Our Teachers

Select from the list below to learn about our teachers!

Allie Wright

Allie Wright

Beginner Piano (Dartmouth Studio) 

AllieWAllie is a grade 12 French Immersion student at Auburn Drive High School.  She has been playing the piano for 9 years and enjoys classical, rock and pop music.  Allie also likes playing new pieces and exploring different genres.    She enjoys participating in the Kiwanis Music Festival each year.  Allie also plays the flute and has completed her Royal Conservatory Level 4 Flute Practical Examination.  She loves to see the progress her students make each week. 


Favourite Musicians: The Beatles, Billy Joel


Favourite Movies: Space Jam and The Lorax


Favourite Hobbies: Playing sports, reading, making crafts and getting outside to enjoy nature.


 Favourite Books: Island of the Blue Dolphins, A Series of Unfortunate Events, and anything by Sara Shepard. 


Andrea Smith

Andrea Smith

Music Director & Owner

AndreaSNewAndrea is a graduate of the Early Childhood Education program from the Nova Scotia Teacher's College with more than 25 years experience teaching group and private piano lessons to students ranging in age from 4 years old to Seniors. 

Over the years Andrea came to realize that the musical programs available on the market for teaching the young piano learner were quite limited and more importantly, every one of them seemed to be missing something. So deciding to do something about it, she wrote her own.  This program, Prelude For Kids, has been highly successful and continues to be taught to this day by Andrea and the teachers here at Andrea's Music Studio.  In addition, much care is taken to ensure quality and fun is present in all lessons: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Ukulele, and Drums.  Keeping lessons age appropriate (young, teen, and adult), educational, and fun. 

Andrea's Music Studios Music Makers program was custom designed by Andrea, for daycares, pre-schools, and drop-ins. 


Brogan Cameron

Brogan Cameron

Beginner Piano  (Hammonds Plains Studio) 

BroganBrogan is currently in her second year of her Bachelor of Music program at Dalhousie University.  She did a semester at Mount Allison University.  Brogan has been playing the piano for 12 years and has her Royal Conservatory of Music Level 10 completed.  Through the Royal Conservatory and University her primary focus has been classical music, but Brogan also plays and sings in a band that performs alternative music.  She also played the Tuba in the past.  Brogan discovered her love of teaching through a co-op placement at Andrea's Music Studio in 2016-2017.  She is very excited to dive in and looks forward to teaching piano as a career. 

Hobbies: reading Stephen King, watching horror movies, listening to music of all varieties from classical to pop and alternative. 

Favourite Movie: The Visit

Favourite Musicians/Groups: Khalid, The 1975

Favourite Composers: Brahms, Debussy


Elizabeth Humphries

Elizabeth Humphries

Voice (All levels) & Piano (Beginner to Intermediate)  (Dartmouth Studio)

Dartmouth Studio Director

ElizabethHA Nova Scotia girl born and raised, Elizabeth graduated with a Bachelor of Voice Performance from the University of Manitoba.  She also has diplomas in Audio Engineering and Jazz Voice performance from Capilano University in Vancouver, BC.   She has recently moved back to Halifax after 15 years in western Canada to continue her performance and teaching career in the city she loves.  Her passion for performing stems from a childhood filled with the magic of the theatre, choral and solo performance and instrumental studies.  Elizabeth has performed across Canada in various operatic roles, as well as orchestral concerts, as a soprano soloist.  She has also trained and performed in musical theatre, jazz, and has been the vocalist for numerous performing bands. She has been teaching voice and piano to students of all ages for 12 years.

David Murray

David Murray 

Piano, Guitar, Ukulele & Voice  (Hammonds Plains and Sackville Studios)

DavidDavid has an extensive background in voice, piano, guitar, and theatre. David takes a student-centric approach to teaching, with an emphasis on fostering confidence and passion within students, as well as encouraging their creativity and the individual expression of their craft.  David places emphasis on exposure to and involvement in music at all ages, and is proficient in adapting materials and teaching style to match the interests, goals, and learning style of the student. David enjoys performing and teaching many different music genres, including classical, pop, rock, blues, jazz, and country.


David has his RCM Level 6 in piano and 9 in voice.  He spent 7 years of intensive training in Bel Canto vocal technique, and was the winner of the 2003 Kiwanis Festival Rose Bowl (voice) and the 2001 Maritime Association of Teachers Singing Scholarship Award.


David continues to perform in voice and guitar performances at local venues and in various roles in local musical theatre productions.


Dinah Lasaga-Harnish

 Dinah Lasaga-Harnish

Guitar, Ukulele, PIano & Beginner Drum (Dartmouth Studio) 

Dinah LHDinah is a recent NSCC Music Arts graduate majoring in guitar.  Although music has always been in Dinah’s life, she really took to the guitar in her preteens. During these years, she also played alto saxophone in the school bands, as well as marching bands through Sea Cadets. Later in her teens, she was involved in her high school’s production of various musicals as a member of the chorus. As a part of NSCC’s program, she had the opportunity to play with jazz, Latin, singer-songwriter, and rock ensembles on various instruments – guitar, tenor saxophone, piano, and vocals. Dinah has a passion for both songwriting, and composing, and hopes to take further composition courses. She spends her time playing in active rock bands around Halifax, volunteering/playing at music festivals, writing music, and practicing.

