At Tabone Academy of Music, our instructors are well-trained and inspiring musicians who share our passion for educating children through their own love of music. We understand that you need more than just a certain skill level to be considered an all-around talented musician. Our instructors will teach you more than just music theory, including but not limited to stage confidence, creativity, and songwriting! At Tabone Academy of Music, we believe it's important to engage your untapped potential by significantly elevating more than just your ability to read music. Whether you are beginner or advanced, you'll be in the hands of some of the most influential musicians in Hamilton and the GTA, and you can be confident that every lesson will contribute to unlocking your overall musical talent!
To learn more about our teachers, please refer to their individual bio's below.
Founder + Piano Instructor
David is an award-winning pianist from Hamilton, Ontario. He studied at The University of Western Ontario in the Music Education program. David had the unique opportunity of being the piano player under the direction of Phil Nimmons, outstanding Canadian Jazz Ambassador, in the UWO Jazz Orchestra. He majored in Music Education at The University of Toronto and has successfully been teaching music for 30 years. He is the director and founder of the BR Xpression, an award-winning 250 contemporary vocal ensemble. David continues to change students lives through his passion + unique ability to elevate their talents.
Nancy is a singer, songwriter, and performer. She was a lead vocalist performing in the BR Xpression Vocal Ensemble under the direction of Dave Tabone. Upon completion of high school, she continued her musical studies in Toronto at Humber College, in the Bachelor of Music Program for Voice. Nancy has worked with some of Canada’s finest musicians such as Rik Emmett, David Tyson, Lisa Martinelli, and Mark Kelso. Nancy completed her Bachelor of Music Degree with Honors and was awarded the Jim Differ Memorial Scholarship. She is the lead vocalist in the Hamilton band Reflexion, a lead vocalist in the Toronto band The Groove Imperative, and the lead singer/composer of her personal band Nancy Vincic.
Paula French (Tessaro) is a professional vocalist and vocal instructor. Paula has spent the better part of the past four decades in the music industry. As a founding member of the Juno nominated band Ray Lyell and The Storm, she has toured exclusively throughout Canada and the US. As well as lending her vocals to Top 40 hits, "Carry Me" and "Another Man's Gun," Paula has fronted bands throughout her entire career such as Tracy Kane, Ta-she, Powerhouse and The Paula Tessaro Band. Her musical passion has led her to teaching vocals for the past 30 years in private and studio settings. Currently, Paula enthusiastically entertains outside of Long-Term Care and Retirement Homes for seniors to spread some joy during the pandemic.
Jordan is a graduate of Mohawk College's Applied Music Program. He has been fortunate enough to study under some of Canada's best and in demand drummers, Jim Blackley, Ted Warren, Kevin Dempsey and Rick Gratton. Jordan has been performing professionally around Ontario for over a decade and has performed internationally on various cruise ships. Jordan has shared the stage with many different artists and is well versed in a multitude of different styles (Rock, Jazz, Big Band Swing, Funk, Afro, country). Jordan has played various notable performances including Burlington's Sound of Music Festival, Lee's Palace, Horseshoe Tavern and more. Jordan's original project The Beelays has been featured on Alan Cross's Top 11, CBC Radio, David Suzuki's Nature of Things and more!
Chris Lamont is a professional Drummer who resides in the GTHA. He brings extensive live, and session experience along with his genuine love for Drums to TAM. Chris’ passion for playing, teaching, and sharing his music experience is reflected with each individual lesson, with styles of music ranging from Rock, Jazz, Funk, Latin and more. Touring the country, he has performed at venues with audiences from 50 to 5,000, played on tracks that have made it to mainstream radio and has learned from the greatest drummers in the world. In addition, Chris has enjoyed sharing the stage and/or has collaborated with such fine artists as; Jeff Healey (Jeff Healey Band), Chuck Jackson (Downchild Blues Band), Steve Negus (Saga), Anvil, Sheriff and others.
Julia Bissessar is a fourth year McMaster student currently completing her undergraduate degree studying Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour specializing in Music Cognition. Julia has been playing piano for 18 years and has extensive knowledge of music theory. She also plays the ukulele and saxophone. Due to the nature of her studies, she has come to appreciate the way music positively affects the brain and the art of music in general. Julia love's all genres of music and plans to become a music therapist when she is older. Her passion lies in educating and teaching music to students of all ages!
Dominique Poulin graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor Degree in Music Theory & Composition in 2012. Dominique's main instrument has always been piano, but she also has experience studying vocal and flute, in which she completed a double major in during his first year of university. Dominique taught piano and voice at the London Conservatory of Music before moving to Hamilton, where she continued her passion of teaching privately from her home. Dominique's passion lies in helping students of any age discover their musical abilities and celebrating their successes!
