Andreas David / Owner and Drum Instructor
Andreas David aka Ydna Murd has been playing drums for more than 30 years. He has spent most of his life as a professional musician in Germany where he performed hundreds of shows with a great variety of bands and artists, ranging from Folk and Jazz, to Funk, Fusion, Gospel, Alternative, Punk and Rock. Andreas has been teaching drums at many different music schools (Yamaha Music Station, Hamburg School of Music, Powell River Academy of Music, Larsen Music Victoria, Long & McQuade Music Education Center Victoria, Peninsula Academy of Music Arts and more) and he was one of the co-founders of the Hamburg School of Music which is now one of the largest music schools in Germany. He studied drums with German greats Udo Dahmen, Helge Zumdieck and Jost Nickel and also with Steve Houghton and Jim Chapin.
He is the author of three instructional drum books which are available worldwide (Breakbeat Guide, Hi-Hat Master and Drum Class) with a fourth one pending publication this year. Andreas endorses several drum companies (Sonor Drums, Supernatural Cymbals, Eccentric Systems) and is a regular contributor to the German drum magazine Drumheads! and the Canadian drum magazine Drums etc.! Andreas performs regularly at drum festivals and teaches several workshops and master classes throughout the year. He has extensive knowledge as a producer and recording engineer. He is mostly performing electronic dance music nowadays with his Djing and drumming outfit. In addition to his extensive experience as a studio and session drummer, he has also published several play-along recordings for drummers.
Andreas is also available for online lessons via Skype where he teaches several students from around the world. In his longstanding teaching career, he has mentored hundreds of students and keeps his lessons fun and exciting for all ages and level. More about his work can be found at www.drumgate.com
Sabine's knowledge of business and customer service is based on 25 years experience as an entrepreneur. Her love for music is a strong bond that she shares with her husband Andreas. She is also the designer in the family and takes care of the Westshore Music Academy's website, branding, logo, advertising and much more. Always on top of everything she organises the lesson scheduling and administration of the Westshore Music Academy.
If she is not busy with all of this, you will find her in her design studio downstairs where she takes care of her other business, Suncoast Custom, Patternmaking and Design Service.
Kevin has been playing guitar for over 30 years, and has three University degrees in Music and Education. He has spent most of his working life in Montreal as a professional musician, infiltrating both the Jazz and Classical music scenes, and performing in most of the major venues in the city. After completing a Bachelors degree at McGill University in jazz guitar performance he toured South America and Europe for two years. After further classical guitar studies in Montreal with Bruno Perron, he completed a Masters degree in Classical guitar at L'Université de Montréal. Kevin has extensive professional experience as a soloist and show orchestra musician on board cruises ships. Kevin has most recently completed a degree in Music Education at the University of Ottawa and has spent the last year teaching high school music programs full time in Ontario and Quebec. Kevin brings a personal approach and open mindedness to his playing that encompasses all of his past musical education and professional experience. Happy teaching all styles and all levels, he is always happy to have beginner students. "When teaching beginners, we are eternally in the midst of that first joy of discovering music, we can see and feel that natural spark of music that lights us all up so easily."
"I love Voice" Christina's forté is versatility. Comfortable singing and teaching: Pop, Rock, Jazz and Classical. Her classes are dynamic and fun. Teaching from a holistic point of view, emphasizing vocal health and correct breathing. She has been teaching for 8 years and most recently directed the High School choir program in Gatineau Quebec. Christina Gentile, singer and songwriter, was born and raised in Germany by two professional Opera singers. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music) from Concordia University as well as a DEC from Cégep de Saint Laurent in classical voice performance. She also trained two years at Johanne Raby's Musical Theatre Academy. Some of her career highlights include: Jazz singer for Cruise Ships (Princess Cruises); singing at the Upstairs Jazz Bar as well as the international Jazz festival of Montreal; playing electric Bass for famous German Hip Hop singer Thomas D., recording with the Justiciers Masqués on 96.9 Fm Radio CKOI Montreal; performing at the Luminate Festival in New Zealand and touring Australia. In 2011 she released her CD "T.I.N.A. - Voice Yourself". She has also worked as a voice actor for video games, audio books and cartoons. Christina is a certified Yoga teacher and has spent the last 4 years studying Indian Classical vocal technique. On her free time she enjoys playing Sitar, Cajon and Didgeridoo. www.tinamusic.com
From the tender age of 5, Jewleana has been studying and performing music. Jewleanas’ music career has taken her through many veins of music from classical, musical theatre, folk, pop, jazz, country, blues, gospel and worship music, and she is passionate about them all. She studied to be a concert pianist at the University of Windsor, Musical Theatre at the Edmonton School for Musical Theater and is an honours graduate from Selkirk College with majors in Vocal Performance, Songwriting, Composition and Film Scoring, Production and Engineering. Jewleana has been teaching for over 13 years and has taught everything from music theory, history, harmony, songwriting, performance, piano and voice. Jewleana’s approach to teaching is that learning should be fun and creative while incorporating the necessities of proper techniques. While living in West Vancouver she established a children’s choir and a youth choir that were well received in the community. After landing in Victoria, Jewleana taught privately and at Long and McQuade where she was instrumental in establishing and teaching the Rock Skool Camps. As well as her regular teaching schedule, Jewleana taught performance and vocal workshops for mature students. Jewleana is honoured to be part of the teaching team at West Shore Music Academy.
