Meet Our Music Teachers
If there is one thing that sets our school apart it is our staff. Hand picked over the past 25 years, many of our teachers have been with us for over 2 decades and call Kaos their primary job. While uniquely different, each of our teaching staff share one very important quality: they are all wonderful people. We believe that all of the music education in the world means nothing if it can't be communicated to the student in a fun way. Music lessons are an elective activity for most which means it should be, first and foremost, fun. It is with this in mind that we consistently produce high quality results from students who will enjoy music for the rest of their lives. Take look at each of our talented and qualified music teachers and see which one best fits your needs.
SHERI JOSEPHSON - PRIVATE PIANO TEACHER, YAMAHA CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR, SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR.
Sheri is a veteran educator with over 19 years experience, most of which is with us here at Kaos. Sheri not only teaches a full schedule of private students, she is a fully certified Yamaha Music Education instructor as well as our school administrator. Sheri and her Yamaha Certified colleagues have developed our early childhood education program using Yamaha’s Music Education System. When asked, Sheri would tell you that she gets the most joy out of her teaching when her students enjoy their lessons and leave feeling good about their accomplishments. When not working for us here, Sheri spends many hours volunteering in the community and relaxing with her husband Jon (also a talented piano player) and friends. She also enjoys a good hockey game and can always be found watching football on Grey Cup Sunday.
LEE DEL DEGAN - PRIVATE PIANO TEACHER, ST.MILDRED'S LIGHTBOURN ON LOCATION
Lee began her classical piano training at the age of eight, and has loved music for as long as she can remember. A graduate of the Etobicoke School of the Arts (Viola and Piano major), Humber College (Jazz Studies - Arranging and Composing), and the Royal Conservatory of Music (Piano), Lee knows that there is no end to musical discovery! Early experiences singing with the Toronto Children's Chorus and, later, private vocal training, prepared Lee with well-rounded musical performance experience. She has provided music for corporate and private functions; she has also prepared and accompanied students for exams, recitals, and auditions. As a teacher, Lee draws out students' musicality by teaching songs that students enjoy playing, and helping them connect the dots between rhythm, melodies, theory, and history. When Lee is not teaching, playing, or writing music, she enjoys yoga, martial arts, reading books, and above all, being with her family.
OLEKSANDRA FEDYSHYN - PRIVATE PIANO/VIOLIN TEACHER
Oleksandra is a violinist, pianist and composer. She holds a Masters degree in music from the Lviv National Music Academy in the Ukraine. She has performed as a member of symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles in multiple concert tours throughout Europe. As a composer, Oleksandra has been awarded in many international competitions. In addition to her classical music endeavors, Oleksandra works as a composer for movie and film and participates as a member of a chamber choir. Oleksandra combines a unique mix of classical training with a wealth of real world performance experience to make her students lesson experiences both educational yet fun and motivating at the same time. She is equally comfortable teaching violin or piano to students of all ages.
STACEY SCHLOO - PRIVATE PIANO TEACHER/YAMAHA CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR
Stacey has been a favourite here at KAOS for 5 years now. Teaching both private piano as well as our Yamaha group program Stacey keeps busy during her weekly time here at KAOS. While she does not teach voice, she has a beautiful voice which is often put to use in her lessons. Stacey has completed her RCM Grade 10 and is currently working towards completing her A.R.C.T. Stacey has also completed her Bachelor of Sacred Music, majoring in piano and songwriting. While classically trained, Stacey would consider herself a specialist in improvising and lead sheet style playing. Many of her students take advantage of these specialties in their individualized learning programs. Outside of KAOS Music, Stacey spends much or her time working on her original music which can be experienced at www.anastacemusic.com
NICOLE SKURA - PRIVATE PIANO/VOICE TEACHER
Nicole is a pianist, vocalist, composer and teacher, with 19 years of musical experience, 9 of those in teaching. She achieved her A.R.C.T. in Piano Performance, and subsequently studied at the University of Toronto, with a major in Classical Piano Performance. While at U of T, Nicole sang with the Macmillan Singers, and performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. In addition to performing and recording, she has been composing songs for 15 years, and in 2001 received VideoFACT and PromoFACT awards. More recently, Nicole completed a Bachelor of Contemporary Music Degree at Humber College, with a major in Jazz Vocals, and is very happy to be joining us for another year of teaching.
