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  • Allison Marshall

    Harp / Piano

    Allison Marshall holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Victoria, majoring in Piano Performance. Allison studied Harp with Kathryn Ely and has been teaching Harp since 2006. She did graduate work in Music Education at U.Vic. and has developed a beginner program for young children with Music Ed. games and other innovations for Piano and Harp. Allison's goal is to give children a good beginning with their musical study. Some of her students have remained with her through Grades 9 & 10, earning First Class Honour. Allison still performs Piano and Harp for special events, and has been a musician for church services at St. Mary’s in Metchosin, for the last five years. She has also accompanied the Avalon Singers Choir for five years, and students for recitals and exams for the last 15 years.
  • Annette Brosin

    Originally from Germany, composer, sound engineer, music theorist, and bass player Annette Brosin has been living and working on Coast Salish territory in Victoria, BC since 2009. She studied sound engineering, film sound booming and post production, film scoring, and contemporary music composition in Vienna, Austria, and received her PhD in composition at the University of Victoria in 2016. Throughout her career Annette has composed music for film and theatre, and her concert music has been performed and broadcasted in North and South America, and Continental Europe.
    For the past 7 years, she has been teaching classical music composition, theory, history, and ear training, as well as jazz theory and arrangement for private lessons and as a sessional instructor at UVic. Annette frequently works as a live sound engineer in and around Victoria and spends a lot of time recording, editing, programming, and mixing music of a variety of genres and styles.
  • Andreas David

    Drums / Djembe

    Andreas David aka Ydna Murd has been playing drums for more than 30 years. He has spent most of his life as a professional musician in Germany where he performed hundreds of shows with a great variety of bands and artists, ranging from Folk and Jazz, to Funk, Fusion, Gospel, Alternative, Punk and Rock. Andreas has been teaching drums at many different music schools (Yamaha Music Station, Hamburg School of Music, Powell River Academy of Music, Larsen Music Victoria, Long & McQuade Music Education Center Victoria, Peninsula Academy of Music Arts and more) and he was one of the co-founders of the Hamburg School of Music which is now one of the largest music schools in Germany. He studied drums with German greats Udo Dahmen, Helge Zumdieck and Jost Nickel and also with Steve Houghton and Jim Chapin.

    He is the author of three instructional drum books which are available worldwide (Breakbeat Guide, Hi-Hat Master and Drum Class) with a fourth one pending publication this year. Andreas endorses several drum companies (Sonor Drums, Supernatural Cymbals, Eccentric Systems) and is a regular contributor to the German drum magazine Drumheads! and the Canadian drum magazine Drums etc.! Andreas performs regularly at drum festivals and teaches several workshops and master classes throughout the year. He has extensive knowledge as a producer and recording engineer. He is mostly performing electronic dance music nowadays with his Djing and drumming outfit. In addition to his extensive experience as a studio and session drummer, he has also published several play-along recordings for drummers.

    Andreas is also available for online lessons via Skype where he teaches several students from around the world. In his longstanding teaching career, he has mentored hundreds of students and keeps his lessons fun and exciting for all ages and level. More about his work can be found atwww.drumgate.com

  • Beth Goh

    Piano - Intermediate to Advanced - Ages 8 and up

    Beth grew up in Victoria and began studying piano at the age of 8, having been inspired by watching her mother play the piano. She in turn began teaching piano as a high school student under the supervision of her piano teacher, while working on Grade 10 RCM piano and then her ARCT teacher's certificate. Once high school was completed she also enrolled in the 2 year Teacher Training program at the Victoria Conservatory of Music directed by the late Winifred Scott-Wood. Over the years Beth has successfully prepared students for piano & theory exams from the Preparatory through Grade 8 levels with the RCM. She also encourages students to improvise & compose with some entering competitions where they have been awarded prizes. Beth is also happy to teach students who prefer not to take exams and wish to play other styles of music. Most recently she participated in the "Play Piano Chords Today" course & looks forward to teaching some adults with this method. Over the years Beth has played various musical instruments as well as studied voice & sung in musical ensembles.
  • Chris Rozek

