Louise opened her very own Kindermusik Studio in the Fall of 2005, right in her basement! Kindermusik with Louise offered classes at all levels for parents and children from all over to participate in a program that has become known as the world’s leader in musical and developmental learning for children. In June of 2007, Kindermusik with Louise received the prestigious Maestro award for achieving such a fast-growing program. Louise’s studio has been recognized as one of the Top 1% in the World! Her team has continued to grow over the past few years, and she feels very fortunate to have such exceptional educators working with her.
In June of 2011, Kindermusik with Louise changed its name to Joyful Sounds Music Studio, offering Kindermusik classes and private music lessons in piano, guitar, and much more. Louise and her team have maintained Kindermusik Maestro Status every year since 2007, thanks to the tremendous support of the surrounding communities.
Hometown: Truro, Nova Scotia
Education: St FX: B. Mus in Classical Piano, 1st Class Honours, 2000
MUN: B Mus Ed., 2001
Kindermusik International: Licensed Educator, 2003; Maestro Status since 2007
Favourite Pastimes: Camping & campfires, going to the beach, making music, spending time with family
Instruments I Play: Piano, guitar, ukulele, clarinet, saxophone, bagpipes, and many others at a more beginner level
Favourite Band/Artist: Do I have to pick? Piano Instrumental: Haydn & Debussy Rock: BEATLES! Folk: anything East Coast Country: Shania Twain, Zac Brown Band, Eli Young Band, and much more!
Best Advice I ever received or Favourite Quote: Never go to bed angry; “worries are like bedcrumbs – the more you wiggle, the more they scratch!”
Band Director, Kindermusik
Andrea Schofield began her musical career as a very young ABBA lip-syncer in her parents’ living room in Lower Sackville. After years of singing in choirs, and playing clarinet and piano, she headed to Acadia University where she earned her Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music Education degrees in 1997. That same year, she moved to Ontario for her first teaching position and, over the course of five years, taught elementary school music and high school band, English, choir, history, Bible and drama.
Hometown: Lr Sackville, Nova Scotia
Education: BMus, BMusEd, Acadia University (1997)
Favourite Pastimes: reading, singing, camping, playing with my family
Instruments I Play: mainly clarinet, some piano, and various concert band instruments
Favourite Band/Artist: Chris Tomlin, Tenth Avenue North, Norah Jones, Brahms and Beethoven
Best Advice I ever received: In marriage, it is better to have an ounce of commitment than a pound of love
Favourite Quote: Albus Dumbledore, in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, describes love as “a force that is at once more wonderful and more terrible than death, than human intelligence, than forces of nature. It is also, perhaps, the most mysterious of the many subjects for study…”
Ashley Cates – Piano Instructor, Kindermusik Instructor, Choir Accompanist
Ashley is a musician, piano teacher and Kindermusik educator from Stewiacke, Nova Scotia. Ashley grew up playing piano, taking classical lessons as well as performing in musicals and bands throughout high school. In 2014 she graduated with a Music Arts diploma from the NSCC Music Arts program and has been teaching at Joyful Sounds ever since. Ashley was licensed as a Kindermusik educator in July 2016. She is currently an active member of the Kindermusik SOUNDBOARD. She has also worked as Musical Director at the Grafton Street Dinner Theatre in Halifax, NS.
Hometown: Stewiacke, NS
Education: NSCC Music Arts 2014, RCM Grade 6.
Favourite Pastimes: Going to see live music, gardening, farmers markets, video games, painting, cooking.
Instruments I Play: Piano, guitar.
Favourite Band/Artist: Chick Corea, Supertramp, Michael Jackson,
Favourite Quote: “When words fail music speaks” “It’s good to be loved, it’s profound to be understood”
Hometown: Marystown, NL
Dana was born into a very musical family in Marystown, NL. She grew up taking piano from her aunt and most of her childhood memories include gatherings of family and friends sitting around the piano singing, strumming, and enjoying the music. Dana is featured with an original song on Marystown Come Home Year CD.
Music Therapy, Lessons, Kindermusik
Miss Heather graduated from Acadia University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Music Therapy. Since then has had experience working as a Music Therapist and music teacher throughout Southern Ontario working with clients in geriatrics, mental health and clients living with developmental and psychiatric disabilities. She is a certified Music Therapist through the Canadian Association of Music Therapists.
Hometown: Cole Harbour, NS
Education: Bachelor of Music Therapy, Royal Conservatory of Music Level 10 Piano, History and Harmony
Kindermusik International: Licensed Educator, 2017
Favourite Pastimes: Playing music, being outdoors (kayaking and hiking)
Instruments I Play: Piano, Guitar, Ukelele, Alto Saxophone
Favourite Band/Artist: Great Big Sea
Favourite Quote: “Smell the sea, and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly.” – Van Morrison
Adam is a university student who currently teaches guitar at Joyful Sounds. He has been playing guitar for many years, and plays in a couple of bands. His ability to play anything from ear is exceptional and his attitude with the students is fantastic. Adam is also a hockey goalie currently playing at the Junior B level.
