The Aspire Instructors
Aspire Music Academy instructors are qualified musicians and gifted teachers with experience in music performance and private instruction. They strive to promote music that is inspirational, musically challenging, lyrically appropriate, and aligns with our vision and values. Aspire instructors will ensure that every student is trained in the following areas of music development: technique, rhythm, ear training , applied theory, and sight-reading. Aspire music instructors are expected to be good role models for their students both inside and outside the classroom.
Michael is a career professional who began playing drums at the age of 14. Growing up in Montreal, he was asked to join his first band the first time he sat behind a drum set. At 19 he began playing professionally and soon after was studying music at Concordia University, where he also took private lessons from studio drummer Ronnie Page, a student of international drumming authority, Henry Adler. He has also studied with legendary teacher Jim Chapin. He was the drummer for Juno Award winner, Paul Janz for seven years, as well as house drummer at Vancouver's famous Roxy Cabaret for thirteen years. Michael was awarded an RIAA Gold Record for his work with Paul Janz and nominated by CARAS for West Coast Drummer of the Year. As well, he received a coveted artist endorsement with Yamaha Canada with whom he was also a product clinician. He has also been published as a columnist for Canadian Musician Magazine. His teaching focus is on the classic fundamentals of hand technique, rhythmic understanding and 4-way independence.
Ada began playing piano at age 4 through the Suzuki Piano Method at the Vancouver Academy of Music.
Classically trained at VAM, she reached the senior piano levels of The Royal Conservatory of Music, setting her on a path of lifelong learning and appreciation of many other genres of music.
Her love for music moved her halfway across the globe to Sydney, Australia, where she completed an Advanced Diploma in the Creative Arts from Hillsong International Leadership College.
She later obtained her Piano Pedagogy Certificate from the British Columbia Conservatory of Music.
Ada has a passion for breathing new life into the structures of traditional instruction; and takes pride in cultivating the unique, musical gifts in each of her students.
Emily is currently studying music and education at the University of British Columbia. She has played piano since the age of 5 years old.
Through taking private lessons, she has completed the Associate Diploma in Piano Performance (ARCT) by the RCM certificate program. Emily enjoys teaching piano, and is working towards becoming a music teacher in elementary schools.