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Community Music School Administrative Staff

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Community Music School Faculty

Private Lesson Instructors 

Pedersen, Cathy - Piano

Cathy Pedersen received a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Idaho and a Master's of Music in Piano Pedagogy from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She is active as a teacher, accompanist, singer and conductor. Cathy teaches all levels but specializes in beginners and young beginners.  

Fairbairn, Hazel - Music Business/Audio Engineering

Hazel grew up in and around London, UK, and studied music at The City University and viola at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, meanwhile playing with various avant-garde ensembles, an African jazz band, and in a lot of Irish Pubs. She studied Ethnomusicology at University College Cork and the University of Cambridge and her PhD "Anarchy and Heterophony in the Traditional Irish Music Session" was the first in its field.  Recording, managing and touring Europe and North America with electronic/acoustic fusion pioneers Horace X took most of the following ten years, and also brought Hazel to Canada for the first time. She moved here in 2012 having returned to school to study music pedagogy at the Institute of Education in London in 2009. She approaches teaching as a musician, facilitator and collaborator, prioritizing experiential and peer-to-peer learning. 

Martone, Dave - MTD Prep Technology, “Demo a Song in Logic X”, Beginning Acoustic Guitar Classes

To listen to the music of Dave Martone is like experiencing a simultaneous explosion of sound, colour and flavour. Sometimes over the top, sometimes minimalistic and sometimes a mixture of both, Martone never ceases to amaze with his talents on the instrument and is one of Canada’s finest guitarists to date! Dave is also an educator and clinician for such organizations as the prestigious Berklee College of Music, The National Guitar Workshop, Workshop Live, Guitar Workshop Plus, Parker Guitars, Digitech Processing, Vox Amplification, Radial Engineering, and Cakewalk Recording Software. Dave has worked with the top in his field alongside of Joe Satriani, Stu Hamm, Billy Sheehan, Tosin Abasi, Yngwie Malmsteen, Greg Howe, Paul Gilbert, Marty Friedman, Jennifer Batten, Chad Kroeger, Lee Aaron, Bif Naked– and the list goes on and on.

Putz, Ian - MTD Sequencing & Synthesis

Ian Putz is an internationally respected composer and arranger whose numerous credits include two Hollywood feature films (“LAPD-To Serve and Protect” starring Michael Madsen and Dennis Hopper; “Totally Blonde” featuring Michael Buble in his first starring role), and many television series on CBC, CTV, HBO, A&E, and The History Channel. He composed “Bullets Over Broadway” for Paul Sorvino and Hugh Hefner and is presently composing for several American networks. He has over 30 years of experience working with such diverse ensembles as Aerosmith, Motley Crue, Rita McNeil, David Foster, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Ensembles, and Jazz Big Bands. Ian is also an accomplished, in-demand full-time musician for over 30 years, with numerous credits on albums, movies, television shows, jingles, and multi-media productions. 

Stiles, Allen - Piano, MTD Prep Theory

Born and raised in Bella Coola, Allen Stiles received his master's degree at the University of British Columbia while studying with Lee Kum Sing. He is a found member and artistic director of the Little Chamber Music Series That could Society, and is a member of the contemporary chamber group, Standing Wave. He is also a highly respected freelance pianist and teacher throughout the Lower Mainland. Recently, Allen has expanded his interests to include conducting and is currently the music director for the Richmond Gateway Theatre's annual winter music theatre productions.