Bronte Wager Cello & Music Theory
Bronte began playing piano at age 4 and cello at age 6. After winning several gold medals from the RCM for distinction in cello exams, Bronte completed her ARCT in cello performance in 2011 with first class honors. She now studies cello performance and biochemistry at the University of British Columbia where she plays in the UBC symphony orchestra and various chamber ensembles. She is also passionate about music theory, particularly harmony and analysis.
Francis Lumibao Guitar
After his acceptance into Berklee College of Music, Francis studied with world-class musicians such as Bruce Bartlett, Amanda Monaco, Jane Miller, David Gilmore and David Newsam. Studying various styles, Francis focused on Classical and Jazz Guitar studies. In addition, he also studied music production, music business, music theory and some reharmonization techniques as well. After graduating with honors in 2019, Francis moved to Vancouver where he continues to perform and teach music, imparting the knowledge and skills he learned so far.
In teaching the craft, Francis lives by the words of the late musician, Clark Terry, "Imitate, Assimilate, Innovate". Music can be learned first by IMITATING what is taught to us. Once we are able more comfortable in maneuvering our instrument, we can go deeper into the hows and whys of music and the theories behind each musical concept. It is much easier to learn music when we are able to perform it first then delve into the mental and technical aspects later on. When we ASSIMILATED a good working knowledge around how we play our instrument, then we are able to express music further. We can INNOVATE how we work around the notes and harmonies that we use. We have limitless tools to use in telling a story. In summary, learning music is like learning a new language.
Rachel Baek Violin
Rachel Baek grew up in a musical family, developing the passion and talent for music since her early childhood, learning both violin and piano. She is currently majoring in violin performance at University of British Columbia. As a teacher, she creates a fun, joyful environment to learn music, helping students to find and shine their individuality and talent. She is an active member of the musician as she plays in UBC chamber and orchestra.
Julie Son Violin
Julie graduated from Sook Myung Women's University with Bachelor of Music.
Before coming to Canada, Julie spent 20 years in Korea teaching music at elementary and middle schools. She also founded a youth orchestra and volunteered for local musical activities with her students.
She strives to share her passion for music with her stand keep her students motivated and engaged during the class. She had played in several orchestras such as Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and Kamloops Symphony Orchestra.