Lorretta holds degrees in both piano and voice, as well as a Master’s degree in Music Education. She has taught private music lessons and music classes to students of all ages for over 25 years. Lorretta has vast experience in teaching, directing, and performing various musical styles from; jazz, contemporary, classical, musical theatre and opera. She is an active musician in the community and has recently performed in: West Side Story with the Niagara Symphony Orchestra, FireHall Theatre’s “She Loves Me”, Jazz Trios, Jazz Bands and directs contemporary music at Wellington Square United Church. She enjoys finding creative ways to help students of all backgrounds love the music they are playing.
Founder + Vocal Instructor
Mary is an active member of the Hamilton music community, acting as the HWCDSB's Arts Facilitator. She has sung as the lead vocalist in various bands and has been a catalyst in growing musical confidence in young students in the Greater Hamilton Area. Mary developed and grew the HWCDSB Junior Vocal Ensemble's from 70 students to over 300 in 2 years. Mary continues to teach music throughout her day to day life and acts as the Assistant Director to the BR Xpression Group.
Adrean, JUNO Award winning pianist, comes to Tabone Academy of Music as one of Canada's most distinct voices on the piano. Having toured exclusively throughout Canada, the US, Europe, Australia, the UK, Israel, and beyond, it's no surprise that Adrean is in extremely high demand. Whether he's performing with various groups such as, the Matt Dusk Band, Turboprop, and more, or working on his solo albums, Adrean's undeniable talent and passion shines throughout his work. You can currently find Adrean on the Mohawk and Humber College Faculties of Music, where he teaches contemporary piano, ensembles, and improvisation. Adrean has also been a performer and panelist at the 63rd, 67th, 69th and 70th annual
Conference on World Affairs in Boulder Colorado. Adrean is endorsed by Shigeru Kawai pianos.
Jessie Bower is a singer/songwriter based in Hamilton, Ontario. She is a recent graduate of the Humber College Bachelor of Music Program where she majored in Vocal. Jessie has been writing and performing her original music for over ten years. Currently, she performs with the country music duo “Jess and Tay,” who have performed at various music festivals such as “The Havelock Jamboree,” and “Boots and Hearts Music Festival.” The duo just released their first EP “Bad Luck If You Don’t,” featuring their breakout single “Into Tomorrow,” written by Bower, to streaming platforms in 2019. The two have been nominated for Group/Duo of the year at the 2020 CMAO Awards taking place in October.
Michael started playing piano and singing in choirs at a very young age, but when he discovered the guitar in high school, he began to take music more seriously by playing shows, writing music and recording. While studying music in post-secondary at Mohawk College, Michael began teaching private lessons and group lessons at a local studio. Michael has played with various reputable bands, such as 40 sons, Stella, and Zero Fire. Over ten years later, Michael continues to play, record, and teach others while sharing his love of the art of sound everyday!
Having studied music at Mohawk College + McMaster University, Alex's passion is in contemporary, jazz, and blues styles. When he is not performing, Alex can be found in the classroom. Alex has his Bachelor of Education in Music from Western University and continues to strive towards inspiring more students to develop their musical talents.
Louise began piano lessons when she was 6 years old and later, taught herself ukulele and guitar. Louise was involved in school choir as a child and was part of her Church's choir for majority of her upbringing. In high school, Louise was a part of BR Xpression as a soloist and successfully travelled and competed. In her grade 12 year, Louise and friends started their own band "Tabitha," in which they came out with their very first single in 2019. Aside from musical extra curriculars, Louise taught piano throughout high school at the Ontario Conservatory of Music, now called the Hamilton Academy of Music and occasionally fills in for teachers when needed. Louise also enjoys writing her own music and collaborating with other talented musicians during various jam sessions.
Ben has been playing the guitar for over 14 years. From a young age, music has been an extremely important part of his life. Ben has taught guitar lessons for the City of Hamilton for two years and currently writes his own music. Ben was a singer and guitarist for the Bishop Ryan Xpression for two years, where he
performed at various different prestigious events. Ben was the winner of two Maestro Awards from the Heritage Music Festival for Outstanding Solo Performance. Ben has experience as a guitar student himself, and therefore understands the wants and needs of his own students. In the future, Ben plans on releasing more original music onto Spotify, and ultimately, continuing to educate children about music and the guitar!
Olivia Presti is a professional actress with a strong background in music. With a decade of classically-trained piano experience, 5 years of music theory, and 3 years of guitar, Olivia has earned 9 certificates and 4 awards. Olivia is a soloist in the Bishop Ryan High School’s Xpression group and is also a member of both the student council and music council. You may recognize Olivia from the children’s TV show “Odd Squad” as the lead character “Oona.” She has also acted in the shows “Dino Dana,” “Creeped Out” and the short film “Lay Them Straight.” Olivia’s passion for the arts shines through her day-to-day life and she is thrilled to be sharing her love for music with the academy.