Barrhaven Music Academy
Barrhaven Music Academy
2900 Woodroffe Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario, K2J 4G3
Nadia Zaid is a dedicated musician and teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Vocal & Piano Performance from Carleton University (2006), a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Ottawa (2008) and an ARCT Teacher's Diploma from The Royal Conservatory of Music (2010). The Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto (ARCT) diploma for performers and teachers is the highest academic standing awarded by RCM, making it an internationally known and respected teaching accreditation. The ARCT is extremely challenging to achieve, requiring dedication and polished playing skills, as well as the completion of all advanced grades (8, 9 and 10) and advanced theoretical and historical examinations, including rudiments, counterpoint, analysis and harmony. Nadia has studied under acclaimed teachers Naomi Watson-Laird, world-renowned Canadian composer and RCM examiner Maya Badian, and the incredibly skilled jazz pianist, trombonist and educator Mark Ferguson who has played on stage with Ella Fitzgerald, Sonny Rollins, Aretha Franklin and many more big name artists.
Nadia specializes in teaching RCM grades 1 to 10 piano and contemporary voice. Over the years, she has taken dozens of her complete beginner piano students up to advanced piano levels, including several of both past and present piano teachers at BMA. Since the year 2002, Nadia has put over 500 students through RCM piano and theory examinations ranging from grades 1 to 10, most of them achieving First Class Honours and several achieving First Class Honours With Distinction. For students who do not wish to pursue exams, Nadia is happy to teach them current radio hits, music from movies, Jazz/Blues improvisation and even tunes from their favourite video games! Nadia is also extremely passionate about percussion and plays various percussion instruments including The Darabuka and The Cajon.
Nadia’s tasks at BMA include recruiting, finding substitute teachers and filling shifts when teachers are absent, training new piano teachers, event bookings and organization, creating promotional banners and concert programs, running staff payroll, calculating and inputting monthly client charges, updating the social media pages and keeping on top of daily communications with staff and clients. She also teaches Monday to Thursday. If you would like to discuss a private matter with Nadia regarding student progress or other matters associated with your experience at BMA , please feel free to email her at “[email protected]” Communication and feedback is always appreciated!
Trinity Armstrong, Piano, French Horn & Theory
Trinity Armstrong has been playing and performing piano for 11 years and counting. Throughout her musical studies, Trinity has studied piano at countless renowned music academies in China, Germany, British Columbia, and here in Ottawa. These experiences have expanded her musical perspective, exposing her to many unique styles of music and professional musicians. She encourages her students to embrace new ideas and to be passionate about their music.
Trinity shares her passion for music by performing in both solo and collaborative recitals and competitions. Under the tutelage of Nadia, she has learned a variety of vocal techniques as well as completed the Level 9 Piano and Level 8 Theory with The Royal Conservatory of Music. She is now studying under acclaimed teacher and performer Ruby Jin, to complete her Level 10 Piano and ARCT.
Trinity is a well-rounded musician, along with piano, she loves singing, and plays a variety of instruments, particularly the French Horn, Clarinet, and Trumpet. She is the French Horn section leader of the senior brass & reed band, the pianist of the flute & piano trio, and the pianist of the Jazz band in the 75 & 742 Air Cadets Squadron Band Programs, the largest in Canada, encompassing 80+ Cadet Musicians. Trinity was recently promoted to the Assistant Drum Major of the 75 & 742 cadets band programs which is second in command of the entire 80+ piece band. During the Eastern Region Festival, her senior band placed 1st in the entire region and the trio placed 1st in the small ensembles section with a 99% overall placement, which is the highest mark ever received at this competition.
Trinity’s lessons will be a positive experience, encompassing all aspects of learning to play the piano by closely following the BMA piano program. Her beginner lessons will be structured with finger exercises, rhythm drills, note-reading exercises and working from various method books including The ABC of Piano Playing, Alfred’s Basic Piano Library as a segue into the RCM program books, beginner to Level 8.
