Alan began his piano studies at the age of 3. Throughout his childhood, he had a passion for music performance, composition and digital music. He attended Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts where he majored in music. He furthered his studies at the University of Waterloo, taking courses in performance, music history and theory. Alan completed his ARCT in Piano Pedagogy studying with James Fraser at the Royal Conservatory of Music. Alan was also a music pedagogy student of Boris Berlin.
Alan enjoys performing a wide range of genres, including classical, jazz and contemporary music. He is an avid composer and arranger and enjoys working with individual students as well as ensembles.
Alan is a registered teacher with Royal Conservatory of Music (RCME #104401) and is a RCM Certified Teacher (Advanced Piano).
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 fairy-tale “Rumpelstiltskin.”
Cara enjoys teaching children, and has instructed them in piano, theory, history, voice, and composition.
Elvis is a classically trained pianist and has obtained his undergraduate degree from Western University with Honours in Piano Performance. He studied piano with James Hibbard, and enrolled in courses where he learnt many aspects of music such as music theory, history and piano pedagogy.
Elvis is a composer and is well versed in the style of Japanese pop music. From the age of fifteen, he has begun to learn songs by ear, and has now developed his own style of pop accompanying for piano. Elvis produces music using Cubase, where he arranges music for rock band with strings, brass, and synthesizers.
Florence Lee (BMus) is one of our vocal / piano faculty at Heritage Music Academy. She has worked with our vocal students and assisting them with performances and RCM examinations. In her spare time, she participates in the OCMS Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Jana began piano studies at the age of 8 and violin studies at the age of 12. She attended Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts majoring in music. She later attended the University of Toronto and completed a degree in Music History.
Jana has had a dichotomous career of working in both the music and health care industries. She is currently a lecturer at the University of Toronto where she completed her PhD studies. She is a highly experienced educator who is interested in pedagogy as well as the therapeutic use of music in health care.
Janice Yale is a professional pianist, guzheng player, flutist and composer. She is a classically trained musician and has obtained a fine arts degree with honours from York University majoring in Music. Janice has competed in many music competitions including the Hong Kong Schools Music Festivals. In addition, Janice was on the choir team in high school and has competed as a group.
Music has always been Janice’s favourite subject in which she met some amazing new friends and together, they composed and played different genres of music including new music, jazz, classical and pop. It was a perfect opportunity for Janice to meet other musicians and perform as a group. Some of the mentors that Janice met in this period include Christina Petrowska Quilico, a world-renowned pianist, and Matt Brubeck, a world-class cellist famous for new music and cello playing.
Janice would offer private piano lessons to children in her spare time and with her patience and musical knowledge, she is highly recommended by her students and their parents. Janice has helped many students prepare for their RCM piano exams and solidify their music skills by teaching them different reading and playing music techniques. She would also analyze the students’ strengths and weaknesses and use different methods to teach accordingly. Janice enjoys teaching music and working with children and she works extremely hard to accomplish her goals which include teaching students and helping them to develop interests and skills in enjoying the art of music.
Jason Lee achieved his undergraduate degree under Professor Mel Martin. He also enjoyed master classes with James Ehnes, Jonathan Crow and Nancy Di’novo. He completed his ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Music in 2008 under Zhao Qian.
Kevin Cheung is a music educator and piano teacher who received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Teaching at the University of Toronto. He has been teaching piano for over a decade and is an Ontario Certified Teacher working for the Toronto District School Board. In 2014, He was the recipient of the Healey Willan Memorial Scholarship and Arthur Plettner Scholarship for demonstrating outstanding musical and academic achievement. He also teaches music theory, and occasionally accompanies for RCM instrumental music exams. Kevin has taught music grades 9 – 12 in high school, ranging from band, choir, music technology, composition, ukulele, and more.
Kevin enjoys exploring and discovering the learning environment of music with students, engaging in the context of music and differentiating instruction to the strengths of each student. Whether Kevin is preparing students for RCM exams and performances or learning their favourite pop songs, he strives for student-centred pedagogy in order to encourage a lifelong pursuit of music. In his spare time, he can be found rehearsing with the Markham Village Voices, learning jazz, programming, or playing the saxophone and bass guitar.
Matthew Tam holds a Master of Music in piano performance from the University of Western. He has performed as a soloist in various venues throughout the GTA including the Glenn Gould Studio and was also recipient of the semi-final award in the 2014 London Music Scholarship Foundation Competition. As a collaborative artist, he is involved in various music festivals and choirs in the community and occasionally gives concerts around Markham. Matthew is also the treasurer for the Markham-Stouffville branch of ORMTA and the GTA Zone representative and Music Writing Competition convener for ORMTA. He has helped many students with auditions and encourages them to explore unique musical ideas.
Rina started learning piano at age 5 in Russia. Upon immigrating to Canada, she continued studying piano through the Royal Conservatory of Music. She has sung in many choirs, including the Toronto Children’s Chorus. She has also played violin and flute in school orchestras and the Boreal Orchestra of Toronto. Rina has completed Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Music degrees from the University of Toronto.
Rina is a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher and has a very varied experience teaching children of all ages as well as mature students. She helps her students become well-rounded musicians by focusing not only on performance skills but also on music theory and history, ear training and sight-reading. She is experienced in preparing students for RCM examinations.
SARAH DE NIVERVILLE
Violinist and violist Sarah de Niverville performs and teaches in the Greater Toronto Area, specializing in chamber, contemporary and orchestral music. Sarah has played with the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra, the Guelph Symphony Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and Symphony New Brunswick. She also teaches violin to elementary school children in Scarborough as part of Sistema Toronto. Sarah earned her Master of Music in Performance at the University of Victoria under the tutelage of Joanna Hood of the Lafayette String Quartet. She previously earned her Bachelor of Music in Performance from the Université de Moncton, studying with Nadia Francavilla and Isabelle Fournier.
Susana has had a passion for music since she was very young. She enjoyed participating in school choral projects from elementary school to high school. She started piano lessons at the age of 6 and started to learn violin at the age of 12. She actively participated in the school orchestras, performing at school concerts as well as in the community. She completed her ARCT in piano performance in 2007 and furthered her education in piano performance at McMaster University in 2009-2011.
She started working with children in 2002 as a teaching assistant and tutor for various subjects including music, English, science and math. In 2002-2006, she worked as a teaching assistant in the Kidzmusic program, catered to children aged 4-6. As part of this program, she worked in private and school studios where she coordinated and taught elementary music techniques and theory. She is an experienced educator and is presently working in the GTA as a piano teacher.
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