At Resound School of Music, we pride ourselves on our excellent teachers. We hire only the finest teachers available, accepting less than 5% of those who apply. All music teachers are vetted based on their experience, education, and most importantly, their ability to teach, not just play great music.
All Resound teachers possess a University-level education or equivalent, and are subject to a criminal record check as conducted and processed by the RCMP.
Andrew Skepasts is a guitarist 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. As a teacher, Andrew strives to help his students create or realize their unique musical goals and aspirations, then crafts a manageable and practical path forward.
Jake’s earliest memories are of his parents’ turntable, and the blues and rock records that were constantly spinning on it. From a young age, he was fascinated by the electric guitar and the playing of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Clapton, Beck, Page, and Roy Buchanon. Jake currently writes for and tours with the four-piece Alberta based group, “The Den“. He also teaches lessons, and contributes to sessions as a guitarist and producer. More than anything, Jake is a proponent that there is always something more to learn!
Stephen Marshall (Steve) has been a multi instrumentalist most of his life. Steve was a Founding Member of the Canadian Pop/Rock band Marianas Trench, and has toured Canada and the US extensively. Steve’s true love is songwriting and Music Production, having been an earning SOCAN/ CMRRA member since 2009, having co-written many songs with numerous artists. Steve has over 10 years experience teaching children and beginners. Steve teaches Guitar, Drums, Ukelele, Voice, and Composition.
Si was born and raised in England and has worked as a performer, writer and music tutor in the UK since 2007. He has a passion for creative guitar playing and songwriting. Si has been teaching guitar for the past 15 years to all ages, from teaching 1:1 privately to leading whole guitar camps and guitar ensembles.
Arielle Ballance is a classically trained Royal Conservatory pianist who also holds a diploma in Theatre Arts from MacEwan University. For over ten years she has passed along her love of performing to students and professional actors alike. Arielle aims to share her love of both piano and singing with her students through her fun yet structured teaching approach.
Jennifer began her musical journey in Vancouver at the age of 6, and quickly found success through school performances, recitals and music festivals. Jennifer brings 10+ years of teaching experience with an ARCT teachers certificate. Her teaching philosophy focuses on building strong relationships that help both she and her students learn from each other and work towards their musical goals.
Soo first laid her hands on the piano when she was 5 years old and has been a musician since then. She was first exposed to Classical music, but later expanded her musical styles including other genres of, new age, jazz, gospel, and accompaniment. Ever since high school, she taught piano including her friends and has experience teaching and interacting with all ages from elementary students to adults.
I work as a singer and a teacher, and I love it! Along with Resound School of Music, I teach the Pacific Spirit Children’s Choir, and I have continued singing with the West Vancouver United Church Choir. My goal as a teacher is to help everyone realize their potential as singers, and to help them become the confident and amazing singers I know they are capable of being!
Adam has an honest, hardworking and outgoing personality with a terrific sense of humour, an essential quality for working with students both young and old alike. Adam believes that it is important to allow students to feel that they “hold the map” and serve as the guiding force through their own musical journey.
Through my experience with several years learning piano, vocals, theory, music history, conducting and performing, I have developed a strong love for music and am grateful for the special experiences it has brought me. Sharing this passion with others is extremely fulfilling and brings me so much joy!
As exceptional as every musical instrument is, drums are the best. I found this out in 2001 when I bought my first drum kit, and I am still waiting for everyone else to figure it out. Musically-speaking, my knowledge of percussion has come from well over a decade of listening to, playing, recording and performing music both with other musicians and on my own.
I’m a music lover, and I want all my students to grow in a deep love of music, too! As a teacher at Resound, I aim to build students up not only in musical excellence but in a true love for their instrument and for music, and to inspire them to find joy in all parts of their lives as they improve in their musical skill and achieve new musical heights.
Kimberly has been playing piano for over 20 years, teaching for 11 years and accompanying choirs for three years. She is a classically trained musician with her ARCT Performer’s Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music. She also has a Bachelor of Music from University of BC. Though classically trained, Kimberly is also well-versed in contemporary music with experience in genres ranging from pop to jazz.
I love teaching! I believe every student has musical potential and it is up to me to show them how to use it. One of my favourite parts of being a Piano Instructor is getting to know my students. It makes the lessons more engaging and allows me to personalize each education plan. My students receive a solid musical foundation, great work habits and an intuitive sense of musicality. I often say that I don’t just teach my students how to play the piano, more importantly, I teach them how to make music.
Alan Ruiz is a Colombian musician whose style has been influenced by different genres such as Jazz, Funk, Latin and Rock, Alan started his music career at age 10 when he found an abandoned guitar at his grandparents house. As a music tutor, Alan understands that every student is different and deserves a personal approach. He has helped many students to set the bar higher and accelerate their learning curve.
Coming from a non musical family, it wasn’t until I turned 15 that the guitar started to speak to me and I began my headlong journey into the incredibly expansive and beautiful world of music. There is no right or wrong way to learn how to play music and my main goal is to inspire a passion and make my students excited to pick up their instrument after our lessons and provide them with the tools they need to achieve the goals and skills they desire.
Dinel is a dedicated and pro-active teacher who is passionate about helping individuals in their musical journey. Dinel started his Piano career in Italy at the young age of 9 where he began having recitals and was invited to the inter-regional music school competition where he placed in the Top 3 for 2 consecutive years.
A lover of all things music, pianist Bryn Wiley is excited to be teaching with the Resound School of Music. He is a recent graduate of the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, focusing on music theory and piano performance. Having a number of years of teaching experience at all ages and levels…