BEHIND THE SCENE
The owner of Addison Music Learning Centre, Kim Addison is a professional musician who was trained in both the Humber College Jazz diploma program (where she graduated with honours) and the prestigious U of T Jazz Degree program. After University she made her living performing and teaching music lessons at various GTA schools until 1995 when she opened up Addison Music Learning Centre in Oakville. Presently she employs 22 music teachers and 2 administrative assistants. Kim also writes educational articles for Oakville Today, Oakville Beaver, School's Out, and many other local publications. Sample her CD's HERE. ( Available for purchase.) If you've ever met Kim you will know that she is very picky and obsessive about how her studio is run and demands the highest quality of performance from her teachers and her administrative staff. Though you may not see her a lot in the office you can always be 100% certain that she is constantly overseeing the management of the school. She also interviews dozens of teachers every year and hand picks the very few who she feels will fit in to the friendly, upbeat, and highly talented atmosphere of Addison Music L C.
Here are some samples of Kim's original tunes. "Over You" is from her second release in 2000 and "Mainstream" is from her first release in the 90's.
01 Kim Addison Over You.mp3
03 Kim Addison Mainstream.mp3
OUR MUSIC CO-ORDINATORS
Linda is a jill of all trades, but music is part of her soul. Lucky enough to have music instruction in school from age 5, she has played cello, trombone, handbells and sung in choirs for many years. Now it's karaoke, anyone? From a business standpoint, her background includes accounting positions for lawyers, in manufacturing and most recently in retail where she honed her customer service skills. "I'm very excited and pleased to be working with Kim, Tatiana and a magnificent group of teachers, and look forward to meeting the students and parents!" (pic to come)
Tatiana has always had a passion for the arts. She studied both piano and harp for many years as well as studying ballet and Ukrainian character dance. She danced with the Shevchenko Musical Ensemble for over 25 years touring Canada and the Ukraine. Her dance background landed her a job in the National Ballet School where she worked in production, scheduling and as an assistant to the Artistic Director. Tatiana and her spouse then spent 10 years in Hong Kong and the US raising their 3 children before moving back to Oakville. Throughout this time, she continued with her love of the arts by volunteering at her kids’ music, dance and skating schools.
OUR AMAZING MUSIC TEACHERS
Throughout high school Abu played the saxophone and was involved with many ensembles including: Symphonic Winds, Stage Band, Concert Band, Dixie Band, and Chamber Choir. He had also performed at silver and gold standards at many festivals including The Golden Horse Shoe Festival, Humber Next Generation Jazz Festival, and MusicFest. Furthermore, Abu has been apart of many community music programs such as: Guelph Glee run by Joni NehRita, Guelph Youth Jazz Ensemble run by Brent Rowan, and The Uptown Waterloo Jazz Choir.
Abu currently studies at Humber College in their Bachelor of Music Program. He has studied with many renowned Toronto teachers including Elaine Overholt, Orville Heyn, and Shannon Gunn.
Abu continues to pursue his career as an artist and performer and hopes that he is able to help his future students at Addison to peruse their musical dreams as well. Abu has taught at JamSchool in Guelph and House of Chords in Milton and is intending on using his goal oriented approach to help his students at Addison get to where they want to be musically as efficiently as possible.
Danielle (Vocal lessons, Piano lessons, Guitar lessons, Composition, Oakville Summer Camps) has been influenced by music all her life, growing up surrounded by the sounds of Old Time Rock and Roll and Mowtown. She is a highly versatile multi-instrumentalist playing instruments such as piano, guitar, clarinet, drums, and more, but specializes in piano, vocal, guitar, and composition/songwriting. Danielle was educated in music from a very early age when her natural ability for performance was noted through her production of neighbourhood concerts in her backyard. She began to take guitar, piano, and voice, studying with many well known educators and producers, for she knew at such a young age that her heart woud lie in songwriting.
