Melissa Braun:

Voice, Piano, Theory,

Department Head: Voice

Melissa is the owner/ principal teacher of the Squamish Academy of Music and an experienced performer. She 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. With a passion for creating community and connecting with other musicians, Melissa opened the Squamish Academy of Music in 2010. She enjoys a diversity of musical styles and draws on her classical foundation to help students apply solid, healthy technique to a range of musical genres. Melissa has a passion for music education in all capacities and has acted as a private voice & piano teacher, musical theatre director, choir director, and public school music teacher. Melissa's students have been selected to represent the Vancouver Kiwanis Festival and the Howe Sound Music Festival at the provincial level where they have been recognized as top competitors in both the Classical Voice and Musical Theatre categories. Past students have been accepted into post-secondary programs for Classical Voice, Vocal Jazz, and Musical Theatre. Melissa believes that being well-versed in the language of music opens new doors for expression, communication, and connection.


Linda Hayes:

Piano, Music Theory

Department Head: Piano

Pianist and dancer, Linda Hayes has been teaching and performing for 25 years.  She is a graduate of
the University of Toronto with an Associate Diploma in Piano and Music Theory.  Her teachers are Ellen Silverman and Robert Rogers.  In Jazz Studies, she studied with Robert Doyle for 10 years.  Linda teaches students from beginner to advanced, classical, jazz, and Latin and has extensive experience preparing advanced students for festivals, exams, and performances.
As a dancer, Linda studied with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in the professional program where she trained
in all genres of Dance with Flamenco being her forte.  She visits Spain yearly to study and perform.
Linda believes that studying the arts is a life-long journey and that teaching children and young adults music
is giving them "a gift for life".


Lisa Mullaly:

Music Therapy, Cello, Piano, Beginner Guitar

Department Head: Music Therapy

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 undergraduate degree in Music Therapy in 2011 and a Master's in Music with a specialization in Neurological Music Therapy from Colorado State University in 2020. She is currently working towards a Master's in Counselling Psychology to incorporate more talk-based therapy into her practice. 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. 


Tyrone Barnes:

Music Therapy

Tyrone Barnes has been playing guitar for seventeen years and has training on piano, voice, mandolin, percussion, flute, didgeridoo, and other various instruments including audio recording and electronic music. Having traveled in parts of Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America, he regularly brings songs, genres, and instruments from around the world into music therapy sessions. Graduating from Capilano University's Bachelor of Music Therapy Program in the Fall of 2016, Tyrone has also completed graduate studies in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery & Music (Level 1).

Tyrone’s clinical experience includes working with incarcerated youth with the Ministry of Child & Family Development, working in treatment and recovery of addiction with Vancouver Coastal Health, working with children diagnosed with ADHD and other behavioural challenges with the Vancouver School Board, working in geriatrics with Fraser Health, and working with youth and adults diagnosed with ASD with Arcus Community Resources.

"Where there are people, there is music!"

Max Konyi:

Electronic Music Production, Guitar, Keyboard Theory 

Department Head: Contemporary Music

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 focused 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. 


Chad Galpin:

Piano, Stand up Bass 

Music has been an integral part of Chad's life since 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.

Connor Gray:

Guitar, Electronic Music Production

Connor has been teaching guitar for 10 years for music schools in Alberta and BC. 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 is an experienced performer, having played regular concerts with multiple bands in the Calgary and Squamish 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.


Scott Verbeek


Since graduating Summa Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music in 2013, Scott has become an in-demand guitarist and guitar teacher in the Vancouver music scene. He has played well over 500 performances since 2013 and has toured extensively across Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Scott began his music teaching career at age 16 through the support of his guitar teacher. In university, he worked as a music theory and arranging tutor for other students. Scott currently teaches private guitar lessons in the Vancouver area with ages ranging from 5 to 40 years old. He loves sharing his passion for music with his students and watching them grow. He believes it is very important to help the students find music that they love, set attainable goals with them, and give positive reinforcement to encourage their development.

Marcus Ramsay


Marcus Ramsay has been working as a professional guitarist in the Sea to Sky and Lower Mainland since 2014. Since graduating from SAE Institute with a diploma in Music Production and Audio Engineering, he has been working as a session guitarist, music producer and songwriter. Marcus’s passion for the guitar has found him playing alongside some of Canada’s top country, rock and blues artists in both a live and studio setting. Through this experience he has developed an open minded approach to the guitar which encourages students to find their own voice on the instrument while developing a technical skillset that can be applied to all genres of music.


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.

James Higgins:


James is a drummer and a new resident to Squamish. Versed in genres from big band jazz to hip-hop and funk to country, he has backed artists in recording sessions and at live events around the province. James is a music lover, and as an instructor, he aims to inspire students to find joy in a life with music.

