OUR TEACHERS

What makes our Lesson Program stand out is its exceptional teachers. Our teachers are engaging and make lessons fun. They approach lessons from many different angles in order for each student to be taught in the manner that suits them best. Take a look at their bios and get to know them a little better. Let us help you find the teacher that suits you best.

 


CHRIS O'HEIR

Lessons: Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Summer Rock Band Camp Counsellor

A graduate of York University's music program in Jazz Performance Chris has also completed a Bachelor of Education from O.I.S.E. at the University of Toronto. As an educator Chris has taught music to people of all ages across the GTA with several school boards and music schools. He has helped a number of his students gain acceptance to arts high schools and university music programs..

Chris has played in a number of bands, has toured across Canada and has had his music featured in film, dance and theatre festivals.

Chris is a natural teacher. He is amazing at connecting with students and figuring out what they need in order to be successful at learning music. His goal is to give his students, regardless of age or playing ability, the skills to be the best musician they can be.

FRANK METE

Lessons: Drums

Frank may very well be the teacher who has taught at The Arts Music Store the longest. He has taught thousands of students the magic that is percussion.

With 34 years of experience as a drummer, he prides himself on mastering the drums - not only playing, but reading and writing what he plays. He is involved with a couple of different bands at a semi professional level and has recorded at the professional level. Frank continues to cultivate his talent as a drummer with the belief that we can continually learn..

His teaching philosophy is based around playing drums musically rather than hitting, speed and showmanship. He teaches his students to expand and become "Out of the Box" drummers with their own style..

Frank is an extremely kind, calm person who is greatly respected by both his students and his peers.

LYNNE FAIBISH

Lessons: Piano and Vocal

Lynne comes from a musical family - her brother Paul teaches drums at The Arts Music Store. She started playing piano when she was 7 and started formally developing her beautiful voice when she was 15.

Teaching both vocal and piano for over 8 years, Lynne's students range in age from 3 to 70. She has supported and encouraged them as many of them took part in exams and recitals as well as competing and winning in several music competitions.

A graduate of the Introduction to Theatre program at George Brown College and from the Musical Theatre Program at St. Lawrence College, Lynne has been involved in several community theatre companies in the area.

Lynne's warm, engaging teaching style allows her students to immediately relax. They arrive every week excited to show her how much they've progressed. Regardless of their age or skill level, she finds it incredibly rewarding to see her students accomplish whatever challenge they've been working on.

Lynne loves to teach and it shows in every lesson she teaches.

 


LAURA WILSON

Lessons: Piano, Vocal, Flute, Songwriting, Camp Director Summer Rock Band Camp

Multi disciplined, multi talented, Laura is an integral part of the lesson program at The Arts Music Store. As Camp Director of the very popular Summer Rock Band Camp, Laura creates an unforgettable experience for all the kids that attend.

Laura studied Vocal Jazz Performance at Humber College followed by two years of study with prominent jazz pianist Andrew Boniwell. Prior to her time at Humber Laura achieved her Grade 9 piano, Grade 8 Voice and Grade 6 Flute through the Royal Conservatory of Music Program. As a vocalist/keyboardist Laura regularly performs with her band Fibralou, a neo-soul jazz band.

Many of Laura's students have been accepted to music programs at various post-secondary institutions including York University, Metalworks Institute and Berklee College of Music. Several of her students have received First Class Honors in their Royal Conservatory exams.

Regardless of the age or level of the student, she includes technique, theory, composition and performance in her lessons. She encourages them to explore the style of music they most connect with. Laura is a teacher who students want to work hard for.

MANY DEGRANDIS

Lessons: Bass, Guitar and Adult JAM Class

Fluent in nearly every style of music from country to jazz, Manny is a highly respected musician and teacher. A graduate of Humber College music program, he has taught hundreds of students over the past 25 years, many of whom have continued music at the college and university level. His teaching involves focusing on the fundamentals - reading, rhythms, tone and theory. He believes that with a solid foundation learning music is both easy and fun.

Manny is the coach of the Adult JAM Class, making everyone feel comfortable and encouraging them to bring out the best in themselves.

Fun fact about Manny? "I love what I do."

 

MICHAEL THORNE

Lessons: Drums

Mike started taking drum lessons at the young age of 6 and has never looked back. Anything that is beyond his ability is his next venture.

He has a very successful career as a professional drummer and has played with such well know acts as SAGA, John Baldry, Roy Young and YES. He is also a vocalist and shoots and edits video professionally.

With a very loyal following of students, Mike has seen many of them go off to pursue music at the post secondary level. He has had several students develop successful musical careers.

Mike believes the most direct path to rhythmic knowledge is through physical understanding. He is a highly respected teacher with a wealth of knowledge and experience.

A little known fact about Mike is his ability to hum and whistle at the same time.


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