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Teaching  at the Academy

Administration

Jerone Delantar
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Glad Tidings Psalmist 
Admin Manager of Glad Tidings Church & Aspire

Edward Cai

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Accountant

Joshua Enns
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Website Manager &  Admin Assistant

Lorna Webb
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Admin Assistant

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.

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EMILY LEUNG
PIANO

Emily is currently studying at the University of British Columbia currently doing a dual degree in the Bachelor of Music and Education. She has a passion for working with young children and teaching music. Her future goal is to become a music teacher in schools teaching students at primary and elementary level. 

Emily is classically trained, and has played piano since the age of 5 years old first beginning with group lessons. At the age of 6 she began private lessons. Through taking private lessons, she has completed all levels of the Royal Conservatory of Music program, and achieved the Associate Diploma in Piano Performance (ARCT). 

Emily has participated in several piano competitions including the BCMRTA and Kiwanis Music festivals, winning gold certificates and scholarships. Emily was invited to perform and compete in the Provincial level Kiwanis Music representing the Fraser Valley Region in 2017. 

Besides piano, Emily loves singing and has been in choir and vocal jazz throughout elementary and secondary school. She has performed at many talent shows and coffee houses. She is currently a part of UBC’s choir - Choral Union in which they do many performances and have even performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. She loves pop culture and music, singing and playing piano for fun whether it is Disney Music or pop songs. 

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Edwin Lam
Guitar & Voice

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Michael Root
Percussion

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.

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.

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Daniel Connolly
Piano

Mr. Ed Lam is a Vancouver-born music scene veteran and multi-instrumentalist with one of the most diverse musical portfolios in town. Mr. Lam won a local music award called the "Whammy Award" (a spoof of the the Grammy Awards) three years in a row for best piano player and the first Chinese Canadian to win the award. He is most known for being a local singer and songwriter, playing in cover bands including hosting live band karaoke nights, and hosting Piano Karaoke Nights. Mr. Lam can also be found organizing various local shows with unique formats showcasing Vancouver's finest local talent. 

Since 2020, Mr. Lam had an increase in popularity online despite the cancellation of live music due to the COVID19 global pandemic. He not only utilizes YouTube to make various musical content, but since the Summer of that year, he became well known for using the mobile app called TikTok to create quick and easy guitar chord tutorials for acoustic guitar players teaching what chords to play for easy hit songs in just under one minute, receiving rave reviews including various media coverages about his musical journey. He can also be found on his social media platforms doing musical livestreams on some weeknights and weekends, hosting virtual talent shows, plus occasional podcasts discussing various music-related topics plus Q&A. 

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Sarah Hu
Piano, Voice

Sarah has taught piano since 2010, both private lessons and group classes. She has served on church bands and worship teams as pianist and vocalist for twenty years, in diverse cultural and collaborative contexts. She is a graduate of Pacific Life Bible College with an Associate of Arts in Music Ministry. She has some songwriting and studio recording experience, but a bad habit of writing song fragments that never see completion.

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Angela Zhou
Piano

Daniel teaches piano and has studied piano through RCM. He has been playing for over 15 years and has experience with both classical and contemporary music and he is currently in the process of completing his BA in musical arts. Daniel also teaches voice. He's been studying voice for the past 6 years and has experience teaching all ages.

Angela began studying classical piano at the age of 6. She completed her level 8 RCM piano exam at the age of 12 and continued her studies in the RCM program up to level 10. Since then, Angela has thoroughly enjoyed playing the piano in her spare time and in church. She has played in church for the last 13 years and has a deep passion for music. Angela wishes to teach students not only musical skills, but an enthusiasm and affection for their music.