Sophia Foglia, Piano & Theory
Sophia began her journey in piano at the age of seven. Through her years of playing piano, she has developed a thorough understanding of musicality. Joining BMA at the age of eleven, she began her study with the Royal Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Nadia. Since then, she has achieved First Class Honours with Distinction in Advanced Theory Rudiments (Level 8 Theory) and First Class Honours in Level 8 Royal Conservatory of Music Piano Examinations. She also took several years of vocal lessons performing both piano and vocals at several venues including The Heart and Crown and various theaters. She is currently studying Humanities and Journalism at Carleton University and enjoys teaching piano part-time during her studies. Sophia is fluently bilingual and offers lessons in both English and French.
Sophia's goal is to help her students learn, explore and appreciate the study of piano without it feeling like a daunting task. Her lessons closely follow the BMA piano program and are structured with finger exercises, rhythm drills, note-reading exercises and working from various method books including The ABC of Piano Playing, Alfred’s Basic Piano Library as a segue into the RCM program books. She is happy to supplement the lessons with level appropriate sheet music from film, video games and modern pop selections. Sophia's friendly and caring personality will inspire students to enjoy learning and playing the piano as much as she loves to teach it!
Rhea has been studying and playing piano for over 13 years. Under Nadia's tutelage, she has completed Level 8 Piano and the Advanced Theory Rudiments (Level 8) with The Royal Conservatory of Music. She's currently working towards her Level 9 Piano while studying an Honours Degree at Carleton University in Humanities, with the goal of becoming a high school English and History teacher. Rhea is passionate about music and helping people, which makes her an excellent personality to nurture and foster the growth and learning of her students. Her lessons are structured with finger exercises, rhythm drills, scales/triads and using various method books including the RCM series so her students are guaranteed to progress while developing a strong foundation of the basics. Finally, Rhea also enjoys singing and playing the Ukulele and coaches/plays competitive Ringette and Field Hockey.
Evan Davis, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Ukulele & Band Coach
Evan’s goal is to inspire the next generation of musicians, and share the love and passion he has for music. His dedication to music has lead him to pursue a Bachelor of Music Honours Degree at Carleton University where he has gained experience tutoring students in both performance and theory. He is currently the Bass player and back-up singer in the local band CeVILAIN and regularly gets hired to play at grad recitals and final performances for graduates.Evan is very friendly and has a passion for introducing music to young aspiring musicians and inspire them to continue learning everyday. Evan has a diverse personality and has the ability to quickly adapt to any age of student he’s working with. He is comfortable teaching students off all ages and he strives to include important theoretical concepts in his lessons to ensure a thorough understanding of the material being taught.
Deborah Dawit, Piano & Theory
Deborah has been studying piano since the young age of 5. Over a decade of study led her to achieve several RCM Piano Examinations including Advanced Theory Rudiments as well as Level’s 1 through 8 in Piano under Nadia’s tutelage. She put her RCM studies on hold for a few years to focus on chording and creating her own accompaniments while she sings, blues improvisation and studies of popular top 40 hits. Deborah is currently studying for her Level 9 RCM Piano Examination and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Economics with a Minor in Music at Carleton University. During her own time, she is the church pianist for Youth Group at Woodvale Pentecostal.
Deborah’s lessons closely follow the BMA piano program and are structured with finger exercises, rhythm drills, note-reading exercises and working from various method books including The ABC of Piano Playing, Alfred’s Basic Piano Library as a segue into the RCM program books. Deborah’s funny and caring personality will ensure that students find her lessons to be a positive and constructive experience.
Having performed and composed in Europe, Asia, and North America - in several different musical settings - Matt offers a broad range of musical knowledge. While enthusiastically guiding students toward their musical goals, he also shares valuable and practical insight from his many years of experience as a professional performer, composer, and instructor. He actively encourages students to pursue their passions, to create without boundaries, and to share their art with the world.
