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Sisilia Axume-Piano

Sisilia AxumeSisilia Axume received her Bachelor of Music Education degree and Music Teacher Credential from Cal Poly Pomona University. Shortly thereafter, she continued her education at Chapman University where she studied Music Therapy, and became a Board Certified Music Therapist. Sisilia has taught private piano for the past 13 years, was band director of Lassallette Middle School, and taught early childhood development classes at Orange County Childrens Therapeutic Arts Center. Currently, Sisilia teaches at and operates San Marino Music Center in all its endeavors.


John Axume-Guitar

John Axume John began his formal music training at Cal Poly Pomona where he finished with a minor in music and a Bachelor of Science degree. He has been teaching private and group guitar classes for the past 10 years. In 2008, John founded the San Marino Guitar Ensemble-an intermediate student guitar ensemble performing duets and trios. The goal of the ensemble is to provide an opportunity for students to experience playing in a group setting with their peers. The ensemble performs at least three times a year at recitals and area events. Alongside Sisilia, John operates San Marino Music Center in all its endeavors.


Drew Aron-Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo & Ukulele

John Axume Drew Aron began studying the guitar at the age of thirteen. He attended California State University, Northridge from 2008-2012 and earned his Bachelor of Music degree in guitar performance. During his studies he was awarded the Andres Segovia Scholarship and was a member of the CSUN Guitar Quartet. Since graduation he has dedicated his time to teaching classical guitar, recording and performing in the greater Los Angeles area. Drew has been teaching for over six years and tries to bring a unique and fulfilling musical experience to every one of his student’s lessons. His teaching philosophy is to help each student develop the musical skills necessary to accomplish their own individual goals so that they may become expressive and artistically fulfilled musicians.


Lucy Cahuantzi-Cello & Violin

ArletteLucy Cahuantzi graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from California State University, Long Beach as a student of Dr. David Garrett, a cellist in the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She has been a member of the Los Angeles Junior Philharmonic, Crown City Symphony, American Youth Symphony, Dana Point Symphony and was principal cellist of the Olympia Youth Orchestra. She is also co-founder and member of the LA based cello quartet, Love4Cello. Lucy has participated in master classes of Irene Sharp, Cecilia Tsan, Bonnie Hampton, Johannes Moser, Tao Ni, Robert deMaine, the Calder String Quartet and the Borromeo String Quartet. During her time at CSULB, she was a recipient of numerous scholarships such as the Gerald Strang Memorial Scholarship, Meyer Music Scholarship and the Bob Cole Scholar Scholarship. She also held Principal positions in University Chamber Orchestra and the University Opera Orchestra. Lucy enjoys teaching children of all ages and introduce them to world of classical music.


Victor Carracedo-Drums

Victor Victor A Carrracedo studied at L'AULA de Jazz de Barcelona under the mentorship of Quim Sole, where he graduated with honors in 2011. While at L'AULA, he was awarded a scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston where he moved in 2011. During his stay in Boston he garnered great experience as a studio drummer, recording over 40 sessions a year. In 2012, Victor graduated Suma Cum Laude with a Master of Music degree from Berklee. As an instructor with over 6 years of teaching experience, Victor gives his students the tools they need to create and perform, instructing in many styles such as jazz, latin, rock, reggae, etc. As an instructor, Victor stresses fundamentals such as technique and sight reading. His ultimate goal is to share his knowledge about drums with students and seeing them grow as musicians.


Luis Castro-Guitar & Ukulele

Tina Chapkinyan Luis Castro picked up the guitar at age 14 and started his serious guitar studies at age 17 when he enrolled in the notable Hot Club de Portugal in his hometown of Lisbon. He then moved to Barcelona to pursue Bachelor level studies at the prestigious L’AULA DE MUSICA MODERNA Y JAZZ Conservatory. In 2012, he was offered a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music, where he graduated Suma Cum Laude with a major in Songwriting. Luis is an experienced guitar player, having led various ensembles and performed at top venues in Portugal, Spain and the United States. Luis has been teaching since 2008 and has had a chance to teach students of all ages and levels. Luis specializes in Pop, Rock, Blues and Jazz, amongst others. His teaching style is engaging and his classes are catered to each student’s unique needs. He believes that through fun and engaging lessons he can help his students improve their craft and develop a passion for music, while laying the foundations for higher music education.


