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About

Your journey in learning is very important as it requires the right teacher to guide you to become a successful musician. We can ensure that all students will grow!

Adrienne Sim

– Studio Director, Piano Teacher

Born in Vancouver BC, Adrienne began playing the piano at the age of five. She holds an ARCT diploma in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music and a Bachelors of Music with a Specialization in Secondary School Education from the University of British Columbia, where she studied Piano (Primary Instrument) and Voice (Secondary Instrument).

Adrienne has conducted choirs for various local churches in Coquitlam and has a specialization in Secondary Music Education (playing drums, flute, guitar, etc.). Adrienne also holds a second Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy from Capilano University and is an accredited music therapist with the Canadian Association of Music Therapy. Besides her enjoyment in teaching children and adults, she hopes to continue using music to inspire students to come.

Winnie Chan

– Piano & Theory Teacher

Born in Hong Kong, Winnie has been playing the piano for over twenty years. She enjoys playing different kinds of music such as classical, romantic, and pop songs. Winnie has had many musical experiences in playing the piano at church and teaching young musicians. Completing a Bachelors in Music Therapy from Capilano University in 2013, Winnie also has a completed ARCT in Teaching Elementary Piano Students with the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Winnie enjoys the process of a student’s learning, understanding and improving through her teaching and guidance whether it’s piano or dance. Winnie’s future plans are to continue teaching piano and dance, as well as establishing a music therapy career.

Jessica Chiu

– Piano & Theory Teacher

Born and raised in the heart of Port Moody, B.C., Jessica has been playing piano since the age of 4. Besides playing the piano, Jessica also plays the clarinet, and music from classical to jazz and pop. Her musical experiences include playing piano for the church, participating in concert choir, piano ensembles, solo and collaborative recitals, conducting and directing the local cadets marching band and choir.

After completing level 10 RCM, Jessica continued her musical studies at Brandon University where she completed her Bachelors of Music (Honors), with a concentration in Piano. Her hobbies include traveling, composing, and listening to music. Jessica future goal is to complete a Masters in Arts Management but for now, “What I enjoy most about teaching piano is seeing the student succeed in their goals and also sharing the love of music with each student.”

Fion Leung

– Piano Teacher

Fion Leung was born in Hong Kong and moved to Burnaby, BC when she was 1 years old. She started playing the piano at the age of 4, sings casually, and played the clarinet in high school. Fion plays mostly classical music, but she also loves pop music, movie themes, musical theater and Disney. She enjoys teaching and seeing her students find their own love for music with the skills they learn.

Besides teaching piano, she has shared her music with senior homes, collaborated with local singers, and participated in choirs in university.

Fion has received her Bachelors in Music from UBC, and her ARCT in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music. During her spare time, Fion enjoys reading novels, photography, and hiking. Her future plans are to continue to establish a teaching career and pursue further studies in piano.

Rhythm Tang

– Violin & Piano Teacher

Rhythm Tang was born in Vancouver, BC and has been playing the piano since the age of 4, and violin since the age of 6. Additionally, she also plays saxophone, French horn, and percussion in concert bands. Rhythm enjoys playing piano music from TV dramas and the top 40s. On the violin, she enjoys playing anything from classical to fiddle to modern jazz charts.

Rhythm’s vast musical experience includes conducting air cadet marching bands, leading string orchestras as the concert master, and accompanying choirs, weddings, and church programs.

Having recently graduated SFU with a Bachelor of Business Administration, Rhythm also has her ARCT and ABRSM Piano Diploma, and her Level 10 Violin RCM Certificate. She hopes to continue teaching young students since it has always been a huge reward for her to see the “eureka moment” and big smile across their faces when they achieve a new skill in music.

Besides piano and violin, Rhythm enjoys cross-country skiing, and baking creative cupcakes, cakes and macarons! Her future goals are to become a project manager in the data analytics field and to continue teaching privately so that students have the skills to begin playing in duets and small ensembles.

Angela Lee

– Piano Teacher

Angela was born in Taiwan and has been playing the piano for over 18 years. Besides the piano, she also plays other instruments such as Flute, Cello, Alto Saxophone, Trombone, French Horn, Clarinet and Bass Guitar. She enjoys playing all kinds of music especially Classical, Jazz, and Pop. Angela has performed in local concerts, music competitions, and weddings. Having achieved her level 10 RCM Piano, along with a Piano Diploma (ABRSM), she is currently pursuing a Fine Arts Degree as a Music Major at Simon Fraser University.