Matt has performed alongside many world-class musicians including Oliver Jones, the Chinese Central Conservatory Orchestra, the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra, the Sean Poluk Blues Band, and David Marino (of La Voix fame). A sample of noteworthy audiences would include Michaëlle Jean, Peter Buffet, Werner Wnendt, the NAC, and the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival. As a composer, Matt has written for numerous ensembles - having recently collaborated with composer James Wright, Rob Kapilow ("What Makes It Great?®"), ACES (Barrhaven), and the multi Juno award winning Gryphon Trio.
He holds a Master of Arts in Music & Culture (Carleton), an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Performance (Laurentian), and has studied Chinese traditional and modern musics in Beijing (Central Conservatory of Music). He will be pursuing a PhD in Theory & Composition.
Clarissa began taking voice lessons at the age of 6. She studied for over 10 years, competing in Kiwanis and Rotary festivals, and eventually achieving her Grade 2 Theory Rudiments and her Grade 9 Voice with the Royal Conservatory of Music. She is also a songwriter — most recently she earned a spot as a Youth Discovery in the 2017 Summerfolk Festival. She loves being onstage and she’s eager to encourage that same enthusiasm in her students.
Clarissa is well versed in traditional/folk music and is an avid fan of broadway show tunes, but she’s happy to teach students songs from a variety of genres and sources. She can coach students to perform with an accompanist, or to accompany themselves with basic guitar or piano.
Clarissa believes in the power of music to help children communicate their feelings and develop confidence. In her work as a nanny and childcare provider she regularly uses music to calm, teach, and entertain young children. Her lessons instill the basic techniques crucial for developing young singers, while also encouraging creativity and self-expression. As a teacher she hopes to help her students learn new skills, have fun, and find their own unique voice.
Born and raised in Ottawa, musician and teacher Joel Lefebvre has been learning, sharing and creating music since childhood. He has studied and mastered the guitar, vocals and drums, helping him become a well-rounded and immensely knowledgeable musician. In 2014, Joel graduated from Algonquin College's Music Industry Arts program. Along with producing multi-track recordings in a professional studio environment, this two-year Ontario College diploma focused on how to read, write and arrange music with an understanding of rhythm, intervals, chording and lead sheets.
Performing is also a passion for Joel, who has worked with countless bands and groups over the years. This experience has helped him develop strong stage presence and showmanship skills that are essential to being a successful live act. Currently, Joel is the frontman of the Ottawa-based hard rock band Crossing Jane. The group has already celebrated a number of career-defining highlights, including a final round appearance at Live 88.5's Big Money Shot and having their single 'Destitution' aired on Ottawa radio station 106.9 The Bear. Crossing Jane just released their debut Album, "The Void", which can be purchases on iTunes. When he's not busy performing with Crossing Jane, Joel also lends his guitar skills to another local band, Eyes Over Sea.
As part of the BMA team, Joel enjoys working with musicians of all ages, styles and levels. Under his guidance, he strives to help his students achieve, and even surpass, their musical goals.
Grace Kim, Piano & Theory
Grace was born in South Korea where she first began to pursue piano at the age of four. Grace continued to play despite immigrating to New Brunswick in 2009 before moving to Ottawa in 2013. She joined BMA at the age of eleven and began the Royal Conservatory Music training at the age of twelve under the tutelage of Nadia. Since then, Grace has achieved Level 8 Piano with First Class Honours, Level 9 Piano with Honours and the Advanced Theory Rudiments all with The Royal Conservatory of Music.
Grace’s latest achievement is the successful completion of the RCM Level 10 Piano Examination, under the tutelage of Nadia, and scored in the required percentile required to be an ARCT candidate! Grace is now pursuing studies in guitar and violin to expand her skill set and musicianship overall.
Grace’s lessons closely follow the BMA piano program and are structured with finger exercises, rhythm drills, note-reading exercises and working from various method books including The ABC of Piano Playing, Alfred’s Basic Piano Library as a segue into the RCM program books. She’s also a versatile musician who has a strong ability to play by ear, and will be happy to teach songs from movies, video games and current top radio hits for those students who are not quite ready or motivated for the examination program. Grace teaches permanently on Saturday’s and substitute teaches throughout the week. Grace is fluent in Korean and would be happy to teach in Korean for anyone looking for this service!
