Educators

Our Team of Instructors

Our instructors are more than just teachers: they are artists, visionaries, and leaders. Music is their calling, culture, and lifestyle. They are building community in and through their work by creating holistic bonds between student, instrument, and material. They are following their passion every day. We are honored to have these talented individuals on our team.

Jay Roberts

Jay Roberts

Guitar • Bass • Drums

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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Brandon Beligni

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. Currently, he is working towards a degree in music.

Chris Lenk

Chris Lenk

Guitar • Bass

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.

Davy Nefos

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.

Farko Dosumov

Farko Dosumov

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.

Heidi Altenhofen

Heidi Altenhofen

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.

Jamie Findlay

Jamie Findlay

Guitar • Bass

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.

Jakob Singer

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.

Masa Kobayashi

Masa Kobayashi

Bass • Guitar • Ukulele

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.

Robin Kutz

Robin Kutz

Guitar

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.

Scott Elsberry

Scott Elsberry

Guitar • Bass • Ukulele • Mandolin

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.

Nick Mardon

Nick Mardon

Drums

Nick’s teaching philosophy focuses on building good technique and learning theory and fundamentals and quickly applying and understanding how they work while playing songs. Nick is available to teach Beginner-Advanced Guitar, Bass, and Drums in the genres of Rock, Jazz, Country, Pop, Blues, Metal, Folk, Zydeco, and most other styles of contemporary music.

Geoffrey Wilson

Geoffrey Wilson

Bass • Guitar • Ukulele • Piano • Composition

Throughout his young adult life, Geoffrey Wilson studied classical and studio guitar, piano and composition at California State University Northridge and Javanese and Balinese Gamelan music at UCLA and Cal Arts. During this time he worked extensively as a performer, session musician, musical director, composer and producer.