Our Team

Our Team










Allie Wright  

Piano Teacher

8 Myrtle Street

Allie has been playing the piano since she was 7 years old. She took piano lessons at Andrea's Music Studio Dartmouth location from 2009-2018. Allie is currently attending Saint Mary's University for a bachelor of science. Some of her favourite musicians and bands include Billie Joel, ABBA, and Queen and she is a huge fan of Disney songs too. Allie enjoys watching some of her favourite Disney movies such as 'Marry Poppins', 'Mary Poppins Returns', and 'Into the Woods' as well as some animated classics such as 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' and 'The Rescuers'. Allie lives happily with her family surrounded by music and her two cats, Max and Jack.











Andrea Smith 

Owner & Director of Hammonds Plains Location


Andrea is the owner of Andrea's Music Studio.  The music school began its early years with Andrea and her mother and grew from 1 Dartmouth location in 1994 to 4 locations in HRM with a good sense of community and music education team support.

Andrea 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 adults.

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. "Prelude for Kids" has also expandedd to include a beginner introduction for the young Ukulele student. In addition, much care is taken to ensure quality and fun is present in all lessons: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Ukulele, Drums, Mandolin and Violin. Keeping lessons age appropriate (young, teen, and adult), educational and fun!

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
















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Elizabeth Humphries

Teacher &  Location Director for Downtown Dartmouth Location

Voice & Piano 

8 Myrtle Street

A Nova Scotia girl born and raise, 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, B.C. Her passion for performing stems from a childhood filled with the magic of 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. Her favourite genre of music is hard rock and alternative. She enjoys yoga, cooking, traveling and road trip adventures. Something most people don't know about Elizabeth is that she has lived in 7 Canadian provinces.






















Dinah Lasaga-Harnish 

Teacher

Guitar, Ukulele, Beginner Piano, Drum

1081 Cole Harbour Rd.

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. She has 3 cats; AJ Enya and Joey and Hobbes the chinchilla. Dinah Collects Michelangelo action figures/memorabilia. Her favourite movie is 'The Dead Poets Society' and her favourite book is 1984. Some of Dinah's favourite artists, bands and composers are NOFX, Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls, Laura Marling, Streetlight Manifesto, and Larry and His Flask and John Williams.










Gabriel O'Brien 

Teacher

Piano, Ukulele, Guitar, Drum

8 Myrtle St. 

Gabriel O’Brien is an undergraduate student at the University of King’s College, studying organ and composition. He is currently the organ scholar at King’s and at the Cathedral Church of All Saints in Halifax. Gabriel is the Assistant Artistic Director of Capella Regalis Men and Boys Choir, where he directs the junior choir. He has toured the maritimes and has performed at the Music and Beyond Festival in Ottawa with Aureas Voces Early Music Ensemble, and has sung with other choral groups, including the University of King’s College Chapel Choir, and the Galileo Baroque Choir.

Gabriel began playing piano and singing at the age of eight, and later added guitar and other string instruments to his repertoire. His favourite composer is J. S. Bach, and enjoys performing Bach’s compositions weekly. In addition to classical music, Gabriel loves to sing and play folk music with friends.



 



















Jessica Pearson 

Teacher & Location Director for Sackville Location

Piano & Beginner Ukulele

622 Sackville Drive

8 Myrtle Street

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 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 

Voice, Piano, Guitar, Ukulele

Teacher

8 Myrtle Street

2041 Hammonds Plains Road

622 Sackville Drive

Judi 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 

Teacher

Piano & Voice

1081 Cole Harbour Road

Kayla has been playing piano since she was 4 and she's 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.











Kayleigh James 

Teahcer

Piano 

622 Sackville Drive

Kayleigh is an experienced musician and piano teacher. She achieved her RCM level nine in classical piano studies, in addition to developing her skills in a variety of other genres. She has a strong background in music theory, and has experience performing as both a soloist and in band settings.

Her favourite part of teaching music is helping students achieve their goals and develop skills they can be excited about. Kayleigh works hard to ensure lessons are fun and engaging, and she helps her students develop personalized practice routines that are manageable and effective.






















Laura Gallant 

Teacher

Voice & Piano

8 Myrtle Street 
Laura started playing music when she first heard Lauren Hill singing with the Fugees on cassette, at her home, when she was 5 years old. Brought up by musical siblings and parents, she took on piano lessons first, eventually leaning into her love for the guitar in her early teens. This instrument was the perfect tool for her love of composition, supporting her main instrument, the voice. During school, Laura explored the trumpet and saxophone, and took part in school musicals as well as summer musical theatre programs.

After High school, Laura explored recording classes alongside her Environmental Science degree, and finally enrolled in the NSCC Music Arts program where she really got to dig into musical theory and performance art on piano, guitar and voice.

You can find Laura performing with different local projects "Superfluid" and "Lazeez", as well as solo performances under her own name or other collaborations that come her way.

When she's not making music, you can find Laura running around the woods, climbing trees, drawing pictures, cooking delicious food and trying to meet local cats, dogs, birds, racoons, squirrels and pretty much any/all animals.










Leon Tsorbatzoglou 

Teacher

Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin, Drums.

8 Myrtle Street

622 Sackville Drive

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! 














 







Nicole Keeping 

Teacher

Piano & Voice

2041 Hammonds Plains Road

Nicole Keeping is a lyric soprano graduate from Dalhousie and the University of King’s College’s Bachelor of Music program, majoring in Voice Performance. Nicole’s been performing since she was in kindergarten, starting with her dad George and eventually entering the Rotary Music Festivals in her hometown of Corner Brook, Newfoundland. The genres Nicole is most passionate about are classical, opera, folk, jazz, contemporary, and musical theatre.

At Dalhousie, Nicole has been in the Dal Jazz Ensemble playing trombone in 2018, played Dido in the 2020 production of “Dido and Aeneas” by Henry Purcell, played Rosalinda in the 2021 production of “Revenge of the Bat” by Johann Strauss II, and won the Djokic Prize at Concerto Night 2021. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys snuggling her cat Martin, walking through the Africville Lookoff Park, and watching Steven Universe. 

Favourite Movies – Labyrinth, the Goodbye Girl, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Jojo Rabbit

Favourite Artists – David Bowie, Cat Stevens, and Lizzo

Favourite Books – The Green Mile by Steven King, Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck, and For One More Day by Mitch Albom




 






Phineas Stewart 

Teahcer

Piano, Voice, Guitar, Violin

8 Myrtle Street

2041 Hammonds Plains Road

1081 Cole Harbour Road

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.




 
 









 




Steven Tautuajuk 

Teacher

Guitar & Ukulele

2041 Hammonds Plains Road

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 achieved his Bachelor of Arts in Popular Music from Perth UHI in the United Kingdom 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 

Teacher & Location Director for Cole Harbour

Piano


1081 Cole Harbour Road

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.