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Guitar/Bass Instructors

Erik Nielsen

Erik has a keen interest in recording/engineering and has brought his over 10 years of performance experience forward to enhance his teaching for the past 8 years.  Erik’s main goal is to ensure that he keeps his lessons fun while he instructs and engages a roster of committed students from all age groups.

Matthew Martin

Matthew began playing the electric guitar and bass at the age of 15 after falling in love with rock and metal music.  After graduating high school he studied classical guitar at Western University, achieving degrees in both music and education. Since completing university, Matthew has continued to seek new challenges, studying flamenco guitar intensively in Seville, Spain in the summer and forming the acoustic folk/rock band Trusty Fox as lead singer/songwriter and guitarist.

 Andy Cloutier

Born in Toronto, Andy Cloutier began musical studies on the guitar at the age of 5. After many years of study and performing, he entered the University of Western Ontario, where he completed a bachelor of music degree, with honours specialization in music theory and composition. He has played in masterclasses and studied with many world renowned guitarists, including Pepe Romero, Manuel Barrueco, David Russell, Roland Dyens, the Assad brothers, and many more. He currently teaches young musicians in the London area, and is Organist and music director at St. Anne’s Parish in St. Thomas, Ontario.


Peter Karle

Armed with an eclectic taste in music and the experience to match,Peter Karle is excited to teach all styles that come his way.  Throughout his undergraduate degree at the Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University, Peter actively sought out diverse musical projects to hone his craft as a musician.  Along with private classical guitar with Robert Kubica, Peter served as guitarist and rhythm section leader with the Western University Jazz Ensemble.  Peter has also sought out conducting opportunities outside of the faculty to continue his spirit for giving music. Peter served at the 2014-25 Western Chamber Ensemble (orchestra division) as director under the tutelage of Alain Trudel.  He also served as producer/ music director/conductor for Theatre Western’s Xanadu(2013) and Rent(2014) and Into the Woods(2015).  Peter is currently performing as a leader/sideman  and session player with various session groups around London.

Michael Pare

Michael Pare is one of Canada’s young and aspiring classical guitarists, performing  in festivals and competitions throughout North America and Europe.  Michael performs regularly at the London Club, Centennial Hall, Von Kuster Hall and the McIntosh Art Gallery.  In 2015 Michael was the winner of the highly regarded Rose Bowl Competition in London Ontario.  Michael performs concerts, weddings and private events.  His repertoire ranges from renaissance art songs to contemporary solo and duo pieces.  Michael teaches a variety of styles to beginner and advanced students.

Ryan Harrow

Ryan is a diverse, well-rounded guitar and piano teacher specializing in various aspects of composition, classical, rock, blues, contemporary as well as modern music and music theory.  He continuously seeks ways to explore the creation of music using new technology, methods and world music.  Ryan has an Applied Music Diploma from Mohawk College and Bachelor of Music from McMaster University with concentrations in composition, performance and teaching.

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Drum Instructors


 Brian McHugh

Brian McHugh is a graduate of The Percussion Institute of Technology in Los Angeles, California, and The University of Western Ontario. Brian has maintained a busy recording and performing schedule over the years touring through Canada, U.S.A., Europe, and the Caribbean backing a variety of artists in many different styles. These artists include Fritz McIntyre (formerly of Simply Red), R&B great Grant Smith, Alan Frew (formerly of Glass Tiger), and many others. Brian is currently performing dates with his 8 piece band “Hollywood”.

 Rod O’Brien

Rod is an accomplished solo, chamber and orchestral musician currently finishing a bachelor of music with an honours in education from Western University specializing in percussion. For over a decade, Rod has been performing and teaching in both drum set and classical/concert band settings which include the drummer for the Western University Jazz Ensemble and being the principal timpanist of local ensembles, London Youth Symphony, London Concert Band, and Encore… The Concert Band. Rod also has a seasoned background in keyboard percussion, music theory and history. Notable teachers include Dr. Jill Ball, head professor of percussion performance at Western University and D’Arcy Gray, principal timpanist for London Symphonia and former principal timpanist of Orchestra London Canada.

Jaden Galachiuk

Jaden is currently completing his studies in Music Recording Arts at Fanshawe College.  He has been studying music since the age of 5 and has taught percussion for the past 5 years.  Through his co-op with Music for Young Children, Jaden has learned to connect with younger students and make learning fun.  Under the tutelage of Jordan Riley, Jaden has performed at the Northern Ontario Music Festival in Collingwood as well as the Chicago Heritage Festival.  Jaden has a variety of performance experience ranging from Jazz and Latin to snare and hand percussion.

