Guitar Teachers

Want a chance to learn guitar from a university educated instructor in your own home? YourPlace Music School offers in-home guitar lessons around Victoria and online guitar lessons from anywhere you happen to be. 

We offer everyone from kids, teens, adults and seniors a chance to learn guitar. We can accommodate any style: acoustic, classical, electric, slide guitar and more. We also accommodate any genre from pop, jazz, rock, blues, classical, funk, reggae, metal and beyond. We like to incorporate fun games into lessons to help kids use their competitive nature to develop muscle memory. 

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Cole Smith

Cole (he/him) approaches music with jazz training, genre fluidity and a teaching style that emphasizes the importance of groove, feeling and having fun. The experience Cole has ranges from playing trombone in big bands and dj-ing at electronic music festivals, to curating local shows and playing bass in an instrumental trio. His BMus in Jazz Studies provides him with a deep knowledge of technique, ear training, arrangement, improvisation, theory and performance. With an ability to teach guitar and bass from beginner to advanced, Cole also offers beginner piano lessons. Outside of teaching,...

Amir Alrishan

Amir (he/him) is a classical guitarist from Syria. He started practicing the guitar when he was 17 years old. He joined the high institute of music in Syria and finished 3 out of 5 years studying classical music before being granted refugee status in Canada. He learned how to perform on guitar and piano in the institute while also playing chamber music and singing in the chorus with The Syrian National Symphony Orchestra.  Amir participated in Yes Academy Lebanon for 2 years where he learn the gift of sharing music with others from the composer, classical guitarist, and storyteller Ms. ...

Matthew Stott

Matthew (he/him) is a post-secondary student studying classical guitar. He is classically trained in guitar and able to play other fretted instruments, including ukulele and bass. He has experience in studio recording and songwriting as well. He has been playing classical guitar since he was 14 and has been playing in public since. Matthew has also competed in the Performing Arts BC Provincial Festival 2018 for classical guitar and received an award for 1st place in contemporary classical voice in the Kiwanis Music Festival 2018 Classical Voice. He is comfortable with all ages and excited to ...

Hart Parnell

With a passion for music encompassing multiple styles, Hart Parnell (he/him) combines classical training with years of playing in rock and blues bands. Having studied under classical guitar virtuoso Alex Dunn, Hart graduated from UVic with a BMus (2017). Equipped to teach guitar of all styles, ukulele, bass and piano, Hart believes everyone deserves the opportunity to learn to play music and has had great success with students with ADD, ADHD and other diverse abilities in the past. Hart’s lessons focus on fun and enjoyment for the student while sprinkling in basic music theory. He's happy to...

Ian Sirias

Ian Sirias (he/him) is an accomplished pianist, teacher and musician. He has been actively teaching and performing piano and guitar on the island for over 10 years. Ian received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Victoria as well as a Diploma from the Victoria Conservatory of Music. On top of being classically trained, Ian teaches a variety of styles including rock, jazz and more. Students have remarked on Ian's easy going and fun nature that allows for an engaging and interactive learning experience. Ian takes great pride in his work to bring the joy of music into peoples lives.

Daniil Melnicenco

Daniil (he/him) is daily empowered by the idea of inspiring others through music. Growing up in a family surrounded by musicians: mother a devoted pianist, violinist cousin who toured the world with some of the best orchestras, godfather who sings for and co-leads the national music ensemble of Moldova. Daniil teaches guitar, voice, and music theory to beginners and intermediate students alike with a student-led approach that’s empowering and accessible. As a music teacher, Daniil is constantly striving for self-improvement and is continuously learning new skills to better cater to the nee...

Drew Redman

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Drew Redman (he/him) is an award winning composer who is offering Guitar lessons, Piano lessons, Ukulele Lessons and more in Victoria, BC. With an interest in both acoustic and electronic music, Drew's work has garnered him skills ranging from orchestration to sound design, giving him a varied flexibility in compositional styles. He received his BFA in music composition from Simon Fraser University in 2011, and his MMus summa cum laude in scoring for film, television, and video games from Berklee College of Music in 2014. Since then, he has worked on various video games, advertisements, and fi...

Jesse Horwood

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I wear many hats in my life. I’m a father, a husband, a musician, a band leader/manager, a board member for the Victoria BC Ska and Reggae Society, and I’m now adding local business owner to the mix. One role that I’ve played for the past 17 years is that of a music teacher.  Throughout the years I’ve learned a lot about students of all ages and backgrounds. I generally let the students guide the lesson while steering them towards the all important balance between fun and discipline. *Please note that Jesse is currently at capacity and not accepting any new students* ...