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.

Alex Levy

Alex Levy has been teaching for eight years. He teaches piano, guitar, voice, composition, and Music Fun Time. In the past his students have scored high on the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music tests (ABRSM) and this year his students will participate in the Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC) Certificate of Merit program (CM).


Alex earned a full tuition piano scholarship to the University of Arizona. After completing his Bachelor of Music degree in Composition, his piece ​Gateways was chosen to be part of the museum exhibit ​“The Border Project.”​ The ​Tucson Weekly wrote of ​Gateways:


“​Alex Levy's "Gateways," 2011, an eloquent soundscape in Spanish and English, layers the voices of a dozen people into a mesmerizing oral symphony that mourns the ruptures created by the international divide.”


Alex went on to earn his Master of Music in Composition: Interdisciplinary Digital Media and Performance from Arizona State University. There he was given a Dean’s Fellowship to push his studies beyond music into interdisciplinary artistic collaborations and receive a primer in music technology. You can see his work and read his thesis at his website: http://alexlevymusic.weebly.com

Kate Hurley

Kate Hurley has been a touring musician for the last 12 years, sharing her music everywhere from Castles in Germany to slums in India to 20,000 people music festivals.


She has made 5 solo albums and 6 compilation albums. She has played the piano for over 30 years and the guitar for over 20. She has been writing songs since she was 10 years old.


Kate is also a teacher and writer. She has published a book, and has taught workshops for bands all over the world on musicianship and songwriting.


When it comes to private lessons, she has taught students everywhere from 4 to 55, focusing on piano, voice, beginning guitar, and songwriting.

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 and Intermediate students

Jill has an enormous love for the violin and music that is uncontanable. and she loves sharing that with her students. Jill received her teacher training in the Sassmannshaus Tradition. however, her teaching encompasses venous methods and materials. She understands that each student learns differently and adjusts Mr teachng style to mammae the learning expenence for the student.


Jill loves teaching both children and adults. She says. One of my favorite things about teaching violin is seeing how excited my students get when they are able to play something they once thought was imposside 'Tina one of Jars students said. "1 hive so much Am in my lessons with Jilt She is such a patient and encouraging teacher" .


Jill loves to listen to and play vaious genes of music including classical. fiddle, rock, and country She has played in orchestras, for private events, and regularly plays in her church band


 

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

Sabrina Dahlgren

Voice and piano instructor

Sabrina Dahlgren fell in love with singing at a very young age. While she started out classically trained, Sabrina has incorporated other styles of music into her life, such as pop and broadway. Sabrina has over 20 years of performing experience. She has been involved in and obtained leading roles in many popular musicals including West Side Story, Anything goes, Guys and Dolls, and Starmites.


In addition to her musical theater background, Sabrina has also auditioned for THE VOICE and American Idol numerous times. She enjoys being surrounded by people that have all different types of talent, and musical styles; and the audition experience is something she loves deeply. In high-school Sabrina was involved in many vocal activities including the honors choir, a capella groups, and regional competitions. She also assisted in helping others both privately and in a group atmosphere in order to help improve their vocal abilities.


During her early college years, Sabrina took many musical theater and vocal performance classes; and continued to be involved in many local competitions.


Sabrina also has teaching experience outside of her vocal interests. She was a martial arts instructor for 13 years. While her area of expertise was teaching children ages 4 to 12 years old, she has also taught many teens and adults as well.

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.

US Music Lessons

17150 Via del Campo,

San Diego, CA 92127

Phone. 858-451-7265

Email. info@usmusiclessons.com