Mindy Maier brings her musical talents and friendly teaching style all the way from Vancouver, British Columbia. A graduate from Carleton University's Bachelor of Arts, Major in Music program (2006), Mindy has completed practical examinations 1 through 9 with the Royal Conservatory of Music, along with various advanced theories, harmony and counterpoint examinations.
During her years of study, Mindy has had a strong presence in several music competitions in her native BC, sharpening her performance skills in front of audiences large and small. Her most notable achievements include winning two silver awards and one bronze award at the BC Lower Mainland Festival and Competition at the St Thomas More Collegiate in Burnaby.
In addition to Mindy's background in piano, she has six years of experience playing the flute and four years of experience playing violin, making her an exceptionally well-rounded and knowledgeable musician and performer. Mindy has a friendly, outgoing personality, making her popular with students of all ages and abilities. She teaches beginner to advanced piano, and loves helping her students reach their RCM goals!
Jenna has always had a passion for music ever since she was a small child, frequently performing for family and friends. She started her journey in music lessons at the age of 9, under the guitar tutelage of Brandon Mooney and later Matt Devost. During her studies, she experimented with a variety of musical styles in acoustic guitar including alternative, blues, country and pop music. Furthermore, Jenna participated in the BMA band program as lead guitarist and singer for several years.
To further expand her musical knowledge and skills, and to support herself as a vocal coach and singer, Jenna is currently working towards the Level 3 Piano Examination with the Royal Conservatory of Music, studying with BMA piano teacher Rhea Chopra. She also finds much joy in writing and composing her own tunes.
Along with Jenna’s studies in Guitar and Piano, Jenna’s primary instrument is her voice and she is currently completing the Vocal Music Program in her senior year at Canterbury High School. While studying at Canterbury, Jenna has continued to explore and develop various musical styles such as classical, folk, jazz and choral music with a balance of music history and theory. Her training includes learning repertoire and vocal technical skills equivalent to that of Levels 7/8 of the Royal Conservatory of Music Voice Examinations. She has learned to properly enunciate in several languages including Italian, French and German. Under the vocal coaching of Lauren Richardson, Jenna has competed in various Kiwanis Music Festivals in the the Classical, Canadian and Musical Theatre Categories and in a Winter Vocal Showcase.
Jenna is an ideal vocal coach, as she’s friendly, diverse, skilled and eager to accompany her students on piano, ukulele and guitar. She has volunteered time as a musician in the community in recent years as she was a guitar accompanist in the Barrhaven Neighborhood Arts’ Performances for improv neighbourhood stories. In addition, as an itinerant volunteer, she gave very popular group Ukulele lessons for children from JK - grade 8 in the OCSB’s International Languages Summer Program.Jenna would be happy to teach almost every style of music but her favourites include Rex Orange County, Amy Winehouse, Daniel Caesar and a variety of Musical Theatre selections. Her vocal lessons will closely follow the BMA vocal program and consist of breathing exercises, various warm ups to build projection, accurate pitch and full tone while working on a variety of repertoire using backing tracks as well as her live accompaniment.
Rebecca Mellon - Piano & Theory
Rebecca has been studying piano since the age of 7. Under Nadia’s tutelage over these years, she has completed several examinations in piano with The Royal Conservatory of Music including Levels 1 to 8 in piano, as well as Levels 7 and 8 Theory, maintaining a status of First-Class Honours in all examinations, and is currently working towards the Level 9 Theories and History and Level 9 Piano.
