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Teachers

In New West Music you will find highly qualified instructors who are carefully selected to create a safe, friendly and supportive environment for all. Some of the values our team of teachers share are: Commitment, compassion, creativity and professionalism. Our teachers are sought after performers in the Vancouver’s music scene, have college and university degrees and undergo regular observation and training to stay up-to-date in today’s educational landscape.

Christian Bideau. Piano

Christian is a piano instructor and music author with 12 years of teaching experience under his belt. Christian has been fortunate to teach hundreds of students over the years, ranging from young students discovering piano for the first time to advanced students preparing for college and university auditions wanting to pursue a music career..

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Jane Hwang. Piano, Violin, Viola.

B. Mus, Moscow Conservatory. Jane’s love of music started at a young age. She began piano and violin lessons when she was 5 years old. Jane holds a bachelor’s degree from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, where she majored in…

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Ian Cardona. Drums.

Ian’s innate ability to adapt in his musical career is reflected in his teaching proficiency in multiple styles such as Jazz, Rock, R&B, Hip-hop, Reggae and Metal…

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Seira Hayakashi. Piano. B. Mus

Seira‘s love of piano started at age 7 and she has been playing ever since. She holds a bachelor’s degree of music from the University of Victoria…

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Natalie Dzbik. Violin.

Natalie Dzbik was born and raised in Victoria. She began to learn to play the violin at age 5 with Yasuko Eastman and eventually went on to study violin and composition at the University of Victoria with Sharon Stanis and Christopher Butterfield respectively…

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Andrew Skepasts. Guitar.

Andrew Skepasts is a musician and composer based in Vancouver, Canada. He is a recent graduate of The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music located in New York City. He completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honors, studying on scholarship from The New School and the BC Arts Council..

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Danny Gascho. Drums, Guitar, Voice.

Danny Gascho is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and music coach based out of Coquitlam, British Columbia. Danny grew up in Kitchener, Ontario where he started playing drums, piano, bass, and guitar in church at a young age.

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Isaac Zee, Master of Music, UBC.

Isaac Zee is an award-winning music composer, performer, and educator. He obtained his master’s degree in music composition in the University of British Columbia, and his works are performed across Canada, featured in high profile festivals like the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra New Music Festival and the Vancouver Sonic Boom Festival…

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Cristian Herki. Master of Music. Violin, viola

Cristian is a third generation violinist originally from Romania, where he started his music journey at the age of 6. He graduated from Cluj Napoca Music University, in the heart of Transylvania, where he studied with N. Silaghi…

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Konstantin Klimov. B.Mus, UBC

Konstantin Klimov is a composer and teacher with a decade of teaching experience. He began his piano studies at the age of six; his education includes a diploma in piano teaching and performance from the Moscow Regional College of Arts in Russia and a BMus from the University of British Columbia.

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Dominik Vladulovic

Dominik is a guitar, bass guitar, drums, and voice teacher, originally from Slovakia where he studied guitar at the music conservatory of Jan Levoslav Bella. As a performer, Dominik has played over the last 15 years with many bands. He is well versed in genres such as, rock, pop, alternative, prog, folk, metal, classical music, world music and blues. He has 12 years of teaching experience working with students of all ages and skill levels.

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Shamir Virgo. Voice.

Shamir is an independent recording artist and 2021 winner of the Fraser Valley BIMPOC Music Awards (Black, Indeginous, Multiracial, People(s) of Color),  Shamir Virgo has been involved in music since he was a young child when he starting off singing in church. Nowadays, his music can be found in every major music streaming platform and has reached over a million streams on Spotify.

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Iris An. Violin. B. Mus

Iris An was born in South Korea where she started learning the violin at the age of six. Some of her highlights as a young student include a first place award in the 1995 Kyung Hyang music contest and solo concerts with the Busan Symphony Orchestra.

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Samantha Dowdell. Voice.

Samantha Dowdell was a musician at heart from the moment she joined middle school choir. Through the support of parents and teachers, Samantha continued with choir, and learned many instruments throughout highschool including piano, guitar, and drums. In post secondary she auditioned on a whim for a prestigious choir: Coastal Sound Youth Choir, lead by…

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Haley Kim. B.Mus. UM

Haley started her music journey at the age of 4 and piano has remained her biggest passion ever since. During her training years, Haley completed her Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) with the First Class Honours and holds a Piano Performance Associates Diploma from Trinity College London (ATCL). She then moved to Winnipeg to further her musical studies, where studied music at the University of Manitoba, successfully graduating with Honours in piano performance in 2017.

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