Our Teachers

Mark Galbon

Guitar Taecher / Store Owner

Mark Galbon

Mark started taking music lessons at the age of 10 at Kolt Music in Winnipeg. He had many music teachers, including Hal Kreewin who taught him jazz, classical and flamenco; Clayton Halverson who taught him rock and fusion and Chet Breau for fingerstyle and improvisation. Mark began teaching guitar at the age of 15 at Kolt Music and various other music schools around Winnipeg.

While teaching music at night, Mark studied Business Administration at Red River Community College. He then began a career at the Manitoba Rolling Mills as a steel worker and electrical apprentice. Quickly realizing that his passion was music, he partnered with Bruce Schellenberg, another former teacher at Kolt Music, and purchased Kolt Music in 1981. They changed the business name to Mar-Schell’s, a collaboration of their names and began doing business at the north end of the block from the current location.

While running Mar-Schell’s Music, Mark studied music at Mennonite Brethren College. He has since been certified through the London College of Music (Registry of Guitar Tutors). Mark has over 30 years experience in music instruction, performance and the business of music.

Mark’s performance resume is extensive and includes classical guitar performances at weddings, as a solo act on acoustic guitar at Rumor’s Comedy Club and various other venues. As well, since the age of 15, Mark has played in a variety of bands covering many musical genres. Some of these bands include: Blacksmith, 2 Bit Sally, Playin’ Jane, Texas T’s, Whacked, Bob Lablah, Mystery Train and the Tune Raiders.

He also currently fronts an all-acoustic group, The Campfire Junkies. The band consists mainly of his guitar students and performs at many local events and venues including senior homes, hospitals, Winnipeg Goldeye games, corporate and private parties. Money raised from these events is donated to local charities.

“For me, the best of times are jamming with friends and family. I want to continue to bring that joy of music to others by inspiring them to express their creative potential.”


Marc Brownlee

Instrument: Guitar

Education: Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies From St. Francis Xavier University, Diploma in Music in Jazz Studies From Grant Mccewan Community College
Styles: Rock, Pop, Metal, Punk, Jazz
Languages: English

Marc has been teaching guitar for 29 years. He has played in many bands of all genres including punk, metal, jazz, funk and rock. Although interested in many styles of complex and difficult music, Marc is focused on providing the student with the tools necessary for furthering their own personal goals and interests.

Tate Hiebert

Instruments: Guitar and Ukelele
Education: Grade 6 Certification – Registry of Guitar Tutors
Styles: Rock, Indie, Blues, Folk, Psychedelic, Progressive, Acoustic and Metal
Languages: English

Tate started taking guitar lessons at Mar-Schells Music in 2006. Lessons at Mar-Schell’s sent Tate on a life-changing journey and today, he is a member of the band, Ozconscious, as well as teaching at the place where he took his first guitar lessons. Tate’s main influences are The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, Arcade Fire and many others of various genres.

He enjoys teaching a variety of styles ranging from good old classic rock, blues and folk to more experimental indie, psychedelic and metal genres. He emphasizes the fundamentals to all of his students to prime them for whatever type of style they want to pursue in the future. Taking lessons with Tate will give you all of the practical skills necessary to take you on any musical adventure you so desire! Tate has a unique method of teaching theory that is guaranteed to be different from any theory lesson you’ve had before! Lessons with Tate will give you the building blocks you need for your innate creativity to flourish and allow your instrument be an extension of your individuality.

..                                                                      Tyson Lavallee

Instruments: Guitar
Education: Grade 7 Certification – London College of Music
Styles: Rock, Blues, Pop, Metal, Ska And Reggae

Tyson has been teaching guitar at Mar-Schell’s for ten years, after studying the guitar for 5 years.  He has played in multiple bands around Winnipeg and Montreal. He volunteers his time teaching with the Status 4 program teaching Tae Kwon Do and guitar for underprivileged kids.

Tyson gives his students a strong background in practical theory and fundamentals to create an all around musician

                                       Jane Allison

Instruments: Piano, Voice, Early Music
Education:Bachelor of Arts, Music Major – Canadian Mennonite University
Styles:Pop, Gospel, Jazz, Blues, Classical, Baby Shark

Jane’s biggest inspiration is her Grandmother, who would play piano and lead sing-alongs with her and the family while growing up. Jane grew up around pianos her whole life as her family business is piano moving, tuning and repair.

She started early music and dance classes at 3 and piano lessons officially at 5 as is standard in the Allison family. Throughout the years she picked up the clarinet, saxophone, oboe, percussion, guitar and most recently the stand-up bass. She has 4 years experience teaching piano and voice.

Jane is currently the accompanist for Miracle Apostolic Church. She also is the vocalist and pianist for the Dixie Beats. She occasionally plays clarinet with the German club band.

Jane’s long term goal is to enter into music therapy and is very interested in teaching students to use their music to process emotions in an environment that promotes a healthy love of performing and playing with others.

                                      Terry Zurylo

Instrument:        Piano/ Keyboards
Education:          ARCT, 30 years teaching experience
Styles:               Pop, Rock, Classical, Oldies, Children’s music


        Terry started playing piano at age 6, taking an interest in learning pop around age 14. He continued to study Classical Music and achieved the highest level in private study (ARCT Level) by age 17. He studied with famous Winnipeg piano teacher John Melnyk.


