Rockstar Team

    Holt

    Holt Stuart-Hitchcox, Program Director 
    Bass/Guitar/Ukulele/Group Jam/Rock Band/Adult Band

    www.holtstuarthitchcox.com
    Ages: All ages
    Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
    Style: Rock, Pop, Jazz
    Availability: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays
    Travel Area: Toronto, Thornhill, Richmond Hill, Maple
    Rate: Standard

    Born and raised in Toronto, Holt began his pursuit of music at the young age of 3. In his youth, Holt studied at the Humber College Community School under the instruction of Kirk MacDonald, Jon Maharaj, Jim Vivian and Barry Romberg (among others). Under the tutelage of such fine instructors, Holt discovered a deep love for music. By high school, Holt was studying extensively on both electric and acoustic bass, and was accepted to study bass in the Bachelor of Music program at Humber College. During his time at Humber College, Holt had the opportunity to pursue the study of music performance, composition, arranging, production and pedagogy at the highest level. In the four years that he attended, Holt was awarded with the Toronto Musicians’ Association Moe Koffman Memorial Award, the Humber College Universal Music Award, the Gordon and Anne Wragg Music Scholarship, and the Elizabeth Borden Memorial Award. Holt completed his Bachelor of Music in April 2015, and is now pursuing a career in music. In his young career, Holt has had the honour of performing with many prolific artists, including Grammy Award winner Joe Lovano, Grammy award nominee Mike Stern, Juno Award winner Kirk MacDonald, and Juno award nominee Barry Romberg. In April 2015, Holt recorded an album with the Humber Studio Jazz Ensemble, featuring Grammy Award nominee Donny McCaslin.  

    Lora

    Lora Ryan, Vocals 

    Ages: All Ages
    Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
    Style: Pop, Theater, Folk, Indie, Country
    Availability: Tuesdays & Thursdays
    Travel Area: Toronto, North York, Thornhill, Richmond Hill, Maple, Vaughan
    Rate: Premium

    Lora Ryan is poised to make some noise in the independent music scene. Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, she recently relocated to the Hollywood of Canada: Toronto, Ontario where she works as a singer/songwriter/vocal coach full-time. Lora initially started her career in musical theatre as a child but quickly realized her first passion is to write, record and perform her own material. Lora’s musical expertise enables her to develop and write for fellow artists in various genres (country, rock, indie, hip hop, acoustic, etc.). The vivacious blonde, who participated in two Songwriters Association of Canada (SAC) SongWorks Pro-writing camps in 2015, is actively writing/composing her upcoming album. Lora spent an invaluable six years as a vocal coach/mentor at West Island Music Academy (WIMA), helping mould the talent of today’s youth. From one-on-one vocal lessons to songwriting classes, the fundamentals of music and how to work together in a rock band, Lora took pride in helping her students grow as artists always being a positive role model/influence. Earlier this year Lora released her brand new single “Best of Me” - An empowering pop-ballad with a strong message about being happy in your skin and knowing your self-worth. “Best of Me” is now hitting radio stations Canada-wide.  

     

    Alex

    Alex Ernewein, Piano/Guitar/Bass/Ukulele/Record 

    Ages: Young, Children, Teen
    Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
    Style: Jazz, Pop, Rock
    Availability: Not taking any new students at this time
    Travel Area: Toronto, Forest Hill, Etobicoke
    Rate: Standard

    Alex Ernewein was born on a farm just outside of Innerkip, Ontario. He quickly gained an appreciation for music, teaching himself piano at the age of 8. After some formal training, he entered in the Toronto jazz scene, recording his first album at the age of 14 with such Toronto heavy-hitters as Keiran Overs, Terry Clarke & Kelly Jefferson. In high school he released his second album in which he played nearly every instrument as well as sang, and composed all of the material. He studied at Humber College and has since gone on to work with many well-known names both in the city and around the globe. On top of touring around North America on numerous occasions, he has also travelled to India where he performed and taught music, as well as took part in meditation. He currently resides in Toronto where he works as a performer and a teacher.  

