Jennifer Youngs is a native singer/songwriter and music teacher from California who studied theater and music, as well as classical violin and voice during her time at Boston University. She embraced all different types of music in her performance career and traveled around the world including a tour with the rock band, Xutos e Pontapes in Portugal and with her own rock band, Jennifer Savage around Lisbon. Jennifer has also recorded three albums with producer Ronnie Champagne as a professional musician in New York. She still works on her own music People of Earth under the name Jennifer Freedom.
Her experience as a performing musician on stage, work in recording studios, and her knowledge of piano, guitar, banjo, and violin make her a great teacher able to cater to the specific needs of individuals whether they want to write their own music or learn some rock tunes. She will be able to bring out the songwriter in anyone, any age.
Check out her own music here Jennifer Freedom - People of Earth Site
Allegra Berger is a pianist, vocalist, and composer born and raised in Los Angeles. She started playing piano at the age of seven and has been singing for nearly a decade. She has performed in choral ensembles alongside the Los Angeles Master Chorale and Chanticleer of New York where she gained piano, theory, and vocal training in a wide range of genres, from jazz to classical, and in music from around the world. She has played in bands ranging from rock and pop to experimental. She has a deep passion for teaching others and for passing along the tools given to her by her own teachers from her years as a student.
Her lessons include piano, vocal, and songwriting/composition study if students desire.
Nathan is a multi–instrumentalist & vocalist born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Nathan’s love for music started at an early age, where he tuned into what was on the radio and played any instrument he could get his hands on starting with piano lessons in elementary school. He started taking an interest in the rhythm instruments in junior high school and then picked up guitar in high school. Between church, high school Jazz band, singing in choir, and finding time to jam with friends Nathan developed a keen ear and diversity of playing styles, he also picked up the bug for teaching lessons.
After high school he went to Cal State Northridge where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies and embarked on a career in touring while teaching lessons on the sidie. Traveling around the world playing drums in the stage band on cruises while also performing as a solo artist.
Through his teaching career he has taught guitar, bass, drums, piano, voice, ukulele, and band coaching. He taught at the Claudio Roberts Music Studio, Pali Rockstar Camp, and the California Arts Program.
Nathan has taught guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, and voice students as well as directing bands. He taught at the Claudia Roberts music studio, Pali Rockstar Camp, and the California Arts Program. His love of teaching relies on finding creative and new ways to teach concepts meeting each student where they are at. His focus is on utilizing your ears to learn concepts while applying the theoretical side of music after. His skillset in multiple instruments makes lessons with him dynamic since he is easily able to back a bass or guitar play on drums, or use piano as needed to lead instruction always keeping things fun, but focused on progressing.
Will Brandt is a music-head and a multi-instrumentalist hailing from the San Fernando Valley. Experienced with vocals, keyboards, guitars, saxophones, digital/audio workstations (Logic Pro X & GarageBand), and songwriting/composition, Will is a fan of pop, rock, soul, jazz, metal, house, techno, D&B, hip-hop, folk, country and alternative music. His music has been featured on primetime television networks Showtime and Lifetime, and he has earned accolades such as the Music Center’s Spotlight Grand Prize, the National YoungArts Foundation’s Finalist Award, and a Presidential Scholarship to attend USC Thornton School of Music.
Will approaches lessons with each student differently, working to help musicians of all ages and backgrounds bring out their unique talents and artistic voices.
Hi, my name is Weston Wilson. I have been teaching piano and guitar in Los Angeles for about seven years now. I began playing piano when I was 5 years old and continued my music journey throughout school leading to a bachelors degree in music composition from California Lutheran University. At CalLu I was the jazz pianist in their jazz ensemble.
I am also a studio musician around LA and have had the opportunity to play on many different artists songs including Shania Twain and Ringo Starr. I am confident I can help you get to where you want to be musically!
Jason was born and raised in Kentucky and started playing guitar at the age of seven. Through a mixture of self-teaching and lessons he went on to study music at Atlanta Institute of Music. After receiving his degree in Music Theory he played in many different groups spanning metal, pop, rock, and even cow pun genres. He has also worked as a session musician in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Nashville. Jason also song writes for other himself and other musicians. His recording and performing experience, songwriting, and adaptability to play in multiple styles gives him the ability to teach a variety of students and even help those with songwriting and performance.
Giuseppe brings decades of experience with a passion for music. His favorite genres are hard rock, classic rock, and heavy metal. He has studied with Berklee and MI Trained guitar players, so the fundamentals are there, but you will find that his passion for music and for the guitar are what will translate to his students! His understanding of music as a means to communicate is like no other. He relates to students, any age! He is also a guitar collector so be careful as we hear that is contagious.
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“Hello, my name is Emma Ray Williams, but everybody calls me Ray! I’ve been a private guitar, piano, vocal, and songwriting instructor for 5 years. I specialize in helping my students find the discipline to stay consistent with whatever instrument they’re working on. I began playing music very early on in life and now, when I’m not teaching, I’m making music professionally with my own band. All thanks to consistent practice!
