Guitar Teachers

Cosmo School of Music

Cosmo School of Music Guitar Teachers

Electric Guitars, Acoustic Guitars, Classical Guitars, and Ukulele

At the Cosmo School of Music, we pride ourselves on the quality you receive when you learn with us. Every single one of our teachers are all excellent at what they do, and we feel confident that they'll pass that down to you as well. Whether you're learning in-person or online, you can be sure that you're receiving incredible music education every single time. Are you ready to sign up for new lessons with one of these wonderful teachers? You can sign up for lessons right here on our website, using the forms under each teacher's bio, or contact us at the phone numbers or email below.

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Johnny Nixon - Cosmo School of Music

Johnny Nixon

Instruments: Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Banjo, Mandolin
Styles: Jazz, Rock, Metal, Gospel, R&B, Neo Soul, Progressive, Flamenco, Worship, Blues, Country, New Age Acoustic, Pop
Education: Humber College (Jazz Program)
Languages: English

Teaching In-Person: Mondays
Teaching Online: Thursdays
Rates: $35 per 30 Minutes, $70 per 60 Minutes

A graduate from Humber College for Jazz in 1994, Johnny also studied Classical guitar under Eli Kassner. Most of his music career has been spent working as a studio guitarist. He has performed/produced over 300 full length recordings, including 5 CDs under his own name. His albums are a mix of instrumental jazz/rock fusion and solo acoustic music and can be found on any streaming platform. Some of the artists that he has performed with include The Toronto Mass Choir, Pat & Debbie Boone, Kathy Troccoli, Mark Masri (The Tenors), Robin Mark, Dan Macaulay, Andy Timmons, Gary Hoey, For The Master, The Tonettes, Ben Heppner, and Kevin Pauls. He has also performed/produced many themes/commercials for film, television, and radio (Michael Coren Show, Huntley Street and CTS themes, Energizer, Canadian Tire, Hard Music Library, and YouTube Fireplace Channel Christmas themed). In addition to those credentials, he is also a clinician/house band at various workshops like Guitar Workshop Plus ( and Power Up ( which focuses on Gospel music.

Johnny is comfortable performing and teaching in most guitar styles: jazz, rock, metal, gospel, R&B, neo soul, progressive, flamenco, worship, blues, country, new age acoustic, and pop. Let Johnny help you connect the dots faster with your music goals.

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Paul Wickham - Cosmo School of Music

Paul Wickham

Instruments: Guitar, Dobro, Mandolin
Styles: Rock, Fingerstyle, Slide, Blues, Bluegrass, Pop
Education: University of Saskatchewan
Languages: English

Teaching: Every Day for In-Person and Online
Rates: $31 per 30 Minutes, $62 per 60 Minutes

Having taught guitar since 1975, and being involved in many aspects of the music business for over 25 years, Paul brings a wealth of experience to his teaching. He has taught classes, clinics, and seminars in various guitar styles and singing at the Guitar Workshop Plus and at the York Board of Education. He has also performed with John Allan Cameron, David Sinclair, John Knowles, and Matt Smith among others. His unique program is designed for students aged nine and older and all levels of ability, to provide an enjoyable learning experience.

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Andrea Casciato - Cosmo School of Music

Andrea Casciato

Instruments: Guitar (Classical, Acoustic, Electric), Ukulele
Styles: Classical, Blues, Rock

Education: Bachelor of Arts (BA, with Distinction), Carleton University
Languages: English, Italian

Teaching In-Person: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays
Teaching Online: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
Rates: $31 per 30 Minutes, $62 per 60 Minutes

Andrea has been teaching guitar, music theory, and musicianship at Cosmo School of Music since 2005. He never misses a lesson and has a very good student retention rate. He teaches popular music and classical music, and effectively prepares students for Cosmo School of Music recitals, Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) exams, and university auditions. Andrea believes in comprehensive music education, and his lessons include technical work, rhythmic training, and music theory. Above all he strives to teach students how to practice so they can work independently from a teacher over the week between lessons.

