Faculty

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Cooper B. / piano

Cooper Babbes is an LA native pianist / composer / creative. His musical journey started with training in classical piano as a child and built up to a passion and practice for a variety of forms of music- and art-making throughout high school and college. He has a BFA from […]

Caitlin / mini-music

Caitlyn Conlin is a performer, director, composer, lyricist, singer, musician and educator based in Los Angeles. She received her MFA from California Institute of the Arts and holds a BA in Acting from Arizona State University.  As a multidisciplinary artist her areas of study and research include the integration of music, movement, improvisation, […]

Dan / piano

Musician and educator Daniel DiPaolo began formal study of the piano at age 8, French horn at 9, and guitar at age 13. He is passionate about music and lives to share that passion with his students. Daniel’s obsession with music was sealed once his teacher introduced him to chords, […]

John / piano

John Defeo is a instrumentalist who studied at the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles. His musical career started as a child when his father introduced him to music and he quickly adapted a passion for songwriting. Since then he has pursued a career in the world of music strengthening his […]

Marcus / guitar

Like many of America’s great musicians, Marcus Buser got his start at a very young age playing and singing in church. This gave him an early introduction to classical and gospel music. This experience also taught him to switch between vocals, guitar, bass, and piano with great comfort.  His love of […]

Joe / guitar

Joe is a songwriter and guitarist formerly from New York City where he completed his BFA in jazz guitar performance and classical composition from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. He tailors each lesson to student interests while targeting the fundamentals of rhythm, harmony, and technique with the ultimate […]

Albert / violin

Albert Romero is a Los Angeles native and after graduating from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Albert went on to earn a BFA in Violin Performance and an MA in the innovative program of Aesthetics and Politics from the California Institute of the Arts. In addition, […]

Chris L. / piano

Chris Lee is a Los Angeles based pianist, composer, producer, and educator with diverse musical background. He studied film scoring at Berklee College of Music in Boston, concentrating on orchestral and electronic music composition in various genres and styles. Upon graduation, he relocated to Los Angeles to work with film […]

Tany / voice

Tany Ling is a teacher, conductor, and classically trained soprano whose genre-hopping performance career in opera, rock, new/experimental/microtonal music, and big band has spanned over two decades. She has toured North America and Europe with the rock band Trans-Siberian Orchestra, big bandIndustrial Jazz Group, opera companies, and prize-winning choirs, and has been a featured […]

Grace / violin

Grace Rodgers, originally from Detroit, is a Los Angeles based violinist who enjoys a varied musical career spanning from classical to pop. Grace often works with current artists, and has been a part of many live productions (Kesha, Lea Michele, Josh Groban, BØRNS, Megadeth, Gallant, Sabrina Carpenter, Rita Ora, Sarah […]

Cooper W. / drums

Cooper Wolken is a drummer, composer, and music educator living in Los Angeles, CA. Growing up in the woods of Massachusetts, he began studying drums at an early age. He completed studies at New England Conservatory’s preparatory school, then moved to LA to attend California Institute of the Arts where […]

Mike / drums

The man, the myth, the pseudo-italian legend, Mike Papagni is an accomplished drummer of latin, jazz and rock styles.  Since first learning drums in 1998, Mike has performed for thousands of people across the US with various artist and bands, including, but not limited to, Sexual Jedi, Chuff Puppy, and […]

Laura A. / voice

“Laura Mills is an award-winning vocalist, with a warm and soulful depth in her tone that turns every head when she begins to sing. Her voice is emotive and authentic, whether the song be in English, Italian or French.” As a tutor, she believes that her students’ growth and success […]

Ted / woodwinds

Ted Taforo is a performer, educator, and composer known for his versatility, unique compositions, and powerful saxophone sound. Ted has performed and/or recorded with Spoon, Duncan Thum, Kan Wakan, Maxim Ludwig’s Raw Dog Band, Michael Mull Quartet, Bird Concerns and others. His work as a solo artist includes the recordings […]

Steven / guitars

Steven Kai van Betten is a Guitarist/Composer/Teacher, who is actively involved in the Los Angeles creative music community. Born and raised in the rural town of Blue Diamond, Nevada, he began studying guitar and writing music at an early age. He has completed study at the Las Vegas Academy of […]

Sariah / piano

Sariah Wong is a Los Angeles native pianist, and singer-songwriter. She studied piano performance at The Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and at the California Institute of the Arts. Aside from playing keyboards on shows such as the David Letterman and Good Morning New York, she has […]