     

    Edith

    Edith Bar, Piano/Vocal 


    Ages: Young, Children, Teen
    Levels: Beginner, Intermediate
    Style: Show Tunes, Broadway, Pop
    Availability: Mondays & Tuesdays (Not taking any new students at this time)
    Travel Area: Richmond Hill, Thornhill, Woodbridge, Maple, Concord, Kleinburg, Vaughan
    Rate: Standard

    Edith is a classically trained pianist and vocalist, as well as a seasoned performer. She studied piano, vocals and music theory with the Royal Conservatory of Music for the past 12 years, and has since performed in front of many audiences in Toronto. On top of her classical training, Edith has an expansive background in musical theatre and has been in productions and adaptations of The Wiz, Urinetown, Footloose, West Side Story, and more. She loves teaching and spreading her passion, and believes that music and performance are powerful tools for self-expression and development.  

     

    Matteo

    Matteo Parente, Guitar/Ukulele/Drums/Bass/Jams/Rock band 


    Ages: All ages
    Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
    Style: Rock, Pop, Jazz
    Availability: Wednesdays
    Travel Area: Woodbridge, Maple
    Rate: Standard

    Internationally acclaimed Matteo Parente is a highly sought-after freelance guitarist and teacher. He has performed on stages all across the world including North America, Asia, and the Middle East. Matteo’s versatility in different genres from rock to country, and everything in between, make him a great teacher and session player. Matteo holds a B.F.A. in Music, a M.A. Composition and a B.Ed. from University of Toronto. Matteo is passionate about teaching music and his motivational teaching strategies will inspire his students to be Rockstars themselves.  

     

    Samantha

    Samantha Snowden, Saxophone/Clarinet 

    Ages: All Ages
    Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
    Style: Jazz
    Availability: Mondays & Tuesdays
    Travel Area: Thornhill, Richmond Hill, Maple, Vaughan
    Rate: Standard

    Samantha has just finished her BFA-Honours in Music at York University. Her studies at York were focused towards jazz performance on saxophone. During her high school years she had experience in concert band, stage bands, and being in a pit band for a musical. At York Samantha was a part of jazz ensembles for the four years. She was taught under Toronto saxophonist Tara Davidson. Her next goal for her musical career is to pursue Teacher’s College, and become a high school music teacher. Music is a passion for Samantha and she wants to share this passion with enthusiastic people that want to learn about music. When Samantha isn't doing music she is often playing with her two cats, or is tending to her garden.  

     

    Nick

    Nick Collett, Drums 


    Ages: All ages
    Levels: Beginner, Intermediate
    Style: Rock
    Availability:Tuesdays & Sundays
    Travel Area:North York, Thornhill, Maple, Woodbridge, Vaughan
    Rate: Standard

    Nick has been drumming for fifteen years and has experience teaching all sorts of students. Primarily a rock drummer, his passion for music shines through in his teaching with emphasis on fun and disciplined musical growth. His approach to drumming coupled with his patient, empathetic nature will help foster an enjoyable and effective learning environment. Nick is currently playing with Toronto-based indie band, BamBoo.  

     

    Daniel

    Daniel Ciantar, Guitar/Ukulele/Bass/Vocal/Group Jam/Uke Jam 


    Ages: All ages
    Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
    Style: Fingerstyle, Rock, Pop, Blues
    Availability: Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays
    Travel Area: King City, Aurora, Oak Ridges, Vaughan, Thornhill, Richmond Hill, Maple
    Rate: Standard

    Daniel Ciantar was born in Ontario, and raised in a small town called King City. When he was thirteen years old, he was given his very first guitar and it has been an essential part of his life ever since. He began performing in 2005 at age fifteen then began taking on students of his own and continued to teach and perform while attending classes at York University for jazz guitar. During his time at York he studied various styles of music such as Jazz, Blues, Flamenco Classical Music and finally began his specialisation in Fingerstyle guitar. Since then he has been hard at work perfecting his craft while performing and teaching with the guitar for schools and local Venues.  

