Our Team

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Compassionate, loving, and down-to-earth, Frank Meely brings clarity, focus, and balance to everything he does. An accomplished musician with a wealth of knowledge, he has a  laid back , but firm  foundational  style of teaching to help you learn to play anything, anywhere, with  confidence ,  joy ,  fun , and  love .  Frank believes in well-rounded students. His students focus on  technique ,  competence , and  creativity . In helping many budding musicians uncover their hidden musical talents, several of his students have  written ,  recorded , and  produced   albums  here. Even Frank has completed a Christmas album in our Recording Studio.  With a passion for music as a child growing up in Cleveland, he received a  BA in Worship Arts Leadership from Spring Arbor University . From there, he moved to San Diego and has been teaching at Leading Note since 2009. A  lifelong learner , we’ve seen him learning the violin and the cello.  While he directs our Community Choir, you experience Frank’s gentle smile, incredible talent, and an hour of singing, opening your heart, mind, and soul. His style of leadership focuses on  excellence ,  discipline ,  self-discovery , and  creativity .

Compassionate, loving, and down-to-earth, Frank Meely brings clarity, focus, and balance to everything he does. An accomplished musician with a wealth of knowledge, he has a laid back, but firm foundational style of teaching to help you learn to play anything, anywhere, with confidence, joy, fun, and love.

Frank believes in well-rounded students. His students focus on technique, competence, and creativity. In helping many budding musicians uncover their hidden musical talents, several of his students have written, recorded, and produced albums here. Even Frank has completed a Christmas album in our Recording Studio.

With a passion for music as a child growing up in Cleveland, he received a BA in Worship Arts Leadership from Spring Arbor University. From there, he moved to San Diego and has been teaching at Leading Note since 2009. A lifelong learner, we’ve seen him learning the violin and the cello.

While he directs our Community Choir, you experience Frank’s gentle smile, incredible talent, and an hour of singing, opening your heart, mind, and soul. His style of leadership focuses on excellence, discipline, self-discovery, and creativity.

Frank Meely

Studio Manager
Voice, Piano, Accordion, Sax, Theory, Songwriting, Community Choir

With a vast  knowledge of systems , Amber Flynn takes recording and demystifies it so students and performers alike can have a  pleasant recording experience  from start to finish. A true example of a lifelong learner, she started studying music at a young age and continues to take lessons in Sitar, Drums, Piano, and Voice. Amber brings her knowledge and experience as a  student of music ,  composer , and  recording artist  to the engineering process, providing  an atmosphere where students can learn  engineering with both  technique and musicianship .  Amber is certified in both  Pro Tools and Sibelius , and runs a complete recording studio where LNS students or external patrons can  record quality projects . Unlike any other studio experience, recording at LNS with Amber proves to be  stress-free ,  relaxed , and  fun . While in session, she is  completely dedicated  to your project.  Since building the recording studio in 2015,  over 20 projects  have been recorded, including several  original LNS student albums , and even  audiobooks . At any given time, Amber is working on her own original projects, several outside projects, and offers a free recording to the LNS Student of the Month.

With a vast knowledge of systems, Amber Flynn takes recording and demystifies it so students and performers alike can have a pleasant recording experience from start to finish. A true example of a lifelong learner, she started studying music at a young age and continues to take lessons in Sitar, Drums, Piano, and Voice. Amber brings her knowledge and experience as a student of music, composer, and recording artist to the engineering process, providing an atmosphere where students can learn engineering with both technique and musicianship.

Amber is certified in both Pro Tools and Sibelius, and runs a complete recording studio where LNS students or external patrons can record quality projects. Unlike any other studio experience, recording at LNS with Amber proves to be stress-free, relaxed, and fun. While in session, she is completely dedicated to your project.

Since building the recording studio in 2015, over 20 projects have been recorded, including several original LNS student albums, and even audiobooks. At any given time, Amber is working on her own original projects, several outside projects, and offers a free recording to the LNS Student of the Month.

