Ann began teaching music in 1996 when she started directing community choirs in Quebec and then in Ontario. She started teaching piano in the Kingston area in 2001. Ann studied piano with Daphne Sandercock in Montreal and Hugheen Ferguson in Kingston, and did piano pedagogy studies with Daryl Irvine, pedagogy expert and former director of examinations at the Royal Conservatory of Music. Many of Ann’s students have been award winners at Kingston’s Kiwanis Music Festival. Also, for more than twelve years, Ann taught in several different schools during class hours Although Ann is no longer teaching this year, she runs McGuirk Music, and is in charge of making sure you are registered with the perfect teacher for you! Please contact Ann for registration and any registration questions you may have.
Nicole Chapman graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Arts in 2013 and a Bachelor of Education in 2014. During her time at Queen’s, Nicole continued to study piano and theory under Kristen Rae and completed her grade 10 requirements with the Royal Conservatory of Music in 2014. Nicole teaches students of all ages from beginner levels to grade 8 Conservatory, preparing them for recitals, festivals, examinations or just to learn music and have fun. In addition to teaching piano at McGuirk Music, Nicole is Head of Music Ministry at Kingscourt Free Methodist Church and also teaches piano at the Kingston Christian School and Holsgrove Public School.
Rachel Burger, BScH. (Minor in Music), Piano and Voice
A former student of Ann McGuirk, Rachel is excited to begin her second year of teaching at McGuirk Music. After completing her grade 8 Conservatory piano with Ann, Rachel studied under Martha Hill Duncan, receiving her grade 10 practical certificate. While completing her undergraduate studies at Queen’s University (BScH, major biochemistry, minor music), she studied ARCT piano repertoire under Dina Namer. She is currently completing her final year of the Queen’s Concurrent Education program. Rachel has returned to study with Martha Hill Duncan to complete her ARCT qualifications. In addition to piano, Rachel has also completed her grade 8 voice qualifications and continues to study voice and vocal pedagogy with Molly Luhta. She has successfully performed for many years in the Kiwanis Music Festival in both piano and voice, she has been invited to perform in the Kiwanis Highlights Concert and has competed at the Provincial level in Musical Theatre. She has been the assistant director for the Odessa Children’s Choir Program (OCCP) for the past three years and enjoys sharing her knowledge of music with those around her. We are happy that she will be returning in September 2019.
Tyson graduated with distinction from the Music and Digital Media Program of St. Lawrence College in 2016, studying under mentors Dr. Adrienne Shannon, Dr. Joy Innis and vocal teacher Barbara Szarek. His main foci during school were in theory, music analysis and voice. As an active musician since 2008, Tyson performs at many venues across Ontario revered for his stage presence and musicianship. He has worked with the guitar for the past 18 years and teaches pop genres to beginner and intermediate players. Tyson also offers ukulele lessons. We are happy that Tyson will be returning to McGuirk Music for his 3rd year September 2019.
Sophie Bjerke, ARCT (Piano & Voice), B.Mus, A.M.P.S, Voice, Piano and Speech Arts
Sophie Bjerke currently lives in Kingston and teaches piano, voice, and dramatic arts. She has an ARCT in both piano and voice. She is organist and choir director at St. John’s Anglican Church, and formerly taught in the faculty of music at SUNY Plattsburgh, and was an examiner in Voice and Speech Arts for the Royal Conservatory of Music. Her background studies were in the Science of Music and Human Potential through the Leonardo Project at Concordia University in Montreal. Her approach to teaching performing arts is through inspiration. We are so happy that Sophie will be joining our team at McGuirk Music this September 2019.
Rebecca Postma is a classical and operatic mezzo-soprano with her Bachelor of Music (honours) in voice performance from Wilfrid Laurier University where she also did her piano studies. She participated in the Opera Laurier program for two years. During her undergraduate years she mentored with Brandon Leis, whom she continued with in an independent directed study specifically for music pedagogy. Rebecca has been an independent voice and piano instructor for 3 years and has developed a focus for teaching piano, having sent her students to the Kiwanis Music Festivals and preparing students for regular recitals. She is now completing her Bachelor of Education at Queen’s University, so she can further her study of educating others. This year Rebecca will be focusing on teaching beginner piano students at McGuirk Music on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. We are very happy to have her joining our team in September 2019!