TEAM

The Music Tool Suite project  involves tool development, research, and professional development activities that arise out of a collaborative partnership between Queen’s University, Concordia University, and The Royal Conservatory. Other collaborators include national organizations of independent music teachers and people representing related business organization and not-for-profit organizations (see sidebar).

THE TEAM LEADERS

Rena Upitis hasRena Upitis degrees in Psychology (BA 1980), Law (LLB 1981), and Education (MEd 1982, EdD 1985). She is a musician (ARCT, Piano Performance, 1975; ARCT Vocal Performance 1993) and holds a diploma in Architectural Technology (2006). She served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from 1984-1986, before securing her current position at Queen’s University where she has been a Full Professor since 1995. She has received several Canadian and US best paper awards and has secured over $8 million dollars in research funding from government, foundations, and businesses. She has authored or co-authored seven books and has published over 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals. Her most recent book, Raising a School (2010) is published with Wintergreen Studios Press. Rena is the Principal Investigator for the Music Tool Suite project and serves as a member of the Executive. The project is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, The Royal Conservatory, Queen’s University, and Concordia University. Prior funding from Canadian Heritage enabled the team to develop iSCORE, the first digital tool developed in the Music Tool Suite. Rena received the 2012 Prize for Research Excellence from Queen’s University, and represented Queen’s in the Council of Ontario Universities campaign for making research results relevant to the general public from 2013–2014.

Phil AbramiPhilip C. Abrami has degrees in Social Psychology (AB Honors 1972, MA 1975) and Social/Instructional Psychology (PhD 1978). He is a Concordia University Research Chair and the Director of the Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance. His awards include: CADE Award of Excellence in Research, the W.J. McKeachie Career Achievement Award, the Vineberg Research Prize in Psychology, and the CSSHE Research Award. He has authored several books and has published dozens of book chapters and journal articles in leading educational and psychology journals. His current work focuses on research integrations and primary investigations in support of applications of educational technology in distance and higher education, in early literacy, and in the development of higher order thinking skills. Phil is a co-applicant for the SSHRC PG funding, a founding member of the Executive, and a co-applicant of the Music Tool Suite project.

 

Sally Cathcart has many years of teaching experience both as a piano teacher and as a classroom music teacher. After her travels as a Winston Churchill Fellow, Sally founded the Oxford Piano Group as a place for pianists and teachers to collaborate and share experiences. She was awarded a PhD from the Institute of Education, UCL in 2013. Her topic was the first comprehensive study of UK piano teachers, exploring common practices, expertise, values, attitudes and motivation to teaching. She is very involved in teacher training and is a Principal Tutor on the Piano Teachers’ Course run by EPTA (UK). Furthermore, she is a trained Kodaly practitioner and is currently Director of Development of The Voices Foundation. Sally is an examiner for ABRSM and is on the ABRSM Music Education Advisory Committee. She is a member of EPTA (UK) and the ISM. Sally is a Co-Founder of The Curious Piano Teachers, and a member of the Executive of the Music Tool Suite project.

 

Sharon Mark-Teggart has 18 years of piano teaching experience. She has additional experience of teaching music at tertiary level and has also worked for several years within early years settings as a music practitioner. Sharon did a 3 year postgraduate course at the Institute of Education, University of Reading, achieving a Masters in Music Education with distinction in 2007. She was subsequently invited to join the course development team for the Piano Teachers’ Course run by EPTA (UK). Sharon worked on this course as a Principal Tutor for 3 years and then worked for a further year as moderator of the course’s academic submissions. Driven by her vision to provide a service for the piano teachers of Northern Ireland, allowing them to gain greater confidence, develop their teaching skills and gain accredited teaching qualifications, Sharon founded evoco in 2012 (Northern Ireland’s Music Education Organisation, specializing in piano teacher training). Sharon has been described as being a visionary entrepreneur within the world of music education. She is a member of EPTA (UK) and a Fellow Member of the ISM. Sharon is a Co-Founder of The Curious Piano Teachers, and a member of the Executive of the Music Tool Suite project.

