My passion is performing, composing and teaching music. My specialty is guitar, all forms of it, and playing music brings me joy on a level that can't be compared to anything else I've experienced - well almost anything. You see while I was following my heart to be an artist, a funny thing happened. I discovered an equal passion to share my musical knowledge with others.
For almost 30 years, I have balanced my career as an artist with my passion for teaching others. Along the way, I have learned a very important lesson on musical fulfillment: only play what you love! Our time is too valuable to waste on learning music you don't like - it's as simple as that.
I believe every second of energy we devote to our passions should serve self-fulfillment and personal growth. People excel at things they love to do. If they're taught tools and strategies to accelerate their learning and combine efficiency with true passion, incredible results and growth will happen!
Meet Kris Schulz
Introduction video from Kris Schulz, teacher and co-founder of Horizon School of Music.
Growing up in the Shuswap/Okanagan, Jillian has been involved with music since the age of 7 - in a community that continues to encourage and supports local music and art. By the age of 17, she achieved her ARCT diploma in classical piano performance. Since this time she has experience working with a wide range of ages and backgrounds.
Jillian is extremely enthusiastic as an instructor and believes in the importance of fostering a fun and encouraging environment for students. She has a bubbly disposition and likes to work with students with each of their unique strengths and backgrounds.
Jillian obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Simon Fraser University and subsequently obtained her Master’s degree in counselling psychology from the University of British Columbia. In addition to Jillian’s musical endeavors, she is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) specializing in counselling for mental health, addiction, disability, and crisis management/intervention.
Currently she works as a concurrent disorders counsellor in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside community, with a running total of over 8 years of direct, front-line experience working with marginalized and vulnerable individuals experiencing substance abuse, homelessness, trauma, violence, and/or co-occurring disabilities.
Meet Jillian Schulz
Introduction video from Jillian Schulz, teacher and co-founder of Horizon School of Music.
Don Alder is one of the top acoustic guitarists in the world, and one of Canada’s premiere harp guitarists. His unique style and energetic performances have been called intense, passionate and awe-inspiring. He can make a single instrument sound like a four-piece band. Don Alder winner of the 2011 Guitar Idol, 2010 Guitar Superstar, and the 2007 International finger style championships makes you believe he’s all about playing guitar, however, Alder plays music and sings in the key of social responsibility and uses his guitar to inspire a new generation of guitarists to do the same by having a positive impact in their community.
From 1985-87 Alder put his music career on hold to help his friend Rick Hansen go around the world in a wheelchair. Upon returning Don continued his journey as a volunteer working with various wheelchair sport organizations, the Vancouver Adapted Music Society in the awareness band Spinal Cord and then representing Canada at the 1996 and 2000 Paralympics as the Equipment Manager/Tech for the Canadian Paralympic Team.
He has over 2 million views on YouTube, has been featured in the major acoustic guitar magazines and has performed around the world including TED-X, Montreal Jazz Festival, All Star Guitar Night in Nashville and many others.
Meet Don Alder
Introduction video from Don Alder, guitar teacher @ Horizon School of Music.
A Vancouver main stay, Kelly Brown’s music embraces a unique, modern sound, that is rooted in soul- jazz, punctuated with funk, hip- hop, reggae, and Latin grooves. With an original sound on guitar Kelly Brown, is consistently performing with Vancouver's best musicians , with the ability to do fresh takes on well known jazz classics as well as re-arranged pop songs and infuse them with a distinctive flair that people really enjoy.
Kelly is a third generation guitar player in his family, he has been teaching for 35 years , for him teaching and playing are not separate as that was how he was taught, by playing with his father and various musicians around his home town. Many of Kelly's students have gone on to win scholarships for numerous Universities and College's throughout North America.
His students have won Juno awards among many other great accomplishments.
Meet Kelly Brown
Introduction video from Kelly Brown, guitar teacher @ Horizon School of Music.
Clark has received over 22 years of private instruction in guitar, piano, and voice, and has been teaching guitar and bass since 2011. As an undergraduate of the BSC program from SFU, Clark also tutors science and math. A combination of his tutoring and musical work, Clark’s teaching philosophy recognizes that progress is the natural result of enjoyment; as such, he individually tailors his lessons to each student’s unique interests.
Clark is especially passionate about songwriting, music production, performance, and musical equipment and technology; he actively engages in these interests with various bands and projects. Clark delights in sharing his passion for music with students of all genres, ages, abilities.
Meet Clark Grieve
Introduction video from Clark Grieve, guitar teacher @ Horizon School of Music.
When I started playing guitar at the age of 8, I had never thought that 16 years later I'd still be doing it. The gift of music that was given to me by my guitar instructors was something that changed my life and put me on the path towards sharing the same gift with others. I specialize in metal guitar, and have been playing shows locally and across the country in various bands for the past 8 years of my life.
I now aim to help people explore the realms of "shred guitar" while also pushing the boundaries of what it can be and help to understand what and how some of our favourite guitar players are doing. Whether it's technique, tone, or writing, I will help you gain the abilities and knowledge to "shred".
Meet Eli Slamang
Introduction video from Eli Slamang, guitar teacher @ Horizon School of Music.
