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Cosmo School of Music Guitar Teachers

Lessons for Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Classical Guitar, Resonator Guitar, Bass Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, and Ukulele

At the Cosmo School of Music, we pride ourselves on the quality you receive when you learn with us. Every single one of our guitar teachers are all excellent at what they do, and we feel confident that they'll pass that down to you as well. Offering lessons to guitar, banjo, mandolin, and ukulele players in Richmond Hill, Oak Ridges, Aurora, Newmarket, Thornhill, Maple, and Markham at our school in Richmond Hill or online — you can be sure that you're receiving incredible music education every single time.

Are you ready to sign up for new lessons with one of these wonderful music teachers? You can sign up for lessons right now on our website, using the forms under each teacher's bio, or contact us at the phone numbers or email below.

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Instruments: Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Ukulele

Styles: Rock, Pop, Funk, Country, Folk

Education: Bachelor of Music Performance – Carleton University

Languages: English

Teaching In-Person: Wednesdays, Saturdays

Rates: $34.17 per 30 Minutes, $68.33 per 60 Minutes

Matthew Quirke

Guitar Teacher

Matthew has been teaching guitar and music theory since graduating in 2019. He is always punctual and dedicated to his students. He teaches a variety of popular music genres which includes: Rock, Pop, Country, Funk and Folk. Matthew enjoys helping students reach their full capabilities and goals as well as helps them prepare for all musical endeavours such as recitals, auditions and other live performance scenarios. Matthew believes teaching students technique and musical comprehension through material they enjoy and recognize so that practicing can be as engaging as possible. Matthew studied Jazz Guitar and Music Performance at Carleton University. There he explored a variety of musical subjects such as jazz theory, ear training and a variety of popular music history courses. When he is not busy teaching, he performs with bands around the GTA and recording guitar on material for himself and others.

Instruments: Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele, Beginner Bass

Styles: Rock, Blues, Jazz, Pop, Country, Bluegrass, Fingerpicking

Education: Maters Degree in Jazz Performance – York University

Languages: English

Teaching In-Person: Mondays, Tuesdays

Rates: $34.58 per 30 Minutes, $69.17 per 60 Minutes

Mike Bowell

Guitar Teacher

Mike has been teaching music to all age groups for over thirty years. He is fluent in a wide variety of styles, including Rock, Blues, Jazz, Country and Bluegrass. He strives to present well rounded lessons that link music theory and performance. Mike has helped many secondary school graduates prepare and move on to postsecondary music education. He has also helped many adults who struggle to “break out of the box” on guitar.

Mike has earned a B.F.A. in Music from York University and a Masters Degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Toronto. He has performed across Canada, and in the U.S. and the U.K. with a wide array of musical acts.

Instruments: Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar

Styles: Popular Music, Country, Rock, Pop, Easy Listening, Crossover, Jazz, Light Classical, Flatpick, Fingerstyle, Hybrid

Education: Humber College (Music Program Diploma)

Languages: English

Teaching In-Person: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays

Rates: $32.92 per 30 Minutes, $65.83 per 60 Minutes

Randy Finney

Guitar Teacher

You want to participate in the musical experience from the very beginning of study. Give yourself permission to not let what you can't do get in the way of what you can do. See yourself as a musician from the very start. Explore, discover, and enjoy your own unique musical personality with a “it's what you with what you got” attitude. Randy Finney believes that his job as your teacher is to understand, respect, and embrace your unique musical personality and guide you on your journey of discovering how physical technique, ear training, theory, sight reading, and rhythmical articulation can best serve you as a musician.

As a young child, Randy grew up with Classic Country (Porter Wagner, Kitty Wells, Faron Young, et al). Then, into his teens, it was Classic Rock (The Doors, Led Zepplin, Pink Floyd, et al). A little later he became enamored with The Big Era which led him to study music at Humber College (Randy graduated from Humber with Honours in 1991 and was the Recipient of The Outstanding Achievement Award for Guitar). While at Humber he discovered guitarist Lenny Breau. This led him to Chet Atkins and the many great guitar players inspired by Chet. He founded the Toronto Fingerstyle Guitar Association in 2004 which has brought many of these players to Toronto for concerts and/or clinics.

Randy's teaching career began in his second year at Humber when one of his teachers recommended him to the Humber College Continuing Education to teach a guitar course. This inspired him to take a Pedagogy Course in his final year and he developed a lifelong love of teaching and for exploring teaching methodologies. This dedication to learning how to teach allows him to adapt to and accommodate a wide variety of student learning personalities.

Instruments: Classical Guitar, Electric Guitar

Styles: Classical, Rock, Pop

Education: The Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM Harmony and History Level 9, RCM Level 8 Classical Guitar)

Languages: English

Teaching In-Person: Saturdays

Rates: $32.92 per 30 Minutes, $65.84 per 60 Minutes

Elliott Chung

Guitar Teacher

Elliott Chung has been playing the guitar for over 15 years. He currently holds a Level 8 in Classical Guitar with the Royal Conservatory of Music. Elliott passed with first-class honours or higher in all his playing and theory exams, including Level 9 History and Harmony. He has been teaching in various settings for over five years and has experience working with students of all ages.

