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Teachers

In New West Music you will find highly qualified and experienced instructors. They became part of our team based on their ability to teach while creating a friendly learning environment for all. Some of the values our team of teachers share are: Commitment, compassion, creativity and professionalism.

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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Aquizamin Garcia. Guitar. Master of Music, UBC

During more than 15 years of teaching experience, Aquizamín has developed a music curriculum based on different cultures and music genres. It includes music styles such as, Rock, Jazz, Pop, Classical, Tango and Bossa-Nova to name a few.  As a teacher, Aquizamín considers himself to be..

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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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Jessica Tseng. Master of Music, UBC.

Jessica Tseng is a violinist, performer, and educator from Canada. She has received her Masters from the University of British Columbia in the Spring of 2015, specializing in Violin Performance and chamber music…

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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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Chris Hsu. B.Mus, UVic.

Chris is a classically trained pianist and piano teacher who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music from the University of Victoria.
After his graduation, he began his teaching career in Richmond. His attentiveness to musical nuances and professional piano pedagogical approach, has helped many of his students have successful performances and RCM piano examinations. Chris has taught hundreds of students over years and his mission has remained to inspire young musicians and help adult students fall in love with piano.

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