Louise MacDonald

Louise MacDonald

Studio Owner, Kindermusik, Piano

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Louise opened her very own Kindermusik & Piano studio in the Fall of 2005, right in her home basement! Louise taught music in the public school system and had dreams of bringing a higher level of music education to families in her community. Kindermusik with Louise offered classes for parents and children to participate in the award-winning curricula program known as the world’s leader in musical and developmental learning for children. 

 

In June of 2011, Kindermusik with Louise changed its name to Joyful Sounds Music Studio. The studio has continued to grow year after year, offering Kindermusik classes, private lessons in many instruments, group classes for rock bands, songwriters, theory, glee club, and more. Louise and her team have maintained Kindermusik Top Program status every year since 2007, thanks to the tremendous support of the surrounding communities.

 

Louise currently does contract work with Kindermusik International as part of the Kindermusik University Training Team. She enjoys spending time with her husband V.J., and their three children Cormac, Breton and Flora. 

 

Hometown: Truro, Nova Scotia

Education

St F.X. University: B. Mus in Classical Piano, 1st Class Honours

Memorial University of Newfoundland: B. Music Education

Kindermusik International: Licensed Educator; Top Program status since 2007; currently ranked 2nd in Canada!

Favourite Pastimes: Camping & campfires, going to the beach, making music, reading, 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 – Bruce Guthro, Bois Jolis… 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!”

 

Andrea Schofield

Andrea Schofield

Kindermusik Curricula Co-ordinator, Preschool, Concert Band, Winds

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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…”

Linell Vonkeman

Linell Vonkeman

Kindermusik, Voice, Piano, Broadway, Social Media

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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

Ashley Cates

Ashley Cates

Kindermusik, Piano

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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”

Heather Hines, BMT, MTA

Heather Hines, BMT, MTA

Music Therapy, Kindermusik, Piano, Ukulele

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Private Lesson Instructor, Kindermusik Instructor, Certified Music Therapist. Heather grew up playing piano, as well as performing in school bands, and community bands on the alto saxophone. She graduated from Acadia University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Music Therapy, completed an internship in Saint John, New Brunswick, then went on to Southern Ontario working as a Music Therapist and music teacher with clients in geriatrics, mental health and clients living with developmental and psychiatric disabilities. 

Since 2017 she has been joyfully teaching piano/guitar/ukulele, Kindermusik, summer camps and offering Music Therapy throughout the halls of Joyful Sounds!

 

Hometown: Cole Harbour, NS

Education: Bachelor of Music Therapy, Royal Conservatory of Music Level 10 Piano, History and Harmony

Certified Music Therapist through the Canadian Association of Music Therapy

Kindermusik International: Licensed Educator, 2017

Favourite Pastimes:  Playing music, outdoor adventuring with her 2 dogs

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

Michael Arbou

Michael Arbou

Office Manager, Drums, Cajon, Percussion, Rock Band

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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 loves 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

Kim Sampson

Kim Sampson

Piano, Broadway

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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

Dana Anderson

Dana Anderson

Voice, Piano, Ukulele

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 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. 

Miss Songhan

Miss Songhan

Piano

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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

Izra Fitch

Izra Fitch

Voice, Piano, Rock Band

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Izra is an alt-pop musician who teaches vocals and keys at Joyful Sounds Music Studio. She also takes part in Pop Academy, helping lead the rock bands, theory and songwriting groups.

 Izra graduated from the NSCC Music Arts Program with honors in 2017, and since has been recording and touring with bands based out of Halifax. She has now returned to NSCC to teach songwriting and vocals herself, and continues to play live in a variety of groups.

Izra aims to meet her students where they are at musically, and help them achieve their own goals: be it technique, creation, and/or performance. 

 

Hometown:  Wolfville

Education: NSCC Music Arts Program, Honors. Performance and vocal training with Lawson Vocal Studios in Toronto

Instruments I play: Vocals, Keys

Favorite Pastimes: Watching movies, songwriting, hanging with friends

Favorite Music/Artists: Lorde, Florence + the Machine, Maggie Rogers

Favorite quote/Best Advice: “Why not me?” – Mindy Kaling 

Carey MacDonald

Carey MacDonald

Piano

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Teaching at Joyful Sounds since 2021, is the latest installment of a piano teaching career that has spanned over 35 years- all of them wonderful!

I grew up in St Johns, NL where I started piano at the age of four. Music education continued to be part of my life and culminated with my Diploma from Trinity College Music of London, England. Simultaneously, I pursued an academic education in Marine Biology at Memorial University ( Bsc.).

