Experienced Instructors

Talented Musicians
Judith

Judith

Violin & Viola Teacher

Instruments: Violin, Viola
Teaching Experience: 6 years
Available: Thursday

Judith enjoys sharing her passion for music through teaching violin and viola. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Viola Performance and Music History from Wilfrid Laurier University, where she studied with the wonderful violist and educator Christine Vlajk. As she continues to learn to be a better player and teacher, she aspires to share her view of music as a beautiful way for people to connect with others and with themselves.

She has played with the Prince George Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra North Academy Ensemble, collaborated with some of Canada’s finest musicians at the Spirit of the North Classical Music Festival, and has taught privately and as an instructor at various summer programs.

Judith is currently based in Waterloo and brings her extensive experience as a performer and teacher to her goal of helping her students to find their own individual musical voices through a good grasp of the science, the art, and the fun of playing violin and viola!

Kristen

Kristen

Piano Teacher

Instruments: Piano
Teaching Experience: 7 years
Available: Wednesday

Kristen has been teaching piano since 2010 to children to adults. She grew up southern Alberta where she began piano lessons at the age of seven. Since then, she has fallen in love with music. Throughout her life as a pianist she has performed at retirement homes, charity events, public library concerts, and premiering student compositions in Lethbridge, Alberta.

In 2017 she completed her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Lethbridge. During her time at the U of L, she studied under Glen Montgomery, Magdalena von Eccher, and Dr. Deanna Oye. Currently, she attends Wilfrid Laurier in the Master of Music Therapy program.

As a teacher, Kristen focuses on giving students positive experiences while challenging them to improve their musical abilities and themselves along the way. She enjoys playing and teaching classical, rock, pop, folk, indie and video game music.

Doug

Doug

Flute, Voice, Beginner Piano, Theory, Composition Teacher

Instruments: Flute, Piano, Ukulele, Voice
Teaching Experience: 20 years
Available: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

Douglas Scott particularly enjoys working with people to unlock their inner voice.

He holds an Master’s degree in Music in flute performance from the University of South Africa and a PhD candidate in musical semiotics and cognition through the University of the Free State. His musical journey started when he was born into a family of musicians and piano teachers, and continues with his recent move to Kitchener with his wife (a piano teacher) and two daughters. He spent two years at a choir school in his youth, and has performed extensively in choirs, vocal ensembles and stage productions.

As a composer, Doug has had works performed as far afield as Germany and Singapore, and is currently active as secretary of the composers’ organization NewMusicSA.

Jesse

Jesse

Guitar, Bass Teacher

Instruments: Guitar, Bass, Ukulele
Teaching Experience: 3 years
Available: Wednesday

Jesse started his musical journey at age 12. Since then he’s been to hundreds of concerts and spent thousands of hours listening to, studying, and learning, to emulate the legends of rock, blues, folk and pop. He’s studied with excellent instructors, both local and world class, and has since played shows in numerous projects in venues across Ontario.

Jesse continues to hone his performance skills, but you can find him passing on his craft and love for music teaching at Pro Music and Russel Music Teaching Studios. He feels anyone can learn to play, and prides himself on just how quickly he can help make that happen.

JoJo

JoJo

Ukulele Teacher

InstrumentsUkulele, Voice
Teaching Experience: 4 years
Available: Currently away on tour.

Kitchener-Waterloo artist, JoJo Worthington, has won numerous awards and 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 .

JoJo 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.

Alison

Alison

Violin Teacher

Instruments: Violin, Piano
Teaching Experience: 21 years
Available: Tuesday

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: 6 years
Available: Monday – Friday

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: 4 years
Available: Thursday

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!

Charlena Russell

Charlena Russell

Owner, Head Instructor

Instruments: Voice, Violin, Guitar, beginner Piano, Uke and Music Theory
Teaching Experience: 16 years
Available: Monday – Thursday

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!

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