• Master of Music November 13, 2009
  • Bachelor of Education, Intermediate/ Senior, Faculty of Education/ Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, 1997/98.
  • Instrumental Music- Primary teachable
  • History- Secondary teachable
  • Cross cultural Education
  • Learning and Human Behavior
  • Bachelor of Music, Specialist- Jazz Performance, University of Toronto, 1996. Principal Instrument-Piano. Private Instruction with Gary Williamson, Don Thompson and Brian Dickinson. Studies in World music historically and stylistically: Afro-American, Afro-Cuban, and European Music. Studies in contemporary philosophies pertaining to Jazz Education.
  • Diploma of Music, Mohawk College, Hamilton, 1988. Principal Instrument-Piano. Private Instruction with Nick Deutsch and Don Thompson. Jazz Harmony, Arranging and Composition with Dave McMurdo & Mike Malone.
  • Academic Experience other than Degree or Diploma. Grade 9 piano and Grade 3 Harmony, Royal Conservatory with First Class Honors. Studied at an intense and competitive Jazz specialist Workshop at the Banff Centre for the Performing Arts, July/1991
Teaching Experience
  • Currently teaching jazz piano and ensembles at Mohawk College in Hamilton ,Ontario, Canada.
  • Currently teaching Jazz improvisation, Jazz piano, and Jazz vocal at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
  • Ten years of Private and Ensemble instruction, (1987-97), at the inter-provincial Music Camp, Jazz Division, in Perry Sound under the leadership of Phil Nimmons.
  • Four years of experience setting up a high school program at Columbia International College in Hamilton, Ontario.(2000-2003).
  • Substitute Teacher, Mohawk College, Hamilton, Ontario, for Will Jarvis, 1990.
  • Private teaching instructor at Mohawk College School of Music, Hamilton, Ontario, 1988-90.
  • St. Mary’s Secondary School, Hamilton, Ontario, October to November of 1997, and March to April of 1998.
  • Ancaster High and Vocation School, Ancaster, Ontario, February of 1998.
  • Clinician with the boards of education- 1990 to present.
  • Private instructor at the Music Stand, Upper James street, Hamilton, Ontario, 1987/88.
  • Private tutor at Long and McQuade’s Music in Burlington 1996 to present.
  • Self Employed Private Piano, Theory, composing and arranging teacher, 1988-present.

Professional Experience


  • Composer and arranger for “pop band”, Daba Rojaba, 1 Album, copyright, 1989.
  • Associate composer and arranger for “ Jazz Fusion” band, Rapid Transit,
  • 2 CD’s, copyright, 1993 and 1995. Two successful European Tours.
  • Musician for MCA recording artist John Cody, performing with Tom Cochrane and Jeff Healy,!993-95.
  • Performed for U.N. Peacekeepers in Haiti and Elsmere Island with a musical production Touring group under the leadership of Karris Nagy, 1996.
  • Freelance performer Throughout Ontario and Buffalo, 1986-present.


  • Wrote video game music for CAPCOM through the company Shinnyo Interactive Audio from 2006-2011.
  • Theme and incidental music for ONTV’s Comedy at Club 54, Friday nights at 11:30pm.
  • Composed, Produced and Arranged music for Royal Banks’ Global Private Banking wing through McLellan Group in Toronto. 2000.
  • Co wrote music score for musical episode of Fox Family Networks’ Sixth Grade Alien. 2001.
  • Wrote children’s music for Swordfish Studios in Hamilton. 2002.
  • TV show “THE WRONG COAST” for AMC network in USA.


Vincent DiGregorio, Peter Sutherland, Phil Nimmons, Head of Music Dean of Science Dean Emeritus (retired)

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