Education: Trinity College Music of London England Diploma , Royal Conservatory of Music Grade 10 Piano, Theory, Royal Conservatory of Music Certified Teacher, Music for Young Children

Favorite Past-time: being physically active, ran 5 marathons, playing harp,cooking and entertaining, walking our two westies-Loch and Miss Wiggins and just plain hanging around with my husband on the Gulfshore. Oh yes!! We live beside Northumberland Links and I play golf!!

Favorite Music: I LOVE many styles of music. My playlist is long and varied. Music always makes my day!

Favorite Quote: “Teach the student first, the music second,and the piano third.” Frances Elliot Clarke

Ben Fraser

Ben Fraser

Piano

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Ben started taking lessons at Joyful Sounds in 2016, at the age of 12. During this time he worked through three kiwanis seasons in piano and concert band as well as a Grade 8 RCM. He joined Joyful Sounds as a staff member is 2021.

 In 2023 Ben had the honour of working on 4 films. Cash Cow, by Shubham Chhabra, screened at VAFF (Vancouver Asian Film Festival), The Gift Of Life by Aviel Kurulkar, screened at the GRFF (Grand River Film Festival), and two films with the Vancouver Film School. 

Currently, he studies Composition with Amy Brandon at Dalhousie University where he has had opportunities to write for the Alkali Collective and workshop with The Bozzini Quartet.

 

Tevon Tynes

Tevon Tynes

Guitar, Bass

Sarah Sani

Sarah Sani

Kindermusik Instructor

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Hi, my name is Sarah Sani. I graduated with my level 2 ECE Diploma from Jane Norman College in Truro, NS. I have been working as a casual in the Pre Primary program ever since and love working with children. In my spare time I enjoy being active outdoors, spending time with my nine year old daughter, as well as practicing yoga and pilates. I am passionate about inclusive education and providing equal opportunities for all children.

 

Hometown: Nine Mile River, NS

 

Education: Digital Graphic Design Diploma, Success Business College

Level 2 Early Childhood Education Diploma, Jane Norman College 

 

Favourite Pastimes: Yoga, pilates, cross country skiing, reading, spending time with my daughter.

 

Instruments I Play: Guitar

 

Favourite Band/Artist: Jewel, Greenday

 

Best Advice I ever received

Character isn’t built from doing everything right the first time. If you fail, get up and try again.

 

Favourite Quote

Practice makes perfect.

Chelsey Robichaud

Chelsey Robichaud

Kindermusik Instructor

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Chelsey is a Kindermusik educator and full time teacher with HRCE from the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. Music was an immense part of her childhood; From choir, musicals, dance and everything in-between. She graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Child and Youth Study and a minor in Psychology.  She continued her education at the Mount by completing the Bachelor of Elementary Education program in 2019. She is thrilled to be returning to her musical roots by being apart of the talented Kindermusik team at Joyful Sounds. 

 

Hometown: New Minas, Nova Scotia

 

Instruments I play: Guitar, clarinet.

 

Favorite Pastimes: Fitness classes, watching The Golden Girls, seeing musicals on stage, spending time with friends and family.

 

Favorite Music: Broadway, Judy Garland, Lizzo, ABBA – many more!

 

Favorite quote: A dancer’s spine defines the line between heaven and earth

Lindsay Reimer

Lindsay Reimer

Fiddle / Violin Instructor

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Lindsay grew up playing Nova Scotia Celtic Fiddle all across the province, from the Halifax boardwalk to the Maritime Fiddle Festival. Amidst her travels she’s had opportunities to perform in Peru exposing her to a variety of cultures and musical genres.

In Saskatchewan Lindsay studied under the Concertmaster for the RSO, Christian Robertson, then graduated in 2018 from Briercrest College with a BA Honours in Music with a concentration in Violin Performance. She taught private and group classes at the Briercrest Conservatory for around 5 years, ranging in a variety of ages. Along with teaching Lindsay has performed in local orchestras which accompanied large theatrical events and concerts.

 

Lindsay’s greatest joy is to encourage others in their love for music, then giving them the confidence to share it with others!

 

 

Hometown: Lake Echo, Nova Scotia

 

Instruments I play: Violin/Fiddle, Piano, and Voice

 

Favorite Pastimes: Family time, oil painting, hiking, fishing, travelling

 

Favorite Music: Owl City, Hilary Hahn, Phil Wickham, Imagine Dragons, John Williams

 

Favorite quote: “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss

Sarah Tarves, BMT, MTA

Sarah Tarves, BMT, MTA

Music Therapy, Piano

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Sarah graduated from Acadia University in 2021 with a Bachelor in Music Therapy and was awarded the University Medal in music for academic success. She has since become a certified Music Therapist through the Canadian Association of Music Therapists, and is delighted to be kick-starting her career!

