About Us

BETTER THAN A THOUSAND YEARS OF DILIGENT STUDY

IS ONE DAY WITH A GREAT TEACHER

Wonder School of Music and Arts has been in the the Richmond Hill community since 1993. Over the past 25 years, we have had the pleasure of inspiring thousands of students, including those who have gone on to graduate from the RCM program, make music into careers, and those for whom music is now an inseperable part of life.

Our mission is simple: to provide a world-class music and arts education, where students can explore their imagination, gain confidence, and discover their talents with our highly qualified and passionate teachers.

 

We encourage you to give us a call, or stop by our centres and chat with our friendly staff.  We are sure we can find a way to help you discover your creativity.

Our Teachers

Our teachers are passionate about sharing their love of the arts with students and families.  Carefully selected for their education, approachability, and experience teaching a variety of ages, they work diligently to deliver and unforgettable experience for their students.  

Being a master of their instrument is just the beginning. Our teachers know how to create a bond between a student and the instrument of their choice. We seek out those who understand both the theory and basics of art or music, and are able to link them to more modern styles and pieces. To push our students further, Wonder School of Music and Arts continuously strives to include and prepare our students for a variety of performances, recitals, and events around the community.  This way, children feel they are learning with a purpose in mind.

We have inspired thousands of students to discover, persevere and achieve greatness - what do you want to accomplish?
 

 

Olga Benifand

Piano / Theory

Olga teaches piano (preliminary to advanced) and theory (beginner to advanced). She earned a Masters in Piano from the Moscow State Conservatory. Olga teaches classical, broadway, modern and pop styles. She speaks English and Russian.

Lana Molchanova

Piano

Lana teaches piano (preliminary to advanced) and theory (beginner to intermediate). She graduated from Kharkov’s State College of Music and Kharkov’s University of Arts with a degree in Piano. Lana teaches classical, broadway, and pop styles. She speaks English, Russian, Ukrainian, and Spanish.

Luba Bekmambetova

Violin

Luba teaches violin (beginner to advanced). She is a graduate of the Tashkent Conservatory and earned a Masters Degree from the Moscow State University of Culture. Luba teaches classical, folk, modern and pop styles. She speaks English and Russian.

Adelya Baghirova

Piano / Theory / Vocal

Adelya teaches piano, vocal and theory (preliminary to advanced). She holds a degree in Piano Performance from Moscow’s Conservatory of Music, and is a graduate of the Teacher’s College in Baku where she specialized in the pre-school department. Adelya teaches classical, broadways, pop and modern styles. She speaks English and Russian.

Olga Kirichenko

Vocal / Piano

Olga Kirichenko holds a Bachelor's degree in vocal from the University of Belgorod, Russia, where she specialized in opera and chamber music, and a Master degree in Ensemble Conducting from Degtyarev University. She is an active performer and teacher in the Toronto area, having performed and taught in Russia and Canada, where she was a member of Chamber Choir in Russia, as well as a member of a semi-professional choir of St. Paul's church in Toronto. She also worked as a soloist of Young's People Theater in the city of Belgorod, performing the musicals throughout Russia.

David Verkh

Clarinet / Saxophone / Flute / Recorder

David teaches clarinet, saxophone, flute and recorder. He is a graduate of the State University of Armenia and the Tel-Aviv Academy of Music, where he specialized in classical clarinet and conducting. David teaches classical and modern styles, and speaks English and Russian and Armenian

Roman Smirnov

Guitar / Band

Roman teaches guitar (beginners to expert) and band/ensemble (intermediate to expert). He is a graduate of the Talinn Music College, the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem and the Kassel Music Academy, where he studied with W. Lendle. Roman has also taken master classes with A. Desiderio, T. Muller-Pering, K. Kotsiolis, V. Kararas, and V. Mikulka. He teaches classical, flamenco, baroque, jazz, and modern styles. He speaks English, Russian and Hebrew.