    Daniel Goldstein

    Daniel Goldstein, Drums 


    Ages: All ages
    Levels: Beginner, Intermediate
    Style: Rock, Pop, Jazz
    Availability: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays
    Travel Area: Thornhill, Richmond Hill, Maple, North York
    Rate: Standard

    Born and raised in Thornhill, Ontario, Daniel became involved with music from a young age, and has been playing drums for over 7 years. Originally learning to play by sitting behind the kit with friends and teachers during music class in elementary school, Daniel found every opportunity he could to perform throughout grade school. He played percussion in his high school concert band for 4 years, eventually becoming section leader and concert master. Daniel is currently attending Humber College for a Bachelor of Music in Percussion, entering his second year of study. He has had the chance to study privately with Juno Award winning drummer Paul DeLong (of Kim Mitchell), among other award winning faculty members. Daniel has performed around Toronto with bands of many different styles, including Rock, Metal, and Pop. He is also well versed in Jazz, HipHop, Funk, and Classical Percussion. Daniel is always seeking improvement in his own playing and takes great joy from seeing others improve around him. He believes that music has the power to bring a smile to every person’s face and that learning an instrument can benefit you in every way imaginable.  

    Yani

    Roberto Hausman, Guitar 

    Ages: All ages
    Levels: Beginner, Intermediate
    Style: Latin, Spanish, Pop, Ballads, Rock
    Availability: Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays
    Travel Area: Richmond Hill, Thornhill, Vaughan
    Rate: Standard

    Roberto has a passion for music and he has written more than 150 songs, since he is a composer/song writer. From the age of 16, he has had several bands and he has played with many others, over the past 35 years. His last band's name was “Roberto's Latin Sound” and they performed in several locations in Toronto. Roberto obtained first place in three different music festivals, two in Canada, one in Argentina, as well as having participated in a Radio Station contest with “CFTR 680” in Toronto, where his theme song “Ocean Wind” obtained first place out of 500 contestants. It was played on radio, and even on TV for a while. If you Google “Ocean Wind - Roberto's Latin Sounds” you will find a couple of his songs. Music wise, he’s and “old time rock and roller”, and has played on stages of several countries for the past three decades. Always for fun, for “the love of the art”. He has 3 cd’s, two in English and one in Spanish, with a variety of sounds, styles and rhythms. You can feel the influence of Santana, in several of his compositions.  

    Yani

    Yani Hausman, Violin/Piano 

    Ages: All ages
    Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
    Style: Rock, Pop
    Availability: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
    Travel Area: Richmond Hill, Thornhill, Maple, Vaughan, North York, King City
    Rate: Standard

    Yani learned piano at age 8 and changed to violin at age 11 in South Korea. Since then, she learned from the several distinguished teachers from the Royal Conservatory of Music such as Harold Sumberg, Eugene Kash, Jacque Israelovich and Jacob Lakirovich. She passed the ARCT Violin performance exam. Yani has played for: Koffler Centre for the Arts, Sick Children's Hospital Fund Raising Event, Kol Ami High Holidays, Leo Baeck Day School for Grade 8 students, Julian Fantino and a Police Chief's fund raising event. Yani has been playing Orchestral Music, for over 30 years, as the 1st violin section in the York Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra in Toronto. Now, she is an associate assistant concert master at the Orchestra Toronto at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. She has earned a Bachelor's degree from University of Toronto.  

    Corey

    Corey Marshall, Guitar/Drums 

    Ages: All ages
    Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
    Style: Rock, Pop
    Availability: Mondays & Thursdays
    Travel Area: Aurora, Richmond Hill, Maple, Thornhill, King City
    Rate: Standard

    Corey is a guitar/drum teacher, singer-songwriter, producer and performer with over 10 years of experience in the music industry. Since the age of 15 he's been playing in bands, recording albums, and touring all over North America. With a strong passion for music combined with the skill and knowledge developed over years in the industry, Corey incorporates a wide range of musical topics into his lessons including performance tips, technique, song-writing and recording. Currently he resides in Newmarket, Ontario where he spends most of his free time writing and recording songs as well as performing in and around the GTA.  

    Dana Turetski

    Dana Turetski, Vocal/Piano


    Ages: Children, Teens
    Levels: Beginner, Intermediate
    Style: Show Tunes, Broadway, Pop
    Availability: Mondays & Tuesdays (Not taking any new students at this time)
    Travel Area: Richmond Hill, Thornhill, Woodbridge, Maple
    Rate: Standard

    Dana is a classically trained pianist and vocalist who aspires to share her passion for music with others. She has completed 9 levels of Royal Conservatory of Music exams, both practical and theory, and is now working towards completing the final 10th level. Dana has a plethora of experience working with youth, from camp atmospheres to preparing young musicians for vocal auditions. Currently participating in various musicals and competitions, she thrives in a musical setting and is dedicated to ensuring that all those who want to learn music, can do so in a challenging yet fun way!


