Nick Sullivan

Nick Sullivan- is a guitarist and educator from San Diego, CA. He has been playing guitar for 11 years and teaching private lessons for the past 6 years. He can teach guitar students of all ability levels on either electric or acoustic guitar. Knowing that each student has different musical goals, Nick tailors his lessons to fit each individual student and their personality.
Although Nick’s academic studies were primarily focused on Jazz, he is also well versed in Blues, Rock, Pop, Funk, and Latin music. He can be regularly seen performing a wide variety of music around San Diego both in groups and solo.
In addition to guitar, Nick is also an avid songwriter and loves to compose new music. He is very passionate about music theory and ear training as well, which he regularly incorporates into his lessons. Nick holds a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies from San Diego State University.

Ken Beaumont

Ken Beaumont- grew up in the San Diego blues scene and has 25 years of playing experience. He also lived in Brazil for 11 years from 1995 till 2006 and played in a Band called Matutaia. During his stay in Brazil Ken opened up for artists such as Gloria Gaynor, Olodum, Barao Vermelho and Jorge Ben Jor and taught at the music school “Tocata” in Fortaleza, Ceara for 3 years.
In San Diego: Ken taught at The Language Acadamy for 2 semesters. Teaching guitar for 25 students in a class room grades 3-5. Currently Ken is playing in Various bands and as a free lance Artist in the San Diego and have shows on a weekly basis from South County to North County.
He has also played extensively with local artist Mark Lamson and his group Sol E Mar. Ken can play a variety of styles including Rock, Blues, Brazilian styles and is well versed in theory and musical concepts

Albert Nelson

Albert Nelson- is a drummer, music educator, and certified recording engineer through LA recording school. He started playing drums at the age of 5 at church and has been playing ever since. He played for several bands and recording artists growing up, including the Brock Brothers, Dansby Sturdivant, Brent Jones, and many more gospel, R&B, and cover bands. He started reading music and taking jazz lessons at age 11. He started teaching drums himself at age 16 to local students and church members in the area and gained a deeper love and understanding of music and teaching. He played in the jazz ensemble at Victor Valley College. Over the years he has work with many recording artists and producers in the studio, on tour and live performances. He plays and teaches many styles of music including Reggae, Funk, Pop, Jazz, Gopsel and many more. He also teaches on percussion instruments like congas and cajon.

Paulina Flores

Paulina Flores- has been performing on flute for over 11 years. She received a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from San Diego State University. She studied with Pamela Vliek Martchev (Southern California flutist) while diving in Woodwind, Brass, String, and Percussion pedagogy. Her education included Music Theory, Music History, Composition and Orchestration. During her time at the university, Paulina performed with the SDSU Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Marching Band, Chamber Orchestra, and Aztec Concert Choir.
Paulina has spent the last two years as a Music Educator. She worked at the Children’s Creative and Performing Arts Academy teaching AP Music Theory, Beginning Band, Advanced Band, and a Percussion Ensemble during the Spring semester in 2018. Paulina works at America’s Finest Charter School building an after-school music curriculum. She teaches beginning and intermediate students on Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Percussion and Piano. In addition, she is the Music teacher at Vista Grande Elementary and Marvin Elementary. Her focus is to ensure children from diverse backgrounds receive the highest quality of Music Education

Sean Daly

Sean Daly- San Diego native grew up in a family of music-his father leading an Irish rock band with a “classic rock problem”. Initially self taught in guitar and harmonica -played orchestral bass guitar in middle school’s advanced and jazz bands. Sang Baritone, Tenor I, Tenor II in High School AP Vocal Chamber/Mixed Ensemble for 4 years and toured with the group to various parts of Europe (Highlights: Singing in Pompeii and for Mass at the Vatican). Took vocal classes and basic music theory as well as starting original bands at university. Interned at Trackstar Studios in La Mesa with Josquin des Pres as session engineer and received a vocational certificate in Audio Engineering and Producing from the industry-accredited RRF program based in Malibu, CA in 2014. Has played and currently plays in several bands in the San Diego area and has had mentions in local press for performing guitar, bass, vocals, and drums. In the past 12 years has played at venues such as the San Diego House of Blues, Casbah, Soda Bar, and various other clubs on the west coast.
Sean has taken 4 years of advanced vocal/chamber music. Proficient genres include: Rock, Folk, Pop, Alternative, Country, Jam, Blues, Punk/Rockabilly and Irish Music. He also has a lot of experience in songwriting and can help you with your original music.

Mack Leighton

Mack Leighton- Mackenzie Leighton is a bassist, composer, and educator from San Diego, CA. He has been playing acoustic/electric bass and guitar for 16 years, and has been teaching for the last 10 years. He can teach bass at all levels and guitar from beginning to high level intermediate. While primarily a jazz player, Mackenzie has experience playing and teaching a wide range of styles including classical, latin jazz, rock, bluegrass, and avant garde. He works regularly with Southern California jazz heroes Peter Sprague, Gilbert Castellanos, and Kamau Kenyatta, and has worked with jazz legends such as Donald Brown, Geoffrey Keezer, and Sammy Figueroa. He has performed at the Carlsbad Music Festival, Ensenada Jazz Festival, Tijuana Jazz and Blues Festival, and Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines. He is adjunct faculty at California State University San Marcos, Palomar College, and Miracosta College, and holds a Masters in Music from San Diego State University.

