Our Teachers

“Teaching music isn't like other jobs - it's a calling, one that requires dedication to being the best teacher you can be.”

Royal Conservatory of Music

Karen Emmond

Piano, Violin, Guitar, Clarinet, Music Theory

Karen’s deep passion for music, learning and teaching fuels the energy and enthusiasm she puts into every student lesson. As a Canadian National Conservatory of Music medalist and a certified teacher with the Royal Conservatory of Music, she is committed to ongoing professional development. Karen’s students consistently score high marks in conservatory examinations and have been recognized with Royal Conservatory, Canadian National Conservatory of Music, and community awards.

Classically trained, Karen’s firm belief that ‘music is for everyone’ ensures all ages enjoy a wide variety of musical stylings in a structured, customized curriculum. Her strong communication skills and creative, encouraging teaching style inspires her students to strive and succeed in their musical goals, eager to tackle new pieces and levels of learning.

An expressive and keen musician, Karen’s extensive knowledge of musical artistry builds the study of music into an exciting experience, as students explore the power of music to express emotions, relieve stress, and connect with others, while fostering a lifelong source of satisfaction and personal well-being.

  • Founding member of the Okanagan’s Westside Music Festival

  • Long-time member of the Alberta Piano Teachers Association (APTA) 

  • Regular performance opportunities through student concerts, local festivals, senior residences, and community events

​"Karen is a gifted musician and teacher who truly has a way of connecting with her students.

It’s been a joy this past year to watch my daughter’s musical ability improve and her confidence grow. She loves playing violin and looks forward to lessons each week. I’m so grateful to Karen, who I feel, has gone above and beyond to encourage and support that learning and development through lessons, performance opportunities (both solo and ensemble performances), extra practices (when needed for a performance), and constant encouragement. I highly recommend West Kelowna Academy of Music."

Miranda Schulz


Julia Emmond

Piano, Ukulele, Beginner Guitar, Music Theory

Julia is a Canadian National Conservatory of Music (CNCM) medalist whose passion for teaching is well known in the music community. A certified instructor with the Royal Conservatory of Music, her students consistently achieve First Class Honours and First Class Honours with Distinction in all piano examinations. Her piano and ukulele students love her fresh approach grounded in a thorough and skilled knowledge of musicianship, performance, and music theory as well as her obvious passion for music.

Julia began her music studies at the early age of four, and has been awarded numerous composition music awards for her abilities in piano, percussion, and saxophone. A fourth year student at UBC Okanagan, Julia brings a unique skillset to the Academy, with a first responders accreditation with the City of Kelowna together with University studies involving psychology and creative writing.

Julia’s passion for people and music continues to inspire her students. She blends a contemporary approach with a solid foundation in technique, while encouraging creativity through aural skill-building, composing, games, and teaching by rote. Her energy, joyful personality, personal drive for further musical goals, years of performance experience, and love for and understanding of today’s music, all combine to make her a fabulous teacher for all music goals and all ages. 

​"Julia is a fun and positive teacher and my (teen) daughter has expanded her confidence in playing and loves her lessons, including the new online ones! West Kelowna Academy of Music helped her find her own motivation to play and she is committed to completing her next level and has no plans on stopping there."

Sara Cousins

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