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The owner of 'J' with a 'K' Music, Jessika teaches piano, voice, theory, and group classes. With extensive experience teaching students of all ages, she strives to tailor lessons to each student’s needs and musical goals. Jessika's students have received top marks in competitions throughout Toronto and have been accepted to schools such as Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts and the Musical Theatre program at Queen's University.
A certified Zumbini instructor, Jessika also designs and leads J with a K Music's Zumbini classes and summer camps, which combine music and movement to create an original and unique program for kids, as well as coordinating the studio's in-school programs, recitals, lessons, and events.
Meagan Luchko is a contemporary jazz vocalist, fast rising through the ranks in Toronto's music industry. She has been performing and coaching professionally in and around the GTA for over 6 years.
Along with her love of performance, Meagan's passion for teaching has always been prevalent. For the past four years, she has been coaching and teaching performance to a 5-part vocal group, while also teaching voice and piano privately to children and adults.
She then obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Music from Humber College where she studied extensively with Shannon Gunn and Lisa Martinelli. Outside of school, she has performed with Canadian greats such as Jackie Richardson, Larnell Lewis, Billy Newton-Davis and Pat LaBarbera. In addition to playing regularly with her own band, she occasionally appears as a featured guest vocalist with the Toronto All-Star Big Band.
Along with her love of performance, Meagan's passion for teaching has always been prevalent. For the past four years, she has been coaching and teaching performance to a 5-part vocal group, while also teaching voice and piano privately to children and adults. Meagan loves sharing her excitement for music and brings a unique skill set to her lessons by using her vast musical knowledge and performance experience to tailor each lesson to the students' interests and goals while making it a fun and creative environment.
"My fundamental goal as a teacher, whether teaching individual, dual, or group lessons, is maintaining a studio that students see as a safe place to learn and create. It is imperative for me that students feel welcome when learning. I encourage them to explore different styles of music so as to allow them to develop their own voice. The ongoing development of students’ confidence and versatility are my priorities when teaching."
David is a classically trained musician with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music which he received at York University. He completed all exams offered by the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) up to and including level 10 for practical piano performance, and received the Teaching Elementary Piano and Teaching Intermediate Piano Certificates from the RCM. David plans to continue discovering music with higher education and is currently applying for enrollment in the Masters of Music in Piano Pedagogy and Music Education.
While playing with the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra, David branched out to other genres. The most eye-opening discovery for him was improvisatory music. It lit a spark that will never go out! Learning how free music can be has enhanced his knowledge as a musician and added a new level of flexibility to his teaching.
Playing piano since the age of 8, Victor Xu developed extensive knowledge and experience in Classical, Jazz, and Contemporary piano. An avid composer, Victor's works are published in commercials and independent films such as So Long Sally. Recently, he performed alongside Canadian Soprano Measha Bruggergosman in concerts across Canada. Victor has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from York University in Jazz Performance.
As an active music producer and sound designer, Victor’s work is featured in online commercials and in the works of Canadian singer, Chris LaRocca. His experience with audio programs such as FL Studio, Ableton, Reason, and Garageband allows him to teach the skills of recording, editing, mixing, and producing in a wide variety of genres.
Victor's varied musical background allows him to identify a student's strengths and set a unique personalized curriculum. An experienced teacher, he encourages the development of skills like improvising, composing, and learning by ear as tools for the student to excel in pursuit of their own personal musical interests. He encourages all students to play music they enjoy listening to!
Golzar Karimpour was raised in a musical family and developed a love for music at a very young age. She started taking lessons when she was five years old and soon discovered the magic of piano, gaining interest in Classical music. Through the years of her education, Golzar gave award-winning performances in concerts, recitals, and competitions, and received her Grade 10 Royal Conservatory of Music certificate in Piano performance and Theory. Passionate about teaching and the beauty of sharing knowledge, Golzar has prepared her students for concerts and music festivals, and her students have achieved first-class honors in RCM examinations at every level. With accreditation in teaching and body language lessons, her main goal is to spread the love and joy of music to students of all ages.