Eric Favaro is a passionate education advocate who has devoted his entire career to helping teachers gain a better understanding of the importance of an education in and through the arts. He is respected nationally and internationally as an innovator for effective programs in Arts Education and is considered a leader in his field. Trained as a music educator, Eric has experience teaching several arts disciplines in schools and universities, and spent the latter part of his career as Arts Education Consultant at the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. He has played a key role in arts initiatives across Canada and beyond, and has been instrumental in the development and implementation of innovative curriculum. He is currently a Visiting Fellow to the Ministry of Education in Singapore, where he serves as an advisor on several arts education initiatives. He has chaired many provincial, national and international boards, and is currently Chair of the Coalition for Music Education in Canada and a member of the Advisory Board for the Canadian Network for Arts and Learning.   Eric holds degrees in Music (BA Music 1971, MMus 1978), Education (BEd 1973, EdD 2001), and graduate diplomas in Administration and Staff Development. Eric is a member of the Executive of the Music Tool Suite project.

 

Angela ElsterAngela Elster is a musician and educator by training. She served as Vice-President (Academic) at The Royal Conservatory when the project began, and retired from the RCM in September, 2015. Angela has held positions in higher education, elementary education and senior administration. She started her career in music studying voice at the University of Toronto and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education before undertaking graduate work at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto, receiving her Master’s degree in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning in 1998. Most recently, Angela graduated with a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies, Research, Leadership and Training in Expressive arts: Therapy, Education and Consulting at the European Graduate School. Her research interests include teacher change and how the arts inspire resilience. She was a founding member of the Executive, and a co-applicant on the Music Tool Suite project.

 

SENIOR RESEARCH COLLABORATORS


Gary McPhersonGary McPherson is a multi-faceted music professional whose career includes performances as a trumpeter and conductor with various ensembles throughout Australia, three major longitudinal research studies involving musicians in Australia and the United States, and over 25 years as an academic in Universities teaching music education, research techniques, music psychology, performance science, and musicianship. He is the Director of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, and serves as an international Project Advisor for Music Tool Suite software development and research.

 

 

 

Julia BrookJulia Brook is a pianist, pedagogue, and researcher. She has worked extensively with the Music Tool Suite project through her work as a teacher advisor, researcher, and workshop clinician. Julia has worked for several years in studio and classroom contexts and has provided instruction to students of all ages. Julia continues to conduct research in music and rural education and has presented her research findings to national and international audiences. Julia remains active as a collaborative pianist. She has an MA in Music (2007) and a Masters in Piano Performance and Literature (2001). She also has a teaching degree (BEd 2003) and an undergraduate degree in music (BMus 1999). Julia graduated from Queen’s University with her doctorate in 2011. She served as a Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Music Tool Suite project for two years (ending September 2014). Julia is presently a tenure-track faculty member at the Dan School of Drama and Music, Queen’s University.

 

 

Holly OgdenHolly Ogden was a post-graduate fellow with the Music Tool Suite project until 2014. She is a teacher, researcher, and musician. Holly is currently teaching integrated curriculum courses and supervising practica in the BEd program at the Faculty of Education, Queen’s University. Holly began her career teaching grades one through six with the Limestone District School Board and her classroom experience informs her research interests—the nature and impact of personal learning in preservice and continuing teacher education.

 

 

 

ADVISORS

Elaine LauElaine Lau is a Toronto-based pianist and co-founder of junctQín keyboard collective. Versatile as both a soloist and collaborative artist, she has performed as keyboardist and soloist with Canadian orchestras, and broadcast on CBC Radio 2, National Public Radio (US) and Rondo Classic (Finland). In addition to performing, she teaches piano and chamber music at the Faculty of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University, maintains a private music studio in Toronto, is active as an adjudicator, and is a Senior Examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music. Elaine served as a Pedagogical Liaison and Teacher Advisor during the development of iSCORE (Version 1) and was actively involved in designing iSCORE professional development for teachers. She has continued to offer advice on the newer tools in the Music Tool Suite, including DREAM, Cadenza, and Notemaker.

