Kevin Romain – Drums and Percussion

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Kevin Romain plays with a wit and dynamism that is fast making him one of the most in-demand drummers in Vancouver’s musical community. Working  at any given time as a leader or sideman in more than fifteen active projects in a wide array of genres, Romain is a full time professional committed to the creative advancement of his instrument’s musical possibilities in every situation.

Joseph Hirabayashi – Piano, Guitar, Bass and Trumpet

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Joseph is a classically trained pianist with a Bachelors of Music in Jazz studies. He has been playing piano since the age of six, and has five years teaching experience. Joseph has taught beginner to advanced classical piano lessons as well as jazz, rock and pop lessons. Joseph has experience teaching both individual and group lessons with ages ranging from 4 to 80. He especially enjoys working with children, although he also takes pride in helping adult students achieve their musical goals. His approach is dynamic. He balances his expectations as a teacher with the expectations and needs of students and parents while providing a fun and enjoyable environment to learn in.

Joseph is also a guitarist, singer-songwriter, trumpet player, and an active performing musician in the Vancouver music scene.

Joseph has composed music for video, dance and theatre performances as well as his own musical projects and has released several albums of his original material.

“We’re extremely happy with the piano lessons we’ve had with Joe. He has taken Marlo well outside the traditional structure of songbook and theory book, teaching him as well the foundations for creating his own songs, and for improvising alone and with others. Marlo has been introduced to jazz and blues scales and music, and allowed to select popular songs he would like to learn. Joe reinforces the importance of proper technique and theory for long-term success, but keeps the joy of playing intact. Marlo loves his lessons and amazes us with what he achieves. It’s great.”

-Renee, Mother of Marlo, Age 7. Student of 2 years.

I was trying to teach myself to play piano and not getting too far. Everything changed when I started taking lessons with Joseph. He was able to choose the exact piano scores that helped me develop and customized a blend of theory, technique and practice exercises for my interests and goals. Joseph’s ease playing across musical styles and his beautiful command of the instrument also inspired me to keep practicing. Whether you’re a beginner or have been playing for many years, Joseph has the uncanny ability to show you your edge and give you the tools to go beyond.”

Mary. Student of 4 years.

Elliot Langford – Guitar, Bass, Piano

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Elliot has been teaching music lessons for 9 years, previously teaching at Creativ Music and Deep Cove Music. He obtained a Diploma in Jazz Studies from Capilano College in 2005 and a Bachelors of Applied Music from Vancouver Community College in 2009. Having taught ages 6-80, it’s his priority as a teacher to inspire and excite students about music, whatever their tastes are. As such, he’s taught everything from twelve bar blues, to Christmas carols, to jazz tunes, to Taylor Swift songs, to Neil Young chord progressions, to Metallica riffs!

As a performer, Elliot has played guitar and bass in a wide range of groups including jazz combos, rock bands, musicals, pop cover bands, and collaborations with electronic musicians. One of his bands, “SSRIs,” has toured Canada three times and been featured on the cover of The Georgia Straight. He can often be seen around town performing with the Beatles cover band “Taxmen” and performing regularly with up-and-coming children’s entertainer Will Stroet and the Backyard Band.

I took guitar lessons from Elliot for 8 years and it was a true pleasure. The way he catered the lessons to my tastes in music was awesome and his infectious passion for guitar certainly rubbed off on me. I thoroughly enjoyed his classes, you end up learning a lot and his methods are very relaxed and patient. Elliot gave me the knowledge and skills I need to pursue guitar on my own, you’re missing out if you don’t take lessons from him!” – Julian (student age 10-18)

I’ve been taking guitar lessons from Elliot for a year now. Elliot is great. No matter what you’re wanting to learn, he’s able to adapt the lessons to tailor your needs. It’s great working with Elliot because he makes every lesson fun, he is flexible with dates and times, and he is always so enthusiastic. I don’t think he ever has a bad day.” – Melanie

Elliot is a good teacher, for he is funny and able to teach well. He’s fun to be with and allows you to make choices on what you learn. He teaches technique, songs and chords.” – Olivier (age 10)

Ridley Bishop – Saxophone, Guitar, Bass

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Ridley Bishop has been playing saxophone for seven years and brings a focus and and sensitivity to everything he plays. He spent two years at Capilano University’s jazz program, where he studied with Steve Kaldestad and Chad Makela. He has experience playing both jazz and classical saxophone and performs regularly on tenor and alto. He loves to inspire students of all ages and will happily teach in any style.

In addition, Ridley is an avid member of Vancouver’s underground indie-rock scene, performing with Spring, Thee AHs, and Big EviL.

Wynston Minckler – Double Bass, Bass Guitar

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Wynston Minckler has been teaching music for the past 7 years in a variety of different contexts including the South Delta Jazz Workshop, Con Brio Sun Peaks Music Festival, VCMA Music Academy, and Capilano University. He has graduated from the Capilano University in the Jazz Studies diploma program in 2012 and currently teaches at the Mt. Pleasant Music Teachers Co-op and performs in Vancouver and internationally as an in demand contrabassist and bass guitarist. He has experience with children, adults, group or private lessons, and is skilled at teaching styles ranging from rock, pop, rnb, funk, country, and jazz. Wynston makes it his point as an instructor to inspire creativity and fun in his students while teaching them the skills they need to reach their goals whether it be playing a Beatles song, jamming with their friends, or forming a band and writing original music.

 

Nikko Whitworth – Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass (Jazz and Classical), Cello, Music Theory, Ear Training


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Known for his sensitivity and adaptivity as a rhythm section player, Nikko Whitworth is also becoming respected in the Vancouver’s musical community as a proficient session and recording musician. Nikko’s performance schedule is regularly filled with jazz combos, musical theatre pit orchestras, local metal heavyweights Expain, and many other musical endeavors.

As a teacher, Nikko aspires to make lessons efficient, stimulating, and fun. He graduated Capilano University with a Bachelor’s of Music and a Jazz Studies Diploma, and developed the skills to individually design lessons and materials for each student he works with. With a knowledge of the performance practices of Rock, Jazz, Metal, Funk, R&B, Pop, Classical, and others, his lessons are designed to build upon his students’ existing musical interests as well as open doorways to new avenues of exploration. Nikko teaches all levels and interests, his specialization is advanced bass techniques such as 3-finger plucking, tapping, double-thumping, harmonics, and is prepared to deliver lesson plans to a high level of skill.

 

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