keyboardGARY MANDELL
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. Available for lessons online until our studios reopen.

KATE KOHLER
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. Available for lessons online until our studios reopen.

KATIE NICHOLSON
Having taught piano since graduating from UNR in 2014 and playing for over 20 years, Katie has also been part of multiple ensembles as a pianist, vocalist, clarinetist, and tuba player. She loves sharing the gift of music with her students and makes a point to find music based on each students’ personal interests. Her program focuses on music reading, theory, and technique. She works with students of all ages from young children to adults creating a curriculum based on each students’ skill level. Available for lessons online until our studios reopen.

JESICA YAP
A Piano instructor since 2011, Jesica graduated with honors in 2013 from the Berklee College of Music majoring in film scoring. Her coursework included scoring and orchestration for film, advanced editing, conducting, and mixing. She has an extensive background in the area of music technology including Digital Performer, Cubase, and Logic Pro. She teaches everything from classical to jazz working with all levels (beginning to advanced) and ages of students. She covers everything from ear training, contemporary harmony, classical theory, to music technology. Available for lessons online until our studios reopen.