About TMS

Christine Taber

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!

Christopher Taber

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.

Adam Dyjach

Voice, Piano

A native of Waterloo Ontario, Adam commenced his musical education at Wilfrid

Laurier University in Voice Performance under the direction of Kimberly Barber. 

He now resides in Victoria, BC where he completed his Masters in Voice Performance

with Benjamin Butterfield at the University of Victoria and continues to study privately

with Carolyn Sinclair.

 

Adam has performed as a soloist with various groups on Vancouver Island and the mainland including the Vancouver Island Symphony, Victoria Baroque Players, Sooke Philharmonic Choir, North Island Choral Society, Oceanside Concert Choir and the Handel Society of Music.

 

Adam is a choral scholar at St. Barnabas Church under the direction of Michael Jarvis. He also sings with the Schooner Cove Singers, a brand new professional choir based in Parksville, BC. In the past, Adam has been a member of the St. Christopher Singers, Victoria Philharmonic Choir, Victoria Choral Society and Pacific Opera Victoria Chorus. 

 

Adam has been teaching private lessons since 2012 and has loved it ever since. He believes that every lesson should be tailored to each student's individual goals, needs, and learning style. We are all different but through the art of music we come together. Whether you are just beginning, are looking to improve your technique, brush up a bit before an audition, working towards an RCM Exam, or are simply here to have fun, everyone is welcome. Adam truly believes that everyone has a voice and with the right tools everyone can sing. His teaching style revolves around strong fundamentals of technique, artistry and above all simplicity as well as fun.   

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Denis Khvatov

Piano, Composition

 

Born in 1969 in Russia (then USSR), Denis studied at the Gnessins Musical and Pedagogical Institute in Moscow, completing both his Bachelors and Masters degrees. Before immigrating to Canada, Denis worked as a piano instructor and an accompanist for various music schools in Moscow. 

Since arriving in Canada, Denis has authored and self-published music books for beginner to advanced pianists. Denis also composes and arranges music for music theater, and is winner of the First and Special Prizes in Composition at The International Dmitri Kabalevsky Music Competition in Moscow (2017).

Nima Kolmohammadi

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.

Stephanie Landucci

Voice, Piano, Kidzrock Instructor

 

Stephanie is a recent MA Graduate from the UVic School of Music who is passionate about sharing her knowledge and love of singing with others.

 

Stephanie's approach is tailored to you: 

In your first lesson, you will get to know each other and discuss your individual musical goals. Whether you are preparing for an audition, wanting to develop your musicianship, or simply gain more confidence singing in public, you will work together to help you get there, in a positive, and fun environment.

 

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. She hopes to foster and develop a lifelong love of singing and music in her students, and to help them achieve a sense of fulfillment and pride by sharing their voices with the world. She looks forward to making music with you soon!

Pamela Liu

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.

Kayla Nguyen

Piano, Yamaha Instructor, Guitar, Ukulele

 

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!

Iryna Peleshchyshyn

Violin

 

Born in Ukraine and currently residing in both Calgary and Victoria, Iryna is on track to
complete her Bachelor of Music Education degree at the University of Victoria.

With experience in solo, chamber, and orchestral playing, Iryna is extremely passionate and inspired about violin playing and teaching. She believes that music is an essential part of all our lives and that learning is a lifetime experience. Iryna is always looking for ways to learn more about violin playing herself. She is excited to meet her new students and be a part of their learning experience!

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Jas Schweitzer

Violin

From the small Interior BC town of Salmon Arm, Jas Schweitzer is excited to inspire students in the same way their teachers have inspired them in the past. They have been studying the violin since the age of six in both Salmon Arm and Kelowna. They are now attending the University of Victoria working towards their Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Musicology, where they study the violin with Sharon Stanis of the Lafayette String Quartet. Jas has performed in several masterclasses with violinists including Martin Beaver (Tokyo String Quartet), Lara St. John, Nicholas Wright (Concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra), and Frank Ho. They have also performed in many ensembles including the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, University of Victoria Symphony Orchestra, as well as other quartets and small ensembles. Jas is the recipient of many awards including the Adaskin Endowment for Strings, School of Music Faculty String Award, and is the inaugural recipient of the Kamloops Symphony Peter Collins Undergraduate Scholarship.

 

Outside of violin, Jas has a passion for psychology, where they wish to one day become a clinical psychologist and incorporate elements of music therapy into their practice. As a teacher, they bring a lot of inspiration from methods and techniques in psychology into their private lessons, allowing them to understand the differences in students and their learning styles and how to best work with each student’s individual needs.

 

When Jas is not practicing for their next performance, you can often find them at home snuggling with their hedgehog, who they affectionately call their “stinky lap cactus”, or out in the world exploring nature with a cup of bubble tea in hand.

Shawna Wyvill

Piano, Yamaha Instructor, Play Piano Chords Today Instructor

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.