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ABOUT OUR

TEACHERS

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.

OUR TEACHERS

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DAVID TABONE

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.

ADREAN FARRUGIA

Piano Instructor

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.

JESSICA PELLICCIOTTA

Vocal Instructor

Jessica Pellicciotta started singing from the day she was able to talk. Jessica is trained heavily in musical theatre and pop, along with being trained in jazz and classical music as well. In 2015, she won the Maestro Award in Boston with the St. Thomas More All Star Jazz Band. She also placed first in 2017 at the Provincial Qualifiers for the Hamilton Music Festival for advanced musical theatre. In addition to singing, Jessica is also an actress. She currently teaches drama at Stagecoach Burlington, and also taught musical theatre for The Star Project Canada. She is a George Brown Theatre School graduate and starred in several musicals while she trained with Theatre Aquarius’ Summer Programme (which has now become Zamprogna Arts). She is so excited to be working at TAM and looks forward to sharing her passion for singing! 

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CHAD PILON

Guitar Instructor

Chad is a singer/songwriter and music educator, born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. He has a diploma in music performance from Mohawk College, and his Bachelor of Music from Macmaster University. He has 20 years  of performing experience in the Hamilton area, and has been a music director for students from kindergarten to grade 12 with the HWCDSB for the last 9 years. He has worked side by side in the music program with Dave Tabone at Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School and is a past student of his as well. 

BLAKE CAMDEN

Guitar/Piano/Drums Instructor

Blake Camden is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, music producer and sound engineer born in Toronto, Ontario. He began taking guitar lessons at the age of seven, and has studied various other instruments including bass, drums and piano. As a teenager, Blake was mentored in songwriting and production by Canadian studio legend Bob Lanois. These lessons inspired him to study sound engineering at OIART in London, Ontario. More recently, Blake has found a mentor in 2x Grammy winning producer Che’ Pope (Kanye West, The Weeknd), with Pope describing Blake’s music as “something completely fresh out of the blue.” As a teacher, Blake aims to carry on the legacy of great music teachers from his past to inspire new and experienced musicians alike. Blake still remains a student, currently teaching himself flute, saxophone and accordion.

CHRIS LAMONT

Drum Instructor

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.

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ALEX D'ALVES

Guitar Instructor

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.

ABBY KOMPARE

Guitar/Ukulele/Vocal Instructor

Abby Rose Kompare is a singer-songwriter that has been playing the guitar for 11 years, taught at an early age by Canadian musician Terra Lightfoot. Abby’s love for performing has led her to many festival stages, including the Winona Peach Festival! She was a soloist in both the Junior BR Xpression and BR Xpression Vocal Ensembles. She earned a Maestro Award for her solo performance of “The Sound of Silence” and sang backup for Lorde at the 2016 MMVAs. Her previous band, Tabitha, won second place at a local battle of the bands competition, where Abby played lead guitar and wrote the band’s original song. Her debut album “Arkeleven” (under the name “Roseboat”) has over 9,000 streams on Spotify and she is anticipating the release of more music later this year! Her true passion is music and she is so excited to be sharing this spark with her students! 

DOMINIQUE POULIN

Piano Instructor

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 FISCHER

Piano/Vocal/Violin Instructor

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. 

MATTHEW PULLICINO

Drums/Guitar/Piano Instructor

Matthew is a versatile drummer with more than 10 years of experience as a live performer, session musician, and educator. He is known by his peers as a chameleon -- capable of playing a wide array of genres and seamlessly adapting to any musical setting. Matthew believes his students should learn the basics of their instruments and music in general, and with that knowledge they will be well-equipped to find their creative voice in music. You can hear more from Matthew including performance clips and upcoming shows at: www.instagram.com/matthewpullicinomusic

SANTIAGO ROZO

Piano/Drums Instructor

Santiago is a professional pianist currently based out of Hamilton. He started classical training at the early age of 5. He studied music in several countries and with many mentors by the likes of esteemed concertist Christian Chamorel at the Conservatory of Geneva (Switzerland) and Freddie Mendizabal at the conservatory of La Paz (Bolivia). Later on, in Canada, Santiago went on to study jazz piano at Mohawk College with Hamilton's very own Adrean Farrugia. Alongside his formation, Santiago also built up plenty of experience as an educator with more than five years of teaching all ranges of skill level and age, and in different languages as well. Santiago is now a highly demanded multi-instrumentalist, producer and teacher in the GTA.

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MARY TABONE

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.

PAULA TESSARO

Vocal Instructor

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.

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JESSIE BOWER

Vocal Instructor

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. 

OLIVIA PRESTI

Piano/Vocal/Guitar Instructor

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.

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NANCY VINCIC

Vocal Instructor

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. 

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JULIA BISSESSAR

Piano Instructor

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! 

JORDAN SNIDER

Drum Instructor

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!

LOUISE CONCEPCION

Piano/Vocal Instructor

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 XAMIN

Guitar Instructor

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!

CORRINA KOSIR

Violin/Cello Instructor

Corrina has grown up surrounded in a musical household and environment. She began playing violin 9 years ago and has been playing with multiple orchestras for a majority of those years, including an invitation-only chamber orchestra. Corrina also began playing cello 5 years ago and currently teaches both to various ages and with various skill levels. She is a member of the Bishop Ryan Music Council and has also successfully completed 8 levels of the prestigious Royal Conservatory of Music violin exams. She has volunteered at the Bel Canto Strings Academy's music camp. Corrina is looking forward to sharing her passion for music with her students of all ages! 

SAMUEL LUNGUANA

Drums Instructor

Samuel (Sammy) Lunguana is a 22 year old drummer based out of Hamilton, Ontario. He’s been playing drums for 5 years, since the age of 16. He’s self-taught and has been honing his skills at his local church and currently works with many artists in Hamilton and the Greater Toronto Area. His accomplishments include being the award winning drummer for the Bishop Ryan Xpression show choir and current drummer and band-leader for award wining Victory International Church Choir. He is also the band-leader and music director of his own band 7th Heaven. Sammy is a graduate of McMaster University where he majored in Human Behaviour.