Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher , Drum Teacher, Singing Teacher
Grant Truesdell is a Juno Award-winning musician with over two decades in the industry. Grant is best known for his guitar work in the heavy metal band Unleash the Archers and is the founder of Might and Music, a nonprofit with a mission to help empower and educate young musicians. He is a father of two children, a lover of hockey and fitness, and a forever student of life.
Music has always been the grounding force for Grant and has provided a direction and meaning to his life that has transcended any situation or circumstance. He believes that music has the power to change lives, especially the lives of young people. He also believes that investing in our youth sets the stage for a brighter future. Grant strives not to just teach students to become amazing musicians, but to have the tools within themselves to conquer any challenge that they may face in their life.
Grant's approach to teaching is based on timeless principles rooted in discipline, habits, routine, emotions, and creativity. His main goal in teaching is to help the student have fun and enjoy their experience of learning a musical instrument and help them find ways to express themselves through their instrument.
Singing Teacher, Piano Teacher
Dani is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and music instructor based in Vancouver, BC. Her passion for music and love for singing started when she was six years old. Dani completed an intensive Music Diploma program at Capilano University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music at the University of British Columbia, finishing with distinction.
In addition to her musical education, Dani is an emerging artist of Vancouver’s Music Scene. She can be heard performing live at local music venues and events. After producing covers and writing songs for years, Dani released her first single, “Closer Than It Seems”, in March 2021. As a singer-songwriter, her music touches the souls of those who long to feel heard through diary-like lyrics and a folk, pop, and rock influenced sound. Since then, Dani has released two more singles, the latest is called “Twisted”, a soft pop ballad about heartbreak and unrequited love.
Dani’s biggest passion lies in teaching music and giving her students a learning experience that will allow them to grow as singers and as human beings. Her teaching approach is guided by 4 core values: connection, vulnerability, healing, and empowerment. Dani is excited to work with her students at School of Rock; develop their confidence in performance, encourage them to believe in themselves, and guide them in exploration of their unique voices.
Cole Woodland is an electric bass player in the Vancouver music scene. As a life-long learner, Coleʼs experience in music spans multiple genres such as jazz, rock, reggae, funk and West African music. One of Coleʼs favourite times on stage was performing in a Frank Zappa cover band. With each genre another tool in his toolkit, Cole provides a great environment for students whose knowledge base ranges from absolute beginner to advanced.
To pursue a deeper knowledge of his instrument and music theory, Cole completed his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies, majoring in electric bass at Capilano University. During those years, he studied electric bass under notable local bassists Andre LaChance and Darren Radtke, and studied guitar with Ron Samworth.
Student turned teacher, Coleʼs teaching approach provides a relaxed atmosphere that allows the pressures of learning an instrument to be eased. With learning through playing being at the core of his approach, Cole believes that music theory can be fun when integrated into learning songs. If you are a student of Coleʼs, you can expect an emphasis on the equal importance of developing healthy habits in technique, and learning how to explore the fretboard. Coleʼs ultimate goal for his students is to have fun and be excited about their instrument, all while ensuring progress milestones are being completed.
Nadim is a guitarist, educator and solo artist with over 7 years of teaching experience, aiming not only to teach a musical instrument but to inspire his students and help them in becoming confident and capable musicians.
"My class is a safe and creative space for students of all levels where they can be themselves, enjoy learning and find a clear path to their goals."
Nadim has been playing the guitar for 16 years and possesses wide musical knowledge from multiple genres including Metal, Rock, Blues, Acoustics, Celtic and Classical. He is currently in the process of attaining his diploma in music performance as well as writing his third music album. Carrying extensive lessons experience, he is known for his methodology in delivering technical lessons and in-depth understanding of the instrument, all while maintaining a patient and steady tempo that allows the learner to feel comfortable and learn at a healthy pace.
Driven by his strong intuition, passion for music and love for teaching, Nadim has trained and inspired students from all ages and cultures and continues to grow as a teacher and musician.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Teacher, Singing Teacher
Aaron Trory has been called "a refreshingly distinctive singer-songwriter" by some and is a fixture on the Vancouver music scene. He has been performing live in Vancouver as a solo artist, and with various types of bands for the last 14 years. Most Saturday nights you can find Aaron at The Blarney Stone in Gastown, playing a diverse mix of Celtic traditional music and modern-day pop/rock with Blarney Stone house band, The Shenanigans.
