Piano, Yamaha Instructor, Play Piano Chords Today Instructor, Owner and Director
Christine began piano lessons with her Mom as soon as she could reach the keyboard. As a child she also enjoyed lessons in violin, flute, singing, and composing. Christine began teaching piano lessons at the age of 16 and received her Yamaha teacher training at 18. She loves teaching in both private and group settings and believes in using a comprehensive method filled with fun to inspire and motivate her students. After meeting her husband, Christopher, the two decided to pool their mutual love of music and teaching to create the Taber Music School.
Christine has her ARCT in piano performance, and is a member of the BCRMTA (British Columbia Registered Music Teachers Association). When she is not at the piano she can be found playing with her three little boys, walking her dog, or baking something with chocolate!
Violin, Piano, Yamaha Instructor, Fiddle Faddle, Owner
Originally from Washington State, Christopher Taber received full scholarship to study
at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and San Francisco State University, where
he graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor of Music degree. Christopher has been a featured soloist with the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra, Port Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Victoria Chamber Orchestra, and Port Townsend Symphony. He was Concertmaster of the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra from 2004-2008. Christopher is currently a member of the Music Corner Ensemble, a group of four musicians that combine storytelling with classical music. He is also a core violinist in the Victoria Symphony.
Christopher loves teaching students of all ages to play the violin/viola. He uses all styles of music to inspire his students, with the goal to give them a life-long love of music.
Crystal Chow is a dynamic piano teacher who comes to us with over 15 years of teaching experience. After completing her degree in piano performance at Queens College CUNY in
New York (where she also minored in voice), Crystal moved to Hong Kong. There she worked as a music teacher with many different schools and choirs, as well as students of all ages and skill levels.
Crystal values every student no matter their experience or challenges. She believes in helping everyone reach their highest potential. One of Crystal's greatest joys is witnessing the growth and maturity of students from childhood to the age of young adults. Many of her students have taken lessons with her for over 10 years! Crystal is now studying Early Childhood Education at Camosun College here in Victoria, and cannot wait to join the team here at Taber Music
Born in a small mining town in Quebec, Mary Coling moved to Toronto after high school to study at the Royal Conservatory of Music. There she received her ARCT and explored lessons in piano, organ, and theory. Mary began her musical career in Toronto where she worked as a private instructor for many years while engaging in work as a church music director, organist, and choir director. She continued her work in Waterloo, Ontario while she also raised 2 children. In 2020, Mary decided to move to Vancouver Island to be closer to her family, and quickly realized that she was missing her usual musical activities. This led her to Taber Music School in 2022, where she has embarked on a new teaching adventure.
Mary enjoys teaching students of all ages and skill levels, while helping them to fulfill their goals by giving them the necessary tools to succeed. She believes in giving students a comprehensive method of learning, which includes exploring technique, theory, sight reading, ear training, and varied repertoire. She is happy to assist students in whatever their musical journey may be, from recitals to competitions, RCM exams, or simply the love of music.
Erin Cunes is a Canadian Mezzo-Soprano with a passion for education. She received her Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from l’Université de Montreal and completed her vocal studies at the Victoria Conservatory of Music with Selena James.
She has performed with Canadian opera companies such as Pacific Opera Victoria and on the symphonic stage with Canadian symphonies such as the Montreal Symphony and the Victoria Symphony.
Erin has been on faculty as a voice teacher at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and at St. Margaret’s girls school. In addition, she spent two years studying Yoga in Uttar Pradesh, India.
Erin combines her expertise in vocal production with her knowledge of the body to lead her students systematically towards free, open and healthy singing technique.
A native of Waterloo Ontario, Adam holds a Masters Degree in Voice Performance from the University of Victoria. He has also completed levels I, II and III of Somatic Voicework ™The LoVetri Method Levels and incorporates its principles into his teaching. Adam believes that the voice is a means of communication. "It is important that we, as singers and artists, have the necessary tools to produce the sounds that different styles of music require. Only then can we sing and convey the meaning of the music as well as the text with complete freedom and ease. His mission is to help students discover their own authentic voice and to empower them to use it with confidence as a means of expressing themselves."
