Experienced Instructors

Talented Musicians
JoJo

JoJo

Ukulele Teacher

InstrumentsUkulele
Teaching Experience: 3 years

Kitchener-Waterloo artist, JoJo Worthington, has won numerous awards + accolades for her completely refreshing and experimental take on the [often blasé] ukulele through her songwriting and producing.

Now, she dedicates herself to teaching her art at Sherwood Music, Russell Music Teaching Studios and ukulele workshops throughout Ontario .

Worthington believes age doesn’t matter when learning a new instrument and has taught anywhere in-between ages 6 to 80 years old! Her goal is to get every student she teaches to be as passionate and enthralled with music as she is, while inspiring new musicians to spring up and create new forward-thinking music.

Priya

Priya

Voice Teacher, Beginner Guitar & Ukulele

InstrumentsVoice, Guitar, Ukulele, and Piano
Teaching Experience: 4 years

Priya sang in the choir from age 6 until 19. In high school, she joined a vocal jazz group and began developing her love for jazz and scatting. She completed her Bachelor of Music, with honours in vocal performance, at Carleton University. While in Ottawa, she led music classes for young children and taught voice extensively to youth and adults.

Priya is involved in contemporary music and a member of the KW Composers Collective. She participated as a performer in the Waterloo Regional Contemporary Music Session that was held in August 2017. She enjoys facilitating student exploration in vocal improvisation.

She is currently studying Music Therapy in the graduate program at Wilfrid Laurier University. Priya is self-taught on the guitar and ukulele, and actively engages in song-writing and improvisation.

She teaches vocal techniques for a range of contemporary styles including pop, jazz, and hip-hop. Priya enjoys helping students to achieve their desired musical goals through a strengths-based, person-centered teaching approach.

Daniel

Daniel

Bass, Guitar, Ukulele Teacher

Instruments: Bass, Guitar, Ukulele
Teaching Experience: 7 years
Available: Tuesday, Wednesday

Daniel started his musical journey at the age of 12 as a flautist but soon found his calling when he picked up the guitar and later bass. He went on to earn a Bachelors of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University in Composition and Improvisation as well as Double Bass. He’s been part of numerous eclectic projects ranging from symphonic work, to Jazz and Metal.

Daniel started teaching in high school and his diverse background allows him to teach just about any style. Above all Daniel’s teaching methods aim to make music fun and help students connect with music on a deeper level than just the notes and rhythms they play.

Alison

Alison

Violin Teacher

Instruments: Violin, Piano
Teaching Experience: 20 years

Alison Feuerwerker has been teaching violin in KW for more than 20 years. She has a Bachelor of Music degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, an ARCT in violin performance, and Suzuki teacher training through Book 6. Alison plays violin in the Guelph Symphony and the Waterloo Chamber Players, as well as freelancing, playing for musical theatre, and jamming and performing with local musicians.

In 2011-2012, Alison lived in Arusha, Tanzania, teaching violin and viola with the Umoja Music school, and performing and recording with several Tanzanian musicians. More recently she spent a month teaching music at the Casterbridge Music Academy in Mpumalanga, South Africa.

In addition to violin, Alison plays djembe, and is learning ukulele. She played keyboards in a reggae band for seven years in the ‘90’s and for the past three years has been a member of Tala, KW’s women’s drumming group.

Nicole

Nicole

Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, Voice Teacher

Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Ukulele & Voice
Teaching Experience: 5 years

Nicole started classical piano lessons at the age of 6, and progressed to complete her Grade 10 RCM Piano while completing her Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts, specializing in Music Performance, at York University.

At age 15, she began teaching herself guitar, and honed her skills while studying Music Therapy in the graduate program at Wilfrid Laurier University. Nicole is also self-taught on the ukulele, and dabbles in song-writing and improvisation. She enjoys spreading her love for music, and the joy of creating music, to those around her!

Nikki

Nikki

Vocal, Guitar, Ukulele Teacher

Instruments: Voice, Guitar and Ukulele
Teaching Experience: 1 year
Available: Monday

Nikki is a singer/songwriter, musical theatre performer, and classical guitarist with 10+ years of music experience. Her interest in classical singing began when she listened to symphonic metal bands in her early teens, which encapsulates her passion for any and all genres of music! She has performed in over 25 plays and musicals in her lifetime, as well as being a part of numerous coffee houses, charity events, solo recitals, choirs, and a guitar ensemble. This past summer, Nikki was a vocal coach for Gros Morne Summer Music’s professional performers in Corner Brook, Newfoundland.

Nikki is currently studying voice at Wilfrid Laurier University, working towards a double major in Performance and Music Education. On Sundays, she can be found as St. James-Rosemount United Church as their resident choral scholar and soprano soloist. She is eager to guide her students on their musical journey, whether that means strumming along to their favourite songs, picking out the perfect audition piece, mastering their finger picking, or busting out an operatic aria or two! Nikki is a fun, dedicated and enjoyable teacher! She’s looking forward to helping her students learn to enjoy singing and playing music as much as she does!

Hanisha

Hanisha

Piano Teacher

Instruments: Piano
Teaching Experience: 2 years
Available: Wednesday and Friday

Hanisha is a dedicated and kind-hearted piano teacher. She has been playing the piano since she was five years old and wants to continue to study music for the rest of her life. She also played the saxophone throughout middle school and high school in the school bands and musicals. Outside of school, she’s played for many local churches, charity concerts and talent shows. Hanisha became very well-known in her school and community as a talented pianist and role model and was often asked to play for many singers and instrumentalists in her community.

In August 2016, Hanisha completed her Grade 10 RCM. Currently, she is a second-year piano student at Wilfrid Laurier University and is continuing to take lessons from the top teachers in Ontario. In her first year of university, Hanisha also had the opportunity to be the pianist for the Wilfrid Laurier University Wind Ensemble. She is very excited to be a part of the teaching team at Russell Music Teaching Studios.

Charlena Russell

Charlena Russell

Owner, Head Instructor

Instruments: Voice, Violin, Guitar, beginner Piano, Uke and Music Theory
Teaching Experience: 14 years

Charlena is a caring and motivated instructor who loves to teach and takes pride in helping her students achieve their goals. A dedicated musician since she was 12, Charlena loves teaching her students the songs that make their eyes light up. Charlena applies her classical RCM background to any and all styles of music.

Charlena has studied with symphony players and the top teachers in K-W and across Ontario. In 2011 she completed her RCM theory and grade 9 classical vocal exam. Charlena loves learning and continues to take voice, piano, guitar and theory lessons because there’s always more to learn!

Charlena also runs the Rock Band Classes for students ages 8-18. Students are put into groups based on age and musical preference where they learn to play as a band. At the end of the 10 week class they perform a real Rock Show as a band for their friends and family to enjoy!