DENIELLE BASSELS - PRIVATE PIANO/VOICE TEACHER
Denielle brings many years of teaching experience both locally and internationally with her as she joins our teaching staff for the beginning of September 2013. Having completed her Bachelor's Degree in Music at Humber College in their esteemed Jazz program she has gone on to put those talents to work in her performing work as well as her teaching. Denielle would say that she specializes in inspiring students to meet their highest capabilities by providing them as high a standard of instruction as possible. By using techniques that she has learned in her own development Danielle dedicates her efforts to finding the best, and most FUN way to meet each individual's needs. We are very pleased that Denielle has joined our team and look forward to working with her this coming year.
HEIDI SAVOIE - PRIVATE PIANO/VOICE TEACHER & YAMAHA CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR
Heidi is a multi instrumentalist/songwriter. She first sat down at the piano over 16 years ago and has never looked back. Having completed her Grade 8 Piano, her Advanced Rudiments and Basic Harmony from the Royal Conservatory of Music she continues her musical education at York University in pursuit of her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music, both piano and voice. Rencenty, Heidi became certified by Yamaha to teach their Music Education System for 4 & 5 year olds. Heidi also continues to study both piano and voice privately outside of her university program. Her extensive exposure to classical music and now her immersion into the jazz world allow Heidi to bring a broad spectrum of musical genres to her teaching. Combine that with her confidently calm disposition and you get a great music instructor!
KAMILA JANUS - PRIVATE PIANO/VOICE/FLUTE TEACHER
Kamila is finishing up her degree in Music Education and Kinesiology at York University. During her time at York she has had the opportunity to not only study under some of the country's best teachers, she has had extensive performance opportunities including being the lead organizer and member of the longest running A Cappella choir "Wibi". Before attending York, Kamila attended the Etobicoke School of the Arts as a Music Theatre Major. She has completed her RCM Grade 8 piano, RCM Rudiments 1 & 2 and is an accomplished flutist and an aspiring guitarist. Kamila brings her years of study on piano and flute with her decade of exhaustive vocal training and combines that with many years of teaching and performance experience to her lessons. Add to that her delightful and infectious personality and you get a great weekly music lesson.
HEATHER SCHLOO - PRIVATE PIANO TEACHER/YAMAHA CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR
Heather joins our teaching staff as the third member of her family to teach piano for KAOS Music. She comes from a truly musical family. For over 12 years, Heather studied piano with ARCT instructor Jean DeVires having earned her Grade 8 RCM Performance, both basic and advanced RCM Rudiments as well as basic RCM Harmony. Along side piano, Heather also studies classical harp (yes the big stringed instrument often played by angels on TV) with Sarah Davidson, principal harpist of the Canadian Opera Company. Heather is also in the process of becoming certified to teach the Yamaha Music Education System. Heather's kind and enthusiastic personality combined with her substantial musical ability and years of teaching experience make for a great combination when it comes to your piano lessons.
YANA BILYK - PRIVATE PIANO/VOICE TEACHER
Born and raised in Netishyn, Ukraine Yana's formal musical training began in 1993 at the Netishyn Art School where she studied both piano and voice. She then went on to earn Masters Degree in International Studies and Culture from the National University of Ostroh. During that time, she also studied cello at the U of R Conservatory in Kiev. In 2010 Yana made the move to Canada where she initially settled in Regina and now Toronto. Over the years in both the Ukraine and here in Canada, Yana has gained valuable teaching experience while working as both a piano and voice instructor. Yana brings a unique mix of classical training combined with her passion for traditional folk music and her newer found love of North American pop music and musical theatre music to her teaching.
