About Sing Music Studio & Our Educators

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

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 – Director, Kindermusik Educator & Voice/Piano Instructor

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 with many artists in the GTA, manage her 5 piece band R&B/neo-soul/funk/disco/top 40 band, Mandi & the Vibe, work on original material 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’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.

Nicole Ross – Kindermusik Educator/Piano Instructor

Nicole’s journey into music began at age 8 studying the RCM curriculum where she successfully received her Grade 8 Piano. She participated in exams, festivals and competitions and in high school after realizing her love for music she expanded her horizons studying alto sax, vocal and dance as well. Nicole continued her studies at Sheridan College and Randolph Academy for Performing Arts studying musical theatre.

Nicole has performed in many community theatre shows in York region, spent many years teaching dance and music to both children and adults, and has also created and run dance and music camps for young children.

Currently Nicole teaches piano and has been teaching Kindermusik with Sing Music Studio since 2018.

Nicole loves to teach and finds it most rewarding to see her students grow and accomplish whatever goal it is they are working on. She is looking forward to new adventures and being able to share her love and passion for music with others.

Carole Garraway – Piano/Recorder Instructor

Carole is a very experienced career Music Educator, having taught Music at all levels – Kindergarden to Adult – through Piano, Voice, Recorder, Music Theory and General Music and Music Education (at schools and at Teachers’ College, respectively)

She’s calm and patient and adept at devising strategies for overcoming whatever roadblocks students may encounter. Though she is firm, and serious about progress and development, age-appropriate analogy and humour play a part in her general teaching style.

Since her arrival in Canada in 2006, Carole has taught Private Piano and Voice at the Ontario Conservatory of Music in Mississauga and Merriam School of Music in Oakville and Vaughn and now joins the Sing Music Studio team in 2019.

Besides Music Teachers’ training, Carole is also trained as an Elementary Teacher. Among other qualifications, she trained with the Royal Conservatory of Music, Royal Schools of Music, U.K., University of Guyana and the Ministry of Education, Guyana.

Erin Benoit – Kindermusik Educator In Training/Voice Instructor

Performing since the age of 6, Erin began her musical journey with live musical theatre. Performing with a variety of theatre companies including, Drury Lane Theatrical Productions (Burlington Light Opera Society), Hamilton Theatre Inc and Theatre Aquarius for next eight years. There she was provided with a rich education in classical vocal technique, choreography and performance coaching. She took it to the next level by expanding into studio recording, voice overs, tribute acts and live band performances spanning a wide diversity of musical styles over the next 30 years.

Erin takes inspiration from an irreplaceable wealth of experience. Passionate about unlocking vocal potential by applying practical and reliable techniques, she approaches coaching with honesty and realistic goals to help develop and take care of your voice.

In addition to Erin’s voice experience, five years of providing home day care and after school care, while raising three of her own children, fostered a love for working with children and early childhood development. Bringing this together with her passion for music as a Kindermusik educator was an easy transition. Erin deeply believes that enriching a child’s life with music as they learn and grow is very important and a truly rewarding experience.

Virginia MacDonald – Clarinet/Saxophone/Recorder Instructor

Virginia grew up in a musical family, and started playing the clarinet at age seven. Since then, she has established herself as a respected and sought after musician in the Toronto jazz scene; she has performed extensively as both a leader and side woman at several venues across the city, including Koerner Hall, The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, The Jazz Bistro, The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar, Poetry Jazz Cafe, and has performed in several Canadian festivals including the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, the Beaches International Jazz Festival, the Kensington Market Jazz Festival, and the Cape Breton Jazz Festival.

Virginia is currently in attendance at Humber College and is slated to receive her Bachelor of Music by December of 2019. While in attendance at Humber, she received the prestigious Yamaha Music Canada scholarship for outstanding musical performance, in both 2018 and 2019. In 2018, she received a full scholarship to take part in an exclusive five-week workshop at Berklee College of Music with the Grammy Award-winning drummer Terri Lyne Carrington. While at Berklee, she had the chance to work with Terri extensively, along with Grammy Award-nominated saxophonist Tia Fuller.

In addition to her busy career as a musician, Virginia works as a music teacher several days a week and has years of experience teaching both children and adults, in one-on-one and group settings alike. She feels as though it’s integral as a musician to pass down her musical knowledge to a younger generation, and loves watching her students grow, both musically, and as people. Virginia does not believe in a “one size fits all” approach to teaching, and strives to ensure that all of her students receive personalized instruction that allows them to flourish musically, and accomplish their goals. Virginia teaches clarinet, saxophone and recorder.

Michael Giroux – Guitar/Bass Guitar/Ukulele/Piano Instructor

With a strong background of musical study including a B.A in Music from Ottawa Carleton University a Music Performance Diploma from Humber College and a Music Production Diploma from Trebas Institute, Michael has taught music privately and in group settings in both French and English to thousands of students from diverse private music schools since 1987.

Michael believes in a comprehensive music education and his lessons include technical work, ear training, rhythmic training, music theory, and RCM exams preparations, concerts, recitals and music festivals. Michael also believes that young children learn by playing fun and simple games to develop technical and musical skills. He strives to teach his students how to practice so they can work independently of a teacher over the week between lessons. Michael is happy to teach beginners, intermediate and advanced students of any ages, sharing his 35 years of experience teaching, performing, composing and recording music with original and cover/tribute bands.

What sets Michael apart, is his versatility and his ability to perform and teach guitar. Michael is equally at ease gliding over Classical and Jazz finger-style pieces or playing any other style of music such as progressive and classic rock, jazz, fusion, blues, country and pop.

Michael is very excited to be a member of the Sing Music Studio team and looks forward to making new connections with new students of all ages.