Teacher Profiles

At our school, we are dedicated to providing our students with the highest level of music education. Experienced teachers here at Toronto Piano may differ in education and hobbies, but they share one passion: music! 

 

JULIAN HASKO (Pickering, Thornhill)

Julian was born into a family of musicians, who helped build his musical foundation. At the age of 12, he was inspired to pick up the guitar and has loved the instrument since then. Today, he draws inspiration from his favourite musicians such as John Williams, Julian Bream, and Andres Segovia. Julian has studied under the instruction of classical guitarist Robert Hamilton, whose technical demands strengthened Julian’s skill.
Having received his ARCT, Julian has performed in numerous recitals and competitions throughout Canada and enjoys performing at festivals.

 

STACEY THOMPSON (Pickering)

Stacey Thompson has been acknowledged as a proficient guitarist in many different styles from classical to folk/country to rock. He has participated in a wide variety of group and solo acts and once toured northern Ontario as lead guitarist in a rock band.
Stacey has successfully completed grades one through eight of the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) program. He obtained a standing of either Honours or Honours with Distinction in every grade. Through grades four, five, six and eight, he was awarded the RCM silver medals for obtaining the highest mark of all competitors in Quebec and Ontario.
He has 6 years of teaching experience and is active in performing and recording music.

STEPHANIE TAM (Pickering)

Born in Manchester, England, Stephanie received her ARCT Piano Performance Diploma in 2012, studying with her parents Shirley and Ka Kit Tam. She started playing the cello in 2011, studying with William Findlay and Andras Weber, and is now studying under the tutelage of John Helmers, working towards her Gr. 10 RCM Cello. Stephanie has had many years of experience teaching the piano to all ages, ranging from 4 years old to adult-beginners.

Stephanie is currently in her last year of studies at the University of Waterloo in the Science and Business program, and plans to continue post-graduate studies at Wilfred Laurier University in the Masters in Music Therapy program.

Apart from her studies, she shares passion for writing with the school community as a reporter and proof-reader for Imprint (UWaterloo newspaper). She is also a member of the cello section in Orchestra@UWaterloo and the Chinese Artists Society of Toronto (CAST) semi-professional Orchestra, and CAST Philomusica. Stephanie is also a frequent performer at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, performing in chamber groups with professionals including Prof. Thomas Williams, Eva Svensson, William Findlay, Sergei Nikonov and Julian Knight (members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra). In the summer of 2013, she took part in a music tour in China, with the Ontario Youth Orchestra, performing all over China, including the Beijing Conservatory of Music among others. Over the years, she has won numerous awards at Kiwanis Music Competitions, Arts Richmond Hill Music Festival, and North York Music Festival.

In her spare time, she enjoys making music with her siblings and friends. Aside from her interest in music, she is also an avid learner of languages, speaking English, Italian, French, Mandarin and Cantonese.

 

HANNAH WONG GREINER (Pickering, Thornhill)

Hannah was born in British Columbia, Canada, and discovered the joy of piano at age 4. After receiving her Grade 10 piano certificate, she developed a love for teaching and furthered her education by obtaining her ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Today, she continues to follow her passion for the piano and loves to share the joy that piano brings .
She received her Grade 10 piano certificate while in high school and put off continuing piano to pursue a career in science. However, she discovered a love for teaching and went back to piano to obtain the Teachers ARCT from RCM and continues to follow her passion for teaching and discovering more about music with her students.

 

JEAN HE (Pickering)

Jean was accepted to both Juilliard and Manhattan Music Pre-School in New York. Since the age of 5, classical music has been Jean’s strength. By the age of 13, she was already studying privately under numerous professors. In addition to an education in piano,  Jean has participated in numerous piano competitions and performances, receiving a plethora of awards. She graduated from York University with an Honours degree in music. Aside from teaching at Toronto Piano, Jean is a piano accompaniment for other performers in concert halls.

 

LEAH WILLIAMS (Pickering)

Leah has been trained in piano since the age of 6. She has received the Grade 10 RCM qualifications and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Toronto. She has a love and passion for all kinds of music, but the Romantic Style remains her favourite. To further her education, she is continuing her musical studies in violin and classical guitar.
Leah believes that music can be learned at any age. She believes that the three key ingredients to music success are dedication, willingness, and enjoyment. She teaches students of all ages and has five years of teaching experience.

 

LESLIE BEST (Pickering)

Leslie began taking music lessons over 20 years ago and says this is one of the reasons she attributes music as an integral role in her overall development. To date, Leslie  is working towards her ARCT qualifications. She enjoys a wide range of music genres and is an avid seeker of new artists from around the world to serve as inspiration for herself and her students. Leslie affirms that music can be learned at any age as long as the student is willing to learn.
Leslie strongly believes in not only guiding her students, but also working with them to ensure that their learning experience is individualized. In each lesson, she combines practical study and theory along with coherent instruction, encouragement and patience to bring out the best in each student.

 

RAISA DE SOUZA (Pickering)

Raisa De Souza has been formally trained in piano since the age of 7 and has achieved her Grade 10 Royal Conservatory of Music certification. She is currently studying French at York University and broadening her horizons by taking vocal lessons, as she one day aspires to be able to teach that as well. She has a passion for music and appreciation for music of all types and loves working with people. She has been primarily working with young musicians for over a year but hopes to have the opportunity to work with musicians of all ages and add to her wealth of experience.

 

SNEZANA LAKETA (Pickering)

Snezana Laketa is an accomplished teacher dedicated to providing a solid music education and appreciation to all students. She has a proven ability to tailor lessons to meet a student’s diverse needs and capture their interests and imagination. She uses a compassionate and inspiring approach to maintain a motivated and well-rounded learning experience for students.
Snezana is one step away from completing her teacher’s degree at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada, and has been teaching the piano and music theory for almost 10 years. Past and current experience includes serving as a church pianist, organist, choir director and orchestral director. She has recently begun playing the flute for personal enjoyment.
Snezana firmly believes in a music education to ensure a fulfilling life.

LESLIE BEST (Pickering)

Leslie began taking music lessons over 20 years ago. This is one of the reasons why she attributes music as an integral role in her overall development. To date, Leslie  is working towards her ARCT qualifications. She enjoys a wide range of music genres and is an avid seeker of new artists from around the world to serve as inspiration for herself and her students. Leslie affirms that music can be learned at any age as long as the student is willing to learn.
Leslie strongly believes in not only guiding her students, but also working with them to ensure that their learning experience is individualized. In each lesson, she combines practical study and theory along with coherent instruction, encouragement and patience to bring out the best in each student.