Pets: AJ the cat, Enya the cat, Joey the cat, and Hobbes the chinchilla

Favourite Artists/Bands: Frank Turner, Laura Marling, Streetlight Manifesto, NOFX, and Larry & His Flask

Favourite Movie: Dead Poet’s Society

Favourite Book: 1984

Erin Summers

Erin Summers

Piano (Beginner to Advanced)(Dartmouth Studio)

Studio General Manager 

ErinNevErin joined Andrea's Music Studio in 2003 after graduating from Acadia University with her Bachelor of Music Degree and completing her grade 10 RCM piano exam. Erin teaches piano to students of all ages, and manages the day to day activities of the Studios.

Erin has helped organize and run the Summer Music Camps and also helped Andrea to organize the Baby's Music Makers program.

Favourite Composer: Beethoven

Favourite Movie: Mr. Holland's Opus, High Fidelity & Les Miserables

Hobbies: Painting (some of my paintings are in the studio), reading, running, knitting, going for walks with my dog Ruby

Favourite Memory from my teaching experience: Playing Spiderman on the guitar with my first guitar student!
Something most people don't know about me: I was born in Germany and went back there in June 2010 with my family on vacation. 


Evelyn MacLeod

Evelyn MacLeod

Beginner Piano (Dartmouth Studio)

evelynmEvelyn is a grade 11 student at École du Carrefour de Grande-Havre. She is bilingual (English-French) and loves reading, drawing and travelling. She also loves running and has made it to the Nova Scotia Provincial Championships 2 years in a row. Evelyn loves to play the piano and looks forward to meeting and teaching Prelude piano students this fall.

Favourite Authors: Oscar Wilde, Charlotte Brontë and Allen Bradley

Favourite Places She’s Visited: Barcelona, Paris and Boston

Favourite Hobbies: Sewing, Finding new places to run and Baking.

Isabela Drozdowski

Isabela Drozdowski 

Beginner Piano (Dartmouth Studio) 

IsabelaDIsabela has been playing the piano and taking lessons at Andrea's Music Studio for 9 years.  She is in grade 10 at school.  In her spare time she likes to play the ukulele, listen to music, play video games, go shopping, go to the movies and spend time with her family. 

Favourite Subject: Science

Favourite Colour: Purple 

Jessica Pearson

Jessica Pearson

Piano (All Levels) (Dartmouth and Sackville Studios)

Sackville Studio Director

JessPJessica is currently working on completing her Grade 10 RCM examinations after taking a year off to complete the Basic  Musicianship Program at Douglas College in Vancouver.  She is very excited to be teaching at Andrea's Music Studio for another year. 

Favourite Composer: Danny Elfman, Dmitri Kabalevsky, Dario Marianelli.

Favourite Artist: Laura Smith, James Taylor.

Favourite Movie: Pride and Prejudice.

Hobbies: I like to hike, bake, knit, travel, and spend time with my family.

Favourite piece to play: 'Lotus Land' by Cyril Scott.


Juanita Keddy

Juanita Keddy

Guitar (Hammonds Plains Studio)

JuanitaJuanita Keddy (aka Juanita Rose) is not only a music instructor.  She played guitar professionally for many years and toured the country as a guitarist with her own music bands. 

Juanita was known for her double-neck Mosrite guitar and her showy guitar instrumentals.  When she was in her performing heyday a popular entertainment magazine wrote “Juanita has a vibrant style that equals many great guitar players”. 

Juanita also has her Competent Toastmasters designation and a Best Speaker of the Year award.

 In addition, she has studied the important role that “thought and mental attitude” play in achieving success.  She incorporates these techniques in her teaching. 

Juanita studied guitar and music theory at the Maritime Conservatory of Music and other private institutions.  She has a diploma in guitar studies.

In her spare time Juanita likes to read and write.  She is presently writing a book. 

Judi Beagan

Judi Beagan

Voice, Guitar and Piano (Dartmouth, Sackville and Hammonds Plains Studios) 

JudiBJudi grew up singing and playing guitar as part of a family trio. After high school she went on to study jazz voice at St. F. X. and then branched into classical / operatic studies in BC with Canadian Opera Singer Lyn Vernon. All this training led to a wide variety of performance experiences ranging from the Pacific Opera Chorus in Victoria to Production Lead Vocalist for the British entertainment company OpenWide International – a cruise ship gig – as well as smaller solo and duo/trio ensembles.

Judi developed and taught her first course (guitar) at age 16. Following university she spent a year teaching elementary school music in the Codroy Valley, Nfld. Judi has been teaching on and off ever since. Her favourite ‘classroom’ setting is one-on-one because of the opportunity to zero in on each student’s particular musical strengths and weaknesses.  She truly believes that music is an innate gift in each of us and she enjoys helping people discover and ‘unwrap’ this gift for themselves.