Tim is a passionate, outgoing, and enthusiastic musician as well as a teacher. He has worked with children for multiple years and hopes to continue the practice after he finishes off his studies. Tim currently goes to the University of Toronto where he takes Jazz Education, a program specific to the art of teaching in the music world. He always takes an optimistic approach towards his students, making sure that they’re
always working towards a goal that is suitable for their level. Tim’s primary instrument is the saxophone. He fell in love with the instrument at an early age and has carried his goal for mastery into his education at university. Tim has performed standards, big band charts, and classical pieces at a number of venues including the Rex hotel. He has a deep understanding of the instrument as well as it usage within the music world of today.
Natasha's musical journey began
when she enrolled in a prestigious Serbian music school, where she competed in piano, opera singing, and choir.
In 2016, she moved to Canada to study Contemporary Music Performance at Camosun College in Victoria BC.
Over the years, Natasha performed in various pop, jazz, and metal/rock bands, both as a keyboard player and the lead vocalist. She enjoys scat singing
while accompanying herself on the keys, as well as belting the amazing Ariana Grande runs.
Her current passion is writing pop songs that can move your body and soul and she aspires to share her music with the world. Natasha quickly became an expert in adapting her teaching method
to every student’s unique path:
“If you’re a little rascal, we can make learning fun; If you’re a hard-working adult,
we can find our escape through music. It is important for me to make you feel
supported and loved, since I deeply admire your courage to take up a new skill.”
Sarah is a classically-trained musician and professional actor with a great deal of passion and respect for teaching. She received her training at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, studying under Jean Macphail and Frédérique Vézina, while completing a double major in Theatre Performance. In addition to providing students with the context necessary to establish good performance habits and safe singing, Sarah practices a kinesthetic approach to teaching to ensure that emerging artists receive a comprehensive and versatile musical foundation.
Though her Bachelor of Music reads as “classical”, Sarah’s musical experience is not limited to a single genre. Her performance career began at the age of five in the world of musical theatre, leading to her singing on acclaimed Toronto stages such as Roy Thomson Hall, the Princess of Wales Theatre, and Mirvish’s temporarily-erected Roundhouse Theatre. Musical theatre opened the gate to a variety of other vocal styles, and Sarah’s musical repertoire now includes folk, rock, and popular music.
Sarah encourages her students to ask many questions, believing they are the key to shaping smarter and more creative musicians. Her wide background in the arts (including clowning!) has taught her to welcome laughter and just a little bit of silliness in her lessons – it makes it easier to try new things!
Erik Samuel is a drummer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist with over a decade of professional freelance performance and teaching experience. Erik found his love for music in his late teens and has
since been performing, touring, and recording with a variety of musical projects, ranging from rock, reggae, R&B, jazz, Brazilian, west African, dancehall, and countless others. He is presently based in Toronto, ON where he completed his studies at the prestigious
Humber College. Erik's sense of humour and openness make him a fantastic teacher for students of all ages.
Joshua Clemenger began his musical journey in community theatre and choir, before beginning to play Piano, Ukulele, and Guitar. He attended the University of Toronto to earn his Masters in Music, and has been performing professionally in the Toronto area for over three years. Most recently, Joshua sang the role of Camille de Rossillon in The Merry Widow with Opera York, Zsupan in Toronto Operetta Theatre’s The Gypsy Baron, and Gonzalve in Opera in Concert’s production of L’Heure Espagnole, as well as joining Orpheus Choir, Annex Singers, and Opera in Concert as a soloist in other projects.
Joshua has been teaching for years, and loves to teach all kinds of music. He believes that first and foremost music should be fun, students learn far better when they're enjoying themselves, but also that it’s even more fun when you have the skills and the language to collaborate with other musicians. Joshua enjoys teaching people of all ages, his students have sung leads in musicals, played concerts with their rock bands, and brightened holiday parties with carols. He can help you to prepare for exams, learn a new role, or take your musicianship to the next level. Whether you have a lofty musical goal, or just want to jam around a campfire, he can help you to build the skills and confidence to make music your way.