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Piano Instructors

Christian Golding

Christian Golding is a London based pianist with over a decade of expertise performing, coaching and teaching. Hailing from Pickering Ontario, Christian graduated from Western University with both a Bachelor of Music in Performance and a Master’s in Piano Literature and Performance. During his studies he worked under the tutelage of many prolific teachers, including Dr. Leslie Kinton, Gwen Beamish, and Brett Kingsbury. Christian has won many prestigious competitions including the Maritsa Brooks Concerto Competition performing Beethoven’s “Emperor” concerto with the Western University Orchestra, as well as the Kiwanis and Rotary music festivals at the provincial level. Currently, he is partaking in multiple international competitions for both duo and solo piano. As well, Christian has experience in collaborative piano, composition, music theory (rudimentary to advanced) and vocal coaching. As a passionate teacher, Christian ensures that his students receive an education that will devolop them into well-rounded musicians. He enjoys working with all ages and levels and tailors each lesson to the needs and interests of the individual.

Nicholas Busch

Nicholas Busch has completed a Bachelor Of Music Honours in Performance degree from Western University while studying with Tina Yanchus and is currently working on his Masters degree specializing in Collaborative Piano with Dr John Hess.  He has been working as a freelance pianist, band director and accompanist in the Windsor-London area for the past 7 years, and he has recently had the privilege of performing in masterclasses for Angela Park, Jean Marchand and Brigette Poulin.  His main area of interest is contemporary music, and he has had the honour of premiering several new works through his connections at Western.  Alongside his studies in piano performance, he has developed a passion for music theory and history which he is excited to incorporate thoroughly into his lessons.

Stephen Ingram

Stephen Ingram has been playing since age five and completed his RCM grade 10 before entering the University of Western to complete his Bachelor of Music Honours in Composition.  His primary instrument for this degree was piano, taking lessons from acclaimed educator Gwen Beamish-Macmillan for four years.  Much of Stephen’s musical work in London over the last few years has been centered around theatre.  He has acted as music director, audition accompanist and rehearsal pianist for multiple shows spanning the last few years, as well having starred onstage in a multitude of musicals around London, Toronto and Montreal.


Jason Mile 

Jason Mile is a composer-pianist with a Bachelor’s in Music from Western University and is set to complete his Master’s in Music Composition from McGill University.  He has a keen interest in composition, improvisation, music pedagogy and piano technique.  Jason has experience teaching a variety of age groups, both privately and in classroom settings, through his work as a teacher’s assistant, private piano instructor and volunteer tutor.  He believes that it is essential to teach students not only how to play the piano, but also how music works, and so he incorporates music theory and improvisation into lessons whenever he can.  As a composer, Jason tries to keep branching out into new genres, writing classical, pop, rock, jazz and electronic music.  He has had his pieces performed in London, Toronto and Montreal and was awarded the SOCAN Young Composer’s Award for his piece “Southern Wind” for Flute and Electronics.


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Strings Instructors

 Julijana Tomicevic

Playing the violin for 18 years, Julijana has an active private studio of students ages 4 and up. She also assists at the El Sistema After School Music Program where she teaches elementary school children violin technique, posture, and music theory.  Julijana instructs and supports children with special needs and finds great joy and passion in doing so.    She has been a proud member of the London Youth Symphony (LYS) and is a current member of the London Community Orchestra (LCO) .

 Sarah Botsford

Sarah Botsford is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music at Western University.  She has been taught by Professor Annette Barbara Vogel and is currently under the tutelage of Nicolas Carlucci.  Sarah has been teaching violin for the last 8 years and works to incorporate music history and theory into her instruction to facilitate understanding in all aspects of the instrument.  Sarah has assisted the instruction of orchestras for young musicians such as those at BelCanto String Academy in Hamilton and was the concert master and soloist of their chamber music group.  Sarah continues to perform frequently within the Western University and as a freelance musician within the London community.

 Isaac Lee

Isaac Lee is currently is  pursuing a Bachelor Of Music in Cello Performance at Western University. He has been taught by Bruce Richardson and Julia MacGregor and is currently under the tutelage of Professor Thomas Wiebe. During his high school years, Isaac has participated in Kiwanis Music Festivals for 4 years. On top of that, he also conducted jazz bands and plays the saxophone.


