Here at NSM we pride ourselves on providing the best and most well trained teachers for our students!
Here at the Nepean School of Music we are dedicated to giving our students the very best musical education possible! We have the largest teaching staff in Eastern Ontario, over 24 teaching rooms, a professional recording studio, performance venue!
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OUR LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
Success in music is based on both a teachers ability as well as the personality match between them and their student. This is why we have over 25 teachers on staff to ensure the best match for all of our students.
We also understand Ottawa is a diverse community which is why we have staff capable of teaching in English, French, Sinhala, Mandarin, Cantonese and Spanish.
Focusing in musical theatre and classical voice, Bettina has completed her Grade 8 qualification in voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Bettina has participated in her high school’s choir for three years, and was part of their production of “A Christmas Carol” this past holiday season. Bettina also participates in music at her church by singing on stage during worship services.
Bettina has been working with children for five years, helping in local summer camps, Sunday school classes, and more. She has also travelled to Taiwan to teach English to the local youth.
Bettina hopes that her students enjoy puns as much as she does, and is looks forward to meeting and enjoying music with each new vocal student that joins her studio.
A band coach in the Nepean School of Music’s Band Program, Brian brings a great sense of excitement and enthusiasm to our school. He has vast experience with various performing groups, including touring internationally. Currently, Brian is a member of the touring band Old James. In addition to dogs, Brian likes long walks on the beach and is very close with his mom.
Born and raised in Ottawa, David Endemann is a passionate orchestral, chamber and solo violist. He has been a member of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra since 2014, and has performed at Ottawa Chamberfest and the National Arts Centre Fourth Stage. He has also participated in a number of master classes, which have been run by such presigious performers as Irvine Arditti, the Scharoun Ensemble (of the Berlin Philharmonic), and Michael van der Sloot. David Obtained a MMus from the University of Ottawa, and a BMus from McGill University. He also records and performs with local Ottawa musicians, and is a past member of the Kalaya String Quartet.
Bio coming soon.
Frank is a charismatic teacher with a love for all music. He has been pursuing the study of music for over 10 years, and incorporates his knowledge and passion for music into all lessons to provide an ideal learning environment for all students.
Heather is a contemporary vocalist with over 20 years of formal training and performance experience. Heather has been a vocal instructor at the Nepean School of Music for the past ten years.
In addition to teaching, throughout her career at Hummingbird Music, Heather has been involved with planning and stage management of various student recitals, workshops, coffeehouses and showcases as well as the JamClinic Rock Camp and Co-op programs. She also enjoys teaching beginner piano, music theory and song-writing.
Her personal experience ranges from solo performances at numerous events, choral singing, musical theatre, singing competitions, studio collaborations and currently performs around the Ottawa area with her symphonic metal band Monument. Her favourite genres to sing range between rock, metal, classical, pop, musical theatre and jazz.
Heather enjoys helping to inspire her students to explore and achieve their singing goals through learning a balance of healthy technique, strength and control, stage presence and creativity.
Jordan is an experienced bass, guitar, and woodwind teacher of over six years. He has studied Music Industry Arts at Algonquin College and after graduating continued to tutor students of that program. Jordan is also an alumnus of the Victor Wooten’s Center for Music and Nature: Bass and Nature Camp 2015, where he learned from musical legends Victor Wooten, Chuck Rainey, Steve Bailey, Felix Pastorius and others.
Jordan has plenty of experience teaching one-on-one as well as in groups of up to 20 people. He has an understanding of various skill levels, ranging from total beginners to advanced professionals. Jordan has been classically trained in the world of woodwinds and has spent a great deal of time exploring jazz and other more improvisational styles.
Kevin is currently in the Bachelor of Music program at Carleton University for flute performance. He brings his talent on the piano and flute by teaching both of these instruments at the Nepean School of Music. Kevin also writes his own compositions and gets inspiration from many different genres of music. He has a passion for teaching and loves to pass along his knowledge to others. His favourite colour is blue.
Kim teaches woodwind instruments and trumpet at the Nepean School of Music, with the occasional piano student. She has her Bachelor of Music from Queen’s University where she majored on the alto saxophone, and focused her studies on Music Education. She has her Bachelor and Master of Education (music and history) degrees from Nipissing University. In the past, she has worked as an educational programmer at a museum in North Bay, and is currently a music director at a private elementary school, Bishop Hamilton Montessori, where she conducts band, choir, and directs a musical every other year.