Teaching music has always been one of Anastasia’s biggest passions in life. She has years of experience teaching piano, vocals, music theory and ear training. She has been preparing her piano students for RCM exams of various levels. Her aim in teaching is to create a comfortable environment for every student where they can enjoy the process of learning music and find their own voice and sound. Anastasia is excited to be a part of the J with a K Music Team and can’t wait to share her musical experience with her students!
Anastasia Lantsova is a classically trained pianist and vocalist. Originally from Russia, she got her first music degree in Moscow State College of Jazz and Contemporary Art as a vocalist where she studied both classical and jazz music. After moving to Canada 4 years ago she graduated from a Berklee partner program in Charlottetown, PEI. Currently she is a second year student pursuing her bachelor's degree from Humber College as a piano player.
Katrina is a Toronto based musical theatre performer/teacher. She has always had a passion for being on stage and finds so much joy sharing that passion with her students. She is a graduate from both the Eastwood Collegiate Integrated Arts Program where she was a vocal, dance, and drama major, as well as a graduate from the Triple Threat program at the Randolph College for the Performing Arts in Toronto. Throughout her life she has performed competitively as both a dancer and musician and has received many awards and scholarships including an opportunity to perform on Broadway in New York City. She has also performed with the K-W Symphony, NIKE HANGtime Fitness, and the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest. Her most recent and favourite performing credits include Legally Blonde: The Musical (Pilar), Seussical: The Musical (Bird Girl), and Guys and Dolls (Hot Box Dancer). You can also catch her this spring playing the title role in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella.She has trained in every style from ballet, lyrical, jazz, tap, hip hop, modern, acro, and musical theatre
When she is not performing, Katrina loves to teach children of all ages. She loves bringing her positive and bubbly energy to her students as well as the ability to really push them to become their best. She is so excited to bring her passions of music, movement, and teaching to the J with a K Music Team!
Beatrice Campbell has a background in music and theatre! For nearly ten years she has worked professionally in both the teaching and performance world. She likes to brag that her first role was that of Miss Shining Star when she was only 5 years old. Her first large role as Sandy in Grease is what solidified her passion for performance. Since then, she has had a myriad of roles in theatre and television, most notably: Mimi (Rent), Lindsey/Besty (Clybourne Park), Maria (Paranormal Witness; Syfy) and Susan (Paranormal 911; A&E). You may also see her in commercials for Lonestar Restaurants and JBL Speakers. She has trained with such names as Marshall Button, David Rotenberg, and Justin Collette (of Broadway’s School of Rock).
While she is not performing, Beatrice is teaching children of all ages. She has worked as a Cast Director at Innovative Arts, as a musical theatre teacher at Ovation! Performing Arts, and most recently as the Kinder Kamp Director at the FLATO Markham Theatre.
Italian-Canadian soprano Daniela Agostino holds a masters degree in Performance and Literature from Western University, where she studied with soprano Jackalyn Short. She was the winner of The London Opera Guilds Scholarship in 2016. Daniela enjoyed many performance highlights during her studies, including Gretel from Humperdinck’s Hansel und Gretel, and First Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. In 2018, Daniela performed as Second Spirit
in BROTT Opera’s production of The Magic Flute. In early 2019, Daniela joined Opera York in their production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, playing Zerlina. This season, Daniela debuted with Toronto Operetta Theatre to perform in Lehar’s The Merry Widow, as Valencienne. Most recently, Daniela joined Southern Ontario Lyric Opera as Barbarina in their production of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and reprised her role as Valencienne with Brott Opera's production of The Merry Widow, as well as playing La bergère, une pastourelle, la chouette and la chauve-souris in Voicebox: Opera in Concert’s production of L’enfant et les sortilèges. In December, she returned to Toronto Operetta Theatre to sing Arsena in The Gypsy Baron, and tackled Charles Wilson’s opera Kamouraska as Aunt Angelique in February with Voicebox: Opera in Concert. She looks forward to premiering
Michael Rose's new musical "A Northern Lights Dream" as Festa in the 20/21 season. Daniela has had the pleasure of being a part of the Against the Grain summer intensive, as well as participating in MYOpera’s masterclass intensive in French Opera.