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Tia Brazda

Voice, Songwriting, B.Mus.
Pop, Jazz, RnB, Soul, Folk

Canadian Jazz singer Tia Brazda has been touring across Europe and North America for over a
decade, from Manhattan speakeasies to renowned festivals such as the Montreux Jazz festival
and Festival International de Jazz de Montreal. Whole Note Magazine says, “You won’t find
another singer who vocalizes music – including this classic music – quite like Tia Brazda…she
has a fully formed style that is wholly her own.” Her original compositions regularly receive
airplay on Jazz FM, CBC Radio and have been featured on the UK’s BBC Radio, Italy’s Rai
Radio 1, Radio France and Spotify editorial playlists. In addition to performing jazz, Brazda’s
voice has been featured on ads for Sleep Country Canada, TD Bank, Homesense and more.
With an academic background spanning music and literature (Douglas College, New
Westminster & York University, Toronto) Brazda has a passion for teaching singing as well as
songwriting. “In our lessons, we will focus on musicianship, performance and creative
expression. I encourage students to discover their own voice, their own style and experience joy through music.”

Teaches: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Sarah Gibbons

Voice, Piano, Songwriting, M.Mus., B.Mus.
Music Theater, Pop, Jazz, RnB, Soul, Rock, Indie

Sarah holds her M.A in Music Theatre from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland as well as a performing arts diploma in acting, voice and dance from Randolph College of Performing Arts in Toronto. She is an accomplished Vocalist and is also a Singer/Songwriter and emerging Music Producer. Sarah is also a professional stage actor and has worked across the Country. She specializes in many styles which include Pop, Rock, Classical, Musical Theatre Folk and all styles of Contemporary Music. Originally from St. John’s Newfoundland, Sarah began competing competitively in piano and voice competitions at the age of five. As an actor and singer, she has performed at the National Arts Centre, Young People’s Theatre, StageWest Calgary, Harold Green Jewish Theatre, The St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, The Toronto Fringe, Summer works, The 2015 Pan Am Games, The Edinburgh Fringe and with The Musical Stage Company. She believes everyone learns differently and tailors each lesson to her students’ specific needs, while focusing on technique, musicality and having making learning fun for students. 

Teaches: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Karina Bray

Voice, Piano, B.Mus.
Classical, Musical Theater, Pop, Contemporary

Hello! My name is Karina. I am a Dramatic Mezzo Soprano based in Toronto, though I often travel abroad to Europe for work as well. I recently graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from The University of Toronto. As someone who has experience both performing and teaching, I strive to create a well-rounded learning environment for each unique student. I tailor my lessons specifically based on their individual musical needs and goals. I truly enjoy teaching students of all backgrounds and skill levels, from professionals to complete beginners. Everyone learns differently, so I take a flexible approach and make things engaging and fun for each person. My top priorities are proper technique, musical expression, and making progress at each student’s own pace. I also perform internationally, with upcoming performances playing The Mother in Menotti’s The Consul with Opera by Request in Toronto. I will also be covering the role of Fricka and singing Roßweiße in Wagner’s Die Walküre with the Dramatic Voices Program in Berlin, Germany later this year.

Teaches: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Maria Fedyushina

Piano Teacher, BMus.

Maria Fedyushina is a pianist and teacher from Vancouver. She completed her Bachelor of Music Performance and certifications in Piano Pedagogy, Ethnomusicology, and Music Therapy at the University of Toronto, studying under Marietta Orlov and Megan Chang. Maria was a finalist in the Canadian Music Festival and Ontario Music Festival, and has performed at the Orpheum Theater in Vancouver and Carnegie Hall in New York city. Maria actively performs in festivals and masterclasses, she has collaborated in Hamilton Conservatory’s Vocal Masterclass taught by Adrianne Pieczonka and Robert Kortgaard, and participated in Masterclasses by Ingolf Wunder and Krzysztof Jablonski. Maria will begin her Masters Degree in Piano Performance this fall at McGill University in Montreal, studying with renown concert pianist Marina Mdivani.