Amber Flynn

Recording Studio Manager
Engineering, Performance

Piano lessons for students of all ages and ability levels! I have been teaching for over fifteen years, including in the public school system for the last eight years. I am a fully credentialed teacher in the California and have extensive training and experience working with students with special educational needs, including ESL and gifted classification. My specialties also include older/adult beginners and mixed-method curricula. I have the extraordinary experience of having taught for fifteen years at a still young age. That gives me a unique combination of youth and experience that keeps both my students and their parents happy. I started my career at the age of 15 as a church organist in my hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana, and also started teaching younger kids lessons. I taught music through college, and just never stopped! The most important music lesson I teach is music appreciation! It is important to me that my students and I both feel JOY. I teach a love of music, and I believe Music is for everyone in some way or another. Everyone. I always start with a traditional, classical, Note-reading method, but remain flexible enough to push only as much as a student lets me. We gradually add in chords, and jazz and pop music, as well as ear-training and music theory. I have a lot of alternative methods and “tricks up my sleeve” for ANY student. I remind myself often that there is no “ideal” way to learn, and my goal is to keep the student engaged. A student who quits will learn nothing, after all. There is always a way, and it is different for every person. That’s what I love about my job— finding a challenge for the bored student, or scaffolding a lesson to make an overwhelmed student know he IS good at it. I also relish the variety of teaching all different ages. The energy of a teen and the energy of a 4-year-old ensures I never go into auto-pilot. Never a dull moment!

Piano lessons for students of all ages and ability levels! I have been teaching for over fifteen years, including in the public school system for the last eight years. I am a fully credentialed teacher in the California and have extensive training and experience working with students with special educational needs, including ESL and gifted classification. My specialties also include older/adult beginners and mixed-method curricula.
I have the extraordinary experience of having taught for fifteen years at a still young age. That gives me a unique combination of youth and experience that keeps both my students and their parents happy. I started my career at the age of 15 as a church organist in my hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana, and also started teaching younger kids lessons. I taught music through college, and just never stopped!
The most important music lesson I teach is music appreciation! It is important to me that my students and I both feel JOY. I teach a love of music, and I believe Music is for everyone in some way or another. Everyone. I always start with a traditional, classical, Note-reading method, but remain flexible enough to push only as much as a student lets me. We gradually add in chords, and jazz and pop music, as well as ear-training and music theory. I have a lot of alternative methods and “tricks up my sleeve” for ANY student. I remind myself often that there is no “ideal” way to learn, and my goal is to keep the student engaged. A student who quits will learn nothing, after all. There is always a way, and it is different for every person. That’s what I love about my job— finding a challenge for the bored student, or scaffolding a lesson to make an overwhelmed student know he IS good at it. I also relish the variety of teaching all different ages. The energy of a teen and the energy of a 4-year-old ensures I never go into auto-pilot. Never a dull moment!

Gina Granier

Assistant Studio Manager
Senior Piano Instructor


A tsunami of energy and creativity, Arman Tabrizian  embodies fun as a teacher . Arman has been teaching in North County San Diego since 2014 and has performed in many different groups with different genres, from  rock , to  jazz , to  orchestra , and even solo since 2007.  Having studied privately in guitar, piano, and voice, as well as attending Mira Costa College, Arman  understands a student’s progress . His teaching style is  fun ,  organized , and  foundational . He attempts to  encourage students  to put in the work and send them home with a  new concept after each lesson .  Arman is  inspired by students practice and improvement , and friends who also write and teach music. He is working on several music  projects to be released in 2019 .

A tsunami of energy and creativity, Arman Tabrizian embodies fun as a teacher. Arman has been teaching in North County San Diego since 2014 and has performed in many different groups with different genres, from rock, to jazz, to orchestra, and even solo since 2007.

Having studied privately in guitar, piano, and voice, as well as attending Mira Costa College, Arman understands a student’s progress. His teaching style is fun, organized, and foundational. He attempts to encourage students to put in the work and send them home with a new concept after each lesson.

Arman is inspired by students practice and improvement, and friends who also write and teach music. He is working on several music projects to be released in 2019.

Arman Tabrizian

Guitar, Piano, Ukulele, Voice & Ukulele Jam Night Instructor

A  kind  and  gentle  soul, Matt Gorgas teaches his students with  compassion . He strives to have his students  understand  what they’re doing, and hopes his lessons  teach life skills , not just performance-based musicianship. He is often found asking questions of his students to lead them as opposed to telling them the answer.  Quite the performer, Matt has played at  SOMA  and worked with  upcoming artists in Los Angeles . Playing a multitude of instruments from a young age, he studied  Recording Arts ,  Theory ,  Composition ,  Piano , and was even a part of a symphonic band. Inspired by the  passionate musicians  he’s surrounded by, both staff and students at Leading Note Studios, he is found regularly  practicing for a student ,  learning different techniques  to help his student improve, or even  teaching other teachers  in the studio.  Matt has a Bachelor’s Degree from  Biola University , and seeks to continue his education with a  Master’s in Fine Arts . He married his wife Caitlin in March of 2019.

A kind and gentle soul, Matt Gorgas teaches his students with compassion. He strives to have his students understand what they’re doing, and hopes his lessons teach life skills, not just performance-based musicianship. He is often found asking questions of his students to lead them as opposed to telling them the answer.

