Teachers & Staff
All of our teaching staff eat, sleep, and breathe all things music not just as music teachers but as performers, song-writers, recording artists, and session musicians, too! Whatever path you’re interested in taking, there’s no doubt that we can provide guidance for your journey. If you’re ready to start climbing the mountain with us, visit our registration page and fill out the form to get started.
Owner & operator
Andrew has developed his career in music as a performer, producer, and film soundtrack composer, working with artists spanning from Carly Rae Jepsen to Wold Parade and composing the soundtracks to five feature films to date. Aside from his work in music, he's received awards as a film producer for the feature films Occupy: The Movie, a documentary about the protest movement, and Down River, which won the 2014 Leo Award for best motion picture. He's currently producing collaborations and developing a body of work under the name "A Life in Binary." You can hear his work at alifeinbinary.com or by clicking the little house icon below.
Born and raised in Nanaimo, David Bamford graduated from Vancouver Island University in 2015 with bachelor degrees in music and education. Since the completion of his studies, David has been active as a freelance musician across the island, performing frequently with groups such as Boomshack, Decadence, and the NMA Big Band, while also performing in multiple pit orchestras. An aspiring music educator, David is also active as a private teacher, working with local high school students in both individual and group settings.
James has been playing and enjoying music for close to two decades. Private lessons led to Royal Conservatory of Music, then to a jazz diploma at Mohawk College , and finally a Bachelor's of Music from VIU. Currently playing in a Sinatra Tribute band as well as the Ripple Rock Band, James has plenty of professional experience playing jazz, funk, metal, and many other genres. On top of that, James has been teaching private lessons for over ten years and always enjoys watching ideas "click" into place for his students.
Piano / Ukulele
Kendall is thrilled to be teaching music at Tiger Mountain Studios. She has years of experience working with children, and loves that she is now combining that with her passion for music(Although she does love teaching students of all ages!). She is a professional singer/songwriter and has been releasing music since 2005. She has 7 years of Royal Conservatory training in classical piano and spent one year in the Jazz program at VIU. Kendall just released her 4th studio album, which you can find at Tiger Mountain!
Violin / Trombone / Voice & Studio Manager
Sarah Deno was born and raised Nanaimo, BC. She developed a love of music at an early age, learning to sing and play violin as a small child. As a teenager, she added the trombone to her repertoire as she became interested in Jazz music. This venture allowed her to travel with her music, and she is fortunate to have earned many awards and recognition for her pursuits as a young musician. Sarah continued her Music education into Post Secondary, earning her Bachelor of Music in Jazz studies from VIU in 2010. Having taught from her home studio until recently, Sarah is very excited to begin a new chapter working with Tiger Mountain! Sarah has extensive experience working with children and teens, both in professional and volunteer environments. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge and love of music with new musicians. She loves working one on one with students, catering to each person's individual strengths and interests, and she would love to work with you!
Guitar / Bass / Ukulele
Wylie Ferguson is a guitarist and composer based in Nanaimo. He holds a diploma in jazz guitar performance and a bachelors degree in music composition from Capilano University. He has composed for various chamber music groups including the Turning Point Ensemble, Erato Ensemble, the Black Dog String Quartet, Microcosmos quartet, and the Yaletown quartet. In 2015 he travelled to Pavia, Italy and was a part of the Highscore Music Festival, where his work was performed by Quartetto Indaco. Aside from composing, Wylie has also performed in jazz, rock and metal bands actively for the last 10 years. His teaching style aims to make music fun and accessible for anyone (no matter their age or experience level), and to harbour a passion for music that students can build on for years to come.