After graduating from the Capilano University Jazz Studies program, Alexei went on to acquire his Degree in Secondary Education at UBC. During his studies, he had the privilege of playing with, and learning from wonderful classical and jazz percussionists, such as Graham Boyle, Blaine Wikjord and Dave Robbins.
Alexei has been a part of the Lynn Valley Music team for over five years. He encourages his students to find the same passion for music as he acquired when he was only 14 years old.
I think that music is of paramount importance for the overall
development of an individual. Music has elements of math that requires
logical thinking, and at the same time it’s a creative process. It also
takes team effort to play in an ensemble; not to mention how much
discipline is needed to master an instrument!
Fluent in English and Russian, he provides students with the option of learning in their first language. Alexei loves listening to anything that inspires him, and searches to find each student’s personal inspiration in music, through percussion and the guitar.
Some students are truly creative - I always feel inspired when I see
kids who are keen to learn new things, and come up with their own ideas
on the instrument.
As a performer, Alexei has worked with various jazz combos and concert bands. On several occasions, he has represented Canada during international military festivals with the 15th Field Artillery Band.
Presently, Alexei works as a band teacher, private instructor at Lynn Valley Music and a freelance musician. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, practicing, running, reading, hiking and generally staying active.
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"Over the years, LVM has provided nothing but friendly, reliable, and courteous service. And the quality of instruction has been impeccable! Dmitri Gritsaenko is able to communicate his exceptional knowledge and expertise in the kind of creative and receptive terms that constantly evolve to accommodate his students' developing needs. I would not hesitate to recommend LVM to any aspiring musician who is serious about legitimate learning in a positive, professional environment."
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"Dmitri’s sense of humor, his ability to get ideas across to any student and his encouragement made the lessons really enjoyable and informative. Even my dad ended up taking lessons with him, and he would always come home with a new riff to try out, impressed with Dmitri’s ability to play and to teach. Lynn Valley Music has passionate teachers with excellent teaching ability, making it the best choice for a music school on the North Shore."
"I have been taking piano lessons at Lynn Valley Music for 5 months now and it has been such a positive experience. Dmitri is a very insightful and patient teacher who is extremely dedicated and helpful. He is always pushing me to be better and his teaching skills encourage and inspire me to do the best. I came to Lynn Valley Music to learn to play the piano; every week I improve my skills and learn something new. Thank you Dmitri and Lynn Valley Music!"
"Roxana is very kind to me. She is very patient. She never gives up. We have fun when we play songs together. She is nice. I am glad she is my piano and violin teacher!"
Anika, age 9, taking lessons since she was 5.
"Roxana is patient and gentle with the kids. She is friendly, she is very
encouraging; the kids always enjoy their lessons (practice at home is a
different story). She has done a great job teaching them their instruments.
She communicates well with me to tell me what the kids are working on, too."
Gerry, father of 2 music students.
"Chin has been my teacher for over 10 years and she still continues to be. She is patient, thoughtful, and passionate with her teaching, and her philosophy is sensible and thorough. To this day I still find it a treat to see her play my new music within a matter of seconds of looking at it. I've become a teacher myself in a volunteer program and I could not have earned myself such experience without the guidance of Chin."