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Diego Mar

Acoustic & Electric Guitar & Bass, M.Mus., B.Mus.
Pop, Blues, Folk, Rock, Funk, Soul, Country

Diego is a Toronto-based songwriter, music producer, multi-instrumentalist, and seasoned educator. His musical journey began 21 years ago, initiating a lifelong passion for the electric guitar, piano, music production and songwriting. His educational portfolio involves studies in multiple instruments, music composition, studio recording techniques, and both post-production and business management in the music industry. He has had the privilege of collaborating with talented singers worldwide and performing at various venues across the country. With over a decade of experience in teaching, he has cultivated a pedagogical approach that goes beyond traditional methods. He focuses on offering high-quality education that inspires and motivates students of all ages, fostering a nurturing and stimulating environment for learning. His teaching strategy is holistic, involving activities that encourage body awareness, creativity, and communication while instilling a solid foundation in music theory and instrument interpretation. Through encouragement and support, he guides his students on a path of discovery, unlocking the wonderful world of music, one note at a time!

Teaches: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Jessica McLaughlin

M. Mus., B. Mus. Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet

Jessica McLaughlin is a classically trained multiinstrumentalist specializing in woodwinds. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from the University of Calgary and has begun work on her Masters. In 2012 she received several gold certificates for the performance of solo works at the Kiwanis Music Festival in Calgary. Jessica currently teaches private lessons, clinics and coaches local ensembles. She performs regularly in small chamber groups, local big bands, wind ensembles and pit orchestras. Her goal is to inspire students to play and encourage constant learning. Jessica currently offers private lessons on saxophone, flute and clarinet.

Teaches: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Diana Alecu

Piano Teacher, ARCT, BMus.
Classical, RCM exams, Pop, RnB, Rock, Folk

Diana Alecu is an accomplished musician and performer with a deep love for teaching and helping students achieve their goals. She received her degree in piano performance from the University of Western Ontario and holds the ARCT in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto. Diana’s teaching approach is centered on the individual learning style of her students. She believes every student is unique and requires a tailored approach that caters to the specific needs and goals of each student. Her focus is on empowering her students to express themselves and make independent musical decisions. She incorporates a variety of strategies that aim to develop an understanding of the music, inviting her students to think creatively and explore new avenues in their learning. 

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Abshir Miller

Acoustic & Electric Guitar, M.Mus., B.Mus.
Classical, Blues, Folk, Rock, Funk, Soul, Country, Flamenco

Abshir Miller is a Toronto based guitarist, and is appreciated for his creative interpretations, and wide variety of repertoire. He has recently received first prize at the FCMF national competition in the guitar category and has been included in CBC’s ‘Top 30 Under 30. Abshir began his guitar studies with Dr. Matthew Gould, in Sudbury, and has since completed an undergraduate degree in classical guitar performance at the University of Toronto, under Dr. Jeffrey Mcfadden, and a master’s degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under David Tanenbaum and Dr. Richard Savino. Abshir is currently pursuing doctoral studies in guitar performance at the University of Toronto.

Teaches: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Joel Reid

M. Mus., B. Mus. Woodwind Specialist, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Brass, Guitar, Piano, Songwriting

Joel Reid  is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, educator, and woodwind specialist based in Vancouver, BC. Joel has been teaching for over 11 years and is currently director of music at Simon Fraser Elementary School.  He was previously a music specialist at Lions Gate Montessori school,  where he spent five years working within the Montessori method of teaching. Joel recognizes the importance of connecting with students at their skill level, and adapting his teaching style to match the student’s own unique path of development. Whether it be learning a new song, developing as an improviser, or learning a new instrument, Joel approaches learning in a way that keeps lessons fun and engaging for students. 

Teaches: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

David Lane

Voice Teacher, B.Mus., B.Ed.,
Jazz, Pop, Musical Theater, R&B, Broadway

David Lane holds degrees in Music Performance and Education and is a dynamic and engaging instructor with over 7 years of performing experience and 500+ Educational workshops under his belt. He tours internationally with the multi Juno-nominated Vocal Quartet “Cadence” and the New York City based group “Duwende”, and he has appeared on America’s Got Talent, performed with artists such as Bobby McFerrin and David Clayton-Thomas, opened for Jay Leno, and his two groups have garnered more than 5 million views on YouTube.

