Category: Teachers

Charles Horin

Charles Horin

Bass Guitar, Electric Bass

A Los Angeles native, Charles is a seasoned live and session musician. He began his musical career playing cello in his middle school orchestra, leading him to discover his passion for the bass guitar shortly thereafter. Quickly grasping the technicality of his instrument, he began playing in multiple bands at the age of 14, further developing his sense of musicality communicating with other musicians. He has gone on to perform at venues like the Troubadour, Fonda Theatre, Roxy, Viper Room, Sayers Club, Whisky A Go Go, and recently played on the soundtrack of Hollywood film “Chick Fight”.

A proponent in the study of multiple genres, Charles believes variety is versatility, and versatility is success. His favorite genres include Alt. Rock, Hip Hop, Electronic, R&B, Metal, Soul, Psychedelic, and Funk.

Charles currently plays in town regularly with his own rock band, Analog Party, and with Swedish singer Jennifer Ackerman in her band Final Child.

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Ben Eaton

Ben Eaton

Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Music Theory

I've been teaching guitar for the last eight years to students of wide ranging skill levels who seek to gain an introductory understanding, or deepen their current understanding of the guitar and basic music theory. I prefer to let the personal goals of the student decide the direction of lessons, many of my students seek to learn their favorite contemporary guitar songs. Using these popular songs as jumping off points, I mix in technique and theory exercises to give students a concrete and practical understanding of the material and of the instrument of their choice. I have experience teaching various styles of acoustic and electric guitar, bass and ukulele to students as young as six. From classical pieces to jazz, and from heavy metal to the softest folk tune, I can accompany you and guide you through your musical journey.

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Ellis Laifer

Ellis Laifer

Piano, Guitar

Ellis is a musician currently residing in Los Angeles, CA where he teaches guitar, piano, and music production. When he is not teaching, he is a multi-instrumentalist and producer with alternative R&B trio, Fortuno. He was formally trained in music composition, piano, guitar, and voice at Bowdoin College, where he graduated in 2019. Ellis sees his students as companions in music discovery and strives to cultivate a collaborative, joyful environment for musicians at all levels. When he is not making music or teaching, you can probably find Ellis playing chess, rock climbing, or in the kitchen making smoothies.

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Brittany Cotto

Brittany Cotto

Violin, Viola

Brittany Cotto is a highly sought after and accomplished violinist, violist, musician contractor and music educator. Her signature style combines virtuosity from her Classical training with an ability to improvise, a taste for simplicity and a love of all styles of music.
Brittany enjoys an active and versatile career. She has performed and recorded with some of the most iconic names in the business including 50 Cent, Alicia Keys, Ariana Grande, Bebe Rexha, Burt Bacharach, Camila Cabello, David Foster, Diddy, Dre, Eminem, Jennifer Hudson, John Williams, Jonas Brothers, Julie Andrews, Kamasi Washington, KYGO, Mary J. Blige, Nicki Minaj, Paul Anka, Quincy Jones, Sarah McLachlan, Seth McFarlane, Snoop Dogg, Stevie Wonder, Tony Bennett, and Yo-Yo Ma.

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Jim Doyle

Jim Doyle

Drums

Jim is a founding member of Hot Club of Los Angeles and also serves as the band’s producer. His credits as a lauded drummer/percussionist sideman and session musician include work with Jackson Browne, Brian Setzer, Paul Overstreet, Joan Osborne, Tim Armstrong, Granville Automatic, Ted Russell Kamp, John Nau, Jeff Turmes and Charlie Terrell among many others. Jim’s drums can also be heard on film and TV soundtracks, as well as in commercials for Domino’s Pizza, AT&T, and Sony Playstation, among many other brands. He also produces and records a wide array of artists and bands in his recording studio, Doyle Audio.

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Charles Orena

Charles Orena

Flute, Saxophone, Clarinet, Recorder

Born Santa Barbara. Attended University California Santa Barbara majoring in music with an emphasis in Clarinet studying with Los Angeles clarinetist Mitchell. After moving to Los Angeles continued musical studies with studio musician Phil Sobel on saxophone, flute & clarinet. Also studied flute with Gerry Rotella. Past work has included in film, television, radio and pit work for musical theater. Have been a teacher at Santa Monica Music and Culver Music since 1985.

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Joan Matsuoka Torfeh

Joan Matsuoka Torfeh

Cello, Violin

Joan Matsuoka Torfeh grew up in the Bay Area where she began her musical studies with Stephen Herrold. She attended summer workshops in solo performance and chamber ensemble in Napa Valley with renowned cello educator Margaret Rowell.  She was a member of the Santa Clara Valley Symphony, El Camino Opera, the Gilbert & Sullivan Society and the San Francisco Chamber Ensemble. Ms. Torfeh relocated to the Inland Empire where she played with the Redlands Bowl Orchestra, the Redlands Symphony and the Riverside Opera. She also played in orchestras performing with artists including Smokey Robinson, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert. During this time, she also earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration, leading to work as manager and contractor of various performing chamber ensembles. She then moved to Los Angeles where she began recording work and movie sidelining, and was a member of the Asian American Symphony.  Most recently, she has performed for school concerts and demonstrations in the Culver City Unified School District under the auspices of the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra, introducing classical music to elementary school children. Ms. Torfeh has taught at the Culver City Music Center since 2013.

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Chico Fernandez

Chico Fernandez

Chico Fernandez

Drums

Paul 'Chico' Fernandez was born in Toronto and began playing drums at the age of three! He studied piano when he was eight and later reconnected with the drums, which he played in local bands both live and in the recording studios. He later moved to Los Angeles where he opened a music teaching studio. That studio became Santa Monica Music Center and as the studio expanded into a music store, Chico took on more than just drum lines and in fact was the first Gibson dealer in west Santa Monica. With the help of his brother and daughter, Chico expanded to a second location called Culver City Music Center, which also has a strong music lesson program.

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Ori Huberman

Ori Huberman

Guitar

Ori Huberman studied Music and Music Education in Israel and graduated from Musicians Institute in Hollywood as "The Most Outstanding Student of the Year". Ori is a phenomenal guitar teacher with insights into the rock genre. An active performer, Ori performs frequently with various cover bands in the LA area, Playing Guitar, Bass and Mandolin, performing music ranging from rock-and-roll and jazz to swing and blues. In addition to his cover bands. He is also an avid acoustic fingerstyle guitarist and is well versed in many American traditional guitar styling.

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