Meet Our Teachers

Highly qualified and experienced, inspirational and compassionate, with a love for music, people and the joy that comes from performing:

Our teachers our here to support your success!

 

Adeyemi Adeogun
Adeyemi Adeogun
Music Training: Piano & Vocal Training

Adeyemi Adeogun

Andrew Fetterley
Andrew Fetterley
MUSIC TRAINING: GUITAR (ACOUSTIC, ELECTRIC, BASS), MANDOLIN, SONGWRITING & BAND TRAINING

Andrew Fetterley is a guitarist, bassist, singer/songwriter and music teacher.

Andrew delivers high-energy performances, which has made him a powerful and captivating talent to watch. He fuses elements of funk-rock, pop, jazz and country into his music. Combined with his soulful voice and dynamic rhythmic approach to his instruments, Andrew creates his own special blend of music.

Andrew Fetterley has been featured on CBC Morning, Breakfast Television, YTV and several University and online radio stations.

Andrew has also played with some of Canada’s premier players: Jeff Martin (The Tea Party), Nick Czarnogorski (Johnny Reid), Anesti Karantakis (Fefe Dobson, Sass Jordon), Johnny Vassos (Universal/Chris Smith Management), Chris Lesso (Wild T & The Spirit), Tenille (Royalty Records). Andrew has opened for big acts like Emerson Drive (Midas Records Nashville), The Tragically Hip (Universal), Aaron Pritchett (Indie), Jellestone (Universal/Chris Smith Management) and Rascal Flatts (Lyric Street Records).

As an NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International) and SOCAN member,
Andrew produces and writes with local artists out of his own studio “7 South Productions”
regularly contributing his talents to other artist’s albums.

Andrew Fetterley received a TOP 10 Honorable Mention for his Song “Who Will You Be” at the 2009 Annual CMT/NSAI Song Contest.

Andrew has released two Indie Recordings “The Year I Went Missing” 2007 and “A Collection of Footprints” 2006. Currently he is working on writing a full-length album and most recently was approved for a FACTOR demo grant to produce recordings to shop his songs to publishers in Nashville, New York and Toronto.

Presently Andrew plays live regularly around the GTA and teaches music students during the week.

Dawn Van Dam
Dawn Van Dam
Performance Training

President of Canyon Entertainment Group, an artist management company and record label. President of Canyon Entertainment Academy — bringing the world of musician artistry and performance to singers and musicians. Creator of Girl Pow-R.

David Riddel
David Riddel
Music Training: Guitar, Drums, Piano & Band Training

David holds a Bachelor in Jazz performance from the University of Toronto and a diploma in Jazz Performance from Grant Macewan University in Edmonton. He has played for over 22 years all over the world in a variety of settings. As an expert in many styles including jazz, rock, blues, country, folk and R&B, David can teach students of any age or level.

David likes to help students find their own personal voice in music. Emphasis in lessons is on learning music that the student is interested in, though David is always there to recommend new repertoire, if necessary! David has a firm belief that listening to a lot of music is just as important as playing it!

Lessons with David are meant to be fun and enlightening! He is a very passionate teacher and loves having passionate students!

Guy Mannheim
Guy Mannheim
Vocal & Performance Training

Born in Israel.
BA magna cum laude from the Department of Thearte at the Tel Aviv University. Studied at the academy of music in Tel Aviv and with high profile vocal teachers in Europe and New York, such as Wolfgang Millgram and William Schuman. Regularly attended the international summer opera programs of the IVAI. Sang in Master classes with Siegfried Jerusalem, Hilde Zadeck, HatmuthHoell, Verena Keller, Lucy Arneretc…

Winner of the Laubachprizeat the International Hans Gabor Bellveder singing competition in Vienna, 2005, and the Schloss Rheinsberg Festival 2009. Rheinsberg Recipient of scholarships from the IVAI, AICF, the Ronen foundation and the New York Wagner Society. In 2000 won the Davidoff prize for outstanding achievements in Acting studies and received a special scholarship from the America Israel Cultural Foundation for opera studies in New York.

