Now Hiring - Positions Available For Summer/Fall 2019:

Progressive Music Studio is now hiring part-time piano, vocal and violin instructors who are friendly, enthusiastic, self motivated, and energetic. Candidates must work well with student of all ages, starting as young as 4 years of age, and be comfortable teaching beginner to advanced students.
Violin Instructor: Must be currently studying, or have already completed a post-secondary musical education.  Suzuki method an asset. 

Please send your resume to in PDF format.  All resumes will be reviewed followed by an interview.

Hollie Gannett


Director / Piano Teacher

Hollie Gannett has been playing piano since she was 11 years old and has been teaching since 2004.  Today Hollie and her husband, James Gannett, are the proud owners of Progressive Music Studio since 2010.  Located in Cayuga Ontario, they continue to pass on their love for music, offering instruction in various instruments.  Hollie has also become a member of the Caledonia and District Music Teachers’ Association where she works in media advertising and helps with coordinating the annual music festival.  During her summers, Hollie also works with the Kincardine Summer Music Festival.  Throughout the years, Hollie has had experience working with students of all ages, in various venues such as; Performance School of Music where she taught piano in 2004-2012 and in Cayuga where she taught privately.  In 2007, Hollie worked for Theatre Ancaster where she became Head Instructor for the Jitterbugs Theatre Camp, and returned in 2010 and 2011 as Music Instructor. 

Hollie has earned her Grade 9 piano certificate through the RCM and is currently studying her grade 10.  At the age of 11, Hollie started to take formal lessons with Gayle Hare where she then studied through the Royal Conservatory. During this time, she won several awards while participating competitively in the Caledonia and Milton Music Festivals.

In 2003, Hollie continued her musical study for classical piano at Mohawk College, receiving her diploma in Applied Music and a certificate in Preparatory Music.  During this time, Hollie studied performance with Judy Hunter, theory/harmony and musical history.  Hollie also worked as a teacher’s assistant for the Basic Keyboarding class at Mohawk, and won the June Caskey Teaching Methods Award.

After graduating from Mohawk College in 2007, Hollie attended McMaster University where she continued her study in musical performance and music history.  In 2010, she received her Honours Bachelor of Music degree from McMaster University.

Aside from teaching, Hollie is currently playing for weddings, in a Piano and Flute duo called Dolce Suono.


James Gannett 

Co-director /Guitar / Bass Teacher

James has been a music educator since 1993, both privately and as an annual faculty member at the Kincardine Music Festival.

James began playing guitar at the age of 7, before taking up the electric bass at the age of 10, and the upright bass at the age of 12.

In addition to studying privately with some of Canada’s best music educators, James has completed his Grade 7 Royal Conservatory for Double Bass, and graduated on the Dean’s Honour List from Mohawk College, where he received a diploma in the Applied Music program.Since his first concert at the age of 12, James has performed thousands of concerts across North and South America.  He has played in rock bands, classical orchestras, chamber music groups, folk and Celtic bands, musical theatre, jazz big bands, and smaller jazz ensembles.

Chelsea Behm

Voice/Beginner Piano Teacher

Chelsea Behm teaches voice for both beginner and advanced levels, as well as beginner level to Grade 4 piano. Chelsea first became inspired to sing at the age of 12 and has studied with various instructors such as Bob Hamper and Falconer Abraham. 

In 2011, Chelsea graduated with honors, from Mohawk College, where she received her Diploma in Applied Music.  During this time Chelsea studied jazz voice, jazz harmony, ear training, performed in jazz ensembles  and sang alto in the Mohawk College Jazz Choir.  Chelsea is also singer-songwriter who goes under the stage name Chelsea Blue.  She has recorded two albums: A self-titled demo in 2005 and "Yesterday's Innocence" in 2009.  Feel free to visit her website:

Andrew Poaps

Voice/Piano Teacher

Andrew Poaps has been teaching voice and piano for several years. He began piano instruction at age 4, and later began formal voice lessons at age 8 under the tutelage of Carole-Anne Persall, of Brantford, Ontario.  Since then, music has continued to play an important part of Andrew's life.  He has been a member of the many prestigious vocal ensembles including the Hamilton Children's Choir under the direction of Zimfira Poloz and was invited on tours with groups including St.John's Newfoundland and Guangzhou, China.  During the summer of 2017, Andrew was invited, along with 40 youth from across the province, to participate in the Ontario Youth Choir.        

In 2013, Andrew was accepted to the undergraduate music program at  McMaster University in Hamilton where he continued to study voice under the tutelage of Richard Cunningham.  During this time he sang with the the McMaster University Choir under the direction of Dr. Rachel Rensink-Hoff.  Andrew graduated from the McMaster music program with Honours Bachelor of Music degree in June 2017.

Andrew is currently attending teacher`s college at Redeemer College Andrew is currently Director of Music at the Trinity United Church of Beamsville where he enjoys conducting a church choir, playing the organ and piano, and encourages musicians young and old to share their talents with the community.  

Simon Wheeldon

Saxophone/Flute/Clarinet Teacher

Jazz Musician and Educator. A graduate of both the Mohawk College and McMaster University Music programs has been making music, professionally on the saxophone for over two decades. Simon is the leader of the Hamilton, based, Jazz Connection Big Band, and performs with Big Bands, small jazz combos and Rock and R&B groups. Simon also teaches music at the middle school level for the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board.

Catherine Stonehouse

Beginner Piano Teacher

Catherine Stonehouse began taking lessons at the age of 7,  her interest spurred by the discovery her father’s anthology of Beatles sheet music and began to learn the basics of pop.  Currently she is working towards her Level  8 RCM certificate while looking to further her education in music with post secondary while she teaches beginner levels of piano.