Our Teachers

Select from the list to the right to meet and learn a little bit about our instructors!

Allie Wright

Allie Wright

Beginner Piano (Dartmouth Studio) 

AllieW Allie is a grade eleven French Immersion student at Auburn Drive High School.  She has been playing for the piano for 9 years and enjoys classical, rock and pop music, but she also likes playing new pieces and exploring different genres.    She enjoys participating in the Kiwanis Music Festival each year.  Allie also plays the flute and this past summer she completed her Royal Conservatory Level 4 Flute Practical Examination.  Allie loves to see the progress her students make each week. 

Favourite Musicians: The Beatles, Billy Joel

Favourite Movies: Space Jam and The Lorax

Favourite Hobbies: Playing sports, reading, making crafts

 and getting outside to enjoy nature.

 Favourite Books: Island of the Blue Dolphins, A Series of Unfortunate Events, and anything by Sara Shepard. 

 

Alyson Boone

Alyson Boone 

Beginner Piano (Dartmouth Studio) 

AlysonBAlyson is a grade 11 student who has been taking lessons at Andrea's Music Studio for 6 years.   She is excited to continue teaching beginner piano students!  She likes going to church and learning new hymns. 

Favourite Composers: Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington
 
Favourite Bands: Linkin Park, The Offspring and The Beatles. 
 
Favourite Hobbies: Bowling, volleyball and tennis
Favourite Non-musical Things: doodling, animals and the outdoors 

 

Andrea Smith

Andrea Smith

Music Director & Owner


AndreaSNewAndrea is a graduate of the Early Childhood Education program from the Nova Scotia Teacher's College with 25 years experience teaching group and private piano lessons to students ranging in age from 4 years old to Seniors. 

Over the years Andrea came to realize that the musical programs available on the market for teaching the young piano learner were quite limited and more importantly, every one of them seemed to be missing something. So deciding to do something about it, she wrote her own.  This program, Prelude For Kids, has been highly successful and continues to be taught to this day by Andrea and others here at Andrea's Music Studio.  In addition, much care is taken to ensure quality and fun is present in all lessons: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Ukulele, and Drums.  Keeping lessons age appropriate (young, teen, and adult), educational, and fun. 

Andrea's Music Studios Music Makers program was custom designed by Andrea, for daycares, pre-schools, and drop-ins. 

 

Brad Long

Brad Long

Guitar & Ukulele (Dartmouth & Sackville Studios) 

BradLAbout Me: Brad Long is a guitar major graduate of the NSCC Music Arts program. He is the lead vocalist, songwriter, and guitar player in the Halifax rock band, James Bradley Band. "Although my focus is rock music, the NSCC program opened me up to many other genres like Blues, Jazz, Latin and Funk."  As well as guitar and vocals, Brad has experience playing other instruments like the trumpet, french horn, drums, and piano. Brad also has musical theatre experience, playing lead roles in A Chorus Line, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog, Once More With Feeling, and RENT. “I want to inspire and motivate others with music, like music has inspired and motivated me.”

Favorite Bands: Foo Fighters, Nothing But Thieves, The Sheepdogs, AC/DC, Audioslave, Jet, The Trews, and many more.

 

 

Brogan Cameron

Brogan Cameron

Piano  (Hammonds Plains Studio) 

BroganAbout Me: Brogan is currently in her second year of her Bachelor of Music program at Dalhousie University.  She did a semester at Mount Allison University.  Brogan has been playing the piano for 12 years and has her Royal Conservatory of Music Level 10 completed.  Through the Royal Conservatory and University her primary focus has been classical music, but Brogan also plays and sings in a band the enjoy performing alternative music.  She also played the Tuba in the past.  Brogan discovered her love of teaching through a co-op placement at Andrea's Music Studio in 2016-2017.  She is very excited to dive in and looks forward to teaching piano as a career. 

Hobbies: reading Stephen King, watching horror movies, listening to music of all varieties from classical to pop and alternative. 