Leo Kan

Guitar / Bass / Ukulele / Theory / Piano / Kamliba / Composition / Lyric Writing

Leo earned his talent and true love to music in the Hong Kong music industry as a musician, singer, and a lyricist. For more than 10 years he has collaborated and performed with various famous artistes in Hong Kong. Leo has extensive experience in teaching guitar, bass, ukulele, theory, piano, kamliba, composition and lyric writing. His objective in teaching is to share the joy, passion, and love of music to everyone

Elliott Chung

Guitar

Elliott teaches classical and acoustic guitars. He earned Bachelor of Arts Honours from the Queen’s University. Elliott shares his passion with students and guiding them to be adept players and lifelong learners

Bernardo Athayde

Guitar / Drums

Bernardo graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Specialized Honours in Music. As a guitar player and drummer, he studied under some of the best musicians in the country, including esteemed percussionist Rick Lazar, Ron Westray, and guitarist Roy Patterson. He was a part of ensembles such as the York University’s Rhythm and Blues Ensemble, York’s Escola de Samba, and the Cuban ensemble. He constantly performs with a variety of world bands throughout Toronto, and given his extensive experience with Latin music. Bernardo firmly believes in a well-rounded musical education that should include theoretical work along with practical exercises.

Marina Sarkisov

Vocal / Piano

Marina teaches vocal (preliminary to advanced) and piano (beginner to intermediate). She is a graduate of the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music in Moscow. Marina teaches classical, broadway, pop and modern styles. She speaks English and Russian.

Irina Pradidenko

Violin / Piano

​Irina teaches violin (preliminary to advanced) and piano (preliminary to intermediate). She graduated Cum Laude from the State Conservatory of Music (Chisinau Moldova) with a Bachelors of Music and has received numerous qualifications, including as a Music Teacher, Artist of the Orchestra, and a Member of the Chamber Ensemble. Irina teaches classical, broadway, modern and folk styles. She speaks English and Russian.

Laurel Astridge

Vocal / Piano

Laurel teaches vocal (preliminary to advanced) and piano (preliminary to intermediate). She graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an Honours Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance and Music Education. Laurel teaches classical, broadway, pop and modern styles. She speaks English.

Volha (Ola) Kuzmitskaya

Guitar / Piano

Volha (Ola) has a Bachelor's degree in in Music from Gorodno University with a specialization in classical guitar.  She has over 20 years teaching experience teaching in groups and one-on-one classical, acoustic, and electric guitar method to students.  Her passion for music also extends to piano - which she teaches to students at intermediate and beginner levels and to vocals, where she instructs at the beginner to intermediate levels.  She has been preparing students at a variety of levels for RCM exams in piano, guitar, and theory.

Matthew Quirke

Guitar / Bass

Matthew teaches guitar (beginner to advanced) and bass (beginner to intermediate). He is a graduate of Carleton University, where he earned a Bachelor of Music (Honours). Matthew teaches rock, pop, RnB and modern styles of guitar.

Raisa Dubosarsky

Piano / Theory

Raisa graduated from Kaluga Regional College of Music with Piano Pedagogy and Music Theory Diploma. After graduation she was working as a music teacher and developed a unique method of early musical education. Raisa is very enthusiastic and creative person. She has extensive teaching experience in Russia, Israel and Canada

Brenda Bakos

Vocal / Piano

Brenda teaches vocal and piano (beginners to advanced). She graduated with a Bachelor in Music from the Brandon Manitoba School of Music and earned a BGS in Vocal Music from the University of British Columbia.

Sean Shojaee

Drums

Sean teaches drums from preliminary to advanced

Lilit Papoyan

Piano

Lilit teaches piano (preliminary to advanced). She earned a Masters Degree in Piano from the Yerevan State Conservatory. Lilit teaches classical, broadway, pop and modern styles. She speaks English, Russian and Armenian.

Miss. Julie

Piano / Theory

Miss. Julie teaches preliminary to intermediate level piano and theory. She studied the piano through the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto since 1987. She teaches classical and popular styles of music.

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We believe that all students deserve access to an affordable world-class music and art education. Our competitive pricing and flexible payment options allow families to choose the plans and packages that suit their needs and budget.  We offer incentives including discounts for taking multiple classes, sibling discounts, and lesson packages. Simply inquire with the front desk, and find out all the ways we can help you save!

Each family is different. We will do our very best to find a pricing option that works for yours.
 

 
Careers

We are proud of the work that we do, and wouldn’t be successful without our awesome team of dedicated teachers. If you have a desire to be a part of a passionate group of highly talented and experienced people, we'd love to hear from you.

We are always looking for talented teachers capable of inspiring our students' creativity and imagination, so apply today!