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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!"EmojiEmoji   (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
Alyssa (vocal, piano)Alyssa currently holds a Masters of Music from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto, both in voice performance. She has been fortunate enough to sing a number of lead roles in both operas and musicals, including her most recent performance as Belle in Beauty and the Beast with Lower Ossington Theatre as well as Esmeralda in the Toronto Premiere production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame with Wavestage Theatre. Also of note, she performed the title role of the Intuition of Iphigenia with the LA Opera. In addition to her performance life, she teaches numerous students in all styles of music from classical to jazz to pop to musical theatre. It's no understatement to say that music is her life! 
Abu (vocal, piano) Abu is an R&B/Soul, funk, and jazz singer from Guelph, Ontario. He is an ambitious and goal-oriented pianist, vocalist, and songwriter. His musical journey began when his parents bought him his first guitar when he was seven years old. Ever since then Abu has learned to play a variety of instruments and a variety of different musical genres including varying traditional, contemporary, and classical music.  Though Abu has learned to play different styles, his main artistic influences include the likes of Jill Scott, Whitney Houston, and Stevie Wonder.

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.


Chris (guitar, ukulele) began playing guitar at the age of 6, he started off playing classical guitar and studied at Mount Royal Conservatory of Music in Calgary, where he joined various different guitar ensembles and competed in nation-wide competitions such as the Kiwanis music festival. After studying classical guitar as well as theory in the conservatory, Chris took up private flamenco studies and began delving into improvised music, while at the same time playing in bands that played rock and funk. In his late teens due to a desire to study music at a post-secondary institution, Chris began to take up studies with Calgary’s renowned guitarist Ralf Buschmeyer. After high school he completed his diploma in music at Mount Royal University, and after decided to take his musical education further and completed the Bachelor of Music at Humber College. Chris is a proficient improviser in many different styles of music. He is open to any music that the students are interested in and has many years of teaching and knowledge under his belt.
Alex(Vocal lessons, Piano lessons, Composition, theory)   Alex is an active and versatile performer, with experience in classical and pop music. After completing her Grade 10 Piano Exam through the Royal Conservatory (First Class Honours with Distinction), Alex shifted her focus to singing, songwriting and managing her band. Her 2017 EP, "Our Lives", has received commercial radio play and she has toured internationally. She is a 2018 recipient of the Artist Development Grant from the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR) and is currently recording her second release. 

  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  

Stefan first started his musical journey at the age of 8 with the violin, which he studied for three years before his love of jazz and contemporary music inspired him to play the saxophone. At 14, he was invited to join the Calgary-based funk band Freak Motif. The youngest member by a decade, Stefan has toured with them across Canada, and was heavily involved in writing and producing their 2012 album, La Casa Blanca, as well as their fall 2018 release, Hot Plate. While he still occasionally joins Freak Motif on tour, his involvement regrettably declined when he relocated to Toronto to study music at Humber College. Now in his final year, Stefan is proud to have made significant progress as a musician and instrumentalist. In order to increase his musical versatility, Stefan has invested a considerable effort in mastering the flute and the clarinet. His achievement on the flute has earned him first chair in the Advanced Woodwind Doubling Ensemble, as well as the Moe Koffman Award for Achievement in 2017. Stefan was also given the Eddie Sossin Jazz award in 2015, as well as several scholarships for academic achievement for the past three years. 

In addition to Freak Motif, Stefan has shared the stage with a diverse set of musical acts, including Toronto based jazz orchestras SonusKapos and Incandescent Cat-Dude, and smaller ensembles such as JC3, Game Set Trap, the Cy Young's, and Slamborghini. Not limited by genre, Stefan also performs with hip-hop collective T.Dot BANGERZ Brass, and ska/rock band Harmonauts, whose debut single I Can Change was featured on The Strombo Show mere days after its recording. During his short time teaching in Connecticut, Stefan also performed with New York based funk band Goolis.

In addition to being a prolific performer, Stefan is also a seasoned teacher. Having spent the summer of 2018 co-leading jazz ensembles, marching bands, chamber ensembles, and orchestras at the prestigious Buck's Rock Creative and Performing Arts Camp in Connecticut, Stefan has a wide variety of teaching experiences from which he regularly pulls inspiration.

Now in his early 20's, this outstandingly talented multi-instrumentalist has dedicated two thirds of his life to music, the second third marking the beginning of his career as a performer. As a teacher, Stefan hopes to share his lifelong love of music with his students and inspire them to see the beauty of music and the depth that it can add to everyday life.

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!   

Karan, Piano
Karan is a classically trained pianist and is currently in the Jazz programme at Humber college. He was introduced to western classical music at an early age and subsequently started appearing for grade examinations acquiring an Associate diploma from the board of Trinity college London. He has performed at the NCPA and the Russian centre of performing arts (MUMBAI) as an accompanist and solo pianist respectively. He has a wide range of experience teaching various age groups ranging from 5 to 50 in High schools and private music schools respectively having different skill levels from beginner to advanced. He has trained students for piano recitals as well as annual music examinations from ABRSM, LCM, TCL etc. Karan specializes in good technique and a strong theoretical conceptual base from his classical roots at the same time uses effective variety of techniques to make his lessons fun and enjoyable by teaching an extended repertoire of various genres in music like Pop, RnB, Ragtime, Jazz etc and has innovative methods to teach Aural training as well. He strongly believes that hard work, patience and perseverance with a splash of fun is the key to accomplish any big goal or a goal as small as learning a new piece of 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.

 In her first year of college, she was a vocalist in the B-Band of the Toronto All-Star Big Band, the Etobicoke Jazz Band. In the summer, Genna also teaches guitar and ukulele classes at the Presbyterian Music Camp in Muskoka (She will not be teaching guitar and uke at Addison - only vocal/piano) She is also an avid songwriter, drawing inspiration from many genres, her favourites being indie/alternative, jazz, pop, and RnB. Genna is very excited to start teaching at AMLC and spread her love of music with her future students; she hopes they will learn, have fun, and grow to love music as she has!

 

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 (Vocal lessons, Piano lessons)  

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

Irina (Vocal lessons, Piano lessons)  

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)

Multi-talented and diversely educated Miryam is a very experienced music educator, early childhood music and Orff specialist, choir conductor, guitar and ukelele teacher, piano, vocal, and musical theatre teacher.  Miryam completed the Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Music Education at Ryerson University, along with her Orff Certificate from RCM, Toronto, allowing her to carry the title of 'certified Orff instructor' and 'early childhood music specialist'. She is a graduate of The Monseñor de Talavera University, in Caracas, and of the Music Pedagogy Programme at Annely Keller's Music School, both in Venezuela.  Her vast teaching experience includes 10 years at a Catholic girls school teaching choir, art, and a musical theatre program where she developed and produced 6 successful plays, currently she is the HNMCS Junior Choir Conductor and under her direction her students have achieved first place for two consecutive years in the Peel Music Festival.  Her life-long love of music has led to performing as a soloist and chorister on four albums recorded by La Acerita, a well-known Venuzuelan Chorale.

 


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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