Manuel Garcia has been dedicated to his vocal and instrumental studies since the age of 7 years old. He studied vocal performance and music theory under the direction of Angelo Marchese here in Miami, and guitar and percussion under Lucas Melendez when residing in Madrid, Spain.
He is currently continuing his studies in Music Education at Florida International University, under the direction of Dr. Wilson. Manuel has been part of performances by artists like Tori Kelly, Pentatonix, and Khrista Lopez, as his techniques vary from Classical to Pop and R&B. He looks forward to providing a well-rounded set of skills to students while sharing his experience and talent with them.
Jose Gallegos is a producer, a pianist, an arranger, and a composer. He studied classical music and piano at the National University of Bogota in Colombia before moving to New York City, where he continued his training in composition, arranging, orchestration and music production at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. Under maestro Don Sebesky, he studied jazz orchestration and film scoring. Over his career, Jose has worked with numerous artists and musicians, such as Harry Belafonte, Tom Jones, and Celia Cruz, to name a few. He is the recipient of thirty-eight awards for broadcast and music production in TV, radio, film and digital media. Since 2011, Jose has dedicated his time to music education and training for youths, musicians, and producers.
Born into a family of musicians, Isaac Velasquez grew up in the drum world. He began his education under the guidance of his father, Venezuelan music icon Ivan Velasquez. At 12 years old, he attended Los Teques Music Conservatory and studied orchestral percussion, where he was part of the Youth Symphony orchestra, playing timpani and snare drum. Through the years, Isaac continued to sharpen his skills, musical sense and technique. He began working professionally at the age of 19, and since then, he has been a full time musician. Isaac has played locally and worked on recording sessions for various artists in a wide range of music genre, including Fanny Lu, Guillermo Davila, Karina, Charlie Zaa, Kukaramakara Brickell, Los del Rio, Dave Muse (Firefall), and most recently Nestor Torres, among others. He has become a well-respected drummer in the Miami music scene.
Joshua is an individual who believes that hard work and dedication can lead you to do great things in life, and he teaches students both the importance of music and how they can incorporate these skills into their everyday lives. Joshua is continuing his studies in the field of Music Education under the guidance of his mentor and musical director Aramis Gonzalez. Joshua is an experienced instructor in both Classical and Jazz Saxophone, Orchestral Bassoon, and Chamber/Solo performance with both instruments. He was the recipient of the John rusnak Hall of Fame Award in 2014, and has served as Band Captain for the Miami Coral Park Band of Gold. Joshua teaches students of all ages, and also works well with younger students; he is patient and strives to bring out the best in all of his students.
David Hidalgo is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter based in Miami/South Florida, and has been making music and performing from a young age. He has studied music at every level of his education and continues to pursue this path. David is in multiple original projects, where he plays a different role in each band and has performed at venues all throughout the county. He has also done several tours throughout Florida, as well as touring in New Orleans and other parts of Louisiana such as Baton Rouge and Galliano. David has performed at many world renowned events such as TED Talks, Sofar Sounds, Art Basel in Wynwood, the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, and more. As his passion carries him, he is frequently appearing on radio shows and performing with many other local artists.
Eva Moreno began her music career at the age of 9 when she joined the Youth and Children’s Orchestra system in Venezuela, where she would eventually become a teacher for flute and the woodwind section of various orchestras. She attended L’Académie Internationale d’Eté de Nice under the guidance of Maxence Larrieu in 2007, and attended Charterhouse Music Festival in England under the guidance of flautist Susan Milan in 2008. Throughout her career, Miss Moreno has also completed Master Class traning with many incredible performers, such as Philippe Bernold, Michael Bellavance, Alexa Still, and David Formisano. With over fifteen years of experience as a teacher, Miss Moreno is looking forward to using her talents and experience to nurture a love for music in students of all ages.
Aryam was born in Habana, Cuba and grew up in Miami. He began studying cello at the age of 9 with Maria Salas, a well-renowned cellist from El Sistema in Venezuela. Under her guidance, Aryam played as a soloist with the International School of Music Orchestra in 2012, and was a part of the New World Side-by-Side program, the Greater Miami Youth Symphony, and the All-State Orchestra. Aryam debuted as a soloist playing the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Arts and Minds Symphony Orchestra and was later recruited to the Miami Arts Charter School by Aleksandar Djuric, a Julliard graduate, where he served as principal of the cello section. He is currently continuing his education with aspirations of becoming a world-renowned soloist and orchestra director.