Quite the performer, Matt has played at SOMA and worked with upcoming artists in Los Angeles. Playing a multitude of instruments from a young age, he studied Recording Arts, Theory, Composition, Piano, and was even a part of a symphonic band. Inspired by the passionate musicians he’s surrounded by, both staff and students at Leading Note Studios, he is found regularly practicing for a student, learning different techniques to help his student improve, or even teaching other teachers in the studio.

Matt has a Bachelor’s Degree from Biola University, and seeks to continue his education with a Master’s in Fine Arts. He married his wife Caitlin in March of 2019.

Matt Gorgas

Piano (Semi-private and private), Guitar, Ukulele, Combo Lessons and Beginning Voice

Musical Theatre aficionado, Anton Maroun has performed in operas and musical theatre venues all over San Diego County, from La Jolla Playhouse to New Village Arts. Having played  Lumière in Beauty and the Beast , Anton enjoys when he can enlighten his students with music. He works to  bring joy to his students  through sharing his love of music with those around him.  Anton is passionate, not only about music itself, but even more so about the teaching of music. He offers a  foundational ,  effective , and  approachable  method of teaching. His method,  tailored to each individual student , has a unique way of getting straight to the core of the issue. Anton desires to keep his instruction  informative ,  interesting , and  fun .  Anton has attended  Mira Costa  and  CSU San Marcos  for music. While inspired by the musicians and performers he is surrounded by, he is most inspired by the way his students light up when they finally achieve something they previously had not understood.

Musical Theatre aficionado, Anton Maroun has performed in operas and musical theatre venues all over San Diego County, from La Jolla Playhouse to New Village Arts. Having played Lumière in Beauty and the Beast, Anton enjoys when he can enlighten his students with music. He works to bring joy to his students through sharing his love of music with those around him.

Anton is passionate, not only about music itself, but even more so about the teaching of music. He offers a foundational, effective, and approachable method of teaching. His method, tailored to each individual student, has a unique way of getting straight to the core of the issue. Anton desires to keep his instruction informative, interesting, and fun.

Anton has attended Mira Costa and CSU San Marcos for music. While inspired by the musicians and performers he is surrounded by, he is most inspired by the way his students light up when they finally achieve something they previously had not understood.

Anton Maroun

Voice, Piano (semi-private and private), Ukulele, Performance, Beginning Guitar


Gentle ,  caring , and  compassionate  Shantaya Whitaker comes to us from  Germany  where she started teaching in 2010. Holding a Bachelor’s degree from  The University of Bamberg  in Germany, Shantaya has taught in several studios and  public schools , and performed all over  Europe . A professional  recording artist , she has recorded  several albums  and has even been nominated for  best female voice  in Rhythm and Blues.  Shantaya has a deep passion to work with children in music because of the impact it had on her as a child. Excited to share the beauty of the voice, she  encourages  her students, instilling  confidence  in each student’s musical journey. Using  visualization ,  cooperative learning ,  inquiry-based instruction ,  safety ,  trust , and  professional development , she inspires her students to find joy in their musical education in a  playful  way. She believes every student should leave each lesson  filled with joy .  Shantaya can often be found  laughing  or practicing and  singing from her heart  in her room at the studio.

Gentle, caring, and compassionate Shantaya Whitaker comes to us from Germany where she started teaching in 2010. Holding a Bachelor’s degree from The University of Bamberg in Germany, Shantaya has taught in several studios and public schools, and performed all over Europe. A professional recording artist, she has recorded several albums and has even been nominated for best female voice in Rhythm and Blues.

Shantaya has a deep passion to work with children in music because of the impact it had on her as a child. Excited to share the beauty of the voice, she encourages her students, instilling confidence in each student’s musical journey. Using visualization, cooperative learning, inquiry-based instruction, safety, trust, and professional development, she inspires her students to find joy in their musical education in a playful way. She believes every student should leave each lesson filled with joy.

Shantaya can often be found laughing or practicing and singing from her heart in her room at the studio.

Shantaya Whittaker

Piano, Voice, Flute, Kindermusik

One of North Counties hidden gems, Brian McMaster has been teaching since 2015 and playing much longer. Primarily functioning as a worship leader in several churches, Brian has  real life experience performing  week after week. He has also been in several bands,  writing ,  recording , and  performing  in a number of venues throughout San Diego.  Inspired by the music of Switchfoot, Colony House, Radiohead, U2, Young The Giant, and Young Villains, he hopes his students are  inspired to play the songs of their heroes . He desires that every lesson  encourages and challenges  each student to grow in their craft. Brian looks to the  individual qualities and styles  of his students to inform his teaching, yearning to be  practical ,  technical , and  informative  in every lesson.  You will often find Brian practicing and learning new things between lessons, always striving to be the best musician and teacher he can be.