In addition to singing, Adam also teaches piano. He believes that all students are different and that lessons should be tailored to the individual's specific needs and goals. Adam hopes to instill an appreciation of all genres and styles of music in his students. He believes music lessons should be educational, joyful, therapeutic and most importantly, fun.
Guitar, Ukulele, Bass
Nima has a Bachelor's degree in guitar performance at Tehran University of Art, and
completed his Master's degree in guitar performance at University of Victoria in 2020.
His most recent performances include: Classical Guitar Recital at Phillip T. Young Recital
Hall and performing at Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival (GVPAF).
Nima has been a music teacher for over 15 years. Studying many guitar methods and
genres, as well as teaching to many students of different ages and interests has helped
Nima become a very experienced and professional music instructor.
Voice, Piano, Kidzrock Instructor
A native of Victoria, BC, Stephanie holds an MA in Vocal Performance & Musicology from the University of Victoria (2016). She has worked as a soloist with many local ensembles, including the Victoria Choral Society, Philomela Women's Choir, and The Civic Orchestra of Victoria. As a Musicologist, she has presented several lecture recitals of both Classical and Folk repertoire, and is passionate about music research and historically-informed performance practice. She is also the former Artistic Director of the Victoria Doukhobor Choir.
As a Voice teacher, Stephanie strives to make her studio a relaxed space in which her students are safe to express themselves and discover the joy of singing by exploring different facets of vocal technique, while creating a strong foundation to build upon.
Stephanie is also passionate about piano instruction, and specializes in working with young piano students and complete beginners. Stephanie's piano teaching approach emphasizes practical and technical knowledge, presented in the context of games, exploration, and play.
Stephanie feels privileged to be a part of her students' musical journeys, and hopes to foster and develop a lifelong love of music in all of them.
Piano, Yamaha Instructor (Teaches in English and Mandarin)
Music has always played an important role in Pamela's life. She started piano lessons at the age of five, sang solos in her children's church choir and school musicals, and played trombone in concert and jazz bands throughout high school. Pamela obtained her A.R.C.T. in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto by the time she finished high school. After completing a degree at the University of Toronto, Pamela has worked as a teacher. She has taught English to children and adults in Taipei, Taiwan; Mandarin to preschool children in Victoria; and music, languages, Science, and Math to children and adults in Victoria. Pamela is a linguist who is fluent in French and Mandarin, and has also learned some Thai, Spanish, German, Japanese, and Russian. She attributes her ease of learning languages to her piano degree, especially all of the ear training.
Pamela sings mezzo soprano with the Victoria Choral Society, where she rediscovered her love of performing music on stage. In 2015 Pamela attended the VCM summer choral academy and Yamaha piano music education seminar including JMC and Music Wonderland. Pamela enjoys teaching all levels of students from absolute beginners to those preparing for RCM exams. She is also comfortable teaching any age student from three and four year olds just discovering music to teenagers and adults who may have never played piano before, as well as those deciding to return to the instrument after a long hiatus.
Lisa Moody has taught violin and viola for over 25 years and in that time has mentored and inspired hundreds of young musicians. Lisa has training in the Suzuki Method of violin and the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) examinations system. She also enjoys playing and teaching other musical styles including fiddle and bluegrass.
In 2014, Lisa earned a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences from the University of Ottawa. Her thesis explored strategies for managing music performance anxiety in adolescent musicians employing techniques used successfully by athletes. She now incorporates these strategies in her teaching alongside with yoga techniques to help students master their own music performance.
Lisa has recently moved to BC to be closer to family. She loves being out in nature and exploring the hiking trails with her dog, Oscar! Lisa is very excited to be joining the Taber Music School where she can continue to share the gift of music with others.
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From Calgary AB, Kayla is thrilled to have recently moved to Victoria to pursue a Bachelor of Music in Piano at the University of Victoria. She began her piano studies at the age of eight. Since then, she has completed her Level 10 through the Royal Conservatory of Music and is currently pursuing her ARCT diploma in Piano Performance under Annie Pham.
