Cosmo School of Music Woodwind Teacher Profiles
Instruments: Clarinet, Flute, Guitar, Piano, Saxophone
Education: Master of Music (MM) in Performance & Pedagogy, St. Petersburg State Conservatory
Style: Classical, Jazz, Rock, Pop
Languages: English, Russian
Alexander is a multi-talented musician who plays and teaches saxophone, clarinet, flute, piano and guitar. Alexander has received many awards and has performed concert tours across North America, Europe and Asia. Alexander brings a wealth of knowledge to his teaching, he is well versed in all styles of music from classical to jazz, funk, Latin and Rock. Alexander is determined to bring out the best in all of his students!
Instruments: Clarinet, Flute, Piccolo, Recorder, Saxophone
Education: Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto (ARCT) in in Woodwinds, The Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM)
Style: Classical, Jazz
Dave has his A.R.C.T. in woodwinds from the Royal Conservatory of Music and has studied theory, harmony and arranging with Gordon Delmont. Dave has been teaching saxophone, clarinet, flute, recorder and piccolo since 1976 and has been a teacher at Cosmo Music since 1988. As a former member of the Royal York hotel house band, he has performed with Tony Bennet, Ella Fitzgerald, Rose Mary Clooney, Carol Channing and The Mills Brothers.
Instruments: Piano, Flute
Education: Masters degree in Orchestral Conducting from Northern Illinois University (Chicago) and a Bachelor of Piano Performance from Queen's University (Kingston, ON)
Style: Classical, Pop
Languages: English, Cantonese, Mandarin
Joanna studied under Mrs. Ellen Silvermen, Mr. Michel Szczesniak, and Dr. William Koehler; she is an experienced piano soloist and accompanist for instrumentalists and choir. Joanna is also a registered Suzuki piano instructor and RCM teacher who has more than 10 years of private teaching experience. In addition to being a pianist, Joanna is also an active flutist who has performed with bands and orchestras in China, Hong Kong, Vancouver, Kingston, Toronto and Chicago.
Joanna’s teaching style focuses on a well-rounded approach of technique, sight reading and music appreciation. Comfortable teaching students of all ages and levels, Joanna has prepared students for RCM examinations, competitions and university auditions.
Instruments: Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone
Education: Bachelor of Contemporary Music Degree, Humber College
Style: Jazz, Blues, Soul, Classical, Improv
Jeff LaRochelle is a musician, composer, and educator who recently finished his Bachelor of Contemporary Music degree at Humber College's renowned music program. Jeff has had the opportunity to perform with artists such as Peter Appleyard, Alex Dean, Chris Potter, Ian Froman, Terence Blanchard, among many others. Jeff performed in the 2009 Ottawa International Jazz festival as part of the Jazz Youth Summit, and has toured in South Korea as well as in various parts of Canada. In May/June 2011, he participated in the Banff Summer Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music under the direction of Dave Douglas. As an educator, Jeff wants to share his enthusiasm for music with his students, working on the fundamentals while encouraging creative and personal ways for developing their own musical voices.
Instruments: Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Flute, Piccolo, All Saxophones, Recorder, Oboe, Bassoon
Education: Bachelor of Music (BMus.) in Performance, University of Toronto
Style: Classical, Orchestral, Jazz/Improvisation, Popular
Kishan is a multi-instrumentalist who performs and teaches on the clarinet, bass clarinet, flute, piccolo, recorder, all saxophones and recently, the oboe and bassoon. Kishan has had the opportunity to perform with The University of Toronto 1 O'Clock Big Band, The University of Toronto Wind Ensemble, The University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra as well as numerous pit orchestras and opera orchestras in and around the Greater Toronto Area. Performance venues include the Betty Oliphant Theatre (Canada's National Ballet School), Glenn Gould Studio, Canadian Opera Company, MacMillan Theatre, Walter Hall, Richmond Hill Center for the Performing Arts, and The Rex, to name a few. Kishan brings expertise and knowledge in all facets of woodwind playing and performance. Kishan has successfully prepared students for Practical RCM Examinations from Grade 2 - 10, University/College auditions, and other auditions. As an educator Kishan is positive and encouraging in order to track growth and achievement in his students. Kishan welcomes all levels and ages of players and is always looking to bringing out the best in every student.
Kishan graduated from the University of Toronto and holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Clarinet Performance. He is currently pursuing his Master of Arts degree in Music at York University. Kishan not only is in demand as a clarinetist, but is also right at home performing on flutes, saxophones and double reed instruments, especially in theatre pit orchestras. Some musicals he has had the opportunity to perform in are Les Miserables, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, Fiddler on the Roof, Gypsy and Anne of Green Gables.