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Hailing from Red Deer, Alberta, David’s musical life began by taking piano lessons from his mother, as well as singing in an elementary school choir.  Once in middle school, he took a hiatus from piano and voice to explore saxophone and drums.  He ended up playing drums in the rhythm section of his high school choirs, at which point his love of piano and voice was reignited.  After high school, David left Western Canada to attend the School for Music Vocations in Iowa.  It was here that David developed a passion for jazz piano and voice, as well as small ensemble vocal jazz singing. David went on to complete a Bachelor of Music (First Class Honours) in Jazz performance at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, focussing on voice and piano. While at St. FX, he also sang and played shows in a variety of student-led projects, ranging from beatboxing (a natural merging of his love of voice and percussion) in a hip-hop group, to playing synthesizers and keyboards in a Funk band.  He went on to obtain a Bachelor of Music Education from Memorial University in Newfoundland, before settling in the Greater Toronto Area. He has spent the past 7 years touring the globe with his internationally recognized a cappella groups Cadence (Toronto) and Duwende (New York City), with whom he has appeared on America’s Got Talent, opened for Jay Leno, and performed with artists such as Bobby McFerrin and David Clayton-Thomas. He has also toured with the multi-grammy winning group, The Swingles. When not on the road, David enjoys keeping his fingers in many different musical pies by singing in choirs, playing keyboards in a Sci-Fi funk band, working as a singer-for-hire for touring groups, and adjudicating, teaching or workshopping choirs and school groups in the GTA.

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Kady Evanyshyn

Voice Teacher, M.Mus., B.Mus.
Classical, Musical Theater, Pop, Jazz, Opera

Canadian mezzo-soprano Kady Evanyshyn is championing the crossroads of classical opera and contemporary vocal music. She has been hailed by the New York Classical Review for her “lovely, dramatic voice”, and by Musical America for her “delectable” musical interpretations. Kady joined the Hamburg Staatsoper’s International Opera Studio at the start of the 2019/20 season, where she debuted as Glascha (Kát’a Kabanová). She has performed internationally at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Holland Park, L’Opéra Royal de Versailles, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Peter Jay Sharp Theater, and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, among others. Kady earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music from The Juilliard School, where she was granted the John Erskine prize for exceptional scholastic and artistic achievement.
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Canadian mezzo-soprano Kady Evanyshyn is championing the crossroads of classical opera and contemporary vocal music. She has been hailed by the New York Classical Review for her “lovely, dramatic voice”, and by Musical America for her “delectable” musical interpretations. Kady joined the Hamburg Staatsoper’s International Opera Studio at the start of the 2019/20 season, where she debuted as Glascha (Kát’a Kabanová). She has performed internationally at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Holland Park, L’Opéra Royal de Versailles, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Peter Jay Sharp Theater, and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, among others. Kady earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music from The Juilliard School, where she was granted the John Erskine prize for exceptional scholastic and artistic achievement.

Kady’s past seasons include a combination of music old and new, from Purcell and beyond. Past roles include: Zweite Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Sändmannchen (Hänsel und Gretel), Kate Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Second Woman (Dido and Aeneas), Claire (Cold Mountain – West coast premiere), Frau Reich (Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor), and Annio (La clemenza di Tito). She is an alumnus of the Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, and Houston Grand Opera’s Young Artist Vocal Academy.

As an avid lover of contemporary art song, Kady most recently workshopped and performed Stefan Schäfer’s “Es war einmal” in October 2019 at the Hamburg Staatsoper. Other recent highlights include: Bach’s Ich habe genug, BWV 82 (Miller Theatre), Gervasoni’s Drei Grabschriften (world premiere), Berio’s Folk Songs (Alice Tully Hall), Druckman’s Animus II (Juilliard ChamberFest), and Edgar David Grana’s Tashi Tibet (National Opera Center). In previous seasons Kady has worked with ensembles such as the Kronos Quartet, Baroklyn, and the ÆON Music Ensemble. 

Kady is a passionate educator, having worked with many private students over the years. She has hosted master classes in London, New York, South Carolina, and her hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba. She looks forward to helping the next generation of young classical artists find their unique voice. 