He studied classical guitar at the Royal Conservatory of Music where he completed exams in guitar performance, music history, and music theory. He is a RCM Sliver Medal recipient in classical guitar performance (2009, Level 10 guitar). He is also a three time recipient of the Royal Conservatory's Teacher Certificate of Recognition for student achievement in Level 6, Level 7, and Level 8 guitar exams. When he is not busy teaching he writes music for solo guitar. His music has been published in the 2011 Royal Conservatory of Music guitar series, and is listed in the 2011 and 2018 RCM guitar syllabus. Over the years Andrea has been involved in many genres of music, and has performed in various venues across the Greater Toronto Area. He was a guest performer with the Vesuvius Ensemble ( in 2022.

Andrea is an RCM Certified teacher (

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Danny Sargeant - Cosmo School of Music

Danny Sargeant

Instruments: Guitar, Ukulele
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Rock, Flamenco, Improvisation
Education: Bachelor of Arts (BA, Music), York University
Languages: English

Teaches Online: Fridays, Saturdays
Rates: $31 per 30 Minutes, $62 per 60 Minutes

Teaching has always been an important part of Dan's life having been a music teacher for 35 years. Since 1981, Danny has been teaching in various music schools throughout Toronto and in public and private schools such as Bayview Glen Private School, Toronto District School Board, Dixon Hall School, and Royal Orchard Public School. He also has experience in music therapy.

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Benjamin Barrile - Cosmo School of Music

Benjamin Barrile

Instruments: Guitar
Styles: Flamenco, Jazz, Classical, Latin
Education: Performance Diploma, Mohawk College
Languages: English, French

Teaches Online: Mondays
Rates: $31 per 30 minutes, $62 per 60 Minutes

Benjamin is an accomplished flamenco guitarist who also has extensive experience in world music, jazz, and classical. In addition to leading his own group, Benjamin has performed and recorded for many artists including The Café Olé (a multi-award winning group that incorporates a unique mix of flamenco and jazz). Benjamin is also a resident guitarist at Toronto based Carmen Romero's School of Flamenco Dance Arts and Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company. Benjamin has appeared on numerous television and radio broadcasts including CBC, CTV, CityTV, and Jazz FM. In 2000 Benjamin set off to Spain for the first time, a country that had long captivated his imagination, in search of flamenco and what would be the most significant journey of his life so far. He travelled to one of the major centres of flamenco in Spain today, Jerez de la Frontera, where he studied under many great maestros. Benjamin is currently recording his own solo album.

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Steve Gotlib - Cosmo School of Music

Steve Gotlib

Instruments: Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele
Styles: Latin, Jazz, Funk, Blues
Education: Bachelor of Music (BMus, Jazz Studies), Humber College
Languages: English

Teaching In-Person: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays,Thursdays
Rates: $31 per 30 Minutes, $62 per 60 Minutes

Steve has been teaching bass, guitar, and ukulele for 20 years. He is a dedicated musician and versatile teacher with a Bachelor of Music from Humber College. Steve is patient, easy going, and makes lessons fun. He loves teaching jazz, pop, soul, and contemporary music and will take requests.

Steve is an active musician in the Greater Toronto Area and is probably playing in the band at your cousin's wedding. For the past several years Steve has taught with materials suitable for playing gigs, understanding theory, and essentials for making music with others.

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Michael Lanteigne - Cosmo School of Music

Michael Lanteigne

Instruments: Guitar, Bass Guitar, Beginner Banjo, Beginner Drums
Styles: Rock, Metal, Blues, Country, Pop
Education: Private Lessons
Languages: English

Teaching In-Person: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
Rates: $31 per 30 Minutes, $62 per 60 Minutes

Michael has been teaching guitar and bass for over 16 years. He grew up in a musical family and began learning to play guitar at a young age. His knowledge and talents are the result of years of private lessons with both well-known musicians and classically trained teachers. Michael has been working as a professional musician for the past 30 years. Presently, he is the co-founder of and guitarist/co-writer for the Johnson’s Creek Band, a Canadian country recording group, whose music is currently played on radio stations here in Canada and worldwide.

Michael is dynamic, fun, and has a great sense of humour. He enjoys teaching various styles (rock, pop, contemporary, and metal), as well as theory and fretboard knowledge. Michael has a unique style, and uses a combination of finger picking, flat picking, and Travis picking.

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At the Cosmo School of Music, we pride ourselves on the quality you receive when you learn with us. Every single one of our teachers are all excellent at what they do, and we feel confident that they'll pass that down to you as well. Whether you're learning in-person or online, you can be sure that you're receiving incredible music education every single time.

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