Music Instructors

Choose from a variety of music programs including private and group lessons. Whether you're looking to master a musical instruments, learn music theory, or experience the thrill of joining a Rock Band, westvanrec programs are inspired by the great depth and diversity of musical expression found across the globe.

Our instructors are experts in their field who engage the community in a shared process of music-making, providing an unparalleled musical experience for participants of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

Guitar, Ukulele, Beginner Drum Set Lessons.

Ben K.









Ben is a guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist who is currently finishing his Bachelors of Music at Capilano University’s jazz program. Ben has over 15 years of experience performing and teaching in a variety of settings and enjoys sharing his passion for music with anyone who wants to learn. Ben teaches across a variety of genres including Jazz, Folk, Rock, Classical and Pop. His lessons are customized for the students individual goals and focus on Technique, Theory and Ear training and of course having fun.

Violin and Piano: Private Lessons

Denise K.

Denise Killick

Denise Killick has a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education from UBC, and played professionally for many years doing operas, musicals, weddings, symphonies and with various groups. She is a member of the Registered Music Teachers Association (BC) where she recently earned her 25 year pin. She has taught all types of music in both the private and public-school systems and has been teaching violin and piano privately for many years, working with students from age 4 to 75 years old. Denise believes that music is an enriching experience no matter your age!

Guitar: Private Lessons

Elliott V. 


Elliott’s goal is to spark creative expression in his clients’ lives, and to arm them with the necessary tools and techniques to do so. He teaches under the premise that all people are inherently creative, and that it is a matter of coming back to our roots as innate Artists—be it writing, music, visual arts, or architecture—humankind just can’t get enough of creating.

It is Elliott’s philosophy that we all have the potential to become musicians, but it takes guided hard work, and the desire to learn. Elliott offers tailor-made lesson plans to help you meet your creative and technical goals. Every person is unique, and therefore has unique, and specific needs, and goals, when it comes to learning music.

Elliott specializes in instructing classical guitar, acoustic styles, and electric guitar, working in all genres including, but not limited to: Jazz, Folk, Country, Metal, Progressive Music, Classical, Soul/Funk, Rock, Blues, Reggae/Ska, Punk, Math-Rock, Post-Rock and Pop.

Elliott’s lessons are centred around building technique, creativity, and showing where the two intersect. Having a solid base in music theory can transform any player, and facilitate better understanding of the instrument and inspire more creativity. Learning interesting songs that a student finds engaging is a great way to apply technique, and learn from what has been done before. Elliott also focuses on improvisation, and composition.

Once students begin to grasp the basics of the guitar, or any other instrument, it is a true joy to create original music, but it can be challenging to know where to begin. Having a coach to help with composing can help students break through the barriers to free creative expression.

Vocal Lessons

Gergana V.








Gergana Velinova is a vocalist, music educator, performer, songwriter and recording artist who is experienced in the styles of Jazz, Classical, Blues, Gospel, Pop and R&B vocal styles. Gergana holds a Master's Degree in Jazz and Classical Voice Performance from the Longy School of Music in Boston and BA Studies in Voice from the Musician's Institute in Hollywood, CA. 

She has released six original CDs and has shared the stage with Juno and Grammy winning musicians. 

In addition to her performance career she is well known for inspiring young vocalists as a Vocal Coach, Choir Conductor and Vocal Workshops Facilitator. For more information please visit her website:

Bagpipes and Chanter

Jane R.

Jane R.












Jane has 60 years of experience performing and teaching. Jane has performed with Burnaby Ladies Pipe Band, Salmon Arm Pipe Band, Fort St. John Pipe Band, and is presently a member of JPFell Pipe Band (North Vancouver) and the Gibsons Pipe Band on the Sunshine Coast

Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Saxophone and Flute: Private Lessons

Ken S. 