Born and raised on Saltspring Island, Aaron was exposed to memorable elements of west coast counterculture and alternative music at an early age, both of which remain an influence on him to this day. He started playing guitar in middle school, dedicating many long hours to studying and emulating the sounds of pop-punk, which was the style at the time. Upon entering high school, Aaron's influences moved towards harder rock and earlier punk, before they eventually shifted towards moody 80s alternative bands like The Smiths and The Cure. Eventually his desire to participate in the school’s music program became a higher priority, and his horizons expanded towards playing drums, bass, and guitar in the Jazz Band, as well as composing music for several school theatre productions.
After moving to Vancouver and getting a lucky break playing guitar for an up-and-coming artist, he was inspired to finally take the leap and make his first record. After recording and releasing a follow-up album years later, he formed the electronically influenced synth-rock duo Mully & Sculder, which explores different sounds and darker themes. This led to him discovering the magic of co-writing music and collaborating with other artists, as well as the many amazing and life-changing things that can come as a result of it.
Aaron will be forever fascinated with the link between music and mental health, and the many positive effects music can have on one’s life. His work as a solo artist is intended to be a reflection of this and he hopes that his music may help or inspire others.
Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Jon Roper is a prolific musician and vocalist with an extensive discography who has taught music privately to kids for 25 years. He believes experiencing a song for the first time, being able to play it and then perform it in front of people is the best thing to share with kids and their parents. He thinks everyone’s got it in them to amazing things but they need an instructor who will believe in them and that it’s not just about how to play the song but also how to present it. Growing up, his rock idols were Van Halen, Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. His favourite concert he’s ever attended was Whitesnake - cheesy and over the top, with a crowd going wild for incredible musicians. Born in Vancouver, he says it’s somewhere you can find a space to do whatever you want to do, musically and he’s excited to be part of School of Rock in his hometown.
Hailing from the far east, Johneil's journey to becoming the drummer he is today came from different facets of music. He come from a non-musician family but has a deep level of appreciation to music of all sorts of genre, through listening to cassettes, CDs and as of today, different streaming platforms. His first exposure to the real world of music was in 2012 when he passed the audition for a choir. This choir competed in the prestigious chorale competition in Arezzo, Italy and Debrecen, Hungary with his main role of playing bamboo percussion and was a bass two singer in the group. Returning home from the choir’s European tours and competition that lasted three months, he decided to study music seriously and went to Perth Western Australia after finishing his Broadcasting degree in 2015. While studying full-time, He managed to record and play with different outfits such as punk, RnB, rock, folk, alternative and lots more on various occasions. Apart from his gigs, he was hired as a part-time drum instructor at Sound Centre in Morley where he got a good amount of teaching experience from.
In August of 2019, he was then hired as a full-time drum teacher at a school in Brunei Darussalam. It was a good three years of drum teaching experience wherein he got the chance to hone his skills in teaching and helped students pass their exams with merit and distinction marks and turn non-players into players of the drums. While teaching, he was able to do remote sessions for 2 artists in Perth Western Australia and one for a choir in the Philippines.
His recent achievement in drumming is when he got selected as one of five 1st Prize winners of the 2022 Hudson Music’s Steve Gadd “Gaddiments” Contest based in the US. Currently, he’s studying for the Bachelor’s degree in Applied Music Major in Drums at Vancouver Community College Broadway Campus.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Teacher, Drums Teacher, Piano Teacher
Ethan is a talented multi-instrumentalist with years of experience working with kids at children’s summer camps in Toronto. Starting his musical journey with the bass, he quickly explored other instruments such as the guitar, keys and drums, and growing as a musician by playing in bands and at venues. Moving to Vancouver several years ago, Ethan enjoys the local music scene, and is excited to share his musical skillset and passion for music by teaching the next generation of musicians at the School of Rock Vancouver.
Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Keyboard + Piano Teacher
A.J. is a multi-instrumentalist, sound engineer, and music instructor based in Vancouver, BC specializing in rock, funk, and R&B. He has completed the intensive Contemporary Music & Technology Program at Selkirk College, receiving two diplomas in sound engineering and performance, majoring in both guitar and drums. One of A.J.'s biggest passions is sharing his skills and knowledge with students, helping them grow and learn to find their musical identity so they can express themselves through their instrument.
