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Cosmo School of Music Woodwind Teachers

Flute, Clarinet, Recorder, and Saxophone

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 using the convenient forms found under each teacher's profile, right on our website.

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Robert Hess - Cosmo School of Music

Robert Hess

Instruments: Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Popular
Education: Education: Masters in Saxophone Performance, Wichita State University; Bachelor of Music Education, Western University
Languages: English
Teaches Online: Thursdays
Rates: $31 per 30 Minutes, $62 per 60 Minutes

Robert is a saxophonist who is passionate about education, promoting new music, performing in various mixed ensembles, and arts documentation. He shows his passion for music by aiming to create new music for under-composed instrumental ensembles, and by receiving positive student feedback.

At Cosmo Music, Robert teaches primarily saxophone, clarinet, flute, improvisation, and incorporates theory into his lessons. Styles range from classical, jazz, funk, rock, pop, and anything in between.

Robert has had the opportunity to perform throughout North America and Italy including performances in Ontario, Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Texas, Ohio, Maine, and at the 2016 Cortona Sessions for New Music in Italy. He was the winner of the 2017-2018 Kansas MTNA Young Artist Woodwind competition and the 2017 Wichita State Concerto Competition. With Meadowlark Quartet he won the 2018 and 2017 Wolf-Ilse Bing Chamber Music competitions in Wichita, Kansas, as well as various other awards. While working on his masters, he has performed throughout Wichita at the Ulrich Museum of Art, Mark Arts Gallery, the 2017 KNOB New Music Festival at Fisch Haus, with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra (Bolero).

Robert performs with improvisation ensemble Baker-Hess Duo which employs saxophone, synthesizers, piano, and other electronics. They are set to record an album of works. As a chamber musician and advocate for new music, Robert performs with saxophone quartets, a percussion/saxophone duo, and other various ensembles. He has commissioned Serpentine by Zach Pierce for saxophone quartet and marimba plus a number of other colleagues for quartet compositions.

He completed his Master of Music in May 2018 at Wichita State and Bachelor of Music Education with honours at Western University where he studied with Geoffrey Deibel and Bobbi Thompson respectively.

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Jana Kwok - Cosmo School of Music

Jana Kwok

Instruments: Flute, Piano
Styles: Classical, Pop
Education: Bachelor of Music, University of Toronto (specialized in music education)
Languages: English
Teaching Online: Wednesdays, Thursdays
Rates: $31 per 30 Minutes, $62 per 60 Minutes

Jana is a Toronto based musician that graduated with her Bachelor of Music at the University of Toronto, specializing in music education. Throughout the years, she has had lots of experience teaching young pianists and flutists. She has played in multiple music festivals, frequently works with bands at the high school level and performs diverse shows with her choir every year.

Teaching is not easy but Jana is always willing to challenge herself and her students to have high expectations. She incorporates different techniques into her lessons so students continue to feel inspired. She encourages students of all ages, accompanies her church choir, and has strong leadership and communication skills. Most importantly, she is always excited about the opportunity to meet and work with aspiring musicians.

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Svetlana Nikki Novikova - Cosmo School of Music

Svetlana (Nikki) Novikova

Instruments: Flute, Piccolo, Recorder
Styles: Classical, Popular
Education: Master of Music in Flute Performance and Pedagogy, Rimsky-Korsakov St.Petersburg State Conservatory, Russia
Languages: English, Russian
Teaches Online: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays
Rates: $35 per 30 Minutes, $70 per 60 Minutes

Svetlana holds a Master’s Degree in Music majoring in Flute Performance and Pedagogy from The Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory, Russia.

Throughout her career Svetlana has held contracts with many different orchestras in Russia, such as The Kremlin Philharmonic Orchestra (Nizhniy Novgorod Philharmonic Society), The Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg Conservatory Orchestra, St.Petersburg Opera (Chamber Opera Company), and State Russian Concert Orchestra of St. Petersburg. Over the course of a five-year contract (1998-2003) Svetlana performed in symphony orchestras in Seoul, South Korea, including Seoul National Symphony Orchestra and New Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra.

Since immigrating to Canada in 2004, Svetlana has been an in-demand teacher in the Greater Toronto Area. Her students have been awarded gold medals for their achievements at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto examinations, and have won numerous prizes and scholarships at the Kiwanis Music Festival and North York Music Festival in Toronto. Svetlana has guided students regularly to continue their education at various university programs majoring in music education and flute performance, including University of Toronto, University of Western Ontario, Queens University, and Wilfrid Laurier University.

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Jack Smith - Cosmo School of Music

Jack Smith

Instruments: Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock
Education: Bachelor of Music (BMus), Mount Allison University; Master’s in Music Performance (MMus), University of Toronto
Languages: English, Fench 

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

Jack Smith is from the small town of Florenceville, New Brunswick. A decorated professional, he holds a Bachelor of Music from Mount Allison University and a Master’s in Music Performance from the University of Toronto. At Mount Allison, Jack was the class of 2020 recipient of the J.E.A Crake Performance Award in Music as well as a winner of the Mount Allison Concerto Competition. He has also represented Mount Allison as a solo performer as part of Jeunesse Musicales touring performance in 2020.

Jack also spent two summers playing first alto saxophone for the band of Ceremonial Guard in Ottawa where he performed regularly on Parliament Hill, at the Governor General’s House, and at the German embassy. Always happy to perform contemporary pieces, Jack has been involved in several new music concerts, premiering works by modern composers for solo performer and chamber ensemble. Jack has also had the opportunity to take part in Barbara Hannigan’s Equilibrium Young Artist Program the past two summers.

Aside from performance, Jack enjoys studying instrument repair and approaching music from several different angles including analytical, technical, and in a way that helps create a narrative through performance. As a teacher, Jack personally tailors his teaching style to each student depending on what will help them grow and develop as musicians. And of course, Jack strives to create a nurturing and kind environment for all students from every walk of life.

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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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