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Joney Poon

Founder and Studio Director

Lead teacher and music therapist at Musical Expressions, Joney has been a music teacher for piano, guitar and theory over the last fifteen years. Her experience working with toddlers shows in the natural connection she develops with children while leading them in early childhood music programs. Joney‘s formal education includes, classical studies in music, psychology as well as a Bachelors in Music Therapy from the University of Calgary and Capilano University. She also runs a private Music Therapy practice and has worked with a wide range of clientele, including children with developmental disabilities, adults with brain injuries, and seniors who have suffered a stroke or live with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Joney strongly believes in the power and benefits that music can bring regardless of age and ability.

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Jenny Poon

Program Coordinator & Piano Instructor

Jenny is an experienced piano teacher with more than 10 years of experience in teaching piano and theory. She had received a silver medal for achieving the highest marks out of the entire province of Alberta from the Royal Conservatory of Music in 1994. Her experience has exposed her with teaching a wide range of students from toddlers to adults. Students that Jenny has mentored, whom have taken the RCM exams obtain marks on average 80 and above. Her students are always encouraged to participate in the Kiwanis Music Festival to musically express themselves and to have fun while judges get the chance to hear their musical talents.

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Lorraine Chan

Piano Instructor

Lorraine has lived in Vancouver since the age of three and has been involved with music for most of her life. She began learning piano at four, sang in school and church choirs, and was involved in playing percussion in highschool. She achieved the Royal Conservatory of Music Grade 10 Piano and graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education.

Lorraine loves working with children and has experience in teaching and tutoring in both public and private settings. She has also some experience in working with children with special needs.

It wasn’t until she was asked to teach piano for her friend’s nephews that she discovered her passion for becoming a piano instructor as it infused both her passions for music and teaching. Lorraine finds great joy and a sense of reward in watching students she teaches grow and develop their love for music.

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Jerry Lee

Piano Instructor, Wee Expressions Instructor & Party Facilitator

Jerry was born in Taiwan and has grown up in Vancouver and Taiwan. As such, he is fluent in English and Mandarin. He is a classically trained pianist that has the London College of Music Diploma in Piano Solo Performance.

Apart from playing classical music, Jerry has the ability to improvise very well in many styles of music such as jazz, blues, pop, and gospel. He is an active and passionate musician who has been performing either by himself or in bands in various venues across B.C. He has also served in the music ministry at different churches for several years. In addition to the piano, Jerry is also a singer, bassist, guitarist, and drummer.

Over the years, Jerry has combined his passion for music with his love for people and started to offer people of all ages music lessons. He has taught children how to play their favourite songs on the guitar as well as guiding them to improvise music. His students today are still inspired to play music as a form of self-expression, social bonding, and very simply – for fun.

Jerry is excited to be a part of Musical Expressions and looks forward to teach and show you how playing music can be a very enjoyable and essential part of your life.

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Thomas Powell

Guitar & Ukulele Instructor

Originally from Chilliwack, B.C, Thomas is passionate composer, musician and teacher. He began playing guitar at the age of 11, learning how to play rock and roll, along with studying some classical guitar. It was not until high school however, that Thomas fell in love with jazz music, during a trip to the Idaho jazz festival with the school band. After this trip, music became a very serious part of his life. Immediately after graduating high school, Thomas was accepted into Humber College’s Bachelor of Music program in Toronto, ON. While at Humber, he became a peer tutor and helped over 30 students in various subjects, such as music theory, aural training, and jazz improvisation. This tutoring, coupled with many previous years of teaching students young and old, led Thomas along a path of music education. After graduating in 2015 with his Bachelor’s in Music, he moved to Vancouver to continue his passion of playing, writing, and teaching music to people of all ages. Thomas is also versed in other stringed instruments such as the bass guitar & ukulele. He is very excited to be a part of the Musical Expressions team, passing on the joy and knowledge of music to others.

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Steve Alexander

Guitar & Ukulele Instructor

Steve Alexander started playing guitar in dance bands at 13. He has studied music at Acadia University and from Berklee College of Music. Steve is a fellow of Winter’s College at York University in Toronto. His practical experience includes guitar session work in recording studios in Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver and Nashville. He is currently teaching group and private ukulele and guitar lessons and entertaining at various locations with his wife Liz in the Lower Mainland.

