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.
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.
Frances Ancheta (she/her) has been singing and performing from a young age. In the past two decades, Frances has taken lessons for pop and classical styles while also finding her own voice in other genres such as R&B and musical theatre. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and techniques to ensure that shower singers, rising artists, and everyone in between, can sing with a healthy instrument.
I grew up in a household of music educators learning piano before I discovered my love for guitar. Since 2015 I have worked hard and learned from the very best, including Frank Vignola, Gene Bertoncini, James Chirillo, Chris Eldridge, and Ron Samworth and Bill Coon more locally. This first hand knowledge will allow me to foster your improvement as a guitarist so that you can constantly be excelling at guitar, and music as a whole.
Sarah has over 12 years of experiences and teaches students of all ages. Her students include beginners with no previous experiences to musicians and career pianists in the making. From piano basics, to RCM examination prep & theory. Sarah’s professionalism & ability to teach students of all levels has allowed her students to learn and navigate the complex world of music.
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.
Guitar, Bass, Piano, Drums
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.
I have been playing the piano since I was nine years old and have experience in both contemporary piano as well as the royal conservatory. I graduated from the University of Toronto in 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts degree double-majoring in Anthropology and Music. My music program specialized in theory and history; I am passionate about both and my students can expect me to throw in “fun facts” throughout our lessons together.
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.
Blair is a guitarist, drummer, vocalist, and songwriter of over twenty years. He has performed on more than forty professional recordings, and toured internationally in over ten bands of varying genres. He is also the recipient of the Best Breakout Artist Award (Edmonton Folk Festival), and Best Original Song In A Music Video Award (Vancouver International Film Festival). In recent years, Blair’s role as a musician is largely centered around composition for other artists, and for film and TV.
Rebecca Hsin discovered her love for music at the age of 4 when she first started playing the piano. For over 14 years, she studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music, specializing in classical music with a completion of level 10. As someone who loves watching movies, Rebecca often arranges her favourite pop songs and other genres of music for herself and her students.
I’m an optimistic piano teacher that loves sharing my passion for music with students of all ages! I’ve been classically trained for over 10 years and have received my ARCT piano diploma through The Royal Conservatory of Music.
Cherise is an award-winning pianist with an outstanding record of achievements in both national competitions and international music festivals including the Canadian Music Competition, Music Fest Perugia, and the Coimbra World Piano Meeting. She possesses several years of experience in teaching music, with a specific focus on Western classical music, music theory, and performance/RCM exam preparation.
Piano, Guitar, Drums
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.
Angela was born in Taiwan and has been playing the piano for over 18 years. Angela enjoys seeing students develop and improve through her teachings. She also finds it rewarding to see students gain confidence as they progress.
Dari Marshall is a driven, energetic, and creative teacher who wants to pass on her love for singing. She has an abundance of vocal exercises for all voices and all ages.
Dari graduated from the Contemporary Music and Technology program at Selkirk College after 3 years with her diploma in music and majors in performance and audio engineering and production, as well as been an independent recording and performing artist for the past 5 years.
Guitar, Drums, Voice
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, Ukulele, Voice, and Composition.
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.
Daywuy Mejias, has been teaching piano for more than 20 years. She graduate as a pianist at the early age of 16 at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Venezuela and worked between Venezuela and Spain. She believes that every person deserves the chance to learn music with the aim to enhance and promote their social, cognitive and emotional skills.
Terry Ng is a passionate and seasoned piano teacher. He has taught many adult students in Richmond Community Centres and children at their homes. He is an ARCT Piano Performer and RCM Associate Elementary Piano Teacher.
Kaïla Nkufo started playing piano from the age of 5. She was first introduced to classical music and repertoire as she grew up in the RCM piano curriculum. At 10 years old, Kaïla started performing for national renown fundraisers as well as some of the worlds’ most prestigious international facilities. Kaïla continued to perform internationally, and in 2018, she performed “The Revolutionary” by Chopin at Carnegie Hall.
