Jasmine Bailey

Jasmine Bailey- is a singer, songwriter and guitarist. She actively gigs in the San
Diego music scence and has been singing for 10 years and playing guitar for 6. She
believes that music is a powerful tool for connection, empowerment and expression. She
emphasizes this in her teaching style, along with a focus in jazz voice, folk/blues guitar,
and popular music. She has been teaching for almost 2 years. Ready to teach beginner,
intermediate and advanced voice and guitar.

Whether you are just starting your music journey or you just want to get better, Jasmine
can help you achieve your musical in a relaxed environment. Unlock the magic inside
and express yourself with playing and singing. Let Jasmine be your guide!

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.

David Burnett

David holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from San Diego State University and been performing and teaching music for over 20 years. Primarily a jazz saxophonist, Mr. Burnett is proficient on all five woodwind instruments and enjoys teaching. Having performed with many artists (including touring internationally for five years), David brings a diversely colorful musical background to his teaching and performing. His vast knowledge of the jazz and classical languages enables him to customize instruction to your taste in music! David loves all kinds of music and seeks to incorporate his successfully unique and empathetic approach to music instruction. A few accolades Mr. Burnett has earned along the way include the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award and Theodore Pressor Scholarship. Venues include House of Blues-Anaheim/Cambridge, The Quays-Ireland, Tokyo School of Music-Japan, The Belly Up, La Jolla Playhouse, Balboa, Old Globe and Civic Theaters in San Diego. Several of David’s students have placed in the California Band Director’s Association (CBDA) and Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA) honor groups throughout California. Many of his students receive music scholarships to universities across the nation. David is an active member and on the Legislative Committee of Local 325, AFM. With his love for teaching combined with his experience playing professionally, he can teach any age or skill level with grace and proficiency.

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.

Sebastian Diaz

Sebastian Diaz picked up the guitar at the age of 14 and began playing and listening to
rock n’ roll greats such as Guns N’ Roses, Ozzy Osbourne and many others. Over the
years he has attended Master classes held by Eddie Kramer, Christopher Parkening,
and more. Sebastian is currently studying classical guitar with one of Christopher
Parkenings former students. (Parkening- a successful American classical guitarist who
has studied with the master musician Andres Segovia). Sebastian is currently working
on his Bachelors in music performance with an emphasis in guitar performance. He
loves the instrument and enjoys sharing his knowledge of the guitar with others. From
rock n’ roll to classical to that tropical island feel, Sebastian is more than happy to help
anyone in achieving their musical goals.

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.

Josh Hochman

Josh Hochman- is a guitarist with more than fifteen years experience. He has been teaching private lessons for more than a decade, with students ranging from 8 to 55 years old. Josh’s diverse background and repertoire have been best showcased in his work with Queen’s Musical Theatre, where he demonstrated a command of rock, blues, funk, and country (performing in Hair, The Rocky Horror Show and Reefer Madness). He has acted as music director and band-leader for the Queen’s Players’ sketch-comedy revue. Josh is also a veteran of punk and indie-rock scenes, where his group Team: Mookie had the opportunity to record with Mike Turner (Our Lady Peace) and Amir Epstein (Crash Karma, Zygote). Currently, he is completing his PhD in Music at UCSD, where he teaches courses on punk history (as well as other topics in popular music). In his academic career, he is a published author, as well as an award-winning teacher and composer. Josh’s music career has placed him in the roles of performer, composer, band-leader, instructor, researcher and radio DJ; he has a wide palette, with a competence and versatility to cater towards a diverse student body and their specific interests.

Juan Andres Mata Rodriguez

Juan Andres Mata Rodriguez- also know as Johnny Mata started out his music career at the young age of 5 years old, when his father realized that Johnny had musical talent. He began on guitar and drums but eventually made piano his instrument of choice. Johnny began playing piano at the age of 12 at his local church in Solana Beach (North Coast Fellowship) he was also involved in his high school and college jazz ensembles. In 2011 he became the music director for the Jr Jubilee Choir (Apostolic Assembly) here in San Diego. He is currently the music director at a couple churches in the north county part of San Diego. He has also become a renowned musician in San Diego playing in different venues with local artists and at various churches. Johnny has over 5 years of teaching experience, ranging from children to adults from beginning to advanced.

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.