Teachers

Private or group lessons in person or online for all ages and abilities.
Choose from our professional music teachers that are here to help you learn an instrument and most importantly.... have fun!  


Katie Korfmann- Owner, Fiddle/Violin, and Early Childhood Music instructor. 

Katie is a passionate violin/fiddle teacher, performer, and recording artist in Brantford, Ontario. Katie’s main specialty is in fiddle music (bluegrass, country, old time, etc..) but she also teaches classical violin (Suzuki Method), pop, improvisation, and various other styles.
Katie Korfmann began playing the violin at the age of 5 years old with the Suzuki Violin Method. By 10 years old she discovered fiddle music which greatly sparked her interested in playing. She started professionally performing at the age of 13 and teaching by the age of 15.

Katie has a diploma in Early Childhood Education which gives her many resources when teaching the younger students. She runs the Early Childhood music classes throughout the year to help prepare the younger generation of musicians. 

When teaching private lessons or group classes she customizes each lesson to the individual student to help them progress in a way that works for them. Learning correct techniques and songs in a fun environment is integrated into all of her lessons. 

Besides teaching, you can find Katie performing regularly with the group “Thorn and Roses” playing the fiddle and singing harmonies with Janna Leduc (Guitar/vocals) and Jay Riehl (Drums/Bass/vocals). 

www.thornandroses.net

or

www.katiekorfmann.com

 


Grace Hetherington- Violin/Fiddle, Voice, Guitar, Ukulele, and Piano  

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.


Courtney Porch- Piano and Voice

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. 


Cyndi Devereux- Violin/Fiddle, Piano, Guitar, Ukulele and Vocals

Cyndi has a great passion for music with musical roots extending to the East Coast of Canada. She is a multitalented teacher and performing artist with an extensive number of years experience. She has completed formal music theory training at Mohawk College in Hamilton but makes lessons very fun and engaging for students of all ages by teaching them what they would like to learn. She believes that if a student loves what they are learning, they will be more willing to practice and progress quickly. 

She has had the good fortune of being able to work with and be tutored by some of Canada's most renowned Master Fiddlers such as Sandy MacIntyre, the late Jerry Holland, Natalie MacMaster, the Leahy's, Mark Sullivan, and Shane Cook to name a few. These exceptional fiddlers have been able to share with Cyndi there own unique musical skills, style and knowledge which has allowed her to develop her own personal style. 

Cyndi performs regularly with many groups in and around Brantford. In February 2017 Cyndi helped arrange and produce her very first CD called 'Harvesting the Journey' inspired from the play 'Harvest'


Zoe Miller-Piano, Violin and Early Childhood Music Instructor   

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.