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.

Ruby Chung

Piano (Prelim-Advanced), Choir, AYM

Ruby Chung obtained her ARCT in piano performance and pedagogy with honours and distinction under the tutelage of Ruth Moir and Esther Neufeld. As a Queen’s graduate, Ruby studied composition and orchestration with renowned Canadian musician Dr. John Burge; music education methods (the Dalcroze, Kodaly, and Orff methods) with Dr. Karen Frederickson. Ruby is also a certified Yamaha group music instructor and holds the Yamaha Grade 4 Teachers Certificate. Ruby believes deeply in the benefits of learning music in a group setting. Her teaching objective is to lead students to the “aha!” moment in understanding what they were taught and become prompted to apply it to their lives.

Ruby currently teaches group music lessons and private piano lessons at Annette Street Music and Yamaha Music School. She is also a teacher trainer for Yamaha Music School in regional teaching seminars across Canada.

Ashleen Robinson

Voice, Piano, Guitar, Choir

Ashleen is a performing musician and teacher based in Toronto. Having a vast musical education ranging from piano, voice and guitar lessons at a young age, to training under Maestros William Shookhoff, and Sabatino Vacca, as well as attending Wilfrid Laurier University for voice, Ashleen is dedicated to sharing her love of music and musical education. She has been teaching voice, piano, guitar and choir for a little over 15 years and is a member of the Ontario Music Teacherʼs Guild as well as a founding member of the Toronto Music Teachers Association. Ashleen is a fun, outgoing teacher who believes in giving each individual student the tools to embark on their own lifelong musical journey.

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.

Gina Lee

Piano, Junior Choir

Gina recently graduated from the University of Toronto in June 2016 from a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance degree with Honours under the tutelage of Dr. Midori Koga. During her studies, Gina maintained a high level of both musical and academic performance, being awarded a number of scholarships and grants. Meanwhile maintaining an active performance engagements throughout GTA, Gina dedicates other parts of her daily life in working with music students. She firmly believes that a magic can happen when two curious minds collaborate in lessons to create something that is both meaningful and satisfying. Music is an art form that has something for everyone to enjoy — it is Gina’s mission as a teacher to help student discover where their own passion lies within the vast sea of musical world.