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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.

Shelley Shen

Piano Program Coordinator, Piano, Ukulele, Wee Expressions, Voice & Adapted Lessons Instructor & Party Facilitator

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. 

Alex Figueroa

Wee Expressions, Voice ,Ukulele & Guitar Instructor & Party Facilitator

Alex developed a passion for music during his senior years in high school. With a desire to learn guitar, he pursued a goal to understand how the guitar works, how to play music on this instrument, and how to create his very own music. He later on picked up the ukulele as it a was fun small instrument to play on and it provided a unique sound compared to the guitar.

As his skill and passion developed for the string instruments, he began playing music for the worship ministry at his local church. During the 7 years of service through the church, his passion for teaching others grew. Playing music with a community has impacted his views on the power of music.

Alex hopes to spread his passion in music and the powers it has in healing, thus his current pursue in the Music Therapy program to become a Music Therapist. Equipped with this understanding of music and the uses of it, Alex has been teaching guitar, drums, group classes and vocals for more than five years now. You may also occasionally catch him playing at the Capilano Suspension bridge as a hired performer.

Jenn Cho

Piano Instructor

Jennifer began her musical journey in Vancouver at the age of 6, and quickly found success through school performances, recitals and Kiwanis music festivals where she received multiple awards.

Her love for piano, children, and the arts, made pursuing her musical calling an easy decision.  She followed this path to countless teaching roles at elementary schools in the lower mainland where she solidified her love for helping young children pursue their musical aspirations.

Jennifer brings 10+ years of teaching experience with an ARCT teachers certificate.  Her teaching philosophy focuses on building strong relationships that help both she and her students learn from each other and work towards their musical goals.  Her approach has been successful, as her students continue to receive First Class honours in both piano and theory.   Jennifer is a very passionate and enthusiastic teacher who enjoys both classical and pop music.  She believes that helping children build a musical foundation can be both inspiring and fun, as it draws out their full potential to express their love for music.

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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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Piano & Voice Instructor

Born and raised in Vancouver, Jonathan has been nurtured in the world of music from an early age. He started piano lessons at the tender age of 4, and was always surrounded with music thanks to his musical family. Jonathan enjoys all things related to music, whether it is teaching, performing, composing, or choral singing.

Jonathan attended the Vancouver Academy of Music, under the tutelage of Martha Brickman and Donna Lee. He further developed his musicality at Capilano University, being a recent recipient of the Music Diploma. He was the 1st Place Winner in 2015 for Capilano Music performance competition. Jonathan hopes to earn a Bachelors in Music in the near future.
Jonathan’s goals with teaching is to translate the love and passion to music with up and coming musicians. He finds great joy in teaching music to people of all ages.
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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.

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!