Music Lessons

Music Lessons

Our team of teachers are ready to take you under their wings to help you accomplish your musical goals, whether you dream of playing Carnegie Hall or jamming at home with your friends.

Find a Teacher

Your musical journey starts with a single step- let us help you make the right one.

We offer music lessons for the following instruments: ukulele, guitar, violin, bass, voice, piano and drums.

Before committing to lessons, you can book single lessons with prospective teachers to make sure they make you feel comfortable, you understand them and mostly that they understand and support your goals.

As always, please feel free to contact us at citadelmusichfx@gmail.com or at (902) 240-3397 with any questions or concerns.

Our Teachers

Finding the Right Teacher- Simply browse through our teachers below and see their musical education & background, level of experience and personality.

  • Jack Phillips, Guitar

    Coming from a jazz theory background, Jack has six combined years of formal music education, including the NSCC Music Arts Program, as well as lessons with several esteemed university guitar professors. Currently a gigging musician in Halifax, Jack is equipped to teach any age group or experience level across a plethora of genres. Lessons will be dynamic and tailored to meet your needs and interests.

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  • Joseph Dowell, Piano

    Joseph Dowell (BMUS) is an accomplished, locally trained solo and collaborative pianist. He received his training at Dalhousie University under the direction of the renowned Lynn Stodola and Peter Allen. He spends his time accompanying Giocoso Choir, Christ Church Choir organ and piano, singers and soloists. He enjoys teaching a variety of students of different ages and skill levels. His goal in teaching is to keep students engaged and fulfilled with their music studies and he adapts to students’ learning styles and musical goals. He encourages students to perform as often as possible. During Covid when students were unable to perform, Joseph created several virtual piano recitals to give students a performance opportunity which can be viewed on his YouTube page. He encourages students to participate in Kiwanis Music Festival and RCM exams, but is adaptable for those who are looking for a different path. Joseph and a long time friend and colleague Ria Kim are preparing for a Chopin/Liszt concert in the coming months of 2022 when it is safe to do so. The recording you’re hearing is an excerpt from Debussy’s “Arsbesque no. 1”. Joseph’s most recent solo performance is  Haydn’s “Die Worte des Erlösers am Kreuze” which was recorded live and can be viewed here: 

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  • Victoria Ioannou, Violin

    Victoria Ioannou has been teaching violin with Fantasie Music since 2019, and she also teaches violin classes with Halifax Regional Arts. In addition to classical music, she teaches fiddle and any genre that her students are passionate about. She helps students prepare for solo performances in a positive and encouraging manner through effective practice and confidence-building techniques. She also facilitates collaboration among her students through chamber music opportunities. She aims to challenge students, adapt to their goals and learning styles, and help them discover their passions in music.Victoria holds a Bachelor of Music from Acadia University where she studied with Gillian Smith. She has also studied with Conrad Chow and Isabelle Fournier. She was on faculty with the Port Perry School of Music and has adjudicated at the Durham Showcase Music Festival in Ontario. She has performed with Nova Sinfonia and numerous chamber ensembles both in classical and improvisational settings. Her interests lie in pedagogy, performance psychology and collaborative performance.

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  • Serkan Suer, Drums

    Serkan Suer is a session musician and a drum teacher in Halifax, NS. For over 25 years he has been playing and teaching percussion. He completed the Specialist Drummer Certification Program from Berklee College of Music in 2014. He has written 3 drum books which were published by Fundamental Changes, England: Rock Drumming for Beginners (2017), Drum Rudiments & Musical Application (2017) and 200 Paradiddle Exercises for Drums (2018). Over the last few years, he has been recording and performing with various artists such as Campbell & Johnston’s Band, Charlie A’court, Dan Doiron, Superfluid Collective and Tyler Mullendore. Since 2015, he has been representing Turkish Cymbals as an endorsing artist. He is offering drum lessons to students of any age and drumming experience (beginner, intermediate and advanced levels). Music is his passion, and teaching allows him to share his experience and expertise with aspiring drummers.

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  • Iryna - Vocals, Speech, Public Speaking & Presentation

    A performer since the age of five, Ukraine born pop singer Iryna Gerus has toured in Poland, Russia, Germany, the Slovak Republic, India and Jordan. Her album “Mentor” contains 14 original songs written and performed in Ukrainian, Polish and Russian. In addition to her studies in piano and vocals, she holds a Master’s degree in Economics.

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