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.
Rennan Azevedo (2n) is a music tutor, drummer, composer and percussionist from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He has performed and taught music and its relationship with body/emotions throughout South and North America. Passionate, driven, focused and music oriented, Rennan loves to learn, share, connect and maximize people’s potentials.
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.
Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano
Pause! And imagine playing your favorite song, Alex will make it happen. “To Create, Share and Express” is Alex’s teaching approach. His students can enjoy music and create something of their own. After getting a degree in Jazz – education, he believes that music is an explorational language. Alex can provide his students the greatest experience in learning new instruments and developing an ongoing interest in music by achieving meaningful 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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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…
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.
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.
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.
Siobhan began vocal coaching in 2019 when she discovered her desire to help others find their voice. Her unique vocal coaching style is based in connecting to the truth of our emotions and expressing from that place. With that as the foundation, she will help with connecting emotionally to the story, proper breathing and vocal techniques, and turning the felt experience into our authentic vocal expression.
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.
Anna is a former K-pop singer and trainee from South Korea. She has trained intensively for 6 years and is currently studying Worship Arts and is the director for the Spartan and Agape dance team at Trinity Western University.
Anna is very passionate, dedicated and knowledgeable; whether you want to learn RnB, pop, contemporary music or musical theatre, she has something for you. After closing her own professional singing career, she started to teach people who had stage-fright, people who have damaged their voice, understanding the musicality, and knowing their basic foundations.