Meet Our Teaching Staff
Margrit Voisin, BA, FRCM, ECME
BA ,University of Toronto, (Specialization in 18th and 19th C. Music , Music History, European Literature and the German Language), FRCM (Grade 10 Piano) ECME ( ECM Pedagogy).
Margrit is also an ordained minister who officiates at life celebrations such as weddings, new life and end of life ceremonies.
Principal and owner of Neighbourhood Music Studio. Margrit is an advanced level certified registered teacher through the Royal Conservatory of Music ( Marta Tuters). She has been affiliated with the RCM, ECMMA, ISME, CANADA ORFF societies since 1974. Margrit teaches piano , flute, recorder and theory in all levels and piano pedagogy. She is an Early Childhood Educator as a licensed Musikgarten and Kindermusik teacher. The Kindergarten Prep program was designed by Margrit. Her love for teaching and children is the most powerful contribution in her life. She spends most of her time now on research to assist special needs students obtain their academic potential through the arts.
It was during her studies at the University of Toronto that her music-teaching career began. One of her professors who had four children found out she lived very close to him in Scarborough, Ontario and volunteered her to teach his children. That was in 1971. She taught music part-time on and off for the next twenty-five years.
In September 1996, she hung out her shingle and registered Neighbourhood Music Studio. The name came about, as her married last name is Voisin meaning Neighbour in French. It just seemed right.
Margrit's most grateful and very blessed for the over 3,500+ students who have attended NMS throughout these 23 years and continue to do so today. They are sharing some wonderful musical time together.
Ms. Mars, BA, has been teaching violin, piano and ukulele at NMS since 2009. She is a member of the Northumberland Orchestra. Mars enjoys assisting her students in RCM exams and festivals with great results. She has a very quiet but determined nature and her students adore her. Mars is also our Fiddle Group leader.
Ms. Esther, piano is a performer, accompanist and instructor who loves to inspire others with her music. She enjoys working with young students by investing time into their music education sharing her art. Esther is a compassionate teacher who can connect well with students of all ages. She is working on her ARCT piano pedagogy. Esther is currently taking formal Musikgarten training through Ms. Margrit
Ms. Heather BMus, BEd, ARCT (Voice), Gr. 10 (Piano), Orff, Kindermusik. Ms. Heather has been teaching since 1985 and has acquired many wide and diverse experiences, including significant experience with students of all ages. She prepares students for examinations through RCM an,d for Kiwanis Festival.Her dedication and enthusiasm, along with her gentle, kind and patient guidance, has inspired in many a life-long love of music.
Mr. Brian has both shared the stage with and accompanied numerous Canadian and international award-winning artists. His diverse musical attributes, dynamic style, creativity and character have earned him great respect in the industry. Brian enjoys teaching students and brings his enthusiasm of playing several instruments, guitar, bass, uke, mandolin, drums, sax, just to name a few, to lessons.
Mr. Stacey is a four time best-in-class (RCM) medal winner. He teaches guitar and piano at NMS. Stacey has travelled with a cover rock band and is currently working on writing and recording songs for a coming collection. Stacey has been involved in several musical charitable events, and has received many awards and scholarships through the Kiwanis and Rotary music festivals
Ms. Ana, senior student teacher is a voice student being mentored by Ms. Heather and Ms. Margrit, here at NMS. She teaches beginner to intermediate voice and is directing our NMS vocal groups. Ana also teaches beginner piano in private and groups. She is actively preparing for examination to lead her toward an ARCT diploma. Ana is a multi award winning vocalist with a powerful and beautiful voice which is truly a gift.