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Our instructors

Jan Janovsky is a dynamic musician and the owner of Classic Studios. His talent is being able to bring out the talent and unique voices of students. Consider him the piano whisperer. 


His students get into music Universities from University of Toronto to University of Leeds and generally into the courses of their choosing. 


His students receive top marks on RCM examinations, and are local, provincial and national winners. Students range from engineers, singer-song writers, etc. 


Jan teaches improv, compostion, elite and group lessons. Lessons are by audition only, space is limited. 


Jan holds a Master’s in Music in Jazz studies. To read more : www.janjanovsky.com

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!

Thom Golub lives in Edmonton, Alberta. As an acoustic and electric bassist, he can be heard in many venues across Canada, and on many recordings. He’s performed with Jazz artists Brett Miles, Bob Tildesley, Jim Head, Mo Lefever, Bobby Cairns, David Babcock, Andrew Glover, Charlie Austin, The Parkers, Thom Bennett and Ryan Davidson. With songwriters/performers Terry McDade, Terry Morrison, James Murdoch, Alfie Zappacosta, Scott Cook, The Good Lovelies, Paul Reddick, Kevin Cook, Al Brandt, and Anna Beaumont. In addition to strictly musical pursuits, Thom has collaborated with actors and directors (numerous NextFest performances, various musicals, workshopping plays etc.), visual artists Nicole Galellis and Cynthia Sentara and choreographers Gerry Morita/Mile Zero Dance and Kate Stashko (Good Women Dance Collective).


In 2014 he started reigniting his love for the guitar as well as learning about bottleneck style playing. He added the banjo a couple years later. Since 2018, he has released three albums and over 10 singles under his roots music brand Thom as Fred, which can be found on Bandcamp as well as all streaming platforms.

Janice completed her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance in 2019.

She also has her ACCM from Conservatory Canada. She has an extensive accompanying background and enjoys teaching or accompanying students of all ages. 

Janice is very happy to be teaching with Classic Studios. 

Michael Nunes is a composer and horn player from Sherwood Park, Alberta. He maintains a busy schedule of composition, arranging, engraving, performing, and educating with organizations located across Canada, including the National Academy Orchestra of Canada, the Hannaford Youth Band, Green Room Sound Collective, and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute Orchestra.

With plenty of doubling experience, Michael is equally comfortable playing horn in an orchestra, trombone in a jazz combo, or tenor horn in a British brass band, and everything in between. He has studied with Gabriel Radford, Allene Hackleman, Neil Spaulding, James Rolfe, Larysa Kuzmenko, Allan Gilliland, and Jan Janovsky. His debut orchestral premiere was commissioned and performed by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in 2016.

He has been awarded scholarships in brass and composition by the University of Toronto and the Alberta Provincial Music Festival.

Michael is currently a composition student in the Bachelor of Music program at the University of Toronto, studying composition with Professor Gary Kulesha, and horn with Nicholas Hartman.

He will be a featured soloist with the Hannaford Youth Band in their 2021-2022 season. Michael is a member of SOCAN and the Canadian League of Composers, as well as a founding member of Green Room Sound Collective. He currently performs and writes for the National Academy Orchestra of Canada. 

Testimonials

Classic studios has been amazing for our child. She has progressed greatly and has been provided with many opportunities throughout the years. She started as a beginner and in the last 3 years has now improved to platinum status at SP Music Festival under Jan’s teaching. She is now a more confident piano player thanks to Jan.

Cheryl Sinclair

Having lessons in our home is a dream. I’ve been wanting them to try lessons for a while, but the thought of adding another thing to their schedule stressed me out. Having the lessons in our home is so enjoyable, and the kids don’t feel like they are always on the go. It’s such a joy to listen to them learning with Sam. I’m beyond pleased!

Whitney

Jan is an incredibly gifted pianist with a crazy passion for instilling his love of music into his students! He really believes in his students and works with each unique personality at their level. We have two very different sons taking lessons and his way of inspiring both is entirely suited to the way encouragement would work for each personality.

Judie Swinton

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