Instructors

Jay Roberts

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Jay Roberts was born in California and is the son of legendary jazz guitarist and world renowned educator Howard Roberts (founder of the Guitar Institute of Technology). Although stylistically versatile with a Rock, Blues and Jazz background, his heart is found in improvising and teaching. Growing up with a very musical family, Jay found himself playing multiple instruments including Guitar, Drums and Bass, and studying extensively with his father, mentor and best friend H.R.

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Don Mock

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Don Mock began playing guitar in the sixties initially drawn to the instrument, as were many of his peers, by the music of the Beatles. His early influences were rock heroes of that era including Alvin Lee, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and Mike Bloomfield. Don's growth as a musician included immersing himself in various music idioms including rock, blues and jazz. He has borrowed from all the best and is now the master of his own style, a style that is literally a "fusion" of his total music experiences. Don is well known among guitarists for his amazing technique and total command of the instrument.

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Jamie Findlay

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Originally from Seattle, Washington, Jamie is one of the masters of contemporary acoustic guitar. With three CD’s under his own name, “Wings of Light,” “Amigos del Corazón,’ and “Reflections” Jamie is a very busy performer and composer, both in the States and abroad. His music is flavored by many styles from jazz and blues to pop and funk. More … Read more

Scott Elsberry

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It didn’t take Scott Elsberry long to realize he loved the guitar: he began playing at age 7. After “turning pro” at the age of 14, Scott split his time between becoming a musician and playing his favorite sports of Baseball, Football and Basketball. A few years later, sports took a back seat after Scott was recruited to play in an established Bay Area band.

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Brandon Beligni

Guitar/Vocal/Bass/Drums/Piano

Brandon is proficient in a wide range of musical styles which include, but not limited to, jazz, classical, and metal. Upon discovering a love for teaching and particularly a knack for teaching young children, he began apprenticing under veteran teacher Jay Roberts to perfect his teaching technique. He has learned to implement the same proven methodology that Jay’s iconic father, the legendary guitarist Howard Roberts, created many years ago. Currently, he is working towards a degree in music, singing in an 18 voice jazz choir, and playing guitar in several jazz ensembles. Though he loves performing, his passion for teaching has given him the realization that his life work will continue to be focused in music education.

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Jakob Singer

Guitar/Piano/Vocal/Bass/Harmonica/Drums/Mandolin

Jakob has been teaching students of all ages for over a decade. He strives to motivate and inspire his students to become great musicians. Jakob's teaching method is fun and easy to understand. His students learn proper technique, music theory, how to read music, play in a band, play their favorite songs, and how to practice efficiently to improve on their instrument in a shorter amount of time.

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Chris Lenk

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Chris has been teaching for over twenty years. His teaching philosophy focuses on the fundamentals every musician needs to express himself, developing a strong ear, a nimble touch, and a deep understanding of how to produce the musical sounds and moods he wants.

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Masa Kobayashi

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From Tokyo, Japan, Masa has performed and recorded with local and international artists throughout Europe and the US. As a multi-instrumentalist and a songwriter, he has experience with many musical styles from punk, rock, metal, ska, reggae, hip-hop, Balkan and African music. While he focuses on many recording and performance projects, he is also an inspirational teacher and has taught many students locally and internationally.

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Skyler Mehal

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Want to learn to ROCK? How about FUNK? Country? Blues? Want to write songs? Sing? Whatever you want to learn, Skyler will help you get there! Hailing from the vast empty desert of Central Washington, he teaches many styles including Rock, Blues, Classical, Jazz, Funk, Experimental/Ambient music, Country and Folk music. While studying at Central Washington University he discovered his love of teaching and maintained a studio of over 30 students before completing his studies in 2011. He currently holds his B.A. in Music/Guitar Performance from CWU.

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Farko Dosumov

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Bass/Guitar

Farko Rustamovich Dosumov was born and raised in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Farko and his identical twin brother, Feodor Dosumov, began playing the classical guitar when they were ten years old. After winning the green card lottery in 1999 Farko moved to New York City to pursue a career in music. Farko later attended Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington, and specialized in jazz bass. Since then, he has played with many talented artists and groups throughout the world.

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Heidi Altenhofen

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Voice/Piano

Heidi is a passionate musician and intuitive teacher. She has been teaching since 2012 and has met with up to 60 students a week, whose ages varied greatly (anywhere from 5 to 65) as did their musical aspirations. Heidi’s students learn proper technique, reading music, stylistic interpretation, stage presence, and more. They have been winners and finalists of competitions in pageants, musical theatre, and International Modeling and Talent. Heidi ensures students are equipped with the skills to accomplish their goals and encouraged toward life long pursuit and enjoyment of music. Lessons with Heidi are fun and empowering for people of any age.

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Davy Nefos

Drums/Percussion

Davy Nefos is as versatile as it gets when it comes to performing on drum set in styles of afro-cuban, brazilian, jazz, modern rock, drumline, EDM, hip-hop and modern big band. He received a bachelors degree in drum kit/percussion performance from Central Washington University studying under Mark Goodenberger, Chris Bruya, Larry Gookin, Garey Williams and Andrew Spencer. Davy has been playing drums for 30 years and teaching privately to all ages for 20 years. His teaching curriculum brings attention to technique in drum set and snare playing, advanced sight reading, versatility in various styles and knowing how to play "pocket". Currently he is head instructor for the Lake Stevens High School drum-line and drum set professor at Edmonds Community College.

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Robin Kutz

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Robin Kutz is a guitar instructor and performer with nearly half a century of professional experience. Robin started working in the seventies with blues bands, naturally progressed to big bands, and then started working with jazz combos. Along the way, Robin studied continuously; he attended clinics including the the legendary Howard Roberts Seminar, took courses through Berklee, studied classical guitar at Cornish, and much more.

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Brian Hutchison

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Brian Hutchison was given a tape recorder by his father at the age of 5 and has been enjoying making recordings ever since. Recording and engineering for local bands at Kaye Smith Studios in the early 70’s gave him his real introduction to professional methods of audio recording and equipment. He has since done recording at many studios over the years including Steve Lawson Productions (Bad Animals), Ironwood Studio, Trident, Kaye Smith, Cairo West Studios in CA, London Bridge, Studio One Sound Recorders and others as well as his own studio.

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