Meet Some of

Our Teachers

Our teachers are professional musicians as well as instructors. 
They have a passion for playing and share that passion with their students.
 
  Each student is an individual.
All of our instructors give lessons in an age/ability appropriate manner
using music that is of interest to the individual student.
 Chris Meek, Owner And Director 

       Guitar - Bass - Ukulele - Drums - Rock Band

Adult Band - Adult Jam

 

Chris has been a perfoming musician and educator for more than 20 years. He has taught thousands of students over the years, some earning college scholarships, some graduating from Music-based Academies such as Musicians Institute as well as Expressions. Chris is also an in demand performer gigging around the Bay Area doing festivals, club dates, and recording sessions with such diverse acts as Powers That Be, Shaka Ra, Myron Edwins, Sugar Boogie and Junior DeVille. He also works with top bay area cover bands including Livewire, Ascension, the Fundamentals and the Groove Doctors. After many years of teaching at the Soundwall Music Camp held at UC Santa Cruz each summer.  Chris has been promoted to Music director. Soundwall, a 501c3 non-profit organization, is a rock music camp for teens that focuses on the dynamics of playing in a band and the effort required to put on a real rock concert- fun stuff! 

 

 Sal Minutoli 

Clarinet - Drums - Flute - Guitar - Piano - Saxophone - Violin (beginner)

 

Sal has been playing flute and piano for more than 20 years and has been teaching since 2004, both privately and in group settings. He has studied at some of the Bay Areas most prestigious institutions including San Francisco State University, Los Medanos College, Diablo Vally College and the Jazzschool. Sal emphasizes a strong foundation in theory for his students with the goal of bringing excellence and enjoyment to the music they play.

 

 Deborah Del  Mastro 

Voice

 

Deborah, has been teaching in this area since 2007.  She is a professional musician currently singing with local bands.  She teaches all levels and all ages from young beginners to pros who want to strengthen their voices or gain more control.  In the past, she taught and was Assistant Director for Musical Theatre at the Willows Theatre Company.  She also performs in Bay Area musicals.  She graduated from San Francisco City College with honors in music and studied voice with Dr. Edwin Barlow at San Francisco Stat University.  As an instructor, her objective is to combine her live performance talents with her vast teaching and administrative exerince to inspire, educate and support creativity among all ages.

 

 Lauren Gatzka

Voice

Lauren is a private vocal instructor and performance coach with eight years of formal voice studies and over seven years of voice teaching experience.  She majored in vocal performance at Middle Tennessee State University with a minor in psychology. As a Dramatic Coloratura soprano, she has performance experience in classical, Broadway and pop/rock styles. In her lessons, she uses a natural vocal technique based on the Alexander Method of Teaching which is comprised of several components fostering vocal health tailored to each individual student and performer.

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