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Dave Orrett

School Director and Founder

Dave’s love for music education spans almost two decades. He began his early teaching career as a part-time Arts and Sports camp coordinator, drama teacher, and piano teacher with Toronto Parks and Recreation. By 1998, Dave’s passion for music began to take over and he decided to open up his own music school where he could teach and inspire full time. More than 800 students later, and with the help of a meticulously chosen staff of like-minded professional teachers, Dave’s goal remains to give each student the tools necessary to attain his or her highest musical potential while making the journey enjoyable. Using techniques he has developed for numerous learning styles, Dave is an exceptional motivator and curriculum developer. Dave is also the proud founder and former volunteer director of “Pulse”, a percussion ensemble for inner-city youth which enjoyed considerable exposure on Breakfast Television, Reader’s Digest Magazine, and dozens of live performances including a feature at Massey Hall in 2002. Enjoying an established reputation as a songwriter, performer, producer and studio engineer, Dave lives and breathes the world of music.

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Nick Korneluk

Modern Piano, Classical Piano, and Ukulele. CERTIFIED TEACHER (Member of OCT)

Professional jazz and classical pianist, Nick Korneluk, is a passionate performer and teacher in the Toronto music scene. Nick has completed a Contemporary Music degree at the Humber College School of Creative and Performing Arts and a Bachelor of Education from York University. While in Toronto Nick has had the opportunity to work and study with a range of talented and brilliant teachers, together with some of the top-performing jazz pianists and musicians throughout Canada. Nick has acquired and proficiently developed his skills in music theory, arranging, composition, and harmony, as well as a variety of improvisational techniques and musical genres. He has also had the opportunity to perform in various theatre and production orchestras including ocean bound entertainment and Royal Caribbean International that have taken him across the Atlantic and back touring the Baltic Sea. Nick’s fun and creative approach to music makes for an excellent learning experience that can inspire and get students excited about creating and discovering new music!

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Christian McKibbin

Guitar and Bass

Christian is an established and highly sought-after guitarist in the Toronto music scene. With well over a thousand performances, Christian has played across North America and Europe with highly notable Canadian and international artists. From club dates to festival tours to TV appearances, Christian’s experience is highly regarded in the industry. He has recorded and produced major label releases both domestically and in Europe. In 2006, Christian received a Juno nomination for Best New Group. On top of his performance skills, Christian is an honours graduate in Performance and Arranging at Humber College. His teaching experience includes many years at one of Canada’s premiere learning institutions. He is a respected educator whose knowledge and skills are ideal for all ages and interests.

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Derek Bunyak

Modern Piano and Classical Piano

Originally born in Sudbury, Derek began as a young self-taught piano player and eventually moved to Toronto, where he completed his Diploma for Jazz Piano at Humber college. Derek originally joined Humber as a saxophone major, but quickly found a greater fascination with piano. With high regard from teaching staff and a rekindled passion from his youth, Derek switched his major from saxophone and began his formal study of piano. While completing studies for arranging, composing, improvisation, theory, and ear training, Derek undertook lessons with Art Maiste at Humber (Pianist for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra 1958-1983, as well as a frequent player in the Jazz scene), and Brian Dickinson who both helped Derek harness the technical aspects of playing, as well as the theory behind composition. Passionate about Classical and Jazz, Derek has a diverse understanding and appreciation for many genres of music, and a love for passing on knowledge. Lessons with Derek are genuine and inspiring, just ask his growing list of loyal students of all ages!

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Steve Lavery

Modern Piano and Guitar

Steve Lavery is a pianist, keyboardist and synth player who grew up in Wilmot Township Ontario. Now a Toronto resident, Steve plays a wide variety of music in a number of genres including Canadiana/Roots, World Fusion, Bollywood, Rock and Electronica. Steve performs regularly with a number of artists including Alyson McNamara, roots rock band Aphrodite’s Bodice, and indie/ psychedelic project The Cosmic Eye. An enthusiastic and passionate music teacher, Steve is excited to bring his diverse experience to the Alderwood team. Steve studied classical piano at the Beckett School of Music and has a Bachelor of Music degree from Humber College.