SARAH ASHBORN - PRIVATE PIANO TEACHER
Sarah has been teaching piano for over 25 years now, some of which were spent at KAOS Music years ago. After leaving to pursue a career outside of music Sarah has decided to return to teaching and has joined our team once again, we couldn't be happier. Sarah holds her RCM Grade 8 piano and RCM Grade 2 theory. She combines that formal education with years of teaching experience, both on the job and in her home life, growing up in a very musical environment. Taking great pleasure in her students success, Sarah offers an enriching lesson experience that focuses both on practical curriculum as well as each student's individual area of interests to ensure an effective yet consistently fun lesson.
AIMEE BUTCHER - PRIVATE PIANO/VOICE INSTRUCTOR
At a young age, Aimee became involved with music studying piano and singing in choirs. By the time she finished high school she had completed her Grade 7 Piano and Grade 8 Voice at the Royal Conservatory of Music. Aimee has also completed a Bachelor of Music at the University of Toronto where she focused her energy towards developing her voice as well as her overall musicianship. Aside from her music teaching activities, Aimee has spent the past many summers working with children of all ages in a theatre based summer program run by the TDSB. Outside of school and her other teaching work, Aimee keeps herself busy with a full performance schedule with her very own Aimee Butcher Jazz Quartet which can be found performing in and around Toronto any given week. Aimee's hard work and dedication to her music combined with her delightfully enthusiastic disposition lend themselves to an enjoyable and effective lesson experience for her students.
CRYSTAL LEE MING - PRIVATE VIOLIN/PIANO INSTRUCTOR
Crystal was born and raised in the Burlington area. She got started with music at an early age studying both piano and violin. As a young child, Crystal competed frequently in music festivals, often finishing in first place for both piano and violin. After high school she continued her study of music at Humber College in their Bachelor of Music program. Now, having completed her degree she keeps busy playing with numerous bands and chamber groups in the GTA, teaching for us, helping her parents in their family business .. and .. continuing her studies.
Aside from her Bachelor of Music degree, Crystal also holds her RCM grade 10 piano, Grade 8 violin, advanced theory and grade 3 history and harmony. All of this, combined with a sincere passion for playing and teaching make Crystal a welcome addition to our teaching staff.
VICTORIA IVANTSIV - PRIVATE PIANO/VOICE/CELLO INSTRUCTOR
Victoria Ivantsiv is a Ukrainian-born Canadian pianist and cellist now living in Toronto. She started her musical journey at a young age studying piano and soon after adding the cello. During her time in post secondary school, Victoria competed regularly in piano festivals often finishing at the top of her class. After completing her studies and moving to Toronto in 2011 Victoria has spent time on some additional studies as well as keeping busy performing in various chamber orchestras along with a regular schedule of teaching. Victoria is well suited to teach piano and voice to students age 6 and above, beginner to intermediate levels as well cello to students age 6 and above, beginner to advanced levels.
NATHAN GRAY - PRIVATE GUITAR/MANDOLIN INSTRUCTOR
Nathan started his musical training at a young age, spending countless hours listening to records and taking lessons at Kaos Music in Toronto. In 2004 he was accepted into the Humber College Music program and began teaching shortly after. He studied with several notable musicians from the Toronto area including Geoff Young, Ted Quinlan, and Burke Carroll. Since graduating from Humber College in 2008, Nathan has taught students of all ages and skill levels and is well versed in styles of rock, blues, country and jazz. Nathan approaches his lessons in a fun and engaging manner, tailoring to the student’s specific interests and goals while applying relevant theory and technique. And as a lifelong student himself, Nathan has more recently taking up the task of learning the pedal steel guitar and can be found preforming in and around the GTA.
