Our Teachers

Select from the list below to learn about our teachers!

Allie Wright

Allie Wright

Beginner Piano (Cole Harbour Studio) 

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Allie has been playing piano since she was 7 years old. She took piano lessons at Andrea's, Dartmouth location, from 2009-2018.  Allie has finished high school and is currently attending Saint Mary's University for a bachelor of science. Some of her favourite musicians and bands include Billy Joel, ABBA, and Queen, among many, many Disney songs as well. Allie enjoys watching some of her favourite Disney movies, such as ‘Mary Poppins’, ‘Mary Poppins returns’, and ‘Into the woods’. And of course some animated classics such as ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’, and ‘The Rescuers’. Allie lives happily with her family surrounded by music and her two cats, Max and Jack. 

 

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. 

  

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 more than 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 the teachers 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. 

 

Avery Dakin

Avery Dakin

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

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Avery is a Halifax-based singer-songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist. After graduating from Acadia University with a Bachelor of Music focused in composition, she began teaching music privately, playing in multiple bands, and working on original music. 

 Avery loves singing, yoga, cooking, and walking her dog, Teddy.

 

Brogan Cameron

Brogan Cameron

Beginner Piano  (Hammonds Plains Studio) 

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Brogan Cameron is in her third year of her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance at Dalhousie University, after previous studies at Mount Allison University. She has been playing piano for 14 years, and has her RCM level 10. She enjoys performing as a soloist, and also works as a collaborative pianist around Halifax. Her primary focus is classical music. She has a passion for teaching, and plans to go on to do her music education degree. Her most memorable teaching experience was seeing one of her very quiet students grow into a passionate performer. Brogan enjoys composing music, listening to music, and going hiking. Something most people don’t know about me: most of my family is from Scotland, and I have visited Scotland twice.

 

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

Elizabeth Nov 2019 resizedA 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.  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 15 years.

 

Favourite genres of music: Hard Rock and Alternative

 

Quote: “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” –Theodore Roosevelt

 

Other Interests: Yoga, Cooking, Travel, Road trip adventures

 

Something people may not know about Elizabeth: She’s lived in 7 Canadian provinces!

 

David Murray

David Murray 

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

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David is a passionate lifelong musician and performer. He has RCM Level 6 in piano and Level 9 in voice. He 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 Singing Scholarship Award. David performs in voice and guitar at local venues and continues to appear in local musical theatre productions, including ‘Guys and Dolls’, ‘Oliver’, and ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, as well as a variety of musical dinner theatres.

 

David strives to encourage musical curiosity in his students. David encourages students to find their own personal style and to find enjoyment in their music. David teaches voice, piano, guitar, and ukulele, and has been with Andrea’s Music Studio since 2017

 

Dinah Lasaga-Harnish

 Dinah Lasaga-Harnish

Guitar, Ukulele, PIano & Beginner Drum (Cole Harbour Studio) 

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Me: Dinah is a graduate of NSCC's Music Arts program. Starting with guitar and saxophone as a preteen, music has been the main focus in Dinah's life ever since. Lucky enough to grow up with two musician parents, Dinah has been exposed to all types of music, and could talk about music theory all day. Through things like the cadet program, Berklee online courses, various ensembles, local rock bands, private lessons, and of course practice, Dinah has continued to seek ways to learn about all things music, and hopes to further her education with a degree in composition. Dinah is an active volunteer in local music festivals, such as the Halifax Jazz Festival, and the East Coast Music Awards.

 

When Dinah isn't doing music related things, she is usually hanging out with her 3 cats and chinchilla, going for walks in the woods, or working as a forklift operator.

 

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

 

Collections: Michelangelo (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) action figures/memorabilia, as well as various nerdy posters and T-shirts.

 

Favourite bands/artists: NOFX, Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls, Laura Marling, Streetlight Manifesto, and Larry & His Flask

 

Favourite Movie: Dead Poet’s Society

 

Favourite colour: Green

 

Favourite composer:  John Williams.

 

Favourite Book: 1984

Erin Summers

Erin Summers

Piano (Beginner to Advanced) Ukulele & Guitar (Beginner) (Dartmouth Studio)

Studio General Manager 

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 Erin joined Andrea’s Music Studio in 2003 after graduating from Acadia University with her Bachelor of Music Degree.  She began playing the piano at age 9 and continued through university, where she also learned to play the guitar, ukulele, (and briefly) the trombone, cello and concert band percussion.  Erin played the clarinet in her school band from grades 6 to 12 and has experience as a vocal accompanist playing for students at Kiwanis and at church services in the community. 

Over the past 16 years Erin has been teaching piano, guitar and ukulele to students of all ages as well as group  “Music Makers” classes in both daycare and school settings for kids aged 18 months to 18 years.  She also manages the day to day activities of all 3 studio locations.  Erin has helped plan and run summer camps as well as many other studio music programs.  

