Galen Bostian-Kentes

Piano Teacher

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Galen is a singer, composer, and lyricist, was born in San Luis Obispo, California, and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Now back in Los Angeles making new music and new memories. Known for his pure tone and vocal acrobatics, Galen is both versatile and fresh in his approach to music. You can hear middle-eastern, jazz, gospel, and rock, among other influences in his style.
Galen has sung on stage with jazz legends such as Kurt Elling, Bobby McFerrin, Chick Corea, Johnny Mathis, and Darmon Meader. He has also spent a great deal of time composing and arranging music for his band Compendium who’s first album earned Galen three Downbeat Student Music Awards for best Pop/Rock Vocalist, Best Pop/Rock Group, and best Jazz arrangement for Galen’s take on Stevie Wonder’s “I Believe”.
Galen is always known for his solid live performances. He has been said to sound like he’s “naturally auto-tuned” and “his stage presence makes you feel different than you’ve ever felt at a show.” (Kalamazoo Gazette)
Currently Galen is working on a new album while simultaneously teaching at Monster Music Lessons.
Galen is available to teach Voice, Piano and Guitar on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

Andre Mieux

Pop, R&B, and Jazz Vocal Teacher

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Andre Mieux (A.M.X.) is a multi-talented singer/pianist/songwriter/producer from Los Angeles, CA with many years of experience performing and teaching, starting at the age of 5. Andre has had scholarships to Cal arts, Long beach State, and Cal State Fullerton, and is now a graduating candidate, with one class remaining at the University of Phoenix. Aside from his academic career, he has been under the instruction of Dr. Marge Chen for the last 13 years for classical piano, and has also had the privilege of taking Master classes with the world renown concert pianist Andre Watts.
Andre grew up in a very musical family, with extended relatives who were a part of the Philharmonic(s), Fox TV, and several other major placements in music production and film. As early as the age of 8, Andre lit the spark of what he would one day call his career. Andre started writing, dancing and singing for a small group called Eagle Wings through his local church. By age 12, Andre had begun producing music with a friend, Grammy winning former member of the Yellowjackets, Ricky Lawson, who turned out to be one of his greatest connections to the music industry.
From there, Andre has been a part of a wide range of projects throughout his career from classical pianist to scoring several feature films. In addition, his song Let Me Be The One became a hit once picked up by the Korean group SS501. He also has worked with Showtime Television on Stunt Divas and Sid Burston Productions on Get Thee Behind Me. He was a member of Trilogy Productions, whose team was responsible for placements on such projects as Hannah Montana, High School Musical, Akon, Jill Scott, Varsity FanClub, T-Boz, Keith Sweat, Dave Hollister, Bobby Valentino, Nick Lachey, 112, and DREAM. Andre was also previously signed as an artist to Universal Music.Over the years Andre has gained many valuable experiences and rare knowledge which he wants to share with students no matter what age, level, or goals they may have.

Hannah Ferber

Classical and Pop Piano Teacher

CLICK HERE! Listen to Hannah Sing Her Original Song “Paper Wings”

Hannah Ferber is a professional vocalist who graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2009 with a Bachelor of Music. Having grown up in a musical family, Hannah learned to sing and accompany herself on the piano very early on, performing John Lennon’s Imagine on stage for the first time at the age of twelve. Currently Hannah works as a voice/piano teacher, session singer, and an independent singer/songwriter.

As a teacher, Hannah strives to find the unique talent in each student, encouraging them to explore and truly enjoy music. She feels that music is a vibrant joyful language and takes great pleasure in teaching others to speak it fluently!

Hannah is available for private voice and beginning piano lessons on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

 

Alexis Stone Lopez

Pop, Rock and R&B

Click here to watch Alexis compete on American Idol!

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.

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

 Joel Brandon

Classical, Jazz, and Contemporary Styles

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Joel Brandon is a 28 year-old singer, pianist, and composer from Annapolis, MD.  A story-teller at heart, Joel has a passion for self-expression and bringing productions to life through the emotive and versatile power of music.

Joel likes to make lessons fun, yet structured.  He focuses on the goals and interests of his students, having them perform music they love, while working on a solid technical foundation.  They learn how to play and sing music by ear, in addition to reading music notation.  He has 3 years of experience teaching students ages 6-63 in all styles.

Joel began studies on piano and music theory at the age of 6, learning the technique of the Russian Piano School as a medium for increased endurance and facility.  As a performer, Joel has sung and played in a variety of styles, including classical, musical theater, top 40, Christian, and jazz.  He has over 5 years of professional experience performing contemporary and traditional Christian music in various church positions.  His singing has earned 1st and 2nd place awards in competitions held by the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), and he is also a featured soloist on two albums by the Messiah College Concert Choir, Like a River and In Remembrance.

As a composer, Joel has written for a variety of short films, the theater, and for the standard array of large and small ensembles.  His specialties include dramatic interpretation for picture, MIDI sequencing, and orchestration.

Joel holds a Master of Music from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, where he completed the selective Media Writing and Production program.  He completed studies with Raul Murciano Jr., Gary Lindsay, Steve Guerra, and Devin Marsh.  Joel also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Composition/Voice from Messiah College,, where he studied with Damian Savarino and Dwight Thomas.   Also, he studied film in Los Angeles for a semester, scoring student films and interning at Fox Music.”

 Joel is available for lessons on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

 

Antonio Dangond

Jazz, Classical, Pop, Rock, Funk and Electronic Piano

 

Antonio Dangond is an accomplished pianist, composer, and arranger with performance/recording experience in various styles of music, including jazz, classical, pop, rock, funk, and electronic music. He has had the privilege to study piano with Christine Jones, Gerard Hagen, Matt Harris, and Gary Fukushima. While in high school, he completed the American College of Musicians/Piano Guild High School Diploma Program and the MTAC’s Certificate of Merit Program up through Level 10 (Advanced). He received his BM in Jazz Studies from California State University Northridge.