Favourite Movie: The Visit

Favourite Musicians/Groups: Khalid, The 1975

Favourite Composers: Brahms, Debussy

 

Elizabeth Humphries

Elizabeth Humphries

Voice (All levels) & Piano (Beginner to Intermediate)  (Dartmouth Studio)

Dartmouth Studio Director

ElizabethHA Nova Scotia girl born and raised, Elizabeth graduated with a Bachelor of Voice Performance from the University of Manitoba.  She also has diplomas in Audio Engineering and Jazz Voice performance from Capilano University in Vancouver, BC.   She has recently moved back to Halifax after 15 years in western Canada to continue her performance and teaching career in the city she loves.  Her passion for performing stems from a childhood filled with the magic of the theatre, choral and solo performance and instrumental studies.  Elizabeth has performed across Canada in various operatic roles as well as orchestral concerts as a soprano soloist.  She has also trained and performed in musical theatre, jazz, and has been the vocalist for numerous performing bands. She has been teaching voice and piano to students of all ages for 10 years.




David Murray

David Murray 

Piano, Guitar, Ukulele & Voice  (Hammonds Plains and Sackville Studios)

DavidDavid has an extensive background in voice, piano, guitar, and theatre. David takes a student-centric approach to teaching, with an emphasis on fostering confidence and passion within students, as well as encouraging their creativity and the individual expression of their craft.  David places emphasis on exposure to and involvement in music at all ages, and is proficient in adapting materials and teaching style to match the interests, goals, and learning style of the student. David enjoys performing and teaching many different music genres, including classical,pop, rock, blues, jazz, and country.

 

David has RCM certification 6 in piano and 9 in voice.  David spent 7 years of intensive training in Bel Canto vocal technique, and was the winner of the 2003 Kiwanis Festival Rose Bowl (voice) and the 2001 Maritime Association of Teachers of Singing Scholarship Award.

 

David continues to appear in voice and guitar performances in local venues and appears in various roles in local musical theatre productions.

 

Dinah Lasaga-Harnish

 Dinah Lasaga-Harnish

Guitar & Ukulele (Dartmouth Studio) 

Dinah LHAbout Me: Dinah is a recent NSCC Music Arts graduate majoring in guitar.  Although music has always been in Dinah’s life, she really took to the guitar in her preteens. During these years, she also played alto saxophone in the school bands, as well as marching bands through Sea Cadets. Later in her teens, she was involved in her high school’s production of various musicals as a member of the chorus. As a part of NSCC’s program, she had the opportunity to play with jazz, Latin, singer-songwriter, and rock ensembles on various instruments – guitar, tenor saxophone, piano, and vocal. Dinah has a passion for both songwriting, and composing, and hopes to take further composition courses. She spends her time playing in active rock bands around Halifax, volunteering/playing at music festivals, writing music, and practicing.

Pets: AJ the cat, Enya the cat, Joey the cat, and Hobbes the chinchilla

Favourite Artists/Bands: Frank Turner, Laura Marling, Streetlight Manifesto, NOFX, and Larry & His Flask

Favourite Movie: Dead Poet’s Society

Favourite Book: 1984

Erin Summers

Erin Summers

Piano (Beginner to Advanced)(Dartmouth Studio)

Studio General Manager 

ErinNevErin joined Andrea's Music Studio in 2003 after graduating from Acadia University with her Bachelor of Music Degree and completing her grade 10 RCM piano exam. Erin teaches piano to students of all ages, guitar to a few students and manages the day to day activities of the Studios.

Erin has helped organize and run the Summer Music Camps and also helped Andrea to organize the Baby's Music Makers program.

Favorite Composer: Beethoven

Favorite Movie: Mr. Holland's Opus, High Fidelity & Les Miserables

Hobbies: Painting (some of my paintings are in the studio), reading, running, knitting, going for walks with my dog Ruby
Favorite Memory from my teaching experience: Playing Spiderman on the guitar with my first guitar student!
Something most people don't know about me: I was born in Germany and went back there in June 2010 with my family on vacation. 

