Teachers Archive

Santa Monica

Andrew Johnson

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Piano, Drums, Violin, Viola, Cello

For the last 8 years, rising star Andrew Johnson has been performing, educating and managing musicians on both the east and west coast. Mr. Johnson attended the highly acclaimed West Chester University of Pennsylvania and was awarded his Bachelors degree in Classical Guitar Performance. There, he studied with Grammy Award winning guitarist David Cullen and was president of the WCU Guitar Ensemble. He also had the privilege of performing in masterclasses with the great Jason Vieaux and Jeremy Lyons, in which he received high acclamations for his technique. Next he has plans to pursue his Masters in Music Business at USC. Andrew is an active teacher that has led and improved the music making process from over 100+ musicians. He was the assistant band director for the Penn Wood Marching Band for 3 years. There, he also worked with the Jazz and Concert bands, running workshops and sectionals to help develop individual skills grow. Mr. Johnson teaches a wide range of genes and styles across multiple instruments. He has fun methods and a flexible curriculum that caters to each individual’s needs ages 7+.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Elissa Moser Linowes

Upright Bass, Bass Guitar, Violin, Piano

Elissa plays in bands on both upright and electric bass. She plays in the bass section with the Santa Monica Symphony. You can hear her around town in the band “Abby and the Myth”. She loves playing all kinds of music — classical, rock, blues, folk and jazz. She sings backround vocals in bands and at home likes to sing jazz standards while playing bass. She has performed in venues ranging from CBGB’s to The Kennedy Center

Gary Nesteruk

Piano

Gary has been teaching with us since 1982 combining his wide range of professional experience with his deep interest in the development of young artists and a wish to encourage their study and creativity in music. Gary earned both his BS in Music Education and his MA in Music Performance from Indiana University.  His studio work spans over 100 films, television shows and soundtracks including: The Wonderboys, Sweet November, The Twilight Zone, and many more.

Isaac Takeuchi

Violin, Cello, Guitar, Ukulele, Accordion, Piano

Isaac Takeuchi lives in Los Angeles - his main focus is cello performance and composition. He has been playing cello for 27 years and studied cello performance at Cal State University Northridge. He has played in many ensembles, orchestras, and chamber groups over the years as well as successful bands, including Soko, Saint Motel, Cesar Saez, Chelsea Wolfe and many more. Isaac is currently offering lessons for cello, piano, guitar, violin, and accordion.

 

Jay Green

Guitar, Ukulele

Jay Green began playing guitar at the age of 10 and writing his own tunes shortly thereafter. In 2011 he received the Berklee Celebrity Scholarship and completed his Masters in Guitar from Berklee Music College. Jay has been teaching private lessons since the age of 16, and professionally in Santa Monica, California since 1996. He has played the guitar, banjo and bass with various musicians, bands and projects in New York and Los Angeles. Jay’s CD Half Life was the “Album of the Month” at Amoeba Records in 2009. His most current CDs Half Life and Staring at the Sun are available on iTunes and Spotify. In 2013 Jay created a Flipboard Magazine “Guitar Lessons” with Tips, Tricks, Music and News for Guitar Players. “Guitar Lessons” has over 27,000 followers, 9 million page views and was featured in Flipboards “Magazines We Love” and “Best Music Magazines”.

Jeorge Taylor

Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Trumpet

A gifted musician and experienced instructor, Jeorge Taylor teaches woodwinds, brass and piano to students of all ages. In addition to teaching at Santa Monica Music Center, Jeorge was a part-time instructor at Brentwood School and for more than 20 years, he taught privately at Delian Music Systems in Culver City and Inglewood, where he was well known for his personal touch, professionalism and genuine caring for his students.Jeorge earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy and a Master’s degree in Music Education from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. He taught music for the Philadelphia Board of Education for two years, the Settlement Music School for four years and at Philadelphia Community College for two years. During this time, he used his training in music therapy to conduct numerous programs at hospitals and
schools for patients with special needs – including children who were terminally ill and senior music programs.

Jonny Lurie

Guitar

Jonny Lurie is a guitarist and producer based in Los Angeles California. He has been teaching both privately and at music schools around the country for over 10 years. He has a degree in music from the University of North Texas. Jonny performs solo as well as with various bands all over Los Angeles.