Antonio has recorded for Dirty Thursdays Podcast, the television program Get Thee Behind Me, and with various artists throughout Southern California, including the CSUN Jazz A Band. He has performed at The Mint, The Coach House, The Galaxy, Catalina’s Jazz Club, and at the 2011 Playground Music Festival, which featured several world-famous acts. He has also worked with musical theatre companies Gourmet Detective, Stepping Stone Players, and Children’s Civic Light Opera.

As an educator, Antonio’s skills range from providing complete beginners with a solid grasp of music fundamentals to helping experienced performers expand their musical horizons. His teaching methods utilize not only a deep understanding of music theory, but its practical application to performance and composition as well.

Antonio is available for private Piano lessons on Tuesdays, Wednesdays.

Coco York

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.

 

Taryn Lounsbury

Classical, Pop, and Jazz

A graduate of Berklee College of Music, singer/songwriter Taryn Lounsbury has been writing songs since she learned to sing. Taryn grew up in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York, where as a child she developed a passion for music, books and nature.
At a young age she began to play piano and violin, training in both the classical and pop genres. It wasn’t until college, while studying at the University of South Carolina under Bert Ligon, that she discovered and devled headfirst into jazz. The new style quickly became apparent in her songwriting. After graduating college, Taryn relocated to Brooklyn, where she remained an active member of the music scene. She formed her own band, Taryn Lounsbury Live, and played violin for The Anthony Mulcahy Band, where she opened for acts such as Glen Hansard and Mark Geary. In 2012, Taryn was a featured artist at the Gealach Gorm Songwriter Festival in Kill, Ireland. Taryn taught at her private music studio, “Taryn’s Melodies,” in Park Slope, Brooklyn, while working for Forbes Music Company in NY as a piano, violin, guitar, and vocal instructor. Her debut album, Too Happy For Love, released in February, exhibits her diverse and unique musical background, as well as her natural grasp of language and storytelling.

I have been an educator and administrator for quite sometime, and am aware of the qualities that separate mediocre from good, and good from great. Taryn is unquestionably great. I am constantly evaluating teaching talent in private instruction, group instruction, and in public/ private school classrooms. It is not often that I find a teacher with Taryn’s ability, passion, personality, and commitment.” -Forbes Music Company, NY

Derek Buechel

Jazz and Rock Piano

Click here to watch an acoustic performance of Derek w/ his bank “Hey You!”

Click here to watch Derek perform w/ his band at The Viper Room

Derek John Buechel is an honors graduate of Columbia College in Chicago where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree. While attending Columbia, Derek based his studies in the jazz and rock/fusion guitar idiom, and had private lessons with Chicago greats Frank Dawson and Peter Lerner. Through his studies and training, Derek attained a solid foundation in all aspects of music including composition, theory, technique, production, sight-reading, and ear training. While at Columbia, Derek was surrounded by many of the businesses’ finest musicians including blues greats Koko Taylor and Fernando Jones, jazz greats Pat Martino, Jon Faddis, and John Pizzarelli, and funk legend Fred Wesley.

While maintaining a solid rock n’ roll foundation, Derek’s style is described as an eclectic mix of jazz, rock, blues, funk, and psychedelia. Part of the reason for his unique style is his involvement in a number of different musical outfits. Derek was a member of almost every different ensemble Columbia had to offer including Jazz Guitar, Blues Ensemble, Pop Orchestra, New Music Ensemble, and Groove Band. He was also very involved in Chicago’s theatre and comedy scene, working as Music Director for a production based out of Chicago’s legendary 2nd City and also playing lead guitar for the Apollo Theatre’s Baby Wants Candy, the most popular improv-comedy sketch in Chicago.

Since moving to Los Angeles in late 2008, Derek has built a solid musical foundation for himself through teaching lessons, and his rock band, Hey You!. Hey You! has been lighting up Hollywood, constantly playing some of L.A.’s best venues such as the House of Blues, Key Club, Viper Room, and the Troubadour, and has even won a couple of awards along the way (RAW Artist Musician of the Year, Project Rock Warrior winners). The band happened to catch the ear of Producer/Engineer Mike Clink (Guns N’ Roses, Heart, Metallica), and is currently in the studio recording their debut album with him.

While performing with Hey You!, Derek has still kept his love for teaching alive. He has received much praise for his teaching of all age groups, but specifically with children. He has been involved with childcare and education since high school, and this can be seen in his teaching style with kids. Some of his students have even given him the nickname “Happy”.

 

Andreas Farmakalidis

Classical and Pop Piano

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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, 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

Click here to watch Alexis compete on American Idol!

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 Piano, Vocal and Guitar Lessons on Monday, Tuesday , Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

 

Chris Mitchell

Guitar, Piano, Drum, Bass

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Chris Mitchell is a Professional Musician living in Northridge, California. He is a Virtuoso Guitarist and Pianist, and performs around Los Angeles weekly. Chris has recorded at Capitol Records in Hollywood, and is available for hire on your tracks. Chris is sponsored by Hamilton Steel Guitars, and uses D’Addario strings.

Chris’ passion for teaching is unsurpassed. Giving a child the gift of music is one of the most beautiful things a human being can do, and no one does it better than Chris Mitchell. With years of experience coaching bands, group Master classes,  individual drum, piano, and guitar lessons, theory classes, Latin Jazz and Jazz Harmony Instruction, Chris brings his own unique styles of teaching, and breaks everything down into easy to digest, small pieces of information.

                  Chris is Available for private lessons on Tuesday and Sunday