Our Team Of Instructors

Evan Petrimoulx
Joelle Kmet
Kevin Venney
Ben Taylor
Lisa McGuffin
Madison Toulouse
Brennan McGuffin
Ali Anderson
Dave Thibert
Erin Rhude
Jacob Kekedjian
Ian Scott
Heather Venney
Matthew MacKenzie

Evan Petrimoulx
Piano: Beginner and Intermediate

Evan is the first music student that I ever taught, and it brings me pure joy to now have him as a teacher at Renée’s Music Studio! Evan has been playing piano for over 14 years and is always excited to share his knowledge with his students! He is comfortable with all ages and always encourages others to experience what the world of music has to offer. Evan graduated with honours from Saint Anne’s Catholic high school and is currently attending the University of Windsor in the faculty of science studying Physics.

Throughout high school Evan played in both the concert and jazz band ensembles, and in his free time likes to compete in Cross Country, Soccer, and Track and Field. Evan was a member of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets where he achieved the rank of Warrant Officer Second Class. As Evan continues to hone his own skills and grows as a teacher, I’ve seen first hand how he is an inspiration to his students into the art of music.

 

Joelle Kmet
Piano: Beginner and Intermediate

Joelle has always had a love for music and started playing piano when she was 4 years old. She has completed her Royal Conservatory of Music grade 8 piano exam and now adores teaching beginners. Joelle enjoys playing worship for the youth ministry at church, she also worked as a children’s ministry leader, working with kids and often leading in song.

Joelle is excited to share her knowledge and passion for piano and strives to create an enjoyable, interactive, and fun learning environment for beginners.

 

Kevin Venney
Drums/Percussion: Beginner to Advanced

Regarded as one of the best drummers in the area, Kevin has a wealth of experience in both teaching and performing. He describes himself as a rock drummer who plays a whole lot of jazz!

Kevin studied jazz at Humber college in the mid 80’s. He then played and toured with various blues and jazz recording acts throughout the 80’s and 90’s both in the US and Canada. He was the house drummer at the Showtime lounge at Casino Windsor backing up numerous tribute shows and various other acts from 2001 until 2008. He’s also performed with the Windsor Light and St.Clair College Music series events.

He’s worked with many groups both in Windsor and Detroit from 2008 until 2021, and is currently working with a well established corporate /wedding band Eclipse both in Canada and the US.

 

Ben Taylor
Guitar/Ukulele:
Beginner and Intermediate

Ben was first introduced to music in grade school where he began learning guitar at age 9 and then the Alto Saxophone at age 11. This led to Ben achieving the Outstanding Musicians award. He then took 4 years of group guitar lessons at Saint Anne’s Highschool, and also participated in the Concert Band, playing the Alto Saxophone. He played on the varsity Volleyball team throughout his high school career, and he has achieved his brown belt in Gojo Ryu Karate. Ben is an Honors graduate from Saint Anne’s high school, and is currently attending the University of Windsor where he is studying for a degree in Bio-Medical sciences.

Ben has three years of experience teaching swimming lessons as a certified instructor and lifeguard both public and privately for the past three years.

Although Ben is most passionate about guitar, he aspires to expand his musical repertoire into learning more piano and song writing . Ben is excited to share his love for music and create an environment to inspire others to have this same passion!

 

Madison Toulouse
Vocal, Ukulele, Beginner Piano & Beginner Guitar

Madison Toulouse has a love for music, passion for performance, and finds joy in sharing the gift of music and helping others find their “voice”! 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.

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!

 

Lisa McGuffin
Piano:
Beginner and Intermediate

Lisa began piano lessons at a young age, but her love for music took hold at 14. She completed grade 10 in the Royal Conservatory of Music. Lisa went on to study nursing, but has continued using her music to accompany choirs, play at weddings, and is part of worship bands at her church. She is constantly creating or arranging songs in new ways.

Lisa believes that teaching and encouraging people in their growth and expression of music is an exciting journey and a privilege!

Lisa and her husband have seven children who play a variety of instruments – drums, ukulele, acoustic and bass guitar, saxophone, and flute. It’s a noisy house… In her spare time (!) she enjoys reading, crafting, and developing her saltwater aquarium.

 

Brennan McGuffin
Piano:
Beginner

Brennan started piano lessons when he was about six years old and enjoyed it from day one.  A few years ago he was gifted an electric piano and has spent much of the last two years learning to play all the prerecorded music found on it. This has given him a love of classical music and he is always looking for beautiful pieces that challenge him. This year he took instruction in jazz improvisation, which he was able to apply in his high school band.   He is completing his grade 8 RCM exam this year, and intends to study music in university.

In his spare time Brennan loves reading, volunteering with tech at his church, and being outdoors

Ali Anderson
Vocal:
Beginner

Ali Anderson has had a love for music from a young age and enjoys helping others find their talents and capabilities. Growing up in a family that speaks through music, she always sang with her sisters and grandmother whenever she could. Ali’s passion for singing grew stronger in high school at St. Anne’s where she performed at talent shows, cafe musiques, choir performances and vocals class. In 2020 she received the most valuable music award and vocal proficiency award. One of her most favourite memories was performing with the backup singers for Barry Manilow at Caesars Windsor Casino.

