Sing Music Studio is the Platinum Winner in the 2020 Mississauga Reader’s Choice Awards for Best Music Instruction and was the Diamond Winner in 2019! Our Kindermusik program has also been awarded Top Program status since 2010, ranking us among the top 5% of Kindermusik programs worldwide.
We strive to put the student’s needs first and teach in a way that enlivens excitement and passion for music, using outside the box thinking to reach each student with an individualized touch. Our innovative approaches use technology, current and engaging material, support creative expression and exciting rewards that motivate. Our educators have strong backgrounds in music training and performance 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.
We offer an engaging musical learning experience for everyone, from infancy right up to adult. Music lessons from age 4 to adult, Kindermusik for babies to age 5, group music classes, student and parent workshops, camps and birthday parties.
Virtual options are available currently due to COVID-19 for all of our one-on-one music lessons and our Kindermusik program. We hope to have in-person options available again soon as we have an incredibly high standard of cleanliness and thorough COVID protocols for our in person lessons and classes. In fact, our music school has implemented even more safety measures than most other music schools by utilizing modern technologies to alleviate the sharing of materials in addition to custom designed plexiglass barriers for our music stands, ZShields for our Kindermusik educators and much, much more.
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 jazz music program with a double major in performance and arranging, 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.
In June of 2019, Mandi gave birth to her first daughter, Bernadette Cassandra, the same week that Sing Music Studio’s first commercial space renovation broke ground. Sing Music Studio Inc.’s September 2019 Grand Opening in Clarkson, Mississauga was a smash hit! And in October 2019, Sing Music Studio won the title of Best Music Instruction in the Mississauga Reader’s Choice Awards!
Now, Mandi, better known today as “Miss Mandi”, has been honoured with Kindermusik Maestro status and Kindermusik Top Program 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. Neal is also a professional photographer, Mandi’s life partner and father to Bernadette.
Erin Benoit – Kindermusik Educator/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.
Alecia Pagnotta – Piano/Voice Instructor
Since she can remember, music has always been an important and cherished part of Alecia’s life. She could be found running around the house singing, dancing and composing her own masterpieces on the piano. She enrolled in piano lessons at age 6 studying piano through the Royal Conservatory of Music and later branching off into jazz and contemporary styles. She developed a strong music theory background through RCM theory examinations and applied these tools to her playing. In addition to piano, Alecia found her voice early through singing. She participated in all her school talent shows and through this found her first vocal teacher at age 11. She trained in musical theatre and classical styles. Furthermore, she enjoyed competing at local and regional music festivals as well as completing Royal Conservatory of Music vocal exams. Not able to get enough of music, Alecia picked up the guitar and clarinet taking lessons throughout middle school and high school. She also participated in community theatre productions singing her heart out.
Eager to turn her passion into a professional career, Alecia received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre with a minor in Dance from Ohio Northern University. There, she continued her piano studies as well as multiple styles of voice (Jazz, musical theatre, classical, and pop). As a professional performer, Alecia has appeared in many shows including, The Pirates of Penzance, The 25th Annual Spelling Bee, Sweet Charity, Guys and Dolls, Sleeping Beauty A Panto, and Legally Blonde: The Musical. Alecia has served as Musical Director for productions such as Into The Woods Jr. and worked with many different students of all levels.
Alecia is passionate about sharing music with her students and discovering both vocal and piano potential with a comfortable and enriching environment. With a Mary Poppins bag full of techniques and experience, Alecia is excited to share her knowledge and help achieve her student’s musical goals.
Julia Loeb – Piano/Clarinet/Recorder Instructor
Julia Loeb received her Honours Bachelor of Music, summa cum laude, from McMaster University. While at McMaster she received numerous awards for excellence in classical music studies including the Joan Frances Bowling Scholarship, the Norman N. Caskey Memorial Prize, and the Louise E. Bettger Scholarship in Music. Julia is also a graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music from which she holds an ARCT in classical piano performance as well as Grade 8 Clarinet and Grade 7 Voice. Julia has been studying classical music since the age of six and has performed in numerous recitals and festivals. In 2014 she was awarded the Helen Livingston Memorial Scholarship for clarinet performance. She is a proud alumnus of both the Oakville Children’s Choir and the McMaster Women’s Choir.
Julia has been teaching private piano, voice and music theory to students of all ages since 2014. In addition to teaching privately, Julia has planned and led music programming for toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarteners incorporating songs, movement and activities. Julia greatly enjoys being able to share her love of music with her students and is passionate about seeing her students succeed.
