31368 Via Colinas #102
Westlake Village, CA 91362
We count with world class professionally trained musicians that hold music degrees from some of the most renowned universities throughout the world, with years of experience in the music field. In our instructors you will find the perfect match for you, making your lessons a fulfilling musical experience.
Part time instructor, part time Film, TV, Video Game composer and founder of 123 Rock. Marcos went to the prestigious Berklee College of Music where he graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Film Scoring. He specializes in Guitar, Piano and Bass instruction and has taught hundreds of individuals throughout his career. He has also written original music to numerous films and TV Series worlwide. He was born in San Francisco, CA and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. He has been immersed in music since an early age, but it was not until his 16th birthday, when he decided to pursue his career as a musician.
He says “Music is the combination of three elements: time, tones and colors, fittingly enough these very elements shape our lives. Music is life, it brings experiences which teach us every single day, because music has no limits”
Instruments: Guitar, Piano, Keyboard, Bass Guitar, Sequencing, Songwriting, Arranging
Andrew Napier is a guitarist, pianist, and composer based in LA area. He holds a Master of Music Degree from the prestigious Berklee College Of Music (Magna Cum Laude) and a Bachelor of Music Degree from Columbia College Chicago (Magna Cum Laude). Andrew has a passion for music and relaying this passion to others. Throughout the years he has developed a strong and wide ranged musical foundation that is a combination of rock, folk, jazz, classical, metal, and flamenco traditions. Andrew is also an active composer for visual media having done work for short films, commercials and video games.
One of Andrew’s top priorities is seeking out new approaches to teaching and presenting musical concepts in a clear and intuitive fashion. He understands that each student will have their own way of learning and their own perception of what music is. From this, Andrew will deduce what the musical goals of the students are and will tailor each of the lessons to suit the student’s needs. Ultimately, Andrew strives to spark a curiosity for music within his students!
Instruments: Guitar, Piano, Keyboard, Bass Guitar, Sequencing, Songwriting, Music Composition, Arranging.
Originally from Ponce, Puerto Rico. Juan Andres Matos began his music studies at the “Escuela Libre