Tina Chapkinyan-Violin & Piano

Tina Chapkinyan Originally from Armenia, Mrs. Tigranuhi(Tina) Chapkinyan received her Masters Degree in Music at the Komitas Conservatory of Yerevan in 1987 (Violin Major, Piano Minor). Mrs. Chapkinyan held teaching and performing position in professional music schools, symphony and chamber orchestras in Armenia. Since arriving in the United States in 2000, she continues her career as a violin and piano instructor and solo performer. Mrs. Chapkinyan is an active member of Music Teacher's Association of California (MTAC), Hollywood Branch. Her successful teaching method which she has developed in her twenty-seven years of teaching experience is reflected in her current student's accomplishments who participate in numerous MTAC recitals and competitions, and play in state-wide conventions.



Anthony Dellaripa-Drums

Anthony Dellaripa Anthony Dellaripa is a graduate of the Los Angeles Music Academy (Sept 2013) with an Associates degree in Drum Performance and boasts over 10 years of experience in performance and studio recordings. Anthony studied with a diverse group of accomplished and highly successful musicians. His lessons consist of basic drum set understanding, Rhythm Studies, and Technique Development. Rock, Pop, Jazz, Contemporary, and Afro-Cuban are all diverse styles used in every lesson. For younger students, Anthony uses a "simon says" type game to encourage exploration on the drums. He has taught students ranging in age from 4 to 50 years and promotes a fun learning environment while developing his students' discipline for practicing the required materials.


Guro Elverhoei-Voice & Piano

GuroGuro started singing in choir at the age of 6 and began learning classical piano at the age of 7. She attended a music magnet high school with a focus on classical voice and piano while actively in singing and playing contemporary styles. At the age of 17, she was the conductor of the local youth choir, and had a very good experience in teaching music and singing. Later on she spent a year in London where she worked and took voice lessons. Soon after, she was accepted to Berklee College of Music with a prestigious scholarship. At Berklee she continued to learn classical voice technique, but had more focus on contemporary singing styles such as RnB, pop and gospel. She has recorded many of her original songs and worked with talented musicians in professional studios. At the commencement concert she was chosen to sing in front of 4000 people with Julio Iglesias, Dee Dee Bridgewater as honored guests. Guro has a warm personality and is a very patient but structured teacher. She has a strong knowledge in music theory as well as technical knowledge in both piano and voice, and she goes out of her way to help all of her students to improve their skills.


Dr. Cameron Ghahremani-Brass

JasonSince his arrival in Los Angeles, Dr. Cameron Ghahremani has performed with the Westlake Village Symphony, Golden State Pops Orchestra and the contemporary chamber orchestra, Kaleidoscope. While a member of the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, Cameron has shared the stage with such world-class guest artists as Maria Schneider, Dawn Upshaw, Rafael Padron, Ben Folds, and HMI’s new artistic director, James Newton Howard. While at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music Cameron was awarded a teaching assistantship and conducted private lessons and coached the Frost Trumpet Ensemble which reached the semi-finals in the National Trumpet Competition. Cameron holds a Doctoral of Musical Arts from the University of Miami, a Master's in Orchestral Trump Performance from McGill University, and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Rochester. In addition to teaching at the San Marino Music Center, Cameron is currently working as a freelance trumpet player in Los Angeles.


Jason Golday-Guitar

JasonJason studied Jazz and Classical Guitar at Indiana University in Bloomington, receiving his BM in Performance. He received his MFA in Jazz Guitar Performance from California Institute of the Arts. Jason has over fifteen years of public and private teaching experience including middle school, high school and conservatories. Jason is involved in several Los Angeles music projects and frequently performs in diverse venues such as The Echo and Satellite to The Santa Barbara Museum of Contemporary Art and The Hammer Museum. Along with performing, Jason composes music for commercials, short films and silent films.


Emily Hayes-Piano

ValeryEmily Hayes began studying classical piano at age 5, and she had her debut performance at age thirteen with the Northstate Symphony. Emily has over 8 years of private teaching experience and enjoys sharing her love of music with students of all ages and skill levels. When not teaching, Emily continues to focus on furthering her own musical education. She is currently pursuing her BM in piano performance at USC's Thornton School of Music under the instruction of Vice Dean of Classical Performance and Composition, Dr. Lucinda Carver.



Aileen Hsu-Piano

ValeryAileen graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Industry and a Master’s degree in Music Education along with a California Music Teacher Credential. With over 7 years of experience teaching private piano and group classes, many of her students have successfully passed the ABRSM piano exams administered by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. Currently, Aileen teaches weekly music classes to students in Grades K-4 at Gabriella Charter School, a Los Angeles public school located in Echo Park. She enjoys working with students to help them develop musical skills and knowledge in order to gain lifelong appreciation for music.


