teachers

Jan Rivera

Jan Rivera is a graduate of both the A.A. and bachelor’s programs at Musicians Institute (GIT), Hollywood, CA (Electric Guitar Performance – Contemporary Styles); where he also worked as a Teaching Assistant.


During his time at Los Angeles, Jan studied with Alex Machacek, Greg Howe, Antti Kotikoski, Jeff Richman, Chris Juergensen and Scott Henderson.


Originally from Puerto Rico, he started his formal education by obtaining a B.M. in Musical Education and a B.A. in Music (Classical Guitar) from the Universidad Interamericana of Puerto Rico, San German Campus. Here he worked as a Music Theory and Musical Rudiments tutor.


While in Puerto Rico, Jan was also featured as a presenter at the Puerto Rican Congress of Investigation in Education.


His first book “Advanced Rhythmic Concepts for Guitar; Foreword by Alex Machacek: (An in-depth study on Metric Modulation, Polyrhythms and Polymeters)” is available through Abstract Logix, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.com among others.


Since it’s publication, the book has reached the 2014 Abstract Logix top sellers list, and placed #1 in its category for best sellers at Amazon.com. It has also received raving reviews by publications the likes of JazzTimes Magazine, Vintage Guitar Magazine, fellow authors, educators and musicians.

Sarah Hancock

Sarah is a native San Diegan and alumnus of EAA, and has been teaching music lessons for the past 10 years. Sarah began teaching private piano lessons, and later added voice as well and group lessons to children and adults. Music has always been a very important factor in her life. She began taking lessons at age 7 and has enjoyed playing ever since. She joined choir in high school and bell choir, and later formed her own band. She also took an interest in Jazz, and began singing solo as well as joining a jazz ensemble. Sarah studied voice with Dr. Sarah Lopez, holds a certificate in Applied Music from Palomar College, holds a Liberal Arts degree, and just obtained her MBA from California Southern University. Sarah plays the piano, composes, and sings, and enjoys sharing her music at church and public events. She has recorded several original compositions of her own and is planning on releasing a full length album in 2014. She has enjoyed teaching different age groups over the years, and appreciates the different dynamics that students bring to each class.

Jill Griffin

Violin Teacher, Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced, All Ages

Jill is passionate about the violin, and loves being able to share her love of music and the violin with her students. One of her favorite things about teaching is seeing how excited her students are when they realize that they are able to play something that they once thought was impossible. She started playing the violin as a young girl in the orchestra at school. She really started to progress in her craft when she began taking private violin lessons. Learning good technique and how to approach the violin, and the encouragement from her teacher was priceless. It gave her the confidence she needed to enter contests, win challenges and grow in her musicianship. Having that confidence and the feeling of accomplishment when she practiced and continued to get better was when she truly fell in love with music and the sound of the violin. That is exactly what she wants to provide for all her students. Encouragement that they can do anything they set their minds to. Provision of the proper tools (technique) to help set them up for success. Direction as she continues to raise the bar for them and push them to the next level of excellence. And the best of all is to help them feel good about themselves as violinists, and instill in them a true love for music and the sound of the violin.


Teaching methodology and material:
Jill received her teacher training in the Sassmannshaus Tradition; however, her teaching encompasses various methods and materials. Each student learns differently and she adjusts her methodology and material accordingly.


Teaching material includes (but is not limited to):
Sassmannshaus Tradition
Suzuki Violin School
ABC’s of Violin
The Student Violinist’s Guide to Music Theory
Wohlfahrt Etudes
Sitt Scale Studies
Carl Flesh Scale System
Harvey S. Whistler: Introducing the Positions, Developing Double-Stops
Sevcik School of Violin Technics


Student testimonials:
“My daughter started lessons with Jill this year and she is excited to come to her weekly lessons. Jill is a fun and dedicated teacher, a professional violinist who inspires my daughter to do her best. She is creative and encouraging when my daughter is learning a new skill and her focus on technique and dynamics has greatly improved my daughters playing. Jill helped my daughter in her auditions working hard on scales and positions and my daughter is now part of the Intermediate Strings of the Civic Youth Orchestra which not only made our daughter proud of her accomplishments but also boost her confidence in her ability to play. Her face lights up with pride when she holds her bow and plays beautiful music. It is amazing to see how much she has progressed since we started lessons and I couldn't be happier as a parent.” (Minnie)


“Jill is a very good violin teacher. My 5 year old daughter started with her when she was 4 and half years old. She was very patient with my girl and now my girl loves violin and did a recital after just six months. Jill also teaches music notes to her and now my girl knows it well enough to read the notes and play on violin.” (Neshan)


