Marianne Marusic A.R.C.T.

A native of Toronto, Marianne studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music with William Andrews, Ruth Nieboer and Dr. Boris Lysenko. Marianne began her teaching career in 1982 and has trained many young beginners to become professional musicians. In 1997, she became the founder and Director of Metropolitan School of the Arts in Rosedale and an Examiner with the Royal Conservatory of Music, under the direction of James Lawless, Chief Examiner Emeritus. She lives and maintains a studio in Cobourg. In 2013,she started the publishing company Arden Books with the release of Cougar’s Great Adventure, a trip that takes the reader across Canada, teaching young children to read music along the way. .

Ron Edding B.F.A., B.Ed.

Ron Edding, a graduate of Concordia University and the University of Western Ontario has directed after school day care programs for the YMCA, taught secondary school and is also qualified to teach at the primary level. He has an Honours Specialist in Visual Arts and is a member in good standing of the Ontario College of Teachers. Ron is very involved in the Toronto arts community and shows artwork in Canada and internationally.

Shirin Yousefi, B.F.A.

Shirin Yousefi graduated from York University’s Dance program with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors, cum laude. During her studies she performed in the Sashar Zarif Dance Theatre, touring around OntarShirinio and to Dusseldorf, Germany. In her final year at York
she was a full time member of the York Dance Ensemble directed by Susan Cash, performing in works by Carol Anderson, Gary de Matas, and Viv Moore.

Since graduation Shirin has been choreographing and performing in independent projects, festivals and public events such as Nuit Blanche, the Junction Arts Festival, Clay and Paper Theatre’s Day of Delight, and Eros, Thanatos and the Avant Garde’s monthly series at The Rivoli theatre. Since 2009 Shirin has been teaching Music Appreciation as well as private piano lessons using Cougar’s Great Adventure books.

Alice McClintock, Hon.B.A.

Alice McClintock graduated from the University of Toronto with a Honours Bachelor of Arts in History and English Literature. Alice is entering her second year as a Masters student at the University of Toronto, studying Museum Studies and Book History and Print Culture. She has completed her Grade Nine certificate, and is working towards her Grade Ten piano. Alice has been teaching piano to young children for four years.


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