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About
Our School

Learn about our academy, and our amazing teachers.

"Nine tenths of education is encouragement."
- Anatole France

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Welcome
to our New Location!

3244 Walker Rd. Windsor ON.

We are very excited to announce that we have a brand new location right here in Windsor, Ontario! We are offering in person one on one lessons as well as fun group classes! Feel free to stop by at anytime, we would love to see you!

Meet Our Team

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Jacqui Verellen
Academy Director & Co-Owner

Miss. Jacqui started her musical journey at the age of 4. Having a very musical family, Jacqueline began playing the piano and singing for fun. Soon after, she started lessons with her very first music teacher. Thanks to the fantastic instruction of her music teachers, Jacqueline went on to study at the University of Western Ontario where she graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Music, as well as a Developmental Psychology Degree through the University of Windsor. This inspired Jacqui to design her very own Music Munchkin's classes around the developmental stages of learning.

 

After graduating, she decided to move to Toronto to continue teaching and to immerse herself in the creative arts. Jacqui taught over 300 young students in Early Childhood Music Programs, and designed curriculum for multiple academies in the Toronto area. Whilst doing so, Jacqui had the opportunity to produce original music in Nashville, as well. This original music landed on Canadian Radio stations, and even placed top 15 in the International Songwriting Competition.

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Joey Tyler
Logistics Manager & Co-Owner

Joey Tyler is a Canadian Singer-Songwriter, whose music has landed top 40 radio. Joey has toured nationally twice, and has worked with top managers, labels and producers in the Canadian music industry.

 

Joey specializes in vocals, guitar, music industry mentorship and music production. Having graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Music, Joey has also toured nationally across Canada. Joey currently works with record labels out of Toronto and feels this adds to his ability to create an immersive musical experience for his students, while teaching real-life musical skills. Recently, Joey produced a full-length original Christmas song for a student here at VMA, and he is known for helping students build the start of their musical careers.

Joey also manages the logistics behind Verellen Music Academy. Family and student experience is the top priority, Joey makes sure that everything is running smoothly and that all are having fun!

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Meaghan
Administrator

Meaghan is the first smiling face you will see when you enter VMA studios! Her radiating positive energy is contagious, and she is in charge of making all who come to VMA, feel at ease.

Meaghan is currently working on a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, and applies her skillset to the interactions she makes with every student and family member. On occasion, Meaghan steps into our Music Munchkin's classes to facilitate one-on-one learning with students with special needs.

 

Meaghan manages all of the VMA family and student experiences here at Verellen Music Academy. She handles all student accounts, phone calls and inquiries. Come say hi to Meaghan at our front desk, she is sure to make you smile!

Meet Our Teachers

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Nadia
Voice, Piano and Theory

Nadia has 10 years of on-stage experience as a singer and actor. A passionate singer and musical theatre performer, she is currently studying Drama at the University of Windsor.

 

Teaching comes very naturally to Nadia, as both of her parents are music teachers. Nadia is also the lead singer in the popular band, the "Flying Haggis Showband," and her performance expertise influences her teaching style. Nadia is very excited to be joining the Verellen Music Academy team, and cannot wait to meet you!

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Braden
Piano, Guitar, Music Composition

Braden Koksal is a film composer, music producer, and sound designer. He is known as a composer and music producer for his solo albums that have been released on music streaming platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music and for his film scoring work on short-films.

 

Braden studied Orchestration and Composition for Film and Television at Berklee College of Music’s online faculty, Berklee Online.There, he also studied professional mixing and mastering techniques, composition for world music styles, professional music marketing strategies, and music law.

Braden specializes in piano, guitar, and music production.

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Martin
Drums, Guitar, Piano, Music Theory

Martin has been playing professionally for more than 13 years and has several years of live show experience within the music community here in Windsor. Martin is currently studying a Bachelor's in Music Performance, and is in his final year of studies.

 

Along with having a formal music background, Martin is involved in  multiple rock bands in the community, including "Part of the Plan" and "Freedom in Exile." Martin regularly records in studio, and this experience allows him to teach his students practical skills needed for both on-stage and in-studio performance.

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Mariana
Voice, Guitar, Ukulele, Piano
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Lauren
Piano, Music Munchkins

Lauren is a student at the Walkerville Centre for the Creative Arts (WCCA) Piano program, as well as previously, she was part of the Band program! Lauren loves working with littles at VMA to provide an enriching experience, and she is a favourite amongst young students at VMA.

 

Lauren has placed first in the Kiwanis Music Festival and has participated in several other performances and competitions.

Currently, Lauren is working on her Royal Conservatory of Music level 7 certification. Lauren is known for her diverse taste in music and for looking beyond her classical technique and repertoire, and providing students with popular music experiences, as well.

Misi
Piano, Music Theory

Mariana is a University voice student and a multi-instrumentalist. Playing guitar, piano and ukulele, Mariana has extensive musical theory knowledge. She specializes in vocal pedagogy and the physical mechanics surrounding healthy vocal technique. She is experienced in performing folk, pop and R&B.

 

Mariana is working on becoming a high school teacher, and education is a passion of hers.  Explaining complicated topics in a simplified manner comes easy. Mariana strives to make learning the voice and vocal pedagogy an enjoyable experience for the next generation and to teach people how to have fun with music.

Misi is an accomplished pianist with certification in the Royal Conservatory piano program. Misi is also currently studying at the University of Windsor and loves working with young minds.

Misi specializes in music theory, and has extensive experience working with children in various settings. It's no wonder that Misi is a very popular teacher, here at VMA!

Misi is excited to continue to work with her students and is passionate about teaching professional piano technique while making learning enjoyable for all!

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