Kevan Torfeh

Violin, Viola, Cello, Upright Bass, Guitar, Piano

Kevan's musical activities include playing recording sessions, concerts, and teaching. Mr. Torfeh served as Principal and Solo Cellist for the L.A. Mozart Orchestra for 14 seasons, Guest Principal Cellist with the Mozart Chamber Orchestra in Irvine for 2 seasons, and as Associate Principal with the Temianka Virtuosi for five seasons, touring with the same group under the auspices of Columbia Artists Management.  Mr. Torfeh performed and recorded with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra for 17 years.  He has also performed with the New West Symphony under Boris Brott (6 seasons); and with the California Philharmonic at the Walt Disney Concert Hall under Victor Vener (as asst. principal and principal for 7 seasons). Mr. Torfeh has been playing principal cello with the Westside Ballet's "Nutcracker" performances from 2014 to present.

Mr. Torfeh’s music studies were completed at USC, at L’Accademia Chigiana in Siena, in London with William Pleeth, and at the Hochschule Mozarteum in Salzburg. From 2004 to present he has served as adjunct professor of cello in the applied music program at Santa Monica College.  Mr. Torfeh is a regular guest lecturer/performing artist at the internationally acclaimed Musicians Institute in Hollywood.
Highlights of Mr. Torfeh's 42-year recording career include sessions with Ray Charles, Jackson 5, 5th Dimension, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, ELO, REM, Barbra Streisand, John Williams, Neil Diamond, Elvis Costello, Snoop Dog, David Foster, Alicia Keyes, Mary J. Blige, Harry Connick Jr., Hans Zimmer, James Horner,Tom Newman, Randy Newman, Michael Giacchino, Luis Miguel, Jose Jose, Isabel Pantoja, Boyz II Men, Baby Face, Graham Nash, Jerry Goldsmith, John Debney, Elmer Bernstein, Maurice Jarre, Bette Midler, and Earth, Wind & Fire just to name a few...His recent recording credits include Incredibles 2, Coco, Moana, Spiderman: Homecoming, Star Wars: Rogue One, War for the Planet of the Apes, Up, Zootopia, Jurassic World, Inside Out, Miracles from Heaven, Tomorrowland, Star Trek Into Darkness, Ride Along 2, Frozen, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Toy Story That Time Forgot, Justice League (from 2016 to present), Grey's Anatomy, Lost, Revolution, Fringe, Alias, Intelligence, X Factor, American Idol, American Dad, Ally McBeal, and All the Way (HBO Movie of the Week with Bryan Cranston and Anthony Mackie). In the last few years, Mr. Torfeh has also recorded on albums of John Legend/Common, Lady Gaga, Idina Menzel, Neil Diamond, Elvis Costello, and Mari Nobre. He also appeared onscreen as a musician for a Microsoft commercial with Common, and on the television shows House, the Young and the Restless, and Chicago Hope. Mr. Torfeh has also been recording for Disney TV shows and theme park music (2016-2019).

Laura Leighe Stockton

Voice, Piano

For 11 years, Laura has been a private vocal instructor in Los Angeles, OKC, and Online. With a Degree in Vocal Music Education from Oklahoma University and certification in the "Singing with Ease" (Seth Riggs S.L.S) method, she teaches from the perspective of someone who's voice and life has been changed, strengthened, and brought to it’s full healthiness, range, and ability through the holy grail of techniques.

As a piano instructor and songwriter, she has developed a simple system of teaching music theory and chording to her clients, which is ideal for vocalists and songwriters to learn to accompany themselves, as well as for the beginner or intermediate pianist to learn a combination of traditional sight-reading and reading / composing chords on their own.

As an International Billboard hit singer/songwriter, Laura L.'s hit single "Boys Just Wanna Have Fun" hit #5 on the UK Music Week Pop/ Dance Charts, and #27 on the US Billboard Dance charts in the same week! Laura Leighe was also a finalist in the 2017 Unsigned Only International Music & Songwriting Competition, with 2 of her songs making the top 12 of their genres out of 6,000 submitted.

 

 

 

Linda Mitchell

Voice

I have over thirty years experience in teaching students how to grow, improve and keep their voice.
The daughter of a big band leader, I have been around music since birth. I studied the Bel Canto method in High School and graduated from UCLA in Music Education. I did my masters study in Vocal Performance at WSU. I started studying opera and art song in high school. I was involved in musical theater at UCLA. I toured nationally with a folk-rock group as one of the featured soloists. Michael Omartian, who became a legendary producer, was our composer and arranger. I started my vocal studio when raising a family in Santa Barbara, CA. I taught vocal training at a community college at the time. I later taught at Green River Community College in Auburn, WA for four years. Through the years, I have helped students of all ages, skills and ambitions attain their goals. One of my recent students, Lana Condor, starred in a Netflix movie, "To all the Boys I've Loved Before", which has been enormously successful. I helped her gain a great deal of self-confidence through vocal lessons with me. I directed musical theater for seven years, working with performers of all ages. I was the vocal coach for such productions as "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers", "Annie", "Peter Pan", Pirates of Penzance", to name a few. I bring to my students experience, a successful track record, thorough knowledge of the voice and a great love for what I do!!

