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620A Comox Road
Nanaimo, British Columbia, V9R 3J3
Lesson Centre: Phone or Text (250) 716-7291
Store Phone: (250) 716-7261
Fax: (250) 716-7292

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Lesson Centre Hours
Monday: 1:00pm - 9:00pm
Tuesday: 1:00pm - 9:00pm
Wednesday: 1:00pm - 9:00pm
Thursday: 1:00pm - 8:00pm
Friday: 1:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Our Teachers:

Alli Welch - Piano, Voice music lessons in Nanaimo

Alli Welch (Piano, Voice)

Alli Welch has been singing and studying piano since 1995. She attained a diploma in Jazz Studies from the Victoria Conservatory of Music and expects to finish her Bachelor’s degree at Vancouver Island University in the spring of 2019. Since 2013, Alli has been playing keyboards with Nick LaRiviere’s Soul Source R&B band out of Victoria. She has taken the rhythm section of that band to form a quartet called Rhythm of Soul, for which she composes and arranges. When Alli is not playing keyboards or leading her band, she can be found teaching musical concepts to students of all ages & stages of development. Her lesson rate is $25 per half hour.

Amber Burden - Voice, Piano music lessons in Nanaimo

Amber Burden (Voice, Piano)

Amber hails from Lethbridge, AB. During her tour under the direction of Frank Gnadt with LCI Jazz and Chamber Choirs, Amber experienced first hand the way music can bridge many gaps, touch people, and effect lives. Inspired by her travels, Amber earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz music from VIU, specializing in voice. Since graduating, Amber has been performing and teaching musical theatre, preschool music, voice and piano. She is inspired by all genres from classical, jazz and blues, to rock and roll and beyond! Her rate is $25 per half hour.

Anatol McGinnis - Violin, Cello, Bass, Banjo, Guitar music lessons in Nanaimo

Anatol McGinnis (Violin, Cello, Bass, Banjo, Guitar)

Anatol has been playing music since the early 90s, starting at age 9 with studies in violin through the Royal Conservatory of music and then going on to study Jazz Performance at VIU. He’s played in many ensembles covering many styles from classical, latin, jazz, country, rockabilly, celtic, and rock. He is a mutli-instrumentalist teaching violin, cello, bass, and guitar and plays in many ensembles such as bands Bossa Loca, Kiltlifters, Hub City Hooligans, Kings Without, Myc Sharrat, Karuna, Musica Vagaboundo, the Calgary Chamber Orchestra, and the Nanaimo Dance Salon Orchestra. His rate is $25 per half hour.

Anthony Ristoviski - Guitar, Bass, Drums, Ukulele music lessons in Nanaimo

Anthony Ristoviski (Guitar, Bass, Drums, Ukulele)

Anthony is an experienced Guitar instructor who has been teaching since 1999. He has studied with the Royal Conservatory of Music for Classical and Electric Guitar. He has extensive knowledge of Electric Guitar lead technique as well as improvisation skills. Anthony has a number of writing and production credits under his belt and has toured Canada and the US with several rock acts. He is also well versed in many styles including Metal, Jazz fusion, Electronic Pop, Flamenco, and Country. His rate is $25 per half hour.

Arvon Brunt - Voice, Piano music lessons in Nanaimo

Arvon Brunt (Voice, Piano)

Arvon has been singing and playing the piano since the late 70’s. She has performed throughout the Cowichan Valley and Nanaimo and studied at VIU. Her work was behind the musical success of the Nanaimo Theatre Group’s productions of Godspell and Cabaret. Arvon has an enthusiastic approach to teaching and she is known to bring out the very best in all who work with her. Her rate is $25 per half hour.

Brad Shipley - Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele music lessons in Nanaimo

Brad Shipley (Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele)

Brad is a versatile and accomplished multi-instrumentalist who teaches guitar, mandolin and ukulele. He holds a Bachelor degree in Jazz Studies from VIU and enjoys teaching music to all ages. Brad has been performing for the past 20 years and enjoys many styles and genres. He believes music is in everyone and that you are never too old to learn. His rate is $25 per half hour lesson.

Brett Attig - Drums music lessons in Nanaimo

Brett Attig (Drums)

Brett is a passionate drummer who has been playing since 2000 and is enthusiastic about sharing his craft, since he entered the world as a teacher. Whether it’s rock, metal, funk, playing along to your favourite songs, stick control, limb independence, or double bass, Brett can help you toward mastering these skills. He enjoys teaching all levels from beginner to advanced and he lives for seeing his students learn and improve from week to week. His rate is $25 per half hour.

Dave Danylchuk - Guitar, Voice, Drums, Piano, Bass, Rock School music lessons in Nanaimo

Dave Danylchuk (Guitar, Voice, Drums, Piano, Bass, Rock School)

David Danylchuk has over 30 years of experience playing music, including a Diploma in Jazz Studies from St. Francis Xavier University, several years playing in various original music projects as well as being a sought after live session musician. Dave has written and produced songs for television and movies and currently performs with Vancouver Island band Korkscrew. As a teacher, he has a passion for music, teaching, and for assisting others in achieving their musical aspirations. His rate is $25 per half hour.