    Leon

    Leon Gusinsky Guitar, Ukulele 


    Ages: All ages
    Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
    Style: Classical, Rock, Blues
    Availability: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays
    Travel Area: Richmond Hill, Thornhill, Woodbridge, Maple, Concord, Kleinburg, Vaughan
    Rate: Standard

    Leon has been teaching guitar to students of all ages since 2011. He is classically trained and has achieved his grade 8 from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Leon has experience teaching all kinds of genres anywhere from pop, rock, blues, jazz to classical music. When he’s not teaching, Leon enjoys gigging around the city with his jazz rock band, Dyamonds Dye.  

     


    Brianna

    Brianna Singh, Piano 


    Ages: Children
    Levels: Beginners
    Style: Classical, Show Tunes, Broadway, Pop
    Availability: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Saturdays
    Travel Area: Richmond Hill, Thornhill, Woodbridge, Vaughan
    Rate: Basic

    Brianna is a high school student who has been playing piano for 8 years, and has a strong passion for music, teaching and children. She enjoys a variety of music genres such as pop, indie, soft rock, and many more. Having many past experiences with children, Brianna has volunteered at summer camps, YRDSB Arts Camp, has been babysitting for many years and is planning to pursue a career in education. She has participated in numerous piano recitals and believes that music is a key concept in the art of finding oneself, understanding oneself and loving oneself. Music is a passion she enjoys to share with others and is dedicated to guiding children on their own musical path.  

     


    Timothy

    Timothy Abramovich, Piano/Drums/Guitar/Ukulele 


    Ages: All ages
    Levels: Beginner, Intermediate
    Style: Classical, Rock, Metal, Jazz, Electronic and Hiphop
    Availability: Tuesdays, Thursdays & Sundays
    Travel Area: Richmond Hill, Thornhill, Woodbridge, Maple, Concord, Kleinburg, Vaughan, North York
    Rate: Standard

    Singer/songwriter, Timothy has 8 years classical piano training, 4 years of guitar/bass, and 15 years of drumming experience. Timothy is proficient in playing/writing/teaching classical, rock, metal, jazz, electronic, and hiphop music and techniques. In his spare time Timothy enjoys writing and playing music, as well as gigging with his band. Music is a release and a passion, not a chore that parents force for 2 hours a day!  

     


    Daron

    Daron McColl, Guitar/Bass/Ukulele 


    Ages: All ages
    Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
    Style: Jazz, R&B, Rock, Country
    Availability: Tuesday, Friday and Sunday
    Travel Area: North York, Thornhill, Maple, Richmond Hill
    Rate: Standard

    Daron McColl is a Canadian Jazz Guitarist and Composer born November 30th 1994, he recently completed his BFA at York University where he focused his degree in Jazz Performance and Composition. He has studied under many jazz greats such as Lorne Lofsky, Mark Eiseman, Kevin Turcotte, Kelly Jefferson, and Barry Elmes. Daron has experience performing in many different musical setting from Jazz Duo performances to Pop and Motown groups as well as work in Musical Theater, performing in pit bands for musical such as Footloose, The Spitfire Grill and The Boyfriend. Daron has performed in and around Toronto and Muskoka at events such as Concerts on the Dock, the Huntsville Festival of The Arts, and the York University Jazz Festival. He has played in venues such as Paradise Banquet Hall, the Algonquin Theater, Rene Caisse Theater, Deerhurst Resort and The Jazz Bistro. Daron has received many awards for his work in music. Such as the Trillium Dixieland Jazz Award for outstanding achievement in jazz performance in 2012. The Huntsville Festival of the Arts Award for students who are pursuing the Arts in post-secondary in 2014. As well as the Harvey-Marsden Music Award for achieving artistic excellence at a University level (2016). Also something to mention, Daron was nominated for Jazz FM’s Mary Alice Stuart Award which is given to an outstanding emerging jazz artists who are completing their studies at University. During Daron’s final year at York University he received awards: Duke Ellington Award in Jazz (2017), The Ella Fitzgerald Award for Jazz Performance (2017), and the Oscar Peterson Scholarship (2017). All these awards were for his excellence as an artist and performer.  