One of North Counties hidden gems, Brian McMaster has been teaching since 2015 and playing much longer. Primarily functioning as a worship leader in several churches, Brian has real life experience performing week after week. He has also been in several bands, writing, recording, and performing in a number of venues throughout San Diego.

Inspired by the music of Switchfoot, Colony House, Radiohead, U2, Young The Giant, and Young Villains, he hopes his students are inspired to play the songs of their heroes. He desires that every lesson encourages and challenges each student to grow in their craft. Brian looks to the individual qualities and styles of his students to inform his teaching, yearning to be practical, technical, and informative in every lesson.

You will often find Brian practicing and learning new things between lessons, always striving to be the best musician and teacher he can be.

Brian McMaster

Guitar, Drums, Bass, Ukulele

Jack of all trades and master of many, Jason Berman teaches a  plethora of instruments  and even teaches  theory and songwriting . Often, he is heard around the studio playing songs from  video game soundtracks  which he often transcribes for his students to play. Jason has been teaching in North County since 2013 and he now teaches at  Millennial Tech Middle School  in San Diego as the  music director .  Jason not only holds a  Bachelors in Music Education from SDSU , but he also has extensive performance experience. He was a participant and section leader in the J azz Choir at Mira Costa College . He has performed with the  Jazz Collective ,  SDSU Jazz Combos , and even performs yearly with a band walking around the  San Diego Fair .  Jason is an  advocate for the arts  in schools. He loves to offer  fun ,  creative ,  quality  lessons to his students. His love of music shines through his students. As a  composer and arranger , he often  encourages his students to write  their own pieces.

Jack of all trades and master of many, Jason Berman teaches a plethora of instruments and even teaches theory and songwriting. Often, he is heard around the studio playing songs from video game soundtracks which he often transcribes for his students to play. Jason has been teaching in North County since 2013 and he now teaches at Millennial Tech Middle School in San Diego as the music director.

Jason not only holds a Bachelors in Music Education from SDSU, but he also has extensive performance experience. He was a participant and section leader in the Jazz Choir at Mira Costa College. He has performed with the Jazz Collective, SDSU Jazz Combos, and even performs yearly with a band walking around the San Diego Fair.

Jason is an advocate for the arts in schools. He loves to offer fun, creative, quality lessons to his students. His love of music shines through his students. As a composer and arranger, he often encourages his students to write their own pieces.

Jason Berman

Piano, Voice, Songwriting, Rock Band, and Beginning Guitar, Drums & Saxophone


Dedicated  and  tenacious , Daniel Gonzalez has vision for his continual education and the education of his students. With the plan to pursue a doctoral degree in music, he inspires his students to  grow and stay motivated  to continue their own musical journey. Using  creative and diverse methods  in his teaching, he explores many possibilities to find the right one for each student.  A student of  Mira Costa College , Daniel is well versed in  jazz studies  and has been mentoring, teaching, and coaching saxophone since 2014. He has  performed locally ,  internationally , and most notably in  Carnegie Hall  for the International Music Festival, receiving a gold medal with the Vista High School Wind Symphony.  Daniel is  motivated and inspired  by professional musicians. Knowing what it takes to be a professional musician drives him to use any method to help his students  understand and excel  in the concepts he teaches, appealing to their desire to practice.

Dedicated and tenacious, Daniel Gonzalez has vision for his continual education and the education of his students. With the plan to pursue a doctoral degree in music, he inspires his students to grow and stay motivated to continue their own musical journey. Using creative and diverse methods in his teaching, he explores many possibilities to find the right one for each student.

A student of Mira Costa College, Daniel is well versed in jazz studies and has been mentoring, teaching, and coaching saxophone since 2014. He has performed locally, internationally, and most notably in Carnegie Hall for the International Music Festival, receiving a gold medal with the Vista High School Wind Symphony.

Daniel is motivated and inspired by professional musicians. Knowing what it takes to be a professional musician drives him to use any method to help his students understand and excel in the concepts he teaches, appealing to their desire to practice.

