Our Teachers

Xaver Dangl

Guitar/Bass/Banjo/Ukulele/Mandolin Instructor

Xaver is one of our longest standing musical instructors at the Academy. His early musical experiences are in various rock groups in the late ’60s – most notably as guitarist in two groups with Geddy Lee (“Judd” and “Ogilvie”). Xaver then began exploration into the classical world through: RCM, Eli Kassner Academy, and Norbert Kraft. His roots in Flamenco began by studying with David Philips, Guillermo Rios, Jose Vahe, and Juan Tomas. Xaver has also worked with various dancers in the art of Latin music. Along with his understanding of Classical and Flamenco, Xaver has experience in jazz music with main influences like Lenny Breau and Ed Bickert. Xaver re-entered the teaching world in 1996 after a stint in the corporate world, and has been with the Academy almost ever since.

Jeff Taylor

Violin/Piano/Theory Instructor

Jeff has been teaching at the Bradford Academy of Music since 1997. During that time he completed a performance degree at York University. Jeff is a performing musician with such bands as The Blazing Fiddles and the Big Sound. His performance highlights have been multiple shows at Massey Hall, including accompaniment for Diana Krall.

Martin Damsell

Vocal/Piano/Guitar/Drum Instructor

Martin came to the Academy in 2011 teaching voice, piano, drums, & guitar. He utilizes his vast experience of live and studio performances for over 50 years combined with his St. Michael’s Choir School training to create a teaching style that keeps students engaged and coming back year after year.

Greta Simmons

Piano Instructor

Greta is a highly qualified piano teacher who has been employed to the Bradford Academy of Music since 2014. Her teaching experience extends over the past 30 years, in which she has inspired many children and adults to achieve their musical dreams. Through her dedication and patience, Greta has impacted the lives of many students by teaching them to play the piano both by reading notes and by ear. Greta’s RCM examination results speak for themselves: phenomenal. Year after year, Greta’s students have received Distinctions and First-Class honors in both Piano and Theory examinations. Greta continues to spread her passion amongst her students and is excited to be continuing her musical journey with you!

Rory McIsaac

Guitar/Ukulele Instructor

Rory has been teaching guitar and uke for almost 10 years, 3 of those years with the Academy. Rory focuses on teaching all levels and ages in respect to playing and understanding the respective instrument, as well as, reading and writing manuscript and tablature. Rory began taking lessons at the age of 6 and started a teaching career at age 16. Aside from teaching, Rory uses his talents as a session guitarist and creates demo music to be used for promotional items.

Lindsay Winters

Piano Instructor

Lindsay is one of our newer piano teachers at the Academy. Music is one of her greatest passions in life and it is her pleasure to pass along even just a little of her joy for music to each and every student she teaches. Lindsay first discovered her love for the piano when she was 6 years old. From then on, her enthusiasm never stopped. Lindsay has completed her Grade 9 RCM exam with first-class honors and has even “jammed” in a few bands here and there. Lindsay has also sung in a choir for 8 years and has performed on piano for musicals. Music is a gift and Lindsay hopes you enjoy it as much as she does.

Dylan O'Leary

Guitar/Ukulele Instructor

Dylan has been playing guitar for over 7 years now and has recently become immersed in intermediate/advanced theory. He is a new addition to the Academy family, and is more than welcoming of all students of all ages and backgrounds. Dylan has experience playing in a couple of different bands and has been teaching guitar and uke for almost 2 years now.

Anthony Kubik

Drum Instructor

Anthony has been playing drums since he was 10 years old and has been practicing for the last 14 years to be an experienced drum instructor. Anthony has always been enamored with music since his mother would sing to him when he was 4 years old. Anthony’s drumming specialties include any and all forms of rock, jazz, hip-hop, pop, and latin-based ideas. Among these is a passion and love for film scoring and sound.

Samantha Drew

Piano Instructor

Samantha has started her teaching career at the Bradford Academy of Music for the past year. She started learning music in high school where Samantha was first introduced to learning the saxophone. Samantha had dedicated her high school years to learning the alto saxophone for the school band. Within her experience, Samantha also learned some beginner flute. Samantha was originally a student of the Academy for a solid 4 years before she was brought on as one of the student teachers. She is currently in the midst of completing her level 4 RCM certificate, thus allowing herself to start to teach more intermediate level students.

Asa Tiller

Asa is currently employed as a Music Teacher with the York Catholic District School Board. She has been teaching privately at various music schools for almost 10 years, 3 of which are with the Academy. Asa has a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, specializing in Vocal Music Education. On her spare time, Asa enjoys performing at community events and other acoustic nights!

Clare Wei

Violin Instructor

From the age of 3, Clare became very interested in learning music. Initially, she started off on the piano and soon switched to violin because she was seeking a challenge. Despite sounding a little off for a solid 2 years, Clare’s perseverance and want to continue to practice taught her to love the instrument. Now, through teaching students with various ages and levels of play-ability, Clare is not only able to improve her own understanding, she is also able to share a wonderful art with others.

Jules Cardoso

Vocal/KinderNotes Instructor

Jules has studied vocal and musical theatre all throughout high school and has been performing live ever since. She has been in several cover bands and worked in radio. In her spare time, Jules hosts open mic nights around both Newmarket, Bradford, and surrounding areas. Jules has worked and played with many great musicians and is very excited to begin sharing her passion and teaching students at the Bradford Academy of Music.