The Biggest Little Music Studio in Haldimand

It all began from the home of Hollie's parents house, where her piano was located.  In 2009, Hollie's parents generously opened their home to allow Hollie and James to begin their teaching venture.  However, after one year it became clear that Hollie and James were quickly growing out of their teaching spots and needed a more accessible location.  In 2010, Hollie and James officially opened Progressive Music Studio at 3 Talbot Street, now known as the Haldimand Animal Hospital, sharing a space with Janice's Fitness Studio and her Sizzling Seniors workout group.  After a  very successful year,  both businesses grew out of their respective spaces and as a result, had to find other locations to accommodate their growth.  Since 2011, 8 Cayuga Street North in Cayuga has been the home of Progressive Music Studio, and a place where students of all ages can discover and grow their musical talent.

Our Teachers

Hollie Gannett

Co-Owner/Administration/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 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.

Hollie continued her musical study for classical piano at Mohawk College, receiving her diploma in Applied Music and a certificate in Preparatory Music in 2007.  During this time, Hollie worked as a teacher’s assistant for the Basic Keyboarding class at Mohawk, and won the June Caskey Teaching Methods Award.

In 2010, she received her Honours Bachelor of Music degree from McMaster University.

While running  Progressive Music Studio, Hollie is currently working towards her Master Of Music Therapy, at Wilfrid Laurier University.  Hollie not only wishes to share her love of music with others, but also help those who experience challenges in mental health.

James Gannett

Co-Owner/Guitar/Bass/Ukulele Teacher

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

Catherine Stonehouse

 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.  Catherine earned her Level  8 RCM certificate and, after graduating from Mohawk College, is now furthering her education in music at McMaster University while teaching piano.

Blend Lara

Violin, Viola, Cello

Blend Lara is a professional violinist with a very long career dedicated to teaching and performing on the violin. Blend began his violin studies at the age of 6 when he enrolled in the Elementary-Professional Program at Artistic Lycée in Tirana, Albania. After successfully completing his grade 12 at the Lycée and passing a rigorous exam, he began his bachelor studies in violin, specializing in classical music at the Albanian University of Arts in Tirana, Albania.

In 1990, after completing his studies, Blend joined the Radio Television Orchestra in Albania. While he was a member of the orchestra, Blend continued to teach strings students at the Albanian University of Arts.

Blend spent 13 years as first violin at the Albanian State Orchestra, and continued the second part of his career teaching violin, cello and viola to students in the Hamilton area. He is a member of ORMTA (Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association) and brings a very high standard of learning for students of all ages and levels