 

With the natural ability to connect with people, Sarah has explored working in a variety of establishments, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, and school learning centres.  She is a strong mental health advocate, and strives to be a change in the lives of youth. 

 

Kind and compassionate, Sarah’s desire to bring joy to others’ is shown in her work.  She also teaches traditional and adaptive music lessons, and is always looking for ways to incorporate client-preferred elements whenever possible.  

 

Sarah loves coffee, jigsaw puzzles, and will never turn down a game of Guitar Hero!

Chandra Greatti

Chandra Greatti

Administrator

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Chandra loves working to pave the way for Joyful Sounds families to make music! She helps people find their way in the studio, supports staff, answers questions and works with the computer systems that keep the studio running smoothly. 

 

Hometown: Southfield, Michigan

Certification: Project Management Professional (PMP)

Instruments I play: Flute and Piccolo in high school marching band (a lifetime ago!)

Favorite Pastimes: Reading, quilting, watching movies based on Jane Austen books and mysteries, spending time with family

Favorite Music/Artists: Songs with a great bassline, anything from the 80s, 90s and 2000s

Favorite quote/Best Advice: “It always seems impossible until it’s done” 

Alex Keoughan

Alex Keoughan

Guitar Instructor

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Alex grew up in a musical family, in rural PEI. He moved to Nova Scotia, to study music at St. F.X. and Acadia University. He has performed and recorded as a bassist with several groups/artists. Alex is passionate about helping students explore their own musicality to set and achieve growth-based goals that are motivating.  

 

Hometown

Stratford, PEI

 

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Music – Jazz Studies – St. F.X. University

Certificate in Music Therapy – Acadia University

 

Favourite Pastimes

Cooking, learning new instruments, and playing with my cat!

 

Instruments I Play

Electric and upright bass, guitar, ukulele.

 

Favourite Band/Artist:

Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Scary Pockets

 

Favourite Quote

“I’ll play it, and tell you what it is later.” – Miles Davis

Sam Wilson

Sam Wilson

Guitar, Piano, Voice, Pop Academy Instructor, Kindermusik, Front Desk

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Sam Wilson is a guitarist-composer, private music instructor and Kindermusik educator based on the east coast. Her solo album ‘Into a Heart Pt. II’ (2020 Muzak records- Japan), won Music Nova Scotia’s 2022 ‘Jazz Recording of the year’. In 2021 she was awarded the Paul Cram Creation award, which gave her the opportunity to write a piece in honor of Paul Cram’s legacy, which was premiered by Symphony Nova Scotia at the 2023 Open Waters Festival. Her third-forthcoming, album as a leader, ‘Wintertides’, is a trio project with drummer Jen Yakamovich (Vancouver) and Geordie Hart (Vancouver) to be released in the winter of 2024. Sam frequently plays with the acclaimed trombonist Andrew Jackson in their collaborative project the ‘Jakcson\Wilson Duo’, they released their debut album ‘New Doors’ on January 28th, 2023. 

 

Hometown: Windsor, Ontario

Instruments I play: Guitar, ukulele, piano, I sing!  

Favorite Pastimes: reading, going on adventures outside with my dog Lewis 

Favorite Music/Artists: jazz, folk, instrumental, improvised, experimental   

Favorite quote/Best Advice: ‘never underestimate the power of walking’ – pg

 

Spencer McPhee

Spencer McPhee

Front Desk, Drum Instructor

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Spencer is a pop/rock drummer based in Halifax. He plays as a member of the band Sundae Girl, and as a hired musician for Izra Fitch, Ray Reaves, and other local performers. Spencer is part of our Front Desk team and helps out with drum lessons from time to time. He strongly believes that everyone can play an instrument, they just need to find the right one.
Hometown: Sydney, NS
Education: NSCC Radio Television Journalism Program
Favourite Pastimes: Drumming, playing video games, long walks on the beach
Instruments I Play: Drum kit, various percussion instruments
Favourite Band/Artist: The Foo Fighters and Carly Rae Jepsen
Favourite Quote: Everyone can drum!
Andrew Stilwell

Andrew Stilwell

Front Desk

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Andrew has been playing music since it was first physically possible, and is always looking to explore the musical world further! He’s happy to answer any questions you may have when he works at the Front Desk, and is excited and glad to work with the Pop Academy bands. Andrew is also a student at Saint Mary’s University where he is studying English Literature and Creative Writing.

 

Hometown: Halifax, Nova Scotia

Instruments I Play: Guitar, saxophone, and I sing a bit!