Jovan Jovanov (Jay Jay)
Jovan Jovanov (Jay Jay)
Song Creation: Producer, Composer

Jovan Jovanov professionally known as Jay Jay, is a well-known Macedonian-Canadian Songwriter, Composer and Producer of Pop, Dance, R&B, Hip-Hop music. He began his music education when he was six years old. He graduated from Music Academy in Skopje. Now based in Toronto, Canada Jovan Jovanov (Jay Jay) has received many awards and acknowledgements. His songs have more then 100 million views on YouTube. His songs have represented Macedonia on the Eurovision Song Contest in 2004, 2009 and 2011, and on the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2007. He is still working with many famous artists such a Slatkaristika, Adrian Gaxha, Floriani, Tyzee, Bobby Andonov…

” It is difficult to build a career in today’s music industry. I believe the key to success is creating music that will last. You should follow the best but add your own personal touch. Real artists work with both the heart and mind. With my experience and education, I’ve helped many artists reach their desired goals. The sky is the limit when it comes to my passion for music. The Music Artist Development Centre is an amazing place where talented artists, with a vision, can achieve their breakthrough. Canada is a land where there is so much talent waiting to be discovered. We are here to help”.

Jovan Jovanov (Jay Jay) founded Global Music Records in 2001. Global Music Records has been working for 15 years with many famous singers East of Europe.

The Music Artist Development Centre Co-founder and Head Producer, Songwriter, Sound Engineer has composed and released over 500 songs and his artist in Europe have millions of fans.

 

Justin Kim
Justin Kim
Music Training: Drums

Justin Kim is a drummer and percussionist who resides in Mississauga, Ontario. He’s been playing for around 15 years which led him to study jazz and classical percussion performance at YorkU. He plays drumset and percussion in several different projects from bands to orchestras. He enjoys teaching, composing and performing in downtown Toronto as well as the GTA area, performing a variety of musical genres such as jazz, classical, folk, hip hop, Latin, and fusion. He has taught students at a variety of different levels and is always encouraging towards a student’s musical growth and desire to learn for themselves. These experiences as well as playing piano and percussion has helped him attain an individual sound that he continues to craft in his students as well as himself.

Kwame ‘Kwality’ Mensah
Kwame ‘Kwality’ Mensah
Dance, Choreography & Performance Training

The Ghanaian culture is nothing short of a rhythmic culture. The beat of the drum and movement of the body go hand and hand. From a young age, Kwame’s father introduces him to the beat of the African drum and the overwhelming feeling to move his body to the flow of the beat came forth. From that point the flame was lit. Learning the rhythmic body movements of African dancing Kwame, also felt the calling of the street dancing. Music videos and films from Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson to Boogaloo Shrimp and Shabadoo all the way to the Nicholas Brothers, gave way for Kwame to learn more.

The friendship and respect for choreographer and CEO of DoDat Entertainment Luther Brown would take his love for dance to a whole different level, turning a passion into a recognizable career which has broken down many barriers for future Canadian dancers to come. Kwame: Original member of Toronto’s #1 professional dance family Dodat Entertainment. Through his love for music and dance, he has taken his skills to the next level. Not just by doing the moves but through expressing the feeling behind the moves. His cool, cocky, sexy dance style separates him from the rest as he displays intense body movements that are eye catching.
Kwame has been seen in the videos of some of Canada’s premiere artists such as Shawn Desman, Jully Black, Glenn Lewis, and Sean Paul, just to list a few. Not only has he done videos and tours, he’s been featured in movies such as Blues Brother 2000, Shall We Dance and Honey starring Jessica Alba and Lil’ Romeo. He has danced in award shows such as the UMAC Awards, Canadian Idol Show, the Juno Awards and the Canadian Urban Music Awards.

