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, École élémentaire publique Madeleine-de-Roybon and École secondaire publique Mille-Îles. 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 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
A former student of McGuirk Music, Rachel is very excited to be joining the teaching team. After completing her grade 8 Conservatory with Ann McGuirk, Rachel studied under Martha Hill Duncan, receiving her grade 10 practical certificate. She is currently studying with Dina Namer at Queen’s University working towards her ARCT qualifications . She is in her fourth year of Queen’s Concurrent Education program, majoring in biochemistry and minoring in music. In addition to piano, Rachel is also working towards her grade 8 voice qualifications. She has successfully performed in the Kiwanis Music Festival in both piano and voice, participating in the Highlights Festival and competing at the Provincial level in Musical Theatre. She has been the assistant director for the Odessa Children’s Choir Program (OCCP) for the past two years and enjoys sharing her knowledge of music with those around her. We are happy that she will be joining us at McGuirk Music in September 2018.
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 17 years and teaches pop genres to beginner and intermediate players. Tyson also offers ukulele and mandolin lessons.
Alana Sargeant, B.Mus, B.Ed., Voice
Alana Sargeant is a graduate of the Concurrent Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Education program at Queen’s University and has recently returned to study Occupational Therapy at the Queen’s School of Rehabilitation Therapy. As a classroom teacher with the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District Shcool Board, Alana has had extensive experience meeting the needs of a variety of learners. Alana enjoys working with young voices through her involvement with the Cantabile Choirs of Kingston. As a member of the Cantabile Conductor Apprenticeship Program, she assisted with the Children’s Choir, Young Men’s Chorus and Young Women’s Chorus. She also conducts the Cantabile Junior Choir. While teaching private lessons for almost 10 years, Alana has gained considerable experience preparing students for RCM Examinations and Kiwanis Music Festivals. Alana is also in demand as a liturgical vocalist, pianist, and guitarist.
Classically trained, Tracey Forster studied private vocal lessons wth Eleanor Calbes and Christina James, both of whom performed with the Canadian Opera Comapany. She then went on to study Music/Theatre at Sheridan College. After graduating from their 3 year program, Tracey started performing professionally in Toronto wth several theatre companies including “The Inner Stage” and “The Canadian Stage Company” She has also performed in two operas with the Mississauga Symphony. Tracey’s wide range of experience also includes having been a lead singer for many diverse bands including top 40, punk, rock, funk and jazz. During her 15 years of teaching, she has not only taught one on one vocal lessons, but has been involved in running musical theatre camps, rock school camps as well as pop musi camps. Whether you are looking to concentrate on musical theatre or popular music, Tracey will be looking forward to meeting her new students at McGuirk Music starting in September 2018.