OUR INSTRUCTORS

ALISON PORTER - Director Alison is a Suzuki music teacher, professional musician - proud mama of a budding 4-yr-old violinist - and the founder and director of Lovenotes.  She has a passion for sharing music with young children, gentle parenting strategies and baking good pies. Alison has been working as a music instructor for over 10 years and living it her whole life. Growing up, she studied classical violin, playing in orchestras and quartets and took home many a festival ribbon. After getting her start in the classical world, she went on to play violin in numerous indie-rock, alt-country and folk bands and currently sings and plays in the sassy all-girl country/bluegrass trio Dirty Dishes.

ALISON PORTER - Director

Alison is a Suzuki music teacher, professional musician - proud mama of a budding 4-yr-old violinist - and the founder and director of Lovenotes. 

She has a passion for sharing music with young children, gentle parenting strategies and baking good pies.

Alison has been working as a music instructor for over 10 years and living it her whole life. Growing up, she studied classical violin, playing in orchestras and quartets and took home many a festival ribbon. After getting her start in the classical world, she went on to play violin in numerous indie-rock, alt-country and folk bands and currently sings and plays in the sassy all-girl country/bluegrass trio Dirty Dishes.

TIM MACHIN East-end children's entertainer 'Sing-Along-Tim' - who o riginally hails from England - got his start in music playing the handbells and recorder and singing in the choir as a child. He was in a cathedral choir as a child which toured internationally and ended him up in an opera at the Banff Centre for the Arts. As a teenager he began playing guitar and singing in bands while also training as a music teacher at Community Music in London England. Tim has spent the past 15 years writing and performing music for kids with his band, 'Sing Along Tim and the Pacifiers'. Tim has recorded three children's music CDs and written a web series for preschoolers and kindergarteners. He loves living in the east end of Toronto with his wife, sons and two cats.

TIM MACHIN

East-end children's entertainer 'Sing-Along-Tim' - who o riginally hails from England - got his start in music playing the handbells and recorder and singing in the choir as a child. He was in a cathedral choir as a child which toured internationally and ended him up in an opera at the Banff Centre for the Arts.

As a teenager he began playing guitar and singing in bands while also training as a music teacher at Community Music in London England.

Tim has spent the past 15 years writing and performing music for kids with his band, 'Sing Along Tim and the Pacifiers'. Tim has recorded three children's music CDs and written a web series for preschoolers and kindergarteners. He loves living in the east end of Toronto with his wife, sons and two cats.

LISA OLAFSON Originally from Alberta, this fun-loving performer and mom comes from a dynamic musical family who helped her realize her passion for music at a very young age. By the age of six she had learned to read music at the family piano, and through grade school and high school joined every choir that she could find! Lisa graduated from Studio 58 Acting School in Vancouver and went on to work as an actor for over 20 years. She also toured internationally with the award-winning mask and mime theatre company, Theatre Beyond Words, wrote and performed her own one woman clown show, started up a country band, and - most recently - trained to be a ukulele teacher. Lisa also happens to be an experienced Lovenotes parent, having gone through the program with both of her kids.

LISA OLAFSON

Originally from Alberta, this fun-loving performer and mom comes from a dynamic musical family who helped her realize her passion for music at a very young age. By the age of six she had learned to read music at the family piano, and through grade school and high school joined every choir that she could find!

Lisa graduated from Studio 58 Acting School in Vancouver and went on to work as an actor for over 20 years. She also toured internationally with the award-winning mask and mime theatre company, Theatre Beyond Words, wrote and performed her own one woman clown show, started up a country band, and - most recently - trained to be a ukulele teacher. Lisa also happens to be an experienced Lovenotes parent, having gone through the program with both of her kids.

JOanna Kellam Joanna grew up in Kingston, Ontario surrounded by music. She took piano lessons and performed in musical theatre productions and eventually went on to study vocal music and sing with the Cantabile Youth Singers. Joanna went on to study musical theatre at the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts and has worked in the arts and music community since graduating from the program. In 2006 Joanna joined the team at Scribble Me Silly - Art for Kids, as Director of Programming, where she develops and facilitates programs that teach children creative self expression using music and art. She is also host of Music and Truffles, a classical concert series for kids and takes the stage once a month for Musical Hangout’s with Joanna Kellam at Solar Stage Children's Theatre.

JOanna Kellam

Joanna grew up in Kingston, Ontario surrounded by music. She took piano lessons and performed in musical theatre productions and eventually went on to study vocal music and sing with the Cantabile Youth Singers.

Joanna went on to study musical theatre at the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts and has worked in the arts and music community since graduating from the program. In 2006 Joanna joined the team at Scribble Me Silly - Art for Kids, as Director of Programming, where she develops and facilitates programs that teach children creative self expression using music and art. She is also host of Music and Truffles, a classical concert series for kids and takes the stage once a month for Musical Hangout’s with Joanna Kellam at Solar Stage Children's Theatre.

 

 



 


 

 


 

 


 

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