Our Music Instructors

Our Instructors

About our Instructors

“a great school is just an amazing group of teachers.”

In our hiring process, we filter hundreds of prospective instructors in search of the qualities that make a great instructor. There are four qualities we are looking for. The first is a strong, positive personality. This is essential to keeping you excited about music, and engaged during your lessons. Secondly, we look for the instructor’s ability to create intelligent, achievable goals customized to your needs. Great teachers will help you learn the techniques and skill you need, but do it in a way you enjoy, through music you love. Thirdly, a great instructor is intuitive. They have the sensitivity to know if what they are teaching you is being understood, and if their delivery is effective. Finally, we look for outstanding educational credentials. Our instructors possess degrees from some of the finest music schools in the world, places like Juilliard, USC, Berkley School of Music, Indiana University, and Royal Conservatory of London.

  • berkely
  • royal-academy
  • yalle
  • peperdine
  • loyola
  • jcob
  • usc
  • colomia
  • julliard

Dylan

Dylan

Dylan is a pianist and violinist out of Santa Monica and has been playing both instruments…

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Misha

Sandra

Sandra is a concert pianist, certified yoga teacher and a devoted piano teacher. A native Ecuadorian, she has developed her career in several countries from a young age…

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Ross

Ross

Ross is a pianist, composer, and musicologist pursuing a PhD in Musicology at UCLA, after having received a Double-Bachelor’s in Musicology and Russian Language…

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Lindsey

Lindsey

Hi! My name is Lindsey, and I’m so excited to work with you!
My background is in contemporary voice and classical piano (20+ years of intensive training)

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Oleg

Oleg

Berklee College of Music graduate and a voting member of the Recording Academy (Grammys) Oleg Smirnov is a seasoned music producer, multi-instrumentalist…

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Hannah

Hannah

Hannah is a professional singer from Los Angeles. She graduated from California State University, Long Beach in 2018 with a degree in Vocal Performance….

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Travis

Travis

Travis is an active teacher, composer, and pianist in West LA, where he both lives and works. Piano lessons include theory, ear training, and composition…

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Izzy

Izzy

Izzy is a voice, piano, and violin instructor here at the Angeles Academy of Music. She has studied the Suzuki method for both violin and piano…

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Julia

Julia

Julia began her musical training at a young age. After eleven years of classical piano and clarinet study, she went on to acquire an undergraduate degree from the Frost School of Music…

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Misha

Misha

Misha is an educator, multi-instrumentalist, jazz composer, arranger and a big band director from Uzbekistan. In December 2015, he graduated from Berklee College of Music…

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David

David

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Cadence

Cadence

Cadence is a classical/jazz violinist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and music theorist. She graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor of Music..

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Gelo

Gelo

Gelo Hau is a virtuoso violinist from Santiago de Cuba, Cuba. Since early age, he was immersed in the music of The Beatles, Eric Clapton..

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Torrey

Torrey

Torrey is a graduate from UC Irvine, with over 15 years of professional voice training, and music industry experience. She has been trained by American Idol coach..

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Thomas

Thomas

Thomas is a cellist and teacher based in Los Angeles. Growing up he was inspired by his mother, a choral conductor and educator to learn music…

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Thomas

Thomas is a cellist and teacher based in Los Angeles. Growing up he was inspired by his mother, a choral conductor and educator to learn music. He started playing the cello at age of 8 and he immediately fell in love with it. Since then music became his passion. He had the opportunity to perform in countries such as Hungary, Germany and the United States and played with artists such as John Williams and Zoltan Kocsis. He received his BM in Cello Performance from University of Pecs in Hungary and his MM in Cello Performance from California State University, Northridge.
Thomas started teaching cello in 2011 at his Alma Mater, the Ferenc Liszt School of Music in Hungary.

Travis

Travis

Travis is an active teacher, composer, and pianist in West LA, where he both lives and works. Piano lessons include theory, ear training, and composition, and beginners start with the Piano Adventures series by Faber, which incorporates both classical and contemporary styles. With over 7 years experience, Travis works diligently to plan lessons that meet the needs of each individual student, while maintaining a core curriculum designed to build a strong musical foundation. In addition to his experience as a teacher, he has previously held positions as a staff accompanist at Boston Conservatory and is a regular accompanist for Solo & Ensemble Festivals, Kiwanis Solo Competition, RCM exams, and local student recitals.

Misha

Sandra

Sandra is a concert pianist, certified yoga teacher and a devoted piano teacher. A native Ecuadorian, she has developed her career in several countries from a young age. She was awarded a music scholarship to study classical piano performance at the University of Louisville and later pursued her Master’s degree in contemporary performance at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. She has recorded and toured with her own musical projects in Argentina, Ecuador and Chile. She has an all-encompassing love for different musical genres, ranging from classical, Latin American, contemporary, rock and film music. She teaches students solid technique and musical reading, and also encourages them to play songs/pieces that are close to their own unique musical curiosity. She speaks English, Spanish and French, and has taught piano in Ecuador, Spain and the U.S.

