Our teachers take great pride in stimulating a student’s interest in the piano while simultaneously building a musical foundation associated with piano technique, sight reading and listening skills. We strive to make music learning an interesting and enjoyable process. To achieve such goals, we employ creative approaches to introducing musical concepts, such as musical games for young beginners or using computer games to reinforce music rudiments.
We believe in the importance of applying singing and theory to performance preparation and ear training. We’ve also discovered that the study of music theory plays an essential role in developing musicianship and performance skills. Studying theory starts alongside with practical work.
Wiwin Rosiana B.Mus, BCRMTA
Wiwin Rosiana, holds a Bachelor of Music majoring in piano performance. She is also a member of British Columbia Music Teacher Association, and achieved Grade 4 in Yamaha Electone (in Yamaha method, Grade 13 as the commencement level, and grade 1 is the highest level). She has a rich teaching experience both in group and private settings. Her teaching experience has spanned over a decade where she has had experience teaching the acclaimed Yamaha method. The Yamaha method is a system specialized in child music education with a philosophy tending towards group lessons. Because of her expertise in this area she has worked as an adjudicator for this method. She held a key position at Yayasan Musik Indonesia, an exclusive program which gives much support to new teachers. While there, she taught her students while being observed by upcoming Yamaha teachers.
Besides working a busy schedule through the Yamaha method, Wiwin has also taught privately for the best part of eight years. For twenty years, her musical training has focused on Yamaha method, a system based on aural (pitch discrimination) and rhythmic training that leads to a student’s ability to put chords into a melody and to improvise and compose. During Ms. Rosiana’s post-secondary musical education, she studied Jazz piano, theory and musical arranging, that being said, her primary training has centered on classical music. As a music student, she has won several scholarships. She appeared as a soloist with the West Coast symphony and Sinfonia (now Lions Gate Sinfonia), while also cultivating her reputation as a soloist.
Jacky Mak B.Mus
Jacky Mak, holds a Bachelor of Music majoring in piano performance. During his post-secondary education, Mr. Mak has won several scholarships. Although Mr. Mak’s training focuses primarily on Western Classical Art music, he also studied Jazz piano. Mr. Mak feels strongly about the role that music history and music theory plays in developing musicianship and performance skills. He continues to actively research these topics. Mr. Mak is fully qualified to teach the Royal Conservatory of Music theory and history curriculum. After studying and playing piano for many years, Mr. Mak recognizes that virtuosity can be ingrained by precise instruction and demonstration. He is particularly fascinated by the scientific approach to piano technique offered by the Taubman method. Because of his vast knowledge on history, theory and piano technique, he actively instructs masterclasses for his students.
Many of his students go on to participate in the Royal Conservatory of Music examinations and some of them would also compete in local music festivals such as the Vancouver Kiwanis music festival. As a piano teacher, he is captivated by new pedagogical methods, specifically, applying technology to piano education. As a result, Mr. Mak began to employ different IOS applications to his studio, such as drum machines and ear training applications. For the last few years, he has been applying this technology to his private as well as group lesson situations.
Alba Lenzi B.Mus, ARCT
Alba has been involved in the music scene since she began to sing at a local music school offering Orff music lessons at a very young age. As a pianist, she strives to understand the musical element, nuance, and context of every piece she plays, and as a piano teacher, she encourages her students to grow the same appreciation, understanding, and passion for the music they play. Most of her music education was completed through the Royal Conservatory of Music, where she had the privilege of studying under instructors whose teaching reflected intense and comprehensive Classical methodologies that are typical of traditional European and Russian training.
Alba completed advanced training in professional performance, receiving an Associate Diploma in Piano Pedagogy and an Associate Diploma in Piano Performance (ARCT) from the Royal Conservatory of Music. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of British Columbia majoring in piano, and has won several awards during her post-secondary education.
Estera Tepes Music Diploma
Estera Tepes was born and raised in Romania where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English and Italian. She took private acoustic, electric and classical guitar lessons for more than 5 years and in 2013 came to Canada to study classical guitar. She privately taught guitar for more than 5 years and for 2 years worked for an after school program called “ Zane si Voinici” where she taught classical guitar to a group of 12 kids. For 6 years she volunteered as a teacher and music leader at a summer camp called “ For God’s Children International” (FGCI). She collaborated with American and Romanian leaders to organize daily activities through various cities in Romania.
Estera was the leading guitarist of a rock band called “Argument”. She played in several concerts throughout Romania promoting her band’s music and CD. She also participated and played guitar in her local worship band at her church, developing skills such as transposing, improvising, harmonizing and composing.
Estera studied classical guitar at Douglas College in New Westminster under Michael Strutt, Jack Stanton and Guzman Ramos.
Kaitlin Deavy holds a Bachelor of Engineering from University of Guelph, a singer-songwriter certificate from Langara College and is currently completing her diploma in Music Technology at Douglas College. After working as a mechanical engineer for a year in Toronto, Kaitlin discovered that her passion for music had outgrown her aptitude for math. She then moved to Vancouver to immerse herself in songwriting, performing, studying and teaching music.
Kaitlin has taught private and group guitar lessons for the past four years with students ranging from ages 5 to 50 and has hosted, performed at and been the sound technician for two of the city’s liveliest open mic nights for the past two years. She has contributed to a variety of music programs such as Girls Rock Camp as a volunteer teacher, and has performed at a number of retirement homes and weddings. Kaitlin also hosts her own Rock Star Camp, a summer camp for young aspiring musicians.
Matthew Pancoust is an aspiring musician who is heavily involved in the Vancouver music scene. He started taking private lessons when he was 7 years old and still continues to study music with high profile musicians today. He has taught independently both in person and online, and has done volunteer work for elementary and private schools in Maple Ridge.