Our Teaching Staff...
Brian Taylor is the Education Manager and head teacher of the Carillon Music Academy. He has over 30 years of teaching experience and has worked with all ages of students as well as genres of music, from classical repertoire to contemporary styles. Mr. Taylor obtained a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University Of Saskatchewan in Piano Performance. Brian also holds diplomas in Jazz Studies and Popular Arranging Techniques. He has studied and worked with notable educators Robin and Marilyn Harrison as well as Merv Mauthe. In Saskatchewan, where Brian’s teaching career began, he was the head teacher of a large music school in Saskatoon. He taught piano and organ as well as managed a staff of over twenty teachers. Before settling in the lower mainland, Brian was the Director of Education at a Toronto area music academy where he also was a prominent community performer and accompanist. Brian has adjudicated extensively across Western Canada and Ontario since 1987. He enjoys conducting workshops for students and teachers, with topics ranging from pedagogy to improvisation. In 1995 he joined the Carillon Music Academy and currently manages 25 teachers. He is also a full time piano instructor with students ranging from the primary levels through ARCT.
In 1998, Terry enrolled one of her daughters in Carillon's Yellow Music class for 6 and 7 year old beginners, and was delighted with the group lesson apporach for young children. The following year she joined Caillon as a teacher in the Children's Music Department, and has been here ever since, both as a teacher and as a parent. Terry has a background in teaching at the Elementary School level, including Kindergarten through Grade 6 music, and has also taught ESL to both children and adults in Canada, Germany and the Dominican Republic. She enjoys singing, and has recently been taking voice lessons with Grant Wutzke. Over the years, Terry has been involved in various musical performance groups, and has co-directed several children's musicals. She is involved in music at her local church, and likes to listen to Jazz with a Latin flavor.
Colleen Myles began lessons at 5 years of age, and she enrolled in Carillon Music Academy’s group lessons at 8 years of age. Colleen enjoys teaching many levels, including students of all ages, and she teaches all genres of music including pop and classical music. She has been teaching at Carillon Music Academy for the past 15 years and teaches both private lessons and group lessons. Colleen also teaches theory including Rudiments, Keyboard Harmony, Written Harmony, Music History, and Analysis. In addition to her teaching schedule, Colleen is the Festival Coordinator at Carillon Music Academy and she works hard to ensure that each festival is successful and enjoyable for students, teachers, and adjudicators. Arranging group ensembles is also a passion of Colleen's, and she has organized many successful ensembles for the Carillon Music Academy Festival, as well as for musical enjoyment!
Grant Wutzke was born and raised in Surrey, BC, and began his music studies with Carillon Music at the age of three. He also began singing in school and church choirs and was a member of the Amadeus Children's Choir for five years under the direction of Irene Schmor. Grant started his post-secondary music training at Douglas College, studying voice, pipe organ and harpsichord before taking time off to travel with The Continental Singers based in Ventura, California. With The Continentals, Grant was given the opportunity to travel to 21 different countries while performing as a vocalist and pianist. He eventually was part of three studio recordings and became a musical director with The Continentals for choral and instrumental touring groups. In 1998 Grant returned to school attending Biola University in La Mirada, California. While at Biola, Grant studied vocal performance with Dr. William Lock and Dr. Jeanne Robison, was tenor section leader in the Biola Chorale, as well as being an accompanist for other voice majors and the Women's Chorale. As a first-year student he was selected to sing with The King's Men, a six-member male a cappella group patterned after The King's Singers, performing a variety of repertoire from 16th-century motets to contemporary music. Grant also took part in the school's Opera Theater productions, performing scenes from Madama Butterfly and La Bohème as well as the roles of Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro and Tamino in The Magic Flute. Since returning to Canada in 2004, Grant has been teaching voice, piano and music theory. His students have received First Class Honours with Distinction results on examinations with the Royal Conservatory of Music, Gold classification at the Fraser Valley Kiwanis Music Festival, as well as trophies and scholarships from the Carillon Music Festival. In 2008, Grant joined the tenor section of the Vancouver Chamber Choir - one of the finest vocal ensembles in Canada. He was also accepted as a member of NATS (the National Association of Teachers of Singing) in 2013 and has enjoying being an active member within the local Vancouver Chapter.!
Carolyn Labun has been teaching piano and theory lessons for 26 years. She holds a diploma in Education and Music from Winkler Bible College and a Grade 10 Honors Certificate from the Royal Conservatory of Music. She has also studied preschool music with Oshawa College and Music for Young Children. Carolyn joined the staff of Carillon in 2011 teaching Children's Music and Preschool classes as well as Private Students. Outside of Carillon she plays for wedding and memorial services and enjoys singing in the Surrey Handel Society Choir.
Monique Ross took her first piano exam while pregnant with her son. She continued with piano lessons, but as a working mother, alternating between piano lessons and the co-requisites of harmony and history. She eventually reached her goal of earning a diploma of Associate London College of Music (Teacher). Monique believes that it's never too late to begin music lessons; one just needs to be persistent!
Erin Liu started to learn piano at the age of five, and she has never stopped playing since! She completed her Piano Grade 9 exam when she was 14. Erin started teaching when she was 18, and has been teaching in Carillon Music for more than 4 years now. In her lesson, Erin always tries to create a stress-free atmosphere to motivate student to achieve their needs and goals. Erin began her studies at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She developed her musical skills with Jane Hayes and completed a Diploma in Music General Studies. At the same time, Erin also completed her Royal Conservatory of Music Grade 10 exam, and got her certificate with Honors. Later, Erin transferred to Trinity Western University, and studied piano with Suzanne Klukas. She completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music, specializing in Piano Performance in 2010. Erin likes accompanying and playing chamber music. She has been a member of the Kwantlen University piano chamber for 3 years, and has played in a variety of performances with different musicians. Erin also likes singing and was first alto in both the Kwantlen Chior and the Trinity Western University Choir for 4 years.
Natasha Gonzalez was born and raised in Siberia, Russia. At the age of 12 she knew that someday she would become a piano teacher. After graduating from high school in Russia, Natasha and her mom got permission to come to Canada. It wasn’t an easy adjustment since they had no knowledge of the English language. Since Natasha could not bring any high school records from Russia, she decided to go back to school at Mount Baker High School in Cranbrook, B.C. while pursuing her career as a musician. From 1980-1984, Natasha studied under the direction of Canadian composer, David McIntyre, and in 1984 received her Bachelor of Sacred Music degree in Regina, Saskatchewan. In the same year, she got married joining her husband in music ministries in Brandon, Manitoba. She taught at Clark’s and Baldwin Piano & Organ studios and was involved with concerts and special music in churches. In 1986, Natasha and her family moved to Surrey, B.C. She continues to teach and inspire students of all ages. She is a member of Registered Music Teachers Association. She finds music career the most satisfying experience which becomes increasingly more interesting and rewarding. It is her belief that one is never too old to start learning how to play piano or to improve in musical abilities.
Nora Del Valle
Nora Del Valle has been teaching piano for more than thirty years now, ten of which have been with Carillon Music Academy. At Carillon, she teaches private students at the beginner level to Grade 10 RCM (Royal Conservatory of Music).
Nora started playing piano when she was seven years old. At the age of fifteen, she became a church pianist, organist and accompanist. Music then became a major part of her life as she performed either as a soloist or an accompanist to choirs or string quartets in concerts, recitals and competitions. Nora graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science from the University of the Philippines. However, Nora realized music was her calling and went back to school to study Music majoring in Music Education. She then went on to teach music from the elementary to college level. Before migrating to Canada, she was a writer-consultant of music activity books for use in private elementary schools in Manila