Grace is a dedicated music teacher, performer, artist, photographer and actress in St.Catharines, Ontario. Grace’s main focus is the fiddle (Celtic, Old Time, Bluegrass…etc) but also teaches classical violin, guitar, ukulele, voice, beginner piano and other various stringed instruments.
Grace began playing classical violin at the age of 9 and after attending the Orangeville Fiddle and Step Dance Camp when she was 13, she took a serious interest in fiddle music. Grace has been performing professionally since the age of 14 and teaching by the age of 17.
Grace has had the opportunity to teach for 4 years with the Niagara Elementary Instrument Music program, perform with the Niagara Youth orchestra, perform at the Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Theatre for the last 7 seasons as their house fiddler and guitarist, she was in a band for 11 years called “Fear The Worst”, she has performed on stages throughout Canada and the US and currently is involved in a duo called “Mel & Grace” with Melissa Penner (Vocals & Guitar). She took 1stplace in the St.Catharine’s Fiddle contest in the duet fiddle category with Katie Korfmann, won a London Theatre Dish award (Sullivan & Gilbert) and is a proud member of the St.Catharine’s Old Tyme Fiddlers Association.
While teaching, Grace finds it important that each student is able to learn and have fun while doing it. Music is supposed to be a way to express yourself and Grace caters each lesson to the individual student based on their needs and goals.
When Grace isn’t teaching she is performing with her duo (Mel & Grace) working on her small business (Grace Made) and spending time with her husband and son.
Music has had a presence in Courtney's life since the early age of 3 when she would try to sneak in to perform with the junior choir at her church. At the age of 7 she began to take piano lessons under Conservatory Canada in Tillsonburg, ON where she finished Conservatory Canada with a grade 8 certification, then reached a grade 10 royal conservatory equivalent through my undergrad. Her passion for the craft led her to the University of Waterloo where she graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree, with piano as her main instrument. She has spent the last 10 years as the active pianist and choir director for Bayham United Church.
Throughout her years of study, Courtney has encountered many opportunities to perform, whether it be singing with her highschool music theatre class, joining the University of Waterloo choir for 4 years, or performing with the Aylmer Community Band as lead percussionist. After countless piano recitals over the years and Sunday services every week, she is never one to turn down an opportunity to share music with others.
Courtney strives to make music a fun and positive experience for everyone, a mentality she has been taught for 20+ years. No matter the genre, interest or experience level, music can be exciting for any and all who wish to learn. She is thrilled to work with your interests and goals at heart, along with basic technique and training in an encouraging and upbeat environment.
Zoe Millar is one of the violin and piano teachers here at Katie’s Music Studio. The moment she knew she wanted to pursue music as a career was when she watched a violinist perform for the first time. After this, she couldn’t put the instrument down!
Zoe is a certified Suzuki Violin Teacher and has taken Suzuki’s Early Childhood Education training. She has also studied Harmony and Music History at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto Ontario.
Zoe’s love for music was apparent at the early age of 2, when she would sing constantly. Not to long after that, she started taking vocal lessons for fun. Piano lessons followed for eight years, sharing time with her six years of violin lessons which she continues to pursue alongside advanced Theory.
Zoe’s mission is to make the learning process a fun one! By keeping each lesson engaging, Zoe aims to inspire the love of music in each individual that walks through her door. In her lessons you can find the atmosphere to be an encouraging, creative and comfortable environment to nurture learning.
Tim McDougald- Piano, Guitar, and Ukulele
Tim is a lifelong musician focusing the majority of his time on piano and guitar. He is conservatory educated to Grade 10 in piano and has an education in Harmony, Music History and is also self-taught and experienced on guitar.
He frequently plays shows in Brantford either as a solo act or with the Dave Jensen & Friends’ east coast band. Tim plays a variety of styles of music including classical and contemporary piano, blues, jazz, pop, rock, folk, and has an extensive repertoire of original songs.
Tim prides himself on constant improvement in music and, most important of all, enjoyment! He has experience teaching a variety of styles, experience levels and ages. Tim’s philosophy and approach to teaching is a wholistic one, incorporating an understanding and appreciation of basic music components like rhythm, melody, harmony, and feel across instruments, genres, and different playing styles. With this wide view of music as a whole, Tim shows anyone the joy of learning music from beginners to advanced musicians.
Kaylyn Heine- Piano
Kaylyn has loved music for as long as she can remember. She comes from a family of musicians and was surrounded by musical inspirations from a young age. She started taking piano lessons when she was just two years old and at the age of thirteen she started teaching at her Mom’s music studio. Kaylyn has now been teaching for seven years.
Her philosophy is that lessons should be a positive experience making learning to play the piano very fun. She teachers out of various classical piano books as well as the Royal Conservatory curriculum. If the child would like to learn a Disney, popular song, or various other styles, Kaylyn has no problem accommodating that. She is passionate about teaching and sharing her love for music with her students. Kaylyn is currently attending Wilfred Laurier University in Brantford, Ontario completing a Bachelors of Social Work.