About Sing Music Studio & Our Educators

At Sing Music Studio, we offer a fun musical learning experience for everyone, from infancy right up to adult. Kindermusik, drop-in classes, summer classes, music & movement workshops for schools and learning centres, birthday parties, singing lessons, piano lessons, drum lessons and guitar lessons.

Our Kindermusik, music and movement, classes cater to children from newborn up to age seven. We also offer drop-in classes during holidays with special themes. And, we’re very proud to be one of the few music schools that offer piano lessons starting as early as age 4.

We strive to put the student first and teach in a way that puts the students’ needs first. This applies to our classroom and one-on-one lessons. Our educators have strong backgrounds in music training as well as a vast knowledge in child development, easily helping you and your child to learn, play, laugh and discover the world of music together.


Mandi Galer – Owner & Voice/Piano Instructor

Mandi Galer
Mandi Galer began her musical career at the age of 6, studying piano with the Royal Conservatory of Music. In search of her niche in music, she picked up the trombone at the age of 12. At 13, she discovered Cawthra Park, Mississauga’s well-known performing arts school. Still not settled on her musical calling, she decided to audition as a vocalist. With her acceptance into the school’s jazz vocal program, Mandi discovered her true gift in music. She then went on to earn her diploma, with honours, in Humber College’s music program, learning everything she could from the amazing array of talented musicians and teachers at the school. After college, Mandi continued down her musical path, taking on a full roster of private voice and piano students as well as performing and writing with many talented, local musicians and eventually forming and managing her own duo/band, Lava. But it was not enough. Mandi wanted to give more back to the community.

Mandi recognized the need for more musicians educating young children in music. Most musicians teach at a higher level of education, which leaves our very young children at a disadvantage, often being taught by educators with a basic knowledge of music. So, Mandi diligently researched children’s music programs and discovered Kindermusik, which was exactly what she was looking for. She obtained her Kindermusik license and after many ups and downs and twists and turns, Mandi founded Sing Music Studio in 2006.

Now, Mandi, better known today as “Miss Mandi”, has been honoured with Kindermusik Maestro status ranking her programs in the top 5% of Kindermusik programs worldwide annually since 2009, is a member of the Ontario Registered Music Teacher’s Association, continues to perform and manage her 5 piece band R&B/neo-soul/funk/disco/top 40 band, Side B Vibe and could not be happier or more thankful for being able to share her passion for music with children of all ages.


Neal Burstyn – Drum Instructor

Neal Burstyn
Neal Burstyn’s love for percussion started at an early age, going to concerts and trying to mimic his favorite drummers with various objects around the house. His passion for the instrument grew more and more taking him into a musical journey through various styles and genres of music from around the world.

At a young age, Neal began performing and marching in Cardinals Drum Corps throughout Canada and the U.S enabling him to hone his percussive technique and meet the requirements to attend Humber College. After attending Humber College Neal had the pleasure and honour to perform and tour with…Carole Pope, Rough Trade, Universal Honey, Adams Rib, Reno, Carlos Morgan, Da Orchestra and many tribute and cover bands over the years. Neal’s approach to playing keeps the dance floor full and your feet moving with his powerful and solid groove…“My job is to keep people dancing…not to wow drummers or other musicians with my chops or technique”.

In addition to performing, Neal enjoys sharing his knowledge by teaching students, both in private drum lessons and group drum workshops (beginner to advanced), the fundamentals of rhythm, meter, musicality, technique and an appreciation for different genres of music.


Chelsey Bennett – Piano/Voice Instructor Substitute

Whether its jazz standards, scatting hooks, or a Motown cover, Chelsey brings her character, energy and soul into her music. After years of training classically on piano and voice from ages 6 to 15, she changed her mind to take up singing Jazz professionally. She studied with renowned vocal coach, Micah Barnes, for several years, and has had numerous sessions with noteworthy vocal coach, Elaine Overholt. She also attended Humber College in the vocal music program for a year before leaving to begin her career in Toronto and abroad.

Chelsey released her first original EP entitled, ‘No End’ in May 2016 that is being very well received!

Among some of Chelsey’s greatest achievements, she has opened for the legendary Oliver Jones Trio, the jazz saxophonist Jane Bunnett & Maqueque, acclaimed singer/songwriter Ron Sexsmith, jazz crooner Matt Dusk, jazz pianist Joe Sealy & His Jazz Birds, Brian Roman & Christopher Dallo, and has entertained at a private reception for Jim Ballsillie, inventor of the Blackberry.

In recent years, Chelsey has started teaching in various studios across Toronto, and performs every month at the Poetry Jazz Cafe and other venues across the GTA.


Nina Mahbub – Kindermusik Educator

Nina has always loved music. Nina started playing piano in primary school and violin in middle school.  While she picked up vocals and guitar as she moved through high school and university, nothing inspired her more than watching her son discover his own love for music.

Nina has been working with young children for over 10 years. At the birth of her son, she decided to leave the corporate life and start her own business as a licensed home daycare provider.  Children from infancy to primary school enjoy music with her everyday. The children in her care love to show off their talents at the annual winter tree trimming and summer BBQ.

When Nina’s son was a toddler, they attended Kindermusik classes with Miss Mandi. They both enjoyed attending Miss Mandi’s Kindermusik program so much so that Nina decided to obtain her license and teach the program at herself as her son grew up.  After taking a short break, she is now eager to begin teaching Kindermusik once again.


Katie Prestage – Kindermusik Educator In-Training

Katie’s love for music began at a young age.  Over the past 10 years, Katie has been trained in vocal performance and technique.  In 2013, Katie had the opportunity to perform with the Appleby College Cantus Choir as a part of the feature choir in Carnegie Hall, New York City.  Katie has been actively involved in musical theatre across the GTA since the age of 11, performing in numerous community theatre productions.  Most recently, she performed in the Meadowvale Theatre in a production of The Little Mermaid. 

 

Katie has several years’ experience working with children of all ages including serving as the music director for productions of Aladdin Jr. and The Little Mermaid Jr.   In the summers, Katie works as a camp counsellor in Oakville with children aged 4-8 years old.  A student at the University of Toronto, Katie hopes to pursue a career working with children and looks forward to having the opportunity to share her love for music with children of all ages.