Meet our Instructors
 

Leanne Cummings
Owner

Teaches: Piano, Voice, Senior Choir

Qualifications: 19 years of business management and customer service training experience, various business management courses taken, 11 years music teaching experience, worked up to Grade 9 Royal Conservatory in piano & achieved Grade 8 Royal Conservatory in voice.

Current Projects: She continues to take improvisation lessons, vocal coaching instruction and is involved in a number of business enterpreneur groups.            

Fun Facts: She has two sweet boys and a wonderful husband, Dean who partners with her in the Crescendo Music Studios business. She has an adventurous spirit...she has even tried sky diving and bungy-jumping! Her favorite composer is Debussy & her favorite pop artists are Sara Bareilles and Norah Jones. She considers it a special honour and gift to teach students music!

 Teacher Bios:

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Frederic Mack, B. Mus.: Frederic is a full-time piano teacher for Crescendo. This is his fourth year with our team. He has achieved his Grade 9 with the Royal Conservatory of Music and is very adept at improvising and is quite a jazz musician in his own right. He often plays at the Yard Bird in Edmonton and also leads various local bands. He is part of a local band called Good Nature.  His students adore him and he is an incredibly dedicated and inspiring teacher!

Teaches: Private Piano, Private Guitar (as well as Clarinet & Saxophone)

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Michelle Smith, B.A.: Michelle is a sweet and positive person with amazing teaching abilities! She has her B.A. in Psych and Religious Studies. She has taught in a preschool.  she has taken Early Childhood Development education and she has three children of her own! She has achieved her Music for Young Children certification and her Kindermusik certification and she also has her Grade 9 in piano with Royal Conservatory of Music. This is her third year with Crescendo. She is terrific with kids, her students adore her and we consider it a gift to have her teaching with us!

Teaches: Private Piano & Music for Young Children

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Stephanie Bent, B.Mus.: Stephanie is a valued vocal and piano teacher for Crescendo. This is her fourth year with our team and she has taught for five years. She has training through the Edmonton Musical Theatre performing in several productions. She took classical voice and opera performance at King's University College for several years before transferring to the University of Alberta to complete her Bachelor of Arts in Music. She has also performed in the Edmonton Opera Chorus and has many years of Royal Conservatory training in piano. Stephanie considers it a joy to teach...opening up a world of expression and beauty that will enrich students' lives!

Teaches: Private Voice, Piano & Girls Vocal Group

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Carly Clarke, B. Mus.: Carly is a part-time voice and piano teacher for Crescendo and has taught for over five years. She has worked up to Grade 8 with the Royal Conservatory of Music in piano and Grade 9 with the Royal Conservatory of Music in voice. She is in the process of completing her second degree in education! She has a desire to inspire and teach and she is a very sincere and dedicated classical musician.  She is adored by her students and inspires us all with her rich talent as a teacher and vocalist!

Teaches: Private Voice & Piano

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Ian St. Arnaud: Ian is a private and group piano teacher for Crescendo and is in the process of completing his degree at the University of Alberta. He has achieved his Grade 8 in piano and performs often with his band. He has taken many years of piano instruction in the Sherwood Park area, and he has a passion for teaching.  He is very popular with his students and families and has proven himself as an amazing musician who loves performing AND teaching!

Teaches: Group & Private Piano

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Nick McDonald, B. Mus.: Nick is a private drum and guitar teacher for Crescendo and recently graduated from Grant MacEwan University. He has taken many years of private and school music instruction and has also taught drums and guitar for approx. four years. He is often seen performing locally with his band Old Jack Tap. You should definitely check them out!  He has a proven track record as a teacher and his absolutely students adore him! He also loves performing with his band. He is an amazing man to have on our team and we consider it a privilege!

Teaches: Private Drums & Guitar

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Shaun Hwang: Shaun is a private drum and guitar teacher and has completed his music education at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton. He has taken many years of private instruction and has also taught for a number of years in the Sherwood Park area. He is well liked by his students and often finds himself with a wait list. AND he loves to perform!  He is an inspiring and energizing teacher!

Teaches: Private Drums & Guitar

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Stephanie Wilson: Stephanie is a private piano & voice teacher for Crescendo and she has achieved her ARCT with the Royal Conservatory of Music. She also teaches our theory classes at Crescendo.  She has taken many years of private instruction and has also taught for over 15 years. She has a proven track record as a well loved teacher and we are thrilled to have her on our team!  She is definitely one of most experienced teachers and teaches up to a Grade 10 RCM level. 

Teaches: Private Piano, Theory & Voice

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Tiff Hall: Tiffany is a private piano & voice teacher for Crescendo and has achieved her Grade 9 Voice & Piano through the Royal Conservatory of Music. She has many years of experience as a professional musician and performer and she grew up taking private piano and voice instruction. She has taught for over 10 years in the Edmonton and Sherwood Park area. She can be seen performing "dualling pianos" throughout Alberta.  She is an all star performer and teacher and a valued part of our teaching team!

