Teacher Bios

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Al Miller

Award-winning singer-songwriter and guitarist, Al is notes and respected member of the Ottawa music scene. Al's versatility spans rock, blues, and R&B, but he has a real love for Reggae. Al has opened for such noted bands as the Valerie Capers Trio from New York, the Jamaican band Yellowman, The Band, and Lorain Clawson among others, and has played on the same bill as Bruce Cockburn.

Al has made several TV appearances on the CJOH Children's Miracle Network Telethon, a special on City TV, the CJOH mid-day show, and was featured on the Ottawa "Remember Bob Marley" shows held at Barrymore's.

Peter Brown

Lanark-based jazz and blues pianist/singer Peter Brown has performed at the Ottawa jazz festival nine years running. He has toured with Canadian blues legend Dutch Mason, American blues artist Sherman Robertson and with former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor. He was keyboardist for Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo for 17 years.

For many years, he hs served as pianist/band leader/arranger for the Mississippi Mudds Theatre company in Carleton Place, accompanist for the Townsingers of Carleton Place and as pianist for Stone Fence Theatre Company in Eganville. His Peter Brown Quartet hosts two very popular monthly jazz nights in Carleton Place. He has released three jazz CD's under his own name, Marie-claude, in 2002, Franklin Street in 2008, and Beautiful Love in 2014, as well as recording with many other artists.

Carman Powell Sadik

Carmen has been making music all her life and enjoys many styles from Classical to contemporary and folk. She continues her own piano studies at the grade 10 level as well as studying fiddle.  She continues to take part in many local recitals and musical events.  Carmen also teaches as a certified snowboard instructor  and riding coach as well as  enjoying falconry, archery, bow making and all things equestrian.Her love of the arts is also expressed in her painting and writing.

Carmen’s positive and encouraging teaching style motivates her students to continually improve. She respects and accommodates differences in personality types and learning styles while seeking to adjust her teaching to the needs of the student. As a homeschooler herself, Carmen’s schedule is well suited to that of many homeschool families.

Joseph McDonald

​Joseph began studying both piano and violin at the age of 8. During this period, he mastered the fundamentals and developed a strong work ethic required for music study .Four years later, when he was 12, he discovered his Mother's 1930"s Martin guitar which fanned the flames of a passion that has remained to this day equally as strong. Over the years, Joseph has studied blues ,country, folk and jazz as an individual and under the tutelage of local professional musicians, Shane Simpson and Paul Bourdeau.

Joseph is currently a regular gigging musician, performing 3-4 shows per week in Ottawa and surrounding cities. When teaching, his know-how, experience and enthusiasm translate into fun, informative lessons that leave his students inspired and excited for more. Joseph understands what it take to excel on an instrument and encourages you to join him on your journey, whether you are just beginning or an aspiring pro.

Victor Maltby
Violin, Fiddle

Victor has been playing violin for over 50 years and saxophone for 45 years. He has played in numerous orchestras and concert bands. He has a B.Ed. in Science and Music and taught in schools for 12 years as well as directing school bands and choirs. 

Victor has been teaching music privately for 12 years since moving to this area. He is active in the music community and plays in several local bands.

Pierre Kusters

Pierre was born in Ottawa and received his B.Mus. from the University of Ottawa in 1986.  He moved to Newfoundland to begin his career as a Suzuki teacher and an orchestra musician.  Pierre met his wife in Newfoundland and came back to Ottawa with his family in 1999 with a B. Ed. He went to work as a music teacher in the French schools in Ottawa and later decided that substitute teaching was best for him.

He uses the Suzuki method for private teaching because he appreciates the step by step approach of the method. Pierre really enjoys teaching young students as well as adult students, and likes to say, “you are rarely too young and never to old to Twinkle.

George Turcotte
Banjo, Ukulele, Guitar, Drums, Mandolin, Dobro

Self taught multi-instrumentalist George Turcotte acquired his musical foundation on drums and guitar, the former he started dabbling in at age 9, the latter he jumped in with gusto at the age of 17. He was gigging professionally on the instrument a short two years later, and unlike many self taught guitarists, included in-depth studies of musical theory as well as building a repertoire of chops. These early years he was inspired largely by the blues (notably Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Robert Johnson) and especially Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits. Ry Cooder led him to mandolin in his twenties and Greg Keelor and Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo inspired him to follow his most passionate musical journey, learning the art of songwriting.  

He currently has three albums under his belt and is in the studio building his best yet, a collection of songs written on the banjo. During this time he has added bass, Dobro and ukulele to the list of instruments he is proficient on.

Jean-Claude Terrettaz

JC started drumming as a teenager and was influenced by the likes of Eric Clapton and Cream.  JC enjoys playing Jazz, Rock, Pop and Ballroom genres of music. Perfecting his technique at Berklee College in Boston.  He has played in several bands as a professional musician.  

Forward a few years out of music while becoming a master chef.  He is now ready to get back to show his love of music specifically drums.  When the opportunity presented itself to teach for MMMusicworks it was meant to be.  He is excited and ready to take on new and existing students!

Christine Wood

We live in a very ‘sound-ful’ world. As such, music is very multi-dimensional, and millions of humans give meaning – or long to give – to the music that is within them. As a musician, I love to facilitate that process.

As a teacher, I care about the student – where they are individually, what they want to accomplish, and how to bring out the best in that student. It is often not only a technical process, but an emotional journey of discovery, as people unlock in themselves musical expression they didn’t know existed.

While I still recommend –and integrate - the disciplines of classical training, I have developed a style of teaching which helps the musician to find the music within, and express it in ways that are unique and personal to them. We begin by talking about what one hopes to achieve, then together, we customize a plan for every student according to their time, abilities and desires. This becomes an evolving process – able to change and adapt as a student progresses. It is part of the dynamic interaction of music to the rhythms of our lives. I feel very privileged to be included in some of that journey!