Daniel Lupas – Piano Instructor
Daniel is a current grade 12 high school student who has been playing piano for the majority of his life. Daniel began studying piano with Miss Mandi at Sing Music Studio when he was 8, after graduating from their Kindermusik program. Daniel’s level 7 certification in the Royal Conservatory of Music program will be complete in August 2020 and through 2021 he will pursue certification in levels 8 and 9.
Daniel’s favourite genres of music are classical, rock, and pop. In his free time, he loves to work on piano covers of his favourite songs and perform in talent shows.
Daniel has a passion for teaching, stemming from years of aiding his sister (5 years his junior) with piano and school work and fuelled by his volunteer work. He has been volunteering at the pool, teaching swimming lessons, since 2018 and additionally volunteered for 6 months at a PLASP after school program.
Daniel wants to share his love of music with his students and is excited to be the first Sing Music Studio student to become a teacher!
Dwayne Livingstone – Guitar/Ukulele/Piano/Bass/Beginner Violin Instructor
Born and raised in St. Ann, Jamaica, Dwayne Livingstone is an experienced Musician, Educator and Performer with over 15 years of experience in the field. He started playing guitar the age of 5 under the guidance of his guitarist father.
In 2002, Dwayne graduated from the Edna Manley College of the Visual & Performing Arts (School of Music) as one of Jamaica’s finest bass players. There he had studied Caribbean, Latin & American Jazz Studies under the tutelage of Jamaican/Canadian Jazz guitarist Maurice Gordon. After graduation Dwayne played and toured both locally and internationally, with Jamaican names such as Maurice Gordon (the Maurice Gordon’s Jazz Trio & Quartet), Dennis Rushton & Friends, The Sonny Bradshaw Big Band, Gospel Dancehall artiste Chevelle Franklin and dub poet Mutabaruka, to name a few.
In January of 2004, Dwayne started a job as Music Teacher at the Brown’s Town High School in St. Ann, Jamaica for 1st – 5th form students. It was during his tenure at this Institution that Dwayne fell in love with teaching, his reward being the joy of realization that was visible in the eyes of the students upon something new being taught to them. While there, he trained guitarists, keyboard players, bass players, drummers and singers, to create the prestigious Brown’s Town High School Band, which won many awards, including the Prime Minister’s Trophy for Excellence in School Bands.
Over the years, he continued to develop his skills of playing the guitar and the piano, through many gigs as a guitarist in his band, pianist for hotel piano bars, and pianist/organist for his Church.
In April of 2010, Dwayne began a new job as Teacher of Music for the Immaculate Conception Preparatory School in Kingston, Jamaica which further expanded his love of teaching. He taught between the age ranges of 4 – 12 years old (Kinder 1 – 6th Grade). Each age group brought a different kind of enthusiasm for what was being imparted. He developed a strong rapport with the children he taught. It was here that Dwayne developed his violin playing as he taught the violin, guitar, piano & recorder to students of all ages. Dwayne was also responsible for planning and putting on the Christmas Concerts (three each year), the bi-annual Evening of Excellence, and the School Leaving Exercise for each year.
In March of 2019, Dwayne was accepted into the Humber College of Music, Bachelor of Music – Bass program, which he started in September 2019. He is respected amongst his peers and lecturers as one of the finest bass players in the College. Dwayne is additionally very passionate about continuing his music teaching career here in Canada.
Melissa Moore – Piano/Saxophone/Flute Instructor/Kindermusik Educator in Training
Melissa Moore’s musical journey began at home with her family. With both parents being both professional actors and musicians, Melissa grew up in a household that nurtured creativity. Melissa’s home was full of listening, singing, and playing opportunities of many different types of music, including the music they themselves had created. This environment laid the foundation for Melissa’s love of music and piqued her curiosity about creativity and self-expression through this art form.
Melissa believes in teaching the whole musician, which, to her means to become musically literate (to read and write music notation) as well as to cultivate the musicality of the ear. Melissa combines traditional piano methodologies with her own customized curriculum which includes ear training, improvisation, functional harmony, and a variety of repertoire in the jazz, folk, and pop idioms. Additionally, as a composer and arranger Melissa can provide written piano arrangements that are unique to students’ playing ability and musical goals.
In 2017, Melissa enrolled in a certificate in Early Childhood Music Education through the Royal Conservatory of Music and Ryerson University. With this education, Melissa can teach group music classes to young children and apply the philosophies and methodologies of Émile Jacque-Dalcroze, Zoltan Kodály, and Carl Orff to her own private lesson teaching.
Melissa’s compassion and empathy combined with her musical experiences makes her a teacher who is committed to holistic teaching and trying to find out who each student is and what music means to you.