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Music - Instructor Profiles

Bonsor Arts - Alexander Flock
Alexander Flock
Guitar 

 

Alexander Flock is a versatile guitarist, adept at rock, country, jazz, funk and fingerstyle, just to name a few. Over the years Alex has received various awards and accolades for his playing, including a 3rd place finish at the 2012 Canadian Fingerstyle Guitar Competition. With his experience teaching both privately and at various studios and summer camps, such as the UBC Summer Music Institute, Alex is comfortable teaching all ages and all levels in a wide variety of contemporary styles.

Mark Luongo - Bonsor MusicMark Luongo
Guitar, Piano, Ukulele

 
 

Mark began piano lessons at the tender age of 4 and continued until the completion of his Grade 10 Toronto Conservatory with First Class Honours at 16. At the same time, he studied ukulele through the world renowned Langley Ukulele Ensemble. Not content to stop there, he also became an accomplished bassist. Then at 18, he combined his knowledge of ukulele and bass to teach himself guitar.  Mark went on to study at the Coalition of Music in Toronto in their Artist Entrepreneur Program and earned a degree in audio engineering from the Nimbus School of Recording Arts.  Mark founded his own recording studio, through which he met the members of his future bands Replica, Daniel Wesley, Goodbye Beatdown and PRTY H3RO. To date, Mark has co-written and released 4 records of original music with a total of 6 singles that have received regional to national radio play. His current project, "PRTY H3RO, is signed to Sony Music Canada and has tallied 2 national Top 40 hits to date. Mark began teaching a mix of ukulele, bass, guitar and piano at 19. In addition to building a roster of private students, he directed a 25-member junior ensemble for the Langley Ukulele Association and instructed community guitar classes for the Township of Langley. Mark currently lives, teaches, writes and records in Burnaby and is thrilled to be a part of Edmonds’ team of fine and performing arts instructors!

Pavel Chiriac


Pavel Chiriac
Violin

 

 

Pavel holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees, which he obtained at the George Enesco University in Romania. More recently, he studied at the University of Victoria, taking Master’s level courses in violin and chamber music with members of the Lafayetter String Quartet. His teaching has roots in the most advanced instruction methods; including Classical German from Carl Fleisch, modern French from Ysaye, Eastern European from Enerco and Oistrach, North American from Ivan Galamian,  and application of the Suzuki methods. The reasons for Pavel’s success as a teacher lie in his unlimited patience and gentleness, as well as his ability to customize his teaching to suit each student’s needs. These qualities together with his vast store of knowledge and his ability to teach at all levels from beginners to advanced students make Pavel one of the most highly sought after teachers in the province.

Many of Pavel’s students have won awards at local and Provincial festivals and have enjoyed great success in concerts and Royal Conservatory exams.

Klein, Michael
Michael Klein 
 

Michael has a Diploma of Jazz Studies and a BA in Music Education from Capilano University and UBC. He had a passion for music at a very young age, and feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to follow his passions into a career in which he can share his passion for music with others. He has taught music for over 10 years, including the provision of lessons for (children with special needs/children with disabilities) and early learners from ages 3 and up. He has also provided instruction for several clinics, workshops, music festivals and high school programs. Michael is also an accomplished musician in his own right. He first gained experience as a side musician for multiple projects, and has performed at many concerts, charity events, weddings, music festivals, conventions, and clubs. He has since launched his own project in missingNo, a band that has gained a worldwide audience and have since recorded three albums and a multitude of music videos. He has worked not only on-stage, but behind the scenes as well as an experienced studio musician who has been involved in every step of the album-making process. He is enthusiastic about continuing his musical career and to share his knowledge and experience with others, whether they simply wish to learn an instrument for their own enjoyment, or to embark upon a musical career of their own.  

Lam, Candy
Candy Lam 
 

Candy Lam, born in Vancouver, began classical piano studies at the age of 7. She has studied at the Vancouver Academy of Music with Sheila Hardy, and then completed her ARCT and Elementary Pedagogy with Dr. Ronald Morgan. Candy graduated from SFU with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, concentrated in contemporary music. During her studies, she taught piano lessons at the Community Schools Team, a branch within the Vancouver School Board. She has also competed and won awards at various music festivals, such as the Kiwanis Music Festival and Richmond Music Festival. In 2010, she won the “Grade 10 and Above” category of the Kawai Piano Competition. Candy likes working with students of all ages, and strives to share her passion for music in a fun and educational environment.

Lee, Kevin
Kevin Lee
 

Tenor Kevin Takahide Lee has a Bachelor's of Music in Opera Performance from the University of British Columbia and a Master's of Music in Voice Performance from The University of Western Ontario. He is artistic director of the Newcomer's choir, teaches for the city of Burnaby, and is involved with musical, theatrical and film productions throughout the Lower Mainland.  Kevin teaches Young Tunes, Musical Munchkins, Orff, and Voice at Edmonds Community Centre.

Oyarzo, Pablo
Pablo Oyarzo
 

Pablo Oyarzo is a certified teacher specializing in guitar, charango, quena and hand percussion instruments. Pablo’s range of experiences started when he was 9 years of age, and since then, he has been involved in various musical projects and was the director of two bands. His passion lies in playing Latin + Rock music, and is well versed in all genres of music on guitar. Pablo teaches Group Guitar on Wednesday evenings in the Fall at Edmonds Community Centre!

