Meet the TeachersTeaching the language of music on a variety of instruments.
Instrument: Drumset & Guitar
David has been teaching drum set for over 30 years. He has performed in numerous pop bands, show bands and is well versed in many styles of music. With his students, Dave stresses the 3 P’s; practice, practice, and patience! If you’re ready to learn then, David can teach you.
Currently entering my fourth year of the Concurrent Education program at York University’s Glendon Campus studying French and Math. This is my fourth year teaching piano after playing with the Royal Conservatory. I am very enthusiastic and eager to make all my students successful with their music education!
Larysa has completed 10 grades at the Royal Conservatory of Music and teaches piano in the Mississauga area
Instrument: Voice, Flute and beginner piano
Instrument: Voice and beginner piano
Location: North West Mississauga
Elise was a student of Jim Carswell and Mira Jankovic at Carswell Studios and has won a number of awards in the Mississauga and Kiwanis Festival. She studied English, History, and Italian at the University of Toronto from which she graduated in 2005. After attending teacher’s college in Buffalo, NY, Elise now works with the Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board at a high school in Brampton teaching English.
Elise has a friendly, efficient and encouraging style especially good with beginners and intermediate students.
Laura is trained both in piano (level 8) and vocal (level 6). She is about to go into her third year in the music program at Cawthra Park Secondary School. In her last year she participated in the open choirs of “RITZ” and “Singsation” along with the audition jazz choir “Jazz-a-Peel”. In this coming up year she will now take part in the audition choirs of “Les Belles Classiques” and the popular “Chamber Choir”. Laura has been taking Royal Conservatory Piano and Vocals since she was 9 years old, and continues to learn.
Instrument: Voice and beginner piano
Patricia is a passionate teacher and pianist. She has been with Carswell Music Studios since Fall of 2010, but has been teaching since 2008. Patricia recently graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in June 2017 and is currently attending Wilfrid Laurier University, enrolled in the Master’s in Music Therapy/Psychotherapy program (MMT). She is also working towards completing her ARCT in piano performance with the Royal Conservatory of Music. Her ultimate goal is to pursue a career in Music Therapy. She works well with children and adults of all ages and capabilities, encouraging and motivating them to reach their full potential.
Alondra Vega-Zaldivar recently obtained her MMus in Composition at the University of Western Ontario under the supervision of Canadian Composer Omar Daniel with her Thesis Sophie, a one act Music Drama for solo soprano and chamber orchestra.
In 2014 Alondra’s String Quartet Lyra was premiered at Orford, Quebec by the 2014 String Quartet from the Creation Workshop in July; her piece Luna for Soprano, Cello and Piano, was performed in Milna, Croatia by participants of the UpBeat Music Festival in August; and Rise of the Cuban Cicadas for Harp and Percussion was premiered by Sanya Eng and Ryan Scott in Toronto on September. On October, Alondra organized the Composition Student Concert at the University and her piece Midnight Feast was read by the ECM+ ensemble in November.
This summer Alondra participated in Composition Summer Intensive in South Bend, Indiana and her piece A Haunted Tableau for Soprano and Piano was premiered in Halifax.
Instrument: Piano & Theory
Zoriana is in her fourth year at the university of Guelph. Majoring in zoology. She has completed ARCT in piano performance at the Royal Conservatory of Music.
As a lover of animals and music Zoriana also enjoys working with children and helping them discover their potential through music education.
Instrument: piano voice
Jim Carswell graduated with his Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Toronto in 1978, majoring in voice, piano and composition. He continued his studies to achieve an A.R.C.T. In piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, as well as a degree in Education and an Ontario Teacher’s Certificate in 1979. He has received several Arts and Letters awards in musical composition.
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