Mi Fa Music & Art School offers an academic approach to classical and traditional music and art training. We focus on what you want to learn, whether that is musical ability and literacy, preparing for the Royal Conservatory of Music, composing and arranging your own songs, or expressing yourself through visual art such as painting, drawing, or calligraphy. Our instructors have chosen music and art as their lifelong passion. They believe in the importance of developing the technical skill of artistic craft, but at all stages of their teaching career they keep in mind what drew them to music and art in the first place: curiousity, an openness to new experience, and the joy of sifting through the richness of art, be it through eye or ear. We believe music and art are never merely about routine exercises. Instead, they’re timehonoured practices that enrich our lives in more ways than one
Mi Fa started as a small business with passion at heart. Even though we’ve quickly grown since our inception, we nevertheless keep close the values we started with. Locally run and connected to many communities on the North Shore, we take pride in building a healthy educational culture in which our students —people of all ages, abilities, and talents—can enjoy what they learn and be proud of their achievements. Just as each student has their own unique talents and abilities, each also has areas that could benefit from more cultivation and attention. At Mi Fa, we strive to provide world-class education that is tailored to the individual so they achieve their highest potential.
With over 25 years of experience teaching children and adults, Peyman Gol Azar, founding member of Mi Fa, is thrilled to continue his passion at Mi Fa Music & Art. Peyman has received numerous awards and scholarships throughout his academic and professional life, participated in various orchestras (such as the local West Coast Orchestra), and lives for music—he comes from a family where music is always in the air.
He has worked and studied in many contexts of the music industry, holding degrees and diplomas from the Tehran Conservatory of Music as well as Vancouver Community College, in addition to composing music with Raga Sound Studio. At Mi Fa, he teaches piano, violin, and tom bak
singer and musician, has more than 20 years of hands-on experience in the music industry and is well-versed in playing a wide range of instruments, including classical and electric guitar, bass guitar, harmonica, and the handpan.
Arsam also teaches voice and plays a key role in childrens' classes. Arsam has performed with various traditional, pop & rock bands, Mana and Flamenco Group being just a couple, and continues to remain active in the local music scene. Teaching music is his passion.
Jules Frenette is a multitalented musician based in Vancouver. First starting with the piano at age seven, they have since gone on to become proficient at conducting and composition. From 2010, with students of all ages and skill levels, Jules has been lending their expertise in piano, music theory, aural skills, chamber music, and choir. They hold a Bachelor of Music degree and Kodály Teacher Training Certificate form the University of Alberta, a Conducting in Music Certificate from Capilano University, and a Master of Music Degree and Graduate Perfor mance Diploma in Piano Performance from the Longy School of Music of Bard College
Trained in the piano and kemencheh, Medya Rajabafar started music on the piano at a young age.
Medya has experience in music for more than eight years under the supervision of great instructors and has participated in various performances at Roudaki Hall and Soureh Hall. In addition to teaching piano, kemencheh, and childrens' music classes, Medya is involved with the art side of the school, making them an invaluable member of the team.
Judy, a graduate with a Master of Arts degree from SFU in 2013, is dedicated to helping students build learning confidence, reach their potential, and discover the delight in learning. With a focus on foundational piano skills, inspirational music, and positive reinforcement, Judy brings a simple yet effective approach to teaching.
Having completed both bachelor's and master's degrees in education, along with piano pedagogy during her undergraduate years, Judy possesses a wealth of experience and a deep love for teaching piano. Her passion shines through as she motivates students to enjoy music, enhance self-assurance, and nurture analytical thinking skills. Judy also takes pride in identifying the musical aspects that resonate uniquely with each student.
Discovering the tar in 2014, Michael Streit has had the honour to study classical Iranian music with many teachers living on the North Shore, including Hossein Behroozinia, Peyman Rouhandeh, and most recently Farshad Jamali. He completed his Diploma of Music at VCC in 2016 (where he met and performed with Peyman Azar) and has since diversified his playing to include the setar as well as the oud. People ask him why he is involved with this music even though he is not from Iran.
His reply is always the same: because Iranian art is beautiful, and because he is privileged to live in a city where he can learn about this culture. Michael is excited to continue his journey with this music and invites his students to join him along the way
Painter and calligraphist Marjan Gol Azar has over thirty years experience in the visual arts. She studied at Tehran Graphic Conservatory, where she earned her Master's Degree in Painting.
While presenting her works at several exhibitions, such as the Group Exhibitions of Iranian Women, Marjan began learning calligraphy and got her advanced degree in Calligraphy from the Society of Iranian Calligraphers. After graduation, she started creating art full-time. She mainly works in abstract art and is keen on new and creative ideas.
Based in Vancouver, Zohreh Jafari is a Realism & Impressionism painter, creative educator, and working professional in oil painting. Practicing since 2008, Zohreh specializes in amazingly soulful portraits, learning from the works of Garmash, Francois Boucher, Rahim Navehsi, and Hans Zatzska as her teachers.
Her first group exhibition was in 2014 at the Sheis Art Gallery in Iran, followed by Vernissage Galerie Linda Farrel in Paris. Since then, Zohreh has exhibited in various countries, collectively and individually.