Kristine Miles:

Flute, Music Therapy

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.

Sabrina Perry:

Violin, Fiddle

Sabrina Perry enjoys a passionate and diverse performing and teaching career, as inspired by her main teachers Sandra Swannell and Nancy Dahn. Sabrina holds a Bachelor of Music Performance degree and a minor in psychology from Memorial University. As a classical violinist, she has performed in various chamber ensembles and orchestras across Canada including the Vancouver Island Symphony, Tutta Musica, Symphony New Brunswick, the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, and the Georgian Bay Symphony. As a fiddler, she was a member of the Celtic-folk-rock band Beggar's Road and was often found fiddling, singing, and step-dancing alongside her brother. A passionate teacher, Sabrina has combined her diverse musicality, Suzuki training, and knowledge of healthy body mapping movements in a variety of settings including King’s Bridge Montessori Preschool, Sistema New Brunswick, Saint James Music Academy, and her own private studio. Her strong belief in the social, emotional, and psychological benefits of music and its ability to change lives led her to become a global leader through the Youth Orchestra of America's Global Leader's Program in 2017. Sabrina embraces all opportunities to become a caring mentor to children and youth through teaching music. She loves designing individualized, fun, and stimulating curriculums. Her goal is to empower students to discover their full potential to be beautiful human beings and healthy violinists with high levels of musical excellence. 

Kayla Mak:

Voice, Beginner Piano 

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 earned a certificate in voice performance. She then went on to UBC and received a Bachelor of Arts 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 amateur musical theatre and opera for two years. Returning to UBC, Kayla then completed her Bachelor's 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 regularly performs with various amateur 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. 

Lyndon Ladeur:


A native of Squamish, BC, Lyndon Ladeur believes that the music world has space for everyone, as long as you’re willing to search for your spot.  He works to inform more youth of the different styles attributed to classical music, and encourage them to be adventurous, and spread the love of music everywhere.  Lyndon was the winner of both the Senior Classical Voice and Vocal Variety competitions at the 2018 BC Performing Arts Provincial Festival, representing the Vancouver Kiwanis Music Festivals, and later went on to be a winner of the 2018 BC Provincial Concerto Competition.  Lyndon has appeared as Marco Palmieri in The Gondoliers, Ferrando in Cosí fan tutte and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte. Additional performances include being the tenor soloist in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Gounod’s Messe solennelle en l’honneur de Sainte-Cécile.  Lyndon made his international debut as Marco in the Fraser Valley Stage production of The Gondoliers as part of the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Harrogate, UK. For his portrayal, he won the Best Male Vocalist award and was nominated for Best Male Actor. He was a recipient of a 2018 VAM Emerging Artist Grant, contributing to this experience.

Georgia Broderick:

Voice, Beginner Piano

Georgia moved to Vancouver in June 2018 from Australia. She started singing in the Australian Girls Choir at the age of 5 and continued throughout her youth and high school years. Georgia completed her AMEB Singing Exams up to the Certificate of Performance and played professionally with her band around NSW, Australia. She started teaching with the Australian Girls Choir 8 years ago and continued teaching private lessons and in choirs to students ages 5 to 80. Since moving to Vancouver she has performed around British Columbia with her band as well as continued her teaching. Georgia loves to watch her students grow, playing songs they enjoy while also learning necessary skills to develop into well-rounded musicians. 


Jocelyn Pettit: 


From the West Coast of BC, Jocelyn Pettit is a vibrant fiddle player, stepdancer, singer,  and composer. As a performer, Jocelyn has toured across Canada, and in the U.S., the U.K., and Europe.  Her band has been described as “top-notch” (KVMR Celtic Festival), and her stage presence “captivating…exceptional”, with “grace and infectious passion” (Tahoe Onstage).  Jocelyn has appeared on Canadian and U.K. national television and radio, and in numerous press publications; performed for HRH Prince Charles, and Her Majesty The  Queen; and shared the stage with internationally-renowned artists, The Chieftains (Ireland),  The Battlefield Band (Scotland), and Carlos Núñez (Spain).  As a recording artist, Jocelyn has released two albums – her debut received multiple award nominations, and her second album, Caravan, was nominated for “World Artist of the Year” at the Western Canadian Music Awards, and at the Canadian Folk Music Awards.  

As a teacher, Jocelyn has taught fiddle and stepdance lessons and workshops at numerous schools, venues, and festivals in Canada, the U.S., the U.K., and France. She is passionate about sharing the joy of music and helping others learn.  

Jocelyn recently graduated with a Master of Music Degree, from the Royal Conservatoire of  Scotland in Glasgow, and is working on her third album. 

