Teachers

Piano Lessons

Melissa Braun 

Melissa is an experienced performer and teacher who is active in the Vancouver and Squamish musical communities. Melissa moved to Squamish in 2002 after completing an Honours Bachelor of Music in voice studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, a Bachelor of Education at the University of Toronto, and an education internship at the Vancouver Opera Company. Melissa performs regularly in concert and on the musical theater stage and has been acting as Artistic Director for Broadway or Bust Performing Arts since 2007. Melissa draws on her classical foundation to help students apply solid technique to a range of musical genres. Melissa has a passion for music education in all capacities and has acted as private voice & piano teacher, musical theater director, choir director, and public school music teacher. 

 

Charles Yeoh

Charles is a classically trained pianist with extensive experience delivering individual and small group instruction to children and adults while cultivating an appreciation for music. He is an encouraging and motivating teacher, with a broad based background in creation and promotion of music and an in depth knowledge of Royal Conservatory of Music teaching methods. Charles holds a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Indiana University and is recognized for developing caring and effective relationships, while supporting students' musical passions and talents. 

Chad Galpin

Music has been an integral part of Chad's life aince he began piano lessons at the age of 4. He has since obtained a high level of RCM piano studies, a bachelor’s degree in jazz studies at Capilano University, and has toured throughout western Canada. With over 19 years of experience playing a multitude of instruments in a variety of styles - from 1920’s jazz to classical Indian repertoire to old-school rock and roll (and just about everything in between) – Chad has developed a diverse and adaptable musicality. Everyone studies differently, and Chad strives to create individualized lessons for each student while giving them all the tools they need to be confident and creative on their instrument of choice. He has taught high school masterclasses at multiple jazz festivals in BC, and is an established freelance musician in Vancouver.

Lisa Mullaly

Lisa is a dedicated musician passionate about all genres and styles, with a deep appreciation of the value of a classical foundation. She believes in the power of finding the right style for each student to motivate and inspire them to achieve their full potential. She is a cellist and pianist who has been a member of the Delta Youth Orchestra, the New Westminster Symphony Orchestra, the Willingdon Symphony Orchestra, numerous string quartets and small ensembles throughout Vancouver. After completing her diploma in classical cello and piano studies, she discovered music therapy and began studying all forms and styles of music to meet the unique and individual needs of her clients. It was at this time she began playing the cello outside of the classical norms and developed her improvising and jamming skills alongside Vancouver singer-songwriters, bands, and hip-hop artists. She completed her undergrad in music therapy in 2011 and is currently writing her thesis to obtain a Master’s in Neurological Music Therapy from Colorado State University. As both a therapist and a teacher, Lisa’s number one goal is to foster a lasting relationship with music for inspiration, expression, connection to community and continued learning.

Guitar Lessons 

Max Konyi

A passionate and caring educator, Max strives to enliven musical ability in his students through the creation of strong relationships, trust and inspiration. He believes that discovering a true love for music is the foundation for accelerated learning and creativity. It is this discovery that he introduces to students through curiosity, listening, experimentation and his own excitement for the art. After 15 years in the world of music as both a teacher and student, he has come to see that when we really enjoy what we are learning, the technical and physical aspects may come very easily. Though most of his teaching career has been focussed on guitar, Max has extensive experience in the realms of composition and electronic music production as well, working as a sound designer and composer for various projects. He is now offering instruction in these areas at SAM, both privately as well as in a group setting. 

Wylie Ferguson

Wylie Ferguson is a composer and musician from Squamish, BC. He holds a diploma in Jazz instrumental performance for guitar and a Bachelor's degree in music composition from Capilano University. As a composer, Wylie has had music performed by many formidable ensembles in Vancouver, including Turning Point, Erato and the Yaletown String Quartet. In 2015, he attended a music festival in Pavia, Italy, where he had his music played by Quartetto Indaco and recived mentorship from Helmut Lachenmann. As a musician, he has played with many heavy metal and rock bands, as well as performing jazz and free improvised music.


Connor Gray

Connor has been teaching guitar for 6 years with Studio Nine School of Music in Calgary, Alberta. He worked with some of the best musicians in the city and was mentored by music director, Aaron Lowen, as well as several other fantastic teachers along the way. Connor has just recently made the move to beautiful British Columbia and is overjoyed to start a new chapter in his music career. In his teaching, Connor places an emphasis on his students natural creativity in class, fostering an environment where students feel comfortable to learn new ideas. He has plenty of performing experience, having played regular concerts with multiple bands in the Calgary area over the past 10 years. Connor is proficient in multiple musical styles ranging from rock and metal to blues, jazz and classical. He is naturally fascinated with learning musical theory and application, and incorporates this into his own composition with guitar and electronic music production. Connor welcomes all students regardless of age and experience and looks forward to sharing his passion for music with his students at Squamish Academy of Music. Apart from music, Connor's other passions include: climbing, hiking, travelling, history, technology, nutrition and overall living a healthy, beneficial lifestyle.

