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J with a K teachers are vetted and thoroughly screened through the TPS Background Check service. Our teachers are highly qualified, and cannot wait to guide you on your musical journey!

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JESSIKA (she/her)

Founder a.k.a J with a K

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Education: Diploma in Music and Bachelor in Fine Arts

People are surprised to know that: I love learning about animals, especially dangerous ones! Shark week is very important in our home.

The next masterclass I can see myself taking is: 

Mindfulness for Kids / Some sort of fun Kickboxing class!

The next place I am travelling to is: Hard to pick just one...France, Bora Bora, Disney World / Land

It's karaoke night! My go to song is: Duets are my favourite for Karaoke! "I've Had the Time of My Life"

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Education: Western University - BMus (Honours Voice Performance), MMus (Performance and Literature)

People are surprised to know that: I sang on stage with Shania Twain when I was 9!

The next masterclass I can see myself taking is: 

French cooking!

The next place I am travelling to is: Italy to see my family!

It's karaoke night! My go to song is: Anything by Shania Twain.

DANIELA (she/her)

Studio Manager

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ANASTASIA (she/her) - Teacher

Piano, Voice, Ukulele, Guitar

Image by Denys Churchyn

Education: Moscow State College of Jazz and Pop Art, voice major, degree; Holland College (PEI) voice major, diploma; Humber College (Toronto) piano major, degree (3rd year)

People are surprised to know that: I speak 4 languages!

The next masterclass I can see myself taking is: 

Voice-over classes

The next place I am travelling to is: Korea!

It's karaoke night! My go to song is: Someone like you by Adele!

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GABRIEL (he/him) - Teacher

Guitar, Piano, Ukuele

Image by Denys Churchyn

Education: Independent Performance and Songwriting at Seneca College

People are surprised to know that: I play in an Ultimate Frisbee league!

The next masterclass I can see myself taking is: 

Rock climbing

The next place I am travelling to is: New York City ... I've never been!

It's karaoke night! My go to song is: Dani California - The Red Hot Chili Peppers

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BEATRICE (she/her) - Teacher

Voice, Piano, Glee,

Acting/Audition Prep

Social Media Manager

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Education: York University: BA in Theatre Acting, Bachelor of Education

People are surprised to know that: I speak 5 languages! I grew up speaking Portuguese, French, and English at home, and later learned Spanish and Italian.

The next masterclass I can see myself taking is: 

An on-screen acting class

The next place I am travelling to is: Brazil!

It's karaoke night! My go to song is: Potential Breakup Song by Aly and A.J

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ERIK (he/him) - Teacher

Drums, Guitar, Bass, Piano

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Education: Bachelor's in Music from Humber College

People are surprised to know that: I'm a big gamer! Dark Souls, Dungeons and Dragons, and Outer Wilds are some of my favourite games!

The next masterclass I can see myself taking is: 

Intro to electrical engineering

The next place I am travelling to is: Africa!

It's karaoke night! My go to song is: Uptown Funk - Bruno Mars

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COSIMO (he/him) - Teacher

Drums, Guitar, Ukulele, Piano

Image by Denys Churchyn

Education: York University, BFA with Honours in Music

People are surprised to know that: I'm a part animator. I have been dabbling in 2D and 3D animation for the last year. I've created a couple of short cartoons for music I've created.

My favourite musical experience is: 

My favourite musical experience was my final recital during my last year of University. I was able to play a solo classical show on stage at the Tribute Communities Recital Hall.

The next place I am travelling to is: France or Japan!

It's karaoke night! My go to song is: Cherry Wine by Grent Perez

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Education: Randolph College Triple Threat Musical Theatre Program

People are surprised to know that: I'm not naturally a red head

The next masterclass I can see myself taking is: 

Cake decorating!

The next place I am travelling to is: New York City to see all the shows I've missed over the pandemic!

Favourite musical experience: Playing Ella in Roger and Hammerstein's Cinderella, with the best cast ever!

KATRINA (she/her) - Teacher

Piano, Voice, Dance

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JOSHUA (he/him) - Teacher

Piano, Voice, Ukulele, Guitar,

Music Production, Music Theory

Image by Denys Churchyn

Education: Western University, BMus. University of Toronto, MMus

People are surprised to know that: I have lived on four different continents

The next masterclass I can see myself taking is: 

Carpentry!

My favourite musical experience is: Singing Ferrando from Cosi fan tutte in San Marino.

It's karaoke night! My go to song is: Viva la Vida by Coldplay.

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NIAMH FRANZ (she/they)

Administrator

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People are surprised to know that: My name is pronounced like Neeve and not like Nye-am

The next masterclass I can see myself taking is: 

Creative writing or photography!

The next place I am travelling to is: Hopefully Greece!

It's karaoke night! My go to song is: Gloria by Laura Branigan or anything by Taylor Swift!!

My favourite musical experience is: Seeing Lea Salonga sing Still Hurting live or Darren Criss sing Wicked Little Town in Hedwig- both performances left me almost breathless!

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VICTOR (he/him) - Teacher

Piano, Music Production

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Education: York University: Bachelor in Fine Arts

People are surprised to know that: I was named after an old daytime television soap opera character

The next masterclass I can see myself taking is: 

Sculpture or ceramics!

The next place I am travelling to is: Montreal!

It's karaoke night! My go to song is: Do You Know The Way To San Jose - Dionne Warwick

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VICTOR a.k.a. VIC (they/him) - Teacher

Drums, Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Piano

Music Theory

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Education: BFA in Screenwriting, York University

 

My favourite musical experienceLaraaji at Toronto Spiritualist Church on my birthday.

The next masterclass I can see myself taking is: 

Darkroom photography

The next place I am travelling to is: Lisboa, Portugal

It's karaoke night! My go to song is: Wang Chung - Don't Let Go

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DIANA-ROSE (she/her) - Teacher

Piano, Voice, Ukulele,

Guitar, Glee Club

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Education: Bachelor of Music Therapy at Wilfrid Laurier University

People are surprised to know that: I love playing video games (pc and switch games) and collecting stationery (from stickers to brush pens)!

The next masterclass I can see myself taking is: 

Interior design!

The next place I am travelling to is: Mexico!

It's karaoke night! My go to song is: My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion

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FRANCIS (he/they) - Teacher

Piano, Voice, Guitar,

Ukulele, Saxophone,

Music Theory, Woodwind

Image by Denys Churchyn

Education: MA Community Music University of York (2022), BA Music University of Cambridge (2016), DipABRSM Music Performance - Flute (2013)

People are surprised to know that: I bake all my own bread.

The next masterclass I can see myself taking is: 

American Sign Language

The next place I am travelling to is: Scotland - I want to explore the Shetland Islands.

It's karaoke night! My go to song is: ABBA - Super Trouper

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DANLIE a.k.a Dan (he/him) - Teacher

Voice, Piano

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Education: MMus. Opera Performance, University of Toronto; BMus. Voice Performance, University of Toronto

People are surprised to know that: I watched horror movies as a premeditative ritual before performing!

The next masterclass I can see myself taking is: 

Singing for Joyce Didonato, Thomas Hampson and Johannes Kammler

The next place I am travelling to is: Germany and Japan!

It's karaoke night! My go to song is: Diana Ross's The Boss and Largo al factotum from Barber of Seville by Rossini