Caitlyn Norman-Kovalick has been studying music performance, composition and theory through any tools possible. She loves connecting with people through playing and strives to find what makes them most engaged and excited so that they can learn and become the most connected with their instrument.
Halle’s primary focus as a teacher is on instilling the love of music in her students. She fully believes that she would not be pursuing music herself had she not been shown so much support, patience, and passion during her own musical journey and thus she aims to pay that forward to her students. While she values the importance of learning technique and skills such as ear training, sight reading, and rhythm studies, she also believes there is equal value in having fun learning music and learning to write and play your own music or learning to play your favourite songs.
Natasha Prasad was born and raised in Edmonton, AB and developed a passion for music and performing at a very young age. Her top priority as a voice and piano instructor is to create a safe space for students to express themselves authentically, and to equip students with the musical tools that will empower them to create and to sing/play music that they are passionate about.
I believe in helping students experience the joy of music by giving them a strong technical foundation and introducing them to great and inspirational music by providing positive encouragement. I understand the importance of accommodating each student according to their unique learning styles and goals.
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.
British born violinist Anthony Sabberton began taking Suzuki method violin lessons at the age of 3. By the age of 10, Anthony was accepted into the Royal Academy of Music, London, winning a full scholarship and eventually graduating with a bachelor’s degree. Anthony continued his Post Graduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of Maurice Hasson and had the opportunity to learn with many of the world’s greatest violinists…
Charlie is a Spanish musician whose career started as a young child attending music school to receive classical training in music theory and piano. Upon graduating, he decided to take on learning guitar on his own with a brand new approach, experimenting with jazz, blues and rock ‘n’ roll for the last 10 years…
I started learning the piano at the age of 4, and continued on to get my ARCT with the Royal Conservatory of Music. Since then I have accumulated 13 years of piano teaching experience, inspiring students to perform their best, while developing a true love and appreciation for all kinds of music.
Shenella has over two decades of experience with both piano and vocals and has been teaching for roughly 6 years. sic alongside ear training, sight reading, and vocal/piano training. Shenella loves seeing students grow more skilled in their musical abilities and aims to make them more passionate about music!
Guitar, Bass, Piano
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.
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 has her ARCT performance degree with the Royal Conservatory of Music and is also a member of the British Columbia Registered Music Teacher’s Association. She loves teaching and is always looking for ways to make sure her students achieve their musical goals.
Adam Swartz is a passionate guitar player who strives to develop that passion in his students. Adam was raised playing blues, rock and pop music but specializes in a large variety of genres. He understands from his own experience that learning the guitar is a challenge that will also be enjoyable and rewarding.
Voice, Piano, Ukulele
Tayler fell in love with music as a form of expression and connection at an early age. Singing was a vessel for communication and she experienced firsthand the impact that music can have on building a sense of belonging. This exploration carried into her piano studies and introduced a new way of supporting her voice and the voices of her peers and community.
Guitar, Bass, Drums, Ukulele
Lincoln offers instruction on guitar, bass, drums, and ukulele, as well as maintenance and setup skills for each instrument. His versatility allows him to teach a wide range of styles, including but not limited to; R&B, Neo Soul, Indie Rock, Jazz, Rock, Emo, Punk, Hardcore, Classical, Fingerstyle, Folk, and Pop. Whether students are beginners picking up an instrument for the first time or intermediate musicians seeking to advance their skillset, Lincoln’s comprehensive and highly adaptable approach to teaching provides the guidance and support necessary to achieve musical aspirations.
Morgan was raised around a household and family full of music, and started playing piano ate age 8 and guitar at 14. She has gone through the RCM curriculum and was raised learning classical music. Through her classical music training, she eventually moved to electric guitar and took a liking to rock, blues, jazz, pop, metal, and really all genres.
Crystal Yu began to play the piano when she was 4 years old. Crystal values and enjoys spreading her passion for piano to her students. She believes it is most important for students to appreciate as well as enjoy the music they are playing, so that they have a fun experience when learning the piano.