ROSS BURANT - PRIVATE GUITAR/VIOLIN INSTRUCTOR
Ross is a full-time working musician in the GTA area. He splits his time between a full schedule of playing engagements, teaching, recording and of course relaxing. After spending 13 years studying the violin, Ross turned his attention to guitar. In 2014 he completed his Bachelor of Contemporary Music degree at Humber College studying with some of Canada's top guitar instructors. While Ross's focus these days is on guitar, he keeps his violin skills up by continuing to practice as well as performing with various types of ensembles from time to time. On guitar, Ross has a strong background in jazz but taps into various other styles including rock, pop, country and blues for his gigging work.
Ross brings his courteous and organized personality to his lessons which make for a great experience for his students.
EVERETT MASON - PRIVATE PIANO/GUITAR TEACHER/ROCK BAND COACH
Everett obtained his bachelor of Music through the Humber College extended Bachelors Program and holds his Grade 8 RCM. Beyond his piano accomplishments Everett is a high level guitarist. He has worked as an educator in many different settings including music schools, dance schools and music theatre schools as music director. In and around Toronto, Everett can be found playing in many different jobbing bands where he plays guitar and sings. Everett joined our school during the ’07 year and has quickly become a valued and popular member of our teaching staff. In more recent years, Everett has become the main coach in our Rock Band Experience Program.
FRANK COSENTINO - PRIVATE GUITAR TEACHER/ADULT CLASS INSTRUCTOR
Frank has been playing guitar for longer then he'd care to admit and teaching for well over 20 years, most of that time for us. In fact, Frank was Kaos Music Centre's first ever guitar teacher starting with us in late 1989. Besides having years of playing experience, Frank attended Humber College taking part in their prestigious music program. Frank is a well known Blues guitarist in the Canadian music community and has many original CD's to his credit. As a teacher, Frank is well known for his enthusiasm and enjoys a loyal following of students. His specialty is The Blues and Frank has helped many students explore this age old genre in detail with great success.
CHRIS STAIG - PRIVATE GUITAR TEACHER/ADULT CLASS INSTRUCTOR
Chris has been playing guitar for over 20 years and teaching for over 10 years. As a teenager, Chris studied rock, jazz, classical and theory at the Eli Kassner Guitar Academy in Toronto under renowned instructor Rob Campbell. He has recorded 3 CDs with his own band and has been labeled by the Toronto Sun “ a songwriting Charles Atlas” He continues to play live in Toronto with his own band and many others. Chris believes anyone should walk out from their first guitar lesson with three chords under their belt and a smile on their face. His approach emphasizes fun for the student, technique on the instrument and enthusiasm for music.
AYRON MORTLEY - PRIVATE GUITAR TEACHER/ADULT CLASS INSTRUCTOR
Ayron was born in Stratford, Ontario and grew up taking guitar and theory lessons in Kitchener. He has played guitar for 25 years and has taught for the past 7. He studied jazz guitar performance at Humber College and graduated in 1998. He has been a constant in the Toronto live music scene for over 15 years playing guitar, bass, mandolin, drums and accordion with the likes of Kevin Quain, Taxi Chain, The Mahones, Wild Strawberries and has been a sideman for dozens of singer/songwriters in this fair city. Ayron's incredibly positive approach to his work and life in general has earned him one the top spots in the hearts of our students.
GALEN WEIR - PRIVATE GUITAR/BASS TEACHER
Galen has been a main-stay in the music scene of his home city, Toronto, for the past several years. He is a graduate of the Humber Jazz Program with a Bachelor Of Music. As a performer of a wide variety of musical genres (big band swing, classic rock, Latin jazz, heavy metal, classical, funk... and pretty much everything in between), Galen is proud and excited to teach and immerse himself in any and every style desired to be learned by his students. Galen's method of teaching is catered toward the student and his/her long term goals in music. He has a strong formal background in music theory as well as a strong ear for lifting lines off of a recording. From providing exercises on technique to learning your favourite song on the radio, Galen is fully committed and qualified to educate and inspire.