Angela enjoys seeing students develop and improve through her teachings. She also finds it rewarding to see students gain confidence as they progress.
Her other hobbies other than the piano include playing badminton, listening to music, and just playing music (especially on the piano). Her future goals are to become a successful musician who can conduct, perform and teach.

Sue Suh

– Piano & Voice Teacher

Sue Suh was born in Seoul, South Korea and has been playing the piano since she was 4 years old, and started singing in her teenage years. Besides piano, she is a professional trained Classical singer, and also plays the violin and viola. She enjoys mostly Classical music, but also loves to perform CCM, musical theater and pop songs as well. Sue has plenty of professional performance experience from operatic to orchestral performances, and church choirs and bands as a vocalist & pianist.

Sue has her Bachelors of Music, Masters of Music (Voice), and also has completed most levels of ABRSM (British Musical Exam Board) in various instruments. She enjoys teaching piano as it is a tuned percussion instrument that clearly shows one’s progress in both technical and musical aspects. Sue enjoys watching her students improve, lesson after lessons. For teaching voice, it is truly remarkable to see when one learns to express themselves in singing and become a whole new person with the most vibrant energy and attitude, along with a higher self-esteem.

Besides music, Sue enjoys cooking Korean cuisine, and her future plans are to become an active performer and also a renowned teacher/coach.

Michelle Riley

– Voice & Piano

Born and raised in Shelburne, Nova Scotia, Michelle displayed musical promise from an early age. She was enrolled in piano lessons at the age of six, and as she gained more musical experience, she became increasingly interested in vocal performance. Michelle began her studies in voice at Mount Allison University in 2013. This allowed her to quickly became a versatile performer in recital, opera, and musical theatre. Role highlights include Hope Harcourt (Anything Goes, 2015), Vivienne Kensington (Legally Blonde: The Musical, 2017), Lay Sister (Suor Angelica, 2017), Frasquita (Carmen, 2017), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni, 2018), and Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro, 2019). Michelle has just finished her Masters of Music degree in voice at the University of Western Ontario.

Michelle believes learning music is a key aspect of a child’s education, as well as a rewarding endeavour for adults. Most of all, she loves the confidence students gain from learning a musical instrument.

When she’s not singing or playing the piano, Michelle loves to dance, read, paint and spend time outside in the sun! Her plans for the future are to continue teaching music in addition to pursuing a career in opera performance.

Sofia Avelino

– Voice & Ukulele Teacher

Sofia was born in Fortaleza, Brazil and moved to Canada when she was two years old. She started singing in church at the age of four and also plays piano, saxophone, ukulele and guitar. Her passion is in Jazz Music but she also really enjoys Classical, Funk, Soul, R & B, and Folk music. Currently, Sofia studies Jazz Voice at Capilano University and is also a member of the Vancouver Youth Choir. Her favorite part of teaching is watching students express themselves through music, and learn more about themselves through creating music. Sofia’s future goals are to complete her Bachelor’s Degress in Jazz Studies at Capilano and proceed to continuing her studies in PDP to teach secondary school music. Besides singing, Sofia’s hobbies are watching movies, baking, hiking, and swing dancing.

Robert Campbell

– Guitar, Bass & Ukulele Teacher

Robert Campbell was born in British Columbia and has been playing the guitar for over 13 years. Besides the guitar, Robert also plays Bass Guitar and the Ukulele and enjoys playing American Folk and Jazz music. He has a wide interest in listening to music, from Baroque to the current top 40’s. Robert is currently working towards a degree in music from Capilano University and enjoys hiking, reading, and working on electronics (specific to the function of an electric guitar!). What Robert enjoys the most about teaching guitar is seeing the same passion that he has for the instrument, grow in his students. He hopes to further spread his passion in teaching and become a full time public school educator as well as a guitar Luthier and technician.

