Elyse Vezina-Martel : Piano, Vocal, Beginner Guitar

Elyse Vezina-Martel

Piano, Vocal, Beginner Guitar

Elyse is from Toronto, Ontario and has been taking private piano lessons for 14 years in both French and English. She has also been taking private vocal lessons for many years now. Elyse is currently a 4th year Music Therapy student with a minor in Psychology at the University of Windsor. She continues to take private lessons with Professor Adamson at the University for her major instrument, piano. On the side, Elyse has enjoyed playing flute, cello and guitar. Over the years she was part of many types of bands and choirs, as well as attending a few music camps including the National Music Camp for which she played flute in the top band. For 3 years Elyse sang alongside four other girls in a singing group called Voices of Dawn where they performed, busked and recorded their own CD. This is Elyse's 3rd year working at the South Windsor location for Music Learning for Kids. She has enjoyed working with children for many years now and continues to enjoy helping them achieve their musical goals, in fun and creative ways!

Sahlia Wong : Piano, Vocal, Theory

Sahlia Wong

Piano, Vocal, Theory

Sahlia believes that the musical journey is a unique and exciting one. Since beginning her music studies at the age of four, she has performed her own music and the music of others as a pianist and vocalist. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree specialising in Composition from the University of Toronto, a Bacherlor of Education from the University of Windsor and an ARCT Diploma in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM). Sahlia is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers and a registered RCM examinations teacher. She has taught music in private schools in the Greater Toronto Area as well as Windsor/Essex County for several years. She is thrilled to be with Music Learning for Kids this year where she enjoys helping students achieve their musical goals.
If you'd like to hear some of Sahlia's original compositions and film music, please go to:
https://www.youtube.com/user/sasalaa/videos
http://soundcloud.com/sahlia-wong

Ava Droski : Piano, Vocal, Music Learning for Kids Classes

Ava Droski

Piano, Vocal, Music Learning for Kids Classes

Ava could not imagine a life without music! She began her piano and vocal studies at the age of 6 and has performed in many local competitions and festivals as both a pianist and vocalist since 1999. She is currently studying at the University of Windsor to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Music Degree, and is working toward writing and completing Gr. 9 Piano RCM. She has been teaching piano and vocal lessons since 2007. In 2013, Ava graciously accepted the position of Vocal Director for Villanova High School’s production of Hairspray. She has also volunteered her time and talents to the Windsor Light Opera as the vocal workshop instructor for the summer camps. Ava could not be more eager and excited to share the wonderful gift of music and let it blossom.

Gillian Alexander : Flute, Piano, Vocal, Beginner Guitar

Gillian Alexander

Flute, Piano, Vocal, Beginner Guitar

Gillian has been enjoying teaching students of all ages since 2010. She holds Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Education degrees from the University of Windsor, where she studied flute under the direction of Mrs. Jaimie Wagner (regular soloist, Windsor Symphony Orchestra). She has since extended her ability to playing the clarinet, saxophone and bassoon in numerous ensembles in the Windsor-Essex area. Additionally, she has been a choir member with the University Singers, and is certified in piano proficiency from the University of Windsor. She can be seen as a active member of the Greater Windsor Concert Band, Essex Community Band and the Windsor Community Orchestra. Gillian has gained music director experience as a member of the Windsor Regiment Band since 2006 and has used the employment opportunity to teach and conduct cadets accross Canada, going as far as Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Gillian is interested in all facets of music and hopes to encourage children to keep music a part of their lives.

Charmaine Valbuena : Piano, Music Learning for Kids Classes

Charmaine Valbuena

Piano, Music Learning for Kids Classes

Charmaine was born in the Philippines and immigrated to Canada at the age of six. Not long after she moved to Canada, her parents enrolled her into piano lessons. Charmaine studied piano at Conservatory of Music in Windsor, then transferred to Academie Ste. Cecile when she moved to Tecumseh. Charmaine's training at Academie Ste. Cecile greatly influenced her classical background in piano. In 2011, Charmaine received her B.A. in International Relations from University of Windsor. Her formal education taught her about community relations, and she hopes to intertwine her two passions in working with the community and in playing music. In 2013, Charmaine managed a fundraising show entitled, A Love Letter to Windsor, which showcased the local talent in the Windsor-Essex community. Charmaine is also a member of the Windsor Community Choir and performed in choir concerts, including The Christmas Rose.

Charmaine has been teaching with Music Learning for Kids since 2012. Her time at Music Learning for Kids has been a truly amazing experience as she has the opportunity to share her passion for playing the piano with students. Playing an instrument is a wonderful achievement. Charmaine hopes to help students through their journey of self-discovery and creativity through music.