Teaches: Private Piano, Theory & Voice

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Julia Borden: Julia is a private piano & guitar teacher for Crescendo and has achieved her Grade 10 Piano through the Royal Conservatory of Music. She also completed her Grade 7 Piano from Suzuki.  She has taken private guitar instruction for 6 years and voice instruction for a number of years.  She is a lovely person inside and out and we consider it an honor to have her teaching for us at Crescendo!    

Teaches: Private Piano, Private Guitar

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Joyanne Rudiak: Joyanne is a private voice & piano teacher for Crescendo and has achieved her Grade 8 Piano/Theory 4 through Conservatory Canada.  She has her BA (Hons.) degree in Drama from University of Alberta and is currently working on Grade 8 Voice through the Royal Conservatory of Music.  Joyanne has performed with various choirs in both the community and professional spheres, as well as many musical theatre productions in Edmonton and Ottawa.  She is also an accomplished liturgical cantor as well as, a speech and acting coach.  We are so pleased to have her join our team!  

Teaches: Private Piano, Private Voice, Musical Theatre

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Tanner Olson:  Tanner is a private guitar & ukulele teacher for Crescendo and has achieved his Diploma in Music from Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton.  Tanner has performed with various bands in our community and beyond.  He is an amazing addition to our team and is quite simply, adored by his students!  He teaches all levels and ages of students and works well with pretty much everyone!

Teaches: Private Guitar, Private Ukulele

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Robert  Back, B. Mus.:  Robert is a private guitar, bass and ukulele teacher for Crescendo and has achieved his degree in Music from Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton.  Robert has performed with various bands and is currently in the band, Old Jack Tap.  They perform all around the Edmonton area and are quite simply, AMAZING!  He is an incredible instructor with very diverse skills and we are thrilled to have him on our team for second year.  

Teaches: Private Guitar, Private Ukulele, Private Electric Bass

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Cameron Bergt:  Cameron is a private pianoteacher for Crescendo and has achieved his Grade 10 in Royal Conservatory.  He can play three instruments besides the piano and has performed in various contemporary environments.  He is an incredible instructor with a fantastic ability to connect with his students. He has a diverse background in both contemporary and classical music and we are thrilled to have him on our team!

Teaches: Private Piano

 

 

Leanne Cummings
Owner

Teaches: Piano, Voice, Senior Choir

Qualifications: 19 years of business management and customer service training experience, various business management courses taken, 11 years music teaching experience, worked up to Grade 9 Royal Conservatory in piano & achieved Grade 8 Royal Conservatory in voice.

Current Projects: She continues to take improvisation lessons, vocal coaching instruction and is involved in a number of business enterpreneur groups.            

Fun Facts: She has two sweet boys and a wonderful husband, Dean who partners with her in the Crescendo Music Studios business. She has an adventurous spirit...she has even tried sky diving and bungy-jumping! Her favorite composer is Debussy & her favorite pop artists are Sara Bareilles and Norah Jones. She considers it a special honour and gift to teach students music!

 Teacher Bios:

************

Frederic Mack, B. Mus.: Frederic is a full-time piano teacher for Crescendo. This is his fourth year with our team. He has achieved his Grade 9 with the Royal Conservatory of Music and is very adept at improvising and is quite a jazz musician in his own right. He often plays at the Yard Bird in Edmonton and also leads various local bands. He is part of a local band called Good Nature.  His students adore him and he is an incredibly dedicated and inspiring teacher!

Teaches: Private Piano, Private Guitar (as well as Clarinet & Saxophone)

************

Michelle Smith, B.A.: Michelle is a sweet and positive person with amazing teaching abilities! She has her B.A. in Psych and Religious Studies. She has taught in a preschool.  she has taken Early Childhood Development education and she has three children of her own! She has achieved her Music for Young Children certification and her Kindermusik certification and she also has her Grade 9 in piano with Royal Conservatory of Music. This is her third year with Crescendo. She is terrific with kids, her students adore her and we consider it a gift to have her teaching with us!

Teaches: Private Piano & Music for Young Children

************

Stephanie Bent, B.Mus.: Stephanie is a valued vocal and piano teacher for Crescendo. This is her fourth year with our team and she has taught for five years. She has training through the Edmonton Musical Theatre performing in several productions. She took classical voice and opera performance at King's University College for several years before transferring to the University of Alberta to complete her Bachelor of Arts in Music. She has also performed in the Edmonton Opera Chorus and has many years of Royal Conservatory training in piano. Stephanie considers it a joy to teach...opening up a world of expression and beauty that will enrich students' lives!

