Eric L Copeland
Eric L. Copeland II was born in Kansas City, Kansas the oldest of three children to Eric and Stacy Copeland. Before Eric turned two, he could be found tinkling with the keyboards and singing, and by four years of age was singing solos in pre-school programs and the church choir. It was clear that Eric had fallen in love for the first time, with “music”. Eric continued to sing every chance he could at home, at church, as he walked the hallways of his school, and the neighborhoods of Wyandotte County.
Eric was exposed to numerous competitions in the local community of Kansas City. He began singing in all of the top choirs of his schools, including acappella and concert choirs and also received multiple accolades and top place awards for vocal performances.
After high school, Eric would continue to pursue his love for music through his attendance at Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee as a Music Major. This would build upon Eric’s love for music in a more expanded way and expose him to different genres of music including classical, jazz, and opera. Eric was selected to the historic and world renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers as a freshman and through traveling and performing and touching the lives of so many people through music, this confirmed that this was exactly what he wanted to do.
While at Fisk University he became member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America, Incorporated. He participated in various musical events on and off campus and began developing his brand and artistry. After graduating Eric continued his pursuit to share his gift with the world by auditioning for community musical productions, singing background vocals for various artist, performing studio work and enriching the lives of children in the arts. His ultimate goal is to become a humanitarian of the arts and to continue to elevate in Gods perfect plan over his life.
Currently, Eric is pursuing the Masters of Music program at California State University, Northridge. While activating his artistry and sharing his music on a broader scale he also desires to give back to the community. At Monster Music Lessons he plans to do that and more.
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.
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