 

Joseph FerrettiJoseph Ferretti maintains an active schedule of performing, teaching, and adjudicating. He has been presented in concert by COC’s Four Season’s Centre, Toronto’s Music Gallery, NUMUS, and Barrie’s Colours of Music Festival among numerous others, and has recorded for Capstone Records. In addition to maintaining his Toronto studio, Dr. Ferretti has taught piano at Wilfrid Laurier University since 2003. Summer faculty positions have included the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Joseph is active across Canada as a festival and competition adjudicator, RCM examiner, and presenter for workshops and outreach events. He was pleased to serve as a Teacher Advisor for the iSCORE project when the first version of the software was being developed, and continues to work actively on the Music Tool Suite project in the areas of teacher professional development, further tool development (e.g., DREAM and Cadenza), and knowledge mobilization.

Heidi SaarioA native of Finland, Heidi Saario is a versatile musician as a soloist and a collaborative pianist and she has performed across Canada and Finland. Her recordings include Jean Sibelius – Compositions for Piano and Diamonds of the North – Songs from Scandinavia, in collaboration with soprano Cindy Koistinen. Aside from performance, Ms. Saario is a passionate educator and maintains a private studio in Toronto teaching students of all ages and levels.  She is active as an adjudicator, RCM examiner, and is one of the coordinators for the Contemporary Showcase music festival in Toronto. Heidi served as a teacher advisor with the Music Tool Suite project since its inception, advising on all of the digital tools as well as teacher professional development. After re-locating to California in 2015, Heidi continued to advise the Music Tool Suite team, ending her formal association with the project in the autumn of 2016.

 

Julia FountainJulia Fountain teaches piano and music fundamentals from her home studio in Ajax, ON.  She has a particular interest in teaching students with special needs, and received the 2010 silver medal award for Elementary Piano Pedagogy, and the Frederick Harris scholarship for highest viva voce mark. Julia is preparing for her final practical examinations to complete her Piano Pedagogy Associateship with the RCM. She joined the Music Tool Suite project in the fall of 2012, offering advice on the newer tools in the Music Tool Suite.

 

 

image1Jodie Compeau has been with the Music Tool Suite project since 2013, when she began using iSCORE with her students. Jodie has a full teaching schedule with over 60 elementary and intermediate students. Jodie was the 2013 recipient of the Gold Medal from The Royal Conservatory for her examination results in Elementary Piano Pedagogy. In addition to teaching piano and rudiments, Jodie also taught for several years at a therapeutic riding academy, KARAT Riding at Corner Stone Farm, helping young people with a range of cognitive, physical, and emotional conditions gain skill and confidence through adaptive riding lessons.

 

 

head-shotEmily McPherson joined the teacher advisors group in 2016. She is a teacher, conductor and performer living in Kingston, ON. Originally from Napanee, ON she completed her A.R.C.T in piano performance with Martha Hill Duncan before moving to Ottawa to complete her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees. She has accompanied numerous choirs and performers in Ottawa, including the Ottawa Regional Youth Choir, the Capital Chamber Choir and the St. Joseph’s Parish Choir. She has been the accompanist and conductor of the Antigonish Choral Ensemble (Nova Scotia) as well as the assistant conductor for the Nova Scotia Children’s Choir Camps. Since returning to Kingston in 2015, Emily has founded the Kingston Youth Choir, is a collaborative pianist with Queen’s University and maintains a busy piano studio where she is incorporating the tools developed through the Music Tool Suite project .

 

Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 12.14.48 PMNathalie De Grâce is a deeply committed music educator with many years of teaching experience. She graduated from McGill University (B. Mus in performance 90), Université de Moncton (B.Ed 91). She gained experience teaching general music (preschool) and instrumental music (elementary-junior high and high school grades 5 to 12 band music) in the Maritimes while also working as a professional clarinetist (regular substitute 2nd clarinet for Symphony Nova). After completing her Master’s degree in Wind Conducting (1995) at U of Calgary, she worked as a music professor at Université de Moncton where she taught conducting, ear training as well as her own instrument. In 2000, she moved back to her hometown (Sherbrooke, Québec) where she got involved teaching grades 1–6 general music as well as the clarinet at Cégep de Sherbrooke. The many new concepts brought about by the réforme in education in Québec at the time made a profound impression on Nathalie. After many seminars on how to instigate the changes towards a competence-based approach at the elementary as well as at the college levels, she found herself challenged by two new concepts: socio-constructivism theory and technology. From then on, she decided to reconcile theory and practice by initiating important international student projects to help her determine more about social-constructivism and the use of digital tools. Nathalie is currently completing her Diplôme de 3e cycle in pédagogie de l’enseignement supérieur (DPES) at Université de Sherbrooke on the subject of e-portfolio and formative assessment practice in music using iSCORE.

