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Instructor Profile

Kristina Badley

 

Kristina Badley

Kristina has been pursuing her passion for music and dance since the age of 3 (she was trained by  Kera Dothery at Staccatto Music Studios in piano and with Rachael Poirier at Poirier Productions in dance). Kristina has successfully completed the Royal Conservatory of Music graded exams as well as the theory requirements. In addition, she has completed her Elementary and Intermediate Piano Pedagogy teaching certificates and is currently working towards completing her Advanced ARCT certificate. 

In dance Kristina has completed the Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D.) graded exams and has trained in ballet,  jazz, contemporary, modern and musical theatre as well as has worked with numerous guest choreographers. Kristina has had the opportunity to participate in a variety of productions including Ballet Victoria’s “The Gift” and has been awarded high score titles in various dance competitions . 
As a musician she has participated in a variety of music festivals and community events, and enjoys playing the flute.  These past years have been devoted to instilling a love of the arts into the youth through teaching both  piano and dance. Kristina finds teaching a truly rewarding experience and looks forward to seeing the growth and improvement in her students. Kristina is excited to be a part of Bonsor and looks forward to continuing to share her passion of the arts with others.

Piano

Stephanie Bulman

 

Stephanie Bulman

Stephanie started playing piano at the age of 5 and has been playing ever since. After she achieved her RCM grade 7 she switched to Jazz piano – her first love. In 2015 she graduated from the Alberta College of Art & Design from the Fine Arts program with a major in painting. 

For the next two years Stephanie worked as an art & music teacher for the South Shuswap Arts Council, where she taught children age 4 and up. 

Stephanie loves sharing her passion for piano with young children and seeing them spark with creativity and excitement, especially with the 4-6 year olds. In 2017 we were blessed to have Stephanie join the Bonsor team teaching Piano Explorations. 

Piano Explorations 

Mark Campbell

 

Mark Campbell  

Mark is a guitarist, drummer and keyboard player from Vancouver, BC.  From age 7 to 18 he studied music at the Douglas Academy of Music under David Lund where he completed his Grade 7 Royal Conservatory of Music studies. He went on to study Classical music at Douglas College and Jazz music at both Capilano University and Vancouver Community College. 

Mark has toured and played across North America and Europe for over ten years with several different groups, most notably with world music pioneers Roots Roundup. During that time he also traveled to Asia to study and experience the music and culture of India and South East Asia.

Mark has been teaching since grade 12 and he loves the opportunity to pass on what he has learned in his life so far, especially to youth. For him few experiences are as rewarding as fueling the curiosity and passion for learning that he sees in others. Discovering each student’s unique gifts and process of learning is a continuous journey that he finds deeply motivating and inspiring.

Guitar, Drums, Ukulele, Mandolin & Piano

Pavel Chiriac

 

Pavel Chiriac 

Pavel’s performing and teaching credits are too many to list! Suffice it to say, he has had a distinguished international career as a musician and has gained a considerable reputation as a first class instructor. Pavel holds a Master of Music from the George Enesco University in Romania and has studied at the University of Victoria, taking Master’s level courses in violin and chamber music. His teaching is based on more than 30 years of study and research and include the Classical German from Carl Fleisch: the modern French from Ysaye, the Eastern European from Enerco and Oistrach; the North American from Ivan Galamian and application of the Suzuki methods.

Violin & Viola 

Bonsor Arts - Alexander Flock

 

Alex Flock 

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, most recently being the winner of the Roxy Launch Project with the band Best Night Ever. He also placed 3rd at the 2012 Canadian Fingerstyle Guitar Competition, a prestigious competition judged by some of today’s top fingerstyle guitarists. With his experience teaching both privately and at various studios and summer camps over the years, Alex is comfortable teaching all ages and all levels in a wide variety of contemporary styles. 