“I've known Jill for many years. She is a passionate musician! I had the privilege of being her violin student for about 1.5 years. I enjoyed learning to play the violin under her capable and patient teaching, and I also became a better clarinet teacher in the process as I utilized her teaching techniques with my own students.” (Kathryn)

David Grayeb

David has been playing and performing music since the age of 8. His musical endeavors have taken him all across the country including New York, New Orleans, Boston (where he earned a certificate from Berklee College of Music) and even internationally to London, England. He has won several Jazz awards at his former high school La Costa Canyon, although these days he rarely plays the instrument he won them with; the saxo(mo)phone. Since high school, his focus has shifted primarily to electric guitar and Keyboards and can be found teaching private lessons to students of any age.


In addition to teaching guitar (electric or acoustic) and piano, he also teaches bass and ukulele.


If you have taught music for any length of time you know there are many rewards to sharing your experience with your music students. Many fantastic long term relationships happen that are both priceless to the student and teacher. You also know that its not easy keeping a steady flow of students coming in, and that billing, marketing, and scheduling can become overwhelming.

Bernie Kremer

Drum Instructor

Bernie is an accomplished Stage and Studio performer who has played all over the world. He is a graduate of the L A Music Academy and became part of their staff after graduating. Bernie is from Germany and actually still owns a musk school there! Bernie studied child psychology at the University in Cologne, Germany which helps him understand how to approach a student when teaching. Bernie has taught hundreds of children and adults over his 12 year career as a teacher and calls it his main passion!



He now resides permanently in San Diego and recently joined US Music Lessons. We are very excited to have this world traveled drummer teaching for us here and we look forward to hearing his beats vibrating the walls for many years to come!
Bernie also has his on band here in San Diego.


You can check them out here: www.abandonedstereo.com

Mark Wolfson

Mark has been teaching piano and keyboard for over 8 years. He graduated with his Bachelor's degree in music from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2014. Students appreciate Mark's kind and supportive teaching style, and how he is able to help students with popular and contemporary music in addition to classical pieces. A lot of Mark's college coursework was in music theory, so he can tutor students in this as well. Mark teaches students of all ages and abilities and enjoys customizing lessons to the student's individual needs.

Megan Griffiths

Light Lyric Coloratura Soprano

A native Californian, Ms Griffiths has appeased as a soloist with the Blessed Sacrament Church choir in December 2012, 2013. and 2015. In 2013 and 2015,Ms. Griffiths pafounned in a master class with mezzo-soprano. Olga Perez-Flora and with mezzo-soprano Erika Person Werner. In 2016, Ms. Griffiths had the opportunity to be in a masterclass with soprano. Angel Blue. As a chorister, she has performed in New York and in Australia. She has performed in major works such as: Mozart's Requiem in D with the Redlands Symphony Orchestra and Joseph Haydn's Massa an Augusth k with the UCLA orchestra. In August 2015. Ms. Griffiths performed Handers Ales-gob in the Walt Disney Hall.


Pursuing a strong interest in performing opera, Ms. Griffiths has performed the roles of Suor ()movies from Sitar Angelica by Giacomo Puccini, Blessed Spirit from Or, fro ed Euridice by Christoph Gluck, the Second Witch from Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, Fiona from Bronaloon. and Camille from The Aferry Widow by Franz Lehar. She has studied opera scenes such as: Nannena from Fatuaff Zedina from Don (nowstint Yum-Yum from The Mikado, and Carolina from 11 Mairimorno &grew. Lucia from Lucia di lanunernwor, Susanna from Le Noce di Fawn, and Amine from La Sonnatwbula. Recently. Ms. Griffiths accepted to cover the role of Olympia from Its ('miles dlioffarann with the University of Redlands.


Ms. Griffiths has been studying opera since she was sixteen years old. She aspires to become a professional opera singer She possesses dedication, patience, and of course,Watt. In April 2014, Ms Griffiths received her Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Redlands. In April 2016, Ms. Griffiths graduated with her Masters in Vocal Performance from the same institution. She currently teaches voice and beginning piano, along with performing

Mona Rosoga

Mona Rosoga was born and raised in Romania. With both of her parents being musicians
themselves, it was no surprise she began her love of music at the young age of 5. Growing up,
Mona had big dreams of moving to the United States of America to become a singer and
performer.


Mona studied voice and guitar at the School of Music and Arts in Craiova, Romania. She won
multiple international singing awards in Europe, and even represented Romania in the
Eurovision Contest in 1994. Mona made a name for herself in Romania as a well-known poprock
singer, making multiple television and radio appearances.