Marc Van Aken

Drums

Marc studied music at the University of Music and Acting Arts, Hamburg, Germany. Marc engaged in additional studies at the Percussion Institute of Technology in Hollywood. His private instruction has included study with Casey Scheurell, Ralph Humphrey, Gary Hess and more. Marc plays drums and percussion and has toured Europe and the U.S. Touring with such artists as Deacon Jones, Peter Tork, Finis Tasby, The Drifters and more. Marc has been a music educator with us since 1999.

Mary Harper

Piano

After getting a Bachelor of Music from the Berklee College of Music, Mary played professionally and taught private lessons. She has been teaching at the Music Center for almost a decade now and keeps a full schedule with loyal students. Over the years she has developed a unique and creative method for the very young students and an excellent rapport with adult students.

Nancy Von Oeyen

Piano, Voice

Nancy Zanolli von Oeyen is a professional singer in Los Angeles who has performed and toured in the US, USSR, Europe and Asia with the Roger Wagner Chorale (20 singers); the Los Angeles Master Chorale; the Los Angeles Opera; and film studio recordings. Ms. von Oeyen also teaches voice at Pepperdine University and maintains a Voice Studio in Malibu, CA. Ms. von Oeyen is a member of AGMA, SAG, AFTRA and NATS.

Ronnie Villanueva

Drums

Ronnie's teaching style focuses on: general hand and foot technique; basic music reading concepts; how to play various genres of music; musicianship development; and more. He accepts students of all ages and levels of experience (beginner, intermediate, advanced).

Spencer Danielson

Flute, Saxophone, Clarinet, Piano

Spencer Danielson studied clarinet performance at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah and received his undergraduate degree there in 2018. He has traveled abroad performing in both the Philippines and Australia in BYU’s Chamber Orchestra and Wind Symphony playing Bb and Eb clarinet. Additionally, he has toured and performed in New Orleans playing jazz clarinet. Spencer’s primary focus in teaching revolves around the importance of both music theory and aural skills. He is trained in both classical and jazz styles of performing. Spencer plays clarinet, saxophone, flute and piano and is currently working on his masters degree in clarinet performance at California State University Fullerton.

Steven Richison

Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele

Steven Richison is a guitarist and guitar instructor with over 15 years of experience. A versatile and well rounded musician who spent his adolescent years playing Rock, Blues, and Pop guitar, He later took to studying music formally and earned his degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern Mississippi where he studied under Saxophonist Lawrence Panella and New Orleans-based guitarist Chris Alford. At his time in college, Steven earned a spot in the Southern Miss Jazztet and Jazz lab 1, the University’s top two Jazz ensembles.

Before moving to Los Angeles in 2017, Steven honed his musicianship, playing in the South Mississippi music scene where he played in various jazz groups and led his own creative project, The Spectrum Trio, as well as playing for theatrical productions and as an orchestra guitarist for the Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera.

As a guitar instructor, Steven has a passion for guiding his students to find their own unique voice on the instrument in any style. He has taught guitar lessons since his teenage years and has taught professionally to people of all ages and skill levels for 5 years. His background in jazz makes him a great resource for learning musical improvisation as well as the interactive aspects of music. Keeping music lessons fun and practical while sharing the knowledge that will help a student go as far as they want to with music is a top priority.

Timothy L. Battig

Tuba, Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Euphonium

Tim Battig is a multi-instrumentalist from Santa Monica, CA. A classically-trained French Horn player, he not only plays and teaches all brass instruments, but also piano, harmonica and even guitar and bass occasionally. He has worked with Ray Charles, Barry White, Juan Gabriel and the band Morcheeba, as well as symphony orchestras, operas and musical theater productions, and TV commercial recordings.

