Music

Our music program starts in September and runs until the end of April.  We offer Guitar, Violin and Piano, half hour private lessons. From beginner to advanced, our instructors can teach a variety of methods. Students are responsible for providing instruments for their lessons, as well as purchasing music books that may be required by their instructor.

Private lessons- $24/half hour

Group lessons (Guitar only)- $20/hour

Music Faculty:

Jaime White, Guitar

Jaime has been playing guitar for 19 years, first as an accompanist for his brother and later as a touring musician for Jerry Holland, Oliver Schroer, Ashley MacIsaac, The Sabirs, Marc Sullivan, and others, as well as sharing the stage with a potpourri of artists from Bruce Cockburn, to The Bills, James Keelaghan, Oscar Lopez, Hugh McMillan, The Paperboys, and The Duhks.

Passionate about learning with his students, Jaime has taught hundreds of students privately, at music camps across Canada, and at North West Community College, designing and delivering NWCC’s jazz and theory instruction for guitar.

Jaime has a reputation for combining his extensive knowledge of chord structures with gentle encouragement to bring the best out of his students. A firm believer in learning, Jaime has studied under many great musicians, including Marc Atkinson, Don Ross, Ken Whitely, Tim Sparks, and Daniel Lapp. The exposure to the diverse styles of these gifted musicians colours his experience of music and love of sounds.

Seldom on tour these days, Jaime makes his home in Arras BC with his wife Jennifer and two boys, Marcus and Hadrian.

Christine White, Violin

Christine has been teaching fiddle and violin for more than 14 years, beginners and accomplished musicians alike. She is a graduate of the Suzuki Violin School’s “Every Child Can” teacher training course and attended Suzuki Teacher workshops.

Christine began playing fiddle in 1997 and throughout her formative years she competed in several provincial Old-Time Fiddle contests in the youth and twin fiddle categories and attended various fiddle camps and then helped organize and administrate the Northwest Fiddle Fest in her home town, Smithers, BC.

As a member of the Valley Youth Fiddlers group, Christine recorded on their first CD, “Fiddling Below 0,” part of the group’s 2001 BC Tour, played at fairs, concerts, private functions, and music festivals, including the Vancouver Folk Music Festival, and as an alumni of the group, Christine has taught at their annual fall retreats.

Other performances include playing with The White Family at coffee houses, fairs, festivals, country dances, and private functions. Christine has played with Oliver Schroer, James Keelaghan, and Daniel Lapp. She was the first violinist with the Smithers Community Orchestra for two years.

Ruth Czerniak, Piano

Ruth was five years old when the pastor at her church asked if anyone could play the piano. Ruth walked down the aisle, sat at the baby grand and tried playing Jesus Loves Me. Ruth’s parents quickly signed her up for piano lessons the next week!

Music became a focus that continued throughout school; Ruth played in ensembles, choir, and continued with piano lessons. She graduated from college with music as a component of her BA degree. Ruth composed and performed, sang and played piano, and taught theory and piano for the next 30 years.

Ruth works as a teacher’s assistant for the South Peace school district, often with children and youth who have learning challenges. She uses music as a healing tool, an outlet for creativity, and a source of confidence and joy.

Ruth says it is a pleasure to work for KPAC, sharing her love of music and teaching children, youth, and adults the expressive language of music.