A teacher, as well as the manager at Lynn Valley Music, Dmitri has run the school for over 12 years, continuing the outstanding service, and further establishing a personal relationship with each and every one of his clients.
Dmitri’s musical career began at a young 14 years old, when he began to play at a local lounge in his home town, Gubkin, Russia. His school teachers were concerned, but when his grades remained exceptional, they too realized that music is as much of a brain stimulant, as it is an art form on its own.
After graduating from college, Dmitri worked in several Olympic cities as a pianist, including Lillehammer, Norway, and Sochi, Russia before travelling to Turkey. There, he continued to establish his career, playing as the solo pianist in a 5 star hotel, as well as with local bands, and finally performing for the former Turkish president, Kenan Evren. Dmitri made his way to Vancouver, sailed as a pianist with several high-class cruise ships, and worked for The Pacific Ballet Theatre School as an accompanist. He continues expanding the experiences he passes on to his students, performing at the HSBC Atrium in the heart of downtown Vancouver for the past 13 years, and participating in many local groups, including performing with local jazz titans like Bill Runge and Randall Stoll.
At Lynn Valley Music Dmitri teaches piano, but over the years he has also perfected his skills at the saxophone, guitar, bass, trumpet and drums. Being fluent in Russian, his students have the option of being taught in their first language, as well as getting a culturally new perspective of the music. Dmitri successfully prepares students for the RCM examinations, while teaching them to improvise and play by ear, a skill not all schools choose to teach. In his lessons, he enjoys the challenge of finding a way to have the student understand something that is difficult for them. If a student shows little or no progress, he will introduce a different method, approach and motivation, rather than assuming the student lacks skill.
Remembering what I liked, and especially didn’t like, when I was being taught music as a child helps me connect with my students, and ensure progress.
One of the many privileges of being a teacher is collecting memorable and humorous stories from students and their families over the years. Dmitri reminisces of a young mother who had signed up for beginner piano lessons. As her daughter grew older and began to crawl restlessly around the classroom, they would have to feed her treats to keep her quiet and satisfied, while continuing on with the lessons. Another, a 9 year old, never practiced at home, but learned to read the music, and managed to complete three levels of the piano beginners course.
There was also this 70 year old autoshop owner who had started beginner piano lessons with me – he was constantly chuckling to himself at the lesson, ‘What am I doing here?’ Despite, or perhaps because of, the laughs we had, he learned to play most of his favourite songs.
Dmitri favours listening to and playing jazz, pop and classical music, but believes the right song in any genre can be enjoyable. Among many, Brazilian Ivan Lins is one of Dmitri’s favourite composers. Aside from his deep passion for music, Dmitri also enjoys learning about history, science and truly enjoys a good game of tennis.
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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."