    Electronic Music Production / Audio Production / Ableton Live

    Chris has been a passionate audio professional since the early 1990s. His work encompasses a wide range of fields ranging from electrical engineering to software development - all of which serves his passion for contemporary electronic music and his dedication to educating his peers with respect to audio production, composition and engineering. Chris started his career with the Toronto-based company, Soundwave which developed as one of the premiere audio companies to work within the early Toronto rave scene. Chris has worked in studio and in a live performance context since 1993 with his other Toronto contemporaries such as Jeff Milligan, Mike Shannon, Jeremy Caulfield, Deepspace and Himadri. His early live shows became a staple of the Ontario techno circuit. More recent bookings on Vanouver Island include the Soundwave, Talltree and Diversity Festivals. His music and collaborations have appeared on some of Canada's seminal electronic music labels, including Nice+Smooth, Revolver Canada and Switch Records. His present-day output includes solo work, as well as side-projects as The Post Modern Equation and alongside DJ Dub Gnostic. He began working with Ableton Live in 2002. In 2008, he became Victoria's unofficial Ableton Live group host, and has since been involved in a variety of activities from designing and building modular synth components to developing an interactive gesture controlled installation for the TedX conference. Chris is constantly pushing the boundaries of what can be done with both audio hardware and software, and looks forward to not only helping students develop their skillsets within the Ableton Live platform, but also applying those skillsets with outboard gear.
  • Geoff Lundstrom

    Guitar

    Geoff Lundstrom is originally from Nelson BC and has lived in Victoria for the past 10 years. A graduate from Nelsons Selkirk College of Contemporary Music and Technology program, Geoff is a busy gigging musician and an active part of Victorias music scene. Geoff has toured across Canada and played on many stages big and small. With ten years of performance experience as a band leader, solo singer/songwriter and guitar player as well as visual artist and guitar teacher Geoff is a fun-loving, capable, relatable and knowledgeable teacher specializing in Blues, Pop, Indie & folk genres. Catch him on stage at Darcys Pub downtown with is band “Lost Boys” Monday & Saturday nights.


  • Jewleana Marens

    Voice / Piano

    From the tender age of 5, Jewleana has been studying and performing music. Her first introduction was to classical music and she became an accomplished pianist while her love of performing began as a child from taking the stage from time to time with her father’s band when he played at a local venue.

    Jewleanas’ music career has taken her through many veins of music from classical, musical theatre, folk, pop, jazz, country, blues, gospel and worship music, and she is passionate about them all. She studied to be a concert pianist at the University of Windsor, Musical Theatre at the Edmonton School for Musical Theater and is an honours graduate from Selkirk College with majors in Vocal Performance, Songwriting, Composition and Film Scoring, Production and Engineering.

    Jewleana has been teaching for over 13 years and has taught everything from music theory, history, harmony, songwriting, performance, piano and voice. Jewleana’s approach to teaching is that learning should be fun and creative while incorporating the necessities of proper techniques.

    While living in West Vancouver she established a children’s choir and a youth choir that were well received in the community. After landing in Victoria, Jewleana taught privately and at Long and McQuade where she was instrumental in establishing and teaching the Rock Skool Camps. As well as her regular teaching schedule, Jewleana taught performance and vocal workshops for mature students.

    Some of Jewleana’s career highlights include performing at Hermann’s and the BC Days Festival. While in school Jewleana organized and was part of a writing team and band that wrote a theme song for the Women’s Centers across BC called “Break This Chain” that received airplay on CBC Radio in conjunction with the memorial for the Montreal Massacre.

    Jewleana recently took a break from teaching and performing to focus on writing for her album. Jewleana has always felt spellbound by the imagination of classic songwriters who were able to connect melody, harmony and rhythm to cathartic, heartfelt words. Jewleana’s original songs resonate like energetic diaries that reveal her genuine perspectives on magic, love, hope and self-discovery. Through her unfettered live performances and well-crafted studio recordings, she unleashes timeless, deeply-personal and playful vocals, lyrics and memorable instrumental passages. Jewleana’s talent for interpretation and arrangement as well as her years of vocal training glimmer when she reinterprets familiar favorites, transforming them into fresh works that celebrate the savoir-faire of artists who have inspired her.

    Jewleana is honoured to be part of the teaching team at West Shore Music Academy.