Mona wanted to share her passion for music and with the others not only through her
performances, but also through teaching. While still living in Romania she taught voice and
guitar lessons at the school where she studied, the School of Music and Arts in Romania


After moving to the United States, she lived in New York and Miami where she began teaching
private lessons to students ages 5 and up.
Mona now lives in San Diego with her husband and regularly performs downtown on the
weekends. Mona loves teaching students of all ages. She not only teaches them voice and guitar,
but also encourages them to write their own music, overcome stage fright, and perform to their
best ability.

Sarabeth Belon

Sarabeth Belon recently graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance. She spent her four years at UCLA singing in all their operas and has premiered many works by her fellow composer colleagues. She has performed the role of L’ecureuil and L’chat in L’enfant et les sortileges, Dorabella in scenes of Così fan tutte, and other roles with UCLA Opera.
Soon after graduation, Sarabeth performed the role of Rebecca Nurse, from The Crucible, with the Miami Music Festival, Eolo from Giasone with Opera NEO, sang as a soloist in Nimbus, a collaboration with the Industry and the LA Philharmonic, and sang as an ensemble member in L’elisir d’amore with Pacific Opera Project.


Sarabeth’s most recent awards include the Encouragement Award from the Met Opera National Council District Auditions here in San Diego, and Honorable Mention at the La Jolla Young Artist Vocal Competition.


Besides opera, Sarabeth is the alto section leader at St. Peter’s Episcopal church in Del Mar and teaches both piano and classical voice.

Brianna Moore

Brianna moore has certainly earned her stripes in the highly competitive music industry. As a san diego native, brianna started her music training with top vocal coaches and producers based in los angeles, who also catered to stars such as tori kelly, jordan sparks and jojo. At only 11 years old, she was selected for star search and was featured on the hit show america’s most talented kids. She would go on to record her first original solo album and be accepted in to the hollywood pop academy, an extension of the musician’s institute for teen singers and performers. At the age of 15, brianna signed a record deal with universal records as part of a 3 piece girl group titled “lax”. Lax toured the country, visiting boston, new york, florida and texas to name a few, performing their single “forget you” which also aired on mtv in the summer of 2006.


In 2008, brianna decided to leave los angeles to pursue a college degree. During this time brianna continued to sing and perform locally through her church and various local bands, and also began teaching voice and stage performance.


Today, brianna performs all over san diego county and has been teaching voice and stage performance for over eight years. She really enjoys the opportunity to give back and share her knowledge and love of music with students of all ages. Brianna lives by the quote “luck is when opportunity meets preparation” and understands that hard work and dedication will lead to success for both her and her students.

Brian McAlpin

Brian McAlpin is a San Diego, CA born guitar player and a current Metal Blade recording artist who has toured all over the world with his band, Psychotic Waltz, since the early 90s. His most recent European Tour was in June 2017, where he played at the Grasspop Festival in Belgium, Copenhell Festival in Denmark, and headlined shows in the Netherlands and Germany. He will also be performing at the largest heavy metal festival in the world, the Wacken on August 4, 2017.


Brian has enjoyed teaching his love of music, theory, and composure to students of all ages for the past 20 years. He specializes in electric and acoustic Guitar, Bass, and Ukulele. He currently teaches all music genres at US Music Lessons in Rancho Bernardo, CA.

Elliot Ramsey

Born into a musical family, Elliot Ramsey has been performing and studying music most of his life. Reaching deepest into the study of the Upright (Contrabass Viol) and Electric bass, Elliot has studied under world renown players here in San Diego and Los Angeles .
He is proficient in all Stringed Instruments and Piano. Elliot actually was raised playing Woodwind instruments (Clarinet, Saxophone, flute) and has studied them all. Family, friends, and working for a music store involved Elliot in many schools music educational programs and has many connections in local classrooms.
Growing up in San Diego provided him with a wide variety of musical genres to study including latin styles and afro cuban music ( Salsas, Rhumbas, son montunos), Jazz, Rockabilly, Classical, Theatrical, Folk, Rock and Roll music, Ska/Reggae Music, Hip-hop and many of the Sub-genres of electronic music. Recording and Software knowledge is essential in this age and Elliot has a great deal of hours on mixing and recording.
Elliot has been teaching guitar, bass, ukulele, violin, cello , piano and ukulele since the age of 18 and has developed a way to connect with his students that lets their best creative qualities grow and flourish while ensuring a balanced education. Seamlessly integrating music theory and performance techniques for all of the above instruments listed.

US Music Lessons

17150 Via del Campo,

San Diego, CA 92127

Phone. 858-451-7265

Email. info@usmusiclessons.com