Teachers

Raul Pineda

Teacher: DRUMS

Originally from Havana, Cuba, Raul started his musical career at the age of eight. Dazzled by the sound of drums and percussion, he took lessons with several private teachers, who encouraged him to pursue music as a profession. After finishing his studies in Cuba, he immigrated to Canada in 2005 and continued his studies at Humber College, where he finished his Degree in “Contemporary Music” in 2010. During his time at Humber, he was awarded the Millennium Scholarship and, as a member of the Humber Studio Jazz Ensemble, gained valuable experience working with world class artists such as Mike Stern, Randy Brecker, Dave Douglas, Labarbera Brothers, Chris Potter and others. Today, he teaches and continues performing and recording professionally in the city of Toronto.

Taisiya Sarkisova

Teacher: VOCALS, PIANO

Taisiya is a jazz vocal performance student at the University of Toronto. She was raised in Russia in a musical family and grew up in a family vocal ensemble. Prior to her musical education at the University of Toronto, Taisiya studied jazz at the Jazz Academy in Moscow and got to perform in numerous jazz vocal ensembles, sing in a band, and perform with an orchestra. She graduated from Earl Haig Secondary School in 2021 with a musical degree as a piano major from Claude Watson Music Program. There she started learning about composition and modern music. Taisiya also has experience in musical theatre and has been a part of the Mainstage Theatre crew until recently. She has experience in working with kids and knows how to make classes both professional and fun!

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Jonathan Stuchbery

Teacher: GUITAR, LUTE, MUSIC THEORY

Jonathan Stuchbery is a classical guitarist and a specialist in lutes and historical guitars. As an educator, he encourages students to explore their musical interests while laying strong technical foundations and helping students approach their instruments and music with ease. Jonathan is experienced as a guitar (all styles) and lute teacher, as well as a repertoire coach for vocalists and instrumentalists working on baroque and renaissance music. He is busy as a performer at home and abroad where he is active with multiple ensembles and festivals. Jonathan holds a Master’s in Historical Performance from the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya in Barcelona. He was also recognized for outstanding achievement in lute at McGill’s Schulich School of Music, receiving his B.Mus. in guitar and lute under teachers Jérôme Ducharme and Sylvain Bergeron.

Sarah Thai 

Teacher: PIANO

Sarah has been studying classical piano since the age of 7 and completed her level 10 RCM Certificate in piano by age 16. She is currently working towards achieving the ARCT in piano pedagogy to advance her skills. Sarah also leads the worship team and youth choir at the Toronto Vietnamese Victory Church where she coordinates music and vocals for worship services. In her spare time, she enjoys composing her own songs and producing her own music. While in Highschool, Sarah was always a part of the music department, competing in Kiwanis festivals as a flutist, and being a part of the music council. When it comes to teaching piano, her number one goal is for students to succeed and have fun in creating music.

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Pavlo Fondera* 

Teacher: VOCALS

Pavlo Fondera is a Ukrainian-Canadian musician, singer, choirmaster, librettist, poet and playwright. He was born in Zhytomyr, Ukraine where he finished Zhytomyr Musical College. He holds degrees from Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts (choir conducting – prof. D. Radyk, vocal performance – prof. M. Koval). Pavlo has performed both as a choir member and soloist with multiple choirs and ensembles and his performing career has taken him to countries all over the world, such as Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, Slovak Republic, Czech Republic, France, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lebanon, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, USA and Canada. He currently resides in Toronto, Canada, being active as a choirmaster, conductor, and artistic director. He also teaches vocal performance and piano.

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Rachel Stewart

Teacher: VOCALS

Rachel is a classically trained Soprano with advanced degrees in Voice from both the University of British Columbia and the Manhattan School of Music. Notable roles she has performed include Elle (La Voix Humaine), Cenerentola (La Cenerentola), Dona Elvira (Don Giovanni), and Kate (Kiss me, Kate!). She premiered the role of Amy in Stephen Chatman’s Choir Practice in 2015. In smaller roles, she has been involved with over 25 different operatic and musical theatre productions. Before her higher education, Rachel was heavily involved in the choral scene. She has apprenticed under Elaine Quilichini as an assistant Choral Conductor. As a teacher, she is dedicated to introducing students to diverse music from a variety of cultures, time periods and genders while having fun along the way.

Tiago Cardoso

Teacher: GUITAR

A recent graduate from the music program at York University, Tiago has spent the last four years refining his playing through extensive jazz studies. He has studied with Canadian jazz legends such as Lorne Lofsky, Sundar Viswanathan, Roy Patterson, Anthony Michelli, and many others. It was during his studies that Tiago, alongside performing, had also discovered a love for teaching. He enjoys all kinds of music and feels as though the ultimate way to express himself is through improvisation. Tiago’s passion for music has led him to play in various venues around Toronto such as The Jazz Bistro, The Emmet Ray, Hirut Café, The Royal Botanical Gardens, and Tail of the Junction.

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Oksana Skira*

Co-founder Teacher: PIANO

Oksana Skira is a professional pianist, accompanist, performer, teacher, and a recording artist. She began her music education at Barvinsky State Music College of Drohobych (Drohobych, Ukraine), going on to receive a Masters in Piano Performance from Mykola Lysenko Lviv National Music Academy (Lviv, Ukraine). While studying in Drohobych, she won 2nd place in the Western Ukraine Musical Competition. Oksana has recorded and released three independent CDs and continues to be active as a performer, accompanist, and teacher in Toronto and the GTA. At DCAM, Oksana teaches beginner to advanced piano.

Taras (Terry) Babyuk

Co-founder, Managing Director

Teacher: PIANO, MUSIC THEORY

Taras (Terry) Babyuk started his musical journey with accordion lessons at the age of seven. In his teens, he began piano lessons and soon decided to dedicate himself fully to this instrument. Terry holds Level 9 RCM Certificate in piano and has taught beginner to intermediate piano and beginner to advanced music theory for many years (a self-described music theory nerd!). In addition to his fondness for Classical and Romantic-era music, he also loves film music and enjoys composing original piano music in his spare time. Aside from his teaching duties at DCAM, he is also its co-founder and Managing Director.

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