Guitar, Ukulele, Banjo



 

CJ Kanjilal 

Chironjeev (CJ) Kanjilal began his music studies at age 9 with Bonsor’s own Pavel Chiriac, first with the violin, and then picking up piano and cello a few years later. He became an Associate of the Royal Conservatory whilst still in high-school, achieving his Violin Performers Diploma at age 15 and his Teachers Diploma the following year, under the direction of Mr. Chiriac. He entered the University of British Columbia, first studying Physics in the Faculty of Science, and then also enrolling in the School of Music to work concurrently towards a degree in Advanced Violin Performance under Canadian concert violinist Jasper Wood.

Described as a Renaissance man by his professors and mentors, CJ has expertise in both his fields, with interests in hydrodynamic numerical modelling, MRI, and acoustical physics. With the latter, he is working on research related to the acoustics of violins. CJ has an aptitude for teaching both science and music, and he has a passion for sharing his knowledge and experiences with others. He has been teaching for the past 7 years: as a violin teacher, a piano teacher, by providing piano accompaniment services and theory tutoring, as a mentor with the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra, and as a Teaching Assistant at the University of British Columbia for both physics and music courses. CJ follows a flexible teaching methodology, believing in tailoring his teachings to the individual needs and skills of each student. Some of his students have also won awards at festivals such as Kiwanis, the British Columbia Conservatory of Music Festival, and through Royal Conservatory of Music exams. He is excited to be coming back to Bonsor in the capacity of an instructor, and is looking forward to meeting his students.

Violin & Piano 

Michael Klein
 

Michael Klein 

Michael Klein was passionate about music from a very young age, and feels fortunate to have a career in which he can share this passion with others.  Michael holds a Diploma of Jazz Studies from Capilano University, and a BA in Music Education from UBC.  He has taught music for over 10 years to preschoolers, children, adults and to people with special needs, as well as provided instruction for clinics, workshops, music festivals and high school programs.  

Michael is also an accomplished musician in his own right.  He has worked as a side musician on multiple projects, and performed for various concerts, charity events, weddings, music festivals, conventions, and clubs.  He launched his own band in 2011, missingNo, which has gained a worldwide audience with 3 albums and a multitude of music videos.  Michael has worked not only on-stage, but behind-the-scenes as an experienced studio musician - involved in every step of the album-making process.

He is enthusiastic about continuing his musical career and sharing his knowledge and experience with others, whether they simply wish to learn an instrument for their own personal enjoyment, or to embark upon a musical career of their own.  

Piano & Saxophone 

Candy Lam

 

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 in 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. 

Piano

Angela Lee

 

Angela Lee

Angela has been playing the piano for over 20 years.  She has her RCM Grade 10 Piano certification, has received the ABRSM Piano Diploma, and is currently in studies to receive her Bachelor of Music at Simon Fraser University. 

Six years ago Angela started teaching students of all age – and fell in love with it.  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.  

Piano

Ross Ling

 

Ross Ling

Ross is an inspiring and creative violinist and pianist who started learning the piano at the age of 3 and the violin at the age of 11. Ross studied at the Academy of Music in Taiwan for 6 years where she received comprehensive musical training. By the age of 15 she had already performed in many concerts and won prizes in various violin competitions. 

After immigrating to BC with her family at the age of 18 she continued her studies at the University of Victoria where she studied with Sharon Stanis of the Lafayette String Quartet. With scholarships, she was able to focus on her study without any financial burden. Ross graduated with a Bachelor degree in violin performance and has devoted herself to teaching violin and piano to children and adults of all levels. She is excited to be teaching at Bonsor and is looking forward to meeting her new students.

Violin & Piano

Charmaigne Liu

 

Charmaine Liu 

With a great passion for teaching, Charmaine enjoys motivating and sharing her love of music with students of all ages and levels.  Charmaine has dedicated herself to music education for more than 10 years and has worked with the communities of Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby, and Coquitlam.

Charmaine graduated with a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC), an Associated Diploma in Performance and Piano Pedagogy from the Victoria Conservatory of Music, and is presently completing her Masters of Education degree at UBC.  Her mentors of music and music education include Dr. Joy Innis, Mayling Kwok, Winifred Scott Wood, Dr. Ronald Morgan, Dr. Corey Hamm, Alice Enns, and Dr. Scott Goble. 

