Category: Santa Monica

Martin Purtill

Martin Purtill

As a music educator for over ten years, Martín Purtill is passionate about introducing music to children because of the personal development, creativity, and confidence they gain from it. Martín’s experience includes both group classes and private lessons for children beginning at six months. He currently teaches early music classes to children at daycare centers through Rockstarts LA which pairs musical educators with schools around the city including on campus at USC and UCLA. He additionally teaches acoustic and electric guitar to students ranging from beginner to advanced. Martín previously served as Musical Director at The Young Artist Conservatory of Music, where he oversaw the school’s two youth rock bands. The Conservatory offered an intensive year-long educational experience spanning from classic to modern rock for children.

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  • Weekly 30 minute interactive music and learning for children 6 months to 5 years old.
  • $100 for a four-pack of lessons
  • Drop-ins $30
  • 6mo-2yrs Tuesdays 11:30 am
  • 3yrs-4yrs Thursdays 11:30 am

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Alan Aslan

Alan Aslan

Guitar, Bass Guitar, Logic Pro

Having played guitar for over 16 years, I have produced a very familiar yet individual style to my playing that spans all genres.  I’ve had experience performing in hip hop groups, country western, jazz, alternative rock; you name it!  I’ve been based out of Los Angeles for 3 years and have had an eclectic experience performing out here.  Let's set up some lessons and learn something new & exciting together.

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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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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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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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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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Courtney Lemmon

Courtney Lemmon

Voice

NOMINATED FOR HER JAZZ CD “STAY WITH ME” IN THE 2011 HMMA’S

A native of Santa Monica, California, Courtney Lemmon has been active musically since choir and band starting at Franklin elementary school.  A graduate of Manhattan’s prestigious New School University, Courtney has toured Nationally for her first album "Stay With Me" which is a combination of Jazz, Blues and Alternative styles. Courtney has been the featured artist at internationally acclaimed clubs and venues such as LACMA, Levitt Pavilion Pasadena, Disney Hall, “Jazz in the Pines” Music Festival , Catalina Jazz Hollywood, Vitello’s Studio City and the Nokia Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. Her residencies have included Intercontinental Hotels, Shangrila Hotels, Hotel Angeleno Sunset, Mastro's Beverly Hills, Ocean Prime Beverly Hills, La Peer Hotel West Hollywood, and many more over the years.

Courtney has performed with some of Hollywood's great stars such as Natalie Cole, pop star Colette Carr, Stevie Wonder, actor / singer John Stamos, Will.I.am from the Black eyed peas and many more. She currently performs regularly with her bands The Jazz and Blues Revue and Yacht Rock's number one live cover band Yachty By Nature. Courtney has been featured on many records with a wide range  of styles that include Jazz, Blues, Classical, Musical Theatre, Pop, EDM, Christian Rock, Rock and Roll and Country. Her highly acclaimed pop vocals has garnered her many fans and studio work, pitching songs to artists such as Rihanna, Demi Lovato and Celine Dion, and has written many original songs she works into her solo soul pop shows.

Courtney teaches Songwriting, Artist Development, beginner Piano and Guitar, and a healthy approach to Vocal Technique for most genres.

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Cynthia Speer

Cynthia Speer

Piano, Voice

Cynthia Speer (Cindy) grew up in the Deep South of Louisiana and Mississippi.  Playing piano since age 4 and singing publicly since her teenage years, she is happy to bring her experience to children of all ages to inspire and educate them in music.  She performed, playing solo piano and singing, as well as singing with Big Bands and smaller groups (Blues and Jazz Standards), in Jackson Mississippi, Buena Vista Colorado, then here in Los Angeles since the mid 1980’s.  One of her first gigs in LA was playing solo piano and singing at the Sidewalk Cafe’ in Venice Beach, down the street from where she lived at that time.

Cindy has performed at Weddings, Private Parties, Restaurants and Nightclubs in and around Los Angeles for the past 35 years, and has done many jazz gigs with Lana’s Dad, and founder of Santa Monica Music, Chico Fernandez.  She began teaching in 2001 and is happy to be inspiring children of all ages in their piano, preschool music and vocal lessons.

Working on an original project of a different genre with a band that she co-founded, is a huge passion for Cindy currently.  You will hear her keyboards and singing if you visit akashicalchemy.bandcamp.com. Once on the site, if the band name doesn’t come up right away, you can search for the “Artist” Akashic Alchemy.  A good tune to start with is “Sublime”.   Her name in the band is Ahnaleya.   Let us all remember...Music Heals!

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Dan Weinstein

Dan Weinstein

Violin, Viola, Tuba, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium

Dan Weinstein is one of the busiest and least jaded professional musicians in LA. He plays the entire history of jazz from dixieland to swing to bee-bop to contemporary. Dan toured with The Jackson 5 in 1976-77, after which he began working with numerous salsa and cumbia groups in SoCal. Dan also worked and toured with Ray Charles' Big Band in 1984. Since then, he has recorded and performed internationally  and in almost every genre of popular music: credits include Aretha Franklin, Gerald Wilson, Mary Wilson, Brian Wilson,  Bobby Caldwell, Israel "Cachao" Lopez, Larry Harlow, Jerry Lee Lewis, La Vern Baker, Neil Diamond, Christina Aguilera, the Emotions, the Olympics, the Rivingtons, Ernie Andrews, and hundreds more. His soundtrack credits include films The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Whole Nine Yards, Drumline, Robots, Horton Hears a Who, Hancock and the Italian Job and many more. He has taught music lessons for the past 15 1/2 years at Santa Monica Music Center and today can be found playing Western Swing fiddle with The Lucky Stars and trombone & vocals with Candy Jacket Jazz Band among others.

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