Bowtown Music Instructors

Our instructors are carefully chosen for their high degree of skill, knowledge and dedication to ensure that each student receives individually tailored lessons in a positive, supportive, friendly environment.

Andrew Balboa

Andrew studied Opera at the prestigious McGill University for 5 years. His ambition is to pursue a career in Opera, and continue to share his deep love and passion for music to up and coming youth. Andrew has a strong understanding of music theory, disciplined patience, strong communication skills and a sincere connection to music enthusiasts. 
Andrew teaches voice, piano, guitar, bass, drums and music theory.

Rahbek Salomons

In 2014 Rahbek completed a diploma at Grant MacEwan University in Jazz Guitar. She continues to perform & record, recently opening for the Trews as lead guitarist for Edmonton rock band, Marystown. She has also recorded with Calgary rock group, T.L.L.C.  Rahbek has a diverse background, ranging from intense metal styles to soft jazz, and with her passion for music, she hopes to inspire her students to be life-long musicians.

Rahbek teaches guitar and ukelele.

Tara Stiles

Tara’s love of music from a young age has led her to achieve her Diploma in Audio Engineering at the Centre for Arts & Technology in Kelowna, BC.  She is currently certified in grade 5 in RCM as well as grade 2 RCM Music Theory.  She is a dedicated teacher whose students love her style of teaching.

Tara teaches audio engineering, piano and music theory.

Dave Bauer

Dave is a born and raised Calgarian. He took up guitar at age 12 and has been playing professionally, recording and teaching for over 10 years.  He is a talented musician who loves to teach students of all ages.
Dave teaches guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele and bouzouki.

Tiffiny Chine

Tiffiny is a passionate multi-instrumentalist and advocate for musical learning and all its many benefits.  She specializes in teaching piano and vocal lessons through addressing goals and supporting the particular strengths and learning styles of each student while providing a solid foundation in the fundamentals of music including rhythm, technique, and theoretical application. Tiffiny has studied through the Royal Conservatory of Music, completing her grade 9 RCM exam at the age of 15 and is currently working to complete her grade 10 ARCT.

Tiffiny teaches piano and voice.

Craig Silver

Craig holds a BA in Sociology as well as a Bachelor of Education from Crandall University. He has been involved in music and singing on stage from the age of 6. He sang for 2 years with a professional black gospel choir called “Chorale of Reconciliation” from Montreal who released their first CD in 2006 called Heartquake/ Tremblement de Coeur. On his time off he taught guitar and helped train vocalists.

Craig teaches guitar, ukulele, vocal and drums.

Priya Bosman

Priya is a student with a passion for music of all sorts. She has been studying classical violin and music theory since she was eight years old; she has completed her advanced rudiments, and is currently pursuing her grade eight RCM certification. Along the way, Priya has also picked up acoustic guitar and ukulele. She has attended various orchestra and chamber music summer schools and is excited to share her love of music with all students.

Priya teaches violin.

Eric Svilpis

Eric grew up around music, his mother is an organist and his father plays guitar. Largely self-taught, Eric has played guitar for 19 years, electric bass for 11 years, and upright bass for 6, and has been performing on stages across the country for the last 14 years with a plethora of different musical acts. In addition to teaching music for the past 6 years, Eric stays very active in the local music scene producing and engineering records for all kinds of acts in the city, ranging from acoustic folk and alt-country, to experimental textural projects and free jazz.

Eric teaches guitar, bass, drums and piano.

Sihana Dorfsman

Sihana has a passion for western classical music which she wishes to share with the world through teaching and performance. Multidisciplined, she is working towards a grade 9 voice exam with the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) and is at a similar skill level in violin. Sihana strongly believes that anyone can love and learn music and is excited to join the Bowtown Music team in order to pass on her passion to people of all ages.

Sihana teaches violin, vocal, and music theory.

Anthony Bijak

Anthony has been playing guitar for over 10 years and is currently working towards a Bachelor of Arts in Music at the University of Calgary. While his musical background is diverse, his predominant playing style is jazz. His interests outside of guitar include producing and recording engineering. Anthony is a dedicated teacher with a passion for sharing his musical knowledge. He welcomes students of all ages and skill levels.

Anthony teaches guitar.

Lauren Mak

Lauren is a strong believer in the role of music as a community builder. For nearly a decade, Lauren studied under the Royal Conservatory of Music system, and has successfully completed her Grade 10 Examination with Honours. To extend her classical training, she has played in public pianos installed in hospitals across Vancouver and Calgary, expanding her repertoire to popular songs and singalongs. Lauren also has a strong background in teaching, leading undergraduate tutorials at the University of Calgary and mentoring students with research potential one-to-one.

Lauren teaches piano.

Lauren will be with Bowtown Music from January – May 2019.

Zach Peterson

Zach is a professional actor and musician and has been seen on stages large and small across Alberta, though he currently calls Calgary home. He has been studying voice and music for the better part of ten years and makes his living as a professional performer, musician, and educator. Having an active career in the arts definitely helps in knowing the dos and don’ts of building a strong musical foundation. His teaching style works toward a greater understanding of music and how it can be used in achieving freedom in musical and personal expression. Zach understands that every student has a unique way of learning and is constantly changing and adapting his methods to accommodate what works best for the individual while maintaining his high educational standards. Zach also has a high degree of understanding in music theory and thoroughly enjoys composing and performing his own music.

Zach teaches guitar, bass and vocal.