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Resound Instructors

Meet Our Teachers

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.

Christian Bideau

Christian Bideau

Piano

Christian is a young piano instructor with a concrete mission: to provide exceptional piano education for young students all while promoting their self-esteem and developing their musical abilities through an educational plan that takes into account their individuality.

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Rachel Button

Rachel Button

Voice, Piano, Guitar

Rachel Button is a British singer, songwriter, fiddle player, and vocal coach based now based in Vancouver. She is at the forefront of British country and folk music scene and has been privileged to perform at The Royal Albert Hall, The Roundhouse, Kensington Palace and The Great British Folk Festival.

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Christina Cichos

Christina Cichos

Voice

A native of Port Coquitlam, BC, soprano Christina Cichos has been singing in choirs as far back as she can remember. Her childhood enthusiasm for music has carried on into her adulthood, where she maintains a deep passion for music and the joy it brings to others. At Resound, Christina is looking forward to passing along her love for music because it is a gift that is at its most valuable when shared with others. Her goal is to bring every student’s true voice forward with ease and sound technique, regardless of what genre they are learning…

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Jennifer Cho

Jennifer Cho

Piano

Jennifer began her musical journey in Vancouver at the age of 6, and quickly found success through school performances, recitals and Kiwanis music festivals where she received multiple awards.  Her love for piano, children, and the arts, made pursuing her musical calling an easy decision.  She followed this path to countless teaching roles at elementary schools in the lower mainland where she solidified her love for helping young children pursue their musical aspirations.

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Soo Choo

Soo Choo

Piano

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.

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Janelle Claudio

Janelle Claudio

Voice

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!

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Sarah Derkowski

Sarah Derkowski

Piano

A talented and dedicated performer and instructor, Sarah has achieved her ARCT diploma in piano performance and completed all of her Royal Conservatory exams with a standing of first class honours or higher. Having begun teaching piano at age 16, she has experience working with a wide range of ages and is extremely passionate and enthusiastic as an instructor…

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Mike Ferraro

Mike Ferraro

Guitar, Bass

Mike began playing guitar at 9 years old, and has been obsessed with music of all kinds ever since. He has 6+ years experience in music education, with students ranging in age from 5-70 years old.

In addition to teaching, Mike has developed his own musical career as a guitar player, bass player, occasional piano player, singer, songwriter, and performer with his former band, Candelora. He has released two albums that he showcased and toured across North America.

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Sam Greaves

Sam Greaves

Guitar

First of all I am a music fan. I got into music because I love it and creating music is a great way to express your feelings and how you see the world. Music is and will always be fun to me. My background is from taking private lessons, self exploration, recording, writing, and playing live. I like to teach in a way that taps into ones “sound” and helps the student create music that they enjoy.

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Priscilla Huynh

Priscilla Huynh

Piano

As a piano teacher, Priscilla strives to transform an individual’s interest in music into an enjoyable learning experience. She believes in forming partnerships with students to promote the development of both the musical ability and character of the student. Priscilla’s teaching method includes appealing to different types of learning by using a combination of visual, auditory, and kinaesthetic techniques in order to provide a learning environment that is tailored to each student.

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Greg Jackson

Greg Jackson

Drums

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.

As far as instructional and educational experience goes, I have accumulated well over 200 hours of volunteer experience in elementary school classrooms, assisted in music programs for youth with special needs, and have received instructor training at Simon Fraser University.

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Michelle Joly

Michelle Joly

Voice, Piano, Guitar

Michelle Joly is a Musician, Private Music Instructor, Singer- Songwriter, and Recording Artist. She has a Music Diploma Majoring in Music Merchandising from Red Deer College and a Music Diploma in Vocal Jazz Performance from Grant McEwan College in Edmonton, Alberta. Michelle has been teaching guitar, piano and voice for over a decade and her passion lies in helping others pursue their musical endeavours and watching them succeed!

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Atley King

Atley King

Guitar, Bass, Drums

I am a lifelong musician and current student of the Capilano University Jazz program. I play guitar, bass, and also the drums in many styles and settings. Through Resound it is my goal to lead others to a place where they may find doors of their own to open. I believe it is through this language we all share that we may one day hear each other, and ourselves, better than we ever have before…

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Joey Laguio

Joey Laguio

Voice

Joey Laguio is an experienced vocalist and performer who has over 10 years of classical and choral singing experience. Having sung with various groups including the St. Patrick’s Chamber Choir, the Corpus Christi College Chamber Choir, the Spirit Alive Chorale, and UBC A Cappella, Joey has a wealth of experiences to draw upon when teaching his students.

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Clarissa Lie

Clarissa Lie

Piano

My strengths as a teacher are my classical music background, my experience as a choir pianist and service pianist at my church, my patience, my flexibility in applying different teaching styles to each student’s unique learning style, and my amicable personality.

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Alex Mishchenko

Alex Mishchenko

Piano

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.

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Jocelyn Molnar

Jocelyn Molnar

Voice, Piano

My strongest belief as a teacher is that music making is fun, and every lesson should bring both the teacher and the student joy. I love seeing my students grow and change as musicians, and have developed a teaching style that is based on their curiosity. We discover music theory and history as we study the repertoire, and we sing and play any music that the student finds interesting and wishes to study.

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Niki Piper

Niki Piper

Violin, Piano, Voice

Niki Piper has been involved and growing in her craft since the age of 6. Growing up in a musical family and community has brought her plenty of growth and opportunities in the music field. From orchestral excerpts to fiddle jigs, to singing alongside Josh Groban, Niki has valued and respected each musical endeavour she has been a part of.

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Kevin Robb

Kevin Robb

Guitar, Bass

Kevin has been actively engaged in music since 1997, when he started playing guitar. He began in the genres of Blues and Rock, and eventually progressed into various other genres, covering much musical ground. Kevin has experience in most areas of the music scene, in studio, live, production, and business. He graduated from Douglas College with both an Audio Engineering Certificate and a Fine Arts Diploma, majoring in Classical guitar.

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Alan Ruiz

Alan Ruiz

Guitar, Bass

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.

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Harrison Shaw

Harrison Shaw

Guitar

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.

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Kimberlee Smith

Kimberlee Smith

Piano

Kimberlee has been teaching piano for 21 years. Her students have ranged in age from as early as 4, right through to age 65. She loves teaching and is always looking for ways to make sure her students achieve their musical goals.

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Dinel Ulpindo

Dinel Ulpindo

Piano

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.

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Shante Van Horlick

Shante Van Horlick

Voice

Shante grew up in Prince George, British Columbia. She started her vocal training at age 7 and has never looked back. Shante trained with RCM for many years and is currently finishing her Bachelor’s of Music specializing in Opera Performance at UBC. Shante began teaching aspiring singers in 2010 and is thrilled to be a part of Resound School of Music.

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Rolland Wang

Rolland Wang

Piano

Born and bred here in Vancouver, I started playing piano at a very young age and have never stopped since. Like many young kids who learn piano, I didn’t enjoy it much at first; the long grueling hours of practice day after day were not fun, but after being able to play songs I’ve always wanted to, I fell in love and found my passion. I believe that with the right guidance, any student is able to achieve their goals…

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Bryn Wiley

Bryn Wiley

Piano

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…

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