Gabe Pietrzak has completed the Jazz/Contemporary Guitar Diploma Program at Vancouver Community College (VCC), as well as the Bachelors of Applied Music Program. He has also completed Guitar Workshops with distinguished artists such as Dave Martone, Steve Vai and Mike Stern, Summer Jazz Intensive Workshops with Bob Rebagliati and Ihor Kukurudza, Rock School Workshops with Steve Gendron. Gabe took private lessons for many years to further my musical skills with artists like Greg Howe and Paul Lambert. He is proficient in teaching various genres of music, from Jazz to Progressive metal/ fusion. In addition, he is an excellent and confident improviser. Gabe has performed live in front of hundreds of people during concerts, performing various styles of music. He is highly engaged in the process of composing, recording and arranging music, while working with other professional producers and musicians such as David Spidel and Paul Lambert. Gabe has recently released his EP album “Triangulum”, which is labelled under the genre 'Progressive Rock'.
Teaching and Mentoring has always been Gabe’s passion. He encourages all his students to try things themselves and be hands on learners, to not be afraid of exploration. He believes that everyone has the ability to enjoy music and that there is no limit of potential if you put in the time and effort.
Beth grew up in Victoria and began studying piano at the age of 8, having been inspired by watching her mother play the piano. She in turn began teaching piano as a high school student under the supervision of her piano teacher, while working on Grade 10 RCM piano and then her ARCT teacher's certificate. Once high school was completed she also enrolled in the 2 year Teacher Training program at the Victoria Conservatory of Music directed by the late Winifred Scott-Wood. Over the years Beth has successfully prepared students for piano & theory exams from the Preparatory through Grade 8 levels with the RCM. She also encourages students to improvise & compose with some entering competitions where they have been awarded prizes. Beth is also happy to teach students who prefer not to take exams and wish to play other styles of music. Most recently she participated in the "Play Piano Chords Today" course & looks forward to teaching some adults with this method. Over the years Beth has played various musical instruments as well as studied voice & sung in musical ensembles. She welcomes the opportunity to be part of the Westshore Music Academy.
Chris has been a passionate audio professional
since the early 1990s. His work encompasses a wide range of fields
ranging from electrical engineering to software development.
Chris started his career with the Toronto-based company, Soundwave which developed as one of the premiere
audio companies to work within the early Toronto rave scene. Chris has worked in studio and in a
live performance context since 1993. His early live
shows became a staple of the Ontario techno circuit. More recent bookings on Vanouver Island include
the Soundwave, Talltree and Diversity Festivals.
He began working with Ableton Live in 2002. In 2008, he became
Victoria's unofficial Ableton Live group host, and has since been
involved in a variety of activities from designing and building
modular synth components to developing an interactive gesture
controlled installation for the TedX conference.
Chris is constantly pushing the boundaries of what can be done
with both audio hardware and software, and looks forward to not only
helping students develop their skillsets within the Ableton Live
platform, but also applying those skillsets with outboard gear.
Suzanne Medgyes has been teaching piano, keyboard and theory for 35plus years. She formally trained in Winnipeg as a Pipe Organist, achieving great experience in the Netherlands Dutch Masters classics. She has performed at many concerts on the Pipe Organ, held position as church pianist, choir leader and special event coordinator. In addition she has been a worship leader in Nanaimo playing keyboards in a contemporary style. Suzanne has experience in classics, contemporary, and provides theory for the piano and keyboard. In her vast experience, Suzanne has taught the gift of music to hundreds of students of all age groups and will adapt to any style. She respects the student foremost, with an emphasis on enjoyment and the love of music.
