#107, 52 Sioux Rd. Sherwood Park
#107, 52 Sioux Rd. Sherwood Park
Sherwood Park Music is very proud of our instructors. Most of our instructors hold degrees or diplomas from accredited colleges and universities from across Canada and other countries. Not only do the instructors teach, but some are accomplished musicians. You can hear them perform in many of the top venues in Edmonton and area. Teaching is a unique gift and we believe at Sherwood Park Music that “learning should be fun!” Our instructors strive to make the lessons enjoyable, while the student learns proper technique, theory and the musical concepts that is important to learning music. Performance is an important element to learning music and the instructors encourage their students to perform if the opportunity is given. Sherwood Park Music offers many performance opportunities for the student through student recitals, preparing students for the festival, Chamber trade fair, Sherwood Park Mall, Senior Centres etc.
Janice Dyrland began her studies in music at a very young age. Always enjoying music from the time she can remember, her mom placed her into piano lessons at the age of 6 years old. Music surrounded her at home, at school and at church. She was also involved with many choirs, festivals and school musical activites. At home, her parents and siblings played an instrument, so jamming was always alot of “fun.” There were many opportunities to entertain with the “family” band. Her 3 sons also play an instrument so playing with the family has not stopped… it also continues with her six grandchildren. Janice studied Royal Conservatory and continued her studies at the University of Alberta. Teaching music was always a passion and in 1993, Janice had the opportunity to purchase a music school in Sherwood Park. Starting with 80 students, the school now averages 700 students. She credits her teachers and staff for the success of Sherwood Park School of Music…. now Sherwood Park Music. She is very pleased to say that many teachers on staff have been with her for over 10 yrs. We offer something that is good. Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, and life to everything.
Chris Pickering is a voice instructor. He is a MacEwan University graduate majoring in Vocal Performance. Jazz singer by day, and rockstar at night, Chris is well versed in many different styles. He is dedicated to making sure his students develop their skills and confidence.
Being surrounded by a strong musical legacy was always an inspiration for Linnea Salte. Her father (Arlen Salte) sold over a ¼ million albums, owned an independent record label, and was the visionary of a creative arts conference called Break Forth. Through the guidance of her father; Linnea’s fascination for music continued to grow. An avid songwriter, Linnea started writing and playing piano at the age of three. She went on to be trained through Suzuki and the Royal Conservatory of Canada in both piano and voice. She has also been trained in contemporary vocals in Nashville through the Brett Manning Singing Success Vocal Studios (some of their other students include Keith Urban, Taylor Swift, and Haley Williams from Paramore). Linnea has toured extensively through Canada, the United States, and Israel as a musician and road manager. Her obsession to grow as a musician lead her to Vanguard College where she took her BA in Theology with Music Major. Her music has been played all over the world on radio and she has been nominated for 3 GMA Canada awards as well as was a finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition. Linnea brings a unique perspective to teaching because of both her classical and pop training she is able to teach from a wide range.
Sue Bischoff has been performing music most of her life, staring as a young child of six touring Western Canada with the Moss family show band also known as ”The Alaska Highway Birthquakes”. She studied Music and Education at Grant MacEwan University but insists that the most valuable education came from the nearly twenty five years spent performing in television, radio, concert and clubs.
Mhairi is excited to return for another year at the Sherwood Park School of Music. Her passion for music and theatre led her to receive a Master of Arts degree in Musical Theatre from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Not only does Mhairi love Musical Theatre, but she is also a singer-songwriter and enjoys playing piano, guitar, and ukulele. Mhairi’s passion for music began at a very young age. She herself began piano lessons at this same studio! Mhairi is eager to share her knowledge of Piano and Voice to her students, and hopes that they can find the same passion that she herself found many years ago!
Katherine Tilbury is a third year classical piano major who recently transferred to the University of Alberta. She completed her first two years studying at Red Deer College in the Music Diploma Program. While there she received the LA Radio Group Scholarship, the Alexander Rutherford and the Jason Lang Scholarship. Finishing her diploma, Katherine put on a grad recital featuring a two piano, eight hands piece as well as many solo works and duets. She grew up in the small town, now city, of Lacombe and has a lovely family of five including herself. Katherine has been studying piano for 15 years and is trained in classical, jazz and contemporary. Completing her grade 10 Royal Conservatory of Music exam in 2014, she has since been working towards her Bachelors of Music Degree. She enjoys teaching piano, accompanying and painting in her spare time. Katherine hopes to major in Performance and finish her degree.