Sandra Pehrsson

Piano, Voice

Sandra Pehrsson is an award winning Swedish Jazz and Contemporary singer/ songwriter, multi instrumentalist and singing, piano and performing arts teacher with a long international career in both performing and teaching. With a substantial music education behind her, Sandra has over 20 years of experience of teaching in Sweden, the UK and the USA. She has taught for many Music Schools, Conservatoires, Colleges, record companies and private students of all ages, from 3 years old up to 90 years old.

 

Todd Tatum

Drums, Percussion

A graduate of the Grove School of Music, Todd has been teaching with us since 1983. In addition to instructing drums and percussion at SMMC, Todd currently freelances in the LA area. Some of his latest projects include playing with Rhino Records Artists, Big Daddy and recording with Mickey Dolenz (The Monkees), Warner Bros. Act the Foreman, a variety of children’s albums for Rhino Records and various studio and live performance work.

Vince Suzuki

Flute, Saxophone, Clarinet

Vince has been playing over 30 years and started teaching at SMMC in 1999! He has played with the likes of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, The Temptations, The Brian Setzer Orchestra, The O'Jays, Solomon Burke, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Ray Manzarek, Mick Hucknall, Eddie Floyd, The 5th Dimension, Otis Day and the Knights, Irma Thomas, Johnny Adams, Cannibal and the Headhunters, and many more.

Yin Jiang

Violin

Over the past 30 years, I've taught hundreds of students from kindergarten to college graduates, children to adults, young and old! Some of my students received Merit and Excellent at the Royal School of Music, Grades 1-8. Some of my students have won First Prize for the Kiwanis International Music Scholarship Awards and other competitions. Some went on to pursue music as their careers! I always combine my overall music experience into teaching. I believe that music has a very important role in one's life and has an especially positive effect on children's intellectual development. Therefore, through learning a musical instrument such as violin or piano, the student will learn to develop the abilities of using logic and reasoning, attention to details, multitasking, discipline, focus, patience, and coordination control between they eyes, mind and body. I also want my students to be independent, therefore I combining some basic training materials with the Suzuki book as a fun way to teach students to read and play at the same time.

Culver City

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.

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.

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.

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.

Joan Matsuoka Torfeh

Violin, Cello

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.

Marc Van Aken

Drums

Marc studied music at the University of Music and Acting Arts, Hamburg, Germany. Marc engaged in additional studies at the Percussion Institute of Technology in Hollywood. His private instruction has included study with Casey Scheurell, Ralph Humphrey, Gary Hess and more. Marc plays drums and percussion and has toured Europe and the U.S. Touring with such artists as Deacon Jones, Peter Tork, Finis Tasby, The Drifters and more. Marc has been a music educator with us since 1999.

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.

Pat Johnston

Piano, Voice

Sandra Pehrsson

Piano, Voice

Sandra Pehrsson is an award winning Swedish Jazz and Contemporary singer/ songwriter, multi instrumentalist and singing, piano and performing arts teacher with a long international career in both performing and teaching. With a substantial music education behind her, Sandra has over 20 years of experience of teaching in Sweden, the UK and the USA. She has taught for many Music Schools, Conservatoires, Colleges, record companies and private students of all ages, from 3 years old up to 90 years old.

 

Tim Hall

Guitar, Bass Guitar

 Tim Hall has been teaching guitar and bass at Culver City Music Center for almost 20 years and teaches both children and adults. He is a multi-instrumentalist and owns and operates 1192 Studios, based in Westlake Village.

Timothy L. Battig

Tuba, Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Euphonium

Tim Battig is a multi-instrumentalist from Santa Monica, CA. A classically-trained French Horn player, he not only plays and teaches all brass instruments, but also piano, harmonica and even guitar and bass occasionally. He has worked with Ray Charles, Barry White, Juan Gabriel and the band Morcheeba, as well as symphony orchestras, operas and musical theater productions, and TV commercial recordings.

Yin Jiang

Violin

Over the past 30 years, I've taught hundreds of students from kindergarten to college graduates, children to adults, young and old! Some of my students received Merit and Excellent at the Royal School of Music, Grades 1-8. Some of my students have won First Prize for the Kiwanis International Music Scholarship Awards and other competitions. Some went on to pursue music as their careers! I always combine my overall music experience into teaching. I believe that music has a very important role in one's life and has an especially positive effect on children's intellectual development. Therefore, through learning a musical instrument such as violin or piano, the student will learn to develop the abilities of using logic and reasoning, attention to details, multitasking, discipline, focus, patience, and coordination control between they eyes, mind and body. I also want my students to be independent, therefore I combining some basic training materials with the Suzuki book as a fun way to teach students to read and play at the same time.