Jason Lee (guitar, bass, ukulele)
Jason Geunsu Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Guitar from Conservatorium van Amsterdam in the Netherlands. After returning to Korea, he taught private guitar lessons at Baekseok Arts University, Paekche Institute of the Arts, and Soongsil University as a lecturer. He then moved to Los Angeles to pursue his Master’s degree in Studio/Jazz Guitar program at the University of Southern California, where he was selected to perform with the USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra, directed by Bob Mintzer and Vince Mendoza’s combo. Both ensembles were selected to perform in the final round at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival in 2016 and 2017. He studied jazz guitar with Bruce Forman as well as studio guitar with Richard Smith and Pat Kelly. He also had an opportunity to perform American Root music under Steve Trovato’s guidance. He completed his Master's degree with Pi Kappa Lambda Honors. With over 10 years of teaching experience Jason's mature and steady character makes him a very trustworthy teacher. His patience and love gives his students as sense of great encouragement. Fluent English and Korean.
Mon-Fri:1:30-8:30pm, Saturday 1pm-5pm
Sean Williams (guitar, bass, ukulele)
Sean has been teaching guitar and bass for over 15 years, working with students of all ages, ability levels and styles. Sean holds a Bachelor of Music from CSU Hayward and is currently a graduate student in the Studio/Jazz Guitar program at USC's Thornton School of Music. Having also studied at the renowned Berklee College of Music, Sean has had the honor of learning from some of the best music educators in the world. As teacher, Sean seeks to inspire his students by encouraging their own creativity and musical interests while building a strong foundation in the fundamentals. As a music lover without regard to genre, Sean has performed in many musical settings, from straight ahead or avant-garde jazz to blues, rock, pop, funk and classical. As a leader, Sean performs regularly with his organ trio as well as various jazz ensembles. Though jazz/improvised music plays a huge part of his musical life, Sean is also involved in various rock projects, musical theater as well as work as a session musician. As a past member of one of the SF Bay Area's most working bands, Tortilla Soup, Sean performed regularly alongside members of Tower of Power and Malo. In 2011 Sean joined Berkeley, CA based Ninth Street Opus label and national touring band The Real Nasty, a high energy power trio weaving a unique rock, country, blues with a twist of modern pop sound. Sean can also be heard on SF based indy-pop group New Spell's self titled EP as well as their most recent EP entitled Of Time: Part I. Sean has had the privilege of working in several musical theater productions, most notably Ray of Light Theater’s 2009 production of The Who's rock opera Tommy which garnered six Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards, including nods for the band. Currently, Sean is working on composing and recording his original music as well as performing in the LA area.
Weekdays 1:30pm-8:30pm, Sunday 1:30pm-5:00pm
Ken Nagatani (guitar, bass, ukulele)
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.
Wednesday 1:30pm-7:00pm, Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm
Devon Taylor (double bass/electric bass /tuba/low brass)
after attending Berklee College of Music and getting his Bachelor degree from California Institute of the Arts, has been a freelance musician based in Los Angeles, California. In New Orleans, Devon made a name for himself playing sousaphone with Preservation Hall. Devon performs styles of music from Pop to Jazz, Electronic, Rock, Hip Hop, R & B, Latin, Orchestral and more on the tuba, bass guitar and upright bass with artists and musicians around the country and the globe. Devon has performed and or recorded with: John Legend, Muse, Raphael Saadiq, ODESZA, Morrissey, Postmodern Jukebox, Ciara, Preservation Hall, Fitz and the Tantrums, Solange Knowles, Fermin Muguruza, HOLYCHILD and Youngblood Brass Band, to name a few.
Monday-Thursday 1:30pm-6:00pm, Sunday 1:30pm-4pm
Jeffrey Tay (piano, guitar, voice)
Jeffery Tay is a singer-songwriter, Independent Artist, Producer. Jeffery started learning classical piano a at the age of 10, and shortly after began learning the ukulele and guitar. He majored in vocal studies and holds a bachelor degree from Xinghai Conservatory of Music where he was awarded “outstanding graduate student.” After graduation, he signed a contract with a Chinese label to be a singer and songwriter and released two original albums between 2013-2015. Soon after, he released 4 original singles as an independent artist, producing his own music videos, one which was pitched by MTV Chinese Channel and aired for more than one year. In 2018 Jeffery moved to Los Angeles and graduated from Musician Institute with a Certificate in Independent Artistry.
He holds awards as Top 4 in “The Guangzhou Foreign Language Singer Competition” (2009); Champion of “Budweiser of China Campus singer competition”; Top 10 in Hong Kong TVB “International Chinese New Talent Singing Championship” shows (2012); Top 4 in MTV China channel ‘Aloft Star’ (2015); Top 4 in Guangdong TV ‘Live casting idols of China’ (2016) Fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese.
Tuesday - Friday 1:30-8:30pm; Saturday 1pm-5pm, additional availability upon request. Lessons@home
Emily Zhao (pipa, early childhood, piano)
Emily graduated from Emporia State University with masters in music education. She got her undergraduate degree from Music College of Liaoning Normal University, majoring in the Pipa. She has been studying since she was ten years old, under Professor Ge Yong, doctoral supervisor of China Conservatory of Music, and then studied under Professor Zhang Qiang from The Central Conservatory of Music, Duan Yan, master student of the Central Conservatory of Music, and Professor Liu Meili of Tianjin Conservatory of Music. Emily has participated in many national professional competitions, receiving the bronze medal in the "Dunhuang Cup" National Pipa Competition, silver medal in the Folk Music Competition of the Three Eastern provinces, excellence prize in the Shen Zhaozhou Cup National Pipa Competition, and excellence prize in the "Liao Cup" National Pipa competition. She attended the 2015 lecture of Master Liu Dehai, a famous contemporary pipa performing artist, and the lecture of master class held by The Central Conservatory of Music, where she studied a unique pedagogy system incorporating affect in learning the piano.