  • Katrina Kadoski

    Voice / Beginner Guitar (acoustic)

    Originally from Fort McMurray, Alberta, Katrina was awarded music scholarships from a young age. Shaping her performance craft with plays, choirs, and competitions, she has also become a skilled guitarist and songwriter. Her versatile and powerful voice has been developed over years of classical vocal training and recording. Katrina has worked as a music creator and director with Theatre Groups including Kate Rubin Theatre, Intrepid Theatre, and William Head On Stage (WHOS). Productions include, I have seen Beautiful Jim Key, Fractured Fables, Metamorphosis, Photophobia, Sleeping Giants, Here; a Captive Odyssey and Time waits for No-one. She also continues to tour her two critically acclaimed musical one-woman shows "Cougar Annie Tales" and The Waterman's Daughter. She won Pick of the Fringe, was a Victoria Critics Choice nominee for best new play, and has played to many sold-out audiences around Vancouver Island. She also performs with her folk/pop band The Edgedwellers.
    www.katrinakadoski.com
  • Louise Deschamps

    Violin/Fiddle/Electric Violin

    Originally from New Caledonia, Louise Deschamps was born and raised until adolescence in Noumea. Her early years on the instrument were founded primarily in Classical music style at The Music Conservatory of New Caledonia.
    After immigrating to Vancouver Island, BC Canada Louise became a versatile violinist/fiddler after she enrolled in a 4 year program in Classical and Jazz for violin under symphonic orchestra maestro Marlin Wolfe +multi instrumental virtuoso musician Daniel Lapp ; and voice under Sheila Sommerville and Teresa Mc Quarrie with the vocal jazz group choir and Malaspina choir at Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo BC Canada.

    With on-going experiences and exposure to a diversity of Worldwide Cultural Music Genres, Louise continues to guide, counsel, perform and share with others her passion and her broad knowledge for this soulful Artform. Her musical journey has led her to connect and play with wonderful musicians and groups from: New Caledonia, Canada BC, Algeria, Brazil and Latin South America.

    Louise welcomes students of all ages, of all levels, of all musical backgrounds, who will expand throughout a selection of World music styles along with their Technique Fundamentals.
    Group workshops are also available to offer.
    World Music Styles provided are the following :
    Latin/Afro-Brazilian/ Reggae/ Calypso/ Mediterranean/ New Age/ Techno/ Middle.Eastern/ French Popular Musettes/ Jazz/ Blues/ Gospel/ Celtic/ Old Time/ Bluegrass/ Appalachian/ Classical and many other.

    Students will be shown how to study efficiently, how to positively face music challenges and how to stay inspired through it all. Through various approaches and insights such as Sight-reading training, Ear-training and Tactile-training, one will explore and learn the fundamentals of the music language. You will discover how to become effortless, creative, dedicated, passionate and ultimately how to become artistically expressive. Just like any other spoken language,you will be able to develop and expand your vocabulary skills in music and on the instrument.


  • Roberta Stephenson

    Piano

    Roberta was a student of the Royal Conservatory of Music when she became interested in pop, country rock and jazz and all other styles of music and decided to become a professional pianist and vocalist. She has performed for many years in all sorts of venues and musical opportunities with duos, trios, and also solo. Roberta loves teaching all ages. She has been teaching piano privately and she finds teaching incredibly rewarding!
    Roberta is happy to help her students rewrite and transcribe their own favourite songs and pieces, to keep them engaged making music they love while also learning theoretical aspects of musicianship. The fundamentals of piano playing and, if interested, the classical repertoire will be woven into the lesson plan as well. Her teaching style is to prioritize a love of music foremost. In her experience, if she is able to teach a student to love the music they play, the details of technique and the discipline required to achieve them follow naturally. Roberta is always open to tailor lesson plans, here are just a few examples of what she can help you with:
    - Musicianship and learning music by ear
    - Royal Conservatory of Music
    - Music as a hobby or for fun
  • Sonia Stirling

    Voice

    Sonia was born in Victoria, BC but over the last 25 years has lived and
    performed in cities such as Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver and Port Coquitlam. Her music education began as a child at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, continued as a teen through Red Deer College and earned a Jazz Vocal Performance Diploma from Grant MacEwan University.
    Her
    performance experience ranges from Community Musical Theatre, Jazz Choir, Big Band vocalist, Musical Dinner theatre, sketch comedy, Cover bands at various events, radio jingles, to studio back-up vocals. She started teaching private voice lessons to local Vancouver actors, and was later offered a position teaching kids at the Hollyburn Country Club’s Fine Arts Program in West Vancouver. After moving to Calgary, she was the first Voice Instructor at 2 new, and busy Long & McQuade locations in NE, and SE Calgary. After taking a hiatus to start a family and take time to be a stay-at-home Mom, Sonia is excited to be back doing what she loves; singing and helping others to find their voice! Sonia believes strongly in a holistic approach to singing. “You don’t just sing with your vocal cords, but with your whole body and soul!”