 

Evelyn MacLeod

Evelyn MacLeod

Beginner Piano (Dartmouth Studio)

evelynmAbout Me: Evelyn is a grade 10 student at École du Carrefour de Grande-Havre. She is bilingual (English-French) and loves reading, drawing and travelling. She also loves running and has made it to the Nova Scotia Provincial Championships two years in a row. Evelyn loves to play the piano and looks forward to meeting and teaching Prelude piano students this fall.

Favourite Authors: Oscar Wilde, Charlotte Brontë and Allen Bradley

Favourite Places She’s Visited: Barcelona, Paris and Boston

Favourite Hobbies: Sewing, Finding new places to run and Baking.

Heather Cox-Harvie

Heather Cox-Harvie

Music Makers (Daycare and Drop In), Piano (Recreation), Pre-school Piano (Dartmouth Studio)

Heather is a full time Music Makers instructor and an Early Childhood Music Educator.  She instructs the Music Makers classes at daycares and preschools around HRM, as well as preschool piano classes and the Music Makers drop in programs.  Heather is a hockey Mom.  She has 3 sons and spends a lot of time at the rink!  She enjoys spending her summer at the cottage.

Favourite Movie: Pretty Woman

Background: Heather has her ECE and has worked for 11 years as a daycare teacher

Isabela Drozdowski

Isabela Drozdowski 

Beginner Piano (Dartmouth Studio) 

IsabelaDAbout Me: Isabela has been playing the piano and taking lessons at Andrea's Music Studio for 9 years.  She is in grade 10 at school.  In her spare time she likes to play the ukulele, listen to music, play video games, go shopping, go to the movies and spend time with her family. 

Favourite Subject: Science

Favourite Colour: Purple 

Jessica Pearson

Jessica Pearson

Piano (All Levels) (Sackville Studio)

Sackville Studio Director

JessPJessica is currently working on completing her Grade 10 RCM examinations after taking a year off to complete the Basic  Musicianship Program at Douglas College in Vancouver.  She is very excited to be teaching at Andrea's Music Studio for another year. 

Favorite Composer: Danny Elfman, Dmitri Kabalevsky, Dario Marianelli.


Favorite Artist: Laura Smith, James Taylor.

Favorite Movie: Pride and Prejudice.


Hobbies: I like to hike, bake, knit, travel, and spend time with my family.


Favorite piece to play: 'Lotus Land' by Cyril Scott.

 

Juanita Keddy

Juanita Keddy

Guitar (Hammonds Plains Studio)

JuanitaJuanita Keddy (aka Juanita Rose) is not only a music instructor.  She played guitar professionally for many years and toured the country as a guitarist with her own music bands. 

Juanita was known for her double-neck Mosrite guitar and her showy guitar instrumentals.  When she was in her performing heyday a popular entertainment magazine wrote “Juanita has a vibrant style that equals many great guitar players”. 

Juanita also has her Competent Toastmasters designation and a Best Speaker of the Year award.

 In addition, she has studied the important role that “thought and mental attitude” play in achieving success.  She incorporates these techniques in her teaching. 

Juanita studied guitar and music theory at the Maritime Conservatory of Music and other private institutions.  She has a diploma in guitar studies.

In her spare time Juanita likes to read and write.  She is presently writing a book. 

Judi Beagan

Judi Beagan

Voice, Guitar and Piano (Dartmouth, Sackville and Hammonds Plains Studio) 

JudiBJudi grew up singing and playing guitar as part of a family trio. After high school she went on to study jazz voice at St. F. X. and then branched into classical / operatic studies in BC with Canadian Opera Singer Lyn Vernon. All this training led to a wide variety of performance experiences ranging from the Pacific Opera Chorus in Victoria to Production Lead Vocalist for the British entertainment company OpenWide International – a cruise ship gig – as well as smaller solo and duo/trio ensembles.

