Piano & Keyboards

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


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.


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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.


Matthew Irwin


Beginning and Intermediate Piano

Μatthew Irwin began studying piano at the age of 5. By the time he was 10, he was studying advanced repertoire and accompanying choirs for church and school. When he was 23, Matthew decided to go to school for Piano Performance and enrolled at Los Angeles City College. He graduated from the applied program and received both the David Alpert and Herbert Alpert scholarships. Matthew is now a Piano Pedagogy student at CSUN, studying under Edward Francis, and has been performing professionally and at school concerts in both solo settings and ensembles for several years. Looking into the future, Matthew sees himself continuing his higher education to obtain his Masters of Music in Piano Performance after he has completed his undergrad.

See Matthew’s Youtube Channel Here: https://www.youtube.com/user/Foxylectro/videos

See Matthew’s Soundcloud Account Here:  https://soundcloud.com/matthewirwinmusic


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

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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

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