Leah Harris : Business Development Manager

Leah Harris

Business Development Manager

Leah Harris is a pianist, vocalist, and songwriter with a background in education and e-learning design.  Leah has been a professional musician and educator for 15 years. She attended Berklee College of Music for Piano Performance, and now holds two Bachelor degrees, both in Music and in Education.   Leah gained most of her live performance experience in the Detroit and New York music scenes before moving to Sweden in 2013 for a teaching job at an international school.

In 2015, Leah moved to Finland for a job at Helsinki-based startup Yousician, where she designed the Yousician Piano educational program from scratch – now the world’s most popular piano learning app used by over a million students.

Leah has been a part of Montessori Mozarts since its early days, and is excited to be back in Canada for her new role as Business Development Manager.  She is passionate about the future of the company and looking forward to the many exciting plans ahead!

Contact: leah@montessorimozarts.com

Chelsea Goring : Office Manager / Piano, Voice, Guitar

Chelsea Goring

Office Manager / Piano, Voice, Guitar

Chelsea Goring is a teacher, a musician, and a mother of two beautiful children. She began her musical journey at about 4 years old, learning piano. She took lessons throughout her childhood, and now has her Grade 9 Royal Conservatory for Piano. Chelsea is an Ontario Certified Teacher (O.C.T.) with both a Bachelor of Education, (B.A. Ed), and a Montessori Early Childhood Credential. She has taught for over 10 years in both the public school system and in Montessori education. She has taught a variety of musical instruments, led Concert and Jazz bands, and taught music theory and music appreciation.

Although piano is her primary instrument, Chelsea is self-taught on many other instruments across the orchestra. She  isalso a trained educator in JamBeat - our brand new music technology course.  She is excited to be a part of Montessori Mozarts’ great team of musical educators, and looks forward to being a part of our students' musical development and growth!

Contact: support@montessorimozarts.com

Amelia Daigle : Voice, Piano

Amelia Daigle

Voice, Piano

Windsor native, Amelia Daigle is a professional opera singer who has graced stages in both Europe and across North America singing roles such as Bizet's Carmen and Rossini's La Cenerentola. Praised for her rich mezzo voice and musicality, Ms. Daigle recently placed first at the National Music Festival in Edmonton, Alberta in the Voice Category where she competed against singers from across Canada.

When she is not onstage performing, Amelia enjoys teaching music workshops and private lessons to singers of all ages and levels as a way of encouraging music appreciation and inspiring students to think both critically and creatively. Ms. Daigle holds a Master's degree in Vocal Performance and Literature from Western University and a BMus and minor in French Studies from the University of Windsor. Amelia is thrilled to be back in her hometown of Windsor, ON where she will be joining the distinguished faculty at Montessori Mozarts this fall!

Daniel Turner : Guitar, Piano, Voice

Daniel Turner

Guitar, Piano, Voice

Daniel Turner is a third year student at the University of Windsor, studying classical guitar. He also has a background in piano and voice. Daniel recently performed with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra as a result of winning the 2015 University of Windsor Concerto Competition. He also regularly performs at weddings, functions, and coffee shops throughout the city. Daniel has received scholarships for his ability on the guitar, and achieved honours and distinction for his RCM Grade 8 practical test. He is very excited to be joining the Montessori Mozarts team, and to help his students reach their full musical potential.

Grace Gasparini : Voice, Piano

Grace Gasparini

Voice, Piano

Grace has been involved in music and musical theater since she can remember. Growing up, she has been involved in many productions with Lakeshore Academy of Fine Arts, including Beauty and the Beast, The Nutcracker, The Sound of Music, and Grease. Taking vocal training in grade 11 and 12 in high school, Grace has gained experience in studying and performing music. She also has performed on stage at several talent shows throughout high school in solo and band acts. Grace enjoys singing at any opportunity she is given and has a strong passion for music, and is thrilled to be a part of the fantastic team for Montessori Mozarts!

Aaron Gasparini : Guitar, Piano, Voice

Aaron Gasparini

Guitar, Piano, Voice

Aaron has been thoroughly involved in many facets of music since a young age. He has eleven years of guitar playing experience and has a deep appreciation and knowledge of the instrument. In the past, Aaron has been involved in a number of musical theatre productions and has a great deal of vocal training and experience. He is currently studying music at the University of Windsor in the B.A Music program. He has performed both as a solo act and as part of a group for more than half his life.

An enthusiastic individual, Aaron has a rather eclectic musical sense and finds immense happiness in whatever sort of musical endeavour he embarks on.  He also happens to be certified in JamBeat - our brand new music technology course.  Aaron is very excited to pass on his joy and passion for music to all who wish to learn!

Charmaine Valbuena : Piano, Voice

Charmaine Valbuena

Piano, Voice

Charmaine was born in the Philippines and immigrated to Canada at the age of six. Not long after she moved to Canada, her parents enrolled her into piano lessons. Charmaine studied piano at Conservatory of Music in Windsor, then transferred to Academie Ste. Cecile when she moved to Tecumseh. Charmaine's training at Academie Ste. Cecile greatly influenced her classical background in piano. In 2011, Charmaine received her B.A. in International Relations from University of Windsor. Her formal education taught her about community relations, and she hopes to intertwine her two passions in working with the community and in playing music. In 2013, Charmaine managed a fundraising show entitled, A Love Letter to Windsor, which showcased the local talent in the Windsor-Essex community. Charmaine is also a member of the Windsor Community Choir and performed in choir concerts, including The Christmas Rose.

Charmaine has been teaching with Montessori Mozarts since 2012. Her time at Montessori Mozarts has been a truly amazing experience as she has the opportunity to share her passion for playing the piano with students. Playing an instrument is a wonderful achievement. Charmaine hopes to help students through their journey of self-discovery and creativity through music.

Amanda Hanson : Piano, Brass

Amanda Hanson

Piano, Brass

Amanda is a soon-to-be graduate of the Bachelor of Music program at the University of Windsor. Studying the trumpet under Mr. Ross Turner, she has had many performance opportunities in her five years at the school, and is currently the University’s Remembrance Day trumpeter. The knowledge and experience she has gained as a Music student enables her to teach any brass instrument with confidence. Amanda also holds her Royal Conservatory of Music Grade 8 in Piano, which she completed in August 2013, and she uses these skills to teach and perform on piano in various environments. Amanda will be commencing studies at the Faculty of Education in September 2018, to become an elementary music teacher.