In her spare time Erin loves to be creative, knitting, crocheting and crafting with her Cricut machine.   She loves to read, watch movies, travel, and go on long walks and driving adventures with her husband Matt and their dog Ruby.

Erin enjoys listening and playing many styles of music from Beethoven to Yiruma.  She loves sharing her music knowledge with her students and watching their growth and progress through the years. 

 

Hannah Mills

Hannah Mills

 Piano (Dartmouth Studio) 

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Hannah recently completed a Bachelor of Music at Dalhousie University, where she studied piano. She has worked as an accompanist, performer, and choir director around HRM, but her main interest is teaching. Some of her favourite musical memories include performing as a soloist with an orchestra and playing piano in the Dalhousie Jazz Ensemble.

 

Hannah is particularly interested in how our brains and bodies work together in order to learn an instrument, and finding effective ways to use that connection. Outside of her musical pursuits, Hannah has worked with children and youth for many years with the YMCA and, currently, in HRM public schools. She’s excited to join the team at Andrea’s Music Studio in Dartmouth and looks forward to meeting new students and their families. 

Favourite composers: Bach, Brahms, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Joanna Newsom

Hobbies: Biking (she recently biked around Nova Scotia solo), reading, running

Isabela Drozdowski

Isabela Drozdowski 

Beginner Piano (Dartmouth & Cole Harbour Studios) 

Isabela Nov 2019 resizedIsabela has been taking piano lessons for 10 years. This is her first year teaching beginner piano. Her most memorable teaching moment was seeing her first student do very well in a recital. 

 

Isabela is currently in grade 11 in high school. Her favourite subjects are math and science. 

 

Some of her favourite things to do are watching movies, playing piano, listening to music, going shopping, and spending time with her friends and family. Her favourite colour is pink and she loves pizza. 

 

She loves listening to all kinds of music. Some of her favourite artists are Sia and Lady Gaga. 

 

Quote: “Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher”- Oprah Winfrey

 

Favourite Colour: Purple 

 

Jessica Pearson

Jessica Pearson

Piano (All Levels) (Dartmouth and Sackville Studios)

Sackville Studio Director

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Jessica has been teaching piano at Andreas Music Studio for 10 years and is the Director of the Sackville Location. Jessica is originally from the Vancouver area in B.C. where she completed the musicianship program at Douglas University College in New Westminster. During High school and Post Secondary, Jessica was the pianist for her church, taught Music for Young Children and completed her Grade 8 Requirements with the Royal Conservatory. Jessica also completed the Elementary Music Teachers Specialist course with the Royal Conservatory in 2015. 

 

Jessica likes to do needle crafts, run, hang out with friends, talk to her nieces on Facetime and spend time with her partner Joe and their kitty Elmo. Her Favourite Composer is Debussy and she loves to listen to all kinds of music. 

 

When she isn’t teaching Jessica volunteers with the Cobequid foundation in Sackville. 

 

Most people down know that Jessica was born with an adult tooth and that she listens to Christmas music all year round. 

 

Judi Beagan

Judi Beagan

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

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 is more 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 & Voice (Beginner to Intermediate) (Cole Harbour Studio)  

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Kayla has been playing piano since she was 4 and shes been singing since she could talk. Kayla has gone through the royal conservatory program for piano up to grade 8. She started singing in choirs in grade 4 and playing saxophone in band, in grade 6, both in school and outside of school. She can play 9 instruments, some better than others. After graduating high school she was accepted into the NSCC Music Arts program as a vocal major. Kayla has been teaching since September 2018.

 

Kayla has always been a fan of Beethoven. Ella Fitzgerald is one of her favourite singers. Kayla has always been a fan of Disney and musical theatre. One of her favourite composers for Disney is Alan Menken.

 

Most people don’t know how much of a history nerd Kayla is. She loves Greek mythology and recently has started studying Norse mythology which she finds very interesting. Kayla loves collecting sea shells and has a collection of Funko Pop as well. Kayla loves watching superhero movies and reading comics. She enjoys making puzzles and her favourite food is lasagne! Reese’s pieces are her favourite sweet and she loves cheesecake.

 

Kayla loves her cat Zeus, (She named him Zeus because of her love for Greek mythology). He’s black with stripes and has a white belly and white paws.

 

Krystina Bowen

Krystina Bowen

 Piano & Voice (Online) 
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Krystina Bowen is the Director of Hammonds Plains Studio Location and has been a private music instructor in Voice and Piano for a total of 4 years. 

