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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/UKULELE

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 12 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 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/Ukulele - 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.

PIANO/GUITAR

Riste - Click here to register with Riste

Riste started out playing piano since 2001 at the age of 5, and then couple of years later he started playing the guitar. He has more than 10 years experience playing piano and guitar. He’s been involved in many music projects back in his home country of Macedonia and has competed in multiple music competitions, mostly piano, solfeggio, and music theory, providing great results in all of them. He is a bachelor of music theory from the Academy of Music in the Goce Delcev University in Stip, Macedonia with a highest grade. He has done a lot of live gigs, studio recordings, music videos. However, he is always improving his skills on guitar and piano and is always interested in sharing his knowledge.

Riste puts a strong emphasis on practice, since he believes that practice is what makes people improve. Riste wants the student to be involved in the lesson, and he also provides a warm and comfortable environment where anyone can learn. He also includes different styles of approaching the music such as Blues, Rock, Funk, Fusion, and also Macedonian Folk. He believes this would make the student more interested in the material that is given throughout the school year. He can always teach the songs that the students want to learn as he is very involved in modern music. Riste is also very skilled with analyzing songs to their core, and explaining why a certain note is played at a certain sequence. Riste will definitely provide a fun experience to any student with any level of knowledge in music.

VOCALS/BEGINNER PIANO

Kody - Click here to register with Kody

Kody has been studying voice for a cumulative total of 15 years.  He started as a child and is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Music program at the University of Saskatchewan, with a focus on voice.  Kody has a deep understanding of music theory and a passion for sharing all he has learned with others.  Kody’s primary training has been in classical voice studying under Brett Mitchell and Dr. Ron de Jager for 3 years at Briercrest.  Kody is currently under the tutelage of Dr. Garry Gable at the University.  Kody has experience in musical theatre, sacred, spiritual, opera, oratorio, and a small amount of jazz.  Kody has performed with many choirs throughout his career including Briercrest’s College Singers, Resonant and most recently the University of Saskatchewan’s Greystone Singers.  

Kody focuses primarily on technique and showmanship.  With these two aspects anyone may learn to sing, as Kody’s own teacher often says, “Singing is easy, learning to sing is the hard part.”  Kody strives to create a healthy and encouraging learning environment where students feel free to explore the world of music and what it has to offer them.  Kody puts a strong emphasis on regular practice and a drive to learn more.  Kody is highly passionate about music and the benefits it has on everyone, he is very excited to share this passion with everyone who is willing to learn!

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. 

Asya - Gr. 9 RCM  Click here to Register with Asya

Asya is currently a high school student who has been playing piano since the age of 3. She has always had a passion for music and she plays a variety of instruments from the French Horn to Voice. She is a part of the Saskatoon Youth Orchestra and takes part in her school’s Jazz Band, Concert Band and Choir. Asya has been awarded countless awards and scholarships through the Saskatchewan Music Festival and has been given many opportunities to explore different genres of music including jazz, classical, pop, and many more! 

Asya is enthusiastic about teaching beginning piano students the fundamentals of music while including their interests and games. Her goal is to create a safe learning environment where her students can feel comfortable and motivated to learn and work towards their goals. She is open to teaching all genres of music to create an individual lesson plan for each of her students that keeps them happy and excited to learn. She creatively incorporates necessary technique, theory, performance and artistry skills that provide a deep understanding of the piano in each of her lessons.