Anna - Violin

Anna teaches classical Violin, and Irish and Scottish fiddle. She brings her deep knowledge of the instrument and music to her students with a candid yet inspiring style.

Anna has earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and a Master of Music degree from University of California Los Angeles, where she was awarded full scholarships. She has performed with the Long Beach Symphony, and ensembles such as the Magik* Magik* Orchestra, the Trinity Alps Chamber Players, the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra and the Santa Barbara String Quartet. Anna recently held the position of first violinist of the VEM Resident String Quartet at UCLA. She performs professionally weekly. More about Anna


Irene - Piano

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Irene Kim teaches Piano to students of all ages. Her depth and breadth of understanding and can-do-it attitude is inspiring to all her students. Irene’s professional training has been centered at the Peabody Conservatory, where she recently received her Doctorate in Musical Arts. She was awarded the Albert and Rosa Silverman Memorial Scholarship, the Lillian Gutman Memorial Piano Prize, and Clara Ascherfeld Award by the Conservatory for her musical endeavors during her studies there. Her mentors and teachers, Marian Hahn and Boris Slutsky, have been infinitely inspiring in the impartation of their passion for the art of musicianship.


Irene is an avid believer that the arts are a manifestation of humanity and its creativity and aspires to let music travel to where its resounding compassion is much needed. 

In the course of her musical erudition, she also has had the honor to work with and receive precious insight from various distinguished musicians, including Leon Fleisher, Anton Kuerti, Robert McDonald, Ani Kavafian, Alexander Toradze, and Robert Van Sice amongst others. 


Jonah - Piano

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Jonah first began playing classical piano at age 8.  In high school, he was introduced to Thelonius Monk and promptly fell in love with jazz, funk, rock, and other groove and improvisational based music. He teaches piano performance, jazz and improvisation to all levels.

In 2007, Jonah received the World Tour Scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music where he studied with incredible musicians and teachers including: Joanne Brackeen, Ray Santisi, Leo Blanco, Jamey Haddad, Laszlo Gardony, Mark Whitfield, and Tiger Okoshi.  In 2012, he graduated with Dual Bachelor’s Degrees in Piano Performance and Electronic Production and Design.

In the short time since leaving Berklee, Jonah has accumulated millions of views and over 100,000 subscribers on YouTube channel where he features performances of originals and arrangements of EDM songs on his Nord Stage EX piano. 

Aside from teaching, Jonah is a freelance keyboardist, and producer, and can often be heard performing about town.


MAX - Piano

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Max is a laid-back piano teacher with a ton of experience and skill. His students feel lucky they work with him.

He sees teaching is a journey in which a teacher collaborates with their students.

Max Naseck is a pianist/keyboardist, composer, producer, and music director based in Los Angeles, CA. He performs a wide variety of music on a regular basis and has played and toured with acts such as Raquel Rodriguez, Mestizo Beat, Anna Dellaria, and Michael Mancuso as well as with famous jazz artists such as Bob Mintzer, Dick Oatts, and Aaron Serfaty. Recently, he was the youngest participant in the jazz category of the 2016 13th UNISA International Piano Competition in Pretoria, South Africa.

Raised in Dallas, Texas, Max went on to attend the University of Southern California where he graduated magna cum laude and earned degrees in Jazz Studies (B.M.) from the Thornton School of Music and Digital Media Arts + Practice (B.A.) from the School of Cinematic Arts. While in school he studied with many notable musicians and instructors including  Patrice Rushen, Alan Pasqua, Vince Mendoza, Peter Erskine and Russ Ferrante. His combo, the USC Composers Collective (led by Vince Mendoza), won first place at the 2017 Next Generation Jazz Festival and performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival.


Claire - Piano

Classically trained in the piano at the age of 5, Claire found her love for music through teaching, performance and composition. She began her music career as a teenager in 2004, performing rock and pop in South East Asia. A recent graduate of Berklee College of Music, she's been teaching piano to both children and adults, with a focus on technique, ear training, theory and repertoire. She hopes to share her love for music with her students by getting them to play music that they like as well as encouraging creativity by teaching them improvisation and compositional skills.





Christina - Piano

Christina is a pianist, educator, and composer currently based in Los Angeles. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Christina graduated with honors and distinction from Stanford University with a degree in Jazz Piano Performance. Through her involvement in Stanford's music ensembles, Christina had the opportunity to tour Europe with Jon Faddis and to perform with world renown musicians such as Carl Allen, Ingrid Jensen, and Jimmy Heath. While completing her studies, Christina was also performing regularly throughout the Bay Area, both as a bandleader as well as with groups such as the SFJAZZ Hip-Hop/Jazz Education Project and the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra. Christina is experienced as an educator, teaching regularly at the Stanford Jazz Workshop, maintaining a private studio, and assistant teaching beginning jazz theory at Stanford. She performs in a wide-variety of settings including classical chamber music, jazz, pop/rock, and musical theater, and she aims to equip students with the necessary skills to be able to play in any setting. Christina takes a holistic approach to teaching and believes in crafting lessons to individual students to best cultivate their passion for music.

