Explore the world of music and fulfill your potential with the help of our friendly, knowledgeable and experienced teachers.


 


Piano Teachers

 

Mary Kenedi, Piano
Mary Kenedi, Piano Teacher & Director of NTIM

Mary Kenedi made her Carnegie Hall debut in 1983. She has her Licentiate Diploma, Bachelor of Music in Performance and Master of Music in Music Education from the University of Toronto. She also has a Diploma from the Liszt Academy in Budapest, Hungary. She has taught at the Royal Conservatory for 25 years and was on the board of Examiners. She taught for 8 years at the McMaster University in Hamilton. Mary performs and records the music of Bart6k and Canadian composers. She has also commissioned works from Canadian composers. She performs internationally in solo and concerto appearances.

 

Zabella Asmarian, Piano
Zabella Asmarian, Piano Teacher

Zabella Asmarian attended the Tchaikovsky specialized music school and has a Masters Degree from the Komitas State Conservatory in Yerevan, Armenia. She performed both as soloist and accompanist. Later, she taught and performed in Lebanon. One of her students attained second prize in the prestigious Paris Competition. She is a founding Faculty member of the Institute since 1995.

 

Glen Sawich, Piano and Accordion Teacher
Glen Sawich, Piano and Accordion Teacher

Glen Sawich has an ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Music and a Certificate in Early Childhood Education. He also has a teacher’s certificate in the Koddly Music Method. He has performed and conducted choirs in Canada and the U.S. He taught at Humber College, the Royal Conservatory, Baldwin Conservatory and is in the Examiners’ College for the Royal Conservatory.

 


 

Guitar Teachers

 

Bayla Marin, Guitar Teacher
Bayla Marin, Guitar Teacher

Bayla Marin has studied with several renowned teachers of the classical guitar, including Eli Kassner in Toronto, John Mills in London, England, and Oliver Hunt at the London College Of Music. Over the past four decades, Bayla has established herself as a devoted and compassionate teacher, offering patient, supportive, and informed instruction to students of all ages, from beginning to advanced levels. For many years she also taught and performed in the Mount Allison University Summer Music Program. She is a Royal Conservatory Of Music Certified Teacher.

 


 

Vocal Teachers & Voice Coaches

William Shookoff Vocal Coach & Theory Teacher
William Shookoff, Vocal Coach & Theory Teacher

William Shookhoff is currently Music Director of Opera by Request and Artistic Director Emeritus at Tryptych Productions. He has been on the music staff of the Canadian Opera Company, the Edmonton Opera Company, the Portland (Oregon) Opera, and the Netherlands Opera. Since 1989, he has been primarily involved in musical theatre, conducting Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera in Toronto and across Canada. Mr. Shookhoff has been instrumental in initiating groups such as Comus Music Theatre, Canada Opera Piccolo, Opera theatre of Alberta, Opera York, the Edmonton New Music Festival and Tryptych Productions. He is also known as one of the foremost conductors of Monster piano concerts, having conducted such events in Rome, Italy, Festival of the Sound, Carnegie Hall, Massey Hall and the White House.

 


Strings Teachers

 

John Milosh, Violin Teacher
John Milosh, Violin Teacher

Veteran conductor of all types of student orchestras and ensembles. John is a regular performer in a string quartet, and is the concertmaster of the Trinity Chamber Orchestra.

 

Sheila Smyth, Viola, Violin and Viola de Gamba
Sheila Smyth, Viola, Violin & Viola de Gamba Teacher

Sheila Smyth is a busy performer with many ensembles, both Baroque and modern, on violin, viola, and treble viola da gamba. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance degree from the University of Toronto. Sheila has performed with many early music ensembles in and around Toronto, including Tafelmusik, Aradia and Musicians in Ordinary, and as a chamber musician has performed on several concert series, including Luminato, Primavera Concerts, and Musically Speaking. As a modern violinist/violist, Sheila works with many orchestras throughout Ontario, is principal violist of Opera York and was part of the onstage band for Canadian Idol. She is also a founding member of Concordo and The Cardinal Consort of Viols.
As well as being a performer, Sheila is a dedicated teacher of violin and viola, and enjoys teaching both children and adults. She is very supportive and enthusiastic in her teaching practice, and is also creative in problem-solving to help students develop as musicians. She has taught at NTIM for over ten years and is a music coach at the Rosedale School of the Arts.