ANDREW MARZOTTO - PRIVATE GUITAR TEACHER
Andrew joins the KAOS teaching staff after many years of developing his musical abilities. Most recently, Andrew completed his Bachelors in Music Performance at the Berklee College of Music, Boston. During his time in Boston, Andrew had the privilege to study under some of North Americas most sought after instructors. As well, he had years of fantastic performing opportunities among one of the worlds most dynamic music scenes. While in Boston, Andrew worked regularly with the vocal department accompanying and assisting. Now, relocated back in Toronto, Andrew brings his years of education and performing along with his years of private instruction to his lessons here at KAOS. Tons of education, lots of performing and teaching experience and a great, gentle personality make for a great instructor.
JUSTIN SNIKAR - PRIVATE BASS/GUITAR TEACHER
Justin is a fellow that wears many hats. While Justin mainly teaches bass for us here at Kaos, he is completely capable of teaching guitar and drums. Justin is truly one of our most versatile teachers. Aside from teaching full time for Kaos, Justin keeps a busy playing schedule. With no less then two original and two cover bands at any given time, Justin is playing essentially all of the time. Justin’s extremely easy going disposition is a great asset when it comes to providing his students a fun and relaxed learning environment. As with many of our teachers, their easy going outer dispositions are not to be mistaken for a serious commitment to learning.
SCOTT HOLYK - PRIVATE GUITAR/BASS TEACHER
Scott joined our staff in 2007 and has had great success ever since. Scott has been studying guitar for the past 20 years and currently holds his grade 10 RCM (practical). Scott is currently pursuing his guitar education at Humber College in their Jazz program studying under some of Canada’s most advanced teachers. While not studying or teaching, Scott spends much of his time producing various artists including himself. Scott’s gentle and calm disposition make him an ideal teacher and we are happy to have him.
CHRIS MACFARLANE - PRIVATE GUITAR/VOICE TEACHER
Chris is an American/Canadian guitarist, singer and songwriter based in Toronto. Chris's formal music education came from York University where he earned his honours degree in Music with a minor in business administration. Chris has an extensive performance history having performed with many international recording artists including Tyler Shaw, Dan Talevski, DRU and Sarah Fisher. Other performance experience includes extensive work aboard cruise ships as part of larger shows and as a solo acoustic guitar performer. As a regular customer here at KAOS for many years, Chris is well known here at the store. His performance experience combined with his teaching experience, mixed in with his positive and enjoyable personality make for a great instructor for any level or age of student.
JASMINE JONES - PRIVATE DRUM TEACHER
Jasmine joined our staff in 2006. Since then she has helped her students develop by providing a consistent approach of fun and interactive lessons. While small in stature, Jasmine more then makes up for it in her ability, her enthusiasm and dedication to all things music. We are happy to call Jasmine a member of our teaching staff. Jasmine is a honors graduate from the Humber College Bachelor of Music Program. She spends much of her time performing in various musical acts in and around Toronto in between teaching and being a new mom for the second time now :)
MARCO DEL DEGAN - PRIVATE DRUM TEACHER
Marco is a drummer and percussionist with over 15 years of professional experience. Through classical piano training at a young age, Marco developed a delight for music and all things rhythmic. Further musical studies with the Royal Conservatory of Music, Etobicoke School of the Arts, and Humber College gave him the tools and experience necessary to excel in his field. Marco has earned a solid reputation that affords him opportunities to create music with many talented people and wonderful organizations. Highlights include custom drumming and sound design for corporate clients (CTV, TVO, Bravo, TTC), student productions at Ryerson University and the University of Toronto, and numerous club and festival dates throughout Ontario. As a teacher, Marco encourages all of his students to develop practical and applicable musical fundamentals. A strong emphasis is placed on keeping time, reading music, and having fun. When he is not teaching, performing or recording music, he likes to stay active, read books, and relax with his family.