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Teacher Amber Walton-Amar

Amber Walton-Amar

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Amber Walton-Amar teaches Cello. “I am committed to creating a positive and nurturing environment for learning and musical growth. Music has the potential to express that which lies dearest to…

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Ben Vandergaast

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Ben Vandergaast is a graduate of the music program at Centennial College and has been a mainstay in the Quinte music scene for most of his life. He currently performs…

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Beverley Dafoe

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Beverly Dafoe is the longstanding core piano teacher in the Belleville location and a very active member in the RCM, Rotary, and many other local musical groups. Beverly has been…

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Teacher Blair Yarronton

Blair Yarranton

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Blair Yarranton is a working jazz musician and a Music Teacher. He teaches Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Jazz Theory and Improvisation (all instruments) at a Private Studio in Trenton and directs the…

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Teacher Bruce West

Bruce West

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Bruce West teaches violin and viola at his home near Stirling. He studied with several distinguished teachers and played in a number of orchestras and chamber groups over many decades.…

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Carl Povey

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Carl Povey teaches Drums. Fresh from Liverpool, UK. Carl has a diploma in music and has been a pro drummer for 25 years. He taught in the biggest drum shop…

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Teacher Claudia Scott

Claudia Scott

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Claudia Scott began her piano studies at the age of four and obtained her ARCT in Piano Performance at the age of 17 with the Royal Conservatory of Music in…

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Courtney Keywan

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Courtney Keywan is a graduate of New England Conservatory Of Music and has been teaching and performing for most of his life. Courtney has been teaching at Arden’s since 2020.…

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Cynthia Young

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Cynthia Young has been a Registered Music Teacher for 25+ years, specializing in senior/advanced classical piano repertoire and all levels of music theory. Her professional qualifications include an MA, ARCT…

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Debbie Hitchon-Twiddy

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Debbie Hitchon-Twiddy has been teaching piano for over 30 years from her home studio at Oak Lake. She’s had the privilege to share music with so many wonderful people of…

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Teacher Derek Morris

Derek Morris

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Derek Morris has been performing music since he was 5 years old. His musical life started in the Ottawa Valley backing fiddlers on the guitar. He started playing Celtic and…

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Donna Douglas

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Donna Douglas knew of her love for music from the early age of 7, when she began piano lessons herself… there leading into her lifelong pursuit of musical knowledge. Donna…

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Douglas von Edelmann

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Known for his role portrayals in Handel and Mozart operas, Lyric Tenor, Douglas Von Edelmann has broad performance experience both in Canada and internationally, his interpretive finesse in oratorio and…

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Teacher Duncan Cooper

Duncan Cooper

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Duncan Cooper has spent 35 years as a professional musician. He is a graduate of Mohawk College Music program. Education: Graduate of Mohawk College – music program. Jazz theory – harmony,…

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Teacher Ed Conley

Ed Conley

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Ed Conley comes from a musical family. He started playing drums at the age of 5, and studied throughout public and high school, also picking up guitar and bass. He…

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Ernie Chrysler

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Ernie Chrysler studied drums and percussion at Cambrian College and has been performing and teaching for most of his life. Ernie has been teaching at Arden’s since 2002. His main…

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Teacher Gabriella Hamley

Gabriella Hamley

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Gabriella is a violinist and violin teacher. She holds an M.Ed from Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, and ARCT (Violin) from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. With 40 years…

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Graham Flett

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Graham Flett has been performing with different groups in the area for many years and has been teaching at Arden’s since 2022. His main focus is Rock & Jazz.

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Teacher Graylen Howard

Graylen Howard

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Graylen Howard, MMT, NMT, MTA (he/him) graduated from the Applied Music Advanced Diploma Program at Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology in 2013, and Bachelor of Music Therapy (2018)…

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Greg Hendrickson

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Greg Hendrickson is a lifelong ‘low brass’ player, playing and teaching Tuba, Euphonium/Baritone Horn and Trombone. Greg performs most frequently on Tuba in various area orchestras and bands including: the…

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Herman Li

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Herman started learning piano at age 13. He obtained level 9 RCM Piano at 17 then entered the Music Program (B.MUS) at Queen’s University as a Piano major. He has…

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Howard Lopez

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Howard Lopez has been performing with different groups in the area for many years and has been teaching at Arden’s since 2022. His main focus is Jazz.