Judi developed and taught her first course (guitar) at age 16. Following university she spent a year teaching elementary school music in the Codroy Valley, Nfld. Judi has been teaching on and off ever since. Her favourite ‘classroom’ setting is one-on-one because of the opportunity to zero in on each student’s particular musical strengths and weaknesses.  She truly believes that music is an innate gift in each of us and she enjoys helping people discover and ‘unwrap’ this gift for themselves.

My philosophy: Judi rarely practices an instrument. Judi prefers to play her instrument… because that is the goal of studying it in the first place. When she wants to play something in particular, she ismore likely to want to work on the skill it requires… and then it’s not boring. Instead, it opens the door for her and makes things easy. 

 

Kayla Sponagle

Kayla Sponagle

Piano and Voice (Beginner to Intermediate) 

 kaylaSAbout Me: Kayla Sponagle graduated from NSCC in June 2018 as a vocal major and has completed her grade 8 RCM piano level.  She loves music and everything about it.  Some of her favourite songs are from Disney movies but she also really loves musical theatre.  Kayla enjoys camping and travelling.  She has travelled all across Canada and to Peru.  She would love to go and see the Northern Lights some day as well as the Greek Islands.  Kayla is a big fan of all things retro and vintage including video games and record players.  She collects vinyl albums. 

 

Krystina Bowen

Krystina Bowen

 Music Makers, Piano & Voice (Hammonds Plains Studio) 
Hammonds Plains Studio Director

Krystina

About Me: Krystina Bowen has joined Andrea’s Music Studio as of April 2018. She is a Singer, Music Teacher and an aspiring Music Therapist. She graduated Mohawk College with an Advanced Diploma in Vocal Jazz in 2011, and graduated Acadia University in 2015 with a Bachelors Degree in Music Therapy. 

Krystina has been professionally instructed in Voice since the age of 6. She also sang in choirs, musical productions, and independently performed over the course of 20 years. Currently she is pursuing an internship in her field of study, Music Therapy.

She is a fun loving instructor, and enjoys helping people enjoy music. She also loves colourful clothes, cooking and nature.

Leon Tsorbatzoglou

Leon Tsorbatzoglou

Drums, Guitar & Bass (Dartmouth Studio)

LeonT pic1Leon was born in Greece where he started guitar and music theory lessons at an early age. As a teenager he started exploring the electric guitar andthe drums and begun joining local rock/heavy metal bands. At the age of 20 Leon moved to Manchester UK to study music and rock/pop/jazz guitar at the University of Salford, from where he has earned a Bachelors in Music and a Masters in Composition.

Leon has been teaching guitar, bass, drums and band labs full time in the UK for the last 12 years. He is the guitarist of the heavy metal band Crosswind, and he has an extensive recording and gigging experience.  Apart from a Bachelors and a Masters, Leon also holds a Music Specialist Certificate from Berklee College of Music, where he has taken courses in Music Production, Project Management and Music Business.
Leon is an endorser of Optima guitar strings and is currently working on his first solo album, as well as being the Optima strings distributor in Canada, based in Halifax NS from August 2018.

Besides music, Leon’s interests include reading and martial arts training. He is a 5th dan black belt in Bujinkan (Japanese martial art).

 

Marta Lewis

Marta Lewis

Piano & Voice (Dartmouth Studio) 

 MartaLAbout Me: Marta has been teaching for 36 years in both private studio settings and through the community school board teaching guitar and piano to adults.  She plays the piano, the guitar, the harp sings and acts.  Marta has studied at the University of College Cork, Mount Allison, Acadia.  She has performed at weddings, on cruise ships, at community events and in the Theatre.  Marta loves to travel and has been aroudn the world 5 times.  She enjoys a wide variety of music, her favourite being Heavy Metal. 