President, Canadian Federation of Music Teachers Association (CFMTA)

Executive Director and CEO, Music Teachers National Association (MNTA)

President, Frederick Harris Music Co.

President, Roland Music Canada

ASSISTANTS AND ASSOCIATES

Jane Willms is the Project Manager for the Music Tool Suite project at Queen’s University. Jane is a former elementary school teacher with many years of experience as a classroom teacher, music teacher and school administrator. She has also worked as a writer, editor, manager and consultant in the fields of education, international development, health care, human rights and environmental change. She is very pleased to help with a project that fosters education in the arts – one of her passions.

Research Assistants and Graduate Students

Meagan TroopMeagan Troop has a Master’s in Curriculum Studies (MEd 2008), a teaching degree (BEd 2003), and an undergraduate degree in music (BMus 2002). Meagan completed her doctoral studies at Queen’s University in 2014. Her research interests are in the fields of transformative learning, adult development and education, and arts and music education. Meagan served as a senior research assistant with the project before relocating to Guelph in 2014.

 

 

Wynnpaul VarelaWynnpaul Varela is a doctoral candidate at Concordia University’s Department of Education. His research interests include how music students use technology to self-experiment during their practice. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in music and plays the piano as a hobby. He has a Masters in Linguistics, and taught English in Japan for 14 years. Wynnpaul serves as a research assistant for the project and joined the team in 2010.

 

 

Karen BoeseKaren Boese is a doctoral candidate at the Faculty of Education, Queen’s University, working in the area of Cognitive Studies. She completed her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction in 1995. She has extensive teaching experience in the elementary panel, ranging from Kindergarten and Early Literacy Intervention to Drama, Dance and Music. Karen is a research assistant with the Music Tool Suite project , and her doctoral dissertation explores self-regulation in young children.

 

 

rosie%20pic1Roseann (Rosie) Kerr is a PhD student at the Faculty of Education, Queen’s University. She has a Master’s in Education from Queen’s University where she focused on the perspectives of youth in experiential education programming. Rosie has a multidisciplinary background including studying and working in Fine Arts, Marine Biology and Curriculum Development of Youth Leadership and Arts Programming. Most recently, she has been working in Adult Food Literacy Education for The Table Community Food Centre in Perth, Ontario, developing and running cooking programs for adults and families living on low incomes. Her research explores how experiential learning can support positive personal and social development. More recently, she has examined the relationship between food literacy and food insecurity. Rosie is as research assistant with the Music Tool Suite project .

 

Serena MansonSerena Manson was a Master’s student at Queen’s University and served as a research assistant on the Music Tool Suite project from 2012-2014. Prior to returning to student life, Serena spent ten years on the other side of the desk, teaching Grades 1 to 6 in a Waldorf school. Though not a musician herself, Serena has a great appreciation for music and hopes to one day develop proficiency in an instrument. Serena graduated with her M.Ed. in 2014 and continued to work on the project until June of 2015, supporting the work on iSCORE in Quebec.

 RCM Staff

Gerry DimnikGerry Dimnik joined The Royal Conservatory in 2009 and leads the planning, design, implementation, and management of information systems. Prior to joining The Royal Conservatory, Gerry was Director, Information Services at North York General Hospital, also in Toronto, where he was responsible for the strategic planning and delivery of IT services. In that role, Gerry was instrumental in advancing the hospital’s eCare project, which established North York General Hospital as one of the most technologically advanced hospitals in North America. Gerry holds a Master of Science degree in Management Information Systems from the London School of Economics as well as a Masters Degree from the University of Toronto. His interests include improving efficiency of IT delivery, data warehousing and business intelligence. He is also an accomplished pianist and organist and holds an ARCT in piano performance from The Royal Conservatory of Music. Gerry has been instrumental in the Music Tool Suite project, especially with regard to the development of DREAM and the facilitation of data gathering  for the national survey. Gerry retired from the Music Tool Suite project in 2016.