Esteban Obando Jaramillo-Piano

EstebanEsteban was born in Bogota, Colombia but was raised in Montreal, Canada where he began taking piano lessons very early on. While living in Montreal, Esteban was a very involved member of the music community and spent his time teaching privately, performing in bands, recording and singing in his church choir. In 2011, Esteban performed as the youngest member of the Montreal All-City Big Band in the world-renowned Montreal International Jazz Festival. That same year, Esteban began his studies at Berklee College of music in Boston. During his four years at Berklee, Esteban further developed his abilities as a pianist, performed and recorded with several artists, immersed himself in music technology/production and honed his skills as an arranger in diverse musical genres. He graduated magna cum laude with a degree in piano performance and another in contemporary writing and production as well as a minor in latin music studies. Since graduating in May of 2015, Esteban has continued to teach and perform. As a teacher, Esteban is very invested in his students and motivates them to achieve their goals through passion, method and discipline.


Sara Jones-Violin & Viola

ValerySara Jones originates from Pasadena, CA and began her violin studies at the age of 7. She attended Pasadena City College for violin studies and transferred to the University of Redlands, where she received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Music, Violin Performance. Sara has performed with many orchestral groups such as Crown City Orchestra, Coachella Valley Symphony, Redlands Symphony, along with various string quartets, piano trios, and string duos who perform across Southern California. Besides performing, Sara has been a violin instructor for almost 5 years and has loved every second of it. She uses a traditional approach in her methodology and tries to instil great musical knowledge and passion in her students. She strives to help students become very knowledgeable in playing the violin itself and in music theory, history, ear training, wise practicing, and performance etiquette. Sara hopes to continue this ideology here at San Marino Music Center.


Aaron Kaplan-Saxophone & Clarinet

ValeryAaron holds a minor in music from Boston University and a Master of Arts in Music from UC Riverside. He is an active and dedicated teacher, performer, and composer in the Los Angeles area. Aaron has over five years of teaching experience in both private and classroom settings, instructing on saxophone and clarinet. During lessons, he emphasizes all necessary skills to be a well-rounded musician, including tone, technique, theory, ear training, expression, improvisation, repertoire, and sight-reading. He imparts to his students a strong understanding of the fundamental elements of music and teaches them as a language. Aaron specializes in jazz and improvisation but is also experienced in various other styles including classical, rock, pop, blues, funk and r &b. His teaching philosophy centers on gaining an overall appreciation for music, enhancing critical listening skills, understanding an efficient physical approach to the instrument, and developing a personal passion and motivation for playing.




Francisco Lopez-Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba

Pei TingFrancisco Lopez graduated California State University Los Angeles in 2015 with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education (Instrumental) and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics (General). He has been playing trombone for 14 years and studied with jazz trombonist Jacques Voyemant during his collegiate years. While at Cal State LA, Francisco regularly performed with the Wind Ensemble, the Jazz Ensemble, the CSULA/Olympia Youth Orchestra, and the Afro-Latin Ensemble. He helped reform the CSULA Brass Quintet and provided trombone lessons for participants of the CSULA First Chair Honor Band and visiting schools and ensembles. Francisco has had the privilege of performing with the CBDNA Intercollegiate Band and Kansas as well as playing with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. Currently, he is the lead trombonist of the Wiseguys Big Band Machine in Montebello and performs with various groups in the Los Angeles area. Francisco believes lessons should be tailored to the students’ unique needs to better cultivate proficient musicians, interest in the arts in general, and well-rounded human-beings.


Chang Lu-Flute, Piccolo & Recorder

Chang LuChang Lu is both an active flutist and dedicated instructor in Los Angeles. Born into a family of musicians, she was introduced to music at the young age of four. She has become an honors graduate earning Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music. She is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree in Flute Performance at USC. Chang is currently studying with Professor Jim Walker at USC and has studied flute both privately and in master classes with: Gary Woodward, Claude Montuex, Isabella Chapuis, John Huang, Guoliang Han, Katherine Borst Jones. Chang has been a successful teacher teaching at USC as an adjunct flute instructor as well as other music studios. Recently, Chang’s flute student just won 1st prize in the SYMF competition in July 2016.