It is my philosophy as a teacher that no two students are the same, and I don’t teach the same things to everyone! I like to really tailor the material to whoever I’m working with to ensure their continued interest and success. I work with people of all ages ranging from beginner to intermediate levels.
Hope to meet you soon, and help you reach your musical goals!”
Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio. I started playing guitar at the age of 14. I moved to Los Angeles at the age of 20 to attend Musician’s Institute. Graduated and immediately started playing in bands and recording in the LA area. Now a days, teaching guitar has become my main focus. I love helping people realize their passion for music and discover all the joy that guitar can bring.
Matt Barreca is a professional drummer, performer, and teacher native to Los Angeles. He graduated with a degree in Performance of Percussion in 2009 and has been active in the entertainment industry ever since. Matt works well with students of all ages and skill levels. Whether you're brand new to learning drums or you want to take your playing to the next level, Matt will guide you in the right direction.
Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Danny Faragher began his
musical life at the age of five, singing harmony in a gospel trio with two of his brothers. He picked up the trombone in elementary school, and began
teaching himself piano, harmonica, guitar, and ukulele. His band The
Peppermint Trolley Co. hit the charts with ‘Baby You Come Rolling ’Cross My Mind’, and recorded the theme song for the Brady Bunch television show. In subsequent years, he released two LPs and a hit single with his group, Bones and four albums and a charting single with The Faragher Brothers, the widely acclaimed blue-eyed soul band. He has both written for and performed on television, and has sung and played on the recordings of such musical giants as Ringo Starr and The Pointer Sisters. He was the musical director for the play Working at Santa Monica’s Mayfair Theater and was a featured vocalist with the LA Jazz Choir. In 2022, the Faragher Brothers reunited as a live act and have been receiving rave reviews for their performances.
Danny has been holding his weekly ukulele class at Guitar Merchant every Saturday at 2:30 pm since 2010. It’s a laid-back hour of strumming and singing along to songs both old and new.
Nick Chamian has been teaching music for over 13 years to people of all ages and skill levels. With his years of experience in the music industry, Nick has proven to be a versatile and talented musician who is dedicated to sharing his joy and passion for music with the world. In addition to private instruction, Nick has also worked with Fender Play, a platform that teaches people how to play Guitar online.
Nick has been playing bass, drums, and guitar since a very young age, and has played in many bands over the years. His current band is called "Colorvision", where he plays guitar and sings. In addition, he has an ongoing solo project under the moniker "NPC" which is always releasing a steady stream of new ideas.
Neil Rambaldi is a Billboard-charting veteran guitarist, songwriter, touring/session musician, and educator highly sought after for his organized, fun, and effective instruction in guitar, ear training, and music theory. He possesses a B.A. in Music from William Paterson University, and also attended the Berklee College of Music Guitar Sessions program. He has been teaching all styles of guitar at Guitar Merchant since 2008 with his main emphasis in rock, blues, jazz, pop, folk, soul, rhythm & blues, funk, Americana, progressive rock, jazz fusion, hard rock, metal, and classical.
Neil has taught some highly successful musicians such as Phoebe Bridgers (Multi-Grammy Nominated Solo Artist), Andrew Wells (Platinum-Selling Producer, Songwriter & Multi-Instrumentalist), Alicia Vigil (Touring Bassist of DragonForce), Mark Raggio (Producer, Songwriter & Guitarist) (Boogie), and many more!
As a Billboard charts’ #4 hit session guitarist, and voted as a top-10 finalist by guitar legend Steve Vai in the 2001 Steve Vai Guitar Challenge, Neil has also made quite a name for himself as both a solo recording artist in the styles of blues, rock fusion, blues, rock, and instrumental/progressive rock, and as a session and touring guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter, arranger, and producer in many other styles spanning pop, Americana, soul, classical, Latin jazz, and more.
You can read more about Neil and his music at www.NeilRambaldi.com.
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Shahid Yasser Osuna is an LA-based flutist and teaching artist. In 2019, he graduated from California State University, Northridge with a degree in Wind Performance, where he studied with David Shostac. In 2021, Shahid completed his Master of Fine Arts degree in InstrumentalArts at the California Institute of the Arts under Dr. Rachel Rudich.
Shahid has played with several ensembles across the Los Angeles area, including the Bellflower Symphony Orchestra, San Fernando Symphony, Armenian Pops Orchestra, and the LA Symphonic Winds. He has also played in pit orchestras for various organizations, including Hussian College and Performance Riverside. He currently plays principal flute with the Whittier Regional Symphony.
As a flute ensemble enthusiast, he has played with the Song of Angels Flute Orchestra, FluteSonic, the Silver Sounds Flute Ensemble, and the Sterling Flute Choir. His flute ensemble arrangements and compositions have been debuted through performances at national venues, such as at the 2019 National Flute Association Convention in Salt Lake City, UT, and also virtually featured due to the recent pandemic. His most recent piece, a blues-inspired arrangement of “Amazing Grace”, has been featured by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.
Shahid has taught across Southern California through various music organizations, schools, and studios. He loves teaching students of all levels and ages.