Teaches: Private Voice, Piano & Girls Vocal Group

************

Carly Clarke, B. Mus.: Carly is a part-time voice and piano teacher for Crescendo and has taught for over five years. She has worked up to Grade 8 with the Royal Conservatory of Music in piano and Grade 9 with the Royal Conservatory of Music in voice. She is in the process of completing her second degree in education! She has a desire to inspire and teach and she is a very sincere and dedicated classical musician.  She is adored by her students and inspires us all with her rich talent as a teacher and vocalist!

Teaches: Private Voice & Piano

************

Ian St. Arnaud: Ian is a private and group piano teacher for Crescendo and is in the process of completing his degree at the University of Alberta. He has achieved his Grade 8 in piano and performs often with his band. He has taken many years of piano instruction in the Sherwood Park area, and he has a passion for teaching.  He is very popular with his students and families and has proven himself as an amazing musician who loves performing AND teaching!

Teaches: Group & Private Piano

************

Nick McDonald, B. Mus.: Nick is a private drum and guitar teacher for Crescendo and recently graduated from Grant MacEwan University. He has taken many years of private and school music instruction and has also taught drums and guitar for approx. four years. He is often seen performing locally with his band Old Jack Tap. You should definitely check them out!  He has a proven track record as a teacher and his absolutely students adore him! He also loves performing with his band. He is an amazing man to have on our team and we consider it a privilege!

Teaches: Private Drums & Guitar

************

Shaun Hwang: Shaun is a private drum and guitar teacher and has completed his music education at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton. He has taken many years of private instruction and has also taught for a number of years in the Sherwood Park area. He is well liked by his students and often finds himself with a wait list. AND he loves to perform!  He is an inspiring and energizing teacher!

Teaches: Private Drums & Guitar

************

Stephanie Wilson: Stephanie is a private piano & voice teacher for Crescendo and she has achieved her ARCT with the Royal Conservatory of Music. She also teaches our theory classes at Crescendo.  She has taken many years of private instruction and has also taught for over 15 years. She has a proven track record as a well loved teacher and we are thrilled to have her on our team!  She is definitely one of most experienced teachers and teaches up to a Grade 10 RCM level. 

Teaches: Private Piano, Theory & Voice

************

Tiff Hall: Tiffany is a private piano & voice teacher for Crescendo and has achieved her Grade 9 Voice & Piano through the Royal Conservatory of Music. She has many years of experience as a professional musician and performer and she grew up taking private piano and voice instruction. She has taught for over 10 years in the Edmonton and Sherwood Park area. She can be seen performing "dualling pianos" throughout Alberta.  She is an all star performer and teacher and a valued part of our teaching team!

Teaches: Private Piano, Theory & Voice

************

Julia Borden: Julia is a private piano & guitar teacher for Crescendo and has achieved her Grade 10 Piano through the Royal Conservatory of Music. She also completed her Grade 7 Piano from Suzuki.  She has taken private guitar instruction for 6 years and voice instruction for a number of years.  She is a lovely person inside and out and we consider it an honor to have her teaching for us at Crescendo!    

Teaches: Private Piano, Private Guitar

************

Joyanne Rudiak: Joyanne is a private voice & piano teacher for Crescendo and has achieved her Grade 8 Piano/Theory 4 through Conservatory Canada.  She has her BA (Hons.) degree in Drama from University of Alberta and is currently working on Grade 8 Voice through the Royal Conservatory of Music.  Joyanne has performed with various choirs in both the community and professional spheres, as well as many musical theatre productions in Edmonton and Ottawa.  She is also an accomplished liturgical cantor as well as, a speech and acting coach.  We are so pleased to have her join our team!  

Teaches: Private Piano, Private Voice, Musical Theatre

************

Tanner Olson:  Tanner is a private guitar & ukulele teacher for Crescendo and has achieved his Diploma in Music from Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton.  Tanner has performed with various bands in our community and beyond.  He is an amazing addition to our team and is quite simply, adored by his students!  He teaches all levels and ages of students and works well with pretty much everyone!

Teaches: Private Guitar, Private Ukulele

************

Robert  Back, B. Mus.:  Robert is a private guitar, bass and ukulele teacher for Crescendo and has achieved his degree in Music from Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton.  Robert has performed with various bands and is currently in the band, Old Jack Tap.  They perform all around the Edmonton area and are quite simply, AMAZING!  He is an incredible instructor with very diverse skills and we are thrilled to have him on our team for second year.  

Teaches: Private Guitar, Private Ukulele, Private Electric Bass

************

Cameron Bergt:  Cameron is a private pianoteacher for Crescendo and has achieved his Grade 10 in Royal Conservatory.  He can play three instruments besides the piano and has performed in various contemporary environments.  He is an incredible instructor with a fantastic ability to connect with his students. He has a diverse background in both contemporary and classical music and we are thrilled to have him on our team!

Teaches: Private Piano