All of our instructors are not only experienced and educated but they're also friendly and caring. They are dedicated to the success of each of the students here at Zamar Music Academy. They provide frequent progress reports, weekly practice tips and tools to each student in order to foster growth and musical development. Zamar Music Academy is fortunate to have very talented and passionate educators on our team. This amazing collection of educators is one of the principal strengths behind Zamar Music Academy’s success, and an enormous emphasis is placed on attracting and training the right type of individual to inspire, mentor and educate our students.
Corey Butler is the Founder and Executive Director of The Zamar Music Group, a multifaceted music arts organization that is committed to impacting communities through music art education, music mentorship and music art performance and production.
In addition to his profession as a music educator and skills as a piano player, musical director and music producer, Butler regularly curates and produces live music performance events that speak to socioeconomic issues and educates audiences, bringing greater appreciation for the differences we all share culturally and socially.
Originally from Québec, Michael Filion is one of our passionate guitar and drum instructors. His musical journey began at the age of eight when he began classical guitar lessons.
In his early years, Michael has studied jazz drumming as the main percussionist for his school’s Symphony Orchestra and has attended Cegep de Saint-Laurent for studies in Music Theory and Performance. To further his career in music, Michael moved to Toronto in 2017, where he would later attend York University.
Recently, Michael has been taking lessons with Anthony Michelli, where he improves his technical and practical repertoire for university-related groups such as the Jazz Workshop and the Rhythm & Blues Ensemble. Since the fall of 2019, Michael has also worked alongside the York University Gospel Choir, in a five-piece rhythm section. He has also worked alongside motivational percussionist and author, Jeff Salem, as well as several local rock/alternative bands.
As an integral teacher here at Zamar, Michael loves to instruct and motivate young musicians in a fun and personalized approach. He continues to expand his musical capabilities by performing for corporate events, facilitating drum circles, and taking part in the polish orchestra known as the Celebrity Symphony Orchestra.
Liam is a passionate music educator in electric bass and piano. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Music at York University - specializing in Jazz and Gospel Music.
Outside of his role as a bass and piano instructor, Liam plays bass for the York University Gospel Choir, as well as All Peoples' Church. Liam believes that above all, music should be fun; and seeks to inspire his students by helping them pursue their own musical interests.
A recent graduate of Centennial College’s Music Industry Arts and Performance (MIAP) program, Lester Malihan is excited to bring his love of music and performance to the Zamar Music Academy team.
Beginning his own training at the age of 16 playing bass for his church, Lester has been teaching both piano and guitar for 5 years and continues to expand his technical abilities and career through writing, arranging, musical directing, and performance.
A specialist in Pop and Contemporary Christian music but an enthusiast of all genres, Lester loves that he gets to continue his own learning through teaching: "No matter what the age or stage of the student, I love teaching because I get to learn through my students as well, as they share their music with me."
Jesse has been playing the violin for 13 years, starting in Nepal as a self taught violinist, before coming to Canada to find a violin teacher. He studied piano and theory at the Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory for 5 years, and has played in the SAISA Music Festival in Kathmandu in Nepal and the FOBISSEA Music Festival in Hong Kong. He was the concertmaster for the Kathmandu Youth Orchestra and the Tri-School Music Festival. After finishing secondary school with an Advanced Level in Music at the British School, Kathmandu, he came to Toronto to study violin at the Royal Conservatory of Music. He is currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree in music, studying violin performance at York University, playing in the first violin section in the York Symphony Orchestra. He is also a member of the Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra and the University of Toronto Campus Philharmonic Orchestra.
Anirudh is a composer, guitarist, and music educator. He graduated from York University’s B.F.A. Music program, specializing in Composition, Jazz Performance, and Music History. He has been playing Rock, Pop, Progressive Metal, Jazz Fusion, and North Indian Classical music for years and has worked with several local Rock, Pop, Funk, and World Music artists in Pune, Mumbai, and Toronto.
Anirudh possesses a deep passion for teaching music and has experience teaching students of all ages and abilities. He always seeks to inspire students by creating a fun learning environment, encouraging them to follow their musical interests and explore creative ways of playing their instruments.
Chardon Myers is a Canadian vocalist living in the city of Toronto. A fun, charismatic character to most, his influence and style reflects his love of Gospel, Jazz, R&B and Pop. Chardon studied music at York University in Toronto and graduated with honours, receiving bachelors of music and education degrees. With that, he travelled across the seas to the United Kingdom and taught music. During his tenure there, Chardon formed a student band and their achievements lead them to record a student album at a prestigious recording studio in London. Not only does Chardon sing, write and teach music, he is also an actor and background singer. Chardon aspires to grow his love for music into a life-changing medium for everyone he comes in contact with - one student at a time.
Keshia Wilson is a passionate music educator in piano. She started playing at the age of 9, studied genres such as classical, jazz, gospel, and Contemporary Christian Music. RCM Certified teacher. She has also studied gospel piano with Corey Butler. Keshia holds an Honours Bachelor of Music degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, with a specialization in Music Education.
Keshia is dedicated to her role as a piano instructor and has been for 22 years. She is passionate about people having a well-rounded sense of diverse musical styles.
Keshia, known for her composition and arranging skills, also serves as the Musical Director for her church in Toronto.