Natalia Vayner
Natalia Vayner
Music Training: Piano

Has over 30 years working with students of all ages and abilities. I am starting to teach piano from age 4.
Graduated from Primary Music School -piano, Music College of Art as piano teacher and accompanist and Academy of Culture and Arts as pianist and choir conductor in St.- Petersburg, Russia.

Started career as a piano teacher and accompanist from 19 years old.

Enjoy working with students of all ages.

Natalia’s students receiving high marks at Royal Conservatory of Music examinations in piano and music theory.
Students participating in competitions and recitals at list 2 times a year.

Natalia always able to establish interesting and very creative atmosphere at the lessons. And always having good relationship with students and their parents.

Natalia participating in annual recitals as a performer as well, playing solo, piano duets with students as a well as accompany to different instruments and vocalists.

Mary Mendoza
Mary Mendoza
VOCAL, PERFORMANCE & SONGWRITING TRAINING

Mary Mendoza, who goes by the stage name “Madette”, is a multi-faceted artist with musical influences including Michael Jackson, Sade, Alicia Keys and Lauryn Hill. She has written songs with her 14-piece band, Really Big World, receiving radio airplay on CBC Radio, Jewel Radio and Jazz FM, taking their live music to notable stages, such as, Nathan Phillips Square, Flato Markham Theatre, and the Beaches Jazz Festival.
Mary is also a motivational author, a Disney Princess performer and a representative of the Songwriters Association of Canada. Along with her passion in holistic health and advocacy for social change, her mission at Canyon Entertainment Academy is to help nurture and empower the next generation of Canadian stars.
You can stay informed about her work at: https://instagram.com/get2madette
And for new video releases, you can subscribe to: https://youtube.com/get2madette

Michelle Murray
Michelle Murray
VOCAL TRAINING

Michelle Murray is a Bachelor of Public Relations student at Humber College. She has over ten years of experience in vocal training and has completed her Grade 8 RCM exam in voice. Michelle performed all over the world with her choir. Some of her most notable experiences include singing on the Great Wall of China, singing at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Ireland and performing with Ronnie Millsap on the Grand Ole Opry stage in Tennessee.

Simone McParland
Simone McParland
VOCAL & MUSIC THEORY TRAINING

Simone is an enthusiastic and encouraging teacher who has worked with a number of students of varying ages and musical ability. She is currently following her musical passion as a university student, specializing in Classical Voice and Music Education. With experience working with children at the Canadian Opera Company and teaching music theory privately, Simone has gained a great understanding of how to most effectively work with students of different musical backgrounds.

Working towards her Level 10 qualifications through the Royal Conservatory of Music, achieving First Class Honours in the previous level, she is a determined individual and wants to encourage her students to push their boundaries and discover their musical potential as her teachers have motivated her to do. Overall, Simone’s hope is to inspire her students to follow their aspirations and help them to feel confident in their voice.

Tudor Plopeanu
Tudor Plopeanu
Music Training: Drums, Percussion

Hey there, My name is Tudor and I’m a 26 year old musician from Toronto. I’ve been playing drums and percussion for over 15 years and have performed in Classical, Rock, Fusion, Jazz, Gospel, Hip-Hop and Folk groups. Growing up in the city I have been exposed to many styles of music: from Blues to Classical, Funk, Latin and Indonesian Gamelan. These experiences lead me to Humber College, where I’m currently studying Jazz. Music has always played a central role in my life and inspires me to be better in all facets. In my spare time, I enjoy swimming, reading and composing music. Overall, I believe in dedication, honesty and discovery.

Trey Robinson
Trey Robinson
Vocal & SongWriting

With endless passion and decades of experience in songwriting, production and engineering, TreyR fashions his cutting-edge sound from his production company. TreyR has worked with hundreds of artists in the music industry around the world. With a huge a repertoire of professional work, Trey’s music speaks for itself