Silas Chinsen, M.Mus and B.Mus

Silas Chinsen received his M.Mus and B.Mus in classical guitar performance and voice performance from the University of Ottawa graduating summa cum laude. He has taught music professionally for the past nine years and believes that any student can achieve their musical goals through learning how to “practice properly”. This involves utilizing creative problem solving, mindfulness, and specific mental strategies to create a fun practice routine which accelerates muscle memory development.

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Martin Anderle M. Mus.

Martin studied at the University of Music in Vienna, where he received degrees in piano, piano pedagogy, choral conducting and Master of Music in organ. He further studied at the University of Music “Mozarteum” in Salzburg, where he received a degree in orchestral conducting. Martin teaches students of all levels and ages and prepares candidates for the exams of the Royal Conservatory of Music, including the ARCT (Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto) exam. Many of Martin’s students enjoy learning to improvise, thereby creating their own music. Several of his students are very successful in music writing and composing.

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Beth Davis, M. Ed, B Mus.

Beth received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Western Ontario with Honours in piano. She owned a private piano studio for many years and graduated from a Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario.
Beth completed a Masters of Education from the University of Saskatchewan and published her thesis on students with chronic illness in the classroom. She has also attended many conferences and seminars on topics such as related teaching students with ADHD, special education, social justice, anti-oppressive education, and more.

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GSM Director

After over 40 years of teaching piano lessons to students of all ages and levels, Tracey Clarke-Rankine has retired as director of the Guelph School of Music which is now part of the Guelph Youth Music Centre family. The GSM

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Mathew Gartshore, M.Mus, B. Mus, ARCT, RMT

Matthew is a pianist based in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, where he currently teaches and performs in the Tri-Cities and Guelph. Matthew holds a Masters in Piano Performance at Syracuse University, where he had a full scholarship and TA, in addition to a BMus summa cum laude from McMaster and an ARCT Performers from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Throughout his diverse musical career he has collaborated with many singers and instrumentalists in operas and chamber music. Matthew has performed at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Noon Hour Recital Series as a soloist and in collaboration with the soprano Jennifer Carter.

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Margaret Zak, M. Mus.

Margaret is Assistant Concert Master with the Guelph Symphony Orchestra (GSO), a founding member since its beginnings 18 years ago, and a principle violin with the University of Guelph Choir and chamber orchestra. Four of Margaret’s students have won gold medals from the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM), while seven have won silver medals. Educated as a musician and teacher, she was a professional violinist and pianist in both Poland and continues to be in Canada. She has a Masters in the Musical Arts and Pedagogy with a specialization in the violin and piano from the University of Wroclaw, Poland.

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Olga Zeidel, M. Mus.

Olga Zeidel is an accomplished pianist and highly experienced piano teacher. She has over 25 years of successful teaching experience with children and adults, and over 30 years of performing experience in classical music. Her performances include a series of solo and chamber music concerts in Ukraine, Poland, USA and Canada. She has also collaborated with many other instrumentalists and singers throughout her many years of performing and teaching. She holds an Artist -Teacher Diploma from Lviv Music College and Master’s Degree in Piano Performance from Lysenko Conservatory of Music in Lviv, Ukraine.

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