 

Mary Stein, Cello Teacher
Mary Stein, Cello Teacher

Mary Stein has fostered a love of teaching for over 20 years, and has been affiliated with the Royal Conservatory of Music, and Sir Wilfred Laurier University. As a performer, she has played regularly with the National Ballet of Canada orchestra, and with the Canadian Opera Company and Esprit Orchestras. She holds a M.Mus from the Université de Montréal, where she studied with Yuli Turovsky. Mary directs the Harbord Orchestra, founded for returning adult string players.

 

Valerie, String Teacher
Valerie Sylvester, Violin Teacher

Valerie Sylvester received her Master’s Degree in violin performance from the Mannes School of Music in New York after completing undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto. She revels in an eclectic musical career, playing not only violin but also Baroque violin, viola, and bass viola da gamba. Valerie is concertmaster of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra and of Opera York, and also freelances with symphony orchestras and ensembles around Ontario. In addition, she performs as concertmaster for many orchestral/choral collaborations throughout the province and is an avid chamber musician, having participated in the premieres of many new Canadian works. Valerie is a founding member of several ensembles including Concordo and the Cardinal Consort of Viols. She was a member of the onstage band for the television show ‘Canadian Idol’ for its last five seasons and most recently joined ‘The Wintergarten Orchestra’, an eleven-piece band specialising in prohibition-era music from the dawn of the jazz age. Valerie is an enthusiastic violin teacher of students of any age and she also enjoys adjudicating music festivals and coaching in a local arts-focussed high school.

 


Winds & Brass Teachers

 

Ben McCarroll-Butler
Ben McCarroll-Butler, Woodwind Instrument Teacher

Ben is a saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist and composer living in Toronto. At NTIM he teaches saxophone, clarinet, flute and theory/improvisation.
A graduate of Humber’s Contemporary Music degree program, Ben is a member of many jazz ensembles including Sonuskapos Jazz Orchestra (SSJO), We Are All and The Near-Distant Ensemble as well as the funk group Bassline and the folk group Decoration Day. Ben leads and co-leads his own groups the Composer’s Collective, the ABC Trio and The Band Named Crow, a large ensemble premiering works based on the surreal novels of Japanese writer Haruki Murakami.
With these groups and others, Ben performs regularly on saxophones, clarinets and flute. He has played in the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Beaches Jazz Festival, Somewhere There Festival and Toronto Undergraduate Jazz Festival. In 2013-2014 Ben had the pleasure of touring Southern Ontario, Iowa and Florida with the Toronto All-Star Big Band playing swing music from the 1930’s-50’s.
Ben is also an Artistic Associate with Spectrum Music, a local collective of composers. Spectrum programs 4 themed concerts a year, crossing genre divides, connecting communities and telling compelling musical stories that resonate with audiences. Ben’s writing and arranging has been recognized with the 2016 Ken Page Memorial Trust Award In Memory of Ron Collier, the 2015 Dave Stillwell Arranging Award and the 2015 Spectrum Music ‘New Voices’ Young Composer’s Residency.
Find more information on Ben and his music at benmccb.com.

 


Theory & Composition Teachers

 

William Shookoff Vocal Coach & Theory Teacher
William Shookoff, Vocal Coach & Theory Teacher

William Shookhoff is currently Music Director of Opera by Request and Artistic Director Emeritus at Tryptych Productions. He has been on the music staff of the Canadian Opera Company, the Edmonton Opera Company, the Portland (Oregon) Opera, and the Netherlands Opera. Since 1989, he has been primarily involved in musical theatre, conducting Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera in Toronto and across Canada. Mr. Shookhoff has been instrumental in initiating groups such as Comus Music Theatre, Canada Opera Piccolo, Opera theatre of Alberta, Opera York, the Edmonton New Music Festival and Tryptych Productions. He is also known as one of the foremost conductors of Monster piano concerts, having conducted such events in Rome, Italy, Festival of the Sound, Carnegie Hall, Massey Hall and the White House.