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JESSIKA (she/her)

Founder a.k.a J with a K

Image by Denys Churchyn

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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Image by Denys Churchyn

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)

Administrator

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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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ABIGAIL (she/her) - Teacher

Piano, Voice, Ukulele

Image by Denys Churchyn

Education: BMus from U of T (Music Education, Voice), Master of Teaching OISE (Instrumental Music and English)

People are surprised to know that: I hate jiggly foods

My favourite musical experience is: 

My first time seeing a full orchestra on a band trip in Boston

The next place I am travelling to is: South Korea for the World Choral Games!

It's karaoke night! My go to song is: Rain On Me by Lady Gaga (both the Gaga and the Ariana parts)

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ABSHIR (he/him) - Teacher

Guitar

Image by Denys Churchyn

Education: Cambrian College, Performance Diploma, UofT, BMus, SFCM MMmus

People are surprised to know that: I enjoy cooking!

The next masterclass I can see myself taking is: 

Photography

The next place I am travelling to is: Kapuskasing

It's karaoke night! My go to song is: Take me Home, Country Roads by John Denver

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BEATRICE (she/her) - Teacher

Voice, Piano, Glee,

Acting/Audition Prep

Image by Denys Churchyn

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

Image by Denys Churchyn

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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SARAH (she/her) - Teacher

Piano, Voice, Glee, Music Theory

Image by Denys Churchyn

Education: Bachelor of Music - Voice, University of Toronto

People are surprised to know that: I am a MASTER at hula hooping.

The next masterclass I can see myself taking is: 

Swedish Language lessons

The next place I am travelling to is: Berlin, Germany

It's karaoke night! My go to song is: I'm Still Standing by Elton John

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TIM (he/him) - Teacher

Piano, Ukulele

Image by Denys Churchyn

Education: U of T Undergraduate in Jazz Education

People are surprised to know that: I love to skateboard during the warm weather.

The next masterclass I can see myself taking is: 

Body percussions!

The next place I am travelling to is: Kingston!

It's karaoke night! My go to song is: Riptide by Vance Joy

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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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MARY-MARGARET (she/her) - Teacher

Piano, Voice

Image by Denys Churchyn

Education: BFA Theatre Production and English Literature, York University; Graduate Diploma Arts Management, Queens University; Masters of Arts Leadership candidate

People are surprised to know that: Despite being a 'city girl' for almost a decade now, I love doing outdoorsy things - camping, hiking, you name it!

The next masterclass I can see myself taking is: 

Arabic Language!

The next place I am travelling to is: Nicaragua with Teatro Catalina

It's karaoke night! My go to song is: Place We Were Made by Maisie Peters!

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VICTOR (he/him) - Teacher

Piano, Music Production

Image by Denys Churchyn

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

Image by Denys Churchyn

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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GOLZAR (she/her) - Teacher

Piano

Image by Denys Churchyn

Education: RCM Level 10 (Performance and Theory), Teacher Training Course

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.

 

My favourite musical experience is: 

Yuja Wang concert

The next place I am travelling to is: Italy!

It's karaoke night! My go to song is: Billy Joel: The piano man

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DIANA-ROSE (she/her) - Teacher

Piano, Voice, Ukulele,

Guitar, Glee Club

Image by Denys Churchyn

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

Our Story

From singing lessons, choir, musical theatre, to the music in dance class, Jessika grew up loving and appreciating music in many ways, so much so that she pursued two post-secondary degrees in Music and Voice Performance. Fast forward to a move to the big city with aspirations to be an opera singer, Jessika began teaching and discovered her true passion!  After realizing that sharing music with her community was the best. job. ever., Jessika aspired to bring the same level of passion and positivity that her students were experiencing to a wider community than just her small studio! Thus, J with a K was born! 

Since 2017, J with a K Music has built a team of talented, engaging teachers, all of whom share a passion of bringing music into people's lives! Our team teaches students across Toronto; from in-home private lessons, group classes (in our location in The Annex!), or even tailored programming for your elementary - high school! The goal in our school is to LOVE music, and have music be a part of  your life forever! We help our students meet whatever goal they set out, and are proud to be the Ontario Representatives for the first graded exam syllabus for popular music: Rockschool!  

We are honoured to be a part of our students' lives, and can't wait to be a part of your musical journey too!