Rebecca is extremely passionate about music and piano and has taught herself to play many songs on the piano by ear including some from her favourite artists Billy Eilish and Queen! Rebecca has also performed with several BMA student bands over the years as a keyboardist and guitarist. Although piano is Rebecca’s main instrument, where she possesses much artistic and technical skill, she has taught herself how to play guitar, ukulele and some cello by ear. Furthermore, Rebecca has been an accompanist for both the BMA Junior and Primary Choirs at past BMA concerts, and is always willing to play as an accompanist for vocal students when needed.
Rebecca’s lessons will closely follow the BMA piano program and are structured with finger exercises, rhythm drills, note-reading exercises and working from various method books including The ABC of Piano Playing and Alfred’s Basic Piano Library as a segue into the RCM program books. Her lessons will also consist of studying more familiar songs (including classics and pop) that are age and skill appropriate for her students. Her kind and gentle personality, along with her passion for music and the arts in general, will ensure that students find her lessons to be positive, constructive and inspiring.
Currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Music Honours program at Carleton University, Joel is a very passionate drummer who has been playing and performing for over a decade. As a child, Joel always had an affinity with rhythms and has been learning and playing the drum set since the age of four.
His passion for music started in church, as he used to be fascinated watching all the musicians play during service. Joel eventually built up his own skills, enough to join the music team at age 10 and has helped out with playing at different churches and many events ever since. Realizing that learning everything by ear won’t take him far enough, he began studying with Carleton University alumni, Jamie Holmes, so that he could focus on reading notation, technique and improve his overall musicality.
Joel has had the opportunity of playing at many concerts. At the age of 17, he played at two large live recordings and has played at conventions and conferences around Canada. In his senior year of high school, Joel was heavily involved in his school band and played a variety of different styles with his students and teachers such as: Jazz, Funk, Reggae, Blues, Rock and more.
Joel has always had an interest in teaching and through the experience he had as a child learning music he realizes that a passionate teacher can make an impact on young children in a significant way. Joel loves seeing growth in himself and in others musically and his goal is to be a mentor and a positive influence for aspiring young musicians. His lessons will consist of reading rhythmic notation, playing a variety of beats by ear, learning how to solo and how to play with proper technique.
Andrew discovered his passion for music at the young age of 9 after being given a drumming practice pad for Christmas. After endless hours mastering rudiments and different percussion techniques, he decided it was time to dive head-first into playing music. Two years later he picked up the guitar has has not stopped playing since. Andrew has developed solid skills in a number of instruments - bass, drums, guitar, and voice - to become the versatile musician he is today.
Andrew's performance resume is nothing short of impressive. He's played in a variety of bands - Waking Suburbia, Flight To Midian, The Ecstatic and Crossing Jane - as a guitarist, bassist, vocalist and drummer. Andrew's performed at much sought-out Ottawa venues such as The Rainbow Bistro, Zaphod's, The John St. Pub and House of Targ, to name a few, and has had the honour to share the stage with members of Our Lady Peace, I Mother Earth and Three Days Grace.
He was only 16 years old when he released his band's first EP album, and his love for recording, mixing and producing led him to build his own studio, which he owns and operates out of his home. His producing and engineering mixes have received regular rotation airtime on radio stations 106.9 The Bear, Live 88.5, Rebel 101.7 and local college stations.
Andrew is an honours graduate of the highly acclaimed Music Industry Arts (MIA) program at Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario. During his studies, his creativity and hard work were recognized with the prestigious "Best Production" award, the only prize given out of the program's 75-member faculty. Andrew's education in sound engineering and the arts have only further advanced his music career as a multi-instrumentalist, teacher, performer and producer.
Students learning from Andrew will discover his passion for music is contagious. They will learn to develop their own appreciation and love for reading, writing and performing songs of all genres and styles. Andrew's lessons bring a heavy emphasis on developing a strong sense of rhythm - arguably the most important building block to becoming a confident and proficient musician - regardless of discipline!