In addition to his music education, A.J. is a martial arts instructor with four black belts, running classes of various age groups. His music teaching methods use a similar approach, encouraging students to push themselves past their comfort zone while prioritizing having fun. With over 15 years of playing with 50+ bands on various instruments, A.J. teaches the ins and outs of performing as well as collaborating with fellow musicians. Today, you can find him writing and playing around town with his band, Cat Larceny.
Piano Teacher, Singing Teacher
Emily Erhart is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist currently residing in Vancouver, BC Growing up in a musical household, Emily sang in choirs and began taking piano lessons at age 9. In addition, she took up the saxophone in school band and began teaching herself the guitar. Emily has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto where she studied both Anthropology and Music. In her program she focused primarily on musical theory and history and enjoys seeking out the why' behind the music she plays and teaches. During her time in University, Emily surrounded herself with fellow Toronto musicians and plaved a variety of shows both as a solo act and in ensembles. In 2019 she recorded and released her first solo EP titled "Doubt in My Mind.’ More recently, Emily and fellow Toronto musicians collectively wrote, recorded and produced a handful of music under the name 'The Dav Choir.' Emilv hopes to provide her students with a deeper understanding of the music they play and listen to, instilling them with a life-long passion for music.
Piano Teacher, Bass Teacher
Alexis is a professional pianist who studied at the Conservatory of Paris, as well as the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, where he had the opportunity to perfect his jazz piano skill with some of the best pianists in Europe. Previously to moving to Canada, he gained over five years of experience as a music teacher at the Brussels Music School, inspiring students to take their piano playing to the next level. In addition to being a talented instructor, Alexis has toured all over Europe and Asia with various cover bands and original projects.
Keyboard + Piano Teacher, Singing Teacher
Nathan is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, composer, professional recording artist, and performer. Starting from the age of 8, Nathan began piano lessons, but for much of his childhood and teenage years, did not enjoy playing music. It was not until he realized that music was supposed to be fun that he truly started to succeed and grow an immense passion for learning and playing music. It is for this reason that he is driven to give young and new learners the opportunity to learn in a fun-only zone and to ensure that his students are equipped with the tools and resources to play and learn whatever they wish.
Nathan graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Music from Vancouver Community College (VCC). He studied vocal technique with the esteemed Paula Kremer, songwriting with songwriter and producer, Erik Severinson, and experimental music with the innovative artist, Giorgio Magnanensi. He specializes in contemporary and classical voice, piano, songwriting, composition, and experimental music/improvisation.
Nathan currently performing professionally around Vancouver and can be heard singing and playing styles of music that encompass pop, rock, folk, singer-songwriter, R&B, funk, and jazz. He also records tracks professionally and can be heard on solo records, and records released by Luvinya, Pleasant Trees, and Ada Ferguson, all of whom he performs with frequently.
Toronto-based vocalist Ally Jed moved to North Vancouver to pursue a BMus in Jazz Studies Education at Capilano University and is now in her graduating year. Before taking time off to dedicate to her studies, Ally was a touring vocalist performing for tribute acts across Canada, the U.S., and the Caribbean as well as performing with multiple acts across the Greater Toronto Area over the past decade. When she wasn’t performing, she worked at a music studio in Milton, Ontario as a vocal instructor receiving a reader's choice award for vocal instruction in 2021 shortly after her move.
While studying, Ally gained experience and practice in tonal harmony, ear training, conducting, and performance in jazz ensembles including studies playing and studying the woodwind, brass, and percussion families for teaching and arranging purposes. She particularly found great interest in sociology and ethnomusicology studies and focused most of her electives within these fields as well as gaining appreciation and adopting basic teaching methods from cross-cultural pedagogy and Orff Afrique methods.
Ally has taught many different age groups (from kids to adults) prior to entering Capilano University and is very excited to bring her enthusiasm and newfound knowledge back to the classroom for her future students.
Keith Rose is a working Vancouver bassist who plays with local legends Hard Rock Miners, Roots Roundup, and Shane’s Teeth.
In 1976, at the age of 11, Keith bought his first electric bass guitar. Five years later he was touring around British Columbia’s interior, performing 6 nights a week, 3 sets a night in a cover band. This experience cemented the course of his life.
In 1983 Keith moved into Vancouver’s East End to pursue his career as a performing musician. He soon joined Roots Roundup a local world beat band incorporating funk, folk, punk, reggae, afro beat and country music and found himself on tour in North America playing over 200 shows a year for the next 8 years.