Throughout her life, she has been involved with music in many different paths. These include becoming a pianist for her church choir, playing the trombone in symphonic band, jazz bands, singing in various large and chamber choirs, taking lessons in voice, guitar and violin, and planning fun music camps for all ages! She has had many performance opportunities singing and playing for senior homes, various non-profit events, and participating in the Calgary Performing Arts Festival, Alberta International Band Festival and Con Brio Festival (Whistler, BC). In 2018, she received her Yamaha teaching certifications in JMC and YMC!
Kayla has a passion for working with her students to achieve their personal goals and to help them to develop their musical potential. She has been flexible in her ability to teach students through various methods whether it would be Yamaha, RCM exams, music theory, composition/improvisation or songwriting skills or simply learning any pieces that interest them. Regardless, Kayla will make sure to keep creativity and fun in mind!
Nina is a passionate music lover who has been involved in musical studies since the age of 5. From trombone to forming her own rock band, and extensive Royal Conservatory training, Nina has explored just about every facet of music-making imaginable!
After beginning her visual arts studies at UVic, Nina soon realized that she could not stay away from her love of music for long. She began to explore sound art and experimental music, and how she could incorporate them into her visual arts studies. Through this exploration, Nina has learned that a well-rounded and multidimensional approach to teaching is key. Her number one goal is always to inspire and excite her students, as she guides them in their music-making journey.
Currently, Nina is completing her visual arts degree at UVic, and has taken up DJing as a hobby. She loves bright colours, sushi, sewing, and going on adventures with her puppy, Gino.
Whether it be from his early training in Suzuki and Kodaly music education programs, to his most recent exploration in accompanying as a church organist, Andrew has always kept music near and dear to his heart. Born and raised in Victoria, Andrew completed his diploma in piano performance and teaching from the Victoria Conservatory of Music. His keen interest in musical studies also led him to explore other facets of music-making, from singing in a wide variety of vocal ensembles, to studying twentieth century music.
As a teacher, Andrew believes in tailoring lessons to the needs of each individual student. As a father himself, he knows that every child is unique and so he strives to offer a well-rounded musical education for all, in a fun and enjoyable way!
Lynn Stewart lives and breathes music. Originally from Northern BC, Lynn has been a prominent and versatile musician in the Vancouver music scene for over a decade, performing in styles ranging from swing, to R&B, to folk as well as her original acoustic jazz compositions. She previously performed in folk projects, singing and playing mandolin in local cafes, markets around BC, Québec, France and Spain. Lynn holds a Bachelor’s of Music degree from Vancouver Community College, where she studied jazz, contemporary piano, voice and composition with renowned musicians Alan Matheson, Bill Sample and Michael Creber.
Lynn has been teaching piano for all ages, styles and abilities for more than six years, specializing in classical, jazz, and pop. Lynn has adopted a holistic and mindfulness-based approach to teaching, believing in the natural musical potential of students while meeting them right where they’re at. She aims to connect to others by drawing a common thread through musical genres.
Lynn also holds a Bachelor’s of Psychology from Simon Fraser University and has been working with children for nearly two decades. She has also worked with youth and adults with special needs. Lynn finds great fulfillment in sharing ideas with others and holds a passionate belief in the transformative power of music.
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Shawna Wyvill has been teaching piano with Taber Music School since 2008. Inspired by her students, she decided to continue to develop her own musical skills by completing her Grade 10 RCM piano with honours followed by a Music Diploma in classical piano from Camosun College through the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Shawna loves teaching piano to all ages and has taught beginner students as young as 4 as well as retired adults who are returning to the piano after a long break. Her flexible approach to teaching ensures students enjoy their lessons regardless if they are focused on exams or wish to learn music in a more relaxed manner. She also teaches theory and has been active in developing the Musicianship and Theory Program for the Victoria Children's Choir. She is a member of the Victoria Adult Musical Performance Society, the Hampton Concert Orchestra, and the Victoria Conservatory of Music Adult Performance Group. She also enjoys singing in choral ensembles and playing music with other adult performers.