Ken studied at Humber College, Toronto. He has also studied in New York with Bill Evans, and Eddie Daniels, in Los Angles with jazz legend Warne Marsh, as well as with one of Duke Ellington’s writers and arrangers, Ron Collier in Toronto. He has performed with Valdi, Rosemary Clooney, New York saxophonist, Mike Adkins, as well as with his own groups, both in North America and Japan. Ken has 30 years of professional experience in both performing – jazz, popular, classical, and teaching – beginners to advanced / children and adults. He is one of the lower mainland’s leading woodwind instructors and offers lessons in clarinet, saxophone and flute. Whether beginning or advanced, his students gain an intimate knowledge of their instrument, good productive practicing skills, and, as a result of their hard work, a continuing passion and love for music.


Marcia M.


Marcia Meyer is a pianist, composer, arranger, and educator. Students working with her have the opportunity to prepare for RCM Exams, to learn Jazz, Pop, and Broadway Favourites, learn all levels of theory, and to be introduced to Improvisation.

Marcia's lessons emphasize having fun while developing good technique—a key ingredient for superior tone production. As for musical improvisation, she maintains this is akin to conversation: If you enjoy conversing with others and are ready to learn the basics of playing the piano, you're on your way to being able to improvise.

Drums, Piano

Max H.

Max H.







Max H. is a drummer, pianist, composer and music educator conversant in Jazz, Latin, Classical, and Pop/Contemporary styles. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Studies from Capilano University, is an active professional performer, and has shared the stage with some of the Canada's finest jazz musicians, such as John Gross, Joe Poole, Sharon Minemoto, Hugh Fraser, Brad Turner.

Max has taught music for over a decade and aims to nourish and develop the students inner creativity, while providing a well rounded foundation in theory and technique.

Vocal and Beginner Piano Lessons

Saba A.








Saba is a trained vocalist, a pianist, and performer who is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Jazz at Capilano University.  With over 8 years of experience in teaching music to children and adults, Saba aims to cater her lessons to the individual needs of each student. She has also studied classical and traditional Iranian music, both in Canada and abroad, as well as singing and playing a Persian drum, Saba will be leading Iranian dance class at West Vancouver Community Centre.

Her goal is to provide a well-rounded musical experience to all her students as they master their instruments, while also bringing out their creativity and talent.

Private lessons for Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Baritone, and Tuba

William B.









William is a professional bass trombonist and educator living in Metro Vancouver. He served four years as Bass Trombone/Co – Principal Trombone of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan and has performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Montreal, and the National Academy Orchestra of Canada among many others.

He has worked with notable conductors such as Bramwell Tovey, Alondra de la Parra, and Otto Tausk and has shared the stage with the internationally recognized vocal group Il Divo and Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Natalia Lafourcade. He has twice been on faculty of the Merida International Brass Festival and was invited as a Guest Trombone Professor to the Conservatorio Plurinacional in La Paz, Bolivia in 2019.


Yelena W.








Yelena holds a degree in Bachelor of Music from the University of British Columbia and a teaching Diploma in pedagogy. She has extensive teaching experience in fundamentals of music theory and performance. 

Her students enjoy learning piano in a positive and fun atmosphere with focus on hand position, tonality, notation, rhythm, and musical styles of composers. Her individual approach to teaching builds self esteem and confidence in each student. She is a member of the music department at WVCC and was an associate teacher in BCCM who participated in piano recitals, festivals and enjoyed accompanying instrumentalists and vocalists. Her students have accomplished success in exams, recitals, and competitions.


Violin and Vocal: Private Lessons

Rachel VT.  *Currently on Leave


Rachel attended the Don Wright Faculty of Music at The University of Western Ontario for music performance, and has been playing violin and singing for over twenty years. Rachel specializes in teaching Classical, Suzuki and Electric violin as well as Opera, Pop and Indie music for voice. Rachel can offer a wide range of lessons, tailored to each individual student regardless of experience, age or genre to help students reach their maximum potential and goals. 


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