Teaches: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Amanda Andrishak

Piano & Violin Teacher
M.Mus, B.Mus., ARCT, ACCM

Amanda is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance under the tutelage of Dr. Terence Dawson. Upon graduation from UBC, Amanda was awarded the Catherine-Cooke Topping Memorial Medal for musical excellence and creativity. Amanda also holds a Performer’s ARCT Diploma in piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music and an ACCM Diploma in violin performance from Conservatory Canada.

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Amanda is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance (B.Mus) under the tutelage of Dr. Terence Dawson. Upon graduation from UBC, Amanda was awarded the Catherine-Cooke Topping Memorial Medal for musical excellence and creativity. Amanda also holds a Performer’s ARCT Diploma in piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music and an ACCM Diploma in violin performance from
Conservatory Canada. She has been highly successful in her competitive endeavours; accolades include the Gold Medal at the Alberta Provincial Music Festival, as well as prizes
from the Vancouver Women’s Musical Society, Canadian Music Competition, and BC Bösendorfer Piano Competition. Further abroad, Amanda has pursued studies at Austria’s famed Mozarteum Academy on a full scholarship from the Johann Strauss Foundation. Amanda is also a grateful recipient of numerous scholarships from the Anne Burrows Music Foundation, Winspear Fund for Advanced Classical Music, Ranald & Vera Shean Memorial Scholarship, and the University of British Columbia.

Performance engagements include invitations to play in the 2020-2021 concert season of the Vancouver Women’s Musical Society, Seattle International Piano Competition, UBC Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute in Whistler, as well as the BC Bösendorfer Competition winner’s gala concert in Ochsenhausen, Germany. Additionally, Amanda has performed in masterclasses for renowned pianists André Laplante, Yoheved Kaplinsky, and David Jalbert at Orford Musique in Quebec.

Currently, Amanda is an Associate Instructor of Piano at Indiana University (IU), where she teaches secondary piano to music majors. She is also pursuing a Master’s Degree in Piano at Indiana University and is studying with Belgian concert pianist Evelyne Brancart. Amanda has ten years of teaching experience and has taught students of all ages and levels, both in-person and online. She enjoys teaching a variety of Classical, jazz and popular music, and believes that a healthy balance of fun, hard work and creativity is paramount for student success at the piano.

Teaches: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

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Rebecca Everett

Voice, Violin, Songwriting, Film Composition
Pop, Jazz, R&B, Soul, Rock and Folk

Rebecca Everett is a dynamic teacher, singer, performing artist, Juno nominated songwriter, film composer, violinist and multi-instrumentalist. With over 20 years of experience performing with orchestras, various bands, theatre productions, writing for tv, & film and award winning pop and folk artists, her eclectic background provides a spectrum of styles and experience in pop, jazz, R&B, soul, rock and folk.

“My goal is to help people express and develop their personal, unique style and blend it with some structure to enhance what is already there. We are all musical and sound and story oriented at heart. I love to help kids, aspiring artists and professionals on their journey.”

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“Rebecca Everett is a proven songwriter with a unique talent to sing and deliver a performance that captivates and penetrates the heart and soul of life.” Roman Klun – Innsbruck Records (Sarah McLaughlin, Levon Helm, Ornette Coleman)

Rebecca Everett is a dynamic teacher, singer, performing artist, Juno nominated songwriter, film composer, violinist and multi-instrumentalist.

With over 20 years of experience performing with orchestras, various bands, theatre productions, writing for tv, & film and award winning pop and folk artists, her eclectic background provides a spectrum of styles and experience in pop, jazz, R&B, soul, rock and folk.

She was signed in Toronto as a singer and songwriter with OLE.  Rebecca collaborated with many writers and recorded and performed in Canada, Nashville, LA, NY, Europe, Japan and the middle east.  Her songs have been on JUNO nominated records (Shiloh, Jimmy Rankin) and been on many TV shows such as Katy Keene, Degrassi: Lost Girl, CH Live, CBC, Next Star.

“My goal is to help people express and develop their personal, unique style and blend it with some structure to enhance what is already there. We are all musical and sound and story oriented at heart. I love to help kids, aspiring artists and professionals on their journey”

 

Teaches: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Online Private & Group Lessons

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At Piano Time Music Studio we believe students learn faster and with better results when they are exposed to a variety of approaches, have the opportunity to acquire collaborative skills, and engage in peer level learning.

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