Walker, Nicole
Nicole Walker
Piano

 

Nicole's musical career began with piano lessons as a child and evolved into a string of unique and exciting musical adventures.  Her studies at university took her from piano performance to music theory, eventually developing into a passion for Balinese Gamelan, which she studied and played for over ten years.  She has taught piano and music theory to hundreds of children and adults, explored the art of Taiko drumming, sung in a barbershop quartet, and has been privileged to work and tour with such incredible musicians as Diana Krall and Elvis Costello.  Nicole's latest endeavour has been designing curriculum for and teaching baby sign language classes throughout the Lower Mainland.  Her classes are fun and informative, full of music and play, and are based on the philosophy that all children have incredible communicative potential which can be encouraged right from the time they are born. 
Nicole holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brock University and a Master of Arts in Music Theory from UBC.  She is a certified Music Together® instructor as well as a Baby Signing Time® instructor.  Nicole is a full-time Mom and part-time teacher, and is excited about the opportunity to share her knowledge and enthusiasm with others. 

Walmsley, Julia
Julia Walmsley
 

Julia moved to Vancouver in 2012 to study for her Bachelor's of Music Therapy at Capilano University. Before moving, Julia obtained her Bachelor of Music in Voice performance at Carleton University in Ottawa, specializing in Musical Theatre performance. She performed in countless shows, and was a formidable member of the West African Drumming Ensemble at the University. Since finishing her studies at Capilano, Julia has been cast in many shows around Vancouver and joined the local African Drumming group Adanu Habobo led by Master Drummer Kofi Gboloyno. Julia teaches music all around the Lower Mainland. She has been working for the City of Burnaby since 2014 and teaches preschool music groups, choir, private singing lessons, drumming and soon will be teaching ukelele. Julia strives to share her love of music with each of her students, inspiring them to become better musicians with each class. 

Svitlana Rozumovska
Svitlana Rozumovska
 

Svitlana Rozumovska has a Bachelor of Education in Music, majoring in Choral Singing and Piano, and Post-Baccalaureate in Education from the Kiev Pedagogical University, where she conducted research in the field of aesthetic development in early childhood education. For twenty years, Svitlana has worked as a music teacher and choir conductor. Not only is she a teacher, but she is also a continuous learner as well. Svitlana has had extensive training in piano based on the Orff and Kodaly methodologies and the Kindermusic Program. In 1995, she obtained a Permanent Teacher’s Certificate in Manitoba and became a member of the Canadian Music Teachers Association. Since 1997, Svitlana has been teaching piano privately and general music in elementary public schools in Winnipeg and Northern Manitoba. Lately, Svitlana has begun teaching the Music for Young Children program (MYC) that prepares preschool children for singing and playing the piano and other instruments. She believes that musical education is vital in early childhood and all children should have a chance to express their feelings through arts, music and movement. She teaches music in a way that each child feels special, valued, and encouraged. Svitlana teaches long term piano at Edmonds Community Centre on Saturdays.

Stefanie Artuso
Stefanie Artuso
 

Stefanie’s love for music started at the young age of 6, starting with piano and eventually finding her passion for singing. She studied with the Royal Conservatory of Music in both piano and voice. Her taste for the stage came when she performed in Joseph and the Amazing technicolor dream coat with Donny Osmond, she knew from then on music will be a part of her life. She received her “golden ticket” through Canadian Idol, performing in various choirs/ ensembles around Vancouver and keeping up with her vocal & performance training at Douglas College. When Stefanie isn’t singing you can find her running the trails at Deer lake, or after her 3 young children! Stefanie will be teaching Preschool Music classes on Thursdays, and voice on Saturdays. 

Robert Wu
Robert Wu
 

Robert Wu began piano lessons at the age of 11. Throughout his high-school years, he participated in numerous festivals and competitions while completing the Royal Conservatory of Music piano exams. In 2013, he completed the ARCT Piano Performance exam with First Class Honours with Distinction and was awarded with a scholarship from the conservatory. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from UBC and a Master of Music degree from the Memorial University of Newfoundland, majoring in piano performance and pedagogy. Robert enjoys sharing his knowledge and passion for music through his lessons and has experience teaching piano and music theory to students of different ages and levels.

Faith Yuen
Faith Yuen
 

Faith started piano at a very young age. She completed her Grade 10 RCM with Honors Distinction in 2015, as well as all the theory co – requisites. She has a wide range of teaching experience with students ranging from 3 years to 18 years of age in both fine arts and recreation. In addition, Faith has a wide breadth of teaching experience – working with children with varying needs of support, including those with special needs. Although this is Faith’s first year at Edmonds, however she has been with the City of Burnaby since 2016. Faith is honoured to be able to teach the Wednesday long term piano students, and looks forward to the progress that will be made! Faith will be teaching long term piano on Sundays starting Fall 2019.

Pearl Wong
Pearl Wong
 

Pearl is a versatile instructor who enjoys teaching piano to students at different levels and interests. In grade 5, her elementary school teacher recognized her musical ability and encouraged her to play at concerts.  Since then, she completed her grade 10 RCM piano and theory, and has shared the joy of music throughout 20+ years of teaching. Pearl has taught various RCM levels to students. As a teacher, her students know her as patient, creative, and confident. Whether she's helping students learn their favorite pieces or preparing students for exams, she loves to instill the appreciation of music to students through theory and practice.  

Angela Lee
Angela Lee
 

Angela Lee has been playing the piano for over 20 years, and has been teaching students of all ages for over 5 years. She has completed her RCM Grade 10 Piano certification, and has also received the ABRSM Piano Diploma. Angela is currently in studies to receive her Bachelor of Music at Simon Fraser University. Angela is a very involved teacher – and is always looking for new and unique ways to introduce music to the students. Seeing the students improve weekly while gaining confidence and happiness is her true motivation to teach, and she hopes to bring the joy she shares with music to her future students.  Angela will be teaching long term piano Sundays at Edmonds Community Centre.