Faculty

24 posts

Janis / piano

Xhenis (Janis) Prendushi is an Albanian native who migrated from Albaniato the United States at the age of 6 as a refugee to escape the communistgovernment ruling at the time. Janis’s Dad named her after the rock n rollstar Janis Joplin because of his high hopes that someday he would […]

Kelsey / brass

Dr. Kelsey Shields is a trumpet performer, music educator, arranger, and sheet music publisher. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Trumpet Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, a Master of Music in Music Education from the Eastman School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music in Trumpet […]

Kim / voice

Kim Acuña has created a well rounded style that is flexible to each student’s individual needs. Whether you’re in need of help prepping for an audition, performance, character development for a role or continued work on your craft, she’s ready and excited to be apart of your journey. Her heart […]

Max / piano

Originally from Cincinnati, Max Greenberg grew up jamming with his family and gigging throughout the Midwest with his father, an orchestral and jazz bassist. As a teacher, he understands that every student has a unique approach to learning and finds that music is a beautifully flexible subject that can be tailored […]

Shayan / guitar

Shayan is a guitarist, songwriter, producer and recording artist based in Los Angeles. He started his career as a self-taught musician in his teenage years within the Tehran underground music scene playing guitar, writing songs, producing and performing with various artists. He later moved to Boston to attend Berklee College […]

Dimitrio / piano

Dimitrio is a pianist, arranger, composer & Swing dancer from Greece. Throughout his 10 years of exploring different styles and instruments, he is constantly changing. Starting as a classical pianist at the age of 14, it was not until he was a teenager that he got into bands, playing guitar, singing and songwriting. While studying […]

Margaux / piano

Margaux Vranken (born in Brussels, Belgium) is a pianist, a composer and a singer. With a mixed and complete musical training : classic training (piano, music theory) for more than 10 years, chorist at the Youth Choir of Royal Opera La Monnaie, piano jazz at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, […]

Julian / piano

South Korea born pianist Julian Jaeyoung Kim is a prize winner from many international piano competitions including first prize in Franz Liszt international piano competition in Spain, “Citta di Barletta” international piano competition in Italy, and James Ramos International piano competition in the USA, second prizes from “Citta di San […]

Logan / piano

Logan Cain is a Los Angeles based musician–composer, pianist, percussionist, recording engineer, and educator–who specializes in new music and electronic music. Cain’s compositional works are characterized by unique instrumental combinations and a blend of influence from popular music, film music, classical music, and visual art media. Cain readily incorporates electronics […]

Bruce / violin & viola

Bruce McBeth is a dedicated teacher, performer and violin maker. Directly after receiving his Master’s degree from the University of Nevada-Reno studying with concert masters Philip Ruder of the Cincinnati Symphony and Roy Malan of the San Francisco Ballet, he began teaching and quickly became well known for his ease […]

Haley / cello

Haley Hedegard is a Los Angeles based cellist and has been playing for over 14 years. Graduating with her Master’s of Music in Cello Performance from UCLA in the spring of 2021, having studied under Antonio Lysy, Haley also holds a Bachelor’s of Music and a Bachelor’s of Science in […]

Dan W. / piano

Dan is a Los Angeles-based composer, songwriter, sound designer, and pianist. His music has been performed Off-Broadway, at the Kennedy Center, the Sydney Opera House, the Edinburgh and Adelaide Fringe Festivals, and multiple international productions. After graduating from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor of Music in Composition, Dan began […]

Dan D. / piano

Musician and educator Dan 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. His 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]