Daniel Manoiu-Piano

Daniel Manoiu is an award winning pianist and composer. Daniel has won national and international competitions, including the AMSA World Piano Competition in Cincinnati , OH (3rd Prize), the Rivere D'Oro Giovanni Talenti Competition in San Bartolomeo, Italy (1st prize), the Profil Special Award for his composition "X-cussion" for piano and percussion, and a Society of Composers Miami chapter film scoring award. He earned a doctorate degree in music composition and technology from the University of Miami, and a masters in music composition from Florida International University. Daniel has more than 10 years of experience teaching piano, composition, and music technology lessons to students of all levels from ages 5 to 70. He has a passion for sharing his musical knowledge with his students, and watching them pursue their performance and creative goals. His private students have been accepted at world class programs such as Interlochen, New World School of the Arts, and Julliard.


Shotaro Matsumoto-Piano

Shotaro Matsumoto began his piano studies at the age of 7. He received his Bachelors and Masters of Music in Piano Performance at Azusa Pacific University. During his teenage years, he performed in various concert venues for Master Classes with prestigious pianists, and with many different orchestras around the world in locations such as France, Japan, London, Germany, and Italy. Some Pianists Include: Robert Schwartz, Hans Boepple, Paul Roberts, Dina Joffe, Menahem Pressler, Nelita True, and many more. Throughout his Undergraduate and Masters, he has continued to perform in famous concert halls around the World including the Walt Disney, Carnegie, Royal Albert, and the Concertgebouw Concert Halls, as well as winning State, National, and International Piano competitions. He began to teach privately in 2011 and tutors Music Theory to prepare students for AP Music and CM/RCM tests. He loves to teach his students to create goals and deadlines as this establishes work ethic that is specific to the student as well as feeling the sense of accomplishment, thus allowing the students to be ambitious and grow musically.


Jeff Melendez-Winds

SeanJeff Melendez is a woodwind performer based in Los Angeles. Jeff currently studies at the Los Angeles College of Music and is an expert in saxophone, clarinet, flute, oboe and bassoon. His performances include the Los Angeles Latin orchestra and he had the prvivilege to be part of the Tournament of Roses Honor Band for 2 years. Currently, teaches at Helen Bernstein High school as a coach and was former director of music at Belle Vista Elementary school. Jeff believe in helping students achieve a goal of musical knowledge and experience.


Sean Mulholland-Guitar

SeanGuitarist Sean Mulholland is a classical musician who has been a featured performer throughout the country. At 17, Mulholland was accepted to the Hartt School's prestigious guitar program with a performance scholarship. There he spent four years of intense study under prominent New England performer and pedagogue Christopher Ladd. As an instructor, Mulholland has seven years experience with students of all ages. He has received extensive training in teaching principals from the Hartt School’s guitar instruction courses developed by leading pedagogue Richard Provost. Mulholland currently studies with Scott Tennant of the LAGQ at the USC’s Thornton School of Music. He has had the opportunity to participate in masterclasses with artists such as Pepe Romero, Oscar Ghiglia, Richard Provost and William Kannengieser amongst others. As a competitor, Mulholland was recently awarded first prize at the 2015 ASTA Aaron Green guitar competition and is a founding member of Orpheo Guitar Quartet, having performed at LACMA.


Josh Munnell-Voice & Beginning Piano

SeanJosh Munnell is an emerging vocalist, arranger/producer and vocal coach in the Los Angeles area. Josh graduated with a Bachelor’s of Music degree in Commercial Music from Azusa Pacific University. Josh was very involved in choral and solo opportunities at Azusa Pacific where he sang in numerous ensembles and toured the United States and internationally. Josh Munnell has been involved in a number of recordings as a vocalist on albums, film scores and personal solo projects as well as singing for a number of churches. He has had opportunities with the Angeles Chorale singing at the Hollywood Bowl as well as at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. During the holiday season, Josh is involved with the Charles Dickens Caroling Company with which he sings for a variety of holiday events. Recently, Josh has been involved in the creation of a new vocal ensemble, Ensoma Creative. Josh has been teaching private voice and piano for the last two years and enjoys seeing his students learn and progress while having fun along the way!


Danielle Oda-Voice & Piano

ValeryDanielle is born and rasied from Mililani, Hawaii. She began piano lessons at the age of 7 and quickly fell in love with the art. She enjoyed playing the works of David Benoit, David Foster and many forms of pop/contemporary music. Feeling a need to try something new, Danielle began voice lessons in middle school, and became even more intrigued - she trained hard in private lessons and began feeling comfortable combining piano and voice. Attending the University of Hawaii, she majored in music, with an emphasis in voice. In May 2014, she made the big move from Hawaii to Los Angeles to pursue music.


