All of our teachers are educated musicians, which means they’ve been trained in performance technique, pedagogy, music theory, and music education. They understand that no two musicians are alike and will work with each student to help them realize their full potential.
Laura Savage has been teaching and performing for ten years. She received her Bachelor of Music Performance from the University of Toronto and has since been devoted to delivering top notch performances, lessons and seminars.
A versatile and dynamic performer, she has appeared with notable ensembles, such as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Via Salzburg Chamber Ensemble. Laura has played many festivals including the Luminato Festival, the Northern Lights Festival Boréal, and the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival. She is currently the Principal Percussionist for the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra as well as a freelance musician with various other groups in the GTA.
Laura is the drummer and band leader for Savage Groove Dance Band, and a drummer for the Regimental Band of the Queens Own Rifles of Canada.
Music education has always been her passion, making the approach she takes to music lessons friendly, fun, and challenging, with each lesson being tailored to her individual student's needs. She currently teaches for Royal St. George's College, Ukulele Kids and at her own school, Mill House School of Music, in East Toronto.
Fabio Dwyer is a professional guitarist born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Since 1994, Fabio has been developing the Fabio Dwyer Guitar Method, which includes six books, covering electric and acoustic guitar technique, harmony, improvisation and advanced blues styles. It has been a natural progression for him from learning to teach to putting everything he learned over 25 years playing guitar onto paper , to develop a consistent teaching method and opening a music school.
Since he immigrated to Canada, Fabio has been teaching a large number of students initially as a private instructor in his own studio and later, in three other music schools in Toronto. Fabio has also been performing in different music groups playing Rock, Blues, Jazz, Pop, Soul, Latin & Brazilian Music in many venues around the GTA, and his most active projects have been the bands Savage Groove and Forever Man: Tribute to Eric Clapton.
Fabio has released 2 solo albums so far – Downtown Streets (2003) and Central Station (2010) – and the soundtrack for two movies, one in Brazil, the other and Canada, a documentary presented on TIFF 2012.
Fabio is an Artist-Educator accredited by The Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) in Canada and studied for 3 years at the Music Teacher Training Program at Santa Catarina State University in Brazil.
An advocate of both contemporary classical music and traditional repertoire, Gina Hyunmin Lee holds an active schedule with a variety of musical engagements in the Greater Toronto Area. Her engagements from 2015 to 2016 featured an array of unique projects. This included a collaboration with the members of New York-based quartet Yarn/Wire at Stony Brook University (NY), where the group premiered three works and performed George Grumb’s monumental Makrokosmos III. In the summer of 2016, Gina participated at the Internationale Sommerakademie at the University of Performing Arts in Vienna, which featured performances at the Reichnau Marienhof Concert Hall and Schoenberg Centre.
Gina graduated from the University of Toronto in June 2016 from a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance degree with Honours under the tutelage of Dr. Midori Koga. During her studies, Gina maintained a high level of both musical and academic performance, being awarded a number of scholarships. She had opportunities to perform in masterclasses for renowned artists including John Perry, John O’Conor, Lynn Harrell, Marietta Orlov, Avedis Kouyoumdjian and Florian Müller, to name a few. An active participant in numerous music festivals and competitions at both local and national levels, Gina received numerous awards including the Excellence in Piano Performance (Fredericton, NB), the Outstanding Performance Award (Interlochen, MI), the Debut Atlantic Award for Musical Excellence (Halifax, CA) and won grants from ArtsNB throughout her musical studies.
Wendy Irvine has been teaching voice and piano privately for over 20 years now, as well as keeping a busy live performance schedule. She began her own musical studies at age 5 and started teaching when she was in high school; beginner levels of piano and voice at first and then moving on to teach students at higher levels as she continued to learn. Wendy studied piano and voice with The Royal Conservatory of Music and then furthered her musical studies at York University. At this point in her career, she has had the pleasure of teaching voice, piano, musicianship, ensemble, sight reading and song-writing at the college level as well as continuing to teach privately and being active both on stage and in the studio. Currently, along with performing as a solo artist herself, Wendy writes, performs and tours regularly with Dan Hill and has worked with other artists and musicians such as Eddie Graf (Frank Sinatra), Julie C, Thomas McKay (Joydrop), The Stampeders, Mimi O'Bonsawin and Jace Martin.