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  • Alex Campbell

    Since a young age, Alex has consistently been writing and performing in numerous groups, and has been playing professionally since 2011. He has toured extensively throughout Canada, and recorded and performed with many artists. After studying at the prestigious Humber College in Toronto, he returned to the West Coast with an enriched love for music, and passion for all things percussion. At Humber, he had the privilege to regularly watch as well as study with numerous world class musicians. While there, he studied jazz, fusion, and many styles of world music. He has studied with the likes of Bob McLaren, Mark Kelso, Murray Creed, Steve Mancuso, Pat Kilbride and Ron Thaler among others, and currently continues his studies with Andreas David (AKA Ydna Murd). Alex has been teaching for many years at various music schools in Victoria. As a drummer, Alex is known above all else for his musicianship and musicality behind the kit. He has worked in many genres and performed at events like Canadian Music Week, Rifflandia, Sunfest, Boonstock, Big Time Out and many others. He has previously played or currently plays with groups such as The County Line, Kemal Evans Band, Michael Wood band, Jon Epworth and the Vic City Sweats, WOLFHEART Rooftop Runners, and Chikoro Marimba. Alex has recently joined up with ScrapArts Music as the newest member in the internationally renowned "invented instrument ensemble"
  • 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.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dana Tower

    Drum Set

    Dana has toured internationally as a gigging drummer, worked actively as a studio drummer, and taught as a full time drum instructor for over 12 years. In 2011 he completed a Diploma in Jazz Studies at Camosun College, Victoria, BC. As well as drums Dana has always had a passion for both music and education, teaching in preschools and working in all aspects of child care from summer camps to one-on-one care. As a father of three children, Dana is creative, fun and enthusiastic, and sensitive to children’s individual needs
  • David Lawson

    Saxophone / Clarinet

    Dave's passion for music started at the young age of 10 when his grandfather put him through accordion lessons. It was only a year later that his first saxophone was put in his hands and although the accordion has taken a backseat, his love for the saxophone has turned into over a decade of great experiences. After high school Dave went on to graduate with his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies at Vancouver Island University where he studied privately with some of Canada's finest musicians including Monik Nordine, Steve Jones, and Greg Bush. His love of all music has given him the chance to play with groups of all genres from Big Band Swing to Jazz, Rhythm and Blues to Rock and even Electronic Drum and Bass. After graduation Dave moved back down to Victoria and can be seen playing with such groups as High Noon to Midnight, Bananafish Dance Orchestra, the Dave Lawson Quartet and various other groups around Vancouver Island.
  • Gabriel Pietrzak

    Guitar

    Gabe Pietrzak has completed the Jazz/Contemporary Guitar Diploma Program at Vancouver Community College (VCC), as well as the Bachelors of Applied Music Program. He has also completed Guitar Workshops with distinguished artists such as Dave Martone, Steve Vai and Mike Stern, Summer Jazz Intensive Workshops with Bob Rebagliati and Ihor Kukurudza, Rock School Workshops with Steve Gendron. Gabe took private lessons for many years to further my musical skills with artists like Greg Howe and Paul Lambert. He is proficient in teaching various genres of music, from Jazz to Progressive metal/ fusion. In addition, he is an excellent and confident improviser. Gabe has performed live in front of hundreds of people during concerts, performing various styles of music. He is highly engaged in the process of composing, recording and arranging music, while working with other professional producers and musicians such as David Spidel and Paul Lambert. Gabe has recently released his EP album “Triangulum”, which is labelled under the genre 'Progressive Rock'. Teaching and Mentoring has always been Gabe’s passion. He encourages all his students to try things themselves and be hands on learners, to not be afraid of exploration. He believes that everyone has the ability to enjoy music and that there is no limit of potential if you put in the time and effort.
  • Gary Cherwonka

    Steel Guitar / Guitar / Banjo / Dobro / Bass Guitar / Ukulele

    Gary has been teachig over 20 years of private and group instruction/lessons at many different music schools in Alberta and British Columbia. He plays and teaches a great variety of instruments, from steel guitar, guitar, banjo, dobro, bass guitar, to ukulele. He has studied with the best musicians in their fields - Steel guitar with Leon McAuliffe, Mike Cass Jeff Newman, and Buddy Emmons, guitar with Eldon Shamblin and Pat Donahue and Dobro with Jerry Douglas. Gary is also trained in piano tuning and repairs at Rogers State College and has been tuning pianos for many for local schools. He is also a skilled sound engineer/sound technician, running concerts for Buddy Rich, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Da Falla Guitar Trio, Nevada Dance Company, Hank Thompson, Leon MacAuliffe, KXON-TV, Rogers State College recording studio, Dukes of Dixieland, etc. Gary holds an Associate of Arts Degree in Country Music - Rogers State College – Claremore, Oklahoma and also a Diploma in Recording Production from the Grant MacEwan College Edmonton AB – Jazz Program. As a performer, he has played with the Tulsa Philharmonic, Leon McAuliffe, Hank Thompson, The Telluride, Bluegrass Symphony Showdown, Laura Vinson and numerous other acts. Gary also performed on the weekly television show “Oklahoma Swingin’ Country as a featured performer as well as being a member of the house band, appeared on Nashville Network Television and was included in a feature article in “Bluegrass Unlimited” magazine.
  • Ian McElroy

