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Elizabeth Groskorth

RCM

Music Instructor

Elizabeth's formal training in music has been in piano, flute, voice, and music theory, and she plays anything else she can get her hands on, particularly guitar, ukulele, tin whistle, and even bagpipe chanter. Since leaving high school in Georgetown, she has almost always been a member of an ensemble, band, orchestra, or choir. She thrives on small ensemble performing in classical, jazz, and rock styles. This is her first year at Studio PAVAS and she's thrilled to be joining the dynamic team of music educators and looking forward to being surrounded by different studios and so many more instruments! In addition to teaching at PAVAS, Elizabeth is a teacher with Ukulele Kids, and the General Manager and volunteer with the Alliance for Canadian New Music Projects. Elizabeth is particularly interested in the ways in which sports psychology can be applied to successful music practice and performance.

James Knowler

BFA, B.Ed., M.Ed.

Music Program Coordinator and Instructor

James has received his BFA from York University, his B.Ed from The University of British Columbia, and his Master's Degree in Music Education from Simon Fraser University. He taught in the BC public school system for 14 years and had many nationally recognized bands and choirs. He has performed with Grammy Nominee Campbell Ryga, Juno Nominee Carol Welsman, Micheal Burgess, and numerous small and large ensembles throughout BC. He is also active as a composer and arranger and continues with these projects. James has been teaching at Studio PAVAS since 2007 and he is the studio's professional music producer of the recording studio.

Heidi Lange

Music Instructor

A native of Burlington, Ontario, Heidi has been teaching vocal, piano and musical theatre for over 12 years, having been the director of both musical productions, as well as director of the musical theatre programs at variou schools in Mississauga and Oakville. She recently began teaching voice to students of the George Brown/Ballet Jorgen dance programs at George Brown College. Exposed to a wide variety of music, she has studied violin, piano, voice and music theatre. Heidi studied musical theatre at the University of Windsor and Applied Jazz (Voice) at Mohawk College. Heidi has performed onstage in everything from English-style music hall productions to classic shows such as "Hair" and "Godspell", to critically acclaimed musicals, including "Rent", "Avenue Q" and "The Last Five Years". She also performs as a soloist and band leader in clubs and private functions, recorded and released a CD in 2008, and is working on a follow-up. Having performed in almost all genres of music, Heidi brings a wealth of musical and cultural knowledge to her students, as well a genuine excitement about introducing new songs to them. Heidi looks forward to discovering and developing the gifts and talents of her students.

Dave Martin

Music Instructor

After graduating from the applied music program at Mohawk college, which focused on Jazz composition and improvisation, Dave worked as a guitarist in a wide variety of settings and has become well versed in many styles of music. Some of these experiences include recording a rock/pop EP and touring, working as a show band musician on cruise ships, pit bands for musicals, a tribute band, Jazz at restaurants, and wedding ceremonies. He has also enjoyed teaching students of all ages and interests since 2005. Recently, Dave has been focused on freelancing as a musician in Toronto, composing, and developing teaching strategies and materials.

Art Tarumian

Jazz Diploma and Advanced Training at Humber College

Music Instructor

Art attended Humber College's Music Program with a Guitar Performance Major. He teaches acoustic and electric guitar, bass, drums and theory to students of all ages, covering a wide range of musical styles. Art has varied professional experiences as a working guitarist / musician since 1994. He has been teaching at Studio PAVAS since 2001.

Laura Tarumian

Music Instructor

Laura's formal music education includes a 3 year Humber College Jazz Piano Program and 1 year Vocal Program. She also studied piano at the American School of Modern Music in France. Born into a family of professional musicians, Laura has broad onstage experience, performing jazz, pop, fusion, R&B and world music. At 17, she performed at the Jazz Yatra International Festival. She worked extensively in the advertising & film industry in India and recorded on many private albums there and in Toronto.
In Ontario, Laura led her own ensemble at the Collingwood Jazz Festival, besides being hired as a professional musician at many GTA entertainment venues. In 1997, she was among the top 30 semi-finalists in the Thelonius Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition held in the US. In 2003, she was keyboardist and singer for Juno nominee Johannes Linstead, performing at venues such as the Oakville Performing Arts Center and the Grand Theatre, Kingston Ontario. She has worked with well known Canadian musicians: Ernie Tollar and George Koller.
Laura has 19 years of experience teaching music during which she found great pleasure in sharing her musical knowledge with others. She is dedicated to encouraging and inspiring young ones to love music. She is flexible with musical styles but makes sure to develop technical skills. Some of her students have been inspired to choose music as a career, performing successfully at high profile events such as The Next Star on YTV and the Beaches Jazz Festival in Toronto. Laura has been with Studio PAVAS since 2002.

Eric Thorfinnson

B.Music

Music Instructor

Born in Oakville, Ontario, Eric has been playing music since age 5 and has been teaching for over 8 years. After receiving his B. Music from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, Eric moved to Brooklyn, NY, to continue working in recording studios, live venues, and having the opportunity to tour across the USA with his band and others. As an aficionado of both composition and recording technology, Eric has composed, recorded, and released 4 full length LP's of original material. As a teacher, Eric has had the opportunity to teach students in Oakville, Brampton, and Mississauga from the ages of 5 to 55, and has a deep passion for sharing his love of music with others.

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