Lei Wang

Lei Wang- began playing piano at age six and started teaching private lessons when she was attending university. During her last year as an undergraduate, she taught general music class in high school for a year. Upon coming to the United States, Lei earned both a MM degree and Performance Certificate degree from Northern Illinois University. As a pianist, she worked with Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra in 2014, and became a member of Wind Symphony in 2014. Lei also won several piano solo competitions in China and performed numerous concerts as a solo pianist and chamber ensemble member. She served as the official accompanist at St. James Catholic Church.
Lei’s passion is teaching. She has been teaching private piano lessons to students of different ages and backgrounds. Lei believes that every student is unique and learns different so she teaches directly to the individual needs of each student. Lei’s teaching style includes music theory, sight reading, ear training and technique. Depending on the individual, she can help with many different genres of music including classical, jazz, and pop music.

Emil Luxemburg

Emil Luxemburg- holds a MM degree in Violin performance and Orchestral Conducting from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and BA degree from AMTAP in Europe.
He began playing violin when he was six years old attending a special school for music. Emil continued his musical studies at Neaga Music College, in the former USSR where he studied violin with Victoria Neaga, viola with F. Balan, and chamber music with O. Shraiberman.
With over18 years of teaching and performing experience, Emil teaches students the music they want to learn including Classical, Jazz, Pop, and R&B styles. He uses Russian & European Violin, Viola and Piano methods with Suzuki Books incorporating Scales and Etudes for technical development of the student.

Lauren Jones

Lauren Jones- is a singer and pianist in her second year of graduate school at UC San Diego studying Vocal Performance. She has studied piano for 17 years. She has also sung for most of her life, although decided to seriously pursue classical voice training starting at age 18 at the University of Montevallo. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Choral Music Education there, where she also began to teach voice and piano lessons to beginner and intermediate students. She has continued to teach beginner and intermediate piano and voice lessons for the past 3 years. She has also had 2 years of experience directing elementary and high school choirs. Her background and training is in classical music, and in addition to that she is a proficient songwriter. She wrote music for and performed in the Birmingham, AL based folk band, The Steele Sisters, for 3 years. During that time, she also played keyboard for Nina Rat!, an improvisational rock band. She still enjoys writing music for voice and guitar. She enjoys delving into many types of music and has had experience singing in many genres, including opera, contemporary classical, jazz, folk, musical theater and improvised music.

Chenelle McClain-Barrett

Chenelle McClain-Barrett- a San Diego native and alumna of San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, began her musical training in piano at the age of three. Soon after, she took an interest in string instruments such as violin, viola, cello, and bass. McClain-Barrett studied and performed with the San Diego Youth Symphony and East County Youth Symphony throughout her secondary school career under several conductors, including: Jeff Edmonds, John Ramirez, Miguel Ramirez, and Alexandra Keegan. She currently attends San Diego Mesa College, majoring in music, and has aspirations including earning a master’s degree in music education, with a minor in music theory and composition.
The formation of her band “Aliceity” in 2011, allowed her to explore different genres of music such as pop, rock, folk, and hip-hop. Always working to expand her range of knowledge and musical abilities, she currently experiments with and is learning to play new instruments such as drums, guitar, and bass guitar. In addition to instruments, she explores the usage of music software to record her work.

Armando Silva

Armando Silva -is originally from Phoenix, AZ and had played trumpet for over 24 years. In 2003, Armando joined the United States Marine Corps to serve his country and to play in the Marine Corps Band. During his 9 years as a United States Marine, Armando was a featured trumpet soloist, arranger, conductor and director of small ensembles, such as the Brass Quintet and Brass Band. Armando was a runner up nominee for Marine Musician of the Year in 2010, while deployed in Afghanistan, Helmand Province. Once exciting the U.S. Marines, he made San Diego his home and had been playing as a freelance trumpet player. He is currently enrolled at San Diego State University to fulfill his requirements to become a Music Education Major. Armando has taught trumpet for 10 years and teaches beginning brass basics to low brass instruments. Armando currently plays all genres of music to include school ensembles and professional groups. Mr. Silva has played with the Gaslamp Quarter Jazz Orchestra, The Manny Cepeda Orchestra, Afro Truko and the Seaworld Brass Band. You can currently find Armando playing in the late night Latin Jazz scene with Orquesta Tropical San Diego and Black Mambo. You can also here his smooth jazz sounds on Joe Garrison’s “The Night People: Veranda” lp, 2009.

Andrew Acquista

Andrew Acquista holds a BM in Education with a concentration in Percussion from CSU Humboldt and an MM in Performance with a concentration in Percussion from CSU Long Beach. He has studied all forms of percussion including conga drums, hand percussion, Brazilian percussion, Ghanian music, Djembe and Dunun, drum set, vibraphone, steel drum, Mbira as well as the wide range of orchestral percussion. He has studied with teachers such as Michael Spiro in Afro-Cuban music, Mark Lamson, a Brazilian music specialist, Brad Dutz (a top call LA studio percussionist), C.K. Ladzeko (Master Drummer and Professon at UC Berkley), Dramane Kone( Master Djembe player), Aboubacar Kouyate, (Master Drummer), Lansana Kouyate (Master Drummer), Eugene Novotney PHD, Michael Carney DMA, Ray Holmon, and Michael Cox. He is lead drummer for the West African dance classes and accompanist for modern classes at CSULB. Andrew Acquista also travels the USA playing gigs for Drum Cafe. Styles of Drum set include Rock, Reggae, Ska, Funk, Afro-Beat, Hip-Hop. Calypso, Soca, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban and Jazz.