Private Music Lessons with Music4Life String Orchestra

Professional Teachers 

Our organization employs highly-skilled string music teachers and music professionals as part of our practicing and performing orchestra.  Our music teachers have studied, taught and performed all across Canada and on the international stage.  Each professional brings years of performance and teaching experience to the table and are experts in mentoring/coaching individuals of all ages and all skill levels.    

If you're looking for private music lessons in violin, viola, cello, double bass or piano, our professional teachers are available in the Durham Region and the GTA.  Music lesson rates vary.  Reach out to any one of our professional and skilled M4L-affiliated music teachers for private music lessons.


Patrick Wang

Music4Life Concert Master

Mr. Wang graduated from Shanghai Music Conservatory in 1982 and has nearly 30 years of violin/viola teaching and performance experience. In 1990, Mr. Wang was offered an exchange scholarship at the Juilliard School of Music in New York to assist with research related to the Suzuki violin teaching methodology. Mr. Wang has performed abroad playing first violin with the Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra on Broadway and has also performed across the GTA.

Instruments: Violin, Viola

Studio Location: Richmond Hill

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Olivia Wan-Ting Yang

Music4Life Violin 1 Principal/Section Lead

Ms. Olivia Wan-Ting Yang graduated from Tung Hai University Music Faculty in Taiwan with an honorary bachelor's degree in Violin.  She received her master’s degree from Taipei University of the Arts in Taiwan.  In 2009, she won the Emerging Young Artists Concerto Competition.  In 2011, she was invited to Hawaii to perform various compositions by a Taiwanese composer, Kuo Zhi Yuan's composition. In 2016, she was invited by HoHaiYan Arts located in Germany and performed at Vienna Haus Hofmannsthal, Munich Gasteig Kleiner Konzertsaal, Leipzig Alte Borse, Hamberg Laeiszhalle Studio E, and Konzerthaus Berlin. Locally, in 2018-2019, Olivia was concertmaster for University of Toronto’s Hart House Orchestra and is currently an active member of Orchestra Toronto.

Instruments: Violin, Piano

Studio Location: North York, 19 Singer Court

Contact Details: 647-766-5525

Karin Matsunaga

Music4Life Violin 2 Section Lead

Ms. Matsunaga obtained her music degree from the University of Toronto.  Karin has spent over 15 years as a professional music and orchestra teacher and has performed and recorded with various bands and artists throughout the GTA and abroad.  Karin has prepared numerous students for RCM examination with 100% success rate.  Currently available for weekday mornings only

Instruments: Violin, Beginner Piano

Studio Location: 3304 Yonge Street, Toronto

Contact Details: 647-889-5274

Kathryn Knowles

Music4Life Music Director and Conductor

Kathryn Knowles is a composer, cellist, and writer based in Toronto, Ontario. Kathryn holds a Bachelor of Music and a Master of International Business from Queen’s University, as well as a Master in Music Composition from the University of Toronto where she was awarded the Joseph Armand Bombardier Canadian Graduate Scholarship. During her time at U of T, Kathryn initiated and led the creation of an annual interdisciplinary conference to showcase artistic creation-based research known as the Multidisciplinary Creative Conference. Her works have been played in workshops by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, The New Orford String Quartet, and the Penderecki String Quartet. 


In addition to her work with Music4Life, Kathryn is the General Manager of the Canadian League of Composers and a Cello Instructor with Sistema Toronto,  Kathryn is a strong advocate for the accessibility of music and art in today’s society and she values the constant pursuit and celebration of knowledge.
Areas of Instruction: Cello, Composition, Theory
Location: Toronto, Scarborough, Ajax
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Emily Chen

Music4Life Cello Section Lead

Emily, a new Canadian Chinese cellist with a celebrated background in music performance, received her Bachelor of Music from the National University of Singapore and her Masters from Boston University College of Fine Arts. During College, Emily built her experience with many world masters including David Takeno, Louis Hopkins, and performed with the school orchestra at the Esplanade concert hall, and Boston Symphony Hall. Emily has had collaborations with Alan Gilbert, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Takuo Yuasa.

Instruments: Cello

Location: Toronto

Contact: 647-641-0918

Jade Alexander

Music4Life Viola Apprentice Principal

Jade Alexander is a classically trained violinist and strings teacher.  After completing grade 6 ABRSM violin and grade 5 ABRSM theory certification in the West Indies, Jade continued to pursue musical development and achieved grade 8 RCM violin certification, and is currently pursuing grade 10 RCM violin.  During her university career, Jade was an active member of the University of Waterloo's symphony orchestra.

Jade is a well-respected strings & piano instructor in Scarborough, where she teaches students from ages 3 to 82 and persons across the autistic spectrum. 

Instruments: Violin

Location: Scarborough, Ajax

Contact: 1-289-988-3458 

Matthew Girolami

Music4life Double Bass Section Lead

Matthew obtained an Advanced Certificate in Performance in Historical Performance with Joëlle Morton at the University of Toronto. Matthew is involved with chamber, contemporary, and orchestral music as well as Historically Informed Performance. He has performed as principal bass with The Four Seasons Project, Tafelmusik Winter Institute, The Toronto Bach Festival. He has also performed with the American Bach Soloists Academy, The Berwick Academy, Vancouver Symphony Institute at Whistler, Toronto Chamber Choir, and the Scaramella ensemble. He has studied under Edward Tait, Joëlle Morton and Richard Myron.

Instruments: Double Bass

Contact Details: 905-441-6966,

Location: Oshawa

Kasia Stechly

Music4Life Violist/Music Educator

Kasia Stechly obtained her Master's Degree in Music from the Academy of Music in Cracow.  She has played in various ensembles (string quartet, piano quartet, a piano quintet, and viola duet) and was a member of the Polish Viola Association where she was able to participate in many concerts both as a soloist and as a member of ensembles.  Kasia's orchestral experience is extensive having played in the Lower Silesia Philharmonic, Symphony and Chamber Orchestra in Academy of Music both in Wroclaw and Cracow, Poland’s Małopolska Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia Carpathia and very recently Kindred Spirits Orchestra in Markham and Music4Life String Orchestra. 

Instruments: Viola

Contact Details: 647-237-4194,

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