Currently, Ali is studying social work and psychology at the University of Windsor and works at Lakeshore Daycare. Whenever she can, she incorporates music into her life to bring joy and inspire others. She loves singing with the children and putting on talent shows. Ali also teaches swimming lessons during her free time, which is another one of her exciting hobbies. Ali is always listening to music and just so happens to impress everyone when she has the AUX cord at any gathering. Although she loves all genres of music, her favourites are folk, indie, and R&B.

When Ali isn’t working, you can find her outside: hiking, playing sports, or spending time with family and friends. She is so excited to share her passion with students at Renee’s studio and hopes to add a positive impact through music and singing.

 

Dave Thibert
Piano:
Beginner to Advance
Violin: Beginner to Advance

Dave began music at a young age starting violin at 4 and piano at 7. He went on to complete grade 10 violin and grade 9 piano with the Royal Conservatory.  Aside from training classically Dave enjoyed exploring and learning the genre of Celtic music which inspired the creation of a band that he was able to tour and record with.

Dave went on to graduating teachers college and has been teaching a variety of subjects, specifically French and working amongst children with high needs in the Windsor area for the past 18 years.

Dave and his wife, also a teacher, have four children whom they enjoy learning with, travelling with and listening to as they now explore their own style of music and instruments of drums, piano and ukulele. In his spare time he enjoys reading, enjoying the outside, hanging out with his family and of course Disney+ and chilling.

Erin Rhude
Piano:
Beginner to Intermediate

We are delighted to have Erin join us the youngest member of our teaching roster. Erin is now in her final year of high school, but she is well on her way to becoming an accomplished young woman. As a musician she has been exposed to the guitar, saxophone, trumpet and clarinet. Her focus and love now is for the piano which began when she was fourteen. Erin is currently working on her Grade 8 level in the Royal Conservatory of Music. She says she has loved every minute of her piano training and is excited to share that passion with her students.

When Erin is not teaching or in school, she spends her time within her church community and exploring a military carrier. On Sundays she can usually be found at church helping out in the kids’ ministry or playing for the band.

As an air cadet she is often found spending Saturdays with her Squadron. She is learning about various aircraft, aviation and taking leadership training. As Sergeant of the cadet band, she is responsible for taking attendance, helping other cadets with their music and insuring everyone has the equipment they require.

Erin’s goal is to eventually join the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) with her focus on a career in aerospace engineering.

Jacob Kekedjian
Guitar:
Beginner to Intermediate

Jacob has had a love for music since the 7th grade. He started off with playing the flute, then switched to tenor saxophone in high school at St.Annes. He was apart of the concert band and throughout high school Jacob started to learn guitar as well. Ever since, he loves to play acoustic and electric guitar, and wants to share his passion with others.

Jacob loves to play songs from Metallica, Avenged sevenfold and much more, especially from the genres metal and rock. When not at the studio, Jacob is in his second year at the University of Windsor for electrical engineering. He also enjoys going to the gym, playing chess, hanging out with friends, and of course playing guitar.

Jacob enjoys teaching at the studio, and is ready to share his passion for music with others.

 

Ian Scott
Guitar, Bass & Ukulele:
Beginner to Advanced
Piano: Beginner to Intermediate

Ian’s passion for music started at an early age, absorbing as much music as he could find. He found his passion for the rhythm section through guitar and bass; and followed his passion in post-secondary education.

Ian currently is enrolled in bachelor’s of music (honours) at the University of Windsor for bass with secondary instrument as guitar. There, he plays in small and large ensembles including the University Jazz Ensemble and the jazz combos.

Ian mainly plays rock, jazz, soul, and latin but loves all music. He is passionate about music theory, songwriting, arranging, and performance. Ian is an active participant in the Windsor music scene with many groups, mostly recently the Ian Scott Trio.

Heather Venney
Piano, Vocal:
Beginner to Intermediate

Born into a family of musicians, Heather started her musical journey very young. Starting lessons at only 3 years old, she studied piano with her teacher Lynn Gelinas, as well as Mark Calcott and Sara Fontaine for both piano and vocals.

At age 14, Heather auditioned for and was accepted into the Walkerville collegiate high school special arts program WCCA. While there she took classes for piano and vocals everyday and participated in extracurricular musical activities like vocal jazz ensembles, and master classes held by both professionals and professors.

Nowadays Heather continues to search for new musical experiences, performing in bands with her peers, auditing the university windsor choir, and her newest passion: teaching beginners.

Matthew MacKenzie
Guitar:
Beginner

Matthew started music at a very young age. In school, like everyone else taking music, he started with a recorder in music class but excelled in every possible aspect. Matthew then began learning how to play the guitar at the age of 9 and has been enthusiastically playing ever since he started.

Matthew graduated from Lakeshore Discovery in 2023 and had almost a perfect score in music. He ended up performing in a small school band for the entire school at the graduation ceremony.

Matt has a strong passion for music and wants to share his knowledge and help young students develop and improve their musical abilities and techniques.

Matt looks forward to teaching and is happy to offer a fantastic learning environment for beginners.

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