About Us

Locomotion is a family run business providing in home & online music lessons throughout the Greater Toronto Area since 2008.
Music, relationships and community are at the core of who we are as a team.

About Us

Locomotion is a family run business providing in home & online music lessons throughout the Greater Toronto Area since 2008.
Music, relationships and community are at the core of who we are as a team.

Music

We are musicians and music lovers. Our focus is on inspiring creativity while developing skills and techniques that align with how you want to grow as a musician. Our lessons are fun, engaging & educational. We want you to fall in love with music while you grow in your craft.

Relationships

We go beyond just providing music lessons. We believe in developing a trusting, personal relationship where a teacher connects with their students as a mentor and friend. At Locomotion, music is home. We look forward to welcoming you to the Locomotion family.

Community

Supporting our community is at the core of who we are as a company.
Music has the power to transform, heal and empower. Our aim is to build engaging and dynamic partnerships with community organizations to deliver impactful music programs, including music therapy, group & school programs.

Our Story

As a young teenager, Locomotion Music founder David Viva fell in love with music – especially with his guitar. He went on to pursue his passion by studying music at The Musician’s Institute in Los Angeles and then returned to Toronto to play in several local bands. For the next 20 years, life revolved around touring, gigging, writing and recording, all while teaching guitar lessons and running a music school in Brampton. In 2008, David decided to start his own business. Locomotion Music was born and has now grown to include hundreds of students throughout the GTA, over 40 teachers and multiple community music programs.
His wife and business partner, Sabrina comes from a background of working in hospitals and with nonprofit organizations managing volunteers, developing programs & partnerships, fundraising and event planning. After many years in the nonprofit world, Sabrina moved over to Employee Engagement, Corporate Social Responsibility. Working for a private start up out of the U.S., for 7 years Sabrina had the opportunity to consult with Fortune 500 companies on their employee volunteer programs. As a Director of Account Management and Latin America Initiatives, she had the opportunity to work on projects with the United Nations and travel the world working with multinational companies developing their employee volunteer programs. In 2018, Sabrina made the leap from the corporate world to a business owner when she joined David to grow their own family business. Today, Sabrina runs the day to day operations of the business; David continues to teach guitar and they both manage the overall business together.

We welcome you to the Locomotion Music family, where music is home, and home is family.

Preet Joshi – Marketing & IT Manager

Preet is a Digital Marketing Consultant focused on organic inbound and social media marketing based in Toronto. He recently graduated from the Business Technology Management program at Ryerson University and has worked with various businesses and brands to develop their digital marketing strategy.

He has joined the Locomotion Music Team as a Marketing & IT Manager. Outside of work and his freelance practice, Preet likes to spend his time as an amateur photographer, and urban explorer. Through the summers, Preet likes to go on camping and kayaking trips through Georgian Bay and parts of northern Ontario.

Stefanie Petkovski- Coordinator, Program & Partnership Development

Stefanie is an approachable and thoughtful music teacher who values and
prioritizes the enjoyment of learning piano. Starting piano lessons when
she was 4 years old, studying under her father Miki Petkovski, she had
an early start to the musical language. Stefanie attended high school at
Cawthra Park Secondary school for the arts. Upon graduating with Honors,
she then attended York University for her Bachelor’s of Music (primary
instrument piano). Stefanie completed her Music studies at Belmont
University, in Nashville, TN where she lived and mentored lessons for 5
years. Stefanie moved back to Canada in 2018 and has since been
exploring local music venues and meeting local music performers in the
Toronto area.

Stefanie has a passion for teaching and most importantly, making
lessons exciting. The classical world can be intimidating but Stefanie’s
mission is to make lessons engaging as well as educational.

Contact Us

Phone Number

(416) 895-3744

Open EveryDay

9AM - 8PM

Sean Purvis
2021-08-26
Verified
My son & I have been taking lessons with Dave for a couple years now and we both can't wait until lesson day to arrive each week. Dave brings such incredible energy and experience with him. We feel so very lucky to have found him. My son had tried a couple of different teachers before we found Dave and since Dave has been with him his progress has grown exponentially. Thru Dave's tutelage my 11 year old son is now at the point where we never have difficulty getting him to practice and he very often sits down at the computer to learn some of his favourite band's songs. My wife and I couldn't be happier with Dave and Locomotion Music, we are so extremely pleased we found them. Thanks Dave and Locomotion, you guys are the absolute best!!!!
Sabrina Almeida
2021-07-14
Verified
Locomotion Music made finding the right piano teacher for my daughter easy. Erica is amazing! Erica makes lesson fun and encourages my daughter to challenge herself. We are fortunate to have found Locomotion Music and Erica.
Tyrone Steer
2021-07-13
Verified
Awesome school. The teachers are very flexible and customize your lesson plan to your particular needs and skill level. Very understanding and committed to your progress. Having lessons at home is also a huge bonus. Check them out!
Larissa Barr
2021-07-12
Verified
My 2 children LOVE their teacher. She is positive, friendly and really connects with them - and they are learning! My son is getting really good at the drums and my daughter the keyboard. Shortly after my kids started their lessons I decided to start lessons for myself with locomotion and I'm really enjoying the experience. Sabrina and Dave, the owners are amazing. They are professional, understanding and experienced. I would highly recommended music lessons with Locomotion!
Adam Hayashi
2021-07-12
Verified
Great experience. Peter has the patience of a saint and makes music fun (even when online) for my kids. Love that the kids have the flexibility to learn the songs they want, while Peter still manages to get in the basics and theory.
Preet Joshi
2021-06-02
Verified
Samira Mohammed
2021-02-02
Verified
I’m working with Natalie, she is so fun, supportive and has helped me find my voice. I feel so comfortable and confident, I’m actually excited to do my homework. Highly recommend working with her!!!!
Anna Mernieks
2020-12-01
Verified
I'm taking guitar lessons with Dave and he's the best. His experience shows in the way that he comes to each session filled to the brim with lessons that are tailored for me. The pace is excellent - it's fast enough for me to stay focused, but whenever we come up to a gap in my knowledge he addresses it thoroughly. We've been using FaceTime and it works well. So grateful to be working on my core skills with Dave.
Stephanie Wallcraft
2020-11-19
Verified
We've had a wonderful experience with Locomotion Music. Dave is an excellent guitar teacher who is patient with kids and keeps them engaged and moving at their own pace. We're not only thrilled with the lessons but also feel like part of the beautiful musical community this family-run business has created!
Rosie Basa
2020-11-19
Verified
Peter has been a great teacher for my 7 year old. We have made a fairly seamless transition into virtual learning, thanks in large part to Peter's patience and willingness to adapt. Not only is Peter teaching my son how to play the guitar, but he is fostering his love for music.