 

Giacomo - Piano

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Giacomo teaches piano a wide variety of students - from 6-year-old to 70 year-olds. He shapes his teaching to the skills, needs, and talents of each. For Giacomo, teaching should fulfill two main aspects: to give the student a solid music theory and proficiency on the instrument, and, most importantly, keeping the spark of interest and enthusiasm toward this art alive!

Aside for teaching and inspiring his students, Giacomo is an eclectic composer and piano player from Padova, Italy. He is Conservatory trained, and Jazzed trained from the Berklee school of music. He holds Bachelor and Master degrees. While in Berklee he was recipient of prestigious awards and scholarships, like Berklee Chicago Commercial Music Producer Award, Berklee Achievement Scholarship and Berklee International Student Grant. He also stood out as a performer and arranger.

Soon after graduating from Berklee he relocated in New York City, where he started an intense activity as composer and arranger for film, documentaries, commercials and musical theater. Now Giacomo teaches and composes in Los Angeles. His work can be heard in TV, films and video games.


Elizabeth - Piano

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Elizabeth Rebozo’s piano philosophy is based on the commitment to the artistic development of her students. She understands the dynamics of the teacher-student relationship as she helps them create and develop their piano skills.

Mrs. Rebozo’s own piano and artistic skills are but an extension of the Russian, and the Cuban school of piano that was passed down from her mentors and teachers for many generations. Mrs. Rebozo holds a Master in Piano Performance (with honors) from the University of Calgary, Canada (2002). Through studies and participation in performances, competitions and master classes she has been exposed to the American school of piano as well.

In preparation to a productive class session, Rebozo prepares herself to meet the needs of the student as pertain to pedagogical concepts and practical methods such as fingering, posture, hand position, sense of metric and rhythm, pedaling, and tone production, but her role as a mentor goes beyond ordinary classes as she also helps students understand music as a compliment to everyday life.

Rebozo shares her passion for music and more specifically to the art of piano performance with her students and their families. She has presented her students to competitions, special performances and presentations where some of them have been awarded first prizes and distinctions, but Rebozo insists that the best reward is to have the opportunity to instruct young minds as they find their way in the stage.

Currently, Mrs. Rebozo is a doctoral candidate in Piano Performance at Claremont Graduate University.

Emily - Voice and Piano

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Emily Kocontes is a Los Angeles-based vocalist, songwriter, and keyboardist. She is highly experienced in teaching piano, voice and songwriting.

She recently graduated from the USC Popular Music Program with an Emphasis in Songwriting. Emily has since gained experience as a session vocalist, performing and background vocalist, songwriter, and instrumentalist. Her song "Hideaway" was recently released by the artist Grace VanderWaal on Columbia Records and featured in the Paramount animated film "Wonder Park." She has experience working with students from ages 4 and above, to achieve their musical goals by structuring personalized methods that work best for each student. She is passionate about teaching, and she loves to impart her love of voice, songwriting and piano to her students!





Ryan - Guitar

Ryan is a great guitarist and a fantastic teacher. He has a clear and highly organized method for teaching guitar and music, and scores of students of all ages have benefited from his talents.

He is a graduate of USC - where he received a scholarship to study jazz guitar and audio production. He can teach you guitar, ukulele, bass and the ins and outs of audio production. More about Ryan

 


Evan - Guitar

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Evan is a successful singer-songwriter, and a fantastic guitarist. 

Evan teaches guitar, ukulele and songwriting to students of all ages and skill levels. As a teacher, Evan  combines music’s technical aspects, with the creative and expressive. Evan strives to help his students not just play guitar, but express themselves through it. You’ll find that Evan’s warm and demeanor makes everything fun and easy!

Evan received a full scholarship from University of Southern California’s prestigious studio/jazz guitar program, where he earned a master’s degree. More about Evan.

 


Ethan - Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin

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Ethan teaches guitar, banjo, and mandolin to students of all ages. He combines organized and intuitive approaches to create individualized lesson plans for each of his students based on their unique strengths and interests, helping them to discover the joy of making music while also building their skill. He’s performed with various noteworthy musicians, including Nels Cline, Aoife O'Donovan, Robert Fripp, Adam Levy, Anthony Wilson, Patrick Shiroishi, Jack Kovacs, and Rees Finley. He holds a degree in Studio Guitar from USC (where he attended on scholarship), and has been mentored by musicians such as Bruce Forman, Bryan Sutton, and Julian Lage. He also records and performs as a bandleader and collaborator, with a particular bent towards improvisation, acoustic music, and songs. More about Evan

 

 


Hillary - Cello

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Hillary Smith, cellist, loves to teach cello. And boy can she play it! She has performed extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad as soloist and chamber musician. Currently residing in Los Angeles, Hillary enjoys a versatile career, performing in a wide array of concert venues across the city, from Walt Disney Concert Hall to the Greek and Dolby Theatres. In addition to performing as a soloist with the UCLA Symphony, the UCLA Philharmonia, and the Santa Monica College Orchestra, she has also performed for live television and radio broadcasts such as The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The Today Show, America’s Got Talent, The Ellen Show, LACMA’s Sundays Live concert series, and KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic.