 

 

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Simon Miminis

Drums 

We are over the moon to have Simon join our team of educators. Not only is Simon already a respected professional drummer, multi-instrumentalist, film composer, and studio engineer, he is also a natural teacher; gifted with children and adults alike. With over 15 years of experience behind the kit he has performed with many established artists, ensembles, big bands and orchestras both live and in the studio spanning genres such as pop, rock, folk, country, jazz, funk, latin and more. He graduated with his Bachelors of Music from Humber College with honours standing and is currently completing his MA in music composition from York University. Simon has been teaching drums, theory, and production for over 7 years and is an endorsed drum set educator through Vic Firth’s PDT program. Though Simon plays a litle bit of everything, his professional qualifications are first in Drums, then on Guitar and Piano with young children. Here at Alderwood we find that typically students need only a few minutes around his infectious warmth and positive energy to be hooked on his lessons!

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Alexis Loryn

Alexis Loryn

Voice, and Steps to Music
Alexis was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. Born into a musical family, her earliest exposure to music was from her parents’ love of classic rock and jazz. She quickly developed a passion for singing through this early and frequent exposure. She began taking singing lessons at the age of four and guitar quickly followed. She is currently completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts in music at York University with a specialization in jazz vocal performance, where she has been fortunate enough to study with Sherie Marshal, as well as improvisation with Matt Brubeck. She frequently performs at bars and small venues across the GTA as a solo performer, and with various ensembles including the Alexis Loryn Trio.

 

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Tak Arikushi

Guitar, and Ukulele
Tak made the decision to move to Toronto from his home town of Vancouver, in 2013. Since then he has been busily establishing his musical ventures in the city: He is the principal guitarist for award winning jazz vocalist, Denielle Bassels as well as leading his own Gypsy jazz group, Les Petits Nouveaux. When he is not performing, he is busy inspiring the younger generation of musicians through his lessons. His musical knowledge spans a wide variety of genres including rock, pop, metal, and jazz. Armed with a degree in jazz studies, his goal at Alderwood music is to help students grow their self confidence and independence in a fun and light hearted environment.

 

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Cappy Onn

ViolinSteps to Music, and Modern Piano
Cappy was born and raised in Blyth, ON where she is the director of the Goderich Suzuki Violin School (2006-present). She started taking violin lessons when she was 2 and has played ever since. Cappy started teaching when she was 18, has her RCM grade 8 certificate in violin and voice as well as her RCM advanced theory and history certificate. She attended U of T and Sheridan College for stage performance (graduated in 2004) and now lives and works in Toronto as an actor and a Suzuki violin teacher. She is excited to be joining the Alderwood family this fall and inspiring more young players in their pursuit of beautiful music. She currently plays with Toronto indie/alternative rock band I HATE TODD and is a member of the Suzuki Association of Ontario and the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Also of note is that Cappy successfully completed the Suzuki Association of the Americas’ teacher training levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 and their ECC (early young beginners) course and a special group class techniques course. Cappy has two amazing sons who are already rocking it on the violin!

 

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Andy Blatherwick

Modern Piano

Andy Blatherwick is a Toronto based keyboardist and music teacher. He has completed his Contemporary Music degree at the Humber College School of Creative and Performing Arts where he studied under some of the country’s elite improvisers including Hilario Duran and Brian Dickinson. He performs a wide variety of musical styles including jazz, rock, pop, classical, R&B and country. He has also done work as an arranger and songwriter. Andy regularly gigs with his rock band Redsteps and with The Mark Sanders Band where he plays a wide array of synthesizers, organs, and keyboards of all types. A passionate a joyful music teacher, Andy brings years of teaching experience onto the Alderwood team!

 

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Paige Bailey

Modern Piano

Paige Bailey is a piano, organ and keyboard player originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Since beginning playing the piano at the age of five, she has since achieved her grade 10 in the Royal Conservatory of Music as well as a certificate in Jazz Performance at Nova Scotia Community College. Currently, Paige resides in Toronto, Ontario where she is studying to gain her Bachelor of Music at Humber College. Studying under some of the most well known musicians in town such as Brian Dickinson, Nancy Walker and Robi Botos, Paige has many different influences when it comes to her playing technique. With a very wide range of musical genres under her belt, such as Classical, Jazz, Funk, Fusion, Afro-Cuban, and Rock, Paige is an extremely well rounded musician and teacher, willing to help her students in any genre that they are interested in. She also has a very strong background in theory, aural skills, and composition, making these skills a very important aspect to her teaching style.



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