     

    Zach

    Zach Zanardo, Guitar/Rock Band 


    Ages: All ages
    Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
    Style: Rock, Blues, Pop, Jazz
    Availability: Mondays, Tuesdays
    Travel Area: Richmond Hill, Aurora, King, Thornhill, Woodbridge, Maple, Concord, Kleinburg, Vaughan
    Rate: Standard

    Zach Zanardo is an experienced guitar teacher, songwriter, and performer. Having taught private guitar lessons and student rock bands for over five years, Zach has also has been active in the Toronto music scene for nearly twice that. As a student in the Bachelor of Music program at Humber College, Zach was able to improve his versatility as a guitarist through studying with some of Canada’s top musicians, as well as gain a wealth of experience in the recording studio. Currently, Zach has producer credits on two commercial musical releases, with a third slated for release in October. With his years of experience, Zach brings a patient, well-rounded, passionate approach to educating his students.  

     

    Imi

    Imi Oto, Flute/Ukulele 

    Ages: All ages
    Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
    Style: Classical, Pop
    Availability: Mondays & Sundays
    Travel Area: Richmond Hill, Thornhill, Woodbridge, Maple, Concord, Kleinburg, Vaughan
    Rate: Standard

    Imi Oto was born and raised in Japan. Her interest in music began from a very early age. She started to play piano at age 3 with and without her private piano teacher and moved on to classical flute at age 9. Her early 20's, Imi's abundant curiosity led her to travel all over the world. She has graduated the Northern Revers Concervatorium in contemporary music in Australia and has performed, recorded and taught music in various countries such as Japan, Australia, New Zealand, EU and Canada. She is also certified as an ECE (Early Childhood Educator) in Vancouver, where she picked ukulele as her third instrument. She worked as an ECE for over two and a half years. She is now eager to teach children the beauty that lies in music. Based on her experiences around the world, her music style covers a variety of genres such as Jazz, Bossa Nova/Latin Jazz/Brazilian, Reggae, Classical, Pop and Folk.  

     

    Zack

    Zack Dulberg, Piano/Keyboard/Theory 


    Ages: All ages
    Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, ARCT
    Style: Classical, Rock, Blues, Pop
    Availability: Mondays, Saturdays & Sundays
    Travel Area:Thornhill
    Rate: Standard

    Zack Dulberg was born and raised in Thornhill and has played music all his life. He received his ARCT in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music while still in high school, and has performed at numerous venues around Toronto. He has a unique interest in improvising classical music and blues on the piano, and has years of experience teaching these skills to others. Zack has also written original pieces for musical productions & continues to compose music in his spare time. When he isn’t playing piano, Zack is busy rock climbing, training in Muay Thai, or trying to get through medical school!  

     

    Stella

    Stella Rosin, Piano/Theory 


    Ages: All ages
    Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
    Style: Classical, RCM ARCT, Jazz, Folk
    Availability: Fridays, Saturdays
    Travel Area: Richmond Hill & Thornhill
    Rate: Premium

    Stella graduated from Moscow Central Music School for Gifted Kids in 1972 with distinction and was one of the winners of All-USSR Piano Competition (Kiev 1975). In 1977, she graduated from PRECARPATHIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY. Stella has worked as a touring and recording artist with some of the best performers for classic, folk and Jazz in Russia as well other countries. Also, she accompanied Ukraine's Olympic Gymnastics team throughout the 80's. Presently her teaching involves a combination of Piano, Theory and Composition and Concert Recording. Stella had the pleasure of teaching a young student by the name of Stephanie Zou, who by the age of 10, graduated ARCT and by 12 had already performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City. To Stella, the basic principles of teaching is to customize the lessons according to the student's needs. She explains the best possible ways to perform, and after the “musical goal” is set, shows the ways to get the desired results. Usually these “desired results” involve concerts, talent shows, exams, competitions, etc, to every student.  

