The instructors of Lynn Valley Music are graduates of prestigious programs throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. They are professional musicians with a love of teaching. Most of our instructors are active performing musicians, as we believe these men and women are better able to communicate real excitement and love for this art. Their experience is an important aspect of the passion they try to instill in your child's lesson.
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 brings a vast amount of performance experience into his lessons, having played in many countries and organizations. In his lessons, he enjoys the challenge of finding a way to have the student understand something that is difficult for them, and aims for a personal connection with each individual. Read More.
Setareh has been fascinated with music since Kindergarten, when she was enrolled in the Orff program and later a marching band in grade 1. After years of piano lessons, she went on to obtain a Music degree from UBC, and began teaching. Setareh found that music was an incredible way to express oneself, and decided she wanted to pass on this ability to her students. Over the years, she has learned to be flexible and adaptable to the needs of each student in learning music and playing the piano.
violin, viola, piano
Born in Lima, Peru, Roxana’s passion for music began when she was enrolled in the National Conservatory of Music at age 4. After obtaining a highly valued education, including a Masters from New York State University, and years of experience, she enjoys watching the knowledge she has gained flow from her to her students. Roxana finds teaching extremely gratifying as she is able to witness her students accomplish their goals and their love for music. Read More.
Alexei has been a part of the Lynn Valley Music team for over five years. He encourages his students to find the same adoration for music as he acquired when he was only 14 years old. “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. Several times, he has represented Canada during international military festivals with the 15th Field Artillery Band.
guitar, bass, piano
“Music is a joy. I like to spread joy.”
Having played music for over 40 years with a Diploma in Contemporary Guitar, Roger brings experience and passion into his lessons. Like many of his students, he loves pop/rock music, and leads guitar, piano and bass lessons in pop, folk, rock and jazz styles. Roger is very comfortable teaching students of all ages, understanding that each student has their own talent that will only blossom through patience.
After obtaining several prestigious diplomas and certificates from universities around the world, Chin has learned to tailor her music lessons to each student's ability, while motivating them with compassion and directed inspiration. Proudly having played music for over 30 years, she is a member of the British Columbia Registered Music Teachers' Association. She is also fluent in English, Mandarin, and Hokkien, providing students the option of learning in their first language. Read More.
flute, saxophone, clarinet, theory
Collin was born in Toronto, Ontario, and went on to graduate from the Etobicoke School of Arts, York University, and the Humber College School of Music. He has been playing music for over 30 years now, and has taught for over 20. At Lynn Valley Music, Collin teaches the saxophone, flute and clarinet, showing his students the enjoyment in not only their favourite songs, but also simple musical exercises. He has also received several prestigious awards. Read More.
guitar, bass, ukulele
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 a 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. Read More.
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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."