Teaching Music For Over 40 years

Our Teachers

Keep Music Fun

Brentwood Music Teachers

Our music school could not possibly be what it is without our talented and devoted teachers, many of whom have been with us for more than 10 years. Our faculty is passionate about all music and represents a wide variety of styles and instruments.  We are sure we can find the right fit for you!

 

 

Book Lessons

At Brentwood School of Music we believe in the personal touch. We would love the opportunity to answer all of your questions over the phone. This helps us to match you with the instructor best suited to your style of music and learning.

 

 
 

Our Teachers

 
 
 
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piano

Kathy Criddle

  • RCM Exam Prep

  • All Styles

  • Beginner to Advanced

Kathleen studied Orff at UVic and founded our original Young Children's music program.  Fun and encouraging, she has provided piano instruction for more than 20 years!  She welcomes students of all ages, youth to adult.

 
 
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PIANO

Katherine Campbell

  • RCM Exam Prep

  • All Styles

  • Beginner to Advanced

A native of Prince Edward Island - one of the richest musical Provinces - Katherine is another long time teacher at the Brentwood School of Music. A model for consistency, Katherine has trained hundreds of competent pianists over the years.  Her enthusiasm for piano translates into any material her students want to learn.

 
 
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piano

Cecelia Griffin

  • RCM Exam Prep

  • All Styles

  • Beginner to Advanced

Cecelia joined the Brentwood School of Music in 2016 after many years teaching in her home studio. Cecelia's warm and friendly demeanour along with her years of experience, make her a delightful and encouraging teacher. She is looking forward to helping many more students learn the gift of music.

 

 
 
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violin/fiddle

Emmalene van Meel

● RCM Exam Prep
● All Music Genres
● Beginner to Advanced - Preschool to Adult
● Early Montessori Training

Victoria Conservatory of Music

  • Diploma in Performance

Emmalene is a performer, teacher and recent graduate from the performance diploma program at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. She has lived in BC all her life, and moved to Victoria 3 years ago. She was classically trained, but also fiddled and toured with the fiddle group North Shore Celtic Ensemble. She is excited to help students find which genre ignites their passion for music, and capable of teaching a combination of classical and contemporary genres to students. Her warmth and charisma makes her the perfect teacher for all ages, levels and music backgrounds.

 
 
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Early Childhood Music & Piano

Cindy Mackey

UVIC

  • Bachelor of Education specializing in Music Education

  • Certificate in Early Childhood Education

Trained in Kodaly and Orff methodology with years of experience teaching young children, Cindy is excited to be joining the Brentwood School of Music for the 2018/2019 school year.

 
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voice/piano/Theory

Sydney Victor

Bob Jones University

  • BA in Voice performance

Sydney studied Voice Performance at Bob Jones University (SC, USA) and recently completed her ARCT in Piano Performance through RCM.  Her goal with each of her students is to teach them healthy technique while also having fun! She loves exploring composing and arranging with anyone willing to give it a go, and enjoys teaching all ages from beginner to advanced.

 
 
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Guitar/DrumS/Jazz piano

Mike Preston

Bishop's University

  • B.A. Honours in Music in guitar performance

Mike has been at the Brentwood School of Music since 2006, when he moved to Vancouver Island from Montreal. A natural musician from the age of four, Mike started playing on his own on the family piano.  He started guitar and drums when he was ten and has never stopped playing.  While his degree is in both the Classical and Jazz traditions, Mike loves to help people discover how all music is the same language. Mike also runs our Band programs, so he gets people playing together as soon as possible!

 
 
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Guitar/bass

Darren Davidson

  • Rock/Pop/Blues Country/Folk Fingerstyle

  • Beginner to Advanced

Darren is a very patient and encouraging guitar instructor, with 29 years teaching experience his goal with each student is to develop a solid musical foundation while having fun and teaching his students the songs they want to learn. He is also a music producer and mix engineer.

 
 
 
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Percussion and Drums

Alex Mold

Keele University

  • B.A. Honours in Music

New College Wellington

  • Diploma in Music Practice

 

 

 

 

Alex Mold is a percussionist, songwriter and teacher from the UK. He has loved drumming since the age of nine. At 15, Alex began touring the UK in rock and jazz groups. After receiving a National Diploma in Music Practice from New College Wellington and graduating with a BA Honours in Music from Keele University, Alex began teaching in 2004. He is well-rehearsed in all musical styles and enjoys a wide range of musical genres. 

After travelling and playing music around the world, Alex is now settled on the Peninsula and has already played in bands across BC.  His teaching style is responsive and open to the needs of the student. Alex encourages the practical side of drumming as well as the technical side. Lessons include reading and writing of drum scores as well as encouraging the understanding of the musical language.