David Lavoie:

Guitar, Brass

David is a trumpet player, guitarist, composer, and educator in Calgary Alberta. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz from Capilano University and has contributed to many projects in the lower mainland. He began studying trumpet in his teens which led him to major in trumpet studies in university. He has also studied guitar privately for 11 years and it remained his secondary instrument throughout his degree. Rock and jazz guitar styles continue to be a focus in his musical career.

Evan Gammage:


Evan has been playing and studying guitar since the age of 10. He holds a diploma in Music and Digital Media, focused in guitar and performance from St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario. He has experience performing and composing in genres including Funk, R&B, Regge, jazz, and Rock/Heavy metal. Evan is passionate about teaching in a way that cultivates a love of music and focuses in creating a playful and enjoyable environment for his students. For Evan, music is a form of self expression, and he hopes to pass that along to his students. He is a trained and certified teacher in both Ontario and British Columbia. 

Steven Hayes:


Coming from a musical background since childhood, Steven has a deep passion for all genres of music. Steven studied classical music and theory with Cynthia Goddard for 13 years. After establishing a classical background, he wanted to pursue an interest in music of the world and studied jazz privately with Robert Doyle for 5 years and at Capilano University for 2 years. Steven continues to study with Chris Sigurdsson, plays in community jazz bands, and is always looking for the opportunity to expand his musical knowledge. He has experience teaching piano and theory to students of all ages, children through adults. Steven believes that music has the ability to bring people together via a universal language and that studying music creates a well-rounded individual with an understanding of cultures around the world.


Sasa Malek:


Saša is a passionate classical pianist and teacher, who enjoys teaching and playing all genres of music, may it be Jazz, Classical, Pop, Latin, etc. She started taking piano lessons at the age of 8 and has been performing ever since. Saša holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Ljubljana, where she studied in the class of the world-famous pianist Dubravka Tomšič Srebotnjak. She firmly believes that one of the most important things in music education is to develop and maintain the student’s love for music. Saša always makes her lessons fun and exciting, but also structured and productive. She adapts her teaching techniques to her students so that each student receives exactly what they need from her lessons. Saša is constantly exploring the world of music and believes that learning doesn’t stop with a degree. She has experience in working with children as well as adults and is looking forward to sharing her musical knowledge with people of all ages.


Negin Attar:


Negin started to play piano at the age of 12, but her serious musical life started after she completed a Bachelor's degree in Engineering. She realized how much passion she has for music and changed her whole life direction toward music. Negin studied with teachers at the Tehran Conservatory of Music and trained with teachers from France and the UK. She attended masterclasses, performed as a soloist, and collaborated with different instrumentalists and vocalists. To follow her passion for music, she eventually immigrated to Canada and studied as a Music Major in Piano at Capilano University. Negin also received a conducting certificate from Capilano University. She is an RCM certified piano teacher with more than 10 years of piano teaching experience, three years of experience conducting in El Sistema method at Saint James Music Academy (trained by José Cerón Ortega), experience teaching group music classes up to 20 kids as well as cello, violin, and viola to beginners.

She believes learning music can lead to better life skills; we learn patience, control, letting go, timing, and different emotions through music. How music can affect the brain is beyond imagination. Teaching music is more than music for her. She believes the correct way of teaching could have a significant effect on a student's life and she believes she is responsible to find ways to engage and build up interest in her students using different approaches, considering each student's interest and personality.


Michelle Bardach:

Acting, Voice

Michelle Bardach is a Coast Salish singer and actor, originally from Vancouver. She grew up performing from a young age, and eventually went on to graduate from the Musical Theatre Program at Capilano University. She has been working professionally since then, including her favourite roles: Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Sophie in Mamma Mia, and Eponine in Les MiserablesMichelle has been a visiting teacher at the Squamish Academy of Music for several years. She loves the beautiful city of Squamish and is grateful to have the opportunity to teach and collaborate with some young artists. 

Kelly Coubrough:


Kelly Coubrough has experience in many genres of music including opera, new music, and musical theatre. She began her teaching career in Squamish, BC (2006-2012) and has continued to perform, teach and help develop singers of all ages and abilities across British Columbia. She is an accomplished soloist, choral director, voice teacher, music director, coach, and avid recitalist. Ms. Coubrough holds an Honors Bachelor of Music in voice performance from Wilfrid Laurier University. She sang with the Vancouver Opera Company Chorus from 2005-2012 and has performed with Opera NUOVA (Edmonton), Queen of Puddings Music Theatre (Toronto), and Tapestry New Opera Works (Toronto). She has been a feature soloist with various choirs including Vancouver Bach Choir, the Twin Rivers Choir (Castlegar), and the Whistler Singers. She continues to maintain a private voice studio at her home in Salmon Arm. Thanks to platforms, such as Zoom and FaceTime, Kelly is excited to have the opportunity to share her knowledge with the students of Squamish Academy of Music.