Favourite Pastimes: Reading, writing, watching movies, playing video games

Favourite Music/Artists: Neutral Milk Hotel, The Velvet Underground, Elliot Smith, and David Berman

Favourite Quote/Best Advice: “Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don’t plan it. Don’t wait for it. Just let it happen.”

Emma Pickup

Emma Pickup

Kindermusik

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Emma is a Kindermusik Educator and full time student at Dalhousie University. Some of Emma’s earliest musical memories are from Kindermusik classes as a child so she is so exited to be teaching her own Kindermusik classes at the studio! She has been involved in music through choirs and musical theatre since she was young and still loves participating in musical theatre productions! 

 

Education: Graduating this spring with a BSc in Psychology!

Pastime: Singing, dancing, watching movies, drawing, swimming.

Instruments I Play: Voice

Favourite band: Among many: The Beatles, Poor Man’s Poison, Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Best advice: Prepare for the worst, hope for the best.

Isaac Stepaniak

Isaac Stepaniak

Piano Instructor

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Pianist Isaac Stepaniak began his musical career in 2007, studying with Geraldine Mitchell in NB. In 2009, Isaac moved to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, where he began studying with Kathy Andrew and Wayne Rogers. In 2017, upon completing the Royal Conservatory of Canada’s Theory 4 exam, Isaac was awarded the highest provincial mark in Nova Scotia, along with the Conservatory Medal of Excellence. Isaac decided to pursue his Bachelor of Music at Mount Allison University in September 2019, graduating in May of 2023. During his time at Mt. A, Isaac worked with large ensembles like Mount Allison’s symphonic band, Choral Society, as well as collaborated with several vocalists in the music department. He also served as the teaching assistant for the core class “Musicianship”, which is designed for first and second-year Music students; helping improve basic keyboard skills, dictation, and sight singing. While in his fourth and final year, Isaac served as Music Director at Saint Johns United Church in Moncton, NB. Though he has played many works for solo piano, ranging from Baroque to Contemporary, Isaac prefers works from the Early Romantic Era, namely those of Beethoven, Chopin, and Schumann.

Hometown: Fredericton, NB  

Education: BMus, Mount Allison University (2023) 

Favourite Pastimes: Walking, Driving, Working Out, Sight Reading, Fueling up with Coffee    

Instruments I Play: Piano, Saxophone, Percussion 

Favourite Band/Artist: Frédéric Chopin, Jazz, Instrumental, Holiday Music 

Favourite Quote: If you think the price of winning is too high, wait until you get the bill from regret. 

Steve Chaisson

Steve Chaisson

Violin, Fiddle Instructor

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Steve is part of a well-known musical family from Eastern Prince Edward Island and grew up surrounded by the sounds and rhythms of traditional Scottish, Irish, PEI and Cape Breton fiddle music.  His family organizes the Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival which is one of the longest running festivals of its kind in Atlantic Canada.

Steve’s fondest musical memories involve road trips with his parents, siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles to various festivals and events across Atlantic Canada and the U.S, and particularly summer trips to Cape Breton.

Steve lives in the Fall River area with his wife, Cathy, and their sons, Lochlen and Anderson.

Hometown: Bear River, PEI

Instruments: Fiddle, Piano, Guitar

Favourite Pastimes: Gardening, astronomy, reading.

Favourite Music: 90’s Rock, Folk, Traditional.

Favourite Bands/Musicians: The East Pointers, Beolach, Natalie MacMaster plus many more.

Favourite quote: A violin sings, and a fiddle dances.

Veronika Kravchenko

Veronika Kravchenko

Violin, Viola, and Piano Instructor

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Born and raised in Ukraine, Veronika studied at a special music school, and went on to study music in University.
Veronika has played in orchestras, and taught children and adults music for many years, and is excited to be able to share her passion for music here at Joyful Sounds. 
She is a mother of two sweet children, and knows the importance of investing in a child’s musical interests to develop lifelong skills.
She is offering lessons in Violin, Viola, and Piano.
 
Education: Kharkiv ( Ukraine) specialized music school ( Kharkiv 2003-2014 ) Kharkiv national university of arts ( 2014-2018) 
 
Pastime: fishing, singing with family, camping, reading, cycling with family , long walks. 
 
Instruments I Play: violin, viola, piano 
 
Favourite band: Instrumental:Rachmaninoff, different orchestral arrangements of modern music, Purim music, Kalush orchestra, theHardkiss, Sergey Briksa , and so mush more 🙂 
 
Best advice: « Just as you want others to do for you do the same for them » ( Luke 6:31)
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