Ross

Ross

Ross is a pianist, composer, and musicologist pursuing a PhD in Musicology at UCLA, after having received a Double-Bachelor’s in Musicology and Russian Language and Literature as well as a Master’s in Musicology from the same institution. His teaching method involves combining an intensive focus on pianistic technique with music theory and discussions of how historical context influences the music his students are playing.

Dylan

Dylan

Dylan is a pianist and violinist out of Santa Monica and has been playing both instruments since the age of 4. He holds a Bachelors of Music degree from Syracuse University, where he graduated in 2018.
Dylan began his teaching career after graduating and has already taught over 100 students. Dylan has been performing for as long as he can remember. He’s performed alongside Glenn Frey, Jackson Browne, and in various orchestral concerts across United States and Europe.

 

Oleg

Oleg

Berklee College of Music graduate and a voting member of the Recording Academy (Grammys) Oleg Smirnov is a seasoned music producer, multi-instrumentalist, and experienced educator passionate to share his vast expertise. His flexible and methodical approach to teaching is backed by many years of experience as well as a Master’s degree in psychology and education. A descendent of the European music tradition, Oleg carries a plethora of musical influences stretching from classical to contemporary music genres.

Julia

Julia

Julia began her musical training at a young age. After eleven years of classical piano and clarinet study, she went on to acquire an undergraduate degree from the Frost School of Music, where she majored in Musicianship, Artistry Development and Entrepreneurship (performance and music business) and minored in Creative American Music (singer-songwriting), with piano as a principal instrument. For the past four years, Julia has taught students ranging from three years old to retired adults, as part of various studios in Miami and Los Angeles. In 2019, Julia was the 16th annual winner of BMI Foundation’s Peermusic Latin Scholarship Award, for her song “Mi Amor.”

Lindsey

Lindsey

Hi! My name is Lindsey, and I’m so excited to work with you!
My background is in contemporary voice and classical piano (20+ years of intensive training) – borrowing patterns and stylistic techniques from Jazz, Gospel, and Pop and emphasizing ear training as much as Theory. Having studied abroad for many years, I’ve also developed a strong taste in multi-cultural preferences, and it’s my goal to see you excel in whatever style you love. Music as a universal language is so special and unique. Let’s cover the fundamentals so you can take it in any direction!

Izzy

Izzy

zzy is a voice, piano, and violin instructor here at the Angeles Academy of Music. She has studied the Suzuki method for both violin and piano since age four at the Hartt School of Music in Amherst MA . Izzy has also studied vocally from a young age at universities such as the Berklee school of music in Boston, Manhattan school of music, UCLA, and more. Nevertheless, Izzy is a highly esteemed writer in the music industry. She has been on the top 100 Billboard pop charts for her own music, and writes for artists throughout LA as well as worldwide. Izzy loves teaching because she believes that through music we can all learn the values of handwork, determination, friendship, and having a voice. Whether it’s musical theatre, jazz, classical, or pop…Izzy is ready to help you learn!

Hannah

Hannah

Hannah is a professional singer from Los Angeles. She graduated from California State University, Long Beach in 2018 with a degree in Vocal Performance. She is a regular performing member of Los Angeles-based choir Tonality, and a member of Seattle-based choir Chorosynthesis. In addition to choral work, Hannah is also a proficient soloist. In 2017 she performed Hear Ye, Israel with the Bob Cole Symphony Orchestra in the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music’s performance of Elijah by Mendelssohn. During her time at CSULB, she performed several operas – namely The Bartered Bride by Smetana as Esmeralda and Cherubin by Massenet as La Comtesse. Hannah is confident in her teaching skills, particularly as they pertain to technique and healthy singing/playing. She is comfortable teaching a wide variety of styles and ages.

Torrey

Torrey

Torrey is a graduate from UC Irvine, with over 15 years of professional voice training, and music industry experience. She has been trained by American Idol coach Dorian Holley, who toured with Michael Jackson on his This is It tour. She has been teaching students of all ages and genres for the last 6 years, and loves working with new students.

Lindsey

Lindsey

Hi! My name is Lindsey, and I’m so excited to work with you!
My background is in contemporary voice and classical piano (20+ years of intensive training) – borrowing patterns and stylistic techniques from Jazz, Gospel, and Pop and emphasizing ear training as much as Theory. Having studied abroad for many years, I’ve also developed a strong taste in multi-cultural preferences, and it’s my goal to see you excel in whatever style you love. Music as a universal language is so special and unique. Let’s cover the fundamentals so you can take it in any direction!