Laura JohnsonLaura Johnson is a web designer specializing in the Drupal content management system and is currently working as Webmaster for The Royal Conservatory, where she administers iSCORE and provides support to iSCORE users.  Laura also attended the Royal Conservatory as a student and continues to play the piano. She is currently using iSCORE to help her learn to play jazz piano. Laura is also a lead programmer for DREAM, which was released in September, 2014. Her involvement with the project ends when The RCM leaves the partnership on February 28, 2017.

 

 

Queen’s Staff

Matthew King is a Senior Data Analyst at Queen’s University. He joined the project in the fall of 2012. Matt has close to three decades of experience as an analyst and project manager. His recent publications and reports are primarily in the areas of health behaviours in school-aged children and youth. He also played a major role in the double cohort studies funded by the Ontario Ministry of Education. Matt served as the Data Analyst for the Learning Through The Arts research project, funded by the RCM, from 1999–2006.

ZaeemZaeem Anwar graduated from Queen’s in 2015 with a degree in biomedical computing. He is a musical hobbyist and technology fanatic. He is serving as tech support for the website for the Music Tool Suite, as well as supporting social media and research.

 

 

 

Jake AlsemgeestJake Alsemgeest is a graduate of Queen’s University with a specialization in Software Design. He has played multiple instruments and produces software in his spare time. He was the lead programmer for Version 2 of DREAM.

CLSP Staff

20150422_AnneWade_03_editedAnne Wade, serves as Manager and Information Specialist, Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance, Concordia University and has been a sessional lecturer in Education for 20 years. Anne served as Coordinator of the ePEARL project since its inception over 10 years ago, and has worked extensively with the educational community helping to integrate technology into classrooms. She is former President of the Eastern Canada Chapter, Special Libraries Association and the Quebec Library Association. She is the Project Manager for Music Tool Suite project at Concordia.

 

 

 

20150422_ManuelaB_03_EditedManuela Bertoni serves as the Creative Director at the Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance at Concordia University since October 2014. Her main focus is in collaborative projects where arts and science can serve each other. Manuela has 3 years of expertise in the production of medical e-learning, and 10 years of expertise in medical illustration. Her education includes work in Graphic Design, Art History, and Ethnographic Artifacts Restoration.

 

 

Liz WarwickLiz Warwick began her Master’s degree in Educational Technology at Concordia University in 2012 and joined the Music Tool Suite project as a research assistant in 2013, completing her M.A. in 2015. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from Carleton College (USA) and a diploma in Journalism from Concordia University. Prior to returning to university, she spent many years as a journalist, writer, and editor. Liz plays classical guitar and is keenly interested in how adults approach music learning. She began a staff position with the CSLP in 2015, where she served as an Instructional Designer for Notemaker and Cadenza until leaving the CSLP in the summer of 2016.

 

20150422_Einat_22_editedEinat Idan has been an Instructional Designer for the CSLP since 2006. She has a B.A. in English Literature and Education from Hebrew University, Jerusalem and a M.A. in Educational Technology from Concordia University. Einat has been involved in a variety of evidence-based educational projects developed at the Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance, with a special focus on self-regulated learning. Currently, she is learning more about music and self-regulation through the Music Tool Suite project , in collaboration with The Royal Conservatory and Queen’s University.

 

 

Steve Kanellopo20150422_SteveK_04_croppedulos is Lead Programmer in the Design and Development team at the Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering (B.Eng. with Distinction, 2011) and has been part of the CSLP since 2012. Steven is involved in the various projects of the Design and Development team and was instrumental in developing the Cadenza web application.

