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. See our teachers perform.

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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Yunita Dewi. Piano.

Yunita began piano lessons when she was 3.5 years old and has earned double diplomas in piano performance along the way. On top of that, she also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication Design. Her passion for music has led her to achieve teacher grades in piano and electone…

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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. B. Mus, UVic. Piano

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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Mariia Kolesnyk. M.Mus, Piano.

Mariia is a certified classical pianist who holds a master’s degree from the National University of Arts, Ukraine, where she majored in piano teaching and performance. Her six years of teaching experience allow her to identify growing talents and help them achieve their different goals with lessons where kindness, creativity and appreciation for music are the foundation.

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Leia Ooi. Piano.

Leia’s musical journey started at age of 5 after getting her first piano from her mother. Growing up, she also learned to play violin and played clarinet as a soloist in middle school. She was born and raised in Malaysia where she learned to speak multiple languages (English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Malay). She achieved Grade 8 in ABRSM while pursuing her bachelor’s degree in accounting but soon realized her real passion is for music and decided to become a teacher.. Read More

Patrick Kao, B. Mus. Guitar, Ukulele.

Patrick Kao is a jazz guitarist known for his versatility as a performer and teacher. He is equally comfortable playing in small groups as he is in big bands. He graduated from Capilano University with a Dean’s award, where he had the opportunity to collaborate with two of NYC’s most respected jazz musicians, Peter Bernstein and Renee Rosnes, as part of a big band…

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Konstantin Klimov. B.Mus, UBC. Piano

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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Graham Gomez. Guitar.

Graham is a seasoned music teacher with over 10 years of experience specializing in Guitar, Bass, and Drums. Graham discovered his love for music at a young age and began playing guitar in his teens. He quickly developed a passion for music production and songwriting and almost immediately began writing and performing his original music in bands and on his own. This inspired him to pursue a career in music education where he could share his love of music and songwriting with others.

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Olivia Kang

Coloratura Soprano Olivia Kang is driven to communicate with her community and is passionate about engaging them through music and storytelling. With over 5 years of experience as a teacher, her primary goal is to guide her students towards finding pure joy through music. In the realm of opera, Kang has established herself with a remarkable repertoire, taking on important roles including L’Amour in “Orphee et Eurydice,” La Fée in “Cendrillon,” The First Witch in “Dido|Aeneas,” Fido in “Paul Bunyan,” …  Read More

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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David Burnett. Guitar.

David Burnett a guitarist and composer based in Vancouver, Canada. For twelve years, his love for guitar has driven him to explore many genres and styles including; rock, metal, blues, jazz and classical music. David recently completed his Bachelor of Applied Music at Vancouver Community College, where he majored in classical guitar.

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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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