Our Instructors...experience matters!

Halina Muller

Piano/Keyboard

Halina has a very encouraging manner that promotes confidence in even her youngest students. Her clear expectations enable students to reach their unique potential.

 

  • ·         * Has been teaching piano to children and adults since 2000
  • ·         * Earned a degree in Music from Humboldt State University
  • ·         * As a member of the MTAC, she has prepared students for the Certificate of Merit

Steve Skidgel

Guitar and Bass

Steve focuses on notation, chord theory and improvisation skills. He teaches fun pop, rock and jazz or country songs, so people just have fun playing their favorite song. This encourages practicing!

  • ·         * Has taught guitar for 23 years
  • ·         * Bachelorate in Music Education
  • ·         * Bachelorate in performance, classical guitar from Southern Oregon University 1992
  • ·         * Over the years, has recorded 13 albums and is a member of BMI

Manuel Ojeda

Piano/Keyboard

 

 

 

  • ·         * More than 25 years teaching Beginners thru Early Advanced Piano
  • ·         * Cosumnes River College - General Music Degree
  • ·         * Sacramento City College - College Choir - Theory - Special Ensemble
  • ·         * UOP- Piano Literature
  • ·         * Sacramento State University - General Music Training

Dina Lalkaka

Vocals and Piano/Keyboard

What students love about Dina is her ability to put them at ease from the very first lesson. She creates a warm and positive atmosphere to make learning enjoyable, which helps build confidence for performance. She is motivated to help each and every student achieve their musical goals by incorporating ear training, musicianship, technique, sight reading and/or sight singing into every lesson. She will gear lessons towards the genre that most interests the student, while maintaining a strong emphasis on the musical fundamentals and technique.

  • ·         *Has worked with a variety of students of all ages and abilities since 2008
  • ·         *Received her Master’s degree in Jazz Studies in May 2014 from San Jose State University
  • ·         *Received her undergraduate degree in classical vocal performance from CSU East Bay
  • ·         *Has experience in a wide variety of musical genres including Jazz, R&B, Pop and Classical

Matt Klee

Drums and Percussion

I can teach you how to read, and write drum music, many exercises for the drum kit and snare drummer, as well as proper technique as well as any gear questions. I specialize in being a well-rounded drummer studying different kinds of rhythm from around the world. If you have a specific style you would like to work on we can focus energy on that too. Taking lessons with me will be a positive and learning experience and I hope I can pass the joy music has given me on to you!

  • ·         * Has 10 + years of teaching all ages
  • ·         * Has college experience in theory, world, and jazz music
  • ·         * Has drummed on over ten albums and counting, in many different styles