Daniel Gonzalez

Saxophone & Piano

You may have actually heard one of Sal’s  songs on the radio , read about him in an article or even  seen him on TV . Sal has taught music for years privately and is now a part of the LNS team. Sal attended Palomar College for music and brings a wealth of knowledge, skill, and experience to the team.  Having played several venues from San Diego to Los Angeles, including  The House of Blues, The Belly Up Tavern, and The Music Box,  Sal uses his experiences to inform his teaching. He has a  practical approach  to teaching, allowing students to  immediately apply the concepts  he teaches. Mixing a serious approach to music with his  desire to inspire , Sal creates a  fun curiosity for music  with his students and is himself inspired by their dedication to the craft.  Sal’s band (Aviator Stash) just recently won the award for the  Best Independent Band in San Diego 2019 .  Check him out here:  https://soundcloud.com/salthevivid

You may have actually heard one of Sal’s songs on the radio, read about him in an article or even seen him on TV. Sal has taught music for years privately and is now a part of the LNS team. Sal attended Palomar College for music and brings a wealth of knowledge, skill, and experience to the team.

Having played several venues from San Diego to Los Angeles, including The House of Blues, The Belly Up Tavern, and The Music Box, Sal uses his experiences to inform his teaching. He has a practical approach to teaching, allowing students to immediately apply the concepts he teaches. Mixing a serious approach to music with his desire to inspire, Sal creates a fun curiosity for music with his students and is himself inspired by their dedication to the craft.

Sal’s band (Aviator Stash) just recently won the award for the Best Independent Band in San Diego 2019.

Check him out here:
https://soundcloud.com/salthevivid

Sal Russo

Guitar, Bass, Drums, Rock Band

I love teaching kids how to read music. Learning rhythms, note reading, scales, and basic music theory while keeping it fun. I have studied both classical and jazz. I have been here at Leading Note Studios for over a year already and some of my students have been with me the whole way through. I love working with the kids and picking their brain for their personal learning style to develop an ear and eye for music.

I love teaching kids how to read music. Learning rhythms, note reading, scales, and basic music theory while keeping it fun.
I have studied both classical and jazz. I have been here at Leading Note Studios for over a year already and some of my students have been with me the whole way through. I love working with the kids and picking their brain for their personal learning style to develop an ear and eye for music.

Jess Piasecki

Piano, Voice


Joyful  and  encouraging  is the best way to describe Susan Fisher. Susan wants her students to be  completely comfortable  in lessons and authentically  praises her students to success . She desires that her students  enjoy the process  of learning to sing and play, so she is  enthusiastic ,  patient , and  understanding , while using her  intuitive  nature to educate using the  knowledge  and  experience  she has acquired.  Susan has a Bachelor’s from  CSU Chico  and has studied the  Orff Method of Music for Children . While at Chico, she toured Eastern Europe with the  Chamber Chorale  and  A Capella  Choirs. Currently she continues to  perform locally  and enjoys  songwriting  and creating music.  Susan has been teaching in North County San Diego for many years. Many of her student are involved in a host of  Musical Theatre  productions and also perform various other styles of music. She is inspired by music that touches the soul and emotions, great literature and the arts and hopes to inspire her students with the same.

Joyful and encouraging is the best way to describe Susan Fisher. Susan wants her students to be completely comfortable in lessons and authentically praises her students to success. She desires that her students enjoy the process of learning to sing and play, so she is enthusiastic, patient, and understanding, while using her intuitive nature to educate using the knowledge and experience she has acquired.

Susan has a Bachelor’s from CSU Chico and has studied the Orff Method of Music for Children. While at Chico, she toured Eastern Europe with the Chamber Chorale and A Capella Choirs. Currently she continues to perform locally and enjoys songwriting and creating music.

Susan has been teaching in North County San Diego for many years. Many of her student are involved in a host of Musical Theatre productions and also perform various other styles of music. She is inspired by music that touches the soul and emotions, great literature and the arts and hopes to inspire her students with the same.

Susan Fisher

Voice and Acoustic Guitar

Russian  composer and principal violist , George Volkov has been playing since the age of six. He has played in several  Philharmonic Orchestras , including St. Petersburg, and Cairo, and is currently the principal violist with Mira Costa College Symphony Orchestra. He holds both a  Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Music .  Inspired by the great musicians of all times, George believes in  encouraging advancement  in his students. He expects his students to overlap so they  inspire and support each other . Teaching is an opportunity for  patience and creativity  for him.  George has built an  orchestra  here at Leading Note Studios. Students of all instruments are invited to join the orchestra. The orchestra plays  classical pieces  as well as some of George’s  original compositions .

Russian composer and principal violist, George Volkov has been playing since the age of six. He has played in several Philharmonic Orchestras, including St. Petersburg, and Cairo, and is currently the principal violist with Mira Costa College Symphony Orchestra. He holds both a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Music.

