OUR TEACHERS

Rebecca Lane, Director

 

Driven by her commitment to music education, Rebecca Lane has acquired both respect and demand for her skills in and around the GTA. Her extensive training in violin performance began in her hometown of Hampton, New Brunswick, and took her to Memorial University in St. John's, Newfoundland where she completed her Bachelor of Music in violin performance under the tutelage of Nancy Dahn.

 

In 2007, Rebecca relocated to Toronto where she earned an Artist's Diploma in orchestral training at the Glenn Gould School. In 2010, Ms. Lane founded Upper Beaches Violin Studio with a few private students in her home. Since that time, the school has grown in size and strength in the community with additional teachers, instruments, and group class offerings.

Most recently, Rebecca was appointed Concertmaster of the Toronto Community Orchestra. When she is not teaching, Rebecca enjoys reading, baking and spending time with her husband and children.

Marcia Whitehead, Administrator

 

As a trained contralto and professional vocal coach, Marcia brings her musical knowledge as well has her administrative expertise to Upper Beaches Music School.  Known for being meticulous, organized and highly personable, Marcia is well-versed in the needs of busy parents, specifically in the area of music lessons.  An East York resident herself, Marcia is immersed in the culture and pulse of the neighbourhood and committed to cultivating musical education in this corner of Toronto.  Besides keeping our school organized, Marcia teaches private voice lessons at Havergal College, as well as conducting vocal masterclasses at Arts based High Schools across Toronto. 

Becky Cai, Piano

Becky has been playing piano since the age of six and has recently graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor’s in Music Education. Before university, Becky had previously attended Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts for the musical theatre/acting program where she picked up singing, acting, and stage band. In university, she studied under Boyanna Toyich, a music and performance skills professor in the faculty of music. With experience of teaching young children to adults for over five years, Becky strives to encourage her students to excel in their studies and achieve their music-oriented goals. After completing her Bachelor of Music Education Degree, she plans to pursue teacher’s college and continue sharing her knowledge to future aspired musical dreamers. When she is not teaching or playing the piano, Becky enjoys staying active by going to the gym, kickboxing, reading and spending time with her family.

Grace Chu, Piano

 

Grace Chu has earned her Bachelor of Music and Piano Performance Diploma from McMaster University, followed by her Master of Music in Piano Performance from The State University of New York at Buffalo. Grace made her Canadian debut in 1997, in Alberta, where she lived for a few years before moving to Toronto where she continued her private studies. It wasn't long before she discovered that she enjoys sharing her passion for the piano not only as a performer but also as a teacher. Over the years Grace has enriched her performance experience by taking in music festivals in Canada, Taiwan, France, Spain and USA, and also by participating in master classes and pursuing private studies with world-renowned pianists. Because of her gentle and patient disposition and extensive piano pedagogy training, Grace excels with both young and advanced students alike.

Andrea Czarnecki, Piano/ Voice

 

Born and raised in Wynyard, Saskatchewan, Andrea began her musical endeavours at the age of 5, with her first taste of Suzuki instruction. Andrea continued her musical studies in the Bachelor of Music program within the Music Faculty at the University of Toronto. Following this, she went on to complete her Bachelor of Education, and her Masters in Music Education, within the faculty. She also continued her pursuit of Choral music, taking a lead role as both a chorister and assistant conductor in the University Women’s Choir at the Faculty, from 2000 through 2011.

 

Recently, Andrea has taught Suzuki-influenced ECE group music classes to students in Hong Kong, prior to returning back to her home in Toronto. 

Rhonwen Derbez, Voice/ Ukulele

 

Rhonwen has been a performer for most of her life, and began teaching singing and drama over 20 years ago.  She began at a young  age performing in Fringe festivals and school productions and has sung in opera performances and concerts from one end of Canada to the other and abroad.  She has her certificate in Speech Arts & Drama from Trinity College London, England and her BMus in Opera from UBC and in year IV of the psychotherapy training program at the Gestalt Institute of Toronto.  With all her various experiences on and off the stage, Rhonwen has developed an intuitive approach, based in a deep understanding of the foundations of healthy vocal production and self-expression and her ability to adapt her knowledge to the needs of each individual client.   Her passion is to explore with, and guide each and every client to find a way to fully love and express their own unique voice.   

