Teaching Instructors

Our instructors are active professional musicians all of whom have been formally trained. They are passionate about music and want to share their knowledge with others. With each student we take the time to match them with teachers based on learning styles and preferences.

Ivan Zilman - guitar, bass, sax, voice
Mark Battenberg - guitar, ukulele, bass, upright bass
Graeme McGillivray - guitar, bass, ukulele, mandolin, violin
Chris Adriaanse - guitar, bass, upright bass, trombone
Liam Stanley - guitar, bass, ukulele
Julian Jannetta - guitar, ukulele
Haig Beylerian - guitar, ukulele
Julia Kunka - piano
David Clydesdale - piano, jazz improvisation
Mike Arthurs - flute, clarine, piano, sax
Bobby Hsu - flute, clarinet, piano, sax
Tase Stojanoski - violin, piano, voice
Nick Arseneau - drums, guitar, bass, ukulele
Mike Carbone - drums
Paul Catalano - drums, hand drums

Ivan Zilman - Ivan Zilman received his Diplome d'Etudes Collegiales-Arts Musique from Vanier College and graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts-Music where he was awarded Cum Laude Honours as well as the Loyola Foundation Scholarship. Included among his teachers was the legendary Jazz guitarist Joe Pass. Originally from Montreal, Ivan has worked internationally as a studio musician in classical and popular styles; and is also a composer, arranger, record producer and music festival adjudicator. Formerly a teacher at Concordia University, he teaches exclusively for Scarboro Music and performs exclusively with Margot Rydall in their ensemble DUO.

Mark Battenberg - is a Canadian Composer and Performing Artist who has studied the cello, upright bass, and acoustic guitar. He is a graduate of Fanshawe College's Music Production Programme and has participated in Performance Master Classes at the Royal Conservatory of Music. Mark is the producer, writer and performer of the River Spirit Meditations, an on-going concert series in Toronto featuring guest performers such as Debbie Danbrooke, Steve Raimon, and master hypnotist David Duhuaime. Mark's latest album is Morpheus. Mark is the Producer of Pegasus Flight, a fund raising event for the Pegasus community project, that was M.C.'d by the Honorable Maria Minna MP, and featured Mark playing with shakuhachi flute master Debbie Danbrook. Mark's other works include Bassist and producer for the fusion band "Gone Fission", which was featured in the TD jazz series in Toronto and a released CD. Mark is a professional guitar teacher and performance coach. His work has included:

- Audio Post Production for Film and Television
- Live and Recorded Music Production
- Live Concert Performances in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver
- Three Seasons of The Beaches Jazz Festival
- Guelph & London Folk Festivals
- Charity Performances for World Accord
- Out of the Cold
- The Ontario Horse Foundation.

Graeme McGillivray - has been playing music since he was 4 years old, beginning on the violin and eventually moving to electric and acoustic guitars. Well-versed in Jazz, Rock, Pop, and Celtic music, Graeme is an active performer on the Toronto music scene having completed his Bachelors of Jazz Performance at U of T. His most recent project, a Celtic inspired trio called Nua, has been described by the celticmusicfan.com as "...clean, crisp tunes that sparkle with precision and showmanship." Graeme is a patient and informative teacher for people of all ages and levels of experience.

Chris Adriaanse - is a young and emerging bassist, composer and educator. In the final year of his BFA program at York University Chris was selected as one of the few participants of Jazz FM 91's 'Jazzology' program. Chris loves sharing music through teaching and builds all of his lessons from the most fundamental skill in music; listening. With patience and encouragement, he will show you how to understand recordings, and take those lessons to be able to replicate and understand the music in your head.

