Sidney BC – All Instruments, Levels and Styles

Private Music Lessons

19 teachers offering private lessons and classes for all levels, instruments and styles.

Classes and Workshops

For all ages. Ukulele, Acoustic Fiddle Tunes Jam, Preschool Music, and more.

Student Store

Full service store, Instruments, Accessories, Band Rentals, Repairs.


PAMA has a variety of classes and workshops for all ages and levels including guitar classes, the preschool music sampler, ukulele classes and the acoustic jam.

Our Teachers

Aaron Watson

Accordion | Banjo | Clarinet | Guitar | Improvisation | Mandolin | Ukulele

Aaron is a gifted teacher, instrumentalist and vocalist who has performed professionally for over two decades in many genres including Flamenco, Nouveau Flamenco, Jazz, Gypsy Jazz, Country, Folk and Rock.  He performs in a number of well known Victoria ensembles including his own locally renowned Gypsy Jazz duo, Cold Cut Combo.   Mr. Watson’s extensive and […]

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Amy Nold

Piano | Theory | Voice

Amy started piano lessons at age 9, and at 16 continued formal studies at Vancouver Island University as a classical piano major.  At VIU she was exposed to a number of world class jazz musicians that led her to a realization that she couldn’t play without a written score.  This epiphany led her away from […]

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Diana English

Piano | Recorder | Theory

Diana’s Mother was a professional opera singer and was a member of the Vancouver Chamber choir, it is with this genetic immersion into music that Diana began studying piano and voice at the tender age of four.   She studied with some of the best known piano teachers in the Vancouver region and went on to […]

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Doug Towle

Banjo | Guitar | Mandolin | Ukulele | Voice

Doug Towle is a highly accomplished musician and educator. He is an award winning performer who has toured across Canada, US and Mexico. As a private instructor for the past seventeen years, Doug has taught more than 500 students from beginner to advanced techniques and theory as well as master classes and clinics for Fender, […]

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Franaine Buchal

Banjo | Guitar | Mandolin | Ukulele

Franaine has been with P.A.M.A. for over a decade now and my first impression was, “does this guy ever slow down?” In answer now over ten years later – No! Franaine has a contagious enthusiasm for what he does that just never stops, he is a force of nature. Franaine has a Bachelor of Music […]

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Iryna Graifer

Piano | Theory

Iryna Graifer was born in Ukraine, where she received her Master’s Degree in music as a pianist, accompanist and teacher graduating from Donetsk State Conservatory. She worked for 13 years in her alma mater music college. In 1996 she moved to Canada with her husband and two children, spending 10 years in Winnipeg teaching piano and working as an accompanist with […]

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Karen Enns

Piano | Theory

Karen Enns studied music at Brock University and the University of Western Ontario before beginning her performing career as a freelance pianist. She worked as an accompanist for singers and performed chamber music with instrumentalists while living in Ontario, Iowa, and  here on the west coast. As a teacher she enjoys working with students of […]

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Lloyd English

Choir | Composition | Guitar | Improvisation | Theory | Voice

Lloyd English has been a professional performer, teacher, composer, choral director and producer for over 30 years and has worked and studied with some of the most well known artists in the Canadian music industry. He has performed in genres as diverse as world music and pop and jazz in stadiums, concert halls, city club […]

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Nathaniel Ritter

Guitar | Ukulele

Nathaniel is a multi instrumentalist who plays guitar, piano, electric bass, ukulele and sings. He is also a very keen and active songwriter, and hopes to one day record his material.   Nathaniel began playing guitar at the age of 14 and at the same time started his formal studies at the Peninsula Academy. He […]

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Qristina Bachand

Fiddle | Violin

Qristina began playing violin in 1996 at the age of six. Soon after her start with classical violin training, she discovered fiddle music and began down the musical path of folk/traditional music. Most recently, this journey brought her to Ireland – where she earned a first class honours Masters of Traditional Irish Music Performance at […]

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Rob Johnson

Electric Bass | Standup Bass

Born in Toronto, Robert moved to the West Coast in 1990. He quickly established himself on the music scene as a much sought after electric and double-bass player. Over his 30-year musical career performing and teaching Rob has shared the stage with an impressive list of artists, adding his dynamic expressive lyrical touch, while keeping […]

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Shelley Shen

Piano | Ukulele | Voice

Shelley started her musical journey with piano at the age of 3 and began singing in the children’s choir at church. She was accepted into a special class for musically gifted children and it soon became clear that she had found her passion at a very early age, her life soon centered around performing in […]

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Tasha Farivar

Choir | Performance | Voice

Tasha, mezzo-soprano, completed four years of music education before choosing to specialize in performance for her final year at the University of Victoria with Benjamin Butterfield. Tasha has performed as a soloist with choirs and orchestras across British Columbia. In 2014 Tasha competed in the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival, winning the prestigious Rose Bowl and Roberto and […]

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Taylor Charles


Taylor started playing drums at the age of 15, and began his studies in earnest at the age of 18. He has had the privilege of studying under Jost Nickel, Russ Miller and Ron Thaler in master classes. Taylor currently plays for a Prog/Art Rock band called Spaceport Union, playing local and country-wide shows. Along […]

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Tyler Lieb

Guitar | Ukulele

Tyler thrives on sharing his love of music with his students. He presents music in a practical, hands-on way, and by example encourages his students to make music-making a vital part of their lives. Tyler is an exciting and versatile guitarist, comfortable playing Rock, Jazz, Blues, Soul, Country, Bluegrass, and many other styles. His playing […]

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