Gemma Donn, Violin

 

Gemma began her musical studies playing the piano and violin at age 4.  In 2012, she moved to Vancouver and began her post-secondary studies at Capilano University's Music Diploma program, finishing in 2014.  She played for the West Coast Symphony and Theatre Under the Stars during her years

 

Gemma now lives in Scarborough and studies at the University of Toronto, where she is working towards completing her Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance.  She currently plays in the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra, The Chinese Arts Society Orchestra, and most recently obtained the position of concertmaster of the Counterpoint Community Orchestra.  Gemma works well with advanced students and is well-versed in preparing them for RCM examinations. 

Emilie Gelinas- Noble, Violin/ Viola

 

Born in Montreal, Emilie Gélinas-Noble began her musical adventures at age five. She chose to pursue the viola at eleven and was shortly thereafter admitted into the Conservatoire de Musique de Montreal. She was the principal violist of the Montreal Youth Orchestra (Orchestre Symphonique des Jeunes de Montreal), performing on tours across Europe and China. More recently, Emilie has completed a Master’s degree in Musical Performance from the University of Toronto.

As a teacher, Emilie is quick with an inventive game to make learning fun and innovative She enjoys teaching children and brings a spark of creativity to her lessons and classes. 

Jamie Godber, Suzuki Violin

 

Jamie Godber holds a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Toronto and is now pursuing her Masters of Music, studying with Dr. Timothy Ying. She began her studies with the Oakville Suzuki Association at the age of 3 and grew up participating in Kiwanis and Peel Music Festivals receiving top prizes. She

also holds her Grade 10 RCM in Violin Performance (First Class Honours). Jamie has led the U of T Symphony Orchestra as concertmaster in select programs and was a

member of the Oakville Symphony Orchestra for three years as a Young Artist Award Recipient. Her string quartet, the Aeris Quartet, won the U of T Felix Galimir Award in Chamber Music Excellence, as well as the Haydn Challenge in the 2017/18 academic year. Jamie has completed her Unit 1 Suzuki Teacher Training and is familiar with both the Suzuki Method and Royal Conservatory System. She is so pleased to be sharing her passion for music through teaching and connecting with her students. In her spare time Jamie enjoys playing hockey and singing!

Bailey Grineage, Piano and Suzuki Piano

Bailey began her studies in piano at the age of 5. She completed her Bachelor of Music degree with honours from the University of Toronto in 2017 with a  specialization in music education. Along with her post-secondary studies, she holds her RCM Level 10 certificate and is currently a candidate for the ARCT piano performance diploma.

 

Bailey enjoys teaching students of all ages but has a special passion for early childhood music education. To this end, Bailey has completed Smart Start™ training at the Royal Conservatory of Music which pairs musical learning with cognitive developement. She also has completed the RCM‘s specialized Music in Early Childhood program and it currently pursuing an Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Music Education from the RCM and Ryerson University. Along with this extensive training, Bailey is also an active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and has received Suzuki piano training from the Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute.

 

Along with her experience teaching music for the past decade, Bailey‘s educational background has given her the skills to not only relate to students in the role of a professional teacher, but also in the role of supportive mentor. When she‘s not making music, Bailey enjoys practicing yoga, exploring Toronto, and drinking tea with her loved ones.

Adrian Irvine, Suzuki Violin

 

Born and raised in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Adrian Irvine began studying the violin at the age of three. He was a member of the Prince Edward Island Symphony Orchestra from 2009-2012 and in 2013, returned as soloist to perform the Bruch Violin Concerto. After completing his Bachelor of Music degree at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Adrian relocated to Toronto where he has recently completed a Master of Music degree in violin performance at the University of Toronto.

 

Adrian is passionate about the Suzuki method and is an active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas as well as trained in Suzuki Violin Book 1. He is always prepared with a game or prop to make learning more fun.  Adrian leads group classes as well as private violin lessons on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Kimberley Jeong, Cello and Suzuki Cello

Kimberly holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Yale School of Music, and the Royal Conservatory of the Hague. Using the Suzuki method to teach young beginners and relying on RCM curriculum as the students advance, Kimberly crafts unique lessons for each of her students to match their learning style, personality, and abilities.  A firm believer in making music accessible to all, Kimberly co-founded Harmony for Growth, a program that provides music lessons to mature adults in retirement homes.

 

Kimberly teaches the Suzuki Cello Pre-Twinkle group class as well as private cello lessons at UBMS on Tuesdays.

Kieran Kane, Voice/ Piano

 

Kieran is a singer, accompanist, and voice/ piano teacher originally from Kingston, ON. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Guelph and has trained further with organizations such as Against the Grain Theatre, Halifax Summer Opera Festival, and Arcady. He sings professionally with ensembles including church choirs, the Elora Singers, and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. Kieran enjoys teaching students to individually tailored curriculums. This can mean any repertoire from classical to Broadway to hip hop!

