I am a dedicated, energetic and experienced music industry professional. If you are expecting a typical music teacher, I am not that person. I am offering much more! I have chosen to teach Suzuki Piano Method, Musikgarten and Orff Schulwerk to children because it goes along with who I am as a music educator and my personal nature. As a modern musical thinker, I am in touch with all musical trends and music technology. I am also in touch with my environment and love the nature that surrounds the SoundCastle Studio. As a Musikgarten teacher and Orff instructor, I am offering a holistic approach to learning music and music making. I teach children to respect and love their environment just as much as the music they will be learning.
MY PROFESSIONAL HISTORY
For over 25 years, I have been a professional vocalist/multi-instrumentalist (piano, guitar, bass guitar, synthesizer, clarinet), songwriter, music producer, skillful DJ, music label owner and recording artist. I have been signed to both international major and independent music labels as an artist and songwriter. As a performer, I have shared stages with Jennifer Hudson, Nelly Furtado, Feist, The Four Tenors, Dave Navarro (Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jane’s Addiction), Peter Hook (New Order), Lupe Fiasco, Dragonette, A-Trak (Ducksauce), Death From Above 1979, Chromeo, Hedley, The Gossip, Sean Desmond, K’naan and many more.
As an entertainer I have played for celebrities and dignitaries such as Brian Mulroney and the whole Mulroney family, Bruno Mars, Nico and Vinz, Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Paris Hilton, Hillary Swank, Colin Ferrel, Pink, Nick Nolte, Mark Walhberg, Donnie Wahlberg, Patricia Arquette, Mickey Roarke, Clare Danes, Jason Schwartzman, Matthew McConaughey, Rosario Dawson, Guns n Roses, Stone Temple Pilots, The Strokes, Avril Levine, Sum 41, Billy Talent, Barenaked Ladies, The Cult, Susan Sarandon, Jaime King, Cuba Gooding Jr., Viggo Mortenson, Donovan Bailey, Bono, Kevin Spacey, Russel Peters, Christopher Plummer, Bill Murray, Crash Test Dummies, Dan Aykroyd, Wil Farrel, Janeane Garofalo, and the cast of TV show “The Next Step”. I was also the official DJ for WE DAY 2013 at the Air Canada Centre performing at front of over 20 000 youths.
My students will learn more than how to play a musical instrument, and sing. They will learn how about performance, the recording arts, and music appreciation. SoundCastle is also a fully functional recording studio with skilled engineers and a production team. Once your children are confident with their musical skills in performance or compositions we can record them!
Previous to becoming involved in the music industry, I have 14 years of classical Piano training at both the Royal Conservatory of Music and the Suzuki Association of the Americas. For many years I was a competitive pianist winning many awards. I have studied Seth Rigg’s Speech Level Singing Method (the method that American Idol Contestants are trained) under the acclaimed voice teacher Bill Vincent of Voices and Company ( vocal teacher of The Nylons, Mark Holmes of Platinum Blonde, Jeff Healey, Neve Campbell, the Cast of Miss Saigon and Mama Mia).
As a radio personality, I also hosted, produced and programmed a radio show for 7 years on CKLN 88.1 FM.
Associations include ECMMA, SUZUKI ASSOCIATION of AMERICA and CARL ORFFCANADA.
Mitchell Gomes (Music Production & DJ Instructor)
Mitchell Gomes has been involved in music production and engineering for over 15 years and has writing, recording and production credits on over 35 albums including a release on Nelly Furtado’s label “Nelstar”. He is a Graduate of the Audio Production Program at the Harris Institute in Toronto where he received an Honours Diploma, 2015 Musicounts Fred Sherratt Award, Scott Richards Music Industry Award, Harris Institute Teachers Scholarship and Valedictorian honours. In 2002 he founded 2 digital music labels which have put out over 100 releases internationally. With over 10 years performance experience as a DJ and musical performer he has played numerous Festivals as well as 100’s of different music clubs and venues in Toronto and abroad. Previous corporate clients and in-store performances include The Gap, Puma, Adidas, Diesel, Nightingale Music and Now Magazine.