In her adult years she attended Mohawk College in the Music Diploma program, and quickly achieved her grade 6 RCM piano and her grade 2 theory and harmony. She has participated in various Rotary Music Festivals and won first place repeatedly in the folk and compositional catagories. She has closely analysed and continues to study great songwriters like Joni Mitchell and the Beatles and more, and over the years has found her own very unique songwriting style and vision. Presently her original tunes and videos are attracting much attention from peers and fans. "It is important to dream. Love music your way" Danielle.
Stefan, sax, flute, clarinet, recorder & beginner piano
Logan, Drums, Percussion Logan has been playing drums for over 13 years and is based in Toronto as a gigging/ session musician. While growing up in Muskoka, Logan studied drums and played in multiple original and cover bands, including the notable Muskoka Concert Band. After completing his Bachelor of Commerce at Carleton University, Logan decided to pursue his passion for music and study in Humber College’s Bachelor of Music program. He has studied privately with Don Vickery and Steve Mancuso, attended masterclasses with Mark Kelso, and has played in an ensemble under Larnell Lewis’s direction. This year Logan has had the pleasure of playing in Deerhurst Resort’s HITLIST, the same show credited for launching Shania Twain’s solo career. HITLIST is recognized as the longest running show in Canada (for 35 years) and Logan is grateful to have taken part in it’s final year of production. Logan is currently completing his studies in Humber’s degree program, while also pursuing performance and session work. He looks forward to sharing his passion and knowledge in music!
Dean, Drums, Percussion Dean has been playing drums for 10 years and is currently attending Humber College for his fourth year in the Bachelor of Music program. Coming from a musical family, music has always played a huge role in Dean's life. He started his own musical journey at age 3 playing piano. After reaching Level 6 RCM on piano, Dean decided to branch out as a musician and started taking drum lessons. He has always been a big fan of rock music, but he also thoroughly enjoys playing and listening to other genres including Hip Hop, R&B, Latin, and Jazz. Dean has performed in a number of ensembles in Ottawa and Toronto including Rock bands, Rhythm and Percussion ensembles, Jazz combos, and Jazz big bands. Dean has had the privilege of being taught by great drummers such as Mark Kelso, Paul DeLong, Barry Romberg, Steve Mancuso, and Jeff Asselin, and he is delighted to pass on their knowledge to his students!
Genna, Vocal, Piano Genna is currently in her 3rd year at Humber College in the Bachelor of Music program, specializing in voice. Her first experience with music was singing harmonies to songs on the radio in the back of her parent's car at age 3! Since then, she has immersed herself in music; her first instrument was piano, which she has been playing for 12 years and is currently working on her Grade 7 RCM. She discovered that her high school had an amazing music program and throughout the 4 years was an active member of the Northern Lights Show Choir, Acapella choir, and director for the Don Mills Ukulele Band, performing in showcases and festivals in Toronto and the U.S. During her time at Humber, she has studied with Christine Duncan, Lisa Martinelli, Shannon Gunn, and was a member of the Gospel Choir, Shannon Gunn's Vocal Ensemble, and Rik Emmett's Singer-Songwriter Ensemble.
Cody, Piano At an RCM A.R.C.T playing level, Cody is a classical pianist and teacher studying at Mohawk College in hopes to become a concert pianist and university music teacher. Unconventionally beginning piano at the age of 17 after discovering he had perfect pitch, he studied with a retired concert pianist, learning Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” which he performed six months later at a piano bar while on a holiday in Cuba. Two years later, Cody enrolled in the music program at Mohawk College where he would study with teachers such as Jamshed Turel, Alexei Gulenco and Dusty Micale as well as many others.
Since then Cody has greatly exceeded anyone’s expectations and performed works such as Chopin’s Scherzo in B flat minor and Liszt's Mephisto Waltz as well as many other virtuosic works. Cody has participated in master classes with pianists such as Stephen Hough, Marcel Bergmann, Marc Pierre Toth and Samuel Deason. He has also performed in events for the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and Hamilton Public Library as well as many other venues. As well as classical music Cody is also an avid lover of musical theatre. Cody also regularly participates with an orchestra as a keyboardist for Burlington Student Theatre performing shows such as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and Xanadu among many others. After finishing his recital at Mohawk, Cody wished to take a year to refine his technique and musicianship skills before pursuing university studies. Cody now studies with world renowned pianist, Valerie Tryon, and looks forward to getting ready for university and furthering himself as a musician.
