Gary Mandell has given instruction in guitar and keyboard since 1968. He works with and enjoys teaching all ages of students. He actually began as an instructor teaching math first at the age of ten helping his father (an amazing and inspiring teacher) who taught LA Unified elementary school for 48 years and also tutored youngsters privately. He started teaching piano at the age of 13 and has played and taught Folk, Rock, Acoustic and Electric Blues, Jazz (improvisation), Country (including Chet Atkins style), and Classical styles as well as arranging and orchestration. Although he claims to be 39 (and has for years) he has been teaching music for over 50 years and loves it. His assignments have included arrangements and orchestrations for the L.A. Philharmonic, Rochester Symphony, and La Mirada Symphony to the Tonight Show band. His music production (composition, arranging) has recently included work for Fox as well as CBS television. He has produced the Culver City Music festival (now called Culver City’s Boulevard Music Summer Festival) since 2001.
Composer, pianist, vocalist, educator, and pilot, Kate Kohler is an advocate of fearlessness and music. She is an active composer, performer and recording artist. In 2015 she released her 7th solo CD Wake Up! Songs for a Rainy Day, an eclectic collection of original songs for voice and piano, jazz standards and holiday songs. Before she moved to LA from Montana she composed a series of 3 piano CD’s for her acupuncturist called Lullabies for Grownups. Kate performs her own original songs around Los Angeles, plays Classical and Jazz piano, sings jazz and barbershop whenever the opportunity arises, and writes songs for Interactive theatre, film, and television.