Galen Bostian-Kentes

Pop, Rock, R&B, and Jazz Vocal 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 Saturdays.

 

Andre Mieux

Pop and R&B Vocal Teacher

Andre Mieux

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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

Pop Vocal 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.

Coco York

Pop, R&B, and Jazz Vocal Teacher

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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 voice lessons on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays.

 

Joel Brandon

Classical, Musical Theater, 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.

 

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.

 


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

 

Rosemary Butler

Master Vocal Coach

Rosemary Butler began her career playing bass and singing in an all-girl band named the Ladybirds. The band appeared on several LA area television shows before opening for the Rolling Stones in 1964. She then joined heavy rock band Birtha who released two albums for Dunhill. After they split in 1973 she became a popular back-up singer in the late 1970s and early ’80s. Her vocals were featured on Bonnie Raitt’s album, Sweet Forgiveness, on songs “Gamblin’ Man”, “Runaway”, “Sweet Forgiveness”, and “Two Lives.” Butler has acted as a back-up singer for Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Warren Zevon, Neil Young, Bonnie Raitt, and Rosanne Cash to name a few. Monster Music Lessons is very lucky to have an artist of Rosemary’s caliber on board to help train our young stars! Prices Upon Request.

Available for Private Lessons  by Appointment only.