Ruben Cardenas is a multi-instrumentalist and producer who has been involved in music for most of his life. He studied for part of his degree at the Berklee College of Music and then came back down to his home town and finished the remainder of his degree in Miami. As a drummer Ruben has performed along side various big name acts such as hip hop artist School Boy Q and also performed at world renowned events such as TED TALKS. As a DJ he’s played at some of the most famous night clubs in Miami such as Cameo & Club Space and gained the support of top tier electronic acts such as Tiesto, Borgore, and Steve Aoki’s record label, Dim Mak Records. As a producer Ruben has signed several deals with major labels such as Universal, Island Records (a division of Universal Music Group) and Warner Brothers as well as sparked the interest of Sony and Atlantic Records with his productions. Between the knowledge of the various instruments he plays & his production skills in the studio, Ruben has developed himself into a very well rounded.
David Fernandez began playing the violin at the young age of 6. After years of schooling, much practice and magnificent development of his talent and musicianship he began playing on stage along side famous persons, such as: Placido Domingo. As a violinist in the Miami Symphony Orchestra and as a teacher of the violin and viola he continues developing his skills. Now you can learn how to play violin with one of the youngest and greatest players in Miami.
“Every Professional was once a beginner”. Joel had his start at the age of 11 when he started playing Beatles songs on the acoustic guitar. Fueled by the influences of Chon, Animals as Leaders, and Intervals, he has been composing for his instrument since the age of fourteen and has been studying the guitar for over a decade. He went on to audition for the School of Music at Florida International University, where he was accepted to study the Classical Guitar with Rafael Padron and Mesut Ozgen. Being classically trained gives him the ability not only to incorporate more techniques into his playing, but also to teach his students better form when handling the guitar. He also enjoys playing piano and studying theory, but the guitar remains his instrument of choice: “The guitar is hands down the most expressive instrument I’ve come across. There are so many different ways you can play the same chord, so the possibilities are literally endless.” He prides himself in fostering an environment conducive to learning, where the student enjoys new challenges and perspectives. “I enjoy guiding the student down the path which they wish to travel, whether it’s composing a well-structured melody, shredding like Eddie Van Halen, or learning that new chart-topping pop song.”
Jackie is a charismatic individual who believes music is an important part of expressing who you are. Even at a young age, she has shown her passion and creativity in the field of music. She has been involved in the music programs of every school she has attended, ranging from orchestras to jazz ensembles, and has received awards in state and district competitions. She was also selected to be a part of the 2014 Florida Intercollegiate Honor Band on french horn. Jackie has been playing piano for over ten years, trumpet for four years, and french horn for eight years. Jackie is an alumni from New World School of the Arts and is currently pursuing her bachelors in music performance at Florida International University. She has received both a Bright Futures scholarship for her academic studies and a music scholarship from FIU’s School of Music for her musical abilities. This instructor works great with all ages and can help build skills in fields such as classical and pop. She has extensive knowledge of music theory and a perfect pitch that allows her to give her students a thorough understanding of music.
Gilberto Valladares graduated from “Amadeo Roldan” music conservatory in 1988 in Havana-Cuba with a vocational music degree, and a GED degree at Atlantic Southeastern Academy in Miami 2011.For the past seven years, Gilbert has worked as a Music Instructor at Archimedean School,a Miami Dade Public School (MDPS). He taught in their after school program with children in elementary and middle school levels with growing numbers in students as the years progressed. He has been active as a private piano lesson teacher in Miami,the city of Fribourg and Zurich in Switzerland, and Caracas Venezuela since the year 1999. His first teaching experience was in Havana-Cuba at the “Ignacio Cervantes”Music Conservatory during the year 1992.Gilberto was the pianist and musical director for the group “Mojito Son” from 2001 to 2005, he served as a pianist, background singer and music arranger for a musical show at the city of Juares fair in Mexico during the year 1993, furthermore, he participated and conducted various bands while in Italy and Switzerland from 1997 until 1998. In present years Gilberto has been part of live shows at different TV channels for various artists,such as Thalia, Carlos Ponce, Alicia Villareal, Tono Rosario, Alejandro Montaner to name a few. He has also worked as composer, arranger and producer for various projects and has computer skills using music software.