Piano and vocal lessons follow the selected repertoire and coinciding grading specifications that are chosen by the instructor and student at the first lesson. Corresponding music theory is also studied

Instructors

Sharon Shantz (Piano Instructor)

Sharon has a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Western Ontario and her A.R.C.T. with the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She also has a Bachelor of Education from Brock University. She has taught students of all ages for over 40 years and desires to pass on her love of music to her students.

Ashley St. Pierre (Vocal, Piano & Visual Arts Instructor)

Ashley has been professionally performing, compos-ing and teaching music since 2003. She studied jazz voice and composition at Mohawk College in Hamilton as part of the Applied Music program, graduating at the top of her class. Ashley studied voice under jazz vocalists, Bob Hamper and Carol McCartney, and Canadian Tenor, Victor Micallef. She has participated in numerous workshops by greats such as British jazz vocalist, Norma Winstone, and the many wonderful musicians and instructors at the IAJE. She has studied big band and jazz composition under the tutelage of some of Canada’s greats, including Rob McConnell, Dave McMurdo and Mike Malone. Ashley released her debut album, Star Spinning, in 2008, which won Best Jazz Album of the Year at the 2008 Ontario Independent Music Awards. She has taught at several music schools throughout Niagara and the GTA, conduct-ed choirs, organized and taught music workshops and is now happy to once again be teaching in St. Catharines at the Bethany School of Music & Arts as a private voice instructor, piano instructor and visual arts instructor.

Jatana Beecroft (Vocal & Piano Instructor)

Jatana received her Bachelor of Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She taught middle school and highschool music for six years in Florida and North Carolina, and has taught private voice and piano lessons to children and adults for over 20 years. Some of her directing experience includes ensembles, choirs and musicals. She loves teaching because of the tremendous personal growth and confidence that she sees develop in each of her students through music.

Laura Huh (BSMA Director & Piano Instructor)

Laura has a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Brock University. She teaches piano lessons at all age levels in various repertoire styles. She has also held the position as Bethany’s Director of Worship & Arts for a number of years, and plays a key role in directing and developing the BSMA. Her vision and passion is to see the arts thriving in the community and in the church as an expression of worship to God.

Tabitha VandenEnden (Piano Instructor)

Tabitha received her Bachelor of Church Music in Piano Performance from Heritage College and Seminary in Cambridge, ON.  She has over 10 years of experience teaching private piano lessons to children and adults.  Tabitha is currently the director of the Grantham Community Children’s Choir.  Her desire is to share the joy of music with the next generation.

Paulo Winterle (Piano & Strings Instructor)

Paulo has a Bachelor of Music in Choral Conducting from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. He has worked as Music Director, Conductor (orchestra, children’s and adult’s choir).  He has been a music teacher for over 12 years, in different Schools of Music and Churches in Brazil and Canada. He started studying violin when he was 8 years old, through Suzuki Method. He has also studied and taught piano and guitar (acoustic and electric). He came from Brazil with his family in 2017 to take his Masters of Theological Studies at the Concordia Seminary, Brock University. He has also a Bachelor Degree in Advertising and Marketing. He really loves teaching music because music is a gift from God to him and to his neighbors.