Simon Cole clarinet/saxophone lessons

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Voice, Clarinet, Saxophone, Oboe, Piano,Theory, History, Composition and  Musicianship

Study music in a friendly relaxed atmosphere devoted to music. Our studio is full of musical instruments, music books, recordings and tools to build and maintain instruments because we are full time professional musicians
 First time students are always pleased and surprised to find out music lessons can be more fun and interesting than they had ever imagined. We love music and we want to give you the tools and abilities to experience music from inside like we do.
You don't need to have sung for years or already be able to play. Coming to us as a beginner is the best way because we can start you off correctly. We have  never had a student that couldn't sing or play .
You will be studying with trained musicians holding professional positions/degrees.

We have a flexible approach to teaching. Every student has different needs. Some  students are casual and an hour of enjoyment playing is all they are looking for others want to perform or have careers in music. Our proven success as teachers has been as a result of our understanding of what the student needs.

We have students of all ages, taking lessons in Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute, Oboe, Recorder, Voice, beginner Piano and Theory.

 Our students have scored top marks in Exams, win many concerto and other competitions and year after year are among or are the best young players in BC and Canada, former students have gone on to careers in music as teachers, recording engineers and performers . References are available

Online lessons with Simon using Skype my user name is simon.cole73 or using Zoom (you will be sent a link)

Monday and Tuesday are now quite booked Wed is mostly free.

Why study voice with me, Erica Skowron?  I have been teaching voice and working as a professional musician for 30 years.  I Have many interests and this eclectic knowledge helps me to relate to students of all ages and I am able to adapt my teaching style to suit many different personality types I am a  very patient teacher but if you have big goals, I will show how to work to achieve them.  Music can be a light fun activity or it can be challenging and a lot of hard work.  It depends on why you want to learn music.  All reasons are valid.  I am happy to help you achieve whichever goals you are interested in.  


 I have been the principal oboe with the Prince George Symphony for 29 years and have performed many solos with them including: Six Studies in Folksong for English horn and orchestra, Mozart Concertante for Four Winds, Vaughan Williams Oboe Concerto, Marcello Oboe Concerto, Albinoni D Minor Concerto,the Vivaldi D Minor KV 454 Concerto as an oboist and Rose Prince from Symphony of Saints by Gordon Lucas, Kapliow’s Green Eggs and Ham, Handel’s Messiah, Brahms Alto Rhapsody, Bach Cantata # 54, Mahler Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen, Vivaldi Stabat Mater as a singer.

I have also performed both as a vocal soloist and an oboe soloist at the Mostly Mozart Festival in Kelowna, BC and has the pleasure of touring much of the beautiful BC and Yukon with a small chamber group both singing and playing.

My training has taken me across the globe. I moved here from Toronto where I completed the Orchestral training Program at the Royal Conservatory of Toronto. I completed an honours Bachelor in Music Performance from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario studying oboe with James Mason and voice with Patricia Pascoe.   Prior to that I spent a year studying at the Conservatoire Nationale de Sant Maur in La Varrenne, France.

Further Study has included the International Voice Workshop with Richard Armstrong at Banff, Institute of Voice Performance Pedagogy with Richard Miller at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Early Music Vancouver Baroque Workshop, Ray Still Masterclass in Vancouver, John Mack Oboe Camp in North Carolina, Banff School of Fine Arts summer masterclasses, the Sarasota festival, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and the Ontario Youth Choir. I have also studied Kodaly music education with several teachers including one who was a student of Kodaly himself.

I am currently with the PGSO, perform with Alban Classical Artists, direct the Trinity United Church choir and teach voice, oboe and piano.


Erica Skowron B.mus




Study with pros for little more than amateurs charge.
  • Amateurs
  • low end
  • $20-50
  • hour
  • no or minimal training no active or minimal performing career no recommendations from leading pros no long list of successful students high possibility of misleading advice
  • Professional
  • high end
  • $50-75
  • hour
  • University/Conservatoire trained active pro performing careers as orchestra musicians, soloists, recordings, conducting and composing. recommendations from leading pros ( long list of successful students 100% exam pass rate students who are performing with pros