Somya Prashar, Piano & Theory
Somya has been studying the piano since age 7. Under Nadia’s tutelage over the years, she has completed a variety of piano examinations with The Royal Conservatory of Music, including Level 8 Piano and Theory, and has played a plethora of styles up to date. She is currently working towards the completion of Level 9 Piano and Level 9 Theory and History. Somya is kind, practical, hard-working, detailed and precise. She has a strong understanding of the staff and is a very strong sight-reader and rhythmic player. Up to date, Somya has a significant amount of experience working with children most notably working as a part-time Math Tutor for Kumon. Her piano lessons closely follow the BMA program and are structured with finger exercises, rhythm drills, note-reading exercises and working from various method books including The ABC of Piano Playing and Alfred’s Basic Piano Library, as a segue into the RCM program books or other types of musical styles students may be interested in learning.
Jordan Robinson, Guitar, Drums, Vocal and Band Coach
Jordan has completed his Bachelor of Arts Degree at Carleton University, in the studies of History and Music. He will be studying at the University of Ottawa for the following two years in the Bachelor of Education program, with the long term goal of becoming a high school teacher.
Jordan is an advanced level guitarist and percussionist, and recently worked on a part-time volunteer basis at his former high school, teaching guitar classes before joining BMA. Throughout his years of study in guitar, bass and percussion classes, rendering him as a multi-instrumentalist, he studied music theory,classical/jazz guitar technique and is passionate about a variety of other styles including metal, classic rock, and jazz fusion making him a diverse and exciting teacher.
As a musician, Jordan is full of energy and is an avid learner of all things guitar and music related. He currently plays in a local metal band as a guitarist. Jordan’s lessons are sure to be filled with advice and information on technique, music theory, harmony, rhythm, and song structuring. Students will no doubt find that Jordan’s lessons are motivating and inspiring.
Feel free to view Jordan’s YouTube channel to view his skills first hand at the following link:
Stephen Rouble, Violin, Piano & Theory
Stephen is a music teacher based in Ottawa. He is passionate about the musical journey and growth of each individual student he teaches. He holds a Bachelor of music from Carleton University and was awarded Chamber Music Award at Carleton University in 2019. He has completed several practical performance and written exams through the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and is still actively working towards the completion of his ARCT certifications in violin and piano. The Associate Diploma (ARCT) is the highest academic standings awarded by the RCM Certificate Program. He has also completed teaching workshops with Suzuki (ECC) Every Child Can, and a Teaching Artist workshop with Orkidstra, a charity providing music instruction to underprivileged children in Ottawa.
He is a Registered Music Teacher (R.M.T.) of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association (ORMTA) and a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA). He teaches classical violin fiddle-methods, viola, piano and theory to students of all ages and prepares students for RCM exams. His music lessons are tailored to the needs of each individual student. Amanda Seed, Piano & Theory
Amanda's passion for music started at a very early age. Now, with over a decade of studies in piano, voice and music theory, she is a mature, experienced and well-rounded musician and performer, with formal training in practical piano, technique, music literacy, composition, and history.
Under Nadia’s tutelage over the years, Amanda has achieved various examinations including Level 9 Piano with the Royal Conservatory of Music and Level 8 Advanced Theory. Amanda has completed her Master’s Degree and will be attending the University of Ottawa to complete her Bachelor of Education to then become a high school teacher of English and the arts, while always continuing to teach the piano. Always looking to encourage her students to succeed, lessons with Amanda will incorporate different approaches and methods, such as RCM, Alfred's and Hal Leonard, as well as some popular and jazz pieces, to keep students motivated with new material while laying strong foundations for the basics of rhythm, ear training and sight reading. Using warm-up exercises, scales, finger exercises, studies and repertoire, students will progress to improve on these important skills each week. Amanda's warm and friendly personality will encourage students of all ages to enjoy learning the piano as much as she loves to teach it!
Richelle has been studying and playing the piano since the young age of four. Under Nadia’s tutelage over the years, she has completed numerous examinations with The Royal Conservatory of Music maintaining a standing in First-Class Honours, including Level 8 Piano and Theory. She is currently working towards Level 9 Piano and Harmony/History co-requisites.
