Renée Blanchette Rutledge
Piano: Beginner to Advanced, Theory, and History
Welcome to Renée’s Music Studio. I’m Renée Blanchette Rutledge. I had my first lesson and started to play the piano at the age of 7. It wasn’t until my teen years that I began to take my piano studies more seriously. It was when I graduated at a Grade 8 level with the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) that I began teaching private music lessons.
As of July 2016 I have completed the practical portion of my ARCT designation in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music and am currently working toward the theory and history portion.
As a teacher I feel it is so important that one continues to better oneself through professional development wherever possible. I am currently pursuing a degree at the University of Windsor as a piano major, specializing in jazz piano. I have also been music leader/director at local churches since my mid teens, currently at New Life Assembly in Belle River. In addition to the piano I also sing and play the flute. I have traveled abroad with the Jubilance Singers and Orchestra playing flute and also with a local group called The Silver Ambassadors.
Music for Young Children (MYC) gives me the opportunity to apply my former experience in early childhood education in combination with my years of private music lessons. I have been teaching MYC since 2010. In talking with other MYC teachers and also receiving students into private lessons who had graduated from this program my interest grew. The children had a great basis in all areas: theory, history, note recognition, rhythm, keyboard playing and most of all music enjoyment. The longer I teach the program the more I love it. In group classes I find the children are motivated by each other, and having Mom or Dad there participating helps to reinforce the concepts learned in class. MYC allows children to move, explore, and enjoy their lessons as they develop their musical skills.
MYC has become an important component in my teaching repertoire.
Violin and Piano: Beginner and Intermediate
Erin started piano at age 7, but it wasn’t until a decade later at 17 that she began violin and it was love at first screech. Since then, Erin has enjoyed playing both instruments with her church worship band and is excited to start your young (or old) one on their own musical journey. Next on her musical to-do list? Dust off her Uilleann pipes and see if she can’t do more than sound like a melancholic duck. Erin has always enjoyed working with children. She coached gymnastics for nearly 10 years and currently co-runs a playgroup at her church. She also has 3 young kids of her own to keep her on her toes
Piano: Beginner and Intermediate
I first met Mitchell when his family joined our church in 2012. He was often found playing the piano after church and “Pumpkin Boogie” was his favourite tune. I saw great talent in him and I wanted to take that talent to the next level. He began studies in Royal Conservatory with me in September 2013. He has performed and placed at Kiwanis Festivals and has completed his Grade 8 Royal Conservatory Exams. He is currently continuing his music studies with the Royal Conservatory. For his freshman year of high school he was accepted into the Walkerville Centre for Creative Arts Piano Performance Program and achieved a mark of 94%. Mitchell is a worship and children’s ministry leader at his church.
Vocal, Ukulele, Beginner Piano & Beginner Guitar
Madison Toulouse is excited to teach voice, beginner piano and beginner guitar with Renee’s Music Studio. Madison is a graduate of the University of Windsor, completing her Undergraduate degree in the Bachelors of Music Honours Jazz/Pop Voice program. Throughout her University career Madison has performed a number of different works as a member of both the University Singers and University Chamber Choir. This includes performing a variety of different works in the Windsor Symphony Orchestra Chorus and a handful of musical theatre productions including: ‘Les Miserables’, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’, and ‘Cruisin’ the musical.
For as long as she can remember, Madison has enjoyed music and has been passionate about singing in a variety of styles including: pop, jazz, Broadway, classical, country, folk, blues, singer/songwriter, R&B, soul, inspirational/religious. While her love for music lies in performance, she also wishes to share her knowledge and gifts of music with others through teaching. Music is about emotion, telling a story, and most importantly having fun! Whether students are looking to develop the skills necessary to become great musicians or looking for a fun and creative outlet every week during a lesson, Madison is sure she can help you accomplish whatever it may be!
Drums and Percussion
Nicholas Baddeley is a Windsor based percussionist who specializes in the style of jazz drums and holds a Bachelor of Music degree. He is one of the founding members of the Border City Collective (jazz), as well as a core member in other music ensembles around the city. Nick has also been in the pit for many local musicals including Stephen Sondheim’s Company presented by Kordazone theatre as well as Tom Eyen’s Dreamgirls presented by Arts Collective Theatre. Nick has been teaching for over three years privately in his own studio as well as Long & McQuade and is a part of both the “Sabian Education Network and the “D’Addario Education Collective”.
Gina is a French immersion high school student that has been performing in the arts since she was three years old. Gina has been training in vocals for over 5 years. During this time she has performed and successfully competed in Windsor Essex County as well as London. She has worked with theatre companies such as Arts Collective Theatre, Korda, Spotlight Theatrix, and LAFA which has allowed her the opportunity to perform leading roles in many productions such as Footloose, Pinocchio, A Girl Like Me, Annie, Elf, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to name a few. Gina is fluent in tap, jazz, ballet hip hop and lyrical dance, and has taught as an Assistant Dance Teacher at The Dance Barre, as well as assisted in facilitating acting workshops for summer camps. Gina speaks fluent French and is often heard singing the National Anthem for many events in the area. Gina is passionate about the Arts and looks forward to sharing this passion with others.