Charmaine currently holds teaching positions as an early childhood educator and an independent piano teacher.  She is also a certified Music Together instructor and endeavours to explore the wonders of world (multicultural) music with all her students.  She looks forward to imparting inspirational opportunities of expression, creativity, and artistry through the collaborative experiences of community music-making. Charmaine is thrilled to be a part of  Bonsor's team of fine and performing arts instructors! 

Piano 

Craig McCaul

 

Craig McCaul 

Craig has been a professional musician and composer for over 20 years. He has played guitar, bass and drums with a multitude of Jazz, Rock and Country groups all across Canada, and has toured throughout the world, most recently in Germany and Qatar on the Arabian Peninsula.

When not performing with such artists as Kent McAlister and the Iron Choir, Joel Kroeker, The Cape May, Ridley Bent, Carolyn Mark, Matt Masters, the Great Outdoors, Melisa Devost, and Cameron Latimer, Craig writes and performs his own music.

A graduate of Mount Royal Collage, he obtained his Music Diploma in 1993. Since 1991 he has been teaching guitar and bass to all ages, both privately and at schools such as Tom Lee Music,  Not Just Another Music Shop, Pacific Drum Centre, GuitarWorks and now here at Bonsor! He  currently plays in the bands The Washboard Union, Bella Monde and Ridley Bent.

Guitar, Drums, Ukulele & Piano

Marc Rivest

 

Marc Rivest

Guitarist, singer, and educator Marc Rivest started playing music as a small child with piano, and then moved to the guitar at age 13. He has been pursuing music full-time since 2013. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Guelph and a Diploma in Jazz Studies from Capilano University. 

As a performer, Marc has played across Canada and has held contracts with VIA Rail, Calgary Transit and most recently Trout Point Lodge of Nova Scotia. His skills on the guitar have led to sponsorship deals with Godin guitars and Kyser capos. In addition to his work as a solo performer (his album "Breathe" was released in 2014), Marc leads a jazz-influenced folk band. 

As an instructor, Marc's lessons focus on the development of technique and repertoire while also paying attention to the principles of healthy childhood development defined by High Five National. Marc strongly believes that music classes should be an enjoyable experience, and that playing an instrument should be fun. With this in mind, Marc's lessons aim to inspire a love of music that stays with students for life. Marc currently teaches Guitar, Voice, Ukulele, Drums and Piano at CW Music, Edmonds Community Centre and now at Bonsor.

Guitar, Drums, Ukulele & Piano

Daniel Sebt

 

Daniel Sebt 

Daniel received a Master's Degree in Guitar Performance from the Royal College of Art in London in 2006, where he won the Salon Prize and the Guitar Major Award. 

A guitarist with exceptional musicality and guitaristic technique, Daniel is renowned as a talented musician for his attention to detail and provocative lyrical phrasing - which bring each piece he plays to life. He has performed for television shows, commercials and radio programs and has performed live in London, Manchester and in numerous places all over greater Vancouver. He taught and conducted orchestra, band and choir.

Daniel started teaching guitar, ukulele, piano and music theory in 2000, and in 2018 he started teaching for the City of Burnaby. With his exceptional patience and extensive experience in teaching over the years, he is highly skilled in teaching all ages and all levels in a wide variety of musical styles.

Guitar, Classical Guitar, Ukulele, Banjo & Mandolin 

Julia Walmsley

 

Julia Walmsley 

Julia has been working for the City of Burnaby since 2013 teaching preschool music programs, as well as voice and ukulele classes. 
Julia graduated from Carleton University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Music in voice performance. She moved to Vancouver shortly after to attend Capilano University's Music Therapy program. She works with children, youth, adults and seniors sharing her love of music all over the lower mainland. She also performs regularly on stage in musicals and with the West African rhythm ensemble Adanu Habobo.

Voice, Ukulele & Piano

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.  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.  

Piano

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