Megan Kayley Yim
A.R.C.T., L.R.C.M. Piano Teacher, Music Program Supervisor
Megan has been teaching piano to younger children as well as adults for several years. She has received the A.R.C.T diploma in Piano Performance as well as the Licentiate Diploma in Piano Performance (L.R.C.M.) at the Royal Conservatory of Music and has achieved First Class Honours with Distinction in her piano examinations. As well, she has placed in many piano competitions such as the Kiwanis Music Festival, Arts Richmond Hill Music Festival, and the Markham Music Festival. She has accompanied multiple choirs, and ensembles, and continues to play for leisure. Parents of Megan’s students have commended her skill and ability to relate to young children. She believes that music is an integral part of every child’s development. Megan’s goal for every one of her students is to build a solid ladder of musical knowledge as well as finding the joy in playing the piano.
Guitar (Acoustic, electric, ukulele, vocals, songwriting, band/performance)
A diverse and multi-talented musician, Andrew is a professional musician having toured around the world and played hundreds of shows with some of the music industry’s best players. In addition, Andrew has over 15 years of teaching experience, both in private and classroom settings, ranging in ages from 7 to adults.
As a graduate of McGill University, Andrew always strives to be as energetic and inspiring a music teacher as he can be – dedicated to designing his lessons around the individual needs and expectations of each student.
Vocal & Piano
Marianne Zin holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Toronto as well as her RCM grade 8 piano. She has performed with The Canadian opera company and with members of the Toronto Symphony and toured all over Italy as a soloist. Ms. Zin has instilled her passion for music in her teaching and directing of children’s choirs and programs for over 15 years. She enjoys teaching all ages and loves helping her students discover their potential.
Starting the violin at age of 8 under the Suzuki method, Calvin Tsang quickly attained many awards and honors, including being interviewed by his local TV station just two years later. Notably, during his formative years, he was concertmaster of the Texas All-State Symphony Orchestra as a high school freshman (3-time 1st place in All-State) and Austin Symphony Concerto Winner and Soloist at the age of 14.
After completing a Master’s and Bachelor’s from Northwestern University and a fellowship with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, he performed with various major symphonies across the US, including Virginia Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, and San Diego Symphony and served as principal in several orchestras. He was a featured soloist during Main Street Sessions on Charlotte’s classical music station (North Carolina). Over the past 15 years, he has taught violin students of various ages and levels. Recently, he moved to Toronto from the Dallas area, where he also was a private lessons instructor for junior and senior high school students during their orchestra classes. Calvin is conversational in both Mandarin and Cantonese and is happy to be part of CDM’s music faculty.
Shanna emerged in the arts at a young age. By age 6, she was taking piano lessons, as well as several dance classes a week. Throughout her childhood, she competed in several piano competitions and festivals, performed at many events, and started teaching young children. By the end of high school, Shanna had completed her grade 8 Royal Conservatory of Music examinations. Shanna continued to teach children throughout her undergraduate studies where she gained experience teaching piano to special needs children as well. Shanna is currently in Chiropractic school, but still carries the arts close to her heart as she inspires younger children in both music and dance at CDM. Shanna wants her students to fall in love with the art of piano as much as she has.
Piano & Voice
Jaclyn (BMus Honours Music Education 2017, Western University) began playing piano at three years old and began to study classical voice when she was eleven. Growing up in a household that listened to classical-pop artists like Josh Groban and Charlotte Church and watched several musicals such as Wicked! and West Side Story, Jaclyn was surrounded by music and it developed into her passion. Though she specializes in classical voice, Jaclyn has a wide appreciation for and experience in singing different genres. Jaclyn sang in the Unionville High School Jazz Ensemble from 2009-2013, as well as in Les Choristes, the Western University contemporary women’s choir, from 2013-2017. Jaclyn has received numerous First Class Honours with Distinction in Voice and Piano Royal Conservatory exams and received the Gold Medal for Grade 6 Voice in 2011. Previous roles include Charlotte from 13! and Olive (understudy) and Olive’s Mom in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. side from singing, Jaclyn is passionate about arts education, writing, and spending time with her cat, Finley.
David Labrada More
David started studying piano at the age of six at the Vocational School of Art Luis Casas Romero in Camaguey, Cuba. Although he went on to earn a Percussion and Ensemble Practice Teacher diploma from the Jose White Conservatory in Camaguey, Cuba in 2009, piano has remained his first love. David continued his piano studies at the Superior Institute of Art (ISA) in Havana, Cuba, while earning a Bachelor of Music Composition. In 2018, David graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto.
While studying music David has also been working as a professional musician, and as a music teacher. Currently, David is the pianist of Cassava Latin Band in Toronto, and has played at various events including the Luminato Festival and the PanAm Games. David began his career as a classical percussionist at the Camaguey Symphonic Orchestra. He went on to teach percussion and ensemble practice at the Jose White Music Conservatory in Cuba where he created various music groups, such as the Conservatory’s jazz band, its flute orchestra, and its chamber music orchestra. David wrote arrangements for his student groups, taught them to rehearse the music, and put on performances in various venues in order to showcase the Conservatory’s musical talent. Between 2010 and 2015, David toured Cuba as the pianist for two of Cuba’s leading salsa bands, appeared in numerous television programs, and played regularly at Havana’s internationally renowned music venues. David is well versed in all music genres, including classical, jazz, contemporary, pop, blues, rock and R&B.
David has taught piano and percussion to children and adults through in-home lessons and in music schools, both in Cuba and Toronto. Most recently David has worked as a piano teacher at The Piano Studio in Aurora and the Kingsway Conservatory in Toronto.