Teacher Profile


 

Piano 

 

Ivan Yeung

 

Instruments: Piano, Advanced Rudiments, Harmony, History

Education: Bachelor of Music: Piano Performance (University of Toronto), Master of Music: Piano Pedagogy (University of Toronto)

Style: Classical Piano, Contemporary Piano, RCM examination program

Language: English, Cantonese

 

Ivan was introduced to the piano at the age of 4 but did not find his passion for music until 11 years old. Since then, Ivan has advanced through the RCM Grades at a fast pace, competed and won numerous competitions. He has placed first in music competitions and festivals such as the Scarborough Music Festival, Kiwanis Music Festival, Toronto Music Competition, Richmond Hill Music Festival, and Yip’s Music Festival. He has also placed 3rd in the 2007 Canadian Music Competition for the category of 14 years and under, and also placed 4th in the 2009 Canadian Music Competition for the category of 18 years and under. During the year of 2008, he was fortunate enough to be invited to the Vienna School of the Performing Arts where he performed a solo recital. In 2009 and 2010, Ivan was invited to the Officials Gathering at the Heintzman House as a solo pianist, performing in front of many important officials of the town such as the Mayor of Markham, Frank Scarpitti. Ivan currently holds a Bachelor of Piano Performance degree and Master of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy both from the University of Toronto. In his spare time, Ivan enjoys reading books and playing sports such as table tennis and badminton.

 

 

Tim Chiu

 

Instruments: Acoustic Guitar, Classical Guitar, Electric Guitar,

Education: York University

Style: Jazz, Folk, Rock, Pop

Language: English, Mandarin

 

Tim Chiu holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree studying classical piano from York University with entrance scholarship, as well as Bachelor of Education from Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, illegible to teach Music and Drama from Grade 7 to Grade 12 in Ontario Public Schools. Began his musical journey since six years old, and passionate for both music performance and education, Tim has almost a decade of teaching experience at the age of twenty-five already.

Although he came from a Classical background, Tim has extensive experience in Pop, Rock, Blues, Electronic, and other genres of music as well. He started playing in bands since high school and performed songs in many genres. Being the keyboardist of his band, Moonfall, he is also attuned for sound design, recording, and composition. He has performed in several local events, including Night It Up, Waterfront Night Market, Taiwan Fest, and many others.

 

 

Kay Lu

 

Instruments: Piano

Education: York University (Bachelor)

Style: Classical, Contemporary, RCM examination program

Language: English, Mandarin

 

Wei Yin Lu, going by the English name Kay, began learning piano at the age of three.  Kay originates from Taiwan, immigrating to Canada when she was 14. An experienced teacher, Kay has taught music since 2009, much of it with young children in both 1 on 1 settings and music camps. Her training and education has culminated in a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Music from York University, after briefly attending Wilfred Laurier and the University of Prince Edward Island.  As a pianist, Kay has performed on stage at Taiwan, Prince Edward Island, Halifax and Hong Kong. In addition to piano, Kay is a talented composer and flautist. She wishes to bring the joy of music to anyone she can with her outgoing teaching style

 

Ava Liu

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Instruments: 
Piano, Vocal

Education: Bachelor of Arts (Ryerson University)

Style: Classical Piano, Contemporary Piano, R&B Vocal, Pop Vocal, RCM examination program

Language: English, Mandarin, Cantonese

 

Ava has been studying the piano since the age of 7 and has been active in the Greater Toronto Chinese community as a performer and singer since the age of 16. During these years, she sang, and guest performed over hundreds shows, including Chinese new year countdown events, piano competitions and singing contests. She was featured as the lead vocalist in the Toronto based film “Promise” soundtrack. As a teacher, Ava has over 6 years in teaching experience to students aged 4 and above. Her lessons implement both the piano and voice techniques to educate her students and how both instruments can be used with one another. Her experience also allows her to train students to develop performance skills and on stage techniques.