    Bass

    Ian McElroy was born and raised in Victoria B.C. on the West Coast of Canada. Growing up he was exposed to many types of music that went on to influence his playing style. At the age of fifteen he began playing bass and guitar and began lessons the following year with Ron Lukawitski where he would start to focus on the electric bass. During this time he, and two friends, formed their first band and began performing in the local music scene. Over the next few years he developed an interest in Jazz music and moved to Nanaimo to attend Vancouver Island University’s Jazz program. There he worked closely with Bryan Stovell to develop as a Professional Musician attending classes, practicing for up to ten hours a day, and continuing to play nightly. After returning to Victoria he continued to perform with artists including Justin Hewitt, the Span, and Vince Vaccaro. Currently he is playing shows throughout Canada, teaching bass clinics and private lessons, and recording for several artists. Ian's extensive experience in teaching is a valuable addition to our school.
  • Issah Contractor

    Bio coming soon
  • Jeremy Notheisz

    Voice / Trumpet / Music Theory / Composition

    Jeremy grew up in Grand Forks, BC and studied classical music as a boy soprano under the tuteledge of Joan Thompson (Ph.D in Music Education). He also studied Trumpet under the guidance of Doug Wille (Masters in Music Education. His first soloist opportunity was singing Bring Him Home from "Les Miserables" at the age of 12. From there he took his music studies to heart and completed his Grade 10 RCM in Voice (First Class Honors w/ Distinction), Grade 8 RCM in Trumpet (First Class Honors w/ Distinction), and Grade 3 Harmony (RCM Theory) before his 16th Birthday. In his Grade 12 year at GFSS he tutored the grade 8 and 9 band classes as well as conducted them during their spring concert. Continuing on with his music education he applied to study at Uvic for both Trumpet and Voice and was immediately accepted for both. Choosing Voice he studied under Judith Dowling (M.M from Uvic) and Benjamin Butterfield (Lic. Mus from Mcgill) for 4 years. He also studied at VCM's Summer Vocal Academy in 2009 under Ingrid Attrot.
    Jeremy has continuously worked over the past 10 years in Victoria as a voice soloist under the baton of Nicholas Fairbank, Bruce More, Yariv Aloni, Wendell Clanton, and recently Simon Leung for the past 3 seasons. Some of his most notable solo performances include "Der Lindberghflug" with the Uvic School of Music, "Ode to St Cecelia" with the Victoria Philharmonic, Handel's "Messiah" and "Carmina Burana" with the Uvic Prima Choir under the Direction of Bruce More. More recently he is starring in the Vancouver Island Performers Guild's (VIPG) production of "Martha" playing the role of Lionel. As well as instructing the VIPG's new Chamber Ensemble in a 16 person version of Handel's Messiah.
    He has taught voice for 11 years and trumpet for 4. His instruction has allowed students to not only move forward in the RCM program but move on to greater study opportunities at either the UVic School of Music or the Victoria Conservatory of Music. He is versed in many genres and styles of music outside of the classical and operatic realms. Shows a clear understanding of the Alexander Technique, proper vocal training, diction of other languages, and the biology of the voice itself. Not afraid to learn he is always reading, studying, and developing under those who are ahead of him. While at the same time giving all he can to those who will listen.
  • 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.

  • Jillian Mitchell

    Voice

    Singer-songwriter, pianist, producer, writer, book worm, wife, and a certified Starbucks coffee master, Jillian Mitchell lives life to the fullest—and most musical! Singing professionally for 15 years across Canada, USA and abroad, Jill has had the honor of performing in musicals (Footloose, Camelot) and alongside many of music’s legends including rock icons Trooper and Rik Emmett (Triumph). After completing a university degree in music, Jill continued her studies with celebrity vocal coaches Owen “Fiidla” Brown (Mary J. Blige), Giovanna Gattuso (Venice Vocal Academy), and John Deaver (Cher, Sara Bareilles). In addition, Jill is a celebrated vocal coach in her own right, having developed SoulVoice, a big-picture holistic approach to vocal coaching (mind, body, soul), and is currently working on her first instructional book, The Practice Detox: Love your Voice into Shape. Jillian welcomes vocal students of all ages and skill levels, with a variety of experience and goals in any style of music.

