Our piano instructors

Lori-Oussoren-piano-teacher-high-park-215x300Lori is a dedicated piano teacher with 20 years of experience. She received her Honours ARCT in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music. There she studied under James Anagnoson and Leslie Kinton of the Anagnoson and Kinton piano duo. She won first prize consecutively in the Kiwanis and Peel Music Festivals and has competed at the provincial level. She was a recipient of the Frederick Harris Music scholarship and the Yamaha Piano Award.

Lori received her Bachelor of Music Therapy from Capilano University in 2008, and has enjoyed exploring the creative uses of music with her music therapy clients and music students through composition, improvisation, and songwriting. She offers adapted piano lessons for students with special needs.

Lori has taught in schools, community centres, and at several music studios, including the Yamaha Piano School and the Ottawa Conservatory. Lori has nurtured and guided hundreds of piano students on their musical journeys, from beginners to advanced piano students. She has successfully prepared dozens of piano students for RCM exams and music festivals and her students have been accepted into university music programs.

Some of Loris more recent music activities include performing in a Halloween Monster Piano Concert at Massey Hall which featured ten grand pianos being played at the same time, and composing a group of short pieces for piano study.

Lori is a member of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association.

Nadia Kane loves working with children, teens, and adults. Her lessons focus on delivering a holistic learning experience that fosters independence and encourages expressive performance. She uses both classical and contemporary materials in her lessons in order to encourage technical playing and exposure to diverse forms of music. She enjoys helping students to build their own songs using the tools learned in their lessons and practice sessions. Students under the tutelage of Nadia who choose to study for credit have regularly achieved marks above the national average, and have won prizes for their performances at competitions.

Nadia has over two decades of experience teaching piano lessons and theory classes. During this time, she owned and operated a private music studio in Orangeville, Ontario, as well as teaching at several music schools in the area.

Nadia has completed her Grade 10 RCM Piano. She began her music theory education with Paul Neumann and won a scholarship to attend advanced theory classes at the Royal Conservatory of Music with renowned composer Larysa Kuzmenko. Nadia has performed and competed at the ARCT level and is currently studying towards the Royal Conservatory of Music ARCT in Piano Pedagogy.

Nadia believes that music should be fun and interesting. Her lessons drive students to seek out their own style and develop an interest that will last them into their later years.

Emily Wood is a piano teacher with a love of teaching and sharing her passion for music with her students. She has been teaching private lessons for many years to all ages and levels from absolute beginners to advanced. A recent graduate of McGills Schulich School of Music, she holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance with a Minor in music education. In Montreal, she used to play at the Upstairs Jazz Bar, and in 2014 played at the Montreal International Jazz Festival. Emily is versatile, able to teach many genres and techniques including classical, jazz, folk, popular, as well as accompaniment, harmony, composition and ear training. As a piano teacher, Emily is sensitive to the unique character of each student. She is dedicated to the success and personal growth of all her students through the use of constructive feedback and encouragement. She also strongly believes that music lessons should be a fun experience for the student!

Sarah is a pianist, vocalist, composer, and visual artist who aims to connect with others through music and art. Based in Toronto, she is a recent graduate of Humber College’s Bachelor of Music Program for keyboard. In her final year, her studies were focused in voice and composition. Sarah performs and composes in a variety of styles, including jazz, folk, and pop/rock. She acts as bandleader for her own folk/jazz group, collaborates in guitar/voice duo Mark & Sarah, and performs as a sideman for various other ensembles.

As a teacher, she believes her most important goal is to help her students find and develop an emotional connection with music and an appreciation for the art form. With this goal in mind, her lessons are tailored to each individual’s learning style and interests. Her well-rounded approach focuses on the development of fundamental musical skills, such as theory and ear training, combined with improvisation and composition exercises. Her caring, supportive approach is suited to students ranging broadly in age and musical ability.

Olivia began studying and performing piano at the age of three. In her youth, she studied Suzuki methods in Quebec under Heather Roberton. She began advanced studies through The Royal Conservatory of Music under Paul Neumann and Dennis Hahn. Olivia has been teaching piano for eight years and is now working toward her ARCT in piano pedagogy. Using her experiences with Suzuki and Royal Conservatory methods, she combines methods to ensure variety and adaptability in her teaching approach. Olivia is a passionate musician and teacher, dedicated to introducing and intriguing youth and new musicians to the piano in an academic environment.

Irina Medvedeva is a classically trained operatic soprano and music educator in voice and piano. Irina holds a bachelor of music in performance from Western University and is currently completing her Artist Diploma at the Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School.

Irina has taught voice and piano in London and Toronto to children and adults in various styles of singing and piano.

Ms. Medvedeva’s past operatic roles include Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, La Fée in Viardot’s Cendrillon, Morgana in Handel’s Alcina, La Fée in Massenet’s Cendrillon , Le Feu and Le Rossignol in Ravel’s L'enfant et les Sortilèges, Florestine in Milhaud’s La Mere Coupable. Her voice is described as being a “flexible, supple, yet powerful soprano” (The Globe and Mail, 2016) and has been praised for having “a large voice with an astonishing range” (Opera Canada).

Ms. Medvedeva has also performed contemporary Canadian works with Tapestry Opera’s Songbook VII, as well as ensemble and chamber works in Italy and Canada. Ms. Medvedeva was the winner of the Rose Bowl and Caddo Cup award at the Lakehead Music Festival.

Alison studied voice under Gloria Jean Nagy in Ottawa and holds a degree in Theatre Performance from the University of Toronto. She is also a graduate of the Second City Conservatory. She has been a singer, actor and comedian for ten years, and has performed in musical and theatre productions internationally. She also currently teaches voice and piano privately, and teaches the Singing for Improvisers course at the Second City Training Centre.

Alison specializes in providing a fun, balanced approach to musical training. She encourages her students to find joy in their vocal freedom and artistry, and to look for expression and emotional resonance through the voice, while maintaining a focus on the development of technical skills.