Alieda hails from Sherwood Park, Alberta. After completing her grade 10 Royal Conservatory in piano, she attended Grant MacEwan’s Jazz and Contemporary program next door; Edmonton. Although Alieda’s primary instrument is piano, she is a multi-instrumentalist with her guitar, vocal, ukulele, and back-up tambourine skills. She has been instructing and performing for over 14 years throughout Alberta and BC and with her recent Music Therapy degree from Capilano University, she is excited to continue pursuing her passion for music.
Sandra began learning piano at the age of 4 when her parents enrolled her in group piano lessons. After completing those, she started taking private piano lessons, which she took during her childhood years and as a teenager. After high school, Sandra continued to take lessons at a college she attended and continued to receive certification from Royal Conservatory of Music. In college, Sandra also took a number of other music courses as well as religious curriculum and graduated with an AARS Degree. Sandra has also taken various university courses, and has attended seminars on teaching music. Besides learning and teaching piano, music has always been a large part of Sandra’s life. She has been involved in various musical activities such as performing and accompanying on the piano, playing in bands with her synthesizer keyboard, singing in choirs, performing in musicals, etc. She enjoys playing, listening to, and teaching various types of music. Sandra is excited about sharing her love of music with her students and helping them develop their artistic talents and musical abilities on the piano in a fun and enjoyable learning environment.
Andrea began learning piano at the pre-school age after watching her older sister learn music, and begging her mom to let her in on the fun! She continued private lessons throughout her school years, receiving instruction in piano and keyboarding ranging from classical, to contemporary, gospel, and chording. In April 2007, Andrea graduated with a Dean’s List standing and her Bachelor of Arts in Theology with a Music Major. She began teaching private lessons in 2005 with a couple students, and is pleased to be teaching again for her sixth year at Sherwood Park School of Music. Andrea has taken her practical studies under Herb Ehrenholz, M.Ed.; Diane Paulson,A.R.C.T., B.Ed.; and Gerry Paulson, B.Th, B.Mus, M.Mus.
Émilie Dufour is a country/folk singer and songwriter. She is currently in her second year at Grant MacEwan University in the Music program studying Voice and Studio Recording in both Jazz and Contemporary styles. She has been playing the piano since she was six years old and at the age of 19, Émilie has been performing all around Edmonton and its surrounding cities. She is a big supporter of non-profit organizations and instilling a love of music in young kids.
When I was a little girl, I was so engrossed in my violin practice, and completely disregarded what was happening around me. Without a doubt, I can state that I’ve always loved playing violin, and was determined to turn this cherished interest into my career at an early age.
After four consecutive years of undergraduate study, I graduated with honors-one of only eight violinists in our department to become a professional player in a Beijing orchestra. I still firmly believe my ultimate goal is to become a well-rounded musician, and I have an inextinguishable passion to persist in what fascinates me. Western music takes root in its home culture, so I pursued a master’s degree at University of Alberta to broaden my horizons. It’s my conviction that I should go as far as I can see, so when I get there, I’ll be able to see even farther.
Music is my profession, and promoting appreciation of classical music is also my passion. As an orchestra and chamber player, I was in charge of many concerts and master classes before. At each concert, I had spread classical music to hundreds of audiences. When I saw all audience members sitting in the pavilion through the curtains, their collective impressions and feedback after the concert strengthen my passion further.
To the end, I want to mention that self-confidence, self-reliance and self-learning are three of my virtues built in these years. I can’t help think that there is no greater enthusiasm and passion than when doing what I really like. From start to finish, the path of growth is often strewn with obstacles and hindrances, but under any circumstances, I yearn to become a person with positive results who can decide not only her own fate, but also inspire many others to fulfill theirs.
Peter Burandt began his life in music at the age of six. His musical education consisting of violin and piano studies at the Primary and Secondary Music Schools in Gdansk, Poland, and violin and viola studies at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. Included in his formal musical education were music history, music theory, chamber music, orchestra and choir. Throughout the years he played in orchestras, chamber music ensembles and recording studios. Over the years of teaching violin, viola and piano, his students ages have ranged from five to sixty five years old and in addition to classical training of his students, he likes to encourage individual creativity through intuitive improvisation.
Karen Hagens started playing violin at the age of 6 and has been playing ever since. This year, under the instruction of Martina Smazal, she is planning to take the Grade 8 Royal Conservatory Violin Exam. In 2014 she completed the Advanced Rudiments Theory Exam with First Class Honors. She has been playing piano since the age of 5, and recently passed the Grade 8 Royal Conservatory Piano Exam with First Class Honors. At the Sherwood Park Music Festival she has won several scholarships for her performances. She has also played both violin and piano at various venues including weddings and church services. Playing violin has been a challenging and rewarding experience for her. She has been coming to love this beautiful instrument more and more as her playing improves, and she is looking forward to sharing her love for music with others as she begins her teaching career with the Sherwood Park Music.