Misha

Misah

Misha is an educator, multi-instrumentalist, jazz composer, arranger and a big band director from Uzbekistan. In December 2015, he graduated from Berklee College of Music, majoring in Performance and Jazz Composition. Misha has performed in many international jazz festivals, including Golden Fall (Uzbekistan, 2005); Astana Blues (2006), where he shared stage with legendary trumpet player Randy Brecker; 5th International Jazz Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) Jazz Festival (2010) and many others. In 2015, Misha was a finalist in ASCAP Young Jazz Composers competition with his big band composition Brainwash. Later, Brainwash was selected and recorded by Jazz Revelation Record label for their 2016 CD. Since then, Misha and his big band has been recording and performing his original compositions featuring great musicians like Donna McElroy and Yazhi Guo

Oleg

Oleg

Berklee College of Music graduate and a voting member of the Recording Academy (Grammys) Oleg Smirnov is a seasoned music producer, multi-instrumentalist, and experienced educator passionate to share his vast expertise. His flexible and methodical approach to teaching is backed by many years of experience as well as a Master’s degree in psychology and education. A descendent of the European music tradition, Oleg carries a plethora of musical influences stretching from classical to contemporary music genres.

David

David

More about David to come…

Dylan

Dylan

Dylan is a pianist and violinist out of Santa Monica and has been playing both instruments since the age of 4. He holds a Bachelors of Music degree from Syracuse University, where he graduated in 2018.

Dylan began his teaching career after graduating and has already taught over 100 students. Dylan has been performing for as long as he can remember. He’s performed alongside Glenn Frey, Jackson Browne, and in various orchestral concerts across United States and Europe.

Izzy

Izzy

Izzy is a voice, piano, and violin instructor here at the Angeles Academy of Music. She has studied the Suzuki method for both violin and piano since age four at the Hartt School of Music in Amherst MA . Izzy has also studied vocally from a young age at universities such as the Berklee school of music in Boston, Manhattan school of music, UCLA, and more. Nevertheless, Izzy is a highly esteemed writer in the music industry. She has been on the top 100 Billboard pop charts for her own music, and writes for artists throughout LA as well as worldwide. Izzy loves teaching because she believes that through music we can all learn the values of handwork, determination, friendship, and having a voice. Whether it’s musical theatre, jazz, classical, or pop…Izzy is ready to help you learn!

Hannah

Hannah

Hannah is a professional singer from Los Angeles. She graduated from California State University, Long Beach in 2018 with a degree in Vocal Performance. She is a regular performing member of Los Angeles-based choir Tonality, and a member of Seattle-based choir Chorosynthesis. In addition to choral work, Hannah is also a proficient soloist. In 2017 she performed Hear Ye, Israel with the Bob Cole Symphony Orchestra in the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music’s performance of Elijah by Mendelssohn. During her time at CSULB, she performed several operas – namely The Bartered Bride by Smetana as Esmeralda and Cherubin by Massenet as La Comtesse. Hannah is confident in her teaching skills, particularly as they pertain to technique and healthy singing/playing. She is comfortable teaching a wide variety of styles and ages.

Gelo

Gelo

Gelo Hau is a virtuoso violinist from Santiago de Cuba, Cuba. From an early age, he was immersed in the music of The Beatles, Eric Clapton, and Irakere by his parents, who enrolled him in violin lessons at age 6. The study of classical composers like Bach, Beethoven, and Stravinsky allowed him to develop strong technique and musicality. At age 9 he played his first concert as a soloist with a symphony orchestra.
At age 17 he started working with Lizt Alfonzo Dance Cuba, traveling all around the world and embracing Cuban traditional music, and flamenco roots. He graduated from the Instituto Superior de Art in Havana, majoring in violin performance and Music Pedagogy. Two years later, he moved to the United States, where he worked with the Grammy award winning songwriter Descemer Bueno.

Cadence

Cadence

Cadence is a classical/jazz violinist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and music theorist. She graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor of Music in Film Scoring and an instrumental focus in gypsy jazz violin. Learning violin at the age of 9, she played in local orchestras and competitions in Orange County, placing 1st at Southwestern Youth Music Festival 2010 and playing at Carnegie Hall in 2012. A passionate teacher with a background in music theory, Cadence firmly believes in helping students understand the fundamentals to internalize the bigger picture. Mainly teaching the Suzuki method, she also frequently creates a specific curriculum to suit a student’s needs. In addition, she specializes in transcribing and arranging music from popular media to capture students’ attention and ignite their passion for the violin through playing familiar music.

Izzy

Izzy

Izzy is a voice, piano, and violin instructor here at the Angeles Academy of Music. She has studied the Suzuki method for both violin and piano since age four at the Hartt School of Music in Amherst MA . Izzy has also studied vocally from a young age at universities such as the Berklee school of music in Boston, Manhattan school of music, UCLA, and more. Nevertheless, Izzy is a highly esteemed writer in the music industry. She has been on the top 100 Billboard pop charts for her own music, and writes for artists throughout LA as well as worldwide. Izzy loves teaching because she believes that through music we can all learn the values of handwork, determination, friendship, and having a voice. Whether it’s musical theatre, jazz, classical, or pop…Izzy is ready to help you learn!

Dylan

Dylan

Dylan is a pianist and violinist out of Santa Monica and has been playing both instruments since the age of 4. He holds a Bachelors of Music degree from Syracuse University, where he graduated in 2018. Dylan began his teaching career after graduating and has already taught over 100 students. Dylan has been performing for as long as he can remember. He’s performed alongside Glenn Frey, Jackson Browne, and in various orchestral concerts across United States and Europe.