Our Guitar & Bass Instructors
Perfecto De Castro (guitar, electric bass)
Is a multi-awarded guitarist proficient in Classical, Flamenco and Electric Rock Guitar Styles. He is an active performer, having given concerts and recitals in Southern California, SF Bay Area, Portland OR, Chicago, New Jersey, Connecticut and the Philippines. Highly in demand as a teacher, Perfecto’s instruction involves modern methods in music theory, ear training, positioning and proper muscular movement, tone production, and sound design and manipulation. Fluent in Tagalog. www.perfdecastro.com
Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday 3:30pm-8:30pm
William Lyle (guitar, electric bass)
Is a bandleader, upright and electric bassist, composer, arranger, producer, and teacher from Orange County, California. He graduated summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music in May 2016, and has toured in the United States, Japan, and Canada. He has performed at Los Angeles’s Central Avenue Jazz Festival, and as a bandleader held a concert hosted by Bubba Jackson of KJazz 88.1 FM. He has arranging and orchestration credits for various corporate jingles and released his first commercial work at the age of 16. Lyle has performed with Mikan Zlatkovich, Tony Guerrero, Akikazu Nakamura, Ron Kobayashi, Rina Yamazaki, Llew Mathews, Andrea Miller, Gilbert Castellanos, and Simon Moullier and Anthony Fung (both Thelonious Monk Institute 2016-2018 participants), Ron Escheté, as well as other artists. Lyle has been privileged to study with some of Berklee’s most experienced faculty, and counts Ralph Peterson, Billy Kilson, Neal Smith, Susan Hagen, and Ron Mahdi as some of his most important mentors. He considers himself to have learned an equal amount from his peers. During his studies he worked with over eight different bands, two of which he has led. Ever fascinated by classic hard bop recordings, obscure spiritual jazz, modern French composers, and 1980s boogie funk, he continues to hone his craft and stay enthusiastic in broadening his musical horizons.
Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday
Ken Nagatani (guitar)
Received both a Master of Music and a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Manuel Barrueco, and completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Southern California in 2006 as a student of William Kanengiser. While at USC, he was the recipient of the Mary Pickford Foundation Endowed Scholarship in Classical Guitar and the Jack Marshall Memorial Scholarship. Ken has been active as a teacher and performer in Los Angeles area for the past 17 years, and is currently an adjunct instructor at East Los Angeles College, Long Beach City College, and Glendale City College.
Fri 1:30pm-7:00pm, Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm
Jason Lee (guitar)
Jason Lee (Geunsu Lee) is an award winning guitarist, composer, and educator based in Los Angeles, CA. Born in Seoul, South Korea, his passion for music has taken him all over the world from Amsterdam, Netherlands to United States. Over the years, he performed music venues in Amsterdam, Seoul, Los Angeles, and Monterey. Jason completed his Bachelors in Jazz from Conservatorium van Amsterdam in May 2011, where he studied with Jesse van Ruller, Maarten Van Der Grinten, and Martijn van Iterson. In the fall of 2015, Jason began his graduate studies in Studio/Jazz Guitar at the USC Thornton School of Music, where he studied with Bruce Forman, Pat Kelley, and Adam del Monte. In the same year, he was selected to perform with the Thornton Jazz Orchestra directed by Bob Mintzer. He was later selected for Vince Mendoza’s combo, which performed as a finalist at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz festival in 2017. Jason completed his Master’s degree with Pi Kappa Lambda Honors from USC in 2017.
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 1:30-8:30pm
Thomas Fey (guitar, bass guitar, oboe, piano)
Thomas Fay studied piano in a Franz Liszt style conservatory from ages three to nineteen. During this time he also studied oboe and voice in addition to performing guitar, bass, and other woodwinds in jazz, rock, and R&B groups. He received a BA in piano and oboe performance from The University of Mary in North Dakota and a MM in piano performance with an emphasis in music theory and history from University of Wisconsin, Madison where he studied with two-time Van Cliburn award winner Christopher Taylor.
Thomas has performed with an array of artists including Lenny Pickett, Henning Kraggerud, Lisa Henry, and Frank Mantooth. He enjoyed the position of Principal Oboist in The Bismarck Mandan Symphony Orchestra for three seasons. He was an alternate for The Minnesota Orchestra from 2006 to 2009, and performed with The National Symphony Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin. He has given piano recitals and held master classes in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Iowa. He also composed for esteemed music firm Hest & Kramer and Carlson Marketing Group in Minneapolis, MN before moving to Los Angeles in 2010.
Thomas has been teaching piano, guitar, voice, bass, and woodwinds for twelve years. His teaching style is a successful blend of traditional methods and embracing innovation and individuality. He believes in a balance of structure and enjoyment in private instruction that is different for every student. He is passionate about the progress of all his students and the continued enjoyment, appreciation, and celebration of music.
Tuesday, Friday 1:30pm-8:30pm, Saturday 9am-5pm