Our Teachers

Shine music instructors have experience in the Public, Catholic, Jewish and private school systems. Our teachers are professional artists in their own right, many with both National and International performance experience.

Our conviction is that professional artists make strong teachers, and that students benefit from access to their teachers’ professional experience.

Kelly Craig
Programme Director, Instructor, Private / Band Lessons.
Trumpet / Electric Bass / Vocals / Jazz Band.

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Kelly Craig is the CEO and Musical Director for the Shine Group. He is a multi-instrumentalist who is proficient on trumpet, electric bass, drums, and keyboard. Kelly teaches a wide range of music that include; jazz, rock, salsa, classical and everything in between. His experience ranges from a chair in the Regina Symphony to performances with the Temptations and Four Tops. Kelly has performed on many stages including the National Arts Centre, Parliament Hill and Jazz and Blues festivals across Canada and abroad. Kelly is a regionally, nationally and internationally recognized bandleader who combines his experience with the love of teaching in the classroom.

Kelly is currently pursuing his Masters in Music Education at McGill, but is available for lessons in Ottawa on weekends.

Mike Goyette
Instructor, Private / Band Lessons.
Guitar / Electric Bass.

Michael Goyette is Shine’s guitar specialist with nine years of teaching experience on this instrument. Michael studies jazz and classical theory, and is working toward a diploma in Sonic Design. Michael is also preparing for his graduation recital at the end of the current school year. He is distinguished by his diverse and highly productive band and recording experience both in Canada and the US, especially in the Los Angeles music scene. He has worked with Cosmic Juice, ESCAPE, Artificial Joy Club, Save Ferris and many other active, touring bands. He is also a major production source with dozens of songs and albums to his credit.

Kurt Walther
Instructor, Private / Band Lessons.
Electric bass.

One of the most sought after instructors in Ottawa, Kurt’s presence at Shine is palpable. He possess the rare ability to balance a students needs with their interests and develop custom exercises for each student. A prolific composer and omnipresent fixture of the Ottawa Music Scene, Kurt presence has been felt with, The Jivewire, Angstones, Drew Nelson, Flem Ucas, and countless other projects. His compositions employ techniques such a simple 3 bar motif interacting with a complimentary 4 bar motif through a 12 bar cycle. Additional motifs are then introduced resulting in sections of tunes with varying harmonic and rhythmic complexity. His compositions reflect Ottawa culture, specifically food establishments. Two examples being, “Marouch Shawarma’s and Donairs” (The Angtones) and “Chip Song” (The Jivewires)


Zakari Frantz
Instructor, Private / Band Lessons.
Alto and tenor saxophone

Zakari Frantz is a musician and educator currently living in Ottawa, Canada. Known best for his role as alto saxophonist in Canada’s legendary rare groove ensemble, The Souljazz Orchestra, he also leads his own groups and has been seen recently performing with Slim Moore and the Mar-Kays, The Jivewires, The Kelly Craig Sextet, Phil Motion & The Easy LO-FI, and The Mike Essoudry Octet.

Over his decade-long career, Zakari has performed on hundreds of stages throughout 20 countries, making music with people like Richie Cole, Slide Hampton, The Motet, Carlos Washington & the Giant People, Joe Sealey, The Temptations, Dele Sosimi, Mabinuori Kayode Idowu, Fanga & Gregory Hutchinson. He has appeared on more than 25 albums and compilations and has participated in live recordings for the CBC, BBC Radio 6, NTR TV (Netherlands), and Radio Nova (France).

A positively charged, in-demand member of the local music community, Zakari has performed with many of Ottawa’s brightest musicians

David Pontello
Instructor, Private / Band Lessons.
Drums / percussion / piano

David is a Toronto born-and-raised drummer/percussionist now happily living in the Nation’s capital. He obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music from York University, and subsequently spent 7 years studying with renowned drum set teacher Jim Blakley. In addition, David holds his Grade 8 Piano certificate from the Royal Conservatory of Music and studied jazz piano for 8 years with noted instructor Brian Rudolf.

Since being in Ottawa, David has established himself on the local music scene. He regularly plays with vocalist Renee Yoxon, saxophonist Richard Page and singer-songwriter Glenn Nuotio.