 

 

20150422_Jonathan_03-edited Jonathan Wilansky is a designer and developer at the Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance. His interests lie at the intersection of technology and art, and he is passionate about using computers in innovative ways. Jonathan received his Master of Arts in Music Technology at McGill University, and his Bachelor of Computer Science (Major in Computation Arts) at Concordia University. Jonathan has worked as a freelance web developer, graphic designer, programmer, artist, and teacher. His focus at present is on e-learning and software user experience design, with special applications in music. He enjoys playing guitar and drums as a hobby.

 

20150423_MimiZhou_12_editedMimi Zhou is a User Experience, Interaction and Visual Designer at CSLP. Collaborating closely with researchers and Instructional Designers, she enjoys tackling complex tasks and transforming them into intuitive, accessible and easy-to-use designs for the educational community via various digital platforms and services. As the lead Designer for iSCORE, Mimi has learned what teachers and students need in music education. She wishes to continue advocating for users in the Notemaker and Cadenza project. Mimi received her Bachelor degree in Computer Science with a double major in Fine Arts, Digital Multimedia and Sound at Concordia University in 2001, and has been with the CSLP since. She received a Professional Photography A.E.C degree in 2006 at Dawson College and is currently receiving vocal training under a Master Soprano.

 

20150422_AndrewG_07_editedAndrew Gardener is a Software Developer at the CSLP who is developed the Notemaker App (Annotator App) and maintains iSCORE. Andrew received his Bachelors in Computer Science at Concordia University in 2011 and has been with the CSLP since 2013.

 

 

 

20150422_DavidP_10_editedDavid Pickup is an Information Specialist at Concordia University’s Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance (CSLP), where he also teaches an undergraduate ‘information literacy’ course. His responsibilities at the CSLP include designing and conducting comprehensive searches for systematic reviews and meta-analyses, as well as maintaining several bibliographic databases, and assisting the general research needs of associated faculty. David has a background in website design and development, having worked in the industry for 10 years prior to obtaining his Masters Degree in Library and Information Science (MLIS) in 2008. David developed the structure for the DREAM, which was released in September 2014. While he is no longer formally with the Music Tool Suite project, he keeps in touch and has been watching the DREAM user base grow since its release.

 

Catherine LeBelCatherine LeBel is the former Director of Design and Development at the Center for the Study of Learning and Performance at Concordia University, where she oversaw the team of programmers and graphic designers for 8 years. She has also taught part-time in the Design and Computations Arts department at Concordia since 2001. Catherine has worked as an art director, graphic designer and information architect for various companies in the multimedia industry and for cultural organizations such as the National Gallery of Canada. Catherine holds an MFA in Graphic Design from the Rhodes Island School of Design. Catherine left the CSLP and the Music Tool Suite project in June, 2014, but continues to keep tabs on the development of the tools in the Music Tool Suite.

CURRENT AND FORMER STUDENT ADVISORS

Shen Bei Fan became a student advisor in 2011, when he was 13 years old. He is a pianist, music scholar, and composer. He began to use iSCORE in July, 2011, and finished his term in 2014.

Élie Gagné joined the team in 2016 as a 20-year-old professional musician and music student from Québec, Canada. Élie has participated in many shows and music competitions; at 16, he won first place in a songwriting competition and played his song on live TV. At CEGEP, he studied jazz guitar and singing and used iSCORE in his ear training classes with Nathalie De Grâce. He now studies jazz guitar at the University of Sherbrooke and is also a part-time guitar teacher and performer.

Kevin Hu became a student advisor in 2010, when he was 15 years old and playing Grade 3 music. He enjoys all things technology. His Vlogs can be fount at http://youtube.com/iawesomekevin. His photos appear at http://AwesomeKvein.com. Along with his sister, Kelly Hu, they make claymations using piano music they have learned. These can be found at http://youtube.com/theawesomks.

Kaylie Lau was 14 years old when she joined the student team, and has been advising on iSCORE since fall of 2010 by using ePEARL to enhance her learning.  A graduate of the Karen Kain School of the Arts, her adventures as a pianist have taken her from street busking for Saudi Arabian royalty to performing on stage with Summerworks Theatre as a toy pianist. Kaylie enjoys baking and is presently was working toward her RCM Grade 8 examination in 2012 when her term ended.

