We are proud of our outstanding faculty at the Jean Lyons School of Music. Our teachers bring with them experiences from a wide range of musical backgrounds from Europe, Asia, and North America. Languages spoken by our faculty include English, Chinese, Russian, Italian, Korean, German and Spanish. As dedicated professionals they are actively engaged in the performing arts community in Metro Vancouver and beyond. As a team they work together, share ideas, and volunteer countless hours of their own time to offer our students the most supportive and nurturing environment possible.
SUSAN WONG LIM, ARCT, BMus (Principal) is a former pupil of Jean Lyons and has been teaching at the School since 1975. She received a BMus in Piano Performance from UBC, studying under Robert Silverman. She is an RCM Certified Teacher (Advanced Specialist) in Piano and her students have won Gold Medals from the Royal Conservatory of Music and First Place at the Canadian Music Competition National Finals. As a pianist with the Vancouver Piano Ensemble, she has given concerts in BC as well as Asia and Europe. An active presence in the music community, she currently serves on the BC Regional Council and National Education Committee of the Canadian Music Centre, and sits on the Boards of Directors of the Vancouver Recital Society, Vancouver Kiwanis Music Festivals Society, and Morningside Music Bridge Foundation. Ms. Wong also continues to foster local talent as the longtime Concert Chair of the Vancouver Women’s Musical Society, of which she is an honorary life member.
GAIL CHIU, ARCT, BMus (Vice-Principal) grew up in Vancouver where she studied piano with Jean Lyons, completing her ARCT in Piano Performance at the age of 16, and earned her BMus from UBC where she studied with Pawel Chęciński and Jane Coop. Ms. Chiu has been teaching piano and theory at the School for over 35 years to students of all ages. She especially enjoys teaching the Suzuki and Kelly Kirby Piano Methods to very young beginners. Her older students have won countless awards locally, provincially and nationally. She is proud that many of her former students have led successful careers not only as music teachers and performers, but also as doctors, lawyers, and engineers who apply the skills they developed in piano lessons and maintain their love of music for a lifetime.
JESSIE KUMAGAI, ARCT, LRSM, BBA (Director) has been teaching at the School since 1995. A former pupil of Jean Lyons, she received her ARCT in Piano Performance in 1990 and her Licentiateship from the Royal School of Music in London the following year. She has won awards from the Canadian Music Competition, the Seattle Young Artists’ Music Festival, and the Ettlingen International Competition for Young Artists in Germany. Ms. Kumagai graduated from Simon Fraser University with a degree in Business Administration and has also earned a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Information Technology. Her interests include travelling, reading and pilates.
KRISTIN LIM, ARCT, MA (Director) studied piano and piano pedagogy with Jean Lyons and has been teaching piano and theory for the past 15 years. Her students have successfully completed exams under the Royal Conservatory of Music and the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. Ms. Lim holds a BA in Art History from UBC and an MA in Contemporary Art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London, UK. She has an extensive background in arts administration, fundraising and communications. Ms Lim especially welcomes new beginners.
JEAN BROWN, ARCT has been teaching at the school since 1980. A fully trained and certified Suzuki Piano Teacher, she has been teaching the Suzuki Method to children for the past 30 years. Ms. Brown’s older students have competed at the National Finals of the Canadian Music Competition in cities across the country and won First Place at the Registered Music Teachers National Competition. Her students have represented Vancouver, Coquitlam, and the Fraser Valley in the Provincial Festival of the Arts, with several First place winners across the province. They have also been recognized with superior results from the Royal Conservatory, including several Gold Medals for various levels, including the Gold Medal for the highest ARCT mark in all of Canada in 1991 and 2016. Ms. Brown frequently adjudicates in Lower Mainland music festivals, including the Performer’s Guild for the Registered Music Teacher’s Festival, the Langley Community School Awards Festival, the Burnaby Clef, the Chancellor Festival, and the Registered Music Teacher’s Surrey Festival.
DINA CORRADO, ARCT, MMus is a member of the Royal Conservatory of Music College of Examiners and holds an RCM Advanced Piano and Theory Specialist designation. She was Vice-Principal of the Jean Lyons School of Music from 2000-2015. She earned a BMus in Piano Performance from the University of Western Ontario and a MMus from UBC. Her teachers include Peter Katin, Robert Silverman, Jane Coop and Lee Kum-Sing. Ms. Corrado also participated in masterclasses at the Banff School of Fine Arts, Johannesen International School of the Arts, as well as Chautauqua NY Summer on the Lake with teachers Gyorgy Sandor, Gyorgy Sebok, and Ozan Marsh. Ms. Corrado worked as a Youth Program Supervisor and Talent Show coordinator for Celebrity Cruises for many years. She also participated as a Private School teacher in cultural exchange programs between Canada and Japan with Global Partners Institute. Ms. Corrado enjoys teaching students of all ages.