Born in the city of João Pessoa – Brazil, received her Master of Music degree from Azusa Pacific University (USA), Artist Certificate from Azusa Pacific University (USA), and Bachelor of Music degree from the Universidade Federal da Paraíba – UFPB (Brazil). She was part of the studios of Mr. Yerko Tabilo, Mr. Charles Stegeman, and Mr. Robert Becker. During her studies she participated in many music festivals and symposia in Brazil and United States such as the Starling-Delay Symposium on Violin Studies at The Juilliard School. In 2014 Amorim was an Artist in Residence at the Banff Centre with the Vaughan String Quartet. She was principal viola for the Chamber Orchestra of the City of João Pessoa and Azusa Pacific Univeristy Symphony Orchestra, and she was a member of the Paraíba Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician and orchestra member, she has appeared in many stages, such as Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), and venues in various countries: Brazil, France, United States, and Canada. She was a member of the Villa-Lobos String Quartet and the Camerata Brasílica. With the Camerata Brasílica she was one of the winners of the National Competition of Youth Chamber Musicians (Londrina, Brazil – 2006). Mrs. Amorim is currently violist of the Vaughan String Quartet, and is pursuing the degree of Doctor of Music in Viola Performance at the University of Alberta (Canada).
Seth’s love of music began early with classical piano and trumpet at a young age, but he found his true musical path when he began playing the guitar. Seth has been playing guitar since 1989, and has taught guitar professionally since 2004. He holds B.A. and B. Ed degrees from the University of Alberta. Seth has a strong passion for playing classic rock and blues, and composes his own original songs. Seth frequently incorporates his love of song writing into his lessons, and encourages his students to compose their own original music. Seth released his first original blues/rock album titled “Dirty Blues” in 2011, and continues to write new material. Seth strives to bring out the best in his students, and takes great pride in his students’ accomplishments and musical growth. Seth enjoys working with students of all ages and skill levels.
Pete’s lifetime love for music and its creation began early and continued to grow since he was an eight year old piano student. As he became older, he dedicated his passion for music to the guitar as his instrument of choice. With a little help from his friends, he advanced his playing in local cover and original bands in the Edmonton area. He attended Grant MacEwan, where he obtained a Music Diploma and began a career as a guitar player and teacher. Ever since then Pete has been teaching students of all ages the fundamentals of playing guitar and music in general. Pete’s philosophy is to expand the borders of creativity, knowledge, and love for music.
A professional musician of over 20 years, Kim Lesaca has performed in different parts of the world on various stages with some of the world’s best musicians. Kim was already one of the Philippines’ premier electric bass players, having done countless live and studio performances with the country’s top performers before moving to Canada in January 2009. Since then, he has established himself as an outstanding bass player with some of Canada’s best music performers, live and studio musicians, and as well as music producers, performing a wide selection of music genres — Jazz, R&B, Pop, Rock and Country. Kim lists James Jamerson, Rocco Prestia, Jaco Pastorius, Miles Davis and his uncle, violinist John Lesaca as his musical influences. He also considers Victor Wooten as the one who encouraged him to further develop his musical skills. His education includes (but is not limited to) a Diploma in Music (Major in Contra Bass; Minor in Piano sans recital) from the University of the Philippines (U.P.). He held the bass chair of the Philippines’ finest big band, U.P. Jazz Ensemble from 1992-1995. In 1994, he co-founded the band Parliament Syndicate which became one of the most respected and sought after bands in the Philippines. After eleven years with the band, Kim focused entirely on session work with the country’s top recording and concert artists. Kim puts premium on the groove, the proper tone and fitting musical taste. He believes that music comes before the artist. Being a musical educator as well, this is the philosophy that he shares with all of his students. At present, Kim plays does session works with Western Canada Music Award winner Krystle Dos Santos, with jazz musicians such as Dino Dominelli, Brett Miles, Louise Dawson, as well as projects with rock/country singer Kimberly Spears, 80’s tribute band The Normals, the trio vocalise Bella Rouge and on occasion with Top 40’s show band The Geris Project. He also teaches bass and acoustic guitar at the Sherwood Park School of Music in Alberta. Kim Lesaca is an artist/endorser of iGIG Bass Guitar cases (www.flyigig.com), Genz Benz Bass Amplification and Spector Bass.