Matthew has been an Ottawa-based, professional musician for the past eight years and a guitar instructor for five years. He is an enthusiastic instructor who emphasizes fun, musical development, and commitment. The main goal of his classes is to encourage students to cultivate their passion for music.
Matt began playing the guitar at 13. After a few years of playing chords and learning through magazines, he began taking formal lessons on technique and theory to create a solid foundation for his musical practice. After moving to Ottawa in 2008, he attended Algonquin College for the Music Industry Arts program. There, he learned recording technology and attained a certificate in pre-music production.
After graduating, Matt joined local rock band Pretty Little Death Machine (PLDM), recorded two albums, and toured across Canada. He currently plays with the band Gnarly Brown, who will be releasing their first album in 2016. Matt continues to develop his personal musical interests by studying jazz and classical guitar, following the Royal Conservatory of Music syllabus.
Matthew is finishing the fourth and final year of his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Ottawa, majoring in Piano Performance. He is planning to pursue a master’s degree in either performance or composition shortly after. He is also an active accompanist in the Ottawa community.
During the summer of 2016, Matthew completed his ARCT, the highest qualification that the Royal Conservatory of Music awards.
He began teaching in fall 2011, and found his place on the Hummingbird Music team in 2014.
Matthew is available for piano lessons or accompaniment. As a teacher he specializes in teaching teens and adults, but also has fun working with the younger students!
Michael is a piano teacher for all people and genres. Whether you are looking to study classical piano, theory, aural training, or even learn that catchy tune you heard on the radio, Michael can definitely help!
Michael has received a Bachelor of Music from Carleton University, as well as a Bachelor of Education from Nipissing University. As an Ontario Certified Teacher, Michael is an educator with vast experience, and is confident when working with students of various needs.
Currently a member of two bands with other teachers at the Nepean School of Music, Michael enjoys performing and participating in the ever-growing Ottawa music scene.
Michael is welcoming and always accepting of students interested in becoming masters of the ivory keys.
Michael is a Bachelor of Music student, currently studying at Carleton University. Michael specializes in woodwind instruments, which includes saxophone, clarinet and flute, and is available for lessons on each instrument.
Michael has volunteered and mentored with many saxophone quartets at Carleton University, Bell High School’s senior band, and summer camps such as Music by the Lake and the National Music Camp of Canada.
Performing in multiple saxophone quartets, chamber groups, world music shows, musicals, and newly composed music showcases, Michael has an extensive knowledge in many forms of music that can be applied to your lessons. Michael enjoys sharing his love and education for music to students to watch them grow as independent and strong musicians.
Bio coming soon.
With a wide variety of musical tastes ranging from classical to rock, alternative and more, Paolo is a teacher with passion for all music.
A recent graduate of the Music Industry Arts program at Algonquin College, Paolo has studied various musical topics including musical production, creation, theory, business, digital audio concepts, audio for video, psychology of music and more. He was on the Dean’s list for academic achievement, and received various awards for his exceptional work.
Paolo has been a student of Hummingbird’s JamClinic program for two seasons, and is currently a member of the progressive rock band forest, for which he sings and plays piano.
Paolo has been a teacher with Hummingbird Music since 2014 and is currently available for drum and piano lessons.
Rebecca has been teaching with the Nepean School of Music since September of 2015. She is currently completing her Bachelor of Arts Honours degree at Carleton University, majoring in Music, and minoring in both Canadian Studies and History. She also hopes to pursue a Bachelor of Education.
The highlights of Rebecca’s musical career include singing with the Ontario Youth Choir, winning the Top Vocalist Award in the Porcupine Musical Festival, and teaching. Rebecca is an inspiring, energetic teacher who thrives on sharing her musical knowledge.
Rebecca is the director of the Hummingbird Music Show Choir and Glee Club, and is available for piano and classical or contemporary vocal lessons.
Samurdhi is an accomplished musician with a lifelong passion for music and performance. Her formal training began at the young age of seven, and since then Samurdhi has studied multiple genres of music and has successfully participated in many festivals and competitions. Out of love for her craft and her love for teaching, at 16 years old, Samurdhi decided to pursue a career in teaching music. She believes that music offers a unique opportunity for everyone, allowing them a peaceful outlet for self-expression and bringing people together.
Samurdhi holds a Bachelor of Music (Hons.) in Voice Performance and a Bachelor of Education at the Intermediate/Senior Level. With over 20 years of performance experience and training, and eight years of teaching experience, Samurdhi brings a unique perspective to our team of dedicated teaching staff at the Nepean School of Music. In addition to NSM, Samurdhi is a secondary school music teacher of the OCDSB where she directs three choirs and teaches both vocal and instrumental music.
