About Progressive Music Studio

The Biggest Little Music Studio in Haldimand

It all began from the home of Hollie's parents. In 2009, they generously opened their home to allow Hollie and James to begin their teaching venture. It quickly became clear that Hollie and James were 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, sharing a space with Janice's Fitness Studio and her Sizzling Seniors workout group. Once again, after a 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 love for music.

Our Teachers

Hollie Gannett

Co-Owner/Administration/Piano Teacher

Hollie has been teaching piano since 2004. In 2010, Hollie and her husband, James Gannett, became the proud owners of Progressive Music Studio. Located in Cayuga Ontario, they continue to pass on their love for music, offering instruction in various instruments.

Hollie Gannett has been playing piano since she was 11 years of age and has since earned her Grade 9 piano certificate through the RCM. Hollie is currently completing her final year of the Master of Music Therapy program at Wilfrid Laurier University.

In 2009 Hollie earned an Honours Bachelor of Music from McMaster University, as well as graduating from 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.

Although she is working towards her Music Therapy qualifications, Hollie still loves teaching piano and watching her students grow into musicians.

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.

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, and Cello Teacher

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

Stephanie McElravy

Piano Teacher

Stephanie has been an elementary educator for over ten years and is passionate about teaching music. She began playing piano at the age of five and continued until completing grade eight with the Royal Conservatory of Music. During high school, Stephanie participated in every possible choir and band, often playing as an accompanist. During these years, she developed an interest in jazz piano and improvisation. While working as a teacher, Stephanie enjoyed co-directing school musicals and seeing students use their musical abilities to encourage others. A highlight of 2022 was participating in coaching sessions for songwriting. Steph is committed to passing on a love of creativity along with piano skills.

Natalie Spencer-Katzmann

Vocal Teacher

Natalie is a graduate of the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, ON. Despite being classically trained, her true passion is pop and rock music! Natalie also enjoys musical theatre and has been in a few productions such as Nunsense, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. She also dabbled in a little opera and was in the production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”, Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Hansel & Gretel” and Pucell’s “Dido and Aeneas”. Natalie’s goal is to make her students feel comfortable and confident during lessons so that they feel comfortable and confident on stage! All levels welcome! Ages 8 and up!