Jeff Pifher-Saxophone

Jeff PifherJeff attended the Eastman School of Music (B.M., ’07) where he studied jazz saxophone with Walt Weiskopf and classical saxophone with Chien-Kwan Lin. After completing his degree, Jeff became a full time production assistant and stage manager at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. Returning to academia, he received his master of music degree in jazz performance (M.M., ‘11) from the elite Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. While in Miami he studied jazz saxophone with Gary Keller and jazz piano with Whit Sidner. Recently Jeff has been in pursuit of his doctorate in jazz performance (D.M.A.) and has received a certificate in arts entrepreneurship from the University of Southern California. Jeff uses music to inspire his students to challenge themselves and make learning a more enjoyable experience.


Rosa Candida Ramirez-Voice & Piano

Rosa Cándida Ramírez graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, CA with a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Music Ministry and Spanish. Rosa sings, plays the piano, and discovered her passion for teaching during her undergraduate years while teaching private piano and private voice to small aged children. In that time she also toured with several Point Loma groups to México, Brazil and around the Southwest region of the United States where she sang and played at various venues. Rosa's method of teaching focuses in empowering her students to connect with their instrument while having fun.



Emily Rosenberg-Voice

Emily Rosenberg graduated Summa Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music, where she received a Bachelor of Music in both Vocal Performance and Professional Music with a focus in Songwriting. While at college, Emily helped found Berklee's first opera program and directed, produced, and starred in several of the organization's productions while simultaneously pursuing her original pop/rock music. Among her proudest performances are being chosen by Arnie Roth as soloist for the sold-out Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY concert at Boston's Symphony Hall, and her performance at Carnegie Hall with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the official chorus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops. Having released her first record at the age of twelve, she has been singing, writing, and recording throughout her life and has never stopped learning and training. As a teacher, Emily puts a strong emphasis on vocal health and learning proper technique to achieve a singer’s optimal sound.



Rachel Schlenz-Voice

Rachel Schlenz is an up and coming vocalist in the Los Angeles/Orange County area. She is currently completing a BM in Music Education at California State University Los Angeles. Rachel is well versed in several genres, notably jazz, classical and popular music. Past credits include a featured ensemble in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum". She has also worked with The Music Companie, a prestigious caroling company in Los Angeles. Currently, Rachel is slated to sing the role of Adele, the maid in "Die Fleidermaus" at California State University of Los Angeles. As a voice teacher, Rachel is well versed in foundational classical literature, as well as contemporary popular styles and musical theater. Rachel places an emphasis on healthy technique and passionate performance, in a manner that is inspiring for all ages and levels.


Amy Schleusner-Violin & Viola

Amy SchleusnerAmy Schleusner is a born and raised Tahoe native transplanted into Southern California to study Music Education at Cal Poly Pomona. Starting the violin at age nine, music has always been a part of her life. Amy grew up learning the Suzuki method through group classes and private instruction. After her time with Suzuki group classes, she joined the Philharmonic Youth Chamber Orchestra in Reno, Nevada and played with them for two years. Since graduating high school, she has taught beginning violin lessons for students ranging from early childhood into adulthood for four years. One of her future goals is to continue working with beginners, emphasizing the role of good posture for the excellence and enjoyment of strings.


Juan Sixto-Guitar

Patrick ShiroishiJuan Sixto began his guitar studies as a hobby, intending to replicate and cover the music of The Beatles. Soon, his teenage pastime matured and turned into a passion. His dedication has acquired him the opportunity to accompany and perform with groups such as the “Rio Hondo Guitar Ensemble” and the “Workman Mill Industrial Orchestra” in Whittier, California. Juan Sixto has studied under the private instruction of respected instructors such as John Dearman, Grammy Award winner with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. With an abundance of patience and nearly a decade of experience in teaching, Juan has had the privilege of guiding many students through their musical journey. His approach to teaching and his unique methodology can make the daunting skill of reading and playing music feel so easy and natural to any student.