Favourite Bands: Judas Priest, Megadeath

Favourite Movies: Anything in the horror genre

Something most people don't know about me: Marta has a minor in Geology and went to broadcasting school.  

 

Melissa Vidito

Melissa Vidito

Piano (Beginner) & Voice (Dartmouth Studio) 

 MelissaMelissa Vidito is a graduate of the Professional Vocal Program at Musicians Insitute in Hollywood
California. She has taught private music lessons in the Annapolis Valley at The Bernard Zinck School of
Music for almost 20 years. Although voice is her primary instrument Melissa also teaches guitar, ukelele
and piano

Melissa has an interest in a great many artistic endeavours such as painting and creating art out of found
beach treasures, but music and musical theater are her passion. Melissa was musical director for the
community theatre group Edalene Theatre for 10 years having 20 shows under her belt including 2 of
which she composed the score for.

Melissa is also a seasoned performer having worked at The Halifax feast dinner theatre, centre stage
theatre in Kentville and a ghost in the Valley Ghost walks. In 2016 melissa created Beacon Events which
produced 3 dinner theater productions and hopes to create more in the near future.
Currently Melissa is excited to be teaching at Andrea’s Music Studio and performing with the valley blues
band Bluesmobile.

 

Ryan White

 Ryan White 

Guitar and Bass (Dartmouth Studio) 

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Ryan is a Dalhousie Bachelor of Music graduate, freelance performer, composer, and arranger.

He has been playing and performing on both guitar and electric bass for close to 10 years. He recently completed his Bachelor of Music at Dalhousie University, where he focused on guitar and electric bass performance along with music theory (tonal, post-tonal, & jazz), and arranging.  Ryan studied classical guitar with Doug Reach, jazz/modern guitar with Jeff Torbert, and electric bass with Scott MacMillan during his time at Dal.

Ryan also plays/has played in several local projects including Talea (Funk/Neo-Soul), Lindsay Misiner & The 7th Mystic (Soul/Psychedelic Rock), 2nd Line Parade (Rockabilly), The Rubber Band (Alternative Rock), Ryan Willigar (Singer-songwriter), & Eric Hamilton (Pop/Rock/Funk).

Genres: Classical, Jazz, Funk, Rock, Latin, Pop.

Favorite Composers: J.S Bach, C. Debussy, I. Stravinsky, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Frank Zappa, Chick Corea & Jerry Hey.

Favorite Performers: Charlie Parker,Clifford Brown, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Lenny Breau,Jimi Hendrix, Keith Richards, Duane Allman, Jaco Pastorius, George Clinton, Ella Fitzgerald, Flea, Victor Wooten, & Guthrie Govan.

Favorite Books: The Old Man & The Sea - Ernest Hemmingway, The Lord Of The Rings – J.R.R Tolkien, Dune – Frank Herbert, ASOIAF series - George R. R. Martin, Where The Sidewalk Ends – Shel Silverstein

 

Tiffinie Laing

Tiffinie Laing

Piano (Beginner to RCM 4) (Dartmouth Studio)

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Tiffinie has been teaching at the Dartmouth Studio for over 15 years. She teaches piano to students of all ages, oversees promotion of studio events, and has developed curriculum for the Summer Music Camps.

Tiffinie has completed her grade 8 piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music, is a graduate of the Music Arts program at NSCC, is the Special Events Coordinator for Los Primos, as well as a freelance musician who has performed at the ECMA’s, TD Halifax Jazz Festival, and the Night of Discovery Gala in support of the QEII foundation.

Her favorite part of teaching is getting to know her students, watching their progression throughout the year, and having lots of fun along the way!

In her spare time, Tiffinie enjoys going to movies, plays and concerts. She loves performing, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Favorite Movie: Labyrinth

Favorite Artists: Rufus, Chaka Khan, Earth Wind and Frie, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Jamiroquai, Snarky Puppy, Justin Timberlake, Glen Hansard and so many more!

Favorite Quote: "Live, Laugh, Love"