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
Bonnie joined Addison Music Learning Centre August 2015 after retiring from a long and successful career in the financial services sector. Since retiring she has found her inner artist and enjoys making jewellery, sculpting clay and hanging out with her new granddaughter. Being exposed to all the musical talent around her here at the studio she has also been inspired to take up the keyboard and guitar. With 6 cats and 1 Yorkie dog at home she says she is busier now than when she was working full time!
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
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!
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.
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.
Miryam (Mini Musicians, Guitar, Ukelele, piano, vocal)
Gretchen (Vocal lessons, Piano lessons, Acting Coach) brings loads of experience and expertise to our school. She has performed across Canada in many genres, and has been cast in major television shows and feature films. Although Gretchen believes in the power of classical training, she sings and plays jazz, pop, theatre, and folk. She is one of the original cast members of the PHANTOM OF THE OPERA company, and is also well known for her 4 year role playing Mrs. Jeremiah, the mother of the series star Joey Jeremiah in the TV series DEGRASSI JR HIGH. Her roles in standard music theatre include Kate, in Kiss Me Kate, Alexandra in Alexandra the Last Empress, Bertrande in The House of Martin Guerres, Iolanthe in Iolanthe, as well as many others that also include Anne of Green Gables, The Boyfriend, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and the Desert Song at the Shaw Festival. Gretchen has also had the opportunity to train several high profile movie stars for musical roles in feature films and TV including Joel Keller, Sarah Strange, Marsha Mason, and Kevin Hickey.
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
Jesse Putty Boy Strut.mp3
Jesse, Guitar, Ukulele, Bass
Jesse is a Hamilton based guitar player with over ten years of experience on his instrument. Inspired by the music of bands such as Pink Floyd, Led zeppelin, King Crimson and Yes, Jesse sought out musical education at a higher level. This led him to study at Mohawk College. While at Mohawk College, Jesse studied privately with Emile d’Eon, Kim Ratcliffe and Bob Shields, as well as in ensembles with Mark Ucci, Sophia Perlman, Anthony Michelli and Adrean Farrugia. Jesse gigs regularly in the Hamilton jazz scene with his own band The Jesse Martel Group. This band plays a variety of contemporary jazz (Enrico Pieranunzi, Robi Botos), Fusion (Weather Report), Pop (King Crimson, Flying Lotus), as well as modern arrangements of classic jazz standards (Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans).
In his third year at Mohawk Jesse was interviewed and performed on Jazz F.M.’s show Jazzology, a show which features up and coming jazz musicians. Jesse also performs with a variety of pop and rock cover bands as well as performing and writing music with a number of singer song writers.
As a music educator Jesse is excited to share all the wonderful things music has to offer with his students in a fun, relaxed, professional environment
Patty (Piano lessons, Theory) 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.
Keith (Drum lessons) Throughout Keith’s life and career he has always been associated with Music.Keith’s career started in the Golden age of classic rock. It was here that Keith’s creative talents were recgonized and played in a host of progessive rock bands; Larkspur, Guardian, Bad Hands and Maya, a Santana style latin rock band. On the career path Keith has made several creative stops in the studio drumming for a number of different recording artists; from rock to country to jazz. Currently Keith is playing in 11 Steps; an award winning classic rock band and with Vegas Beach; a surf noir group. As well as playing, Keith enjoys teaching and mentoring young up and coming drummers. Keith says; "Just hit something."
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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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