Dave Sayers - Drums music lessons in Nanaimo

Dave Sayers (Drums)

A product of Macewan University, Dave has developed a reputation for his ability to get the most of his students and has achieved great success with students previously labelled as unteachable or disinterested. Working under the guiding principle that everyone is inherently musically talented, he provides a positive and confidence promoting environment for all students. His rate is $25 per half hour.

James Darling - Piano music lessons in Nanaimo

James Darling (Piano)

James holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from VIU and has studied piano with Phil Dwyer, Bob Murphy and Steve Smith. He has spent a decade working on cruise ships in lounge bands and showbands. Most recently James has been the keyboardist of the high energy dance band Johnny Inappropriate, the pianist in the NMA big band led by Bryan Stovell and played keyboards in the Chemainus Theatre’s production of Rock Legends. His rate is $25 per half hour.

Keon Birney - Brass music lessons in Nanaimo

Keon Birney (Brass)

Keon Birney is a French horn player with over 25 years of performance, composition, and brass-teaching experience. He received his Bachelors and Masters degree from the University of Calgary and has been working as a freelance music on the West Coast for the last 15 years. He currently plays with Nanaimo’s Vancouver Island Symphony and works as an extra musician for the Vancouver Symphony, Kamloops Symphony, and the Okanagan Symphony. He is a passionate teacher who can, through encouragement, patient instruction, and laughter, draw out the musician that lives inside all of us. His rate is $25 per half hour.

Larry Miller - Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Guitar music lessons in Nanaimo

Larry Miller (Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Guitar)

Larry (B.F.A,B.Ed, M.Music) is an active performer and teacher. He has produced several CD recordings including Freya’s Song (1997), Storm Head (1999), Instance (2006). He has taught saxophone for 10 years at VIU and been teachinglarge groups and individual lessons since the early 1990s. In addition to freelance work on cruise ships, big bands, and rock groups, Larry has performed in numerous musicals over the years utilizing his knowledge and skills performing on various woodwinds. His rate is $25 per half hour.

Liam Gibson - Piano, Composition, Electronic Media music lessons in Nanaimo

Liam Gibson (Piano, Composition, Electronic Media)

Liam has been playing piano since 1997, earning a Diploma in Jazz Piano from VIU, a BMus in Composition and Theory from UVIC, and a MMus in Composition from the University of Manitoba. He is enthusiastic about a broad range of styles, including pop, rock, soul, jazz, classical, metal, and electronic. In addition to piano, he is heavily involved with songwriting, composition, and electronic music production. Active as a performer since high school, Liam is currently a member of the electronic group Top Men. His teaching style emphasizes the musical goals of students, and a holistic approach to the various dimensions of musical activity. His lesson rate is $25 per half hour.

Marty Brough - Guitar, Ukulele, music lessons in Nanaimo

Marty Brough (Guitar, Ukulele,)

Marty developed his adoration for the guitar in early high school, playing rock, fingerstyle, heavy metal and other genres of music. He has since received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from VIU, where he also studied classical guitar. Marty’s goal is to create an enjoyable environment for students of all ages and playing levels, tailoring lessons to the individual’s musical ambitions and the ways in which they learn. His rate is $25 per half hour.

Matt Aasen - Guitar, Recording music lessons in Nanaimo

Matt Aasen (Guitar, Recording)

Picking up the guitar in his early teens, Matt quickly developed a passion for music. Since then, he has performed in many touring bands and earned himself a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies. Being a hard worker and a keen learner, Matt teaches with enthusiasm, emphasizing student’s goals and interests. With a focus on both the 6 and the 7 string guitar, Matt teaches a wide range of musical genres to students of all ages and skill levels. His rate is $25 per half hour lesson.

Phil Wipper - Drums music lessons in Nanaimo

Phil Wipper (Drums)

From an early age, Phil knew he had a love for all things drum-related. He has been performing and teaching drums professionally since the mid 80s. Whether students are just starting out, playing for fun, or wanting to further advance their craft, Phil always tries to emphasize a broad overview of versatile drumming concepts, techniques and styles; as well as give his students the knowledge and advice needed to further apply those skills professionally or otherwise. He’s a firm believer in the idea that a versatile, well-rounded musician is a successful musician. Phil currently works with award-winning and three-time June-nominated children’s performers The Kerplunks, as well as the ever popular local-favourites, Johnny Inappropriate and Wunderbread. His rate is $25 per half hour.

Spencer Bowman - Drums music lessons in Nanaimo

Spencer Bowman (Drums)

Spencer began drumming at the age of ten, and has since continued to develop his passion and skill on the drum kit. He has shared the stage and the studio with many of BC’s most talented musicians, as well as touring nationally with the progressive metal band The Body Politic. Many teachers have helped shape Spencer as a drummer including Mike Johnston, Matt Halpern, and Dom Famularo. Spencer spent two years studying with Jesse Cahill at VIU and holds a diploma in Jazz Studies. Teaching his first drum lesson at thirteen, Spencer continued teaching privately throughout his early teenage years. Spencer’s goal is to inspire his students, as well as demystify the mechanics of drumming. His rate is $25 per half hour.