Rocky has studied classical voice for 15 years, completed grade 8 RCM, received a diploma for Jazz Voice from Capilano University and has performed in countless vocal ensembles and musical theatre productions. She has been playing ukulele for 8 years and writing music for the past 5.
She is passionate about performing and creating music and actively engages in a handful of projects, exploring different genres and writing methods. Currently she resides in Vancouver and is asked to perform all over the city.
Rocky’s excitement to spread the love of music fuels her lessons. Teaching voice, ukulele, and songwriting, Rocky’s objective is to instill in her students a sense of drive, exploration, and pride. Each lesson is tailored to the student’s passions and personal goals, marrying the abstract and theoretical sides of music.
Danny's approach to teaching is a rounded one. His diploma in audio engineering allows him to lend insight into areas such as recording and mixing from a musicians perspective, while his over twenty years of guitar playing enable him to lend insight into the depths of music and guitar.
Danny's goals in teaching are aimed at aiding students in growing the mind and body, in both music and life. The understanding that the ideas and concepts behind mastering any craft or skill are the same ideas and concepts behind leading a happy and healthy life style is at the forefront.
Danny's musical influences range from progressive metal to the Beatles and plenty more spanning the 50's and beyond in a vast appreciation for strong song writing, musical expression and innovation.
Meet Danny Baruffa
Introduction video from Danny Baruffa, guitar teacher @ Horizon School of Music.
Madeleine has been playing guitar for more than half her life! In the past ten years she has completed a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz studies at Capilano University, played in musicals and in a wide variety of bands.
Today she is regularly performing in venues around Vancouver playing music that varies from Folk to Rock to Jazz. With years of teaching experience, Madeleine is a passionate educator.
She hopes to create an inclusive learning environment where she can inspire her students to reach their goals. She has experience teaching guitar, voice, ukulele, and even banjo!
Meet Madeleine Elkins
Introduction video from Madeleine Elkins, guitar teacher @ Horizon School of Music.
Julia Geaman started playing drums in the garage when she was 16 years old after deciding to buy a drum kit with some money she saved up. It started out as something to entertain her but soon grew into a passion and obsession that makes up the biggest part of her life.
She soon started giving rudiment and drum kit lessons and started regularly subbing at Long and McQuade as a drum instructor.
Most of her education comes from private lessons, percussion courses at Douglas College, and an insatiable desire to learn and keep pushing her ability and experience.
Gregory is a musician and composer hailing from Perth, Western Australia with 20 years experience in the music industry. He graduated from the University of Western Australia in 2002 with a Bachelor of Music, majoring in Classical Composition, and in 2004 he graduated with a Diploma of Jazz Studies majoring on the Double Bass.
He has played Double Bass in numerous jazz settings including big bands, quartets and smaller ensembles, as well as in Classical Orchestras. He was a member of the Tango fusion band Zigatango that toured Australia in the early 2000's, playing at festivals including Fairbridge and Cygnet Folk Festival. On the bass guitar he has played in rock cover bands, original alternative rock bands and the pop rock band The Woodenelves, who played Canadian Music Week in 2007.
His compositions have been played by Australian ensemble Defying Gravity, and in 2011, he was commissioned by the Mt Lawley Senior High School percussion ensemble. Performances of his work have been heard on ABC Radio in Australia. Currently he is recording and composing electro-acoustic music using Ableton and a range of hardware and modular synths.
In 2010 he graduated with an education qualification and since then has been teaching music in secondary schools in Australia and also in the United Kingdom.
I began playing drums 19 years ago in my parents' garage on a kit my dad bought me for Christmas from Costco. I knew learning drums would take time and dedication so the three words that ran circles in my head were discipline, structure, and repetition. Drumming allowed me to grow and better understand things about myself, especially my ability to overcome adversity.
When I was in school, I felt behind in most academic subjects; school was a constant struggle and seemed impossible to succeed at. As I continued to practice the drums and improve my skills, I learned how to become disciplined, productive, and driven. Drumming became for me a way of life rather than a hobby. Now I want to teach anyone interested in discovering something new about themselves. My favorite style of drumming is heavy metal but I love teaching all styles.
I've played in local bands such as Harvest the Infection, Civilruin, and Gladius Sky and currently play in West of Hell.
Starting the violin at age five, I studied privately at Amati String Studio for 15 years with Amy Levinson; finishing my RCM examinations. I would later branch off from classical music to explore Persian and Arabic violin with my teacher Sina Ettehad as well as Hindustani singing with Neeraja Aptikar. Despite my dedication and love for the violin I never saw becoming a professional musician as a viable option until I moved to Tokyo and played as first violinist for the Waseda Symphony Orchestra in 2012.
With a new outlook on life and art I began in earnest to establish myself as a full-time working musician. Currently, my work involves recording and arrangements, gigging, and teaching. As a violin teacher my aim is to support my students in cultivating a love of music, self-discipline, and their own unique creative expression. I place importance on making sure my students feel comfortable enough to take risks in learning while also becoming more and more self-directing; that they become confident in practicing efficiently and effectively.
Above all I hope to make my classes a place of exploration and fun! Each student should leave my class excited by their creative journey as well as proud of what they have accomplished thus far.