Alex Figueroa

Wee Expressions | Voice, Ukulele, Drum & Guitar Instructor | Camp Leader & 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.

Anican Yu

Piano Instructor | Camp Leader

Born and raised in Prince George, British Columbia, the Chinese-Canadian pianist Anican Yu always had an aptitude and passion for playing music and performing for others. Throughout his musical career, he has challenged himself to reach higher standards and strive to meet his fullest potential in piano performance. He received his ARCT certification before graduating high school and was able to achieve that goal in the summer of grade 11 with Honours certification. He made his piano debut when won multiple music festivals in Prince George and participated in Provincial Festivals. He also performed at the 2015 Canada Winter Games with his older brother’s band Bright City Heights.

Anican’s playing style includes Classical, Jazz, Contemporary and Modern music. He played at many wedding gigs throughout his life and taught some of BC’S most exceptional musicians. In Zhengzhou China, Anican advertised a Music School by performing in numerous shows and venues for the two months he spent over there. His performances inspired and encouraged young musicians to enrol in the school and learn music. Over the past summer, Anican led some music camps to continue his passion in inspiring young minds and developing their love and interest in music.

Fiona Guo

Piano Instructor

Born in China, Fiona Guo moved to Canada at the age of 10. Influenced by her background, Fiona is fluent in both English and Mandarin. In her early teenage years, she grew to love music of many genres with the aid of many piano lessons and RCM examinations.

Graduating from the International Baccalaureate program in highschool, Fiona followed her path in music and entered the contemporary art facility at Simon Fraser University to pursue her interest in music composition. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Electroacoustic Composition and a Minor in Education. During her days of study, Fiona strives to acknowledge as many genres as she can. All the way from contemporary music to mainstream modern pop music.

Aside from using traditional instrumentation, she also works electronically with modern musical softwares and virtual instruments. She always explores different ways of expanding her composition creativity and wishes to share this joy with others.

Fiona has taught students of all ages, ranging from as young as 3 year olds to 45 year olds. Her classes include basic piano knowledge for beginners, RCM examination preparation for piano, music theory, music composition and electric composition. She believes that it is never too late to start on something new and that knowledge can bring enlightenment to people of all ages.

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Jenny Poon

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.

Jodie Ng

Piano Instructor

Jodie started learning piano at the young age of 3. It was not until high school though, when she began taking music composition classes and becoming involved in choir, that she began to develop an strong and undeniable passion for music. After graduating high school, she attended the University of Toronto’s Bachelor of Music program in piano. She was also a part of the Faculty of Music Women’s Chorus during her time there.

Initially aiming to become a composer for film and video games, she found her love of teaching after volunteering at summer camps and working as an instructor at an academy. Jodie is a classically trained pianist and has achieved Grade 10 piano with the Royal Conservatory of Music. She looks forward to sharing her love and knowledge of music with piano students at Musical Expressions.

Joney Poon

Founder & 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.

Jonathan Decolongon

Piano, Guitar & Ukulele 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.

Preston Lee

Administrator | Piano & Trumpet Instructor

Having graduated from Capilano University with a Classical Music Diploma in trumpet, piano and voice, Preston is currently studying at the University of British Columbia. He is working to finish his Bachelor of Arts in Music and will transfer into the Bachelor of Education program, once completed.

Preston first started his musical training on piano at around age 5, setting off his continued involvement in the music community at a very young age. Throughout his high school years, he attended the Sarah McLachlan School of Music. While there, he took part in the choirs, studied piano, music theory and began taking voice lessons. Upon graduating high school Preston began his studies at Capilano University, deciding to further expand his musical knowledge and pursue trumpet as his main instrument, which he began learning at age 8. While continuing his education with the trumpet, piano, and singing, he loves being active in the music community, singing in various groups, churches, and semi-pro choirs.

Preston is “thrilled to be a part of a community of other like-minded music enthusiasts at Musical Expressions,” and is excited to share his knowledge and passion for music with all of his students!

Soloman Cheung

Piano Instructor

Solomon Cheung, 24 years old, is a pianist that was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. He started learning music and piano from his mother at a young age of 6. Only shortly after starting, his mother saw the potential and was able to get Piano Instructor, Amanda Chan to teach Solomon. Studying under Chan, Solomon progressed from beginner level, to completing his RCM Level 10 in a span of 7 years. However, at the time, Solomon was not planning to further advance in the art of piano.

After some years of accompanying his school choir as well as church worship teams, he changed his mind and was accepted in to the Bachelor of Music program at the University of Victoria, studying with Steinway Artist, Prof. Arthur Rowe; officially resuming Classical piano training after a nearly 4 year hiatus. He later transferred to UBC School of Music, where he completed his Bachelor of Music degree in 2017, studying piano under Dr. Corey Hamm and Michelle Mares.

Returning to Vancouver, Solomon began teaching piano and found a new interest of teaching and passing on the art of playing music. His playing has earned him awards in the Burnaby Clef and Kiwanis music festivals, as well as the Grace Swannell Memorial Scholarship in Piano. Solomon specializes in playing and teaching Classical music and heavily admires the Romantic works of Chopin and Liszt. He also has a strong interest in video game music, drawing heavy inspiration from the melodies of Nobuo Uematsu. Currently, Solomon resides in New Westminster, teaching piano and cultivating the love of music in his students.

Roshanak Saadat Beheshti

Piano Instructor

A diverse background, Roshanak is educated in administrative science, business, arts, and translation.

She also has a clear passion for piano and music. For over 21 years, she has garnered experience that makes her an enjoyable instructor to work with, whether complete beginner or advanced students. From 2003-2007 she received an Advanced Certificate in Music Teacher Training from Tehran Conservatory – Nahavand Institute.

She is adept in performance, music theory, and helping students prepare for RCM exams. Achievements include winning 1st place in 2010 in an Iran based competition (Artistic-Cultural Organization).