For 20 years music has been a surrounding force that Andrew could not ignore. Raised here in Sherwood Park, he quickly caught on to the ambience that had been ringing in his ears. Raised in a musical family, Andrew quickly picked up the urge to start playing music at age 5, playing violin. 15 years later he has picked up many instruments including mandolin, bass guitar, harmonica, ukelele, piano, drums, but most prominently the guitar. For 9 years Andrew has continued to make guitar his primary focus musically, originally being inspired by blues and rockabilly, and now incorporating jazz, funk, folk, country and rock into the mix as well. Performance wise, Andrew is well acquainted playing live sets, having performed in church worship bands, a string quartet, high school jazz band and concert band, gigs with various musicians, and even touring Western Canada and Belize with the Junkyard Poets. Currently, aside from teaching guitar, Andrew is a session musician for various local artists’ recordings as well working on his debut solo album of all original material, that should be released in Spring. He feels very privileged to be joining Sherwood Park Music for a fifth year.
Kyle is a man of average height and reasonable posture. He has never been to Mississippi, and has spent the lifespan of a wombat developing his skills on the guitar. He has studied music at Red Deer College and Grant MacEwan Center for the Arts and has played in several musical groups. He has now been teaching guitar for the lifespan of a newt…its more than you’d think.
Nita was born and raised in Edmonton and began playing clarinet at age 11. She has completed a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Alberta and received the Ernest Dalwood clarinet prize in her fourth year. While at the University of Alberta Nita studied with Allison Storochuck, Charles Hudelson and Jeff Campbell. She has also completed a diploma in music recording as well as a diploma in music composition from Macewan University. While at Macewan University Nita began saxophone studies with Kent Sangster and focused on improvisation. Nita began teaching private lessons over ten years ago and has been hired to do many clarinet clinics throughout Edmonton. Currently, Nita is a member of the New Edmonton Wind Sinfonia and a jazz combo that performs at summer markets.
Jill Roszell has been playing flute for twenty-seven years and has taught private music lessons for twenty years. She has Bachelor of Education degree in music and social studies from the University of Regina and studied for ten years at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Regina, Saskatchewan. This is her eleventh year at The Sherwood Park School of Music and she loves it here! She believes that music should be an enjoyable and valuable experience for students and tries to blend musical concepts with a variety of types of music and teaching techniques, including the Royal Conservatory of Music syllabus, to engage students in learning music. In her other life, she is the General Manager for Theatre Network in Edmonton and has been at Arts Administrator for over 10 years.
Born and raised in Edmonton, this amusing and eccentric musician began his percussion studies at age 16 and since then has delved into the world of music with the velocity of a freight train. David is a recent graduate of the music program at Grant MacEwan and possesses a diploma in Music performance. Earning his chops playing Rock and Blues, David caught the Jazz bug while in university and since then has been a constant staple of the Jazz scene in Edmonton with performances including the Edmonton Jazz fest, Saskatoon Jazz fest, Café Blackbird and a regular gig at the Sugar Swing Dance club. All that Jazz aside, David continues to hone his Rock and Funk chops playing at the East Coulee music festival, the Rosebud festival and various corporate events. David mixes tradition and innovation in both his playing and teaching style. He is a constant devotee and student in the musical styles of Jazz, Rock, Blues, Latin and Funk.
Ashton began on piano and at age 12 started playing drums. At 15 he was gigging professionally. Ashton has performed with concert bands, jazz groups, funk and blues bands, pit orchestras, and even a West African drum ensemble. He has played at venues such as the Winspear, Jubilee Auditorium, Citadel, Yardbird Suite, and the Jazz Bisto in Toronto. Ashton has been recognized for his talents with numerous awards, including scholarships to attend Youth Jazz Canada’s summer workshop in Toronto for the past 3 years, and selection as a youth finalist in Roland’s V-Drums Competition for 3 consecutive years. He is currently studying music at MacEwan University. When he’s not teaching, Ashton keeps busy performing with his own groups and as a sideman. In addition to playing with peers, Ashton has also had the opportunity to work with established artists such as Jerrold Dubyk and Allan Gilliland. Ashton is excited to be joining the staff at Sherwood Park Music this year!
Trevor Bigam (T-Bone) is the man on the drums! He received his first set of drums for Christmas 1975 and has since stopped beating on the furniture. Once Trevor decided music was his life’s path he went to school to expand his horizons. There he achieved a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia and a Diploma in Performance from Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton Alberta. After university he freelanced playing a variety of styles of music with a wide range of performers. Trevor has recorded various projects including The Distant Thunder, TalkLikeJoe, Juno nominated Native artist Marcel Gagnon, Avaloon, Erin Haley, as well as Lori Reid, and Stacy Roper. Trevor keeps very busy as he has been teaching drum lessons at the Sherwood Park School of Music since 1997, and playing music live at every possible opportunity. Living by the stage credo of “Posing only!” Trevor brings a musical diversity and a lifetime of experience to the Combine Pilots that is only matched by his genuine and inviting personality!