The Royal Conservatory of Music method of learning can be an important part in the development of excellent piano playing. It is one method we use to train our students. Is classical music not your cup of tea? Want to learn the most recent Coldplay tune? We cater our lessons to your learning preferences and use our knowledge to build on that.
Cristina’s credentials include a Bachelor’s in Music Education from McGill University in Montreal, Royal Conservatory of Music Grade 10 Piano and a Master’s in Voice from the National University of Music in Bucharest. She teaches Piano and Voice, all levels, ages and styles, as well as the full RCM curriculum.Christina had excellent results in preparing students for RCM examinations and performances. In herteaching, she is using a mix of methods, approaches and strategies, including Suzuki, Orff, Dalcroze and Yamaha. Fun, engaging and goal-oriented, Christina has a warm personality that appeals to children, adults and seniors alike. She is also an active performer.
Catherine Alulio is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto where she has completed a Bachelor of Music in classical voice. There, she studied under the tutelage of renowned vocalists Monica Whicher and Mark Daboll. Over the past four years she has enjoyed a career performing classical music with the MacMillan Singers, the University of Toronto Women's Chamber Choir, Opera York, the University of Toronto Opera Chorus, and the Canadian Children's Opera Company. In addition to performing, Catherine has been teaching for the past three years, being open to teaching multiple styles and ages of students. Having herself started playing piano at the age of 10, music has always been an important part of her life. Catherine hopes to share her experience and love of music through education.
Kris Magnuson is a composer from Cleveland, Ohio, currently pursuing his doctorate in composition at the University of Toronto under the tutelage of Christos Hatzis and Norbert Palej. Since beginning flamenco guitar studies with Ricardo Marlow, one of the most prominent American-born flamenco guitarist of his generation, Spanish idioms have become a frequent focal point in his works. Kris holds a Master of Music degree from Cleveland State University, where he studied with Andrew Rindfleisch and Greg D’Alessio, and was the recipient of the Bain Murray Award for Excellence in Composition. He was recently commissioned to compose a work for the Eastman BroadBand chamber ensemble at the 2016 Soundscape Festival in Maccagno, Italy.
Soprano Stephanie Higgins, completed her Master’s Music in Vocal Performance at l’Université de Montréal with Quebec Soprano, Gail Desmarias. She received her Bachelor of Arts, double Honours Music and Drama from Bishop’s University in 2008. Stephanie is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Toronto under the tutelage of Professor Lorna MacDonald.
Throughout the course of her education, she has performed Despina in Cosi fan Tutte, Paquette in Candide, and Laurie in The Tender Land. She has had the honour of creating the role of Juliet in the world premiere of George Rideout’s The Ballad of Romeo and Juliet, as well as Puck, in A Beatle’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. Most recently Stephanie has had the pleasure of working with Toronto’s acclaimed Against the Grain Theatre, as well as traveling to Lucca, Italy, to perform the role of Zerlina in Don Giovanni.
She is known for her energetic stage presence, her sensitive ability to communicate with colleagues and audience members alike, as well as the warmth and clarity of her natural soprano sound. She believes we are the sum of our experiences; therefore, an education that focuses on change, variety and individual experimentation makes for open-minded, well-rounded students. She wants to engage students in learning music through such methods that blend instruction with student autonomy.
Sonja has always had a passion for music.She started playing piano at the age of 6 after insisting that her parents enrolled her in lessons, and has since fallen in love with the instrument. Along the way she has picked up many other instruments,but has especially focused on the piano, guitar, and French horn. After spending years in lessons, many summers at Interlochen Centre for the Arts, and many school years in music ensembles, Sonja has gained a vast amount of experience as a piano performer and well-rounded musician. In more recent years she has been teaching young students who have shown great satisfaction with her warm and friendly teaching method. Sonja believes that anyone of any age can learn to play a musical instrument, and that doing so can bring so much joy to your life as you are faced with the challenges and satisfaction that comes with learning something new.
New to Toronto, Natasha has enthusiastically carved her space in the city’s vibrant classical music community as a teacher, collaborative pianist, and vocal coach. Natasha holds a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from Dalhousie University, and a Masters in collaborative piano performance from the University of Manitoba. She is the music director for Toronto’s Metro Youth Opera, and choral pianist for the Upper Canada Choristers under the direction of Laurie Evan Fraser. Natasha also keeps a busy freelance schedule, coaching and collaborating with many accomplished singers and instrumentalists throughout the city. She joins Footprints with over ten years of experience teaching students of all ages and skill levels.
Alberta born musician Caitlin Wood grew up with a great love of music, starting in choirs when she was four. After taking piano and singing lessons throughout her childhood she went on to pursue her Bachelor’s of Vocal Performance at the University of Manitoba and has just graduated with her Masters in Operatic Performance from the University of Toronto.
Her love of music has led her to her performing many operatic and musical theater roles including Adina (L’elisir d’more), Marie(La fille du regiment), Despina (Cosi fan tutte), Mabel (Pirates of Penzance), Johanna (Sweeney Todd), and Maria(West Side Story) to name a few. She has also been the recipient of many awards and grants including the Richard Bradshaw Graduate Fellowship in Opera (2012), the Alberta Arts Graduate Scholarship (2012), and most recently the Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition Four City District Winner Award.
Caitlin believes that everyone has a little bit of music in them that is just waiting to burst out. Through her lessons she wants to explore the vast and colourful world of music so that each student can discover their own musical voice with confidence and joy. Realize your full potential inside and outside the musical studio by starting with a little music!