Inspired by the great musicians of all times, George believes in encouraging advancement in his students. He expects his students to overlap so they inspire and support each other. Teaching is an opportunity for patience and creativity for him.

George has built an orchestra here at Leading Note Studios. Students of all instruments are invited to join the orchestra. The orchestra plays classical pieces as well as some of George’s original compositions.

George Volkov

Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano, Orchestra Ensemble Conductor

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Zachary Solza

Brass: Trumpet-Trombone-Baritone 


I have been performing all my life. I was involved with different orchestras and chamber groups in Europe and here in USA. I play jazz/rock as well, I can improvise. I was a concermaster of JOrchestra in Amman for 12 years, had 2 string quartets, Currently I record film music in Hollywood and perform with local musicians- Superbowl Commercial with Magic Johnson, Alan Parsons Project, Deadmau5, Animo Expo 2019, latest project in Electric Lodge theatre in Venice LA called The Gunshot Medley as a gospel musician and singer.

I have been performing all my life. I was involved with different orchestras and chamber groups in Europe and here in USA. I play jazz/rock as well, I can improvise.
I was a concermaster of JOrchestra in Amman for 12 years, had 2 string quartets, Currently I record film music in Hollywood and perform with local musicians- Superbowl Commercial with Magic Johnson, Alan Parsons Project, Deadmau5, Animo Expo 2019, latest project in Electric Lodge theatre in Venice LA called The Gunshot Medley as a gospel musician and singer.

Anna Matuszczak

Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano, Voice, and Guitar

From San Clemente CA. Began playing Music in 6th grade. Graduated from The Masters College with a degree in Communications and a minor in Biblical Studies. Drummed for 330 plan, Trevor Davis, Kokua, The Manhattan Jazz band, Travis Oberg, and Tyson Motsenbocker. Guitar/drums/vocals/songwriter for the album "Great Dane" - on iTunes. Author of the book "Drum Cycles." An officially seasoned music teacher as of 2016.

From San Clemente CA. Began playing Music in 6th grade. Graduated from The Masters College with a degree in Communications and a minor in Biblical Studies. Drummed for 330 plan, Trevor Davis, Kokua, The Manhattan Jazz band, Travis Oberg, and Tyson Motsenbocker. Guitar/drums/vocals/songwriter for the album "Great Dane" - on iTunes. Author of the book "Drum Cycles." An officially seasoned music teacher as of 2016.

Shaun Knoop

Drums & Guitar

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Sydney Sanz

Piano, Voice & Clarinet


Jonathan Kim A passionate musician, Jonathan Kim has persisted in learning, and performing since his middle school band days. His excitement for music developed when he had the opportunity to perform with his middle school band in  Carnegie Hall . Since his debut, he has played in several venues from  San Diego to Los Angeles  Counties, including the  Anaheim Convention Center  and  The Roxy Theatre .  Inspired by all types of music, he not only desires to teach, but to continue learning and growing. He is very  engaging with his students , encouraging them toward  creativity and musical self-expression . Jonathan has been teaching since 2010 with the hope of instilling the same  passion and love for music  in his students as they  learn and discover their talents . His experience in several bands with  different musical genres  helps him introduce and teach new approaches to learning music.  Jonathan holds a  Bachelor’s in Music  and a Master’s in Theology from  Biola University . He leads worship in various arenas including  Hume Lake Camps  and  Trinity Presbyterian Church .

Jonathan KimA passionate musician, Jonathan Kim has persisted in learning, and performing since his middle school band days. His excitement for music developed when he had the opportunity to perform with his middle school band in Carnegie Hall. Since his debut, he has played in several venues from San Diego to Los Angeles Counties, including the Anaheim Convention Center and The Roxy Theatre.

Inspired by all types of music, he not only desires to teach, but to continue learning and growing. He is very engaging with his students, encouraging them toward creativity and musical self-expression. Jonathan has been teaching since 2010 with the hope of instilling the same passion and love for music in his students as they learn and discover their talents. His experience in several bands with different musical genres helps him introduce and teach new approaches to learning music.

Jonathan holds a Bachelor’s in Music and a Master’s in Theology from Biola University. He leads worship in various arenas including Hume Lake Camps and Trinity Presbyterian Church.