Sara / voice

Sara Sinclair Gomez is a Los Angeles based classically trained mezzo-soprano and multidisciplinary performance artist who specializes in teaching voice, piano, and early childhood music. Born and raised in LA, Sara has been an active member of the local artist community her entire life and is thrilled to be sharing her […]

Rusty / brass & CAD

Rusty Kennedy is a Los Angeles based bassist, educator, arranger, conductor, and composer. He has over 10 years of experience teaching, and has spent much of that time leading elementary and middle school brass, winds and orchestra and teaching privately. He currently teaches, conducts, and arranges for Harmony Project Ventura, […]

Marina / piano

She is a classically trained pianist and has been playing all over the world. She is also a passionate and devoted teacher with 20 years of experience and holds a Masters in Music. Marina is an accomplished pianist accompanist, sight reader. She transposes and reduces scores fluently. She has a Master […]

Marylin / cello

Marylin Winkle is a passionate scholar, teacher, advocate, and performer who believes fiercely in the power of the arts to affect lives and create change. Dr. Winkle has decade of teaching experiences with students of all ages and disciplines. She founded SJSU’s Young Musicians’ Project (YMP), which provides at-risk youth […]

Laura Jean / voice

Laura Jean Anderson was born in Olympia, Washington and has been playing music since the moment she could make noise. Originally focusing on the study of voice with a classical and jazz background, Laura Jean received her BFA in Vocal Performance from California Institute of the Arts, where she had […]

Justin / audio production

Justin Asher is a Los Angeles based composer, sound designer, and multimedia artist who’s work reflects the tumultuous relationships humans have with their technologies. His art focuses on production-as-instrument, feedback, speech, hyper-acoustics, and sonic archetypes. He works comfortably in both experimental and commercial settings. He can be heard on all […]

Jaron / piano

Jaron Crespi is a pianist, producer, songwriter, and teacher based in Los Angeles. He began studying the piano at age nine, then picked up the guitar at age thirteen and has been writing songs ever since. He studied jazz guitar at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary music in […]

Jake / guitars

Jake Sucher is a Los Angeles based musician and educator. He graduated from the California Institute of the Arts Herb Albert School of Music on May 16th, 2014 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz Studies. He currently does work as a free-lance film composer, private music teacher, and […]

Evan / guitars

Evan Montgomery has been an educator, performer, and composer for over 15 years. He received his Masters in Jazz Guitar Performance from California Institute of the Arts in 2015, and his Bachelors in Classical Guitar Performance from Lawrence University in 2009.  In lessons Evan focuses on several basic concepts; time/rhythm, […]

Emilio / piano

Emilio Cuenca’s teaching method has evolved throughout his 8 years of teaching experience into an all-inclusive approach, which he tailors to every student’s needs. He believes in the well-rounded musician and includes theory, harmony, solfeggio and ear-training, along with performance practice. He equips his students with the skills necessary to […]

David / piano & owner

David Rhodes is a Los Angeles composer, pianist, and teacher. Before completing his MFA in the California Institute of the Arts Performer-Composer program, Mr. Rhodes worked with an experimental theater company in San Francisco as resident composer and music director, where he received exemplary reviews for his “mesmerizing” and “ethereal” […]

Danny / piano

Daniel Wood is a composer of new opera and new chamber music and experimental filmmaker born based in Los Angeles. He attended Whittier College where he studied with Dr. Teresa LeVelle in composition and Dr. Tyler W. Tom in solo piano. There he received the Friends of Music Scholarship among […]

Chris K. / piano

Chris Korangy is a Berklee College of Music graduate with over 15 years of experience as a pianist, composer and teacher. Aside from his classical training that he received growing up in London, he is also an accomplished jazz pianist, composer and arranger. He has written, orchestrated and recorded original […]

Brian / piano

Los Angeles native Brian Havey started playing piano at the age of 15 and has been immersed ever since. Though well-versed in many musical styles, Brian spends most of his time exploring creative improvised music and composition. When he’s not in his studio composing music & designing sounds for indie […]

Alex / guitar

Alexander Noice is a guitarist, composer, producer and bandleader based in Los Angeles. Known for his highly personalized style of composition and playing best displayed by his ensembles Falsetto Teeth and the Alexander Noice Sextet; Noice has been a highly sought after musician in the creative music scene in Los […]