Guitar & Bass

Steven Gizzi

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Steven Gizzi is dedicated to two passions in life – the art of musical creation, and the joy of kindling that spark in others. He is a Los Angeles-based composer, producer, performer, and educator who has focused his professional career on writing music for film, television, and video games. His goal as a musician is to weave together richly crafted webs of transformative emotion and immerse the listener within an authentic storytelling experience like no other.
Steven began his lifelong musical journey fourteen years ago as a classical pianist. In 2007, he became a founding member of the Richmond School of Rock in Virginia, where he helped to bring other students’ musical dreams to life through energetic band rehearsals and public rock concerts. He spent four years at the University of Miami studying under Academy Award-nominated composer Chris Boardman, and graduated in May 2015 with a degree in Media Writing & Production and a double minor in Music Business and Creative American Music.
In the summer of 2013, Steven composed the score for “Gwyndor”, a short film directed by David Crabtree (“Psych”, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”). The film has gone on to receive high praise, winning the Audience Choice Award at the 2013 HollyShorts Film Festival. He is currently working under BMI TV Music Award recipient Jay Vincent as an additional composer and music editor for the much-loved Cartoon Network show “LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu”, and has also contributed music to the upcoming sci-fi film directed by Rajeev Dassani (“Covert Affairs”, “Scandal”). In March 2014, he released his debut album as a solo artist, entitled “The Terrestrial Orchestra”. It was a project of passion in which he attempted to harness the fundamental elements of nature to create a musical journey like no other. His most recent project involved collaborating with colleague David Krystal on an original soundtrack for “Catalyst” – a puzzle game app available for iPhone and Android.
As an educator, Steven recognizes the tremendous power of self-expression through music, and works diligently with all of his students to develop their own unique musical journey. He strives to pass on to each student a universal set of skills that will allow them to adapt to any style of music. He is always on the lookout to work with new students who share his passion!

Carla Buffa

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Carla attended the Berklee College of Music and finished at The New England Conservatory of Music. She studied composition with jazz great George Russell and contemporary composer William Thomas McKinley. She graduated with academic honors and a degree in music.

Carla was the vocalist, songwriter, lyricist, & lead guitarist for Earthwurm, a group that recorded 2 independently released studio CD’s, Sex & Anxiety & Blank The Same. “I Wait For You”  a track off “Blank the Same”, was chosen to be featured on a compilation called “Octaves Beyond Silence” featuring Ani DiFranco, Sarah Mclachlan & The Indigo Girls. For 3 years Carla played the Chappman Stick for the off-broadway sensation, The Blue Man Group.  She was the 1st  female band member of the NYC show and the  2nd female in the entire company.

Carla has performed & toured as a lead vocalist and a back ground vocalist for many artists, such as: Danny Vaughn (Tyketto/Vaughn), The Party Dolls, Richie Canatta ( Billy Joel), Allison Miller (Annie DiFranco, Natalie Merchant & Brandi Carlile), Sheryl Bailey, Lucy Arnez, The Newyorkettes and many Vegas style tribute acts.

Carla still takes an occasional lesson and her teacher is the private vocal coach for Ariana Grande, Meghan Trainor and many Broadway artists.

Carla and her husband PJ are the writing team known as “The Alphabet Astronauts” who write music for TV, Film and original artists.

PJ Zitarosa


Pj studied jazz performance & music theory at City College in New York City. Some of his mentors include Joe Giglio, Vic Juris, Alex Skolnick, Metal Mike Chlasciak, Oz Noy & Greg Harrison. Pj has toured the globe with such artists as: Tyketto, Danny Vaughn, Brother Love, Jon Jones, The Bobby Lynch Band, New Power Soul & Garden State Radio. While with these bands Pj has shared the stage with: Motorhead, ZZ Top, AC/DC, Don Felder, Dream Theater, Killswitch Engage, As I Lay Dying, Kris Allen, Barenaked Ladies, 3 Doors Down, Michael Franti, & Joe Piscopo.

Pj has recorded numerous recordings & promotional videos and has been a featured artist online with Guitar World Magazine, Guitar Player Magazine & Premier Guitar Magazine demonstrating numerous efx pedals from: Maxon, TWA, Guyatone, Emma, Providence & HAO.

Pj has also been a featured artist for the past 5 years at the Winter NAMM show in Anaheim California & is proudly endorsed by- ENGL amps, Marshall amps, Music Man Guitars, Ernie Ball Strings, V-picks, EMG pickups, Gator Cases, Godlyke Distribution, Providence, Maxon, Guyatone, Emma, TWA, HAO, Get’m Get’m Straps & Loxx strap locks.

