Our talented teachers are passionate about learning!

With decades of combined teaching experience you and your children are in the best of hands and will receive an outstanding musical experience!

We Are Members!


Promoting excellence in music education, a life-long love of music in our students, providing fellowship and professional growth among members.

Teresa Sanecki

Teresa has been passionately and successfully teaching the Yamaha Music Education Programs to children and adults for over 35 years. She helped develop the curriculum for Tunes for Twos, an enriching music class for two year olds. After extensive training in Japan, Teresa also helped pilot and train teachers across Canada for Music Wonderland for three year olds.

She has been a consultant for teacher training and development with Yamaha Music and, at present is an examiner for the Yamaha Grade Exams, an unparalleled and internationally recognized music exam system.

Teresa’s extensive knowledge on the physical and emotional development of young children has been invaluable in her teaching and goes hand-in-hand with Yamaha’s unique and age specific courses – developing a child’s full potential, not only in music but in other aspects of life!

Lewis Byng

Lewis has been playing guitar and drums for 17 years and has been teaching for 10 years.  He has a Bachelor of Music degree in guitar and can play acoustic, electric and bass guitar, as well as ukulele, mandolin and drums.

Originally from St. Catharines, Lewis has played all over Canada with such bands as Blue Rodeo, Helix and Ronnie Hawkins.  He also played guitar in the Port Colborne Operatic Society’s production of “Mamma Mia.”

Amanda Candela

Amanda is thrilled to be teaching at the Niagara School of Music. She recently joined the team in September of 2018, but has been teaching vocal lessons since 2012. Amanda also teaches beginner piano. She has been singing since the age of 3 and has been in numerous choirs over the years. She studied music at Heritage College & Seminary in Cambridge and plans to continue her studies in the future.

Teaching is her absolute passion and she always looks forward to meeting new faces and taking on new students!

Abigail Holmes

Abigail is a piano teacher and is currently teaching private lessons with our school. In the future she will be adding group lessons.

Abigail has been playing music since she was four-years-old having taken private lessons and the annual exam with the Royal Conservatory of Music. She has earned her Advanced Piano certificate and her Elementary Pedagogy Specialist certificate with them. She has taught piano at music schools in the Hamilton area for kids and adults ages four to sixty!

Abigail loves playing and teaching the piano, as well as experimenting with other instruments. We are happy to have Abigail on our teaching staff.

Dan Kozar

Dan has taught private guitar and group lessons for decades.  He has participated and performed at international guitar festivals and is willing to share his skills that he has mastered with his students.  He was formally taught by studio guitarists Gene Bertoncini, Martin Taylor and Frank Vignola, to name a few of his international teachers.

Over his career Dan has performed with various 18-piece big bands, quartets, trios, duos and as a soloist.  In 2004, he released his solo recording, “I Remember You.” In the summer of 2013, Dan released his second solo CD, “GAFIA.”

Pat Serre

Pat is a seasoned professional musician with over 35 years experience performing on stage. As well as being a professional musician, he is also passionate about teaching! He loves to give his students the skills needed to play a variety of songs in different genres from folk, country and rock ‘n roll to name a few.

Pat teaches acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar and ukulele.

Melissa Tavano

New to the Niagara School of Music team, Melissa eagerly took on the position of piano teacher and Yamaha group teacher in September 2019. Prior to this position, Melissa taught piano (and vocals) for eight years to both kids and adults.

At a very young age she developed her love for music, started private lessons and annually completed grade exams through the Royal Conservatory of Music. Classically trained, Melissa has participated in many festivals and competitions. She continued her passion of music by attending Brock University and graduated with a bachelors degree majoring in music.

Melissa finds joy in teaching and plans on passing her love and passion for music to her students.

Gordon Zanity-Donn

Gordy’s musical career began at the tender age of three when he started playing piano.  At 14, he started his own singing group, “The Enchanted Ensemble,” which evolved into the current “N-Zanity MPC” (Musical Production Company). In 2015, he was summoned to start a new choir, “The Greater Good.” The two groups have sung together and even collaborated in a performance featuring Gordy’s own compositions.

Since 1995, Gordy Zanity-Donn has been composing his own music and producing musical performances at churches where he was employed. These two-hour finished productions featured choreography, costumes, piano and vocal solos, and duets, and other musical instruments including marimba, guitar, drums, flute, violin, and organ.  Fundraising efforts from these shows raised around $2,000 per year for the hosting churches.

Gordy’s dedication, hard work and motivation inspires everyone around him.