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Teacher Janice Fast

Janice Fast

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Janice Fast studied at the University of Winnipeg-Concord College where she obtained her B.A. in music and ARCT in piano. She brings with her a wealth of teaching and accompanying…

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Janice Scott

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Janice Scott has been a longstanding member of our core piano teaching staff. She has been teaching for Arden’s since 2010. Her main focus is Contemporary & RCM.

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Teacher Jason Wryghte

Jason Wryghte

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Jason Wryghte is a professional teacher (B.A. B.Ed) who is passionate about student success. He has been teaching music privately for over 30 years, and has been teaching music in…

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Jessica Dore

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Jessica Dore is a graduate of the music program at Queen’s University and has been teaching and performing in the area for many years. She has been teaching at Arden’s…

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Jimmy Rodgers

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Jimmy Rodgers started playing guitar at around 12 years old. Learning from the multiple musicians in his family he was able to hone his skills and over time branched out…

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teacher Joe Kennedy

Joe Kennedy

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Joe Kennedy is an experienced Guitar Teacher. His background with years of band performance in Rock, Country, Folk and Christian and choir groups allows him to teach many styles and…

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Teacher Joel Bootsma

Joel Bootsma

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Joel Bootsma teaches classical violin and viola using the SUZUKI method. “The right time to start a particular student on an instrument is not measurable in years, but in attitude…

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Teacher Kai Evoy

Kai Evoy

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Kai Evoy has a deep passion for music. Royal Conservatory trained in piano, voice and music theory; Kai is also certified as a Teacher for Young Children. Kai approaches music…

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Linda Minty

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Linda Minty is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, where she studied cello and earned a bachelor of Music (Honours Music History). She is principal cellist of Quinte…

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Louise Ford

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Louise Ford studied accordion under Arden Lewis and proceeded to become proficient in many instruments after. Louise has been teaching at Arden’s since 2014. She is also the music director…

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Mark Bond

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Mark Bond was a longtime student at Arden’s before moving around to perform, eventually becoming the Music Director for Second City in Toronto. He has been teaching at Arden’s since…

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Marlene Sampaio

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Marlene Mariano Sampaio is a Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) Certified teacher and has been providing quality piano lessons to students of various ages and levels of playing since 2006.…

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Michael Baker

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Michael Baker has been a staple teacher in the Quinte area for many years, teaching piano as well as brass & woodwind. He has been teaching at Arden’s since 2022.…

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Teacher Patricia Ross

Patricia Ross

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Patricia Ross teaches piano and music theory. “My name is Patricia Ross. I have been a music teacher and accompanist for the last 28 years in the Quinte area. My…

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Patrick Kelleher

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Patrick Kelleher has been teaching from his home studio in Trent Hills (Campbellford) since January, 2004. As he enters his 20th straight year of Full Time Guitar lessons his current…

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Ron Nicholas

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Ron Nicholas got his start studying classical guitar & from there branched out to spend years on the road in touring bands. He has been teaching at Arden’s since 2008.…

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Sherin Rizk

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Sherin Rizk has been a professional singer since the age of 10. At the age of 12 she went on her first Canadian tour and by 15 she had toured…

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Teacher Sophie Bjerke

Sophie Bjerke

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Sophie Bjerke is a Professor Emeritus SUNY Plattsburgh NY & Royal Conservatory of Music, College of Examiners. Her degrees are from UBC & Concordia (Montreal), The Leonardo Project and ARCT…

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Spencer Barriage

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Spencer Barriage has been playing music since the age of 11, studying through the Royal Conservatory method. Early in his studies, he became a church pianist up until attending Western…

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Stephan Macdonald

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Stephan Macdonald got his start teaching with Ardens Music and after some years away spent performing all over he has returned to our guitar teaching team. Currently playing with the…

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Taylor Van Kessel

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Taylor Van Kessel has been an active member of the music scene in Quinte for many years. Holding a wide skill set between performing classical guitar as a solo artist,…

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Teacher Tony Vani

Tony Vani

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Tony Vani teaches individual and group lessons in Guitar, Harmonica and Bass Guitar at his home studio in Belleville’s old East Hill neighbourhood. Tony offers online teaching too. He works…

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Teacher Veronique Kwakkernaat

Véronique Kwakkernaat

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Véronique Kwakkernaat emigrated from the Netherlands to Middleton, Nova Scotia on September 9th, 1971 at age 12. She started playing the flute in 1972 at age 13. She was a…

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