Furthermore, Richelle enjoys playing the ukulele and has been playing the flute for three years in her school band which has won awards in the Capital Region Music Festival every year. Working with kids is one of Richelle’s other passions! She has volunteered at summer camps and was a WEB leader at school to help guide new students to feel more comfortable in their new environment. Richelle is passionate about sharing music with her students and helping them discover their piano potential within a comfortable teaching environment. She is skilled, detailed and is a strong rhythmic player with a passion for swing jazz pieces, contemporary and classical. Richelle’s lessons will closely follow the BMA piano program and are structured with finger exercises, rhythm drills, note-reading exercises and working from various method books including The ABC of Piano Playing and Alfred’s Basic Piano Library as a segue into the RCM program books. Her gentle and nurturing nature will be key in fostering the growth and confidence of her prospective students!
Under Nadia's tutelage at her home studio before BMA existed, Joseph began studying the piano at the young age of 6. Over the past decade of dedicated practice and study, Joseph has completed several examinations with The Royal Conservatory of Music, including Level 8 Piano and Level 7 Theory, upholding a standing in First-Class Honours in all examinations. He is currently working hard to achieve the Level 9 Piano examination and Level 8 Theory, and is modivated, disciplined and skilled enough to strive for his Level 10.
Along with his advanced piano playing skills, Joseph has become a proficient drummer with 5 years of experience studying with Andrew Parmelee, through both private lessons andparticipation in BMA's band program as a member of the student band Out Of The Box. He has played a variety of shows and events as a solo pianist and band member, including several BMA Coffeehouses at The Heart And Crown and Concerts, Canada Day at Strandherd park and Battle Of The Bands at Algonquin Theatre, among many others. Furthermore, he has some experience with other instruments such as the recorder, guitar and now the trumpet.
Joseph is an empathetic teacher and understands the unease that many students feel when beginning to play and perform an instrument. Joseph is an excellent sight-reader and rhythmic player and will ensure that his students fully understand the rhythmic dictation, notation and dynamics of the pieces they are learning. His lessons will closely follow the BMA piano program consisting of finger exercsies, weekly rhythm drills, scales/chords and learning music from a method book as well as more familiar tunes on sheets to supplement the learning and surely keep his students interested and motivated!
Najmun Nahar, Part-time Administrator
Najmun is very excited to be joining the BMA team as Administrator on Saturdays! She holds a a Diploma in Office Administration from Confederation College in Thunder Bay, where she received an Award for Excellence due to her high GPA, and a Bachelor of Mathematics and Masters in Mathematics from Eden College in Dhaka. She has worked in a variety of roles including a cashier at Walmart, Resources Clerk at The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Document Preparation Clerk for Nimble Information Strategies and is currently working as a Filing Clerk for Armstrong Monitoring Corporation. She is thorough, organized, detail oriented, honest and kind. BMA clients will have a great experience with her running the show on Saturdays and helping out during the week whenever Amanda is away.
As a result of Cassidy’s passion in music, she has developed new hobbies. She has self-taught herself various songs by her favourite artists on the piano, and recently began to self teach herself the ukulele. In addition, she enjoys being part of her school band as a clarinet player. Other than clarinet, she has also learned the trombone for two years through music classes at school, and joined the choir. Although piano is her main instrument, she is dedicated to music, and is willing to become familiar with a variety of instruments, thus becoming a well-rounded musician.
Cassidy had previous experience and continues to work with kids; her experience with kids include working as a tutor at school, camp counselling, various leadership programs, and volunteer activities. Her calm, kind, and caring characteristics will create joyful, constructive, and enjoyable lessons for her students.
Cassidy’s lessons will closely follow the BMA piano program and are structured with finger exercises, rhythm drills, note-reading exercises and working from various method books including The ABC of Piano Playing and Alfred’s Basic Piano Library as a segue into the RCM program books. Furthermore, Cassidy is also fluent in French and Cantonese, and will gladly teach in those languages if necessary. She is extremely excited to see her students flourish through a positive environment.