ASM Teachers

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Julie Sousa

Piano, Choir, Preschool

Julie Sousa is the dedicated founding director of Annette Street Music. A music educator with over 17 years of experience teaching children and adults, Julie is excited to share her love of music with the Toronto West neighbourhoods. A graduate of York University, Julie currently teaches private piano lessons, adapted lessons for individuals with exceptional needs, music theory and preschool music classes.

Julie has always had a great passion for ensemble performance, having taken group lessons throughout much of her childhood music education and she believes in the strong practical skills that group playing can offer students. Julie has a musical theatre and theatre studies background, is a member of Music for Children – Carl Orff Canada, Toronto Music Teachers Association, and the Ontario Music Teachers Guild.

Brenda Paddon

Guitar, Ukulele, Harp, Voice, Hammered-Dulcimer

Brenda relocated to Toronto from sunny California! She is a Graduate of George Brown College of Science and Technology in Piano Tuning and Restoration and is an associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Classical Piano Performance.

She has enjoyed being a music instructor for twenty-eight years and provides a strong base in fundamental musicianship skills as well as preparing students for testing and performance.

Adapting lessons to support the needs of her students is one of Brenda’s strengths. She enjoys playing and teaching classical music, folk, pop, World, and contemporary music and she is well known for her warm rapport established with students and families.

She is thrilled to join Annette Street Music and wants all students to remember that the only way to be awesome at your instrument is through regular and frequent practicing!

Vanessa Colucci

Piano, Voice, Guitar, Ukulele

Vanessa is a piano, voice, guitar, and ukulele teacher who has been playing and studying music privately for over a decade. She is an energetic and passionate teacher who has been instructing lessons at private studios in the greater Toronto area for over seven years.

Always encouraging, patient and friendly, she caters her methods to each student’s individual learning style. She has training in piano, guitar, and music theory through the Royal Conservatory of Music.

She has an extensive performance background, and has played gigs all over Toronto as a solo artist, as well as performing with other bands and local indie musicians. Her primary focus is on contemporary music: from rock to pop, to jazz and blues. Vanessa loves to create positive and encouraging classes for her students, and enjoys developing new and fun methods to teaching aspiring musicians.

She delights in working with music lovers of all ages and levels, and prides herself on her ability to form strong bonds with parents, students, and families. She is an outstanding teacher, with an extensive musical background and a life long passion for music.

Mike Evin

Piano, Guitar, Beginner Vocal

Mike Evin is a singer-songwriter, pianist and all-round lover of music. Born and raised in Montreal, Mike has released 5 full-length albums and 2 EP’s and shared stages with Barenaked Ladies, Ron Sexsmith and Sarah Harmer among others. He’s built a loyal grassroots fanbase across North America and is currently working on his 6th album. Outside of his own music, Mike has been music director for youth productions of Oliver!, Fiddler On The Roof and Joseph & The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, and he volunteers with people of all-abilities at DramaWay. You can also find Mike playing New Orleans-inspired jazz piano with the Happy Pals every Saturday afternoon at Grossman’s.

Emma Wallace

Piano, Voice, Music Theory

Emma has been a piano and vocal teacher for over four years. She holds an undergraduate degree in classical piano from the University of Toronto (2019), and is currently studying with world-renowned performer Jarred Dunn. She has also studied the Alexander Technique and Taubman Technique, which train awareness of and efficient movement in the body while singing or at the piano.

Emma enjoys working with students of all ages. Her approach to teaching is comprehensive, using singing, movement, composition, improvisation, reading, and listening to develop strong, enduring musical and life skills in each student. She believes exposure to a wide variety of music is important and uses classical, jazz, folk, musical theatre, and pop styles in her teaching. She encourages natural, healthy technique for the purpose of developing the student’s musical expression. Emma nurtures healthy, trusting, patient teacher/student relationships, understanding the vulnerability involved in music sharing.

Johann Taylor

Piano & Beginner Guitar

Johann holds an masters degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Toronto (2019), and continues his work at the university as a group and private piano instructor with the Children’s Piano Pedagogy Programme.

Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Johann studied classical piano at the University of the West Indies. He currently teaches preliminary through to intermediate piano, as well as music theory and classical guitar. He engaging his students in a variety of exercises that best suits their learning styles and needs. Johann’s lessons are thoughtful, specifically tailored, and he motivates his students to bring their most creative selves to their weekly lessons!