 

When not teaching or performing, Kieran enjoys hiking, travelling (ideally at the same time), cycling, and reading.

Zoe Lin, Piano

 

An experienced performer and multi-instrumentalist, Zoe has been educating musicians since 2011, when she began teaching private piano, violin and music theory lessons.
Born in Taipei, Taiwan, to parents who have both dedicated their lives to early childhood education, Zoe began piano lessons at the age of four and violin at age five. 

 

Zoe received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with a minor in Business Management from the University of Central Arkansas, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.  Zoe received graduate music scholarships in both piano and violin while she pursued her
Graduate Certificate in Piano Performance at the University of Central Arkansas.

 

Fiercely committed to music education and cultivating young talent, Zoe worked with Arkansas Teachers Corps where she received training
to serve as a music teacher in underprivileged areas of Arkansas.

Victoria Marshall, Voice/ Piano

 

Mezzo-soprano Victoria Marshall is Toronto-based singer, pianist, and teacher. Growing up in Winnipeg, she received her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Manitoba, during which time also developed a passion for teaching.

 

Victoria relocated to Toronto in 2014 to pursue a Masters in Opera at the University of Toronto, and has since become a sought-after interpreter of opera, oratorio and art-song,  She can be seen performing frequently with the Tafelmusik Choir, the Elmer Iseler Singers, the Toronto Chamber Choir, and the Theatre of Early Music. Victoria is also the worship director at Grace Toronto Church in west Toronto.

 

An avid lover of classical music, Victoria is passionate about developing proper voice and piano technique through methods that support the child's growing abilities.

Sarah Murley- Hauser, Suzuki Violin

 

Sarah began her violin studies at age 6 at the North York Suzuki School of Music with Heidi Behrenbruch, who inspired her love of violin. She completed her Bachelors of Music in violin at the University of Toronto, studying with Katherine Rapoport and Annalee Patipatanakoon. She is currently privately studying violin and pedagogy with Vanessa Mio (London). 


Sarah is a recognized Suzuki teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and her training has included teacher development at the Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute (Ontario), Ithaca College’s Suzuki Institute (New York State), and the Indiana University Summer String Academy.

 

Sarah is passionate about inspiring a love for violin and music, and excellence in teaching. When she is not playing, Sarah enjoys being active with her husband and dog, reading, and digging in her balcony veggie garden.

Andrew Pacheco, Guitar

 

Andrew has been studying music since the age of 12. Born in Mississauga, Ontario, he attended Cawthra Park Secondary School and was enrolled in the Regional Arts Program with a specialization in music. He then further pursued his musical studies by earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours in Music from York University. After graduating from university, Andrew established himself as a performer and educator. He has performed with many performing organizations such as Soulpepper Theatre Company and the Toronto All-Star Big Band. He has also performed at many Canadian festivals such as Calgary Folk Fest and Interstellar Rodeo, as well as American festivals such as South by Southwest in Texas and Stagecoach in California.


As an educator, Andrew has close to 10 years of experience teaching students of all ages and levels. Andrew’s teaching approach is strongly focused on studying the fundamentals of music while creating a motivating and joyful experience for the student to learn and grow from.

Katherine Watson, Piano/ Flute

 

For the past half-decade, Katherine has established herself as one of Toronto’s emerging classical/contemporary flutists, performing in numerous chamber music festivals and performances across the country.  A musician from age 6, Katherine studied piano concurrently with her flute studies and received her grade 8 RCM accreditation.  

 

As a teacher, Katherine is recognized by parents for her abilities to discover what makes children interested in music and has been known to tailor each student's lesson to suit their needs and goals.  She believes that finding a student's innate passion will ignite a life-long love for learning and musical discovery. 

Anna Zhang, Piano

Anna has been studying piano since the age of 5. Over the years, she has been an active participant of music festivals, competing at both local and provincial levels for piano, speech arts and music composition. Anna obtained her Associate Diploma (ARCT) for piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music at the age of 14 and has performed for many well-respected musicians around the world such as Christopher Norton and Angela Cheng. 

Passionate about bringing music to the lives of others, Anna has been teaching piano for over 7 years as a volunteer for Keys for Seniors and the Heart of the City Music Program, as well as founding her own studio in Edmonton Alberta, AZ Piano Studios. In August 2019, Anna relocated to Toronto to pursue studies at the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto, but is committed to teaching piano as it remains a very fulfilling part of her life.
 

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