A native of Los Angeles, Hillary received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in cello performance from UCLA. She performs and records for classical, jazz, and pop ensembles

 

Zev - Drums

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As a teacher Zev seeks to nurture a passion that keeps students engaged and inspired to continue their journey of musical discovery.


Zev enjoys teaches drums of all styles to students of any age. As a professional drummer he records as well as performs regularly in Los Angeles as well as in San Francisco Bay Area where he was born. He received a Bachelors of Music from USC.

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, in 2017 Zev graduated from the University of California with a degree in Jazz Performance (Drums), having studied primarily with Peter Erskine, Roy McCurdy and Aaron Serfaty. During his undergraduate years, Zev was chosen to perform as a member of the USC Honors Combo and USC Composer’s Collective. That collective won first place in the competition and performed at the 2017 Monterey Jazz Festival.

Zev has performed at several notable venues in the San Francisco Bay Area, including Davies Symphony Hall, SFJazz Center, and Yoshi’s. Currently based in Los Angeles, Zev performs at numerous venues, which include BlueWhale, the Troubadour, and El Cid as well as many private engagements. Zev has performed with Kristin Chenoweth, Sabrina Claudio, Greg Osby, Regina Carter, Joe Lovano, David Binney, Louis Cole and many others.


Isaac - Saxophone

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Isaac López is making a name for himself as a crossover classical/jazz saxophonist. He can teach any style saxophone and is a master of connecting with students. Even though Isaac is a saxophone pro, he has a warm, laid-back personality that puts his students at ease! Isaac has a Masters and Doctorate from USC in saxophone performance.

Julie - Voice

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We are beyond thrilled to be working with Julie Adams as a voice teacher. Julie teaches voice students of all ages in the styles of pop, musical, and classical voice.

As a professional soprano, she is a winner of the 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, 2015 George London Award, 2015 Elizabeth Connell prize for aspiring dramatic sopranos, and recipient of a 2015 Sara Tucker Study Grant, soprano Julie Adams has been praised by the New York Times for possessing a voice that is “rich, full and slightly earthy in an expressive way.” The 2018 – 2019 season sees Ms. Adams’ house debut with Arizona Opera as Anna Sorensen in Silent Night by Kevin Puts, and her house debut with Des Moines Metro Opera as Mimì in La Bohème. Orchestral engagements include Beethoven’s Symphony Number 9 with the Phoenix Symphony conducted by Tito Muñoz, and a concert version of West Side Story with the Oakland Symphony.

Mindy - Voice

Mindy Ella Chu is a fantastic voice teacher with deep experience teaching, performing and studying. She performs as a mezzo-soprano across the country singing everything from early music to Aaron Copland. Mindy can teach singing in the style of pop, musical theatre, and classical. She can set a singer up with a firm vocal foundation.

Chu made her international solo debut in 2015 performing John Rutter's Magnificat and Handel's Messiah in Tokyo and Osaka. In 2017, she made her Carmel Bach Festival debut as a main stage soloist. Highlights of the 2018-2019 season include her debut season with Bach Collegium San Diego, a recording project with Stanford University and the St. Lawrence String Quartet in the Duruflé Requiem, and a performance of Francesca Caccini's Alcina with the GRAMMY award-winning Boston Early Music Chamber Opera Series.

Chu’s operatic and stage performing credits include title role in Purcell'sDido & Aeneas (Voices of Music), Damigelle in Francesca Caccini'sAlcina (Boston Early Music Festival), Speranza (cover) and ensemble in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo (Apollo's Fire), Dorabella in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte(Middlebury College), Mei-li in Roger and Hammerstein’s Flower Drum Song (SD Asian American Rep Theatre), and the American premiere of Handel's Parnasso in Festa in the title castrati role of Apollo (American Bach Soloists Academy). She also performed in the 2016 Boston Early Music Festival centerpiece opera, Campra's Le Carnaval de Venise, and understudied the main role of Leonoré in her time there as a young artist. At BEMF, she worked with Gilbert Blin, Stephen Stubbs, Paul O'Dette, Melinda Sullivan and Ellen Hargis to cultivate the physical and musical style of the French Baroque. 

James - Administrator

James is a conservatory trained composer who has developed Craft Music for students of all ages.  He aims to stimulate and instill technique, singing, movement, improvisation and creativity.  

James has a unique balance between that of a studied composer and a singer-songwriter-performer; he has studied and taught everything from classical piano to songwriting.

In addition to piano, songwriting and composition, James  More about James