 

Her experience ranges from casual music activities such as participating in musicals, local competitions and open mic nights. Krystina graduated Mohawk College with an Advanced Diploma in Vocal Jazz. She went on to further her education at Acadia University, achieving a Bachelors degree in Music Therapy. Krystina is currently pursuing an internship in Music Therapy in order to become an Accredited Music Therapist. 

 

Her favourite classical composer is Debussy and her favourite vocalist is Peggy Lee. Something most people don’t know about Krystina is she loves to garden her small houseplants, collects teacups, and enjoys spring when she can break out her colourful clothes as soon as possible! 

 

Leon Tsorbatzoglou

Leon Tsorbatzoglou

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Mandolin & Drums (Dartmouth and Sackville Studios)

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 Leon was born in Greece where he started classical guitar and music theory lessons at an early age. As a teenager he started exploring the electric guitar and the drums and begun joining local bands. At the age of 20 Leon moved to Manchester UK to study music and rock/pop/jazz guitar at the University of Salford, where he earned a Bachelors in Music and a Masters in Composition. Leon taught guitar, bass, drums and band workshops in the UK for 12 years. He is the guitarist of the heavy metal band Crosswind, and he has 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/bass strings and is an Optima strings distributor in Canada, based in Halifax NS, from August 2018.

 

Apart from teaching Leon also offers guitar/bass/ukulele repairs and setups. 

 

Leon has been training in martial arts for around 15 years. He is a 6th dan black belt in Bujinkan (ninjutsu/samurai martial arts based in Japan), and has recently opened his own dojo offering beginners classes in downtown Halifax. 

 

Something most people don’t know about Leon is that he has a pet parrot called Num-num, a green-cheek conure that loves loud guitars, giving hi- fives and snacking on pine nuts! 

  

Martina Taylor

Martina Taylor 

Piano (Dartmouth Studio) 

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Martina received her Bachelor of Engineering from Memorial University of Newfoundland and moved to NS post graduation.  She has completed her grade 8 RCM piano requirements and taught piano lessons in Newfoundland.  She is a music lover and plays numerous instruments outside of the piano including the guitar and enjoys singing.   Her favourite part about teaching is seeingpeople love music as much as she does.  In her spare time Martina loves running, reading and travelling.  She has visited over 15 countries and hopes to cross more off of her list.  Martina also has a cat named Norton, named after one of her favourite composers. 
 
Favourite composers: Beethoven, Christopher Norton

Phineas Stewart

Phineas Stewart

Violin, Guitar, Voice and Piano (Dartmouth, Cole Harbour & Hammonds Plains Studios) 

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Phineas is a Halifax-based singer-songwriter, music teacher, and multi-instrumentalist. After working in Montreal for a year collaborating with a variety of musicians from DJ’s to string quartets, Phineas is excited to be back in Halifax dividing his time between teaching music and recording his debut album. 


In addition to music, Phineas loves reading, hiking, and acting.

 
 

Rosemary Holland

 

 Rosemary Holland

Beginner Piano (Hammonds Plains)

Hammonds Plains Studio Director

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 Rosemary grew up in BC. She started dancing at 3, musical theatre at 5, and piano at 6. Since then, she has loved the performing arts, and teaching. She moved to Halifax to attend University and has since earned a business administration diploma with honours in entrepreneursdhip, and a bachelors degree in Psychology with a double major in English and a concentration in Teatre.

Rosemary loves her dogs, knitting and cooking.
 
 
 
 
 

Steven Tautuajuk

Steven Tautuajuk

Guitar & Ukulele

Hammonds Plains 

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 Well versed in many styles from folk to jazz, Steven loves to learn new styles of music and is always excited to hear what students are passionate to play. He acheived his Bachelor of Arts in Popular Music from Perth UHI in the Unkited Kingdon in 2014 and has been performing/teaching for over a decade.

Steven is very easy to get along with and is great at setting the right pace for his lessons, making sure everyone is learning, challenged and most importantly, having fun. From your first time picking up and instrument to learning complex concepts, Steven is great at finding the enjoyment in making music.

 Steven also likes being outdoors, animals and making time for friends and family. 

Tiffinie Laing

Tiffinie Laing

Piano (Beginner to RCM 4) (Cole Harbour Studio)

Cole Harbour Studio Director

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 Tiffinie has been teaching at the Dartmouth Studio for over 20 years. She teaches piano to students of all ages, has taught the music makers program at local daycares, manages the billing department, and is part of the administrative team.

 Tiffinie has completed her grade 8 piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music and is a graduate of the Music Arts program at NSCC. Her favourite part of teaching is getting to know her students, watching their progression throughout the year, and having lots of fun along the way!

 Tiffinie is also a vocalist who loves to perform. She has recorded albums, performed at music festivals and corporate events, and toured the Atlantic provinces. In her spare time, Tiffinie enjoys live music, movies, and crafting. 

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