Katharine is a classically trained musician with over 25 years of experience. At the ripe age of four, she began voice training at Studio Aline Dansereau in Laval, Quebec, after begging her parents for an outlet to sing, and her innate passion and talent was given room to flourish. There she learned the basics of theory, harmony, sight reading, singing in multiple languages, piano and performing popular, folk, and many varied styles, from the Beatles to Cirque de Soleil themes.
She then went on to train at Académie Musicale Annie Busque, where she began to expand her repertoire and focus on classical and lyrics songs. She completed the Royal Conservatory of Music exams in her pre-teens and performed in many different classical music festivals and concerts, including solo work, duets, and chorals, preparing her for her College studies at the prestigious Cegep Marianpolis, where she studied and trained in Classical Voice Performance under Irene Feher, PhD in Voice. The program was in tandem with McGill University, where she trained and performed in the McGill choral, piano as a second instrument, and private voice training. She participated in many competitions, festivals, and performances during that time, including the Prix d'Expression Musicale, and the Bicentennial celebration of the Oratoire St-Joseph in Montreal, performing an original contemporary composition. She also had a lead role in the Montreal West Operatic Society's performance of H.M.S. Pinafore. Her extensive learning at Marianopolis focused on advanced musical theory, sight-reading, ear-training, sound recording, music history, and of course performance.
Her studies led her further to Université de Montréal, where she began her Bachelor of Music in Classical Voice Performance, further developing her technique and mastery of the languages of song; English, French, Italian, and German. After some time in the program, she decided to take a different path and joined a contemporary alternative classical-jazz-pop band, the meadowsweet, where the band composed and recorded original complex pieces and performed at venues such as the Theatre Imperiale du Quebec. This experience encouraged Katharine to begin experimenting with writing and recording her own music for voice, piano, and other instruments.
Katharine specialises in voice and piano, also plays ukulele, and dabbles in other instruments such as melodion. She enjoys covering and recording her own renditions of current and old popular/folk music, and has performed internationally at concerts, weddings, and other events. She is currently working on recording a solo project of original compositions. Her immense passion for music has no limits, and her dream is to continue to play music in all of its forms, and to share her knowledge and infinite love of music with her students.
Katharine Place de la republique.mp3
Katharine Million reasons.mp3
Graduated from the Saratov State Pedagogical University with an Honours degree speacializing in Music for Elementary and Preschool. Three years previous to this she obtained a Music Education diploma from Volgograd State Pedagogical College. Since 1995 she has held many positions in the field of music education including an accompanist for a ballet company (piano), Elementary Music School teacher and Choral Conductor, and a private voice and piano instructor at schools such as the Hamilton Conservatory and Mohawk College. Irina specializes in classical but can perform and teach all styles .
Alanda (Vocal, Piano, Violin)
has been involved in many different aspects of the music scene for over 20 years. She has extensive experience working with choirs, musical theatre, and also plays many different instruments. 15 years ago she started usng her cntagious love of learning as a teaching tool; inspring people of all ages to learn and enjoy learning music with a positive and fun approach.
Tasha, Vocal, Piano
Tasha is an alternative artist from Toronto. Surrounded by 50's, 60's and 70's music, her love for the oldies started at a young age. Artists from the likes of Carole King, Janis Joplin, Queen, Buddy Holly, The Beatles, and countless others, continue to influence her music. Currently attending Humber College, Tasha is working towards her Bachelor of Music Degree. She has also achieved her grade 10 RCM piano and plays guitar and ukulele. Her writing style is unique and fused with many different styles and genres. This video below is an original tune written and produced by Tasha.