 

Voice Lessons

Melissa Braun

Melissa is an experienced performer and teacher who is active in the Vancouver and Squamish musical communities. Melissa moved to Squamish in 2002 after completing an Honours Bachelor of Music in voice studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, a Bachelor of Education at the University of Toronto, and an education internship at the Vancouver Opera Company. Melissa performs regularly in concert and on the musical theater stage and has been acting as Artistic Director for Broadway or Bust Performing Arts since 2007. Melissa draws on her classical foundation to help students apply solid technique to a range of musical genres. Melissa has a passion for music education in all capacities and has acted as private voice & piano teacher, musical theater director, choir director, and public school music teacher. 


Kayla Matzen

Kayla has been studying voice since she was 7; she loved to sing art songs and opera from a young age and had completed her RCM Grade 9 exam at age 17. Kayla then went on to Douglas College where she and earned a certificate in voice performance. She then went on to UBC and recieved a Bachelors of Art with a Major in Music. While attending UBC Kayla was elected president of the Gilbert and Sullivan Society where she performed in and produced local amature musical theatre and opera for two years. Returning to UBC Kayla then completed her Bachelors of Education specializing in Elementary Music Education. Kayla continues to be a major part of community theatre and choirs. She is currently a member of the North Shore Light Opera Society and reguarly performs with various amature opera companies in Vancouver.  Teaching is a passion of Kayla's and she is very excited to encourage young musicians to be passionate about their voice. 

Rachel Buttress 

Rachel has a Diploma in Music and Certificate in Conducting from Capilano University, and a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from Mount Allison University, graduating with distinction. Rachel studied RCM piano for many years, and her undergrad included vocal pedagogy and various methods courses including brass, woodwind, and strings. In addition to teaching group classes and private lessons at SAM, Rachel is the Creative Music Educator for St. Catherine's Preschool in North Vancouver. She looks forward to helping her students develop their passion for music, while they help to further develop hers. Rachel is an active choral performer and hired soprano soloist. She has experience in a number of genres such as jazz, musical theatre, opera, classical, folk, and rock, and has performed in Vancouver, throughout BC and the Maritimes, and Europe.  When she's not teaching or performing, Rachel enjoys accompanying herself singing on guitar, practicing photography, and being out in nature. 




Strings

Jocelyn Pettit -Fiddle

Jocelyn Pettit is a vibrant fiddler, stepdancer, singer, and composer with a passion for sharing the joy of music.  Since being first inspired by the uplifting spirit and drive of the Celtic fiddle, Jocelyn has embraced these roots, along with her excitement to explore new ideas, and created a dynamic and expressive style of her own.  With grace and maturity that belies her years, Jocelyn has ignited stages and delighted audiences across Canada, the U.S., Scotland, and Malaysia;  performed at the Olympic Victory Ceremony at BC Place Stadium;  appeared on CityTV Breakfast Television and CBC-Radio-Canada;  released a debut CD and received multiple award nominations;  and studied with some of the top folk musicians from around the world.  With a love for helping learners of all ages, Jocelyn offers fun and inspiring, personalized fiddle instruction, guided by the student's learning style and creative goals.  Teaching by ear and notation, Jocelyn helps develop repertoire incorporating technique and stylistic devices, and encourages students to learn the music pieces they want to play."Jocelyn is a perfect teacher with infinite patience and a way of communicating that puts a student at ease." - Helene B. (Arizona, USA) www.jocelynpettit.com

Carl Fung -Violin

Carl is a charismatic and exciting violin performer with an open minded, yet detailed approach to self-expression through the use of the music, the violin and the individual.  Born in Vancouver, Canada, Carl picked up the violin and piano at the age of 8 and excelled in the field along his journey through the RCM levels in both instruments.  Carl has entered and won awards from local music festivals numerous times including the Kiwanis Gold Medallion,  Best Duo for Burnaby Clef,  and 1st recipient at Music Man and other Kiwanis Classes.  With a passion for the violin and performing, Carl has chemistry with many reputable ensembles.  Carl has played with the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra for 7 years in his past, including the opportunity of performing at the Opening Ceremony of the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010.  Carl has also shared 2 years of playing a part of the UBC Symphony Orchestra (Deemed 3rd top Orchestra in B.C.).  Aside from music festivals Carl has also achieved highest marks awards in B.C. for Violin.  Scouted at a local competition by Yuri Zaidenburg, a former teacher of Carl’s,  Carl was entered to an international music festival in Germany with the Violin and studied under Shirley Givens from Julliard Music School.  With a diverse and large variety of experience of performing in many different styles and genres,  Carl’s approach to learning the violin has been said to be technical but easy by breaking down elements to their absolute fundamentals.   