 

Karina Chua

 

Instruments: Piano

Education: University of Toronto (Bachelor)

Style: Classical, Contemporary, RCM examination program

Language: English

Being a native of Toronto, Karina began her studies on the piano at the age of 4. As her interest towards the instrument grew, she completed her RCM level 10 examinations at the age of 10 and the ARCT performance degree at the age of 12.

During her studies at the University of Toronto, she spent most of her time volunteering and working with kids and adolescents on route to her teaching career.

In 2016, Karina worked at the international preschool care in Suzhou, China, where she was responsible for developing curriculum, and teaching elementary school children music lessons. During her studies there, she was also able to work with kids with special needs such as ADHD and autism.

Karina is currently a masters degree candidate at the OISE, studying in developmental psychology with focus on using music to enhance a child’s learning abilities.

 

Yukwei Chan

 

Instruments: Piano, Advanced Rudiments

Education: Bachelor of Music Therapy (Wilfrid Laurier University)

Style: Classical Piano, Contemporary Piano, RCM examination program

Language: English, Cantonese

 

Yu Kwei first encountered her musical interest at the age of 2, when sitting in front of the keyboard playing familiar melodies by ear.  She soon began piano lessons, competing in various competitions and completing her Level 10 RCM certification. Continuing her love for music, Yu Kwei was completed the Music Therapy program at Wilfrid Laurier University in hopes to help others through music, while obtaining tutelage of classical piano at a university level. Her patience, understanding, and commitment to the success of her students allow her to gage student needs, adapting lessons to make learning an enjoyable experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Violin 

 

Erick Wawrzkiewicz

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Instruments: Violin, Advanced Rudiments

Eucation: ARCT Violin Performance, Bachelor of Music: Jazz Violin, Violin Performance (University of Toronto)

Style: Classical, Pop, Jazz, RCM Examination Program

Language: English

 

Erick is a professional violinist active in the GTA area. He performs regularly with orchestras and ensembles around the city. Always pursuing greater horizons Erick also occasionally appears as a violist and baroque violinist.

Born in England to Polish and Brazilian parents he started studying the violin in Poland at age 4.  He studied with Israeli violinist, Eyal Kless, at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and with TSO associate concertmaster Mark Skazinetsky at the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Taylor Academy and the University of Toronto Faculty of Music where he also took viola lessons with Eric Nowlin and worked on Historically Informed Performance Practice with Jeanne Lamon and Ivars Taurins from Tafelmusik.

As a teacher Erick seeks to help his students find their own voices and explore how to express themselves clearly through music.

 

 

 


 

Drum 

 

Randolf Jimenez

Instruments: Drum

Eucation: Bachelor of Arts: Jazz Performance  (York University)

Style: Rock, Pop, Metal, Funk, RCM Accredited

Language: English

 

Randolf Jimenez born in Caracas, Venezuela. At a young age shows great interest in percussion instruments and at 12 he begins practicing drums, to later enroll in the School of Music Jose Reyna. At the same time, he starts drum lessons with renowned teachers such as Andres Briceño (Director of Conservatory Big Band Jazz of Simon Bolivar) and Tomas Luis Garcia (DC New York). Additionally, as part of his training, he also attends important seminars with world-class drummers such as Horacio Hernandez, Robbie Ameen, Russ Miller, Julio Barreto, Alvaro Lopez and Richie Garcia.

This young and talented musician has performed in many concerts in major art centres in Caracas-Venezuela and in different venues around the world, earning himself and his jazz trio, the recognition of one the musicians with more shows in the music scene in Caracas.His work has been reviewed in major print media such as El Diario de Caracas, weekly Sexto Poder, Ultimas Noticias, also magazines like CARAS, A UNO and more recently in the international journal ACID CONGA as well as in numerous TV shows. Also, he has been mentioned in several important websites such as SinFlash.com, muheve.com, acn.com, quenotarevista.com among many others. Most of these websites have named him The Groove of Venezuela for his outstanding work as a teacher and performing/studio musician.

