| 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, and friendly environment.

Andrew Balboa – Voice, Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drums, and Music Theory 


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. 

Rahbek Salomons – Guitar, Ukulele, Bass, Beginner Piano

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.

Dave Bauer – Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, and Bouzouki


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.

Tiffiny Chine – Piano, Voice, Beginner Ukulele, and Beginner Guitar

Tiffiny is a passionate multi-instrumentalist and an advocate for musical learning and all of its many benefits.  She specializes in teaching piano and voice by addressing personal goals and supporting the particular strengths and learning styles of each student. During this process, she also provides a solid foundation in the fundamentals of music, which include rhythm, technique, and theoretical application. Tiffiny has studied 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.

Craig Silver – Guitar, Ukulele, Voice, and Drums

Craig holds a BA in Sociology and graduated with a Bachelors of Education from Crandall University. He has been involved in music and singing on stage since he was six years old. For two years, he sang 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 and now continues to teach the next generation of musicians.   Craig released his first pop/country single “Sweet Summer Nights” in July 2020 and has just released a Christmas single with Annika Cheyne called “Mistletoe and Holly.”

Priya Bosman – Violin, Ukulele, and Mandolin

Priya is a musician with a passion for music of all sorts.  She has been studying classical violin and music theory from the age of eight years old and has followed RCM in both regards.  Along the way, Priya also picked up the acoustic guitar, ukulele, and the mandolin.  Furthermore, she has played in various orchestras and chamber music ensembles, and is excited to share her love of music with all of her students.    

Eric Svilpis – Guitar, Bass, Drums, and Piano

With his mother being an organist and his father playing the guitar, Eric has spent his whole life around music. Largely self-taught, he has been playing the guitar for 19 years, the electric bass for 11 years, and the upright bass for 6 years, and he 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. This ranges from acoustic folk and alt-country to experimental textural projects and free jazz.

Alexander Smith – Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, and Music Theory

Alexander holds a Bachelor of Music in Electric Bass Performance from Carleton University. He has studied and performed in a wide variety of styles, including rock/metal, classical, musical theatre, and jazz. In addition to teaching and performing, Alexander’s other musical interests include audio engineering, composition and arranging, and music engraving. In his free time, Alexander likes to play chess and watch hockey.

Aldis Gislason – Piano, Voice, and Beginner Theory

Aldis Gislason graduated with Bachelors of Education and a major in Music from the University of Saskatchewan. She has completed her Grade 9 Piano in RCM and her Grade 2 Rudiments in Theory. Over the years, she has been a classroom music teacher as well as a private music teacher of both piano and voice. Aldis has a performing background both as a soloist and in small and large ensembles, including being a member of a String Trio and Youth String Orchestra in Red Deer. Aldis is passionate about playing, listening to and teaching music. She is excited to share her skills and knowledge of music with her students.

Sophie Fu – Piano (ONLINE ONLY)

Sophia has over fifteen years of experience playing the piano and performing, and has over three years of experience in teaching. She has enjoyed working with many different students at a variety of different ages and enjoys discovering their musical talent and further improving their behavioral management. Sophie is ARCT certified in Royal Conservatory, Piano performance, Musical Theory, and Advanced Harmony. She is also familiar with with teaching repertoires, such as RCM, Piano Adventures, Adult Piano Adventures etc. Sophie’s teaching philosophy is to help students discover the joy of practicing piano while also developing transferable traits that would also benefit their school and daily lives. She takes on a holistic approach and believes that parents play a significant role in children’s personality development, and as such, Sophie works closely with both parents and students to create a fun and meaningful learning environment.

James Watson – Violin and Piano

James is a performing violinist, composer, and teacher who has been playing the violin for fifteen years and the piano for eight, and has taught with El Sistema New Brunswick, Yamaha Musica Academy, as well as independently . Originally from Kamloops B.C. he studied with Dr. Cvetozar Vuteva and then moved to Calgary to study with Joan Barret at a university level. After completing his Bachelors of Music in April of 2021, James went on to record with the Pan-Canadian Bartok Duet, the Daniel Pelton Collective, and has recently completed a residency with Calgary’s cSpace as part of their ‘Creative Incubator Initiative’ and is currently following up with a Creative Residency at the GRAND Theatre. Additionally, he has also performed with two-time Canadian Fiddle Champion Scott Woods, jazz legend Dr. Jeremy Brown, Calgary’s Timepoint Ensemble, and the Juno-nominated ensemble L’Orchestre de la Francophonie; James looks forward to helping every student find their musical potential.

Marko Cipaktli – Drums, Ukulele, and Beginner Guitar

Marko Cipäktli is an established session drummer, record engineer and music educator based in Calgary, Canada and hails from Mexico City. His drumming experience spans over two decades, 10+ studio albums, and 5 tours in both Canada and Mexico. Cipäktli has been involved in projects that span a wide range of genres from classical fusion to rock n’ roll to heavy metal. His main project, Cabrakaän, is a Mexican symphonic/folk rock band who draw on Aztec (Mexica) indigenous themes – he evokes his passion for this in his stage presence and drumming style. Cipäktli’s greatest stylistic influences are Lars Ulrich (Metallica), Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), Neil Peart (Rush), and Alex Gonzalez (Maná). Under the mentorship of Ryan van Poederooyen (Devin Townsend Project, Imonolith) and Eugene Ryabchenko (Fleshgod Apocalypse), he is dedicated to adding varied styles and techniques to his repertoire.

Neil Gunhold – Guitar, Bass, Compositional Theory, and Songwriting

Neil Gunhold is a multi-instrumentalist, singer songwriter, and producer with thirty years of professional experience in performance and recording and over twenty-five years of teaching under his belt.  He was the guitarist, main songwriter, and music director of the national award winning Kirby Sewell Band (Maples Blues Award 2014) and has contributed as a session musician to hundreds of projects in and around Calgary.  As a teacher he brings enthusiasm for creativity with a special focus on basic compostion, improvisation, ear training, and working with others in a musical environment.