Originally from Havana, Cuba, Raul Pineda started his musical career at the age of eight. Dazzled by the sounds 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 a lot of 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.
Andrew Marzotto is a Toronto born and based guitarist, composer and educator. He is a 2016 graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts where he was a member of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. At Berklee, he had the incredible opportunity to study with Mick Goodrick, Joe Lovano, Hal Crook, Danilo Perez, and David Tronzo. He has performed extensively throughout Toronto and Boston as well as toured extensively across the USA, Canada, and Europe with Justin Nozuka. In addition to being a busy performer, Andrew is also an in-demand session guitarist, having played on recordings by Young Thug, Jaden Smith, Nailah Blackman, Craig Cardiff and Dayna Stephens.
Carolina Lopez is a Toronto-based musician who has been singing all of her life in various musical productions, competitions, choirs, and jazz bands. In the fall of 2019, she enrolled in Humber College’s renowned Bachelor of Jazz program for voice. She’s had the privilege of singing in a group with Juno award winning Cuban jazz pianist, Hilario Duran and attending workshops by jazz legends such as Terri Lyne Carrington. Carolina has a passion for performing and continues to do so by posting cover songs (recorded and produced by her) on her YouTube channel, but is also very passionate about education. With her knowledge of vocal pedagogy and “Healthy Singing” philosophies, she is on a mission to help others sing with proper technique and style!
Teacher: GUITAR, LUTE
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.
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.