RIVERSIDE COUNTY MUSIC INSTRUCTORS

Coachella valley music teacher

Jeff W – Piano, Voice, Violin & Guitar Instructor 

Jeff began his musical journey at the age of 8, studying classical piano, competing in local competitions, performing/entertaining a lot at city functions, dinner banquets and many other upscale events. In his teen years he wasted no time and took up the violin and participated in a reputable chamber string orchestra for the Community School of Music (CSMA) at the University of Redlands; received additional instruction on the Tenor Saxophone and Trumpet in which he participated in various wind ensembles and jazz groups. He was inspired to march and spent 6 years in Drumline playing tenor drums and managed to work up to Drum Captain for 2 years.  Composing, arranging and transcribing became a constant hobby in his spare time as a teen and even offered these skills as services for extra income. He has appeared in local newspapers on numerous occasions for his musical endeavors including his orchestra compositions he also conducted at 16 years old. “War Cry” is a piece which was premiered in front of 3,000 people at the “Redlands Bowl”; and  “Opening Fanfare” a piece that premiered in front of 7,000 people at “Ted Runner Stadium” on 4th of July. Jeff went on to teaching band for the local school district before transferring to the desert to start music programs such as Drumline, Violin, Piano and Band for the elementary schools. Jeff became the Co-Founder of “Make Your Mark”, a non-profit organization that raises money to keep music in the schools. Jeff is a well-rounded musician with over 15 years of teaching experience between the classroom and private students.

palm desert guitar teacher Michael M- Guitar & Piano Instructor 

Music has always been important in our family’s history. My maternal great-grandmother Lena Thomas played guitar with the Wandering Minstrels in Arkansas back in the 1800’s. (photo: 2nd from left) My other grandmother’s (Hazel Harrison) musical roots were tied to Liverpool, England. She was especially proud of a recently popular Beatle named George Harrison. Her being his aunt. Even though not everyone her age were in the Beatle’s Fan Club quite yet, she certainly was. Seems like from then on we always tried to know and memorize Beatle’s trivia, catchy lyrics and songs. Now, over half a century later, when our family gets together for a reunion (Lena’s side), it’s like a mini Woodstock Festival. Grandfather played guitar and fiddle on the radio with Roy Clark. My mother and her twin sister sang on TV and radio when they were kids. So, raised in a music loving family moved me to perform in front of my family and friends. While my primary love is singing, I began to play piano, organ, clarinet and guitar from an early age. I learned acoustic guitar first, then got my first electric guitar as a teen. Later I played rhythm guitar for a local band and fronted it with lead vocals. As an adult I’ve given acoustic guitar lessons to children and adults, both in the USA and in South America. I’ve taught British and American English in South America as well. In 2006 and 2007 I spent some time authoring a published book on techniques of hypermiling. Since it was one of the first books of its kind, it was featured on LA’s KTLA news and other stations. I’ve created an acoustic guitar playing course (in Spanish) to teach how the guitar works, with simple and advanced techniques, highlighting fundamental and inverted chord building principles without having to read traditional music. Being of baritone vocal range, my singing voice is similar to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Neil Diamond.

fallbrook Piano teacherKyle A- Piano, Voice, Guitar ,Music composition

 

Kyle began playing piano at the age of 7 and continued taking private lessons for 17 years. He received a Piano Teaching Certification from Fullerton College at age 22. Kyle continued his education at Berklee College of Music where he received a Bachelor of Music in Film Scoring. Over the past 15 years he has had the opportunity to perform in nearly every style of popular music. He enjoys learning about the music of different cultures, and is currently a member of Peruvian Cumbia group La Chamba. As a private teacher Kyle has instructed students from young children to adults in all aspects of musicianship. He feels it is important that students not only become skilled pianists but well-rounded musicians as well.

palm desert music lessons Carol L – Piano & Voice Instructor 

Carol  started singing at the age of 12 or so, taking after her musical talent from her mother who was a pianist and organist.  She majored in music at Univ. of N. Texas while singing in the chorus of the Dallas Summer Musicals in the summer.

Upon graduation, she went to New York City to study voice, coaching, acting and dance.  She sang 4 summers with the Glimmerglass Opera Company in Cooperstown, NY, where she sang leads in Marriage of Figaro, Barber of Seville, Carmen, Pagliaccim Merry Widow and others.  After singing many opera roles in New York City with the Bel Canto Opera Company, New York Lyric and the Virginia Opera Theater, she moved to Germany to pursue her aspirations to sing leads in operas there.  She performed leads with the Saarlaendisches Staatstheater in Saarbruecken, Germany and then went on to sing in Phantom of the Opera in Hamburg Germany.

Carol has traveled the world singing on ships for over 15 years, performing operetta and Gershwin, Cole Porter and musicals.  Carol has a passion for music and traveling. She lived in Los Angeles where she performed and started giving singing lessons and Piano lessons with kids and adults.  She has relocated to the desert and is adding clients to her studio.  She is mature, patient and fun-loving.

Indio Piano lessons Aaron M – Piano & Voice Instructor 

Aaron is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where he developed and taught a weekend music and arts appreciation program through the Thornton School of Music for children in the surrounding community. He has performed at the New York Musical Theater Festival, the Hollywood Fringe Festival, the Roxy on Sunset, and Rockwell Table and Stage, among others. He received two L.A. Weekly Theatre Awards for Best Original Score and Best Musical Direction for his original musical “Invasion!” at the Hudson Theater in Hollywood. He is delighted to count himself among the members of the musical sketch comedy group, “Stupid Songs,” and writes and directs a yearly Christmas musical extravaganza “A Harmony Boys Christmas” at the Sacred Fools Theater. Aaron played piano in his middle school jazz band and was constantly embarrassed about it because he had to wear a dorky purple bow tie, but he’s mostly over it now. He also loves chinese food and the Cleveland Indians.

Piano Lessons Palm DesertMartin S – Violin Instructor 

Marty has been playing violin since he was 7 years old. He was concertmaster in his school orchestras and later in community theater orchestras, in productions such as Oklahoma, Carousel, and A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum. Privately, Marty plays chamber music trios and quartets such as Haydn, Beethoven, and Mozart. Marty also possesses an unusual combination of skills working with children – as a credentialed teacher he taught grades 4-8 in public school for 5 years, as an attorney he represented more than 1000 children in court and wrote 3 books about children and the law, and he has 7 grandsons. Most of all, Marty loves teaching children how to play the violin.

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