Voice & Vocal Coaching
Pop, Rock and R&B Vocal Teacher
As a performer and songwriter, Jason has shared the stage with artists such as Rocco Deluca, Nikka Costa, and Jonathan Foreman, as well as countless local indie favorites. He had a brief stint as a top 60 contestant during the first season of NBC’s the Voice. His original songs, Paper Roses, and Aftermath – from his self-titled EP – appeared on network television shows Gossip Girl, and Ghost Whisperer. To his acclaim, Jason self-released his first full-length album titled, Stomp Out the Sun in 2010, and toured the West Coast in promotion of that record. In 2012, he co-produced, co-wrote, and engineered the EP Before the Evening Falls, with his Americana side-project, the Tin Drums. He is currently working on his third studio album with Mirrorball Entertainment that is set to release fall of 2013.
While completing his undergraduate degree in Commercial Guitar and Arranging, Jason was a volunteer music instructor to at-risk youth at the Azusa Pacific Conservatory of Music, as well as a professional music instructor at Gard’s Music. Following college, he worked at Joe Ferrante Music Academy for over a year teaching guitar, piano, and voice. In addition to teaching at Monster Music Lessons, he also teaches privately at La Canada School of Music. Through these various teaching positions, Jason has gained the confidence to be a creative and flexible teacher, able to adapt his lessons and style to meet the unique needs of each student. His college professors inspired him not only to be a great musician but also a great teacher. He loves teaching because he enjoys watching students hone their talent into skill so that they can achieve their dreams.
Pop, R&B, and Jazz Vocal Teacher
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.
Classical, Musical Theater, Jazz, and Contemporary Styles
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.
Pop Vocal Teacher
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 Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Alexis Stone Lopez
Pop, Rock and R&B
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.
Classical, Pop, and Jazz
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
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.