Jonathan Kim

Guitar (Acoustic & Electric), Electric Bass, Drums, Piano, Voice

I’m experienced in teaching all ages – and truly enjoy teaching the basics to little ones all the way up through coaching adults that have been performing for years. I offer a variety of music lessons, including music theory, improvisational piano, chord style piano, songwriting coaching, and performance coaching (acting through song).  Victoria has an extensive musical theatre background; she was most recently seen as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady. Favorite credits include: Evita (Evita), Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme (Assassins), Mayzie LaBird (Seussical), Reno Sweeney (Anything Goes), Ginger (1940's Radio Hour), Sister Robert Anne (Nunsense), Rose (Secret Garden) and Chess in Concert. In addition to musical theatre, Victoria can also be seen on stage around Southern California performing original material with her band.

I’m experienced in teaching all ages – and truly enjoy teaching the basics to little ones all the way up through coaching adults that have been performing for years. I offer a variety of music lessons, including music theory, improvisational piano, chord style piano, songwriting coaching, and performance coaching (acting through song).

Victoria has an extensive musical theatre background; she was most recently seen as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady. Favorite credits include: Evita (Evita), Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme (Assassins), Mayzie LaBird (Seussical), Reno Sweeney (Anything Goes), Ginger (1940's Radio Hour), Sister Robert Anne (Nunsense), Rose (Secret Garden) and Chess in Concert. In addition to musical theatre, Victoria can also be seen on stage around Southern California performing original material with her band.

Victoria Patton

Musical Theater Workshops, Last Sunday of Every Month Only

An accomplished musician and a staple in the Encinitas community, Stephen (Steve) Brown has been  teaching music for over 30 years . Steve, an Encinitas native, started playing in  rock and jazz bands  in high school. From there, he  attended Berkley School of Music  in Boston and has taught in the public school arena as  a coach for instrumentalists  all over San Diego County. He has  received several awards  since high school and has even performed public  concerts including Mannheim Steamroller Christmas .  Steve is  creative ,  multi-faceted , and  encouraging  when he teaches. He believes students should be  inspired  and will use groups and even a combination of instruments to encourage students to  pursue music as a passion . His knowledge and application of  music theory  is a benefit to any student.  Steve has not only been active in different worship teams over the years, he was also once a part of The Brown Family Band, which his family formed.

An accomplished musician and a staple in the Encinitas community, Stephen (Steve) Brown has been teaching music for over 30 years. Steve, an Encinitas native, started playing in rock and jazz bands in high school. From there, he attended Berkley School of Music in Boston and has taught in the public school arena as a coach for instrumentalists all over San Diego County. He has received several awards since high school and has even performed public concerts including Mannheim Steamroller Christmas.

Steve is creative, multi-faceted, and encouraging when he teaches. He believes students should be inspired and will use groups and even a combination of instruments to encourage students to pursue music as a passion. His knowledge and application of music theory is a benefit to any student.

Steve has not only been active in different worship teams over the years, he was also once a part of The Brown Family Band, which his family formed.

Steve Brown

Piano, Banjo, Guitar, Drums, Violin, Sax, Clarinet & More


An experienced  mentor and competitive pianist , Julie Ngan joins the LNS team with a  fervent excitement  for her students’ musical journey. Having completed all ten levels of the Music Teachers’ Association of  California Certificate of Merit  in Piano, Julie brings an exceptional level of excellence to her teaching.  Julie believes teaching should be  collaborative and engaging . She’s mentored at San Marcos High and San Elijo Middle School since 2016. Julie has been  playing and performing since the age of five , this combined with her years of experience mentoring provides her students with a teacher who is  compassionate, understanding, and equipped to prepare  them for any performance situation.  Julie is  attending UCSD  and is very active in the music community, and  desires to spread her passion for music  through teaching and performing.

An experienced mentor and competitive pianist, Julie Ngan joins the LNS team with a fervent excitement for her students’ musical journey. Having completed all ten levels of the Music Teachers’ Association of California Certificate of Merit in Piano, Julie brings an exceptional level of excellence to her teaching.

Julie believes teaching should be collaborative and engaging. She’s mentored at San Marcos High and San Elijo Middle School since 2016. Julie has been playing and performing since the age of five, this combined with her years of experience mentoring provides her students with a teacher who is compassionate, understanding, and equipped to prepare them for any performance situation.

Julie is attending UCSD and is very active in the music community, and desires to spread her passion for music through teaching and performing.

Julie Ngan

Piano, Flute & Voice

An extremely humble man of many talents, Blake Armstrong  plays several different instruments  even though he teaches mostly drums. He has played in a plethora of settings from  Rock to Metal, Jazz, Classical, Latin, and Funk .He has played with Brian Bromberg, Lenny Castro, Francisco Torres, and Mike Stern. He currently plays with Nathan James, Sarah Rogo, and Nathan & Jessie.  A student of  Mira Costa College , Blake has taught since 2016 and desires lessons to be  productive and positive  for his students. He believes  music is rewarding and brings happiness and peace of mind . Blake assesses each student to  create a unique experience  for their growth and enjoyment. Blake is  straightforward and serious  while maintaining an environment of  fun  with practical  hands-on experience .