Tejay Liao

– Guitar & Ukulele Teacher

From Vancouver, BC, Tejay has been playing the guitar for eight years. For the first four years he practiced in finger style— The other four years, he specialized in classical. He was able to raise his playing level abilities due to practicing eight to twelve plus hours a day. Tejay has his Bachelors of Music in Guitar Performance and a Minor in Psychology. He is also a semifinalist for the Northwest Guitarfest Competition 2019.
Other than playing the guitar and the ukulele, Tejay also plays beginner level violin, piano, and voice. He enjoys playing classical and finger style music on his guitar.
Tejay has a vast amount of experience playing and performing with his guitar. This includes: Benefit concerts, senior centres, playing solos at talent shows, poetry readings, alumni concerts, art exhibitions, guitar festivals, competitions, recitals and chamber performances at university. He has also performed with the VSOoM as a soloist and with their ensemble!
Some of his hobbies include reading fiction, live streaming, playing the following games: Path of exile, Minecraft, Tower Defences, and League of Legends. Tejay also enjoys keeping a healthy lifestyle through physical activities like playing ultimate Frisbee, calisthenics and running.
What he enjoys the most about teaching guitar is how he can cater to each student as an individual by highlighting their strengths and bolstering their weaknesses with positivity and encouragement. He will aim to incorporate various different disciplines (mindfulness, neuroscience, tai chi, psychology, etc.) to help guide students towards having more well-rounded educations and lives, while also relating the concepts to their own specific interests to empower independence and future growth.
Tejay’s plans to spend the next year or two doing competitions, and then continue school for a Masters in guitar performance. Ultimately his goal is to be a concert classical guitarist and to continue teaching.

Cindy Shih

– Piano Teacher

Cindy was born in Taipei, Taiwan and has been playing the piano for over 20 years with a Level 10 certificate from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Besides playing the piano, Cindy also has experience playing the Chinese Zither, Violin, and Flute. She is currently completing her Bachelors at SFU in Psychology and Education. During her spare time, Cindy loves to play music that she enjoys such as Pop arrangements, movie soundtracks, choral accompaniments (she has a soft spot for “old hymns”!). Cindy also finds great joy in playing music that just expresses her current mood, something she hopes to share with her students.

Cindy is an active pianist in church as well as in community choirs (as a singer and accompanist). She enjoys teaching piano to all ages and loves to witness the moment when students realize they can actually communicate and express something about themselves through music.

Other than having a strong musical interest as a hobby, you can find Cindy reading or writing, re-watching old episodes of “Once Upon a Time”, out taking nature walks, or treasure hunting at thrift stores and secondhand bookstores.

Her future plans and goals are to complete her Bachelors degree, and find a job that allows her to continue her passion in teaching piano.

Louise Puevas

– Studio Administrator

Born in Oman but raised in Canada, Marie Louise has enjoyed the company of musicians and their music ever since she was very little. Marie Louise enjoys playing her clarinet and ukuleles recreationally for friends and family. She likes listening to different types of music genres, but recently is obsessed with Original soundtracks (OSTs)— Especially from anime and korean dramas.

Although her music experience has been specifically leisurely, she has participated in several programs and groups to develop her skills has a musician and a team player. Activities Marie Louise has actively participated in include: middle school/ cadet marching band, school choir and acting in several musicals. The result of a collective making something beautiful together is the reason why she enjoy playing music. Her admiration for playing in ensembles inspired her to become a Band officer for a local sea cadet corps.

Other hobbies Marie Louise engages in include: reading, free writing, binge watching various TV dramas and exploring food chains to test her taste buds. But she also enjoys loads of sunshine and playing her bright yellow ukulele by English Bay the most.

Marie Louise is currently a post secondary student at Simon Fraser University as an Anthropology Major. After obtaining her degree and teaching certificate, Marie Louise aims to teach abroad to explore the difference of culture in regards to education. She also hopes to open her own daycare or to become a kindergarten teacher in the future.

Timothy Ong

– Violin

Born and raised in Singapore, Timothy started playing the violin at the age of four. He has now been playing the violin for over twenty years! During his free time, he enjoys strumming chords on the guitar and playing simple pieces on the piano. Some of the music genres he likes playing include: Classical, Movie Themes, Oldies, Pop, Rock, Alternative, Indie, Country and EDM.

Timothy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Science and a Master’s Degree in Marine Science and Management. Musically, he received his ABRSM Grade 5 Theory Certification (Distinction) and grew up practicing the “Suzuki Method” all his life. He has gained performance experience through an acoustic three piece band and in a string ensemble. The three piece band performed at various weddings, events, and festivals in Singapore. Timothy also had the pleasure of performing overseas in Copenhagen, Denmark and in Somerset, United Kingdom, and Australia. Aside from performing, Timothy also has experience in violin instruction from leading sectional practice sessions and teaching private lessons to students ages 4-18.

The best thing about teaching violin to Timothy is watching a student’s progress from scratch to being able to perform a piece with great confidence, proficiency, and enjoyment.

Some other hobbies he dabbles in are all very physical. He engages in keeping a healthy lifestyle through activities such as: running, ice hockey and flying trapeze. One of his future goals/ plans is joining the Cirque du Soleil and touring the world!

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I like how my daughter can choose the non-RCM program and still progress ! The songs that she picks with her teacher keeps her interested in learning the piano.

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