        Around age 16 Terry began playing in basement bands. Inspired by the synthesizer in “Spaceship Superstar “, by Prism, he started playing synth, organ, string machine and clavinet in rock bands. In 1979 he started playing pro in clubs and cabarets. Playing in various original and cover bands gave him experience in composing and improvising.


        In 1984 Terry began teaching in music schools such as Major and Minor and, in 1985, Mar-Schell’s Music. He used early computer software programs to arrange music for students of all beginners levels , printing out arrangements, as opposed to other instructors by hand. His love for teaching drove him to open Keyboard Ventures Music in 1992.


        Currently playing in “Tune Raiders” with Mark Galbon and original band, ”Velvette ” with our own Dan Scaletta, which is how we convinced him to take a few select students with us.

                                     Sean Foster

Instruments: Violin, Theory
Education:Level 7 Violin Royal Conservatory of Music
Styles: Classical, Fiddle
Languages: English, French, Russian and Italian

Sean’s musical journey started at the age of 15 when his sister bought an electric keyboard. He very quickly discovered a newfound passion for music and shortly after began taking piano lessons. That same year, he decided to try free fiddle lessons that were offered at his school. Once again, he found a new passion, this time for the violin. Not long after, he was exposed to classical violin music and still to this day considers it to be one of his life passions.


Sean loves to perform and has done so on various occasions such as weddings and other social events around the community. He is also an active member in the Winnipeg Pops Orchestra.

Sean believes in working with each individual student in their musical education, taking into account their personal interests as well as general pedagogical values to help them grow and discover the joys of playing music.

                                        Kalen Boath

Kalen started out as a student here at Mar-Schell's Music, and through hard work

and determination accomplished the skills to become one of our own teachers.

He is a multi-instrumentalist with perfect pitch whose true passion is music.

When teaching, his goal is to help others to express themselves musically.

Instrument('s) - Piano and Trumpet

Music Education - RCM Level 8

Styles - Classical, Jazz, Ragtime, Pop

Languages - English and French


Rylan Knaggs

Instrument: Guitar

With influences ranging from Robert Johnson to Slash and everything in between, Rylan Knaggs is a well rounded guitarist with 9 years experience in genres such as Rock, Blues, Country, and Jazz. A student himself in the Music Education program at Desautels Faculty of Music, University of Manitoba, Rylan’s love of music is matched with a strong passion for teaching as he seeks to inspire the next generation of guitarists.

                                     Hillary Berezowski

Instruments: Violin

Hillary is a trained classical violinist who has been an active member of the music community since 2005. She has been honored with distinctions and awards through the Winnipeg Youth Symphony Orchestras and the International Summer School of Fine Arts. She looks forward to using her musical knowledge and skills to teach violin and to continue to learn about the art.

Roger Cloutier

Instrument: Saxaphone


I have extensive experience working with children and families.  My social work career of 30 years entailed running a foster parent program, being a youth care/support worker and doing family re-conciliation for Winnipeg Child and Family Services. Running alongside social work, I pursued a Bachelors of Education degree at the University of Manitoba and CTEAL, {Teaching English as an Additional Language} degree.  I also speak French and some Spanish.  More recently, I have been concentrating on music and teaching.

Backing up a little, my first music lessons came from Beatles song books and playing guitar in my father’s old time band, it was a lesson in cultural diversity.  When one does weddings in Winnipeg, you have to know all the polkas, waltzes and other music from many cultures!  It was an early lesson in cultural tolerance and inclusion. My uncle was a big musical influence on my life.  He played trombone for CBC Winnipeg from the late 1950’s up to 1980.  During his career he backed up many big international stars that played Winnipeg in those times.

Musical influences early on entailed everyone from the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, to the blues influenced British invasion of Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood. Later I found the names of BB King, Ray Charles, and John Coltrane on the albums of the early rock icons, who cited the aforementioned as their musical influences. I listened and explored, but there are too many names and influences to mention here.

My musical career started with a guitar and me standing behind a microphone. Later I attended the jazz program at Grant Mac Ewan in Edmonton Alberta, majoring in saxophone, jazz performance, and jazz studies. Since then, and more importantly I sang and played saxophones for the Million Civilians band during the 1980’s and 1990’s.  We played the Forks, numerous festivals, socials, events and bars, doing Motown, Rock/Pop, and Afro-beat. Two years ago I studied Latin music in Puerto Vallarta focusing on Jobim.   More recently I have been exploring big band sounds, playing tenor sax for the University of Winnipeg downtown jazz band. I’m eagerly anticipating traveling to Mozambique Africa this spring, with the Nafro Band where we will be promoting an album.  I have been playing with the Nafro band since the 1990’s.

                                         Ivan Leko

Instruments: Piano
Education: Master of Piano Performance Brandon University
Bachelor of Music Piano Performance University of Dayton
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Various
Languages: English, Russian, Croatian

Leko’s career began at the age of 15 when he won the Concerto competition of the Young Artists in Croatia resulting in performances throughout Croatia with the chamber portion of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 2006 he earned a degree in piano performance at the University of Dayton. Leko also earned a Master’s degree in piano performance from Brandon University. He also performed in various halls across Canada (Vancouver, Ottawa, Winnipeg) USA (Washington D.C., Orlando, Dayton, and Europe (Frankfurt, Wuppertal).

Leko performed with various symphony orchestras, such as Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Rijeka Philharmonic Orchestra and Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.

Dan Scaletta,  Lesson Co-Ordinator

Dan is available to answer all your music school questions

Monday to Friday 2:00pm to 7:00pm

204-339-2335 ext#2

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