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Teachers

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 - Piano Teacher at Resound School of Music

Arielle Ballance

Piano, Voice

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.

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Frances Ancheta

Voice

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.

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Eric Bates

Guitar, Piano

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. 

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Sarah Chao - Piano Teacher

Sarah Chao

Piano

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.

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Chris Couto Drum Teacher

Chris Couto

Drums

Chris Couto is a respected, dependable, professional session-musician, Producer, Arranger and Educator from Vancouver, BC. His approach to drum education emphasizes not only technical proficiency but also a deep understanding and appreciation for rhythm, dynamics, and musicality. 

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Adam Dean Guitar Teacher

Adam Dean

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.

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Emily Erhart Piano Teacher | Resound School of Music

Emily Erhart

Piano

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.

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Joaquin Galeano

Guitar, Bass, Piano

Joaquin is a passionate and dedicated music teacher based in Coquitlam, BC. Joaquin began teaching lessons in 2007, and he is an expert in lessons on guitar, piano, trombone, and music theory for kids and young people. Since 1999, he has been part of music bands in styles like rock, reggae, ska, and Latin jazz. 

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Ashley Gonzales | Resound School of Music Teachers

Ashley Gonzales

Piano, Voice

Meet Ashley Gonzales, a seasoned music educator and performing musician with over a decade of experience, holding degrees in Music Performance from both UBC and Capilano University. Experienced in preparing students for competitions, performances, and RCM examinations, Ashley ensures her students are well-equipped for success in various musical endeavours. Ashley’s philosophy is rooted in instilling a love of learning through music, fostering a lifelong appreciation for the art form.

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Greg Jackson Drum Teacher

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. 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.

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Blair Hansen Guitar and Drum Teacher | Resound School of Music

Blair Hansen

Guitar, Drums

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.

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Rebecca Hsin Piano Teacher

Rebecca Hsin

Piano

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.

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Mandy Jong - Piano Teacher

Mandy Jong

Piano

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.

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Brendan Lane Piano Teacher

Brendan Lane

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.

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Angela Lee Piano Teacher

Angela Lee

Piano

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.

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Dari Marshall

Voice

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.

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Stephen Marshall - Resound Guitar Teacher

Stephen Marshall

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.

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Alex Mishchenko Piano Teacher

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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Daywuy Mejías

Piano

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.

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Caitlyn Norman-Kavolic - Guitar Teacher

Caitlyn Norman-Kovalick

Guitar

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.

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Natasha Prasad - Voice and Piano Teacher

Natasha Prasad

Voice, Piano

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.

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Rehana Rafi Piano Teacher | Resound School of Music

Rehana Rafi

Piano

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.

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Alan Ruiz Guitar Teacher

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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Anthony Sabberton

Violin

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…

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Charlie Sar - Guitar Teacher

Charlie Sar

Guitar

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…

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Bobbi-Dee Schultz Piano Teacher

Bobbi-Dee Schultz

Piano

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. 

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Shenella Silva

Voice, Piano

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!  

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Andrew Skepasts - Guitar Teacher

Andrew Skepasts

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. 

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Kevin Smale | Resound School of Music Teachers

Kevin Smale

Guitar, Bass

Kevin Smale is a seasoned guitarist and former Paramedic who first began playing when he was gifted an acoustic guitar at the age of 10. His passion for music eventually led him to study blues and jazz at Berklee College of Music.

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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 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.

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Adam Swartz Guitar Teacher | Resound School of Music

Adam Swartz

Guitar, Bass

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.

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Tayler Tabernero

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.

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Lincoln Woo

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.

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Morgan Young - Guitar Teacher

Morgan Young

Guitar, Piano

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.

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Crystal Yu

Piano

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.

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About Us

Resound School of Music was started in 2009 with a vision of providing the finest music instruction available from the comfort of your home. But don’t be mistaken; we’re not your typical, stuffy music conservatory, nor do we want to be. Instead, we are the music school that was designed with you in mind.