Patrick Shiroishi-Guitar & Saxophone

Patrick ShiroishiPatrick received his BM in Music Therapy and Music Performance in Classical Guitar from Chapman University. While at Chapman, he actively performed in the University's Guitar Quartet and Duo, which in 2008 took first place in a nationwide competition in Brownsville, Texas. He was also given Chapman's Guitarist of the Year Award in 2009 and Music Therapy Scholarship Award in 2008. From 2010-2013, Patrick worked at Orange County Children's Therapeutic Arts Center where he served as the Therapeutic Arts Coordinator. There, Patrick worked as Music Therapist for children with special needs, lead the Early Head Start/Pre-Kinder Arts program, and taught piano and guitar to children of all ages. When he is not teaching, Patrick performs and collaborates with several ensembles and bands around the Los Angeles area.


Jeremy Stacey-Drums/Percussion

Jeremy Stacey Jeremy Stacey has been teaching professionally since the age of 19. Currently Jeremy is the Drum Line Instructor for Blair High School, Gabrielino High School, & Washington Middle School. During the summer, Jeremy teaches a beginner drum and music class as part of the Pasadena Learns Summer School Program. In the past, Jeremy held the position as percussion coach for the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra and while in his first year at Gabrielino High, the drum line took home 3 2nd Place trophies. When he is not teaching, Jeremy works as a composer/arranger for student films, singer/songwriters, or high school drumlines/band programs and performs with his own jazz quartet and other ensembles.


AnnMarie Stanislaus-Voice & Piano

Jeremy Stacey AnnMarie Stanislaus is a singer and songwriter from Malaysia who studied at the International College Of Music in Kuala Lumpur, and graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Songwriting. AnnMarie is well known for her performance with Grammy Award winning composer/producer, David Foster, at The David Foster & Friends Concert at Stadium Putra, Bukit Jalil in 2011. Aside from performing, AnnMarie has also been a dedicated Voice and Piano Teacher and Show Choir Vocal Coach, teaching students whose age groups range from children to adults. She has given private voice lessons and has coached show choirs at International schools. In 2013, she conducted a Songwriting Workshop at the International College of Music. Currently, she’s a music instructor and continues to perform extensively in the music scene here in LA.



Ina Wang-Piano

Ruby WangMs. Yingnan Wang is a Boston Conservatory graduate with master’s degree of Piano Performance. She also holds the bachelor’s and master’s degree of Instrumental Pedagogy for Piano from Academy of Music of Cologne, Germany. For more than 15 years she has been performing as soloist and collaborative pianist, giving piano lessons to all ages in China, Germany, and U.S. After graduating with honor from Boston Conservatory, she began her career as piano teacher, Solfege teacher (ear training/sight-singing/music theory) and early childhood music instructor in Massachusetts. She is a scholarship recipient at Suzuki Association of America, specialized in Suzuki method as well as traditional teaching methods. She's given individual and group lessons to young children and teenagers, preparing students for solo recitals and chamber music performances while teaching at Suzuki Music School of Newton and Yamaha Music School in Boston until she relocated to LA in July, 2015.


Ruby Wang, D.M.A.-Piano

Ruby WangRuby Wang recently received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance at the University of South Carolina under renowned performer and pedagogue, Dr. Marina Lomazov. Latest accomplishments include performing with the Ashdod Symphony Orchestra under Uri Segal in Perugia, Italy, solo and chamber performances in the 2010 Burgos International Music Festival and Competition, and winning the 2009-10 South Carolina Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competition. In addition to her DMA, Ms. Wang holds musical degrees from the University of Utah and Brigham Young University. Additional studies include a doctoral minor in music theory, graduate certificates of piano and theory from the Royal Conservatory of Music of Canada, as well as a baccalaureate degree in public relations. With extensive teaching experience in classroom, group, and private applied lessons to students of all ages and levels, Wang’s students have garnered prizes from local and state competitions and festivals. Dr. Wang is active as a solo recitalist, collaborative artist and teacher.


Kevin Yokota-Drums

Ruby WangKevin Yokota is a graduate of University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. Kevin has over 10 years of teaching experience and is passionate about sharing his love for drumming with students. Kevin covers a wide range of drumming topics including technique, groove, rudiments, sight-reading, styles, songs, and time. He is enthusiastic about teaching drummers of all ages and ability levels. Whether it's learning how to hold the drumsticks or preparing for a college audition, Mr. Yokota equips each one of his students with the tools they need to become a great drummer and have fun. As a drummer/percussionist, Kevin has performed and recorded extensively with many world-class musicians including Sam Amidon, Eric Reed Trio, Inc. No World, INGA, Snowblink, Adam Levy, and Hi Fi Honeydrops. His drumming has also been featured on many movies, T.V. shows, and commercials.