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Guitar 

 

Lorne MacDonald

 

Instruments: Acoustic Guitar, Classical Guitar, Electric Guitar,

Education: York University

Style:Classical, Jazz, Folk, Rock, Pop

Language: English

 

Lorne began studying guitar when he was 12 years old and I have been teaching since 2015. When he was a kid my favorite thing to do was to go to my guitar lessons and in my free time, playing rock and pop music on electric guitar. As he became older, he developed a passion for classical guitar. He began to study privately with renowned guitar virtuoso, RCM faculty member and examiner James Brown. With James, he became classically trained through the RCM examination system as well as in performance and Jazz improve. He learned that achieving the best grade possible in an RCM exam requires a very refined technique, strong articulation, attention to detail and knowledge of the history behind each piece. It is not about the quantity of the pieces you can play but the quality of how you can play them.

Although Lorne really enjoy performing, his true passion is teaching. My first step when meeting a new student is to acknowledge what they like and dislike and any goals they may have. Always trying to keep things as intriguing as possible, introducing new things that will hopefully spark the students interest.

 


 

Vocal 

 

Joy Zhou

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Instruments: Pop Vocal, Classical Vocal, Piano

Education: University of New Mexico (USA, Bachelor of Voice performance), University of Western Ontario (Bachelor of Music Education)

Style: Jazz, Folk, Rock, Pop, Classical

Language: English, Mandarin

 

Joy is a Chinese born vocalist. She began her vocal studies at the age of six and has participated in numerous music festivals in China and Canada such as Kiwanis music festival and Canadian music competition.

In 2008, she completed her ARCT with a high mark of 90 and subsequently won the ARCT trophy for vocal for highest mark in the Markham branch. Following this achievement, she was invited by the chairperson of Trophy to perform at the honours recital for ORMTA.

Joy continued her musical education by completing her Bachelor of Voice Performance degree at the University of New Mexico (USA), and her music education degree at the University of Western Ontario (Canada).

As a teacher, Joy has been keeping an active teaching career for the past 8 years and have taught kids from age 4 to 80. Her students who enrol in RCM examinations in voice and piano has all achieved remarkable results in her teaching tenure.

Joy is currently residing in Toronto and wishes to continue her musical career through teaching and sharing her love for classical music.

 

 

Eileen Shan

 

Instruments: Piano, Vocal

Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts – Music/Psychology 

Style: Classical, Modern, Pop, Jazz

Language: English, Mandarin, Cantonese 

 

Born in Foshan, China, Eileen started to learn piano and singing since age of 6. She started singing in a local children Choir and the choir was entitled the first place in 2004 in an international choir competition named World Choir Game. She studied Jazz Theory and vocal in York University and entered several local singing competitions and achieved great success and fame in the GTA. Since 2011, she has been freelance performer as an keyboardist, vocalist, and chorus for over hundreds of shows in and around the GTA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Clarinet & Saxophone 

Ivan Yeung

Kevin Port-

 

Instruments: Clarinet, Saxophone, Piano

Education: Bachelor of Music: Education (University of Toronto)

Style: Classical Piano, Contemporary Piano, RCM examination program

Language: English, Mandarin

 

Kevin started playing the piano when he was 4 years old and the saxophone when he was 10 where a deep passion for music making was sparked.  A graduate of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, Kevin has received classical training under the guidance of Dr. Wallace Halladay.

Kevin has performed as a member of the University of Toronto Wind Symphony, Wind Ensemble and various saxophone quartets and ensembles.  He is an active Toronto-based musician who performs with a variety of bands and will be joining the Metropolitan Winds of Toronto in July 2018.

Kevin has been working with music students for over 5 years.  His experiences range from working one-on-one as a private tutor to teaching music class as a teacher candidate.  An aspiring music teacher, he has developed an adaptable and versatile teaching style that is constantly evolving and tailored to his student’s needs.