had vast experience in teaching kids and adolescent with different personalities and capabilities. She always strives to inspire her students with her passion in piano
performance. She trains her students to reach their peak functioning in actual recital by sharing her personal experience in how to effectively cope with stage anxiety.
Edith shares the philosophy of the piano legend Mr. Menahem Pressler (1923 – 2023) that to be a teacher and a musician, one has to “continuously learn in order to do it well, it does not stop with age…degrees…accolades, it doesn’t stop at all. Because the variety, the richness, the importance of music, is such that a lifetime really is not enough”. Therefore, Edith is further pursuing her music career through her study with
an exceptional teacher in Toronto.
Edith is also licensed to practice law in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and had substantial work experience in luxury retail management and the legal sector.

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Cara Tors, (M. Mus., B. 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.