Our Music Teachers
Making a Difference
Results, success, and student transformation are what we base our teaching model on. Our “small is beautiful” concept is what sets us apart.
Our teachers are not only changing lives through music education, but have a drive to see their students succeed.
Steeped in improvised jazz tradition, Eric Weiden is a trumpet player and pianist who has spent decades pursuing identity in sound. After leaving Indiana University in the mid nineties, he spent years touring: as a big band member (Tommy Dorsey Orchestra & Guy Lombardo); and, with multiple Broadway musical U.S. national tours. Eric also performed and/or recorded with Calexico, Giantsand, the Abramson Singers, as well as many jazz and rock bands in western Canada. His trumpet teachers have included Dominic Spera (Indiana University jazz trumpet instructor), Bobby Shew (L.A. studio session player), Mark Van cleave (lead trumpet with The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra) and John Rommel (principal trumpet with The Nashville Symphony).
Eric has taught private trumpet and beginner piano lessons for around 20 years. Trumpet students have included casual and semi-pro adult students, casual school-aged students, school aged-students who have been selected for national honor bands, as well as young beginner students. His piano students have included young children from age three up to adult beginners as well as family lessons where parents and children learn together. Eric has taught many school clinics for jr. and sr. high students. Also, Eric completed a Masters in Arts Education at SFU, and taught middle school students at a Montessori school for five years.
Eric offers in your home piano, trumpet and bass guitar lessons through Classic Studios.
Samantha Oscar has been tickling the ivories since she was 5 years old and is currently in her second year of her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Alberta.
She has been teaching piano since January 2018 and is excited to grow in her skills and to help others grow in their playing and practicing. Samantha is also a talented alto saxophone player, singer, and songwriter. She plans to one day play professionally, whether it be in a band or orchestra, as well as continue teaching.
Samantha brings a calm, considerate and engaging approach to her teaching style; we are pleased that she will be offering in your home piano lessons with Classic Studios.
Justin was drawn to music at a young age, returning to the piano when he was 13 years old. In the short time he’s been back on the keys, Justin has proven his skill, talent and passion for piano. He has just begun his Bachelor of Music at the University of Alberta.
The variety and creativity of music is what Justin tries to embrace. He hopes to teach and be a composer as he moves forward, in addition to expanding and adapting his teaching style. By embracing the tastes of the student, Justin hopes to engage the students interest to ensure their success.
Justin provides a inviting and fun atmosphere for his students. He focuses on the expression of the student, which is the key to musical success. If you’re considering learning piano, Justin is a wonderful and warm addition at Classic Studios for in your home piano lessons.
Burke has been studying music since his junior high days when he began classical guitar and clarinet in band. He started drums in the high school jazz ensemble and hasn’t looked back, continuing his musical studies at Vancouver Island University and Grant MacEwan University as well as private instruction from some of North America’s finest drummers.
Burke’s goal is to inspire students to feel that rhythm is in us and around us. It is important to teach each student the basic understanding of rudiments, notation and groove and how they relate to each other based on songs they enjoy and want to learn.
We are thrilled that Burke is offering in your home drum lessons!
DEAN PIERNO – Drummer, Percussionist, Bandleader, and Drum Circle Facilitator, has been making his living in music for over 30 years. Recently moved back to Edmonton, Alberta, Dean’s musical journey has included gigs and performances with: Tommy Banks, Gary Guthman (Harry James Tribute),The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Don Rickles Orchestra, The Louie Armstrong Tribute, Ekos (Edmonton Kiwanis) Singers, Ian Stewart, Ashley MacIsaac, The Legendary Platters, Andrew Glover, Tyler Hamilton, Edmonton Musical Theater and Chuck Wagon and the Wheels just to name a few.
In addition to his musical talents, Dean is also an educator with 25 years of teaching under his belt. He taught for 11 years at Red Deer College in Alberta as the head of the percussion program, Contemporary Styles Ensemble instructor and head drum instructor for the Conservatory of Music. Dean is comfortable teaching all levels, all ages and all styles.
Rebecca has been playing piano since the age of seven and grew up in a house always filled with music. She is about to enter the third year of her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Design at the University of Alberta.
She continues to pursue music in addition to her university studies, and finds that the two fields compliment each other well. She hopes to continue to explore how performance, music, and design are interrelated and uses music as inspiration for her theatre practice and vice versa. Rebecca enjoys playing music in a variety of styles, with a particular soft spot for classic rock. She has dabbled with playing in a variety of groups in the past and sporadically plays baritone sax.
Rebecca is a newcomer to teaching, and is looking forward to helping students develop their passion for music.
Mark fell in love with guitar in junior high and never looked back. Originally a piano and trumpet player, he never felt at home in music until he began studying famous guitar players like BB King, Wes Montgomery and John Mayer. He has just finished his Performance Diploma at MacEwan University, and is currently working on a second diploma in recording, also at MacEwan.
Mark has a passion for making people feel the same joy he feels when he plays the guitar. He teaches music by teaching songs and exploring music theory, ear training and playing techniques along the way. His focus is on helping his students reach their musical goals, whatever they may be.
Mark is proud to offer guitar lessons at any level in your home through Classic Studios!