MEET THE TEAM
Owner and Piano
Juno nominated pianist Sam Kogen is an honours graduate from Humber College’s Bachelor of Contemporary Music where he studied with many of Canada's top jazz musicians.
With 11 years of teaching experience, Sam has taught students of all ages, both as a clinician and a private instructor. His focus is to encourage students to play the music they love, but also to explore what might be unfamiliar styles as a way to stretch their knowledge and their performance/composition skills.
Sam is also active as a freelance performer, producer and composer. He performs regularly in Toronto as a soloist and as a member of several event bands and original projects. Sam recently released an EP and continues to compose and produce new material for his original projects SO-GO-DO and Here For Now.
Voice And Piano
Powerhouse soul singer Rachel Myers (Rae Fawn) recently graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Songwriting. Originally hailing from Boston, she is now based in Toronto, after having spent years performing at live venues in both cities.
In addition to writing songs, Rachel specializes in playing piano by ear. Her music is known for its catchy, funky chord progressions, relatable lyrics, and unique tone.
As an instructor, Rachel has a unique ability to identify a student’s musical strengths and teaches them to create their own personal style. Her main genres of expertise include R&B, Pop, Soul and Jazz.
Rachel believes that while anyone can sing songs, not everyone can become a musical artist. For a performer, confidence is everything so she helps build it organically. Through fun exercises and step-by-step methodology, she draws students out of their shells so they can hit the right notes, develop tone, write lyrics, accompany themselves on piano, and truly shine onstage.
Piano and Vocals
I am a soprano as well as a voice and piano teacher in Toronto. In 2018, I graduated from the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music with a high distinction Bachelor of Music Voice Performance. Although I studied classical singing, I also sing in other genres including music theatre and pop. I have a vast level of experience from weddings, funerals, nursing homes and corporate events to being one of the soprano section leads at St. Paul's on Bloor street services and further extensive choral and soloist experience. I currently study with distinguished Canadian soprano, Cindy Townsend and am preparing to audition for Master's programmes next year.
I have a Russian background and speak fluently in both English and Russian.
Being able to teach others how to express themselves through music is one of my biggest passions. Music has always gotten me through hard times and elevated my good ones and I hope to share it's influence with you!
Guitar and Piano
Will is a Toronto based guitarist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Getting his start by taking lessons at the local guitar shop, Will’s life quickly became dominated by music books and songwriting. As a Philosophy graduate from McMaster University, Will decided to keep his musical journey private, studying closely with a handful of exceptional players (Howard Rees, Reg Schwager and Tom Juhas).
With a decade of teaching experience, Will has taught students of all ages. His focus is to make sure that learning music is fun and inspiring, and to him this comes by catering to the individual goals of each student. By catering to the music a student loves today, Will strives to develop the skills and confidence that will shape them into a well-rounded musician for life.
Will is also an active performer with a breadth of experience as a touring musician. Having traveled across Canada, throughout Europe, the U.S., and Japan, Will connects with his students as someone who understands the life of a working musician. You can find Will playing in multiple bands across the city, playing coffee shop guitar in West End Toronto, or teaching people how to make their lives more musical.
Award-Winning, multi-genre singer Jessica Salvo (formerly Jessica Rempel) is a well known solo artist and acclaimed backup singer for Toronto artist phenoms.
With a Bachelor of Music Degree from Humber College, Salvo’s wide range of backup experience includes: Valley, Charlotte Day Wilson, KC Roberts and The Live Revolution, Coldjack, and vocalist for Jazz Bistro’s Jeff Beck Tribute and others including multiple wedding bands.
Known as “infectious”, “influential” and a “a pure joy to perform with”, Salvo will, without a doubt, continue to make her mark on the Toronto scene and beyond.
Sean Clarey is a Toronto based guitarist, producer, and multi-Instrumentalist. Sean tours, performs, and records regularly with various projects and attended Humber College. Sean has performed at Toronto TD Jazz Festival, Newmarket Jazz Festival, RCK Pro Jazz, CMW, NXNE, Indie Music Week, and myriad other festivals both Canadian and International.
Sean began studying music formally at age 5.
Sean is the recipient of the 'Kim Mitchell Scholarship,'Kevin Mackle Memorial Scholarship', the 'Gordon and Anne Wragg Scholarship', and the ‘Humber College Community Music Guitar Award’.
Sean is a published poet, visual artist, and freelance audio engineer.
Jaden Spanier is a multi-award winning drummer raised in the Beaches area of Toronto. He began performing as a professional at age 16. He recently graduated from Humber College where he had the privilege of studying under some of Canada’s top musicians, most notably Larnell Lewis and Mark Kelso.
Jaden is known for being a versatile performer. He performs in Rock, Jazz, Funk and Pop groups. Jaden has appeared on over 20 album recordings and is known for his studio session work.
Jaden is a passionate teacher and enjoys working with all levels of students.
Saxophone, Flute and Piano
Stuart Brignell is a saxophonist, woodwinds educator and producer based in Toronto. He is a graduate of the jazz performance program at Humber College, and holds a bachelors in Music and Jazz performance from the institution. He has toured North America, Europe and the UK with numerous outfits, and enjoys playing local performances and teaching students of all ages when at home in Toronto.
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