Liam Stanley - Liam is a jazz guitarist from Toronto, Ontario. Liam has been playing guitar for over a decade, having studied jazz with Humber alumni Tristan Clark, and York professors Roy Patterson and Lorne Lofsky. Liam is currently in his last year at York University where he has had the privilege of studying with Kevin Turcotte, Kelly Jefferson and Barry Elmes. Following his third year at York, Liam was nominated for the Mary Alice Stuart/JAZZ FM91 Scholarship. Liam has been heard numerous times on JazzFM 91.1's Jazzology and will be featured in 2014. In October of 2011 Liam performed Tim Brady's Twenty Quarter Inch Jacks during the X Avant Festival in Toronto in a 20 guitar ensemble alongside Ted Quinlan and Roy Patterson. In the summer of 2012 Liam performed with his trio at the Brantford Jazz Festival, and followed it up in 2013 with a performance at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival with the Jon Foster Group.

David Clydesdale - David studied music at Berklee College of Music in Boston where he completed his Certificate studying Jazz Improvisation, Electronic Composition & Music Production. He is also a graduate of the University of Toronto in Canada where he studied music and piano at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

Emily Anne Wood - completed her Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance, at McGill University. Emily's approach to music instruction is aimed at discovering the unique abilities and needs of each student. She is versatile in her teaching methods and genres, including beginner to advanced levels, solo and ensemble playing, and different styles including classical, jazz, pop/rock, and folk.

Bobby Hsu - began playing saxophone at 15 after studying violin from the age of eight. He holds a BA Hons. in linguistics from the University of Toronto, and majored in jazz performance at McGill University where his teachers included Janis Steprans and Abe Kestenberg. He has also studied privately with Canadian jazz legends Pat LaBarbera and Mike Murley. Bobby has been on the Toronto jazz scene for a dozen years, teaching privately and playing in clubs, on cruise ships, in musical theatre bands and elsewhere. His band, A Sondheim Jazz Project, released their first album in early 2014.

Tase Stojanoski - holds a Bachelor of Music degree in classical music from the Music Academy of Sarajevo (University) and is qualified to teach from beginner to professional level. His lessons are both enjoyable and educational. Tase has experience preparing students for violin and piano practical exams of the Royal Conservatory of Music on all levels. Also Tase teaches music theory and ear training. Aspiring musicians greatly benefit from Tase's commitment to musical excellence. His focus is always on his students, and as a teacher, he values hard work and everyday practice.

John Collin - earned a Jazz Degree from Humber College. He is the leader of The John Collin Band, which is known for its swinging jazz standards, Latin melodies, funk grooves and ballads. John aspires to be a first-call international musician and the most well rounded instructor on the planet. The breadth of his skill set is reflected in the diversity of gigs he has landed, from theater productions (Footloose, Hairspray and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat to name a few), tribute bands to working a cruise ship and The Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra (G.T.P.O). It goes without saying he reads charts and can transcribe any lick you throw at him.

Max Senitt - Toronto based drummer/percussionist, Max Senitt, has been playing music for longer than he can remember. Now with thirty plus years of playing under his belt, Max shows no signs of slowing down. The beautiful sounds of music from all around the world continue to inspire and feed his deep thirst for musical knowledge. Besides leading his own trio, he also maintains a busy freelance career, and has performed with highly acclaimed, Grammy/Juno award winning artists such as: Alex Cuba, Hilario Duran, Carol Welsman, David Buchbinder, Elizabeth Shepherd, Canefire, Alexis Baro, Mike Murley, Mike Downes, Dave Restivo, Tzadik Records recording artists Zebrina and many more. As both an educator and self proclaimed "student for life", Max thrives on learning and growing while sharing wisdom gained from his experiences playing across Canada, USA, the Caribbean, South America, and Europe with his students. Max also frequently writes articles for both Canadian Musician and Drums Etc magazines.

Paul Catalano - talent for drumming came to Paul early in life. At the age of 16, he was teaching the drum class at his high school. Before graduating he had joined the Musician's Union and was playing in the Grey Cup and Santa Claus parades. Paul's passion is big band music and while attending college he played with such names as Benny Louis Orchestra, Stanley St John Orchestra and also with the University of Toronto Stage Band. For the last 6 years he has been with the George Lake Big Band.