Teachers

Ann McGuirk, RMT,  Piano

Ann began teaching music in 1996 when she started directing  community choirs  and has been teaching piano in the Kingston area since 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.  Ann teaches all styles of piano specializing in preparing  students for the Royal Conservatory of Music examinations.  Many of Ann’s students have been award winners at Kingston’s Kiwanis Music Festival.   Also, for more than ten years, Ann has been teaching piano in several different schools during class hours and currently teaches at École Catholique Mgr. Rémi-Gaulin and École élémentaire publique Madeleine-de-Roybon. Ann is bilingual and offers lessons in both English and French.  Ann is an active member of  ORMTA (Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association).

 

Nicole Chapman, BA, B.Ed., Piano

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, 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 Sullivan, Guitar and Ukulele 

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 and mandolin lessons.  We are happy that Tyson will be returning to McGuirk Music for his 3rd year September 2019.