Lisa Mullaly - Cello

Lisa is a dedicated musician passionate about all genres and styles, with a deep appreciation of the value of a classical foundation. She believes in the power of finding the right style for each student to motivate and inspire them to achieve their full potential. She is a cellist and pianist who has been a member of the Delta Youth Orchestra, the New Westminster Symphony Orchestra, the Willingdon Symphony Orchestra, numerous string quartets and small ensembles throughout Vancouver. After completing her diploma in classical cello and piano studies, she discovered music therapy and began studying all forms and styles of music to meet the unique and individual needs of her clients. It was at this time she began playing the cello outside of the classical norms and developed her improvising and jamming skills alongside Vancouver singer-songwriters, bands, and hip-hop artists. She completed her undergrad in music therapy in 2011 and is currently writing her thesis to obtain a Master’s in Neurological Music Therapy from Colorado State University. As both a therapist and a teacher, Lisa’s number one goal is to foster a lasting relationship with music for inspiration, expression, connection to community and continued learning. 

Chad Galpin - Upright Bass

Music has been an integral part of Chad's life aince he began piano lessons at the age of 4. He has since obtained a high level of RCM piano studies, a bachelor’s degree in jazz studies at Capilano University, and has toured throughout western Canada. With over 19 years of experience playing a multitude of instruments in a variety of styles - from 1920’s jazz to classical Indian repertoire to old-school rock and roll (and just about everything in between) – Chad has developed a diverse and adaptable musicality. Everyone studies differently, and Chad strives to create individualized lessons for each student while giving them all the tools they need to be confident and creative on their instrument of choice. He has taught high school masterclasses at multiple jazz festivals in BC, and is an established freelance musician in Vancouver. 

Drum Lessons

Joel Macleod

Joel has worked as a drummer and drumming instructor for many years. He is trained at the college level and played for theatre performances, dance troupes and a variety of ensembles. He has acted as a house drummer for several venues and currently records and tours with his band, based originally out of Calgary, and now Vancouver. He likes to teach with a healthy mix of theory, playing, and improvisation. Lessons can include drumkit, hand drums and instruction in multiple styles. He is a fun and engaging teacher who tailors lessons to the individual student's goals and interests. He is very excited to be teaching at SAM.

Flute

Kristine Miles

Kristine Miles began flute studies at a very young age & has continued a life-long love for making music & sharing this passion. She played with the Vancouver Youth Symphony as a teen, & then went on to complete a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance at McGill University. Following flute masterclass studies at the Banff School of Fine Arts, Kristine then pursued a Bachelor of Music Therapy, & has facilitated special music programs (for preschoolers to seniors) over the past several years. While her flute pedagogy is firmly rooted in a classical approach to technique & sound production, Kristine enjoys playing & teaching a wide variety of musical styles. Kristine lives in the beautiful Upper Squamish Valley with her husband & daughter where she grows vegetables & occasionally rides her horse.

Brass

Bryan Davies

Born and raised in Vancouver, B.C.,  Bryan started playing the trumpet at the age of 11.  Bryan's teacher's saw potential in him and pushed him into the senior ensemble's in school to make sure he got all the playing opportunities possible.  After graduation, Bryan enrolled into Vancouver Community Collegeand dove head first into music, playing in all sort's of groups from Symphonies to Salsa bands. Upon completion of his studies in Vancouver,  Bryan got accepted to the Jazz program at the Conservatorie van Amsterdam. In his two years there, Bryan gained experience in arts, culture, music, and how to not get hit by a tram while riding a bicycle.  Upon his return to Canada in 2006, he jumped back into the scene in Vancouver and founded his band, Brasstronaut.  To his surprise, the band quickly gained noteriety, leading them to tour North America and Europe.  This led to the band's residency at the Banff Centre as well as winning the Socan Echo song writing prize, as well as their nomination for the Polaris Music Prize. Bryan moved to Squamish in the spring of 2015 and joined the Sea to Sky Big Band and is very excited to now be a part of the Squamish Academy of Music.  In his spare time Bryan enjoy's mountain biking, is into carpentry and building furniture, and he is an amazing cook who specializes in smoked meats and has built his own line of smoker's.