With a degree in jazz studies from Capilano University, and a music diploma from VCC, Francisco has played music for over 30 years, and taught for over 12. At Lynn Valley Music, he teaches the guitar, ukulele, and bass, but also enjoys playing the piano, trombone, saxophone, flute and drums. Francisco teaches his students that music is beautiful and powerful, and in turn they have taught him that not only is it a serious art, but can be a lot of fun too.
Like many of the other teachers at Lynn Valley Music, Francisco offers to bring his multilingualism into his lessons, being fluent in Spanish and English.
Aside from playing his favourite instrument, the guitar, Francisco also enjoys fixing them. His favourite music genre is jazz, and favourite artist is Pat Metheny.
New Student Registration
Monday-Friday: 3pm - 630pm
Saturday: By Appointment
Lesson hours are extremely flexible, and can work with any schedule.
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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."
"I would absolutely recommend Lynn Valley Music to anyone interested in learning how to play an instrument or expanding their musical skills. I took lessons to learn how to establish a richer sound with my flute and play more in tune, and my flute teacher helped me accomplish just that. She was extremely supportive and I really enjoyed hearing my playing improve with every one of her suggestions."
"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."