Alisa Makarova joined the team in 2016. At the time, Alisa had been playing piano for 9 years and also plays guitar, flute and piccolo. Alisa participates in her school’s choir, musicals and Senior Concert Band. She has been teaching several students piano over the past year. Alisa loves music as a universal language and is looking forward to continuing her musical studies throughout her life.

Avery Marcella joined the team in 2016 as a 13-year-old music student in the Kingston, Ontario area. She had been studying piano for 7 years when she joined the project, and was studying piano at RCM Level 7. She also plays guitar and ukulele. Avery has already decided that music is her life and hopes to make a career of it one day. In her spare time, she writes, reads, and likes to ride bikes or shoot hoops with her friends and take long walks with her dog.

Isla Marcella joined the team in 2016 as a 9-year-old music student in the Kingston, Ontario area. She has been studying piano for 3 years. She has a very perceptive ear and is currently studying piano at the RCM Preparatory B Level. She is also in her second year of learning to play the Chanter and hopes to graduate to the Bagpipes soon. In her spare time she likes to walk her dog and is becoming quite the Judo enthusiast.

Shannon Dacanay joined the Student Advisory Group in 2016, when she was studying at the Grade 10 RCM piano level. She started taking piano lessons at 4 years of age, and began taking  flute lessons when she was 6. She has competed in many competitions and played in many recitals in Korea, British Columbia, and Toronto. Shannon is a student of Etobicoke School of the Arts, where she majors in music. As a pianist and a flautist, she has joined several ensembles, such as her school’s symphony orchestra, concert band, and stage band. She helps her schoolmates by accompanying their solos.

Christine Naguib joined the team in 2016 as Chair of the Student Advisory Committee, while in her final year at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo. As a music therapy major, whose main instrument is piano, Christine has used iSCORE and Cadenza extensively during her music studies. In addition to her studies, Christine actively teaches piano and leads an instrumental group at her church.

Hayden Rasberry was 11 years old when he started using ePEARL in 2009 (ePEARL is the precedessor to iSCORE).  He is a pianist, composer, and enthusiastic member of DECA. He completed his Grade 9 practical exam in June 2014. Hayden won the Rose Bowl in the Kiwanis Music Festival in Kingston, Ontario in March, 2013. Hayden served as a student advisor for iSCORE until his term ended in June, 2013.

In addition to his piano studies,  Julian Seth-Wong has dabbled in archery and film-making.  He has competed at the provincial level of the Canadian Music Festivals and starred in the iSCORE introductory video.  Julian is currently preparing for his Grade 10 exam, and joined the advisory team in 2010 when he was 15 years old.

Lisa Szczepanski was a fourth-year theory major at the Faculty of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario when she joined the student team in 2010. In addition to her studies, she is active in the community as a private teacher and has been involved with iSCORE since its developing stages in 2010.  Lisa served as the Chair of the iSCORE Student Advisory Committee until her term ended in June, 2013.

Zinta Upitis was 9 years old when she joined the team. She is a pianist and soccer player extraordinaire. She also plays guitar and is learning to play the trumpet at school. Zinta completed her Grade 7 practical exam in June 2014. She began using ePEARL in 2009, and served as a student advisor for iSCORE until her term ended in June, 2013.

Vincent Vuong was 13 years old when he joined the team in 2010. He is a pianist and aviation enthusiast. He aided in the development of iSCORE by using ePEARL and giving feedback, as well as starring in the iSCORE introductory video. Vincent is an award winning performer.

William Vuong began advising the research and development team when he was 11 years old in 2010. He is a pianist and avid illustrator. He began using ePEARL in 2010, and is currently using iSCORE to enhance his learning. A seasoned, prizewinning performer like his brother, William has completed his Grade 9 exam.

Quincy Yee was 16 years old when she joined the team in 2010. She is a pianist who also appreciates music of all genres, enjoys vintage fashion, and studies guitar. She is an original student advisor to iSCORE through its development from ePEARL and is working towards her Grade 8 RCM exam.