The Song Spot -
Licensed Kindermusik EducatorAndrea Akers, BFA, MLIS
Piano/Voice/ Kindermusik
Music Educator/ Owner
Teaches on: Mondays, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturdays
            Andrea began studying voice with Eric James, a music associate for Charlie Chaplin and a conductor/ composer for the BBC.  Eric and his wife Phyllis O'Reilly (an established classical singer), trained Andrea for 9 years until she left to attend University. At York University Andrea studied classical voice under the tutelage of Canadian Mezzo-Soprano Catherine Robbin.
         Upon graduation Andrea became a studio manager and piano & voice teacher for the Ontario Conservatory of Music in Toronto while she continued her studies at UOT, working toward her Master of Library Science degree with a focus on early literacy and learning. 

Lee-Ann is a graduate of Mohawk College's applied music program with honours and has completed the Royal Conservatory of Music's ARCT piano pedagogy program. She is trained in early childhood music (Music for Young Children, and MusikGarten) and has experience teaching little ones from 16 months to 4 years in group settings. Lee-Ann has been an active teacher, church music & choral director, church pianist, free-lance musician (piano and vocals), music school co-owner, music arranger and song writer in the Guelph and Hamilton areas for over 17 years, and more recently in the Oshawa area. Highlights of Lee-Ann's career have been performing piano with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra's string section in two concerto concerts presented by the Mohawk College Music Department, singing the national anthem for the arrival of Preston Manning's political campaign, and watching shy students blossom into dynamic performers on stage. Lee-Ann looks forward to working with your child develop a solid musical foundation while having fun making music.

Piano/ Guitar/ Ukulele
Teaches on: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Dan Brooks is a recent graduate from the concurrent education program at York University. During his time at York, Dan studied jazz piano under Richard Whiteman as well as instrumental pedagogy and philosophy. As part of his BEd, Dan completed two high school field placements at Markville Secondary School teaching instrumental Music and English. Dan has been playing music semi professionally in the GTA for the last ten years and has over fifteen years experience playing in general. Dan started playing the drums at ten years old, eventually picking up the guitar and the piano as a teenager. Dan’s instrumental music career began drumming in Durham’s heavy metal and punk scene. Eventually Dan would end up fronting his own band, “Benjamin Reines & The Blood Machine Band” as guitarist/vocalist. In 2014, BR&TBMB released their first full-length recording on vinyl and continues to play shows across southern Ontario. As an educator Dan values inclusivity, higher learning, and enjoyment with a professional guarantee to ensure that lessons will be fun, engaging and productive

Timothy Chan, BMus BEd
Teaches on Mondays
Timothy received his ARCT diploma in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory in 2005. He was accepted to the Concurrent Education program at Queen's University, Kingston and graduated with bachelor degrees in Music and Education respectively.
Timothy started accompanying his fellow musicians at Queen's, and has since gained experience working with singers, flutists, brass players, and string players. He has also performed as a pianist in the orchestra for Oshawa Little Theater's productions of Fiddler on the Roof and The Secret Garden. Timothy is a certified teacher in the OCT and works in the DCDSB.  

Teaches on Thursdays & Fridays

Clara May Hoover is from Markham- Stouffville, a small farming town in southern Ontario. She is a classically trained Soprano, and a Minimalist Abstract Expressionist Acrylic Painter. Clara is a recent graduate from the University of Waterloo with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts Studio Practicum, Music minor and a Teaching Specialization. She has skills in painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture, but specializes in acrylic painting. 
     Clara has been performing in Musicals, Plays, Choirs, and Vocal Competitions her entire life. She has been involved in the University of Waterloo Cabaret Club and the University of Waterloo Chamber Choir for 4 years now.
     Clara was the soloist for MOTUS I, and MOTUS II. Clara is very enthusiastic about music and the arts, and hopes you enjoy seeing her work and learning more about her.

