Our Staff

Tyler Tossounian

Owner

Tyler has owned the Bradford Academy of Music since September 2017. Tyler’s background in music started when he was 12 years old, where he studied drums at a local music school in Markham, ON. When he turned 14 he started teaching himself guitar, eventually taking private lessons on the instrument. Learning these instruments further inspired Tyler’s passion for music that he taught himself how to play ukulele and sing. Tyler graduated from York University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz Guitar Performance, and a Minor in Business. Tyler is your go-to person for all your music needs!

Xaver Dangl

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

Jeff Taylor

Violin/Piano 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

Martin Damsell

Vocal/Piano/Guitar/Drums Instructor

Born in Bristol, England, Martin came to Toronto and attended St. Michael’s Choir School.  At the age of eight he was performing  at Massey Hall. During the 70’s & 80’s Martin created ‘New Direction’ and ‘Night Fever’, showbands that toured Canada and the U.S. over a 14 year period and still found time to sing on many jingles at various studios. 5 successful seasons at Ontario Place led To an 8 month contract on a small island in the Southern Greadines.

As a songwriter and recording artist he yielded 2 singles, “Tears Runnin’ Down” and “Come Running Back” that hit 12 and 14 on the top 100 Country Chart. He is also a member of the longest running rock & roll band in Canada, ‘Little Caesar and the Consuls’, of “Hang on Sloopy” fame.  The band has released a new album in 2019 recorded at Martin’s  Southern Nights Studios.

In the past few years his passion for writing has been fueled by Meditative, Spiritual and Sound Therapy music, based around the 9 original healing Solfeggio tones.

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.

Rory McIsaac

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.

Greta Simmons

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!

Luba Mahzor

Luba Mahzor

Piano Instructor

Luba received her education at the National Music Teachers Collage in the Ukraine when they were under the USSR. She continued her studies at the Religious Music Teachers College in Israel. Eventually, Luba found her way to Canada and has been teaching music since 1988. With her European background and amazing piano skills, Luba has advanced many students at the Bradford Academy of Music up to the ARCT level of the RCM.

Lindsay Winters

Piano Instructor

To Lindsay, 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 to share it with all who welcome it!

Kevin Bronson

Kevin Bronson

Piano/Guitar/Ukulele/Bass Instructor

Kevin has been playing and performing music all his life; beginning with early RCM recitals, to University workshops that featured jazz improvisation, as well as performing in several of his own rock bands, and even the Royal Canadian Navy Band. Kevin’s personal studies focused mainly on classical piano and jazz bass, but he has a love for many other instruments such as guitar, ukulele and drums.

Rachel Bruce

Piano Instructor

Rachel has been playing piano since she was four years old. She recently passed her grade 8 RCM practical exam with first class honours! She has a history with musical theatre and has also spent several years in her highschool band, playing flute, tenor saxophone, trombone, and percussion. She has also taught herself how to play ukulele and guitar. She loves to use music as a way to express herself and to calm down after a difficult day. Her hopes in teaching is to pass on the same love of music to her students that she has received from her piano teacher.

Melinda Schneider

Flute Instructor

Melinda is a new instructor to the Bradford Academy of Music as of 2019. She has always been fascinated by music, but never had the time for music lessons until she was older due to other commitments. Her entrance into music lessons began in Grade 9 of highschool where she studied the flute. This introduction to music expanded her education so much so that she started private lessons in Grade 12 to prepare to audition for Post-Secondary music programs. During this time, Melinda started studying piano simultaneously with flute. Having only taken four months of lessons, Melinda completed her Grade 6 RCM practical & theory exams, passing both with First Class Honours and with Distinction in theory! She is in the process of completing two major feats in music: her Grade 8 practical exam for piano and finishing her post-secondary education for a Bachelor of Arts with Specialized Honours in Music at York University with a focus in Flute performance!

Randolf Jimenez

Randolf Jimenez

Drumming Instructor

Randolf Jimenez was born in Caracas, Venezuela. Over the last 20 years, he has earned a well-deserved reputation as one of the most prominent, versatile and successful Latin American musicians. He is an accomplished Drummer, Percussionist, Composer and Educator.
He first fell in love with drums at the age of 4 when his parents gave him a small toy drum kit as a Christmas present. He later began practicing drums by himself and by the age of 16, he was already playing professionally in the Venezuelan music scene. As a bandleader, Randolf is a sound innovator with a passion for pushing creative boundaries. He has released two albums ‘Randolf Jimenez Latin Jazz Project’ and the rock fusion project ‘Malosaires trio’ which was recorded in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Since moving to Canada, Randolf has risen to the top of the Toronto music scene. His musicianship, versatility and professionalism keeps him very busy with a wide variety of bands and musicians and has rapidly become the most sought-after Latin drummer in Toronto. This extremely talented drummer has played in some of the most renowned festivals, venues and stages in Ontario such as Nathan Phillips Square (City Hall), Harbourt Front Centre, Dundas Square, Daniel’s Spectrum Theatre, Opera House, Toronto Centre for the Arts, Glenn Gould Theatre at CBC and many more.