Combined with his dedication to the art of guitar instruction along with his Bachelor of Education, Elliott strives to instill in his students a solid command of the instrument while also building their artistic confidence. He has studied with various teachers in Toronto, including Michael Kolk of the Henderson-Kolk guitar duo. When not teaching, Elliott also performs live and has experience performing at weddings, dinner parties, and other special events. In addition to classical guitar Elliott also enjoys and teaches rock and pop styles.

Instruments: Guitar, Bass Guitar, Beginner Banjo, Beginner Drums

Styles: Rock, Metal, Blues, Country, Pop

Education: Private Lessons

Languages: English

Teaching In-Person: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays

Rates: $33.75 per 30 Minutes, $67.50 per 60 Minutes

Michael Lanteigne

Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Banjo Teacher

Michael Lanteigne has been teaching guitar and bass for over 16 years. He grew up in a musical family and began learning to play guitar at a young age. His knowledge and talents are the result of years of private lessons with both well-known musicians and classically trained teachers. Michael has been working as a professional musician for the past 30 years. Presently, he is the co-founder of and guitarist/co-writer for the Johnson’s Creek Band, a Canadian country recording group, whose music is currently played on radio stations here in Canada and worldwide. Michael is dynamic, fun, and has a great sense of humour. He enjoys teaching various styles (rock, pop, contemporary, and metal), as well as theory and fretboard knowledge. Michael has a unique style, and uses a combination of finger picking, flat picking, and Travis picking.

Instruments: Guitar, Bass Guitar, Dobro / Resonator Guitar, Mandolin

Styles: Rock, Fingerstyle, Slide, Blues, Bluegrass, Pop

Education: University of Saskatchewan

Languages: English

Teaching In-Person: Every Day

Teaching Online: Every Day

Rates: $34.17 per 30 Minutes, $68.33 per 60 Minutes

Paul Wickham

Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Mandolin Teacher

Having taught guitar since 1975 and being involved in many aspects of the music business for over 25 years, Paul Wickham brings a wealth of experience to his teaching. He has taught classes, clinics, and seminars in various guitar styles and singing at the Guitar Workshop Plus and at the York Board of Education. He has also performed with John Allan Cameron, David Sinclair, John Knowles, and Matt Smith among others. His unique program is designed for students aged nine and older and levels of ability, to provide an enjoyable learning experience.

Instruments: Guitar, Ukulele

Styles: Classical, Blues, Rock

Education: Carleton University (Bachelor of Arts, BA, with Distinction)

Languages: English, Italian

Teaching In-Person: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays

Teaching Online: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays

Rates: $32.50 per 30 Minutes, $65 per 60 Minutes

Andrea Casciato

Guitar Teacher, Ukulele Teacher

Andrea has been teaching guitar, music theory, and musicianship at Cosmo School of Music since 2005. He never misses a lesson and has a very good student retention rate. He teaches popular music and classical music, and effectively prepares students for Cosmo School of Music recitals, Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) exams, and university auditions. Andrea believes in comprehensive music education, and his lessons include technical work, rhythmic training, and music theory. Above all he strives to teach students how to practice so they can work independently from a teacher over the week between lessons.

He studied classical guitar at the Royal Conservatory of Music where he completed exams in guitar performance, music history and music theory. He is a RCM Sliver Medal recipient in classical guitar performance (2009, Level 10 guitar). He is also a three time recipient of the Royal Conservatory's Teacher Certificate of Recognition for student achievement in Level 6, Level 7, and Level 8 guitar exams. When he is not busy teaching he writes music for solo guitar. His music has been published in the 2011 Royal Conservatory of Music guitar series, and is listed in the 2011 and 2018 RCM guitar syllabus. Over the years Andrea has been involved in many genres of music, and has performed in various venues across the Greater Toronto Area. He will be a guest performer with the Vesuvius Ensemble ( in 2022.

Andrea is an RCM Certified teacher (

Instruments: Guitar

Styles: Classical, Jazz, Rock, Flamenco, Improvisation

Education: York University (Bachelor of Arts, BA, Music)

Languages: English

Teaching Online: Fridays, Saturdays

Rates: $31 per 30 Minutes, $62 per 60 Minutes

Danny Sargeant

Guitar Teacher

Teaching has always been an important part of Dan's life having been a music teacher for 35 years. Since 1981, Danny Sargeant has been teaching in various music schools throughout Toronto and in public and private schools such as Bayview Glen Private School, Toronto District School Board, Dixon Hall School, and Royal Orchard Public School. He also has experience in music therapy.

Instruments: Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele

Styles: Latin, Jazz, Funk, Blues

Education: Humber College (Bachelor of Music, BM, Jazz Studies)

Languages: English

Teaching In-Person: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays

Rates: $33.75 per 30 Minutes, $67.50 per 60 Minutes

Steve Gotlib

Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Ukulele Teacher

Steve Gotlib's lesson focus is on theory, technique, and ear training in order to provide the student with a strong foundational understanding of their instrument. At the same time he emphasizes the importance of learning simple songs, melodies, and pieces that help to inspire and motivate students to practice.

Steve is a busy sideman in the Toronto area and plays often with his own Brazilian Jazz trio Que Isso.