Music Background & Credentials
MA in music composition - York University BFA in music - Concordia University informal studies in South Indian classical music with Sri Vittal Ramammurthy
Current bands: as a front person: Cassie Norton, as a side person: Erik Bleich, Amateur, SnakeOil Johnson, The Starfires, Balfolk Toronto. Past bands: Vlesie, Hassan Hadi, Dr. Draw, Bridget and the Puppy Cats (Korea), The Earthian Band (Korea), Sweet Murphy's Fancy (Korea), Wet Nose Hero (Montreal). Large ensembles: The Elements Choir (Toronto), Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra (Montreal).. Teaching (current): Regent Park School of music: violin, string ensembles, song writing, drop in band, Teaching (Past): ukulele kids, rpsm build a band camp, rpsm music technology camp, rpsm strings and percussion camp, Little Ivy academy: violin and cello (Korea), Montreal Music Academy: violin (Montreal).
Teaching & Other Details
I primarily teach violin using the RCM method (with or without exams), but I borrow heavily from the Suzuki method when teaching children seven and under. I also borrow from a method called "String Explorer" for all ages beginners. When students are interested I love incorporating improvisation, songwriting, and fiddle styles into my violin teaching. I have only ever taught song writing in a group setting, but I would love to explore the process one on one with interested students.