  • Taylor Charles

    Drums

    From Victoria, BC, Taylor started playing at the age of 15, but began his studies at the age of 18 where he has had a good mix of private teachers. Studying in establishments including Groove Studios and Westshore Music Academy in Victoria. Taylor's had the privilege of studying under Jost Nickel, Clause Hessler, Russ Miller and Ron Thaler in master classes. Along with touring and recording. Taylor, also fills in various local acts ranging in a variety of genres including prog rock, funk and many more. He brings a lot of experience as an enthusiastic teacher and a seasoned performer to students of all ages and levels. Keep it funky!
  • Ian Olsen

    Drums

    Born and raised in Victoria, Ian became transfixed by percussion from the moment he saw a classmate wielding a pair of drumsticks in the hallway of Spencer Middle School at the age of 12. The feelings and patterns of the rhythms were something he knew he had to experience for himself. The next year he enrolled in the school’s percussion program headed by talented and passionate local percussionist Duey Wright where he was steeped in the world of percussion and many of its forms from across the globe. He went on to be tenaciously self taught, getting inspiration from watching and listening to his favorite artists and drummers. Eventually his first shot at performing came at Colwood Church at the age of 15 and from there he knew performing with other musicians was what he wanted to do. Since highschool jazz band, Ian has gone on to perform and record a variety of different styles with just as many artists including rock, metal, christian contemporary, punk, jazz, blues, country, funk, and disco. He also discovered the importance of compassion and kindness after a successful bout with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2014, recovery from which involved musical therapy with UVic’s Jordan Hanson and a fresh new understanding of mentorship and the healing power of music. Ian signed up for Ydna Murd’s professional drum course in 2019 and knew that was the next step he needed to round out his skillset and solidify his career as a performer and educator in all things percussion.

  • Nick Mintenko

    Guitar / Bass

    Nick has been teaching music lessons since 2012. He started out by showing some friends how to play a few songs on guitar and quickly decided that he wanted teaching to be a part of his life. He lives for that eureka moment as a teacher, when he can see a student suddenly understand a song, a method, or a concept. He is happy to delve deep into music theory with his students, get started with the basics, or leave it alone all together. Music theory is a great tool, but it is not necessary to have music be a huge piece of your life. He believes that every person has their own method of learning that works best for them, and he will endeavour to find that best method for each person. He began in music by starting with theory and sight reading from a very early age, until he was about 12. He then spend five years as a member of the Vic High RnB band and The Midnights. There he studied all music RnB, Funk, and Motown. He enrolled in the Jazz Diploma Program at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. There he learned most of his foundational music theory knowledge. He learned arrangement, ear training, scales, harmony, improvisation, sight singing, composition, song form, and many other things. He also learned many bass techniques and methods by studying with the Victoria legend Joey Smith. Since graduating in 2013 he has taught independently (2013-present), and at Larsen Music (2012-2016), as well as South Island Studio (2014-2016) He has also toured Canada, the US, and Europe with Jazz, and Folk groups. He has cowritten, co arranged, recorded and released eight studio albums with various groups, as well as many other singles, and short releases in genres including Folk, Funk, Pop, RnB, Jazz, and more. He has composed, recorded, and released twenty of his own songs under his own name.
  • Tavis Weir

    Guitar

    Tavis Weir has been teaching guitar for the past ten years. His first priority is to inspire creativity in his students and share the power of music. He is passionate about showing students that music is for absolutely everyone! Tavis has been playing music since he was a kid and discovered an interest in songwriting and recording while taking his Bachelor of Music (jazz guitar major) at the University of Toronto. Unable to stick to just one instrument, he writes and performs on electric and acoustic guitars, banjo, mandolin, ukulele and voice. He recorded his first solo album in 2017, playing every single instrument on the record. He has toured with Juno award winner Oscar Lopez and shared stages with Shane Koyczan, Ben Waters, Stephen Fearing and many others. Tavis will pass along what he has learned in an informal relaxed setting. Lessons with Tavis explore all styles of music through listening, improvising, reading notation, and finding your own sound and interests on your instrument. The road to musical awesomeness is an exciting and bumpy ride, so fasten your guitar straps and lets go!