Kathleen Gahunia, Proprietor and Teacher/Performer

Music has always been a part of Kathleen's life. From a very young age she was able to play simple melodies by ear. She began learning the piano from her father when she was 3 years old. At the age of 5 she went on to obtaining formal instruction with Peteris Zarins at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Since then, she has also worked alongside Monika Kasprzak, Lusiana Lukman, as well as esteemed pedagogue Lynda Metelsky to obtain her Elementary Pedagogy status in 2009. In 2015 she received her Elementary Specialist Certificate, and is currently working on her ARCT Diploma in Pedagogy.

Kathleen's teaching career began in 1994 at the age of 17. She worked at Walter's Music Studios in Brampton until 1997. In 1996, Kathleen also opened up her own private studio, and has been steadily teaching ever since.

She combines a thorough understanding of art and technique and throws in a dash of humour in her lessons. "The key to getting people engaged in learning is to make things fun, interesting and easy," she says. She has taught a wide variety of students, ranging from ages 4 to 66. Lessons are very interactive, and she highly encourages students to be fully involved in their learning.

Kathleen is also available to perform at various functions, and has been a regular guest with Women's Habitat since 2012, providing musical entertainment for their various events and fundraisers.

Aside from music, Kathleen also enjoys reading, photography, dance, kayaking and skiing. She is also a community nurse.