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Isaac Kwiatkowski

Isaac is a fiery musician with 10 years of professional performance experience who has been instrumental in the formation of several successful musical groups in London, ON, and Victoria, BC (where he lives currently). Isaac studied classical saxophone and piano at Western University along with the London Music Conservatory. He later branched out into a highly improvisatory and energetic jazz-funk style intended to entrance live audiences in popular music settings. Isaac relies on his students' love for their instrument’s voice to keep them engaged. His intention is to tune his students...

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,...

Lauren Steinmann

Lauren (she/her) has loved to sing from a very young age. This passion grew into a lifetime of musical adventures! Lauren grew up doing lots of musical theater along with many other theater ventures. Her background in theater allows her to understand her students from a playful and adventurous perspective. Lauren has an extensive choir background which has allowed her to understand the importance of rudiments and ear training in her teaching. These skills have been broadened through her studies in her Bachelor’s of Music Degree at the University of Victoria. Lauren enjoys jamming with fellow...

Olha Strelnyk

"Music is eternal, the soul lives in it, love and harmony is what we aspire to." Piano is a part of my life. I was born in the Ukraine and began to study piano at the age of 6. From there, I entered the Kyiv specialized music school at the conservatory and participated in various concerts and competitions. When I graduated, I entered the Pedagogical University and obtained my Master's Degree. At university I spent more time and attention on teaching skills and learned a wide variety of methods for teaching piano. I have been teaching piano to children and adults for over a d...

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...

Melissa Bracken

"Online Only" Sharing music and knowledge with students is Melissa’s passion. Melissa (she/her) is a multi-instrumentalist offering Piano lessons, Voice lessons, Ukulele lessons and more in Victoria, BC. For over a decade, she has enjoyed teaching a variety of genres, age groups and subject matter. Melissa continuously learns new skills to provide personalized lessons that cater a wide variety of interests and needs of her students. As a performer, Melissa has experience with many local bands, choirs and theatrical companies, as well as preforms individually as Melaura. Her educati...

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.

Troy Serson

Troy Serson is a Guitar & Ukulele instructor of 11 years who teaches online and in-person lessons from beginner to advanced. He has hundreds of 5-star reviews and has taught children as young as 3 years old to play their favorite songs. Troy meets with his students online, who sign in from all over the world! He studied classical performance at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and holds his Level 9 in Classical Guitar with the Royal Conservatory of Music. Troy has helped hundreds of students learn to play instruments, while building learner confidence and helping them discove...

Greg Baan-Meiklejohn

Greg's (he/him) environment is a fun environment. he's had every kind of lesson, teacher, gig or musical experience you can think of. From his studies at Berklee College of Music, to playing over 500 shows locally(and counting), he will give you a real world experience with the technique to back it up, while recognizing the only way to learn is to have fun doing it. He wants you to know that when you learn from him, whether it’s to make you the best singer you can be or to play music for you in the best way he knows how, he gives it his all. So have fun learning together! *Triple Vaxxed*

Savannah Read

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Savannah (she/her) grew up in a musical household where she began singing and playing guitar at the age of five. Her love for music quickly led her to sing in choirs, talent shows, bands, and even and even to start writing her own music. Currently, Savannah is completing her Bachelor’s of Music in voice at UVic where she has gained experience in a wide variety of genres including, contemporary, jazz, classical, and musical theatre. She is also proficient in the world of music production and recording software, and has been successful in releasing her own music. Savannah strives to create a w...

Matthew Stott

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Matthew (he/him) is a post-secondary student studying classical guitar at University of Victoria. 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 wi...

May Basbaum

May is a student at the University of Victoria with a passion for music, and has actively pursued various roles in Victoria’s music community; She has performed at both the Victoria Musical Garden Tour and the Victoria Performing Arts Festival. May has studied at the Victoria Conservatory of Music for ten years with Erin Fisher and recently completed her level 10 RCM certificate, Music History studies and Counterpoint. She highly values the skill and patience required to learn new instruments and is excited to share the gift of music. She looks forward to connecting with students of all ages...

Mela Cheung

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Mela is an accomplished musician with a passion for working musically with learners of all different backgrounds. She started learning piano at the age of 4, then violin and choral work at the age of 8. Starting with an RCM background and moving onto pursue her bachelors of music and minor in psychology at UVic, Mela has acquired a vast amount of experience to aid in her teaching. Mela has worked with children for years, and her previous involvement has allowed her to develop a deep understanding in actively incorporating music into the lives of her students, in an engaging and fun way. She h...

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...

Jaime Kozak

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Jaime (she/her) is a gentle, expressive musician obsessed with the beauty that surrounds her. Having studied voice since she was 4 years old, Jaime has an array of experience in musical arts including songwriting, recording, seniors-residence entertainment, sound meditation, scholarly choir/chorale work, and classical singing. The classical training that Jaime recieved while completing her bachelor's of music degree at uvic has engrained in her a universal understanding of the fundamentals of most western music. Therefore, She is happy to teach anything from RCM classical vocal pedagogy to...

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* ...

Cameron Wallace

Cam (he/him) approaches lessons with an artist's mindset that emphasizes the importance of groove, feeling and a love of music. The experience Cam has ranges from touring internationally and making studio recordings on both keys and guitar, to composing original music. Cam's work experience teaching in public schools provides him with an ability to reach different types of learners. And his experience as a musician affords him a deep knowledge of technique, ear training, arrangement, improvisation, theory and performance. Cam can teach piano, guitar and bass from beginner to advanced. Outside...