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Voice Instructors

Holly Langohr

Originally from Waterloo, Holly Langohr recently graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelors Degree in Honours Music specializing in voice performance.   Complimenting her studies, Holly has attended an intensive vocal program at the Orford Arts Centre in Orford Quebec.  Holly is the musical director for the Ingersoll Choral Society and a musical director at St. Michael’s Church in London.  She enjoys interacting with music lovers of all ages while generating a positive interest in music and focusing on the improvement of vocal and piano technique.

Karianne Pasma

Soprano Karianne Pasma attained a Master of Music in Literature and Performance at the University of Western Ontario, where she studied with Patricia Green and Jackie Short.  Karianne has performed in several public master classes including working with well known Canadian soprano, Wendy Nielsen.  Most recently Karianne sang with London Pro Musica and Orchestra London as the soprano soloist in the Bach Magnificat.  She has also performed the role of Angelica in Suor Angelica with Opera NUOVA, and the Sandman in UWOpera’s production of Too Many Sopranos, among other roles with Opera NUOVA and UWOpera.

Sarah Walsh

Sarah Walsh is a Master’s of Music student studying vocal performance at Western University. Sarah has been training vocally for nearly 12 years, during which she has gained vast experience performing classical voice, opera, and musical theatre. During her undergrad at Queen’s University, Sarah was a committed Teaching Assistant for Theory and Music History courses. She was also the Stage Manager and Costume Coordinator for the Queen’s Opera Ensemble. Notable awards include The Randall Marsh Award (2016), Kenneth G. Murray Volunteerism Award (2017), Don Wright Scholarship (2017), Queen’s Concerto/ Aria Competition 2nd place (2017) and 1st place (2018).

Danielle Cyr

Danielle Cyr. soprano, is a passionate performer and music instructor.  Offering lessons in voice/piano, her love of singing and music inspires as well as empowers students throughout their vocal and artistic development.  Originally from Vancouver, Danielle holds on MMus in Vocal Performance from the University of Alberta, an Artist Diploma from Western University, an Artist Diploma from the Vancouver Academy of Music, as well as a BA in Vocal Performance from Trinity Western University.  She has performed in various summer programs including La Musica Lirica in Novafeltria, Italy, AEDO:  Accademia Europea Dell’Opera in Lucca, Italy, COAA:  Canadian Operatic Arts Academy, and VISI:  Vancouver International Song Institute.  Past operatic roles include Fourth Maid in Strauss’ Elektra, La Badessa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Erste Dame in Mozart’s Die Zauberflote, and Miss Jessel in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw.



 Meggie McKay

Soprano Meggie McKay is a vibrant and passionate musician, who is at home performing in recitals, operas, and musical theatre. She has a Master of Arts in Musicology with a concentration in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Ottawa (2018) and a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Acadia University (2016). She is currently enrolled in the Artist Diploma program in Voice Performance at Western University. Meggie has performed with many ensembles, including the Halifax Summer Opera Festival, the Acadia University Singing Theatre Production Ensemble and Wind Ensemble, and the North Grenville Concert Choir. Meggie was employed as a teaching assistant for the Acadia University Symphonic Band and the University of Ottawa’s Opera Productions, as well as working backstage for Western’s opera productions this past season. She taught private lessons at the Dorian Hall Academy of Performing Arts in Windsor, Nova Scotia before moving to Ontario in 2016. She currently works as a choral scholar at Knox Presbyterian Church in St Thomas. Meggie has been teaching many disciplines for several years, including voice, music theory, piano, and even horseback riding!




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Wind Instructors

Emily Rouse

Emily is a graduate of the Don Wright Faculty of Music with a Bachelor’s Degree in music with honours in Music Education.  Emily provides instruction for the alto, tenor, baritone and soprano saxophones, flute, clarinet, oboe and recorder.  Emily’s musical achievements have been performing with the National Youth Band of Canada for two years and performing as a semi-finalist in the Western University Concerto Competition.  Emily is enjoying her 7th year of teaching, playing saxophone with Encore the Concert Band, singing as a cantor at her local parish of St Peter’s Basilica, and leading Lost at C- a community jazz ensemble which she co-founded.

Kelsey Regier 

Kelsey Regier is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree of Music with Honours in Education at Western University. She has been playing clarinet for nine years and had opportunities to perform from Toronto to Vancouver and even in South America. Kelsey loves teaching flute, clarinet, saxophone and piano to enthusiastic students of all ages. She currently volunteers in schools and delivers regular woodwind workshops. Her philosophy has always been to engage her students to be well-rounded and confident performers through a variety of genres and repertoire. Kelsey is excited to share her love of music with all her students and help them to develop their unique musicianship

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