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Music Teacher Bios at 12 String Studios Music School Saskatoon

 * Please note: All of our instructors are not listed here. For more information on the instructor best suited for you, please contact us!

GUITAR/SONGWRITING

Micheal Lander - Click here to Register with Micheal

Songwriter and Guitar Specialist Micheal Lander has taught for 12 String Studios since 2004 and has a strong foundation of Blues, Rock, Country, Classical, and Jazz influence. Even with over 25 years experience and studying music under the tutelage of two Juno Award winning musicians: Hugh Fraser and Brad Turner, he still continues to learn new things to improve his craft and share it with anybody interested in learning. A Top 25 Finalist for a Canadian Songwriting Competition regarding his song called "Long, Cold Run", Micheal also leads the Songwriters Association of Canada Saskatoon Regional Writers Group and owns the Studio XII Music & Dance Co.

From his lessons, you'll find he brings a warm and comfortable environment to students of any age above the age of six. Not only will he teach you how to play songs you know and love, he can and will teach you how to improve your technical ability and musical knowledge through physical exercises and theory studies which can apply to all songs. One of his greatest attributes is his ability to teach improvisation and analyze songwriting.

“My guitar playing has definitely improved thanks to Micheal. The quality of musical instruction and education is great especially if you put the time and effort into honing your skills!” - Lucy V. 

GUITAR/BASS/BANJO/UKULELE


Sean - Gr. 8 RCM  
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Sean Bougie has been playing guitar since 2005, and has been teaching since 2012. He has won numerous awards in guitar including the Metis Recognition Award, and the Award for the highest grade in Guitar throughout Saskatoon. Sean is currently studying at the University of Saskatchewan towards a PhD in Musicology. Sean specializes in Classical and Rock/Metal genres of guitar, but there is no style of guitar that he cannot play. Other genres of skill include Flamenco, Jazz, Blues, Folk, World Music, Video Game/Television Soundtracks, and much more. In addition to guitar Sean is also able to teach Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Double Bass (both with and without a bow), Banjo, and Lute. Beyond performance Sean has a strong grasp on theory and music history, and can teach music theory. Sean also plays in an active, local Rock band called Witherfire as lead guitarist and vocalist.

Putting a strong emphasis on performance practices, Sean offers a challenging repertoire of sequences and songs that will put you, the student, on the fast track to guitar wizardry. Lessons are tailored to the individual students’ needs, starting with fundamentals and leading to transcriptions of any song the student desires. Preparation for University level music auditions are available upon request, and Sean is able to teach the Royal Conservatory of Music. Theory Workshops that are designed to prepare a musician for University auditions are available to any music student regardless of instrument.

Lloyd - Guitar/Bass - Click here to register with Lloyd

Whether studying, practicing or meeting the demands of performing in variety of musical contexts, Lloyd continues to share his love of music. Having played with some of the best local players and out of towners at music events large and small, Lloyd has a solid, trusted reputation for getting the job done! He currently sits on the board (Local 553) of the Canadian Federation of Musicians and the board of the Saskatoon Blues Society.

Lloyd’s teaching philosophy would be to ‘have fun while working hard to achieve creative goals. His friendly personality and willingness to share further contributes to teaching/learning success. By following the interest of the student and acting as a guide to new musical territory, the learning benefits increase. Lloyd also has a special interest in teaching those who have taken up an instrument later in life. Understanding music by combining some theory/reading with the practicalities of playing the instrument leads to a joyful performing experience. Lloyd’s many years of playing, recording, and teaching in many genres makes this process enjoyable.

GUITAR/PIANO/VOICE

David - Click here to register with David

David is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and composer and has been playing music for over 20 years and teaching for over 10 years. Guitar, voice, piano, ukulele, banjo, lap-steel guitar, bass, and drums are his favorite instruments to play. David also has over 10 years experience as a recording engineer and live sound technician. David loves authenticity in all genres and has spent the past several years practicing voice with Silvia Nakkach. Before that David lived in Chicago where he attended Columbia University and Old Town School of Folk Music where he learned from some of the greatest artists and teachers in the world.  

Typical lessons with David consist of ‘fun with fundamentals’ alongside the exploration of the students’ musical interests.   He likes to keep things fun and simple while teaching students to improve their abilities and knowledge of their chosen instrument.  Students will learn to play and understand songs while working towards finding their own unique voice as an artist. 

PIANO

Yash – Gr. 9 RCM  Click here to Register with Yash

Yash is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Music program (Composition and Theory) at the University of Saskatchewan. He is working towards the Grade 9 of RCM piano performance and has a quite a bit of experience in the composition area as well. He has majorly written for concert bands, choirs, chamber ensembles and solo piano. Moreover, he has taken many theory examinations and is also adept in Indian classical music theory.

While taking lessons with Yash, the students will not only explore the different aspects of Piano performance but also attain applied theory skills which will eventually make them fluent in interpreting different styles of music. Students will get a chance to follow an already designed curriculum which can be tailored according to individual requirements. As well as helping students build an enjoyable repertoire, Yash will also prepare them for RCM examinations. 

Jhena ARCT, RMT, ATCL  Click here to Register with Jhena

- ATCL (Performance), Trinity College London 

Jhena has been teaching piano since 2013, alongside furthering her mastery of music. She completed her ARCT and ATCL and her musical achievements include receiving first place in the Pedagogy class for the Gordon C. Wallis Piano Scholarship competition in 2016 and the Florence Bowes Piano Pedagogy category of 2017.

Lessons will include a strong emphasis on basic techniques and theory, as well as some ear training and sight reading, which will underlie the practical skills. Within these lessons, she aims for students to recognize that music is an expression to be creative and to find their own uniqueness and strengths. Overall, Jhena feels that her role as a teacher is to encourage her students and be a positive influence in their learning experience. She continues to study music in hopes of furthering her potential as a student, performer, and teacher, allowing her to better instruct her students from a place of experience and knowledge. 

Nathan - Gr. 10 RCM  Click here to Register with Nathan

Nathan is a piano performer who is currently working toward completing an ARCT certificate in piano. He has a strong background in the theory, history, and performance of classical music and piano repertoire. He also is passionate about jazz music, having developed fluency in the style through mentors, self-teaching, and performance experience. He believes that the skills developed through jazz playing lay a great foundation for several other styles of music, such as pop, RnB, or rock. He loves the social and meditative aspects of playing music.

Nathan’s focus as a teacher is to teach the fundamentals of music through piano playing. He will improve students’ musicality and technical foundation through helping them learn to play songs. Learning simple concepts of music theory will advance students’ technique and appreciation of music. Nathan believes that developing an enjoyment of playing and learning music is the primary goal of teaching. As such, his teaching style is relaxed and warm, tending to students’ interests.