Piano & Keyboards
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. Carla was elected as a member into the Pi Kappa Lambda Society. She graduated with academic honors and a degree in music.
Carla was the vocalist, songwriter, lyricist, & lead guitarist for Earthwurm. Earthwurm 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 Arianna Grande, Megan Trainer and many Broadway artists.
Carla and her husband PJ are the writing team known as “The Alphabet Astronauts” and they write music for TV, Film and original artists.
Jaki Nelson was born to an entertainment family. She began learning piano at the age of 8 and has continued her study of the instrument to this day. She has taken vocal lessons from the best, including Rosemary Butler, Monica Margolis, Alexis Lopez, and Hannah Ferber. She began her recording career at the age of 17 with a song she engineered herself, titled “Take My Hand” that went worldwide, debuting on BBC radio, and getting picked up by Mau5Trap Records, a partner of Capitol Records. Jaki has begun her teaching career at Monster Music Lessons and looks forward to taking on new students to help them explore their creative instrumental and vocal abilities.
Beginning and Intermediate Classical Piano
Coco York has performed for President and Mrs. Bill Clinton twice, royalty, dignitaries, State Departments around the world, members of the Dutch Government and she has also authored a book: Simple Vocal Technique with Inner Engineering. Hailing from Strong, Arkansas, USA, where she was born, Coco has made her way to New Orleans, Australia, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Asia, Africa, Europe, leaving her mark in music across the globe.
CoCo has shared the stage with artist such as McCoy Tyner, Dianne reeves, Tanya Marie, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Toots Thielemans, and many others. She has appeared in theaters, recorded, and has extensive television and radio experience from around the world.
Born Guinevere Henry and nicknamed CoCo because of her penchant for drinking hot chocolate, she earned a Bachelor of Performing Arts degree in Music from Southern University in Louisiana. She studied Opera with Matiwilda Dobbs then subsequently returned to Southern University to continue her education. She has since earned a Masters Degree in Psychology and a Masters Certificate in Music Therapy.
Coco has worked as a Music Therapist at Links High School in Montreal, QB with developmentally challenged children, as well as in geriatrics at the St. Andrews Long Term Care Facility (also in Montreal, QB) with adults who suffered from autism, Parkinson’s, stroke and other ailments. Additionally, Coco has served as a Substitute Teacher at a number of schools in the LA County, has taught Master Classes all over the world, and has held permanent positions at both the Aboriginal School of the Arts in Sydney, Australia and the prestigious Rotterdam Conservatory of Music in The Netherlands.
When asked about her teaching style, Coco responds: “My teaching style is extremely simple: I always meet a client where they are. I assess to find out what their individual needs are and join them there.”
Coco is available for private beginning/intermediate piano lessons on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays.
Classical and Pop Piano
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, will be out early 2012.
Andreas is available for private lessons on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Alexis Stone Lopez
Beginning Piano & Piano for Vocal Accompaniment
Alexis was born in August 1984 in Modesto, CA. She attended Woodrow Elementary, Somerset Middle School, and Fred C. Beyer High School.
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 has limited availability for Private Lessons