Shelley Shen

Piano, Voice & Adapted Lessons Instructor
Shelley began her music education at age 3 with piano lessons, then Dizi lessons at age 10. During her childhood, she was accepted into a special class for musically gifted children, it soon became clear that she had found her passion and centered her life performing in various music groups and travel with school to Singapore, Australia and several countries around Asia . She branch out her passion for music in piano performance and singing. She began studying voice at the age of 12. Throughout high school and college, Shelley continued to sing in the church choir, the praise band and assisted directing the children’s choir. She also spent her time participating in various choral, opera symposiums, workshops and vocal competitions. Shelley holds her degree in Music Performance and Music Education from Taiwan. She enjoy working with young musicians, whether children or adult. She moved to Vancouver and continue her music study at Uvic in 2014. Her love for music education motivated her to teach private piano and voice lesson along her study life, and working with special needs children in private and school setting. Shelley believes music speaks what cannot be expressed, and music can change lives in various way.

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Katelyn Ling

Piano Instructor

Katelyn is a university student. Currently in her second year at the University of British Columbia, she is studying health and food nutrition.

Since the age of 6, she has been involved with music, playing in school bands and competing in local music festivals and has placed first in her category several times. Along with her academic studies, she is currently still working on improving her musical abilities

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Vicky Ngai

Music Therapist & Wee Expressions Instructor, Piano/Ukulele Instructor & Party Facilitator

Vicky is a music therapist and music instructor. Originally from Hong Kong, Vicky is fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin, and English. She graduated from University of Queensland in Australia, and received her first degree: Bachelor of Arts in music education in 2010. Vicky is versed in recorder, piano, guitar, ukulele & clarinet. She has been teaching piano and recorder band since 2004. Vicky has also taught music theory, ukulele, and clarinet of various ages.

In 2015, Vicky earned her second degree in Music Therapy from Capilano University (Vancouver B.C). As a music therapist, Vicky has worked with clients that include: children with special needs, seniors, and adults with mental health issues. Music & Music Therapy work is her passion and Vicky strongly believes in the benefits and healing powers that music has.

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Clementina Wong

Piano Instructor

Clementina discovered her fascination with the piano at the age of 4 when she passed by a piano shop. She started right after her first encounter with the instrument and continued to learn after moving to Canada from Macau. Armed with experience from various festivals and recitals, she then proceeded to complete her performer’s diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music with honours with distinction by the age of 14 and her teacher’s diploma by the age of 15. She also received her LLCM degree with distinction by the London College of Music at the age of 16.

Since then, she has helped teach piano students to share her own love of the piano with others. Aside from individual performances, she also enjoys performing as an accompaniment to other instruments and performing in quartets.

Currently, Clementina is attending the University of British Columbia hoping to finish a bachelor of sciences degree majoring in biology. Aside from her studies, she loves working with children and has on various occasions volunteered as a mentor at the Big Brothers of Vancouver. She is ecstatic about joining the team of talented teachers so she can continue to share her passion for music in individuals curious about learning the piano.

Ivana Prpic

Piano & Early Childhood Music Instructor
Ivana’s love of music began earlier than she can remember, with a vibrant Croatian cultural community in Vancouver that encouraged and supported her musical growth through traditional instruments and folk dance. This love of music developed in various ways as she was fortunate to be a member of Chamber, Jazz, and Concert choirs, and was also cast in several plays and musicals at St. Thomas More Collegiate.It was at the age 4 that, Ivana’s interest in piano began after her first lesson. She now has completed all levels of the Royal Conservatory of Music’s practical piano program, along with all the necessary theoretical co-requisites, and received her Elementary Certificate in Piano Pedagogy in 2014 at age 16. She began teaching through private practice in 2015, and since then, has had the opportunity to work at studios in Burnaby and Vancouver, as well as through community centres. She loves working with all ages and has experience working with children with various abilities and needs.  She also has volunteer experience with the Music Together program, which combines music, dance, and spatial awareness for young children.Currently, Ivana is a full-time Speech Sciences student at the University of British Columbia, as well as a dance instructor for a Croatian folk dance group. She also uses her perfect pitch as a composer for a women’s vocal quartet, which she performs in as well. She looks forward to working with piano students and sharing her love of music with them at Musical Expressions!