    My goal as a vocal coach is to nurture your authentic sound while creating a firm foundation (mind, body, soul) to help you radiate in that next desired level, as you were meant to. Together, we will foster a partnership based on trust, vulnerability, accountability and good ole f-u-n, which proves to expedite results -- and more importantly, just feels good. When you practice courage-- and say “YES!”-- everything changes. " ~ Jill



  • 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 recently joined the William Head On Stage (WHOS) production called “Fractured Fables” as bandleader, composer and performer. She also continues to tour her critically acclaimed musical one-woman show "Cougar Annie Tales". 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.
    www.katrinakadoski.com
  • Kevin Simonar

    Guitar - Beginner to Advanced

    Kevin has been playing guitar for over 30 years, and has three University degrees in Music and Education. He has spent most of his working life in Montreal as a professional musician, infiltrating both the Jazz and Classical music scenes, and performing in most of the major venues in the city. After completing a Bachelors degree at McGill University in jazz guitar performance he toured South America and Europe for two years. After further classical guitar studies in Montreal with Bruno Perron, he completed a Masters degree in Classical guitar at L'Université de Montréal. Kevin has extensive professional experience as a soloist and show orchestra musician on board cruises ships. Kevin has most recently completed a degree in Music Education at the University of Ottawa and has spent the last year teaching high school music programs full time in Ontario and Quebec. Kevin brings a personal approach and open mindedness to his playing that encompasses all of his past musical education and professional experience. Happy teaching all styles and all levels, he is always happy to have beginner students. "When teaching beginners, we are eternally in the midst of that first joy of discovering music, we can see and feel that natural spark of music that lights us all up so easily."
  • Monique Fink

    Violin / Fiddle/ Cello / Viola

    Monique Fink is a classically trained cellist. She began her studies at an early age of four with the Suzuki Method. Before heading into University, Monique completed many musical camps including Suzuki Camps in Bellingham, Langley, Seattle. She was also a part of the Summer Pops Youth Orchestra. Upon graduating from High School in 1999 she continued her passion for music at Douglas College in New Westminster, B.C. Shortly after she transferred to the University of Victoria where she obtained her Bachelor of Music Degree in 2005. Monique has completed many Royal Conservatory of Music Exams in both the cello and the piano, obtaining first class honors in many of them. She has played in various orchestras over the years such as the University of Victoria Orchestra, Burnaby Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Academy Orchestra, and has played in chamber music groups for over 10 years. Just in the past few years Monique has entered the fiddle scene picking up the violin in 2008. She is an active member of the Victoria Fiddle Society as well as The Conservatory Fiddles. She now teaches beginner through intermediate fiddle lessons on cello, violin and viola. Monique now resides in Victoria, B.C. where she enjoys teaching cello to people of all ages, beginner through advanced levels. Monique has been teaching for over 10 years and is very flexible with her teaching style and is able to adapt to every students needs. She is Suzuki trained and is also very familiar with the strings program in the Victoria school districts. Her main focus with teaching is to have fun and play music. Styles taught on all stringed instruments: Classical and Fiddle.

  • Rowan Osborne

    Violin / Fiddle

    Rowan Osborne has been immersed in the music scene in Victoria, Canada and beyond for over 12 years. In 2005 he started playing fiddle and has not put it down since. Since 2011 he has won numerous awards at fiddle competitions across British Columbia including winning the BC Old Time Provincial Twin Fiddle title with his older brother Aidan, and has won many awards at the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival. Proficient on the Viola as well, Rowan was a member of the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra for two years and was accepted to the prestigious Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy in 2016. He currently plays with the local band Coastline that was recently nominated for 2 Canadian Folk Music Awards and were representatives of Canada at the 2015 Aberdeen International Youth Festival.

  • Shandea Gosselin, BM, CMT

    Piano

    Shandea has had a passion for music for as long as she can remember. Growing up, she cultivated that passion and her musical skills in the many school music programs, as well as private lessons. She completed a Bachelor of Music and a Certificate of Music Therapy at Acadia University in Nova Scotia. She has worked with youth and children in Summer Theater Camps and has experience teaching piano and voice. She has won numerous gold medals and trophies in both voice and piano at the Festival of the Performing Arts in British Columbia. In addition, she earned awards for outstanding performance in both choirs and bands in high school, as well as the Jane McKerricher Classical Music Award from Vancouver Island University. Being trained in Music Therapy and Crisis Intervention, Shandea has a loving personality and is a patient instructor who empowers the students. Shandea is excited to be back in BC, and is hoping to pass on her passion for music.
  • Taylor Charles

    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. He currently plays for a Prog/Art Rock band called Spaceport Union. With the band, playing local and country wide shows are a regular occurrence. 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!