Trevor Lubin
Mandolin, Banjo, Guitar

Since being introduced to the classical guitar at the tender age of 14, Trevor has steadily increased his fluency across musical genres as diverse as rock, country, bluegrass, blues and jazz.

A multi instrumentalist who plays and teaches guitar, mandolin and banjo,Trevor is also a regularly gigging musician in the Ottawa scene as a member of The Ramblin' Valley Band and brings that wealth of live experience to his students.

James O'Halloran

As a teenager,Ottawa based musician James O'Halloran  jammed at "Club Nectars", competed in the "Battle of the Bands" with Phish later studying classical and jazz guitar, composition and theory at the University of Vermont and privately with Paul Asbell. Later, a scholarship to the Cristina Heeren Foundation for Flamenco Arts in Sevilla, allowed him to learn flamenco with some of Spain's best Maestros like Miguel Angel Cortes, Eduardo Rebollar, Nino de Pura, Pedro Sierra continuing most recently with Maestro Enrique Vargas in Madrid in 2012.

​A member of the Nashville Association of Songwriters, his songwriting has been called "pure unadulterated Americana" with the lyrical imagery that flows beautifully". A seasoned journeyman, James has worked with children and adults from all walks of life .His love of blues and jazz has given him the opportunities to share the stage with blues legends Koko Taylor, BB King, Pinetop Perkins, Luther Allison,Lucky Peterson, Junior Wells, James Cotton, Big Joe Burrell, Bo Diddley, Johnny Clyde Copeland, Chris Duarte and Ronnie Earl and perform at jazz- blues clubs and festivals in the US, Canada, Spain, Germany and Russia.

Mina Ghamari
Voice, Piano

Mina Ghamari personifies rock star glam. An honours Graduate from Algonquin College’s prestigious Music Industry Arts program Mina has forged a name and reputation for herself in the Ottawa area.
As a professional musician and front man for heavy metal band Aenigma she has performed to in both Europe and Canada.

Studied classical piano and contemporary voice. She has a passion for combining classical and contemporary techniques to deliver the best learning experience. Her skills cover a wide range of vocal styles, such as: pop jazz, blues, rock and metal. Mina believes in customizing each lesson to meet the student’s needs, whether it is theory, performance skills or managing stage fright In addition to her career in music performance and education, she also works in music production and has an educational background in music industry arts. Mina has been teaching since 2012.

Nina Lockridge
Piano, Clarinet, Flute

From the age of seven, Nina Lockridge has been involved in music.  She began playing piano as a foundation, and it soon became apparent that her interests varied.  Her singing began in grade four, while playing clarinet joined her repertoire in grade six and flute was added in grade eight. She was a First Chair concert band member until her graduation in 1992, and also enjoyed teaching flute to younger musicians during her last two years of high school.
While living in New York, Nina performed with choirs and select madrigal groups from fourth grade through to University. Those years saw Nina perform in various venues, such as St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Ireland and Carnegie Hall in New York City, and actively participating in State-wide and Eastern US solo and choral competitions.
After moving to Ottawa and raising a family, she began singing again with both St. George’s and St. Paul’s chancel choirs, as well as Almonte’s own Valley Voices. She has added the Kanata Choral Society choir to her weekly schedule and participating in their performance of Mozart’s Requiem last May. 
Nina began private voice instruction two years ago to both young students and seniors. Focusing on the physical requirements of singing, basic music theory and note reading, as well as preparing for performance, Nina looks forward to working with musicians of all ages and experience levels.

​A member of the Nashville Association of Songwriters, his songwriting has been called "pure unadulterated Americana" with the lyrical imagery that flows beautifully". A seasoned journeyman, James has worked with children and adults from all walks of life .His love of blues and jazz has given him the opportunities to share the stage with blues legends Koko Taylor, BB King, Pinetop Perkins, Luther Allison,Lucky Peterson, Junior Wells, James Cotton, Big Joe Burrell, Bo Diddley, Johnny Clyde Copeland, Chris Duarte and Ronnie Earl and perform at jazz- blues clubs and festivals in the US, Canada, Spain, Germany and Russia.

Danah-Lee Krieger

Growing up in the Ottawa Valley, Danah-Lee studied music and excelled in musical theory. But the groundwork for her knowledge began at a very young age, when she would literally steal the music out of the trash after Sunday morning church services.  At the time, she was determined to learn the complexities of chords, vibrations, and sounds; wanting to know how each sound flowed together in different forms to create music. Since then, Danah-Lee has learned how to use her knowledge and voice freely and has developed a framework for creating music to express what is happening internally. 

Danah-Lee has a passion for the intricacies of the voice.  She has a distinct gift for encouraging her students to unlock their deepest capacities and tailors lesson times to each student, making sure that each individual goal and passion can be attained… no matter what age!

Danah-Lee studied music at the former Taylor University College in Edmonton, Canada.  Along with being an active touring musician, she has been teaching music, holding workshops and music camps for the last decade and is a lover of orange cats!

Maggie Donohue
Violin, Fiddle

Maggie began studying piano at the age of 7 and added in violin studies at age 10, quickly developing a passion for the violin. She went through the Suzuki violin program, and has achieved a First-Class Honours certificate in grade 8 violin with the Royal Conservatory of Music. She continues to study violin under the mentorship of Olena Vyhovska, Doctorate of Music.

Maggie has been playing and performing classical violin and fiddle in the Ottawa area for several years as a solo artist, a member of her church’s music ministry, and with the highly acclaimed violin ensemble The Vyhovskyi Strings.

Along with a love of teaching violin, Maggie enjoys caring for animals of all shapes and sizes. She has been a volunteer at the Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary for several years.


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