Kevin Swets


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At the age of 14, Kevin Swets picked up the guitar, growing up playing in rock bands until he turned to classical music at the age of 19. From there, he fell in love with the music of Spain, with a special place in his heart for flamenco.

Upon graduating with Honors from Fullerton College in 2011, he transferred to California State University Northridge and began his studies with acclaimed guitarist and member of the world famous Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, professor John Dearman. Currently, he is focusing his studies on the work of Bach with the head and founder of the CSUN music therapy program, Ronald Borczon.

Kevin has performed in numerous school-organized recitals and accompanied choreographed dancers on guitar for student’s capstone projects, not to mention maintaining his spot on the dean’s list during his first year of study.

After his second semester, he soon found himself fascinated with the process of learning music. More specifically, how physical movements lay our neural pathways and what techniques we can use to more effectively learn our music. These interests come from the ideas in the fields of Alexander Technique and Body-Mapping. His rigorous studies in the classical guitar have led him to perform in master classes with guitar legends Scott Tennant, Adam Holzman, Sharon Isben, and Marcin Dylla.

Most recently he has been a recipient of the prestigious Randy Rhoades Scholarship, upon which students competed and were then selected as winners by Randy Rhoades brother and sister.

Kevin Swets has earned his B.M. in Classical Guitar Performance from California State University Northridge, which was ranked as one of the top 25 music schools by the Hollywood reporter in 2014.  He is continuing his education and working towards his Masters, anticipated spring 2017.

Current projects include a direct influence of the music of Southern America, with music hailing from Venezuela and Argentina primarily. In concerts, he will draw upon works from the great Spanish and South American composers including Albeniz, Turina, Piazzolla, and Torroba.

Kevin is available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays-Sundays.

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Andreas Farmakalidis


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Andreas Farmakalidis is a professional performing musician, published musical author as well as educator with national as well as international touring experience.

He is primarily known as an electric bass player. He was fortunate enough to record with notable musicians such as Grammy award winning guitar player Marty Friedman, Megadeth, aika (J-pop top10), Neilaproductions, among others. In addition, he supported many well known artists and he has shared the stage with the likes of Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, WAR, Greek X Factor and super idol artists among many others.

He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Music from Berklee College of Music as well as a MA degree from Brandeis University . In addition, Andreas is a Rotterdams Conservatory alumnus, where he was studying Jazz bass Performance as well as Music Pedagogy. Moreover, he has a performance grade degree in piano from Trinity College in the UK.

Lastly, Andreas is a staff writer for the renowned bass magazine. His First music book, which is published through academic publishing, focuses on observations and analyses in the music of Ornette Coleman. His second book (hip hop bass lines), which is going to be published through bassline publishing, came out in 2012.

Andreas is available for private lessons on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Alexis Stone Lopez

Beginning & Intermediate Guitar

Alexis was born in August 1984 in Modesto, CA.  Shortly before graduation from high school, she decided to audition for the first season of American Idol. So at 17, she skipped school just before finals to drive more than 300 miles alone to Los Angeles for a 40-second audition. Although competing with more than 10,000 Idol-hopefuls, she made it all the way to the final Wildcard competition, before leaving the show.

After graduation, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her music interests. She attended Pierce College in Woodland Hills, CA, where she studied Linguistics and Music, and then went on to earn a full scholarship to the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA.

Alexis has been working in recording studios since she was 14 years old, not only as an artist and studio vocalist, but also as a recording engineer and a producer. Although her primary focus has been on her education, she has also managed to tour with several major acts at venues including MGM Grand, Cal Expo, Universal Amphitheater, and other major locations across the U.S.

She is currently back in the studio full time, working to complete a volume of songs, to draw from for her upcoming album.

Alexis is Available for Private Lessons Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Andy Perez

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Andy Perez, is a musician based out of the San Fernando valley, who plays the guitar and accordion. He has been playing for about 9 years and has experimented with versatile styles. His passion for music started at a young age. He began playing the accordion and took lessons at a local music school where he learned to read music and developed the skills needed to become a more rounded musician. He then switched over to the guitar, at which point he began taking lessons at powerhouse music (now know as Monster Music Lessons). He also learned how to play other instruments such as the piano, violin, viola, saxophone, bass guitar, and a little bit of drums. He started to play with many local bands where he learned to work with other musicians in a band environment. Andy hasmade the decision to start teaching music so he can  spread the joy of playing and learning music to other people.
Andy is available for lessons on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

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