     

    Eric

    Eric Miller, Guitar 


    Ages: All ages
    Levels: Beginner, Intermediate
    Style: Pop, blues, country, rock ‘n’ roll, folk styles, classical
    Availability: Mondays & Fridays
    Travel Area: Richmond Hill, Thornhill, Maple, Vaughan, Markham, Aurora, Stoufffville, Metro Toronto
    Rate: Standard

    Eric’s love for music began at a very young age. His first guitar was given to him at age 12 by his uncle, an accomplished singer-songwriter. Eric has completed Grade 8 training in piano through the Royal Conservatory of Music. He has performed with his guitar at venues in Manhattan and Toronto. Eric led the guitar and music programs at Camp Wabikon - a residential children’s summer camp in Temagami - for several summers. He has a natural rapport with children and young adults and has a talent for helping young and aspiring musicians to achieve their musical goals.  

     

    Justin Poon

    Justin Poon, Guitar/Piano/Digital Music Production

    Ages: All ages
    Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
    Style: Rock, Pop, R&B, Jazz, Blues
    Availability: Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays
    Travel Area: Richmond Hill, Aurora, Oak Ridges, Thornhill, Woodbridge, Maple, Concord, Kleinburg, Vaughan
    Rate: Standard

    Justin Poon is a musician and graduate of Berklee College of Music, studying guitar with a dual major in Performance/Electronic Production and Design. He has years of experience performing and recording guitar, bass, piano and saxophone in various styles including jazz, R&B, latin, pop and rock music. Also an experienced producer and engineer, he has written for and collaborated with many singers, hip-hop artists and instrumentalists. Being very in touch with music technology, Justin is also immersed in electronic music performance, DJing and sound design for film, videogames and art installations.

     

    Mike Foster

    Mike Foster, Drums/Guitar/Vocals 

    Ages: All ages
    Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
    Style: Country, Rock, Blues, Pop
    Availability: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays
    Travel Area: Richmond Hill, Aurora, Markham, Newmarket, Thornhill, Woodbridge, Maple, Concord, Kleinburg, Vaughan
    Rate: Standard

    Michael Foster has been a professional drum teacher for 15 years. Michael has taught in music schools across the country, privately and also assisted at a public school with with percussion instruments. Michael has had a lot of success with all of his students due to his passion for teaching. Mike studied the Commercial Music Program at Capillano College in North Vancouver, B.C. and the 3 year Jazz Program at Malsapina College in Nanaimo, B.C. After school he enlisted with the Canadian Armed Forces Band and was in the band for 10 years representing Canada around the world. Since Michael left the Military, he has been performing around Canada with both Rock and Country bands in clubs and festivals and recently relocated from Calgary, Alberta to York Region. Michael is eager to share his knowledge and expertise with a new generation of Rockstars.  

     

    Tamir

    Tamir Chayat, Guitar 

    Ages: Young, Children
    Levels: Beginner, Intermediate
    Style: Classical, Rock
    Availability: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
    Travel Area: Richmond Hill, North York, Thornhill, Woodbridge, Maple, Concord, Vaughan
    Rate: Standard

    Tamir Chayat, is currently a student at York University. He has participated in the Canadian Music League competition and won first place four years in a row. Tamir has played in various bands in high school, and is currently enjoying teaching the guitar and sharing his expertise with the next generation. His musical interests range from jazz to rock to modern hits. Tamir has a solid foundation and understanding of musical theory including playing by music notes and tabs.  

     

     

    Zeb Barnow

    Zeb Barnow, Drums/Guitar/Bass/Ukulele/Vocals 

    Ages: All Ages
    Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
    Style: Rock, Pop
    Availability:Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays
    Travel Area: Richmond Hill, Thornhill, Maple, Vaughan
    Rate: Standard

    Zebulun Barnow has been playing instruments since he was a kid in Chicago. He started on piano and violin but switched to drums at age 8. As a teenager he began playing guitar, writing songs and playing in bands with other kids. His bands played punk, rock and originals. In his twenties, he joined bands that played insurgent country or electronica and toured much of the USA with those projects. He was also working on his own recordings and songwriting which produced dozens of collections of music. He won an audition with Blue Man Group and spent ten years playing shows on Chapman stick, electric zither, bass guitar, electric guitar and percussion. In 2015 he and his wife (cellist Amber Walton-Amar) moved to Toronto where they perform together as Amber & Zebulun. In addition to freelance performance opportunities Zebulun manages his own dystopian cabaret ensemble, The Morality Players.  