Dave's passion for music started at the young age of 10 when his grandfather put him through accordion lessons. It was only a year later that his first saxophone was put in his hands and although the accordion has taken a backseat, his love for the saxophone has turned into over a decade of great experiences. After high school Dave went on to graduate with his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies at Vancouver Island University where he studied privately with some of Canada's finest musicians including Monik Nordine, Steve Jones, and Greg Bush. His love of all music has given him the chance to play with groups of all genres from Big Band Swing to Jazz, Rhythm and Blues to Rock and even Electronic Drum and Bass. After graduation Dave moved back down to Victoria and can be seen playing with such groups as High Noon to Midnight, Bananafish Dance Orchestra, the Dave Lawson Quartet and various other groups around Vancouver Island.
Gary has been teachig over 20 years of private and group instruction/lessons at many different music schools in Alberta and British Columbia. He plays and teaches a great variety of instruments, from steel guitar, guitar, banjo, dobro, bass guitar, to ukulele. He has studied with the best musicians in their fields - Steel guitar with Leon McAuliffe, Mike Cass Jeff Newman, and Buddy Emmons, guitar with Eldon Shamblin and Pat Donahue and Dobro with Jerry Douglas. Gary is also trained in piano tuning and repairs at Rogers State College and has been tuning pianos for many for local schools. He is also a skilled sound engineer/sound technician, running concerts for Buddy Rich, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Da Falla Guitar Trio, Nevada Dance Company, Hank Thompson, Leon MacAuliffe, KXON-TV, Rogers State College recording studio, Dukes of Dixieland, etc. Gary holds an Associate of Arts Degree in Country Music - Rogers State College – Claremore, Oklahoma and also a Diploma in Recording Production from the Grant MacEwan College Edmonton AB – Jazz Program. As a performer, he has played with the Tulsa Philharmonic, Leon McAuliffe, Hank Thompson, The Telluride, Bluegrass Symphony Showdown, Laura Vinson and numerous other acts. Gary also performed on the weekly television show “Oklahoma Swingin’ Country as a featured performer as well as being a member of the house band, appeared on Nashville Network Television and was included in a feature article in “Bluegrass Unlimited” magazine.
Originally from Fort McMurray, Alberta, Katrina was awarded music scholarships from a young age. Shaping her performance craft with plays, choirs, and competitions, she has also become a skilled guitarist and songwriter. Her versatile and powerful voice has been developed over years of classical vocal training and recording. Katrina has recently joined the William Head On Stage (WHOS) production called “Fractured Fables” as bandleader, composer and performer. She also continues to tour her critically acclaimed musical one-woman show "Cougar Annie Tales". She won Pick of the Fringe, was a Victoria Critics Choice nominee for best new play, and has played to many sold-out audiences around Vancouver Island. She will be showcasing at Pacific Contact in 2014.
We are very happy to have Katrina teaching at the Westshore Music Academy – specializing in beginner / intermediate guitar, piano and vocals.
Ian McElroy was born and raised in Victoria B.C. on the West Coast of Canada. Growing up he was exposed to many types of music that went on to influence his playing style. At the age of fifteen he began playing bass and guitar and began lessons the following year with Ron Lukawitski where he would start to focus on the electric bass. During this time he, and two friends, formed their first band and began performing in the local music scene. Over the next few years he developed an interest in Jazz music and moved to Nanaimo to attend Vancouver Island University’s Jazz program. There he worked closely with Bryan Stovell to develop as a Professional Musician attending classes, practicing for up to ten hours a day, and continuing to play nightly. After returning to Victoria he continued to perform with artists including Justin Hewitt, the Span, and Vince Vaccaro. Currently he is playing shows throughout Canada, teaching bass clinics and private lessons, and recording for several artists. Ian's extensive experience in teaching is a valuable addition to our school.
Rowan Osborne has been immersed in the music scene in Victoria, Canada and beyond for over 12 years. In 2005 he started playing fiddle and has not put it down since. Since 2011 he has won numerous awards at fiddle competitions across British Columbia including winning the BC Old Time Provincial Twin Fiddle title with his older brother Aidan, and has won many awards at the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival. Proficient on the Viola as well, Rowan was a member of the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra for two years and was accepted to the prestigious Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy in 2016. He currently plays with the local band Coastline that was recently nominated for 2 Canadian Folk Music Awards and were representatives of Canada at the 2015 Aberdeen International Youth Festival.