An extremely humble man of many talents, Blake Armstrong plays several different instruments even though he teaches mostly drums. He has played in a plethora of settings from Rock to Metal, Jazz, Classical, Latin, and Funk.He has played with Brian Bromberg, Lenny Castro, Francisco Torres, and Mike Stern. He currently plays with Nathan James, Sarah Rogo, and Nathan & Jessie.

A student of Mira Costa College, Blake has taught since 2016 and desires lessons to be productive and positive for his students. He believes music is rewarding and brings happiness and peace of mind. Blake assesses each student to create a unique experience for their growth and enjoyment. Blake is straightforward and serious while maintaining an environment of fun with practical hands-on experience.

Blake Armstrong

Drums & Percussion

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Alex Borthwick

Teacher Assistant


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Caitlin Gorgas

Front Office

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Nancy Graham

Office Manager- Encinitas


Christian is co-owner and a graduate from Berklee College of Music. He has performed with the greats like Bo Diddley, Chris Duarte, The James Brown Horns, Johnny Lang, John Mayall, The Memphis Horns, Bonnie Raitt, Junior Wells, Waldo Weathers  He loves to make sure kids get a grasp of the theory basics, note reading and jamming on the blues chords. His students are inspired to create and sing along as they play.  Recordings: The Christian Hastings Band Get It On Voltage Hog Records Waldo Weathers Live In Barcellona Mas i Mas Records Waldo Weathers Saxual Fulfillment Mas i Mas Records Martha High & Waldo Weathers Live In Paris Independent The Christian Hastings Band Callin'For Rain Voltage Hog Records

Christian is co-owner and a graduate from Berklee College of Music. He has performed with the greats like Bo Diddley, Chris Duarte, The James Brown Horns, Johnny Lang, John Mayall, The Memphis Horns, Bonnie Raitt, Junior Wells, Waldo Weathers

He loves to make sure kids get a grasp of the theory basics, note reading and jamming on the blues chords. His students are inspired to create and sing along as they play.

Recordings:
The Christian Hastings Band Get It On Voltage Hog Records
Waldo Weathers Live In Barcellona Mas i Mas Records
Waldo Weathers Saxual Fulfillment Mas i Mas Records
Martha High & Waldo Weathers Live In Paris Independent
The Christian Hastings Band Callin'For Rain Voltage Hog Records

Christian Hastings

Guitar, Bass, Drums & Saxophone

A  fearless and strong  trailblazer, Camille Hastings opened the doors of Leading Note Studios in August of 2009 with 5 students. This  courageous  move brought a  compassion to music lessons  you will not find anywhere else in San Diego. A graduate of  Berklee School of Music in Boston , MA, Camille has  taught and performed in Nashville , and sang with Barry Manilow, Vince Gill, and Amy Grant. She has even appeared singing on national television as a child.  Camille is  passionate about making music a gift  everyone should receive. Her experience creates a culture of  excitement ,  joy , and  dedication  to music education, allowing the young, and the young at heart, to start learning and performing music. Her idea of a successful recital is one where  everyone gets to play ,  everyone is celebrated  regardless of mistakes, and  everyone is encouraged  to continue learning.  Since 2009, LNS has grown to over  500 students and 25 professional teachers . Each teacher is well credentialed, and has been hand-selected by Camille to bring the same  compassion and love for music  she has brought over the last 10 years.

A fearless and strong trailblazer, Camille Hastings opened the doors of Leading Note Studios in August of 2009 with 5 students. This courageous move brought a compassion to music lessons you will not find anywhere else in San Diego. A graduate of Berklee School of Music in Boston, MA, Camille has taught and performed in Nashville, and sang with Barry Manilow, Vince Gill, and Amy Grant. She has even appeared singing on national television as a child.

Camille is passionate about making music a gift everyone should receive. Her experience creates a culture of excitement, joy, and dedication to music education, allowing the young, and the young at heart, to start learning and performing music. Her idea of a successful recital is one where everyone gets to play, everyone is celebrated regardless of mistakes, and everyone is encouraged to continue learning.

Since 2009, LNS has grown to over 500 students and 25 professional teachers. Each teacher is well credentialed, and has been hand-selected by Camille to bring the same compassion and love for music she has brought over the last 10 years.

Camille Hastings

Owner, Leading Note Studios