Olivia, vocal, piano Olivia is currently a fourth year vocal student at Humber College pursuing her Bachelor’s of Music degree. Olivia began studying voice privately at the age of nine and continued for the next nine years, eventually acquiring her grade 8 RCM voice. As well, she studied piano privately and acquired her grade 6 RCM piano and her grade 2 Theory & Harmony. She is presently working on her grade 7. She was heavily involved in the musical theatre scene growing up, until she realized that her true passion was singing soul, R&B and jazz music (which prompted her to apply to Humber’s jazz/ R&B music program). She has continued to study privately at Humber with incredible teachers such as Shannon Butcher, the late Christine- Glen Coussee, Denzal Sinclaire and Sienna Dahlen. Olivia is very excited to begin teaching at Addison Music and hopes that her versatility, knowledge and passion in music will help create a unique learning experience for her students.
Patty (Piano lessons, Theory)
Patty has been playing piano for over 35 years and teaching since 1993. She graduated from the prestigious Arts York program at Unionville High School and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts (Music) degree from the University of Western Ontario. Patty has a special interest in music theory, having studied with Joe Ringhofer, current Chief Examiner of Theoretical Subjects of the Royal Conservatory of Music. In addition, Patty is active as an accompanist for exams, music festivals, and other events.
Miryam (Mini Musicians, Guitar, Ukelele, piano, vocal)
Ian (Guitar lessons, Bass lessons) Ian has been teaching guitar in Oakville at Addison Music Learning Centre longer than any other teacher at the school. Along with Kim he has watched the school grow from 3 teachers and 30 students to well over 20 teachers and 1,000 students. If it's maturity in style, education, and experience, it's Ian that you want as a teacher as he has been writing and performing music professionally for over 20 years and he has been teaching since 1992. He is capable of playing many different styles and to prove that works in diverse bands from rock, grunge to jazz. Ian has also recorded his own CD that features jazz standards as well as a few originals. Though not trained as a singer Ian enjoys singing and does so at many of his gigs. Ian is a graduate of the Mohawk College music program and is more than capable of teaching any student and any style.
ian Ain't no sunshine.mp3
Ian Crepescule with Nellie.mp3
Shelly, Vocal, Piano
Shelly is currently a music student attending her 4th year at Humber College and an employed vocal teacher at a Brampton Music Academy as well as Addison Music Learning Center. She is enrolled in the Bachelor of Music degree program and has completed the Introduction to Commercial Jazz certificate program. While studying at Humber College Shelly has had the amazing opportunity to study with the many talented vocalists such as, Lisa Martinelli, Shannon Gunn, Denzal Sinclaire, Orville Heyn, Sienna Dahlen, and Steve Szmutni. She has also studied with many other talented instrumentalists and got the opportunity to meet Emilie Claire Barlow, and Christian Mcbride. Shelly has received a grade ten vocal music award from Fletcher’s Meadow Secondary School, an aptitude achievement award for Piano from Ontario Conservatory of Music, and also not to mention her certificate from Humber College confirming that she has completed the Introduction to Commercial Jazz certificate program. Some of her influences include Melody Gardot for her use and control of vibrato and world rhythms within her music, as well as using music for therapeutic reasons Ms. Lauryn Hill for her flow when rapping and beautiful vocals, Beyonce for her voice and for her confidence and performance skills, and James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Amy Winehouse, Alicia Keys, Bruno Mars, and many more for the soul within their music, compositions, and voice. Shelly's passion for music, started when she was extremely young and it has escalated over the years. Music is such an important aspect of her life because she is able to transfer her thoughts and feelings into art, representing a way for her to express herself. However it does not stop there, the most significant aspect of music that Shelly loves is the fact that she has the ability to connect with people, giving them the opportunity to feel something and someday even have an impact on their lives, through music. She has always thought of music as a world wide language, and by making music she is never alone with this ability to connect to others.
shelly cry me a river.mp3
shelly come together.mp3
shelly helter skelter.mp3
shelly it dont mean a thing.mp3
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Addison Music Learning Centre, 481 North Service Rd W, A7, Oakville, Ontario, L6M 2V6 905-825-8668
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