Kishan currently performs in the UTSC Alumni and Community Concert Band as a Bassoonist, and the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra as a Clarinetist. He was also recently appointed as Second Oboist for the York University Symphony Orchestra. Check out Kishan's website HERE and his YouTube channel HERE for more information!
Instruments: Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Recorder
Education: Diploma in Applied Music Mohawk College, 2002, Bachelors of Contemporary Music Humber College, 2011, Bachelors of Education, York University, 2013
Style: Jazz, Latin, Soul, Blues, Funk, R&B, Reggae, Soca, Calypso, Ensemble
Kurt has over 15 years of of experience performing in various musical genres in Toronto, and across Canada. Kurt has had the opportunity to perform with diverse artists such as R & B artist Percy Sledge, Calypso artist " The Mighty" Sparrow, Reggae artist " Ernie Smith", and Soca artist Rupee. While working and learning from these world class artists, Kurt discovered the passion of teaching music to others.
Versatile in many genres of music Kurt believes in engaging the students in genres they listen to and enjoy, while teaching the fundamentals of playing music; such as, rhythm, sound production and interpretation.
While working in the middle school and high school music programs, Kurt has encountered many of the issues that students encountered, and helped them gain success.
Instruments: Flute, Voice, Piano (Beginner)
Education: Bachelor of Music, University of Toronto
Style: Classical, Broadway, Popular, Rock/Alternative
Leona Thames is passionate about music and the Arts. This lead her to complete a Bachelor of Music Degree, with a focus on teaching both vocal and flute performance, from the University of Toronto. During her undergrad she gained knowledge in both the contemporary, classical and jazz genre in sound production, tone, and technique from instructors on staff at the Faculty of music. Her familiarity with various different genres of vocal music and singing styles allows her to effectively work with budding singers and their various musical interests.
She has been freelancing around Toronto since she graduated and has performed in various local ensembles such as the U of T Gospel Choir, the Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir, as well as being a featured singer at the York Regional Gala and as well as the Herbert H. Carnegie Future Aces Foundation Gala. She has also played with the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra and has played pit orchestra for various musicals such as Bye Bye Birdie, Oliver Twist, and Into The Woods. She has performed at the Glenn Gould Studio, The MacMillan Theatre, The Jane Mallet Theatre, The Markham Youth Theatre, and the Toronto Centre for the Arts. Leona is also the lead singer for the group L.L.n'Co a pop/soul/adult contempory group who hopes to inspire people all over the world with their music (check us out by clicking here)
Leona is a firm believer and can attest to the positive impact music can have on a child’s self esteem, self expression, and self growth. She is very happy to have joined the Cosmo School of Music team and eagerly looks forward to opening many young and budding minds to the wonderful world of music.
Instruments: Flute, Piccolo, Recorder, Piano (Beginner)
Education: Bachelor of Music (BM) in Flute Performance & Pedagogy, St. Petersburg State Conservatory, Russia
Further training: Hochschule fur Musik, Wurzburg, Germany
Style: Classical, Popular
Languages: English, Russian
Nikki Novikova is an accomplished professional flautist with an excellent academic, performance, and pedagogical background. Throughout her career Nikki has performed with various orchestras in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Seoul, South Korea. She toured across Russia, Europe and Asia. As well as performing, Nikki has been teaching students for the last twenty years. Many of her students have gone on to become professionals.
Nikki is a member of Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association (ORMTA) and a registered teacher with the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She successfully prepares students for the RCM Examination Certificate Program, competitions, and university auditions.
Instruments: Clarinet, Flute, Piccolo, Saxophone
Education: Master of Music (MM), Belarussian State Academy of Music; Master of Music (MM), Armenian State Conservatory
Style: Classical, Broadway, Latin, Blues
Languages: English, Russian, Armenian
Suren holds two Master of Music degrees from two prestigious institutions. His successful teaching career includes past teaching positions at conservatories and universities in Russia and Jordan. Suren is equally passionate about performing as he is teaching, an accomplished soloist and orchestral performer, Mr.Amirkhanyan has performed throughout Europe, Russia, the Middle East and Japan. Currently Suren performs with Sinfonia Toronto, Oakville Symphony Orchestra and Opera Belcanto of South Simcoe and is in demand as a woodwind teacher in the GTA.