After Roots Roundup, Keith started working with Singer Songwriters such as Ford Pier, Neko Case, John Guliak, Carolyn Mark, Reid Jamieson, Geoff Berner and many others, as well as touring with bands like Huevos Rancheros, Showbusiness Giants, The Royal Grand Prix, and Bocephus King.
In 2000, while on tour to Italy with Bocephus King, Keith met his wife and relocated to Italy. There he set up tours for and played with Linda McRea, Justin Rutledge, Luke Doucet NQ Arbuckle and eventually worked as the European Tour Manager/merchandiser for punk rock legends NOMEANSNO for 15 years.
Owner, Music Director
Al MacInnes is a skilled musician with over 40 years of experience in the music industry in Vancouver, BC, and on tour internationally. Beginning his career at a young age as an award-winning Side Drummer for the BC Junior & White Spot Highland Pipe Band, Al also expanded his talents to play electric guitar and bass, forming various cover bands. He eventually started the Indie band Jimmy’s Lunch in 1990 where he wrote, recorded and performed original music throughout Vancouver’s popular music venues. Later in his career he joined Vancouver’s Jazzberry Ram as bass player, recording four studio albums on Green Tea Records and toured internationally for 13 years.
With a strong passion for the music industry and growing the next generation of musical talent, Al has been teaching guitar, bass and drums for the past two decades, even helping his students form their own bands, producing demo albums and securing performance opportunities for them. Al helped mentor, write, and produce songs on Light Organ Records for Vancouver’s JPNGRLS, who are now widely known as Hotel Mira. Al continues to be a professional musician through various live and studio projects including Jazzberry Ram, Spygirl, and Friction Project.
In additional to his career in the music industry, Al is a successful entrepreneur applying his creative and masterful approach to projects through his high-end specialized landscaping company, MacInnes Landscaping, which has seen consistent growth in loyal clients for the past nine years. With a passion for hockey and inspiring youth to develop their personal strengths and team skills, Al is also a certified Hockey Canada Coach with the Vancouver Minor Hockey Association where he was honoured with the 2020 Coach of the Year Award.
Owner, General Manager
Michael Granek, MBA is a successful entrepreneur and award-winning event producer with over 20 years of leadership and management experience in arts, events, music, and business administration, and over 10 years in adult education and teaching.
Previously to School of Rock, Michael was the President, COO of a global online education company where he applied his diverse background of business management, adult education, and special events to connect professionals with leading industry education, training, and professional development. Prior to this, Michael was an Academic Director at a private higher-education institution, and the owner of an event production company that produced prestigious award shows, galas, and large scale corporate events for local and international clients.
Outside of his professional experience, Michael has been volunteering at his children’s school for several years to help them produce concerts and plays. With his previous experience producing events, he was able to bring professional level production and staging to the school for the first time. Michael found this experience to be extremely rewarding as he saw the school community come together, and students form new-found interest in music, arts, and technology that they might not have otherwise been exposed to. His annual volunteering has now turned into a passion, which inspired him to bring the first School of Rock location to Vancouver.
Michael has also been a board member of professional associations, has judged various event industry awards, and has delivered numerous seminars and training workshops at leading conferences, colleges, and universities.
Keziah Estrada is a local musician and songwriter with a background in admin and childcare. Coming from an extremely musically diverse family, Keziah was exposed to Latin, Rock and R&B music which greatly inspires her writing style today. Before joining the School Of Rock Vancouver team, Keziah was a full-time private nanny, where she utilized and further built upon her skills in helping kids to learn and grow. She is a SAE Institute Vancouver graduate with a diploma in Audio Engineering and Music Production and also worked as part of the staff there in admin after graduating. She has played piano since the early age of five, and went on to learn other instruments like guitar and flute in her high school band. She now plavs kevs in her current band with her cousin and childhood friend. She writes music to this day and enjoys jamming and collaborating with other talented local artists, mixing their sounds together to produce something unique and original. She is passionate to be a part of the students' journey into fine-tuning their abilities, the inevitable discovery of each of their musical expression and to continue to inspire others to join the legacy of the School of Rock Vancouver.
Rookies Teacher, Drums Teacher, Vocals Teacher
Noureen is a performance program graduate from the School of Rock Calgary, where she learned to excel at drums, and vocals. With over 10 years of performance experience, including acting, musical theater, dance, rock and metal performances, she is excited to share her passion for music and the stage with the next generation of performers. Combining her knowledge and skills of singing and breathing techniques with her passion for stage presence, Noureen works with students to develop technical skills while growing their confidence on stage as a performer.