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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.

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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Robert Crews

Robert Crews

Guitar, Bass

Robert began playing the guitar at the age of 3 and hasn’t looked back since. Now in the process of getting his degree in guitar performance, he continues to play, teach, and learn with the same enthusiasm that was sparked early on.

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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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Sabine Kahwaji

Sabine Kahwaji

Guitar

Sabine began playing instruments from the age of 5, from Piano to Guitar and Drums. She took part in a 5 year orchestra program attending music festivals in the lower mainland along with musical performances in Nashville.

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Kimberly Leandro

Kimberly Leandro

Piano

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.

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Bonnie Leung

Bonnie Leung

Piano

As a teacher, Bonnie continues to pursue music in her own learning as well as helping others in their musical development. Her teaching philosophy is to foster her students’ learning in engaging ways while helping them discover a love and passion for music.

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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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Gabe Pietrzak

Gabe Pietrzak

Guitar

Teaching and mentoring has always been Gabe’s passion. He encourages all his students to try things themselves and be hands on learners, to not be afraid of exploration. He believes that everyone has the ability to enjoy music and that there is no limit of potential if you put in the time and effort.

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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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