In addition to her passion for music and teaching, she enjoys spending time with her dog, an Alaskan Malamute, who is also proving to be quite the musician!
Stephanie grew up in Shanghai, China studying piano and voice. After moving to Canada, she attended Carleton University to study classical voice in the Bachelor of Music program, graduating in 2014.
Being part of the Hummingbird Music family since 2013, Stephanie brings a unique background to the school, with a plethora of knowledge to share. Her bubbly and friendly nature suits all age groups, and helps to keep children excited and engaged in their musical education.
Stephanie is the director of the Chinese Children’s Choir, and is available for piano, and classical or contemporary vocal lessons.
Lilith Fair and Dawson’s Creek alumni, Tammy holds three album releases to her name as well as many songwriting awards. Tammy has been teaching voice, piano, and songwriting at Hummingbird Music since 1995, calling it her second home. FYI, Tammy is also the biggest animal lover ever!
Since the beginning of his musical education at the age of 10, Taylor has always been passionate about playing the drum set. By 13, he was playing professionally with various groups both through live performances and in studio settings. Nearing the completion of his high school education, Taylor decided to nourish his interest in music by enrolling in the Bachelor of Music program for Drum Performance at Carleton University. While studying at Carleton, Taylor taught part-time, gigging regularly while also trying his hand at composition. In both 2011 and in 2012 he was awarded The Robert Fleming Memorial Scholarship for his compositional works. Taylor completed his Bachelor of Music with a Minor in Psychology in 2014, graduating with high distinction.
Throughout his experience playing, teaching and learning, Taylor has gained an interest in almost every kind of music (rock, jazz, pop, classical, Latin, metal, funk, hip-hop and more), but he especially appreciates anything with a solid drum track. His lessons are always directed towards his students’ individual goals. Taylor’s philosophies with teaching accept the fact that in order for one to persevere through the challenges of learning the drums, the journey has to be fun!
Tina has over 15 years of musical experience as a performer and musician. Since a very young age, she has always loved music. This passion has motivated her to complete RCM level 10 in piano, and teach piano while she continues her studies in university. Being at the Nepean School of Music has taught her that teaching is as much about her growth as a teacher, as it is about participating in the academic and social growth of her students. When teaching becomes a true passion, one cannot help being humbled by the accomplishments that can be made in the life of a student and in the life of a teacher.
Tony has been involved in the professional music scene for more than 40 years, and has been a teacher at the Nepean School of Music for 15 years.
Tony has played in various Ottawa-based bands, most notably Shock which had its popularity during the mid-1980s. During which time, he opened for many renowned acts including Motorhead, Megadeth, Anthrax, Annihilator and Exciter touring across North America. Shock has recorded two studio albums of their own.
Tony is a member of SOCAN (Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada), and had contributed to the scores of two separate films.
Currently, Tony performs locally with two bands – Monument and Power Metal Band.
Tony is proficient in most guitar styles, as is ready for the challenges that all different types of students bring his way.
Our administrative team is ready to help! Whether is be with scheduling your next music lesson, finding the best band or ensemble for you, or even just a quick hello, our admin will meet you with a smiling face! We are here to make your experience within our school as enjoyable and rewarding as possible.
Chris is the General Manager at Hummingbird Music Limited. In addition to overseeing all events at Hummingbird, Chris books our pro artist roster at high profile events. He is also your go-to for the Nepean School of Music Band Program and one of our drum instructors!
As a professional touring/recording artist, Chris has had the opportunity to tour the world in six continents, as well as being nominated for two Juno Awards. With his passion for drumming and performing, he has found a good home in Ottawa as his journey continues.
Meaghan is a graduate of Carleton University’s Bachelor of Music program. While she majored in classical clarinet performance, she found a second passion in the music of West Africa. Through her course studies and performance experience with Carleton’s West African Rhythm Ensemble, Meaghan was able to make her way to Ghana, West Africa, to study the music at its roots.
Before joining the team at the Nepean School of Music, Meaghan taught and mentored youth at Baobab Tree Drum Dance Community here in Ottawa.
In addition to music, Meaghan is an avid equestrian. Whenever she is not at the school, you can expect to find her with horses!
Meaghan is our Office Manager, and is usually the first smiling face you will meet at NSM.
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From lessons to performing on the big stage
Learning is only half the battle. We also offer a variety of performance opportunities for our students and encourage them to get up and showcase their talent!