HOLLY DUFF, BMus, AVCM has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Canada. She has been a piano teacher of all levels for over 30 years, an adjudicator, as well as a music and movement class teacher. Ms. Duff is a founding director and pianist with West Coast Chamber Music since 1993, and a pianist-storyteller in her own original children’s concerts.
GREG HARTLEY, B.Mus; ARCT (Performer); ARCT (Piano Teacher); R.M.T. has been teaching piano and music theory for over 30 years. As a theory specialist, Mr. Hartley has taught advanced theoretical courses since 1994. His teaching style is best described as exacting, but nurturing, with a precise attention to detail that helps students achieve above average results. An RCM Certified Teacher with Advanced Specialist designations for Piano, Theory, and History, he also has experience working with students with special needs such as Asperger’s Syndrome, Autism, Down’s Syndrome and brain injury. Mr. Hartley graduated from the Bachelor of Music program at Carleton University with highest honours, and holds Associate Diplomas from the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto) in both performing and teaching. In addition to teaching, Mr. Hartley is active as a composer, writing music for a variety of solo instruments and instrumental ensembles. His works have been presented in concerts at the National Gallery of Canada, at Carleton University and on radio broadcasts by the CBC. An active member of the Canadian Federation of Registered Music Teachers’ Associations for over 20 years and a registered member of the BCRMTA, Mr. Hartley loves to help students of all ages enjoy and appreciate music.
JUSTIN K. LIM, ARCT, BA Hons, MPhil is a graduate of Jean Lyons School of Music, where he studied piano with Angela Barbour and Henri-Paul Sicsic, and theory and pedagogy with Jean Lyons. He went on to earn degrees in comparative literature and musicology from UBC, the University of Cambridge, and UCLA. In the early 2000s, he assisted Jean Lyons in revising her acclaimed Harmony textbook series and served as Co-President of the CMC BC Society. He also runs professional development courses for public school teachers on music integration for classroom management and instruction. He is an RCM Certified Teacher (Advanced Specialist) in History, Harmony and Theory and a registered member of the Music Teachers National Association. For the past 20 years, in addition to teaching piano, Mr. Lim has specialized in sharing his enthusiasm for music history and theory with students of all ages.
MAY LIM, PMP was born in Java, Indonesia. After high school, she continued her education at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart, Germany where she earned her degree in Piano Music Pedagogy. She immigrated to Canada in 1969 and taught in Kamloops for one year before moving to Vancouver. She has been teaching at the School ever since. Her students have won countless awards at competitions, including performances with the Seattle and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras. She also coached the Lyons Quatuor Piano Ensemble, which won the 2008 International Piano Competition for 6 & 8 Hands in Germany and the 2009 North West Piano Ensemble Competition in Vancouver.
MARIANA MEDVEDEVA, BMus was born in Kaliningrad, Russia and majored in Piano Pedagogy and Collaboration. She has taught piano for over 35 years and was an accompanist at the Kaliningrad Music College where she participated in festivals and competitions. She came to Canada in 1993 and has been teaching at the School since 1994. Ms. Medvedeva’s students have won numerous awards and competitions, including RCM Gold Medals. Her hobbies include reading, travelling and movies.
VICTOR NORIEGA, BMus was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, and obtained his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies at the University of Washington. Mr. Noriega has been a featured artist in such music festivals world-wide including the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the Earshot Jazz Festival, the Bumbershoot Festival, the Filipino-American Jazz Festival, and the Philippine International Jazz Festival, and has performed in premier music and jazz venues in North America and other parts of the world. His three albums of original compositions and arrangements — Stone’s Throw (2004), Alay (2006), and Fenceless (2008) — each recorded with his trio, earned critical acclaim, and he was honored with three Golden Ear awards by Earshot Jazz, recognizing the best of the Pacific Northwest jazz scene. His commissioned original work for the Oakland East Bay Symphony, Generations, Directions, which premiered in April 2012, features the journey of three generations of Filipino immigrants in North America. His latest recording, 2 Trios (2013) features a collection of unique improvisatory sketches with long-time Seattle collaboraters. A versatile player, Mr. Noriega currently works on a diverse set of projects and collaborates with artists from a wide range of musical backgrounds.