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 supportive style.
Anna earned 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 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
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
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
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.
Ryan - Guitar
Ryan is a guitarist and audio production guru. 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, and the ins and outs of audio production. More about Ryan
Evan - Guitar
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
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
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
Andrew - Drums
Andrew James Boyle is an international touring drummer, author, and educator based in Los
Angeles, CA. He performs and records all over the world with many artists including JMSN,
Anthony Gonzalez (M83), Reza Rohani (The Voice), among many others. He earned a Master of
Music degree from the University of Southern California, and taught the school’s drumming
proficiency classes. Andrew has been teaching drumming for over 10 years, and is working on
his own debut instructional book, due for release later this year.
Zev - Drums
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
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
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 in the of pop, musical, and classical voice. She can set a singer up with a firm foundation. A little more about her professional life:
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