My philosophy: Judi rarely practices an instrument. Judi prefers to play her instrument… because that is the goal of studying it in the first place. When she wants to play something in particular, she is more likely to want to work on the skill it requires… and then it’s not boring. Instead, it opens the door for her and makes things easy. 


Kayla Sponagle

Kayla Sponagle

Piano and Voice (Beginner to Intermediate) 

 kaylaSKayla Sponagle graduated from NSCC in June 2018 as a vocal major and has completed her Grade 8 RCM piano requirements.  She loves music and everything about it.  Some of her favourite songs are from Disney movies but she also loves musical theatre.  Kayla enjoys camping and travelling.  She has travelled all across Canada and to Peru.  She would love to go and see the Northern Lights some day as well as the Greek Islands.  Kayla is a big fan of all things retro and vintage including video games and record players.  She collects vinyl albums. 


Krystina Bowen

Krystina Bowen

 Music Makers, Piano & Voice (Hammonds Plains Studio) 
Hammonds Plains Studio Director


Krystina Bowen joined Andrea’s Music Studio in April 2018. She is a Singer, Music Teacher and an aspiring Music Therapist. She graduated Mohawk College with an Advanced Diploma in Vocal Jazz in 2011, and graduated Acadia University in 2015 with a Bachelors Degree in Music Therapy. 

Krystina has had professionally instruction in Voice since the age of 6. She also sang in choirs, musical productions, and preformed independently over the course of 20 years. Currently she is pursuing an internship in her field of study, Music Therapy.

She is a fun loving instructor, and enjoys helping people enjoy music. She also loves colourful clothes, cooking and nature.

Leon Tsorbatzoglou

Leon Tsorbatzoglou

Guitar & Bass (Dartmouth and Sackville Studios), Drums (Dartmouth Studio only) 

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Leon was born in Greece where he started learning guitar and music theory lessons at an early age. As a teenager he started exploring the electric guitar and the drums and began joining local rock/heavy metal bands. At the age of 20 Leon moved to Manchester UK to study music and rock/pop/jazz guitar at the University of Salford, where he earned a Bachelors in Music and a Masters in Composition.

Leon has been teaching guitar, bass, drums and band labs full time in the UK for the last 12 years. He is the guitarist of the heavy metal band Crosswind, and he has extensive recording and gigging experience.  Apart from a Bachelors and a Masters, Leon also holds a Music Specialist Certificate from Berklee College of Music, where he has taken courses in Music Production, Project Management and Music Business.

Leon is an endorser of Optima guitar strings and is the Optima strings distributor for Canada, based in Halifax NS.

Leon is currently working on his first solo album.  Besides music, Leon’s interests include reading and martial arts training. He is a 5th dan black belt in Bujinkan (Japanese martial art).


Marta Lewis

Marta Lewis

Piano & Voice (Dartmouth and Sackville Studios) 

 MartaLMarta has been teaching for 36 years in both private studio settings and through the community school board teaching guitar and piano to adults.  She plays the piano, the guitar, the harp, sings, and acts.  Marta has studied at the University of College Cork, Mount Allison, and Acadia University.  She has performed at weddings, on cruise ships, at community events and in the Theatre.  Marta loves to travel and has been around the world 5 times.  She enjoys a wide variety of music, her favourite being Heavy Metal. 

Favourite Bands: Judas Priest, Megadeath

Favourite Movies: Anything in the horror genre

Something most people don't know about me: Marta has a minor in Geology and went to broadcasting school.  


Martina Taylor

Martina Taylor 

Piano (Dartmouth studio) 

Martina received her Bachelor of Engineering from Memorial University of Newfoundland and moved to NS post graduation.  She has completed her grade 8 RCM piano requirements and taught piano lessons in Newfoundland.  She is a music lover and plays numerous instruments outside of the piano including the guitar and enjoys singing.   Her favourite part about teaching is seeingpeople love music as much as she does.  In her spare time Martina loves running, reading and travelling.  She has visited over 15 countries and hopes to cross more off of her list.  Martina also has a cat named Norton, named after one of her favourite composers. 
Favourite composers: Beethoven, Christopher Norton

Tiffinie Laing

Tiffinie Laing

Piano (Beginner to RCM 4) (Dartmouth Studio)


Tiffinie has been teaching at the Dartmouth Studio for over 20 years. She teaches piano to students of all ages, oversees promotion of studio events, invoicing and has developed the curriculum for our Summer Music Camps.

Tiffinie has completed her grade 8 piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music, is a graduate of the Music Arts program at NSCC, is the Special Events Coordinator for Los Primos, as well as a freelance musician who has performed at the ECMA’s, TD Halifax Jazz Festival, and the Night of Discovery Gala in support of the QEII foundation.

Her favourite part of teaching is getting to know her students, watching their progression throughout the year, and having lots of fun along the way!

In her spare time, Tiffinie enjoys going to movies, plays and concerts. She loves performing, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Favourite Movie: Labyrinth

Favourite Artists: Rufus, Chaka Khan, Earth Wind and Frie, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Jamiroquai, Snarky Puppy, Justin Timberlake, Glen Hansard and so many more!

Favourite Quote: "Live, Laugh, Love"