     

    Pavel Markelov

    Pavel Markelov, Piano/Clarinet/Conductor 

    Ages: All Ages
    Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
    Style: Classical, Klezmer, Folk
    Availability: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays
    Travel Area: North York, Richmond Hill, Thornhill, Woodbridge, Maple, Concord, Vaughan
    Rate: Standard

    Pavel Markelov (piano player, clarinetist, conductor, composer, and arranger) holds a DMA in performance from the P. Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music in Moscow. He is the first-prize winner of the Russian National Competition in clarinet, and obtained a second prize in conducting. A remarkably versatile musician, Pavel commands a vast repertoire spanning the classical, folk, contemporary and jazz styles. His ten-year concert career has taken him to the foremost venues of Western Europe, Russia, Ukraine, Canada and Asia, in performances with renowned symphony orchestras and chamber groups, including the legendary Borodin Quartet. As an arranger, Pavel has enriched the standard clarinet repertoire through his unique arrangements for piano with different instruments as well as for various ensembles, ranging from the classical masterpieces to the more daring, innovative transcriptions of works by American and Latin composers.  

     

    Chris Wallace

    Chris Wallace, Drums 

    Ages: Teens, Adults
    Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
    Style: Rock, Pop, Jazz, R&B, Funk
    Availability: Mondays & Sundays
    Travel Area: Toronto, Etobicoke, North York, Thornhill, Woodbridge, Maple, Concord, Vaughan
    Rate: Premium

    Chris Wallace has enjoyed a 20 year career in music, performing internationally and appearing on many albums in many styles, over the years. As a self taught drummer, he rose to professional status through relentless self study. As he developed as a musician he began to add jazz music to his already large repertoire of pop, rock, R 'n' B, and funk. He eventually traveled to New York where he studied with world renowned drum clinician and educator Dom Famularo. Relocating to the United Kingdom in the late 90s he became a central figure in the jazz scene in Scotland. Touring the UK several times and producing 7 albums as a bandleader in various modern jazz projects. His trio was awarded the Jazz Ensemble of the Year award in 2012 at the Scottish Jazz Awards. Wallace has appeared with countless international jazz musicians as a sideman. In the rock field he has shared stages across Europe with bands such as Asia, King Crimson, Uriah Heep, Saga and many others. He has performed with world class cabaret artists in the UK and has toured Australia twice. Wallace has a long teaching history as well, with many years of private students of all ages under his belt. More formally, he was head drum tutor at Stevenson College in Edinburgh, Scotland from 2009 – 2012.  

     

     

    Inna Fridman

    Inna Fridman, Theory/Piano/Vocal

    Ages: All Ages
    Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
    Style: Classical
    Availability: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
    Travel Area: Richmond Hill, Thornhill, Woodbridge, Maple, Concord, Kleinburg, Vaughan
    Rate: Premium

    Meet Inna Fridman, born and raised in Ukraine at a time when musicians were considered the heart of every family. Inna began her journey through music at the age of 4 and was principally taught by pedagog, Svetlana Khavinzon. Inna was a gifted pianist from a young age and after completing her Masters in Music Ed she has been teaching & performing for a span of over 25 years in three different countries. Inna teaches private & group music lessons specializing in RCM Examinations, Forte Piano and Keyboard.

     

    Steph

    Stephanie Turfryer, General Manager

    Stephanie has been in and around music her whole life. With a father who is a drummer, guitar player and cover band performer, it was no surprise she had a love for music at a young age. She has taken piano and vocal lessons and performed in Recitals at the Ford Center. While attending College for Small Business Management, she worked as an Entertainment Director for a bar and booked live bands, along with being an Admin at a music school. After College, she became the Manager of Cosmo School of Music for many years. She is a super friendly, organized and a task-oriented individual. As a mother of two, Stephanie understands your time is limited and she wants to make your time with us as valued as your child is. Stephanie is your main point of contact for information on programming, registrations, scheduling, and any other concerns or questions you may have!

     

    Gal Fridman

    Gal Fridman, Owner & Founder

    An avid musician since early childhood, Gal has always found himself surrounded by musicians. At home, he was classically trained on the piano by his mother, Inna Fridman. Gal received his MBA in Music Business and Technology from Berklee Music in 2012, that same year he founded Rockstar Music Central. His passion for music continues to grow as he paves the way for the next generation of music-makers.