Heather Duquiane

Hello! My name is Heather Duquaine. Music has had a prominent place in my life and a special place in my heart! I am passionate about music and love to ignite that passion in others. I have been playing piano since second grade and have sung in and directed/accompanied various choirs throughout my life. I have been teaching piano lessons steadily for the past 5 years and have been an Elementary Ed. Teacher for 15 years. Currently, I play piano / organ for church services on a regular basis at my church and teach piano with U.S. Music lessons.

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 Jill 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:
Ms. Griffin tailors her teaching methods based on each individual student’s learning style and needs. Jill is a member of the Music Teachers’ Association of California and offers opportunities for her students to participate in the California statewide 10-level Certificate of Merit program. Materials used include (but are not limited to) Suzuki Violin
School, Sassmannshaus Tradition, ABC’s of Violin, Wohlfahrt Etudes, Carl Flesh Scale System, Sevcik School of Violin Technics, Schradieck School of Violin Technics, Harvey S. Whistler: Introducing the Positions, Developing Double-Stops, Trott studies of melodious double-stops.

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.

Aaron Seener

Bass Guitar and guitar teacher

Aaron is a double bassist, bass guitarist, guitarist, and singer based out of San Diego, CA. Originally from New York, Aaron has been playing music for almost 20 years. In May 2012 he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Pennsylvania State University, where he studied double bass with Professor Robert Nairn, the former President of the International Society of Bassists. In addition to advanced study of classical and jazz, he has toured both the east and west coasts several times with rock and folk rock bands. He has recorded on a wide range of projects, including albums produced by Ron Blair from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Pete Steinkopf from The Bouncing Souls. Since 2007, he has been teaching lessons on double bass, bass guitar and guitar.

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 into 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 U.S. 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.

Angela Stewart


Angela Stewart was born in Romania and first studied classical ballet. She later began the study of voice as a second love and then turned to it full time.She was also a leading fashion model in Romania and has appeared in many magazines and T.V.

Angela made her debut in the vocal Symphonic Repertoire in March of 1998 with the Black Sea Philharmonic and since then has traveled the world singing with many leading operas.

Angela holds a Master of Arts in vocal instruction and Opera from the Music Academy G. Dima in Romania and has taught professionally for many years. Currently Angela lives in San Diego and teaches with U.S. Music Lessons. She is very dedicated to her students success and helping them develop the proper techniques to help them get the most out of their own unique voice!

Alan Eicher


Private Piano instructor 1984-present in piano performance, music theory, composition, classical piano and jazz improvisation for beginning to advanced levels. NYSSMA audition preparation (New York State School Music Association.) Substitute Instructor at Lehman College for undergraduate

Music courses (2006-2009)

Piano Instructor-Bedrock Preschool 2015-current

Piano Instructor- Lehman College beginning piano group class 2014-2017 Piano Instructor- Amadeus
Conservatory of Music, Chappaqua, NY 2009-2015

Piano Instructor - Briarcliff School of Music, Briarcliff, NY 2004-2008

Piano Instructor - Woburn Music, Woburn, MA 1994-1995 Piano Instructor - Ozziesʼs Music, Poway, CA.

1982-1984 EDUCATION:

Lehman College 2009 B.S in Music.

Berklee College of Music Full scholarship recipient 1986-1988

San Diego University 1983-1984

Michael Jay Mcgrogan

Michael Jay Mcgrogan was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. Mike started private drum lessons at 10 years old and continued studying drums throughout high school. Mike was accepted into the Los Angeles Music Academy Drum Program in Pasadena, CA and graduated in 2005. At the Los Angeles Music Academy, Mike studied under drummers such as Joe Porcaro, Ralph Humphrey and Dave Beyer, to name a few.

Mike taught private lessons in his hometown Pittsburgh, PA at Guitar Performance Systems which lead to him managing the Drum Department for 10 years. Mike teaches all age groups from beginner to advanced and all genres by customizing his lessons to each individual students goals and musical desires. Mike is experienced directing live band ensembles including rehearsals, set-ups, and live performances.

Mike found himself traveling back to the west coast often to fill in as a live and studio drummer which drove to a permanent move to Southern, California.

While Mike is not teaching, he is in the studio recording drum tracks performing live with bands and continuing his education by attending various Drum Clinics and studying privately with Glen Sobel (Drummer Alice Cooper).

U.S. Music Lessons

17150 Via del Campo,

San Diego, CA 92127

Phone. 858-451-7265

Email. info@usmusiclessons.com