Kreg Lonneberg is a young bassist who is new to Vancouver Island. Originally from Kingston Ontario, Kreg’s musical journey began at the age of eight when he first picked up the guitar. As a teenager he switched to the bass and never looked back. Kreg studied classical upright bass at Trinity Western University, under Chris Light of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. While at university he also dug into jazz, joining TWU’s jazz combo, where he played both bass and trombone. Kreg also has lots of experience playing blues and R&B, gigging extensively with local Kingston artist John Torres of The Torres Project. One of Kreg’s core beliefs as a teacher is that no two students should be treated the same. As such, Kreg works hard to tailor his curriculum to meet the needs of each individual student.
Since a young age, Alex has consistently been writing and performing in numerous groups, and has been playing professionally since 2011. He has toured extensively throughout Canada, and recorded and performed with many artists. After studying at the prestigious Humber College in Toronto, he returned to the West Coast with an enriched love for music, and passion for all things percussion. At Humber, he had the privilege to regularly watch as well as study with numerous world class musicians. While there, he studied jazz, fusion, and many styles of world music. He has studied with the likes of Bob McLaren, Mark Kelso, Murray Creed, Steve Mancuso, Pat Kilbride and Ron Thaler among others, and currently continues his studies with Andreas David (AKA Ydna Murd). Alex has been teaching for many years at various music schools in Victoria. As a drummer, Alex is known above all else for his musicianship and musicality behind the kit. He has worked in many genres and performed at events like Canadian Music Week, Rifflandia, Sunfest, Boonstock, Big Time Out and many others. He has previously played or currently plays with groups such as The County Line, Kemal Evans Band, Michael Wood band, Jon Epworth and the Vic City Sweats, WOLFHEART Rooftop Runners, and Chikoro Marimba. Alex has recently joined up with ScrapArts Music as the newest member in the internationally renowned "invented instrument ensemble"
Iryna Graifer was born in Ukraine, where she received her Master's Degree in music as a pianist, accompanist and teacher. She worked for 13 years in her Alma mater music college. In 1996 she moved to Canada with her husband and two kids, spending 10 years in Winnipeg teaching piano and working as an accompanist for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet school and Manitoba School of Music. In 2006 she moved to Victoria. Iryna is working with various ballet schools (the longest collaboration is with Centrepointe Ballet School). She holds a position as pianist for Edelweisse German Choir, and works with opera singers and instrumentalists. Iryna has been teaching piano, theory and history of music for the last 35 + years passing on her love for music to the students of all ages.
Allison Marshall holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of
Victoria, majoring in Piano Performance. Allison studied Harp with Kathryn Ely and has been teaching Harp since 2006. She did graduate work in Music Education at U.Vic.
and has developed a beginner program for young children with Music Ed. games and other innovations for Piano and Harp. Allison's goal is to give children a good beginning with their musical study. Some of her
students have remained with her through Grades 9 & 10, earning First Class Honour. Allison still performs Piano and Harp for special events, and has been a musician for church services at St. Mary’s in Metchosin, for the last five years. She has also accompanied the Avalon Singers Choir for five years, and students for recitals and exams for the last 15 years.
Gregory Law, Licentiate of Music-McGill, Bachelor of Music-McGill, plus 9 years graduate studies.
He played Timpani / Percussion with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra 1967-1981 and the Victoria Conservatory of Music 2010-2013.
His musical education and percussion teachers include
Saul Goodman -N.Y. Philharmonic/ Juilliard school, Arthur Press-Boston Symphony,
Alan Abel - Philadelphia Orchestra/Temple U. Gregory performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Corey Hart, Dave Brubeck, Odetta, Catheline Battle. Pavorotti, Dame Kiri Takanawa, Jessy Norman, Rene Flemming, Isaac Stern, and many more. He recorded extensively with Decca-London and EMI Records, 80 plus award winning CDs- Dutoit/ MSO, also NHK radio/television Japan, BBC TV/Radio, RTF Paris, PBS USA, CBC radio/television, Rhombus media-film, RCA Victor records, National Film Board of Canada, etc. His honorable career brought him on 37 world tours with Montreal Symphony, including, Japan, Korea, Hong-Kong, South America, North America, Europe.
As well as 20 seasons of yearly concerts at Carnegie Hall.