Teaches on Fridays

Matthew started playing piano when he was 4 years old; creating a passion that has lasted his whole life. While completing his Grade 9 RCM piano and Grade 3 RCM harmony; Matthew also took music at Laurier University and received a Bachelors Arts Degree.
Having such a strong passion for piano and music, he has been teaching piano since the age of 18 and has loved it ever since. Teaching others the beauty of music and piano is a privilege and to do this for others makes it all worthwhile.
Outside of music education, Matthew enjoys performing at many music halls. His repertoire includes classical as well as  academy award and classic rock songs like Hans Zimmer, Billy Joel, Rufus Wainwright, Jeff Buckley, Elton John and many others.  Kiwanis Festivals are Matthew’s specialty. He has achieved many first, second and third place awards.  
Matthew always pushes the boundaries by taking on new pieces that challenge him. This continues to strengthen his piano skills.  

Matthew Mills, B.Mus, B.Ed, OCT
Piano/ Brass (Trumpet, trombone and more!)

Matt Mills holds degrees in Music from Queen’s University and Education from the University of Toronto/Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. He is an Ontario Certified Teacher, and works with the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board. Matt has played Trombone and Trumpet since the age of 12 under the tutelage of Kevin Cook and Chantal Brunette, and Piano since the age of 5 with teachers including Clifford Azavedo and Barry Clark. He has performed both solo and in ensembles in genres from rock to opera, classical to jazz/funk.
Matt has been teaching since 2011, taking students in Trumpet, Trombone, Piano, Theory, Harmony and History subjects. He has taught privately and in studios and has enjoyed great success with his students, with notable achievements including successful university and college applicants among his former students. He is very excited to bring his talents to the team at The Song Spot and looks forward to working with the rest of the wonderful staff here.

Chris Russo, BFA BEd
Guitar/ Ukulele
Teaches on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday

Chris found an interest in music at a young age. Inspired by the music of the Beatles and R.E.M. he began taking guitar lessons at the age of 10. Eventually attending high school at Monsignor Paul Dwyer, Chris became actively involved in the school's concert and jazz bands.
Once graduating Paul Dwyer, he began to focus his attention on the classical guitar style. Initially studying with local up and comer Adam Ruzzo, Chris went on to study classical guitar at York University. While completing his undergrad, Chris studied privately under world-class guitarist/composer William Beauvais as well as participated in the York University Guitar Ensemble under the direction of flamenco master Roger Scannura. Chris has just recently graduated from York University's music and teaching programs with his Bachelors of Fine Arts, specialized in Music and Bachelors of Education.
Chris continues to develop as a rock and pop guitarist as well. With his long time band Viva Mars, Chris has released multiple records and continues to perform in Durham and the GTA. More recently he has joined local indie rockers Native Other.
Chris continues to grow as a musician and expand his knowledge of the guitar and guitar pedagogy.

Teaches on Tuesday & Wednesday
Jessica is a graduate from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelors degree in Voice Performance. After her graduation she attended the prestigious Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, in Toronto, where she trained in singing, acting and various forms of dance; earning her Diploma in Musical Theatre. Now she is working around the GTA as a singer, as well as a film and musical theatre actor.  She has won various awards for her musical accomplishments; among them: the North Bay Symphony Orchestra Bursary Award, and the North Bay Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition Award. She also performed at numerous events, from concerts with international vocalists, to charity functions, to NHL hockey games. Her opera performances include: The Magic Flute, A Midsummer Night's dream and Cosi Fan Tutte. She has been in numerous musical theatre roles some of which include Oklahoma, Into the woods, Cats, Beauty and The Beast, Les Miserable & Grease. She has just recently began a film & television career with her most recent role as the voice of reporter in Pixels! 

Stephanie Zupan, BMus, BEd
Piano/ Voice/ Flute
Teaches on Saturday

Mathew Zdanowicz
Guitar/ Ukulele
Teaches on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

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