Hometown: Sackville, Nova Scotia
Education: St Mary’s Sciences
Favourite Pastimes: Music, Guitar, Hockey, Family, Friends
Instruments I Play: Guitar, Synch, Bass
Favourite Band/Artist: Red Hot Chili Peppers
Best Advice I ever received or Favourite Quote: “Music is not something that you are in control of. It comes from somewhere else.” – John Frusciante
Piano, Broadway Director
Kim is your friendly neighbourhood piano teacher! Her kind demeanor and spark of joy is contagious, and she brings a wealth of experience to every lesson.
Hometown: Middle Sackville, Nova Scotia
Education: Grade 10 Piano, Toronto Conservatory
Diploma in Jazz Studies, St.F.X. (1982)
Favourite Pastimes: Sudoku puzzles, coloring, cross stitch, playing bridge, hosting dinner parties
Instruments I Play: Piano, Organ, Flute, Fiddle
Favourite Band/Artist: Chopin, Debussey, Manhattan Transfer, The Eagles
Favourite Quote: ” If you’re too busy to laugh, you are too busy!” – Proverbs
Songhan was born in Nanchang, Jiangxi, in southeast China. Her earliest musical steps were guided by her mother and she started learning piano at the age of 4. She received her first piano prize at age 10 and achieved excellent grades in piano examinations. She came to Canada in 2014 and finished her Bachelor of Music degree at Dalhousie University in 2019.
Hometown: Nanchang, China
Education: BMus, Dalhousie University
Favourite Pastimes: Hiking, Swimming, Cooking, Watching TV shows, reading
Instruments I Play: Piano
Favourite Band/Artist: J.S. Bach, Hillsong, Elvis Presley, Sarah Brightman, Jay Chou
Favourite Quote: “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18
Office Manager, Drums, Band Director
Michael graduated from Acadia with a Bachelor of Arts in Music in 2013, and has been performing and recording as a drummer in Nova Scotia ever since. Michael loes to develop programs for the studio and for his students to help them reach their personal goals.
Hometown: Wolfville, NS
Education: BA(Hons) Philosophy, MUN | BAMus, Acadia University
Favourite Pastimes: Live music, cooking, movies, and snowboarding
Instruments I Play: Drum set, cajon, congas, marching snare, xylophone, learning piano and ukulele
Favourite Band/Artist: Vulfpeck
Favourite Quote: “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” Plato
Guitar, Bass, Band Director
Hometown: New Glasgow
Education: B.A Honours in Music, Bishop’s University
Instruments: Guitar, Bass, Piano, Voice
Favorite band: The Beatles
Quote: Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid. -Frank Zappa
Voice, Piano, Kindermusik, Choral Director
Linell is a musician, a teacher, a huge geek and a hair brush rock star. She sings and plays piano in her church worship band, sang in choirs ever since she can remember, plays cello sometimes and loves to laugh as much as possible. Music has been her soul food since she was born and her love for her husband, family and friends is her rock.
Linell finished her B.Mus (Piano and Music ed) in 2010 and recently completed her M.Mus specializing in musicology and music education – congrats Miss Linell! She is teaching piano, voice and Kindermusik at Joyful Sounds, as well as directing the Joyful Sounds Kids Chorale.
She has a funny accent, loves cooking and dislikes scary stuff
Hometown: Potchefstroom, South Africa
Education: Masters in Music Education and Ethnomusicology
Favorite Pastimes: Cooking, photography, camping and travelling
Instruments I play: Piano, Voice, Drums and a little Cello
Favorite Band/Artist: Celine Dion, Beyonce, Diana Krall, Muse, Coldplay… Too broad to mention
Best Advice Given or Favourite Quote: Be humble in victory and gracious in defeat
Mr. Brad – Fiddle Instructor
Brad is a long time friend of Joyful Sounds and has just finished a tour with Cirque du Soleil. His passion for music and teaching is simply a perfect match for our studio values and we are thrilled to have him on our team!
Hometown: Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia
Education: St. Francis Xavier University (Bachelor of Music – Jazz Concentration), Sackville High School
Favourite Pastimes: Yoga, listening to podcasts, discovering new music
Instruments I Play: fiddle, piano, guitar, bass, saxophone, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, bagpipes
Favourite Band/Artist: Rum Ragged
Best Advice I ever received/favourite Quote: The secret to living well and longer is: eat half, walk double, laugh triple, and love without measure. (Tibetan proverb)
Mon-Fri: 9 AM – 8 PM
Sat: 9 AM – 3 PM
Sun: Home making music with our families!