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Our Teachers

Trumpet | Bass | Shine Method


Kelly Craig

A highly qualified Trumpet and electric Bass teacher. He also teaches beginner drums and piano. Having studied at The University of Regina, he completed a degree in Musical education, also completing both a music degree and Sonic Design Diploma at Carleton University and a Masters of Music Education at McGill University. Kelly has played with some of the biggest names in the industry, such as Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, The Funk Brothers, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Bo Diddley, Dan Akroyd, Members of Ike and Tina Turner and Frank Zappa’s band, Otis Clay, etc… The list goes on! Kelly uses a number of unique techniques and concepts to help his students master theory and technique behind the instrument. He prides himself on passing knowledge onto his students and seeing their joy for music come to fruition.

(Musical Director)


Sunnyside Location | Online | In Home


Mandy Kuang

Mandy has been playing piano for over 17 years and has gained knowledge from past experiences to create the environment needed for students to foster a long-term passion for music. She likes to adapt to different teaching styles that best suit her students, as well as experimenting with different musical genres and styles!


Sunnyside Location | Online

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Astrid Camarena Correa

From an early age music has been present in Astrids life. Singing at home as a child, studying piano as a professional career, and more recently learning trumpet. She has a degree in music (Mexico) and a Master's degree in performance/pedagogy in Piano . She has performed with youth orchestras and has collaborated with over sixty instrumentalists, singers, choirs and ballets.


Sunnyside Location | Online | In Home


Asher Darling

Asher Darling instills a love of music in new students, bringing warmth, humour, and liveliness to lessons. Always eager to lend a hand, Asher teaches with a calm, patient and friendly tone.

Piano Teachers


Sunnyside Location | Online 


Eileen Chang

Eileen got her Bachelors of Music in piano performance from the University of Saskatchewan. She has been teaching piano for 20 years, her students ranging in age from 6 and up (5 year olds may work, a discussion before the first lesson is recommended).




Anthony Kubelka

Anthony has been playing the piano for the last 15 years, and has a Masters of jazz performance from the university of Toronto. He is happy to teach piano at all levels, and has also performs across the city. He is very passionate about Jazz and can teach Classical, Pop and various other genres!


Sunnyside Location | Online


Tim Gallop

Tim has been involved with music most of his life and began his first formal training on Accordian and spent many happy hours jamming with his dad; his first musical mentor. After switching over to piano he began experimenting with songwriting and developing his singing voice.

Violin | Viola 

Sunnyside Location | Online 

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Rita Matar

Rita is a highly skilled and passionate violinist with a solid foundation in music theory and 15+ years of experience working in 5 stars luxury hotels, private events. She performs as one-woman show and with
bands and orchestra, playing international, Arabic, classical and pop music. She has participated in various festivals in Morocco, Lebanon, Jordan and Dubai in addition to attending a workshop internationally.
Rita is licensed in Musical education with great communication and time management skills.

Piano | Violin

Sunnyside Location | Online


Neve Sugars-Keen

Neve is currently pursuing her Masters in Performance at Carleton University, and has been playing classical violin, fiddle and piano for over 15 years. She also enjoys music theory.


Flute | Saxophone

Sunnyside Location | Online | In Home


Zeek Gross

A Saxophone and Flute player, with a Bachelor of Music at Concordia University in Montreal. Zeek has played with some of the biggest names in music, local legend Tony D, Gatemouth Brown, The Boogiemen, Nolan Porter and Patrice Zappa and Boule Noir. He played for the former notorious 515 club band. Zeek is currently a full time professional musician, he currently plays with Mark Nyvlt, The Occasional Angels, The Maclovins. He plays many different genres of music, everything from classical, blues, rock, Jazz and many more.


 | Guitar | Djing | Production

Sunnyside | Online

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Marlen Zuyderhoff-Gray

Marlen Started playing piano at the age of 7 and guitar at the age of 12. He quickly discovered electronic music where he taught himself the art of turntablism and digital production. His musical genres include: Funk, Disco, Hip-Hop, Trip hop, electro, and house. He currently teaches production, Djing and Beginner Guitar at Sunnyside.

Vocal Training

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Anastasia Harmatiuk

The newest addition to our team, Anastasia is a former Actress from Ukraine having 15 years experience. She teaches all ages and makes vocal training fun; catering classes around musical styles that interest her students.


Vocal Training | Piano

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Catherine Cardeal

Catherine has been teaching and performing music for over 20 years. Her vocal training is in both classical and contemporary styles of music. She has extensive experience as a session musician. She completed her piano teacher training through the Royal Conservatory of Music in 2019. “As a teacher, I strive to enrich the lives of my students through understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of making music. My goal is to bring awareness to the role of music in the development and well-being of the student, helping them translate that awareness into ways of self-expression through creating of music”


Bass | Guitar | Piano | Ukelele

Sunnyside Location | Online


Kurt Walther

A famous musician around town, Kurt has been playing and teaching for more than 30 years. Educated at Humber College in music and took lessons at The University of Ottawa and Carleton University.



Sunnyside Location | Online


Michael Goyette

A studio musician in Los angeles  for Interscope for many years, Mikes mastery of electric guitar and encyclopedic knowledge of rock, pop, funk and hip hop adds a demension of depth to the faculty at Sunnyside.  


Sunnyside Location | Online


Ben Glossop

BenGlossop studied the classical guitar with Kevin Knellman in Toronto while also playing in several large and small jazz ensembles and folk groups. He is a singer songwriter having studied voice with Micah Barnes, famously of the Nylons vocal quartet. Ben has released an album of his settings of Edward Lear’s Nonsense Songs in 2014 and in 2020 released an album of his chamber music compositions for reeds and strings. He is also the principal bassoonist of the Ottawa Symphony, the Kingston Symphony and a frequent guest performer with the National Arts Centre Orchestra. He has been teaching guitar, piano and bassoon for over 25 years both privately and in groups.



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Mateen Mehri

Mateen Mehri is a professional percussionist in the NCR. Prior to his formal studies, Mateen developed a passion for playing the drum set with various bands in the York Region area, gigging at local music venues and festivals. Mateen holds a MMus in Percussion Performance from the University of Toronto, where he studied under Prof. Charles Settle and Dr. Aiyun Huang. In his free time, he enjoys playing chess and weightlifting.

Drum Set

Sunnyside Location | Online


Matt Babineau

Matt is a seasoned musician with over 23 years of professional experience. He prides himself on being a versatile, groove-oriented drummer with the ability to play several styles. He has been involved with several bands over the last couple of years including Comfortably Numb, Sal Piamonte, Amanda Rheaume, The Cooper Brothers, AK Project and many others. Matt endorses Sonar Acoustic Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Remo Drum Heads, Los Cabos Drumsticks, Protection Racket Cases and Drum Star Wear.

Specialties: Rock Drumming!

Drum Set

Sunnyside Location | Online | In Home


Adrian Trotman

A staple on the gospel circuit, at age 2 Adrian was playing with the best Pentecostal musicians Canada has to

offer. He immediately showed a thirst for learning as much as possible across multiple genres. In his late teens and early adulthood, Adrian has become a top call drummer both nationally and internationally. His experience allows him to relate to any aspiring drummer at any age, and at any point in their development.

Drum set | Latin Percussion

Sunnyside Location | Online


Arien Villegas

It's no exaggeration to say that Arien is the top call conga player haling from Havana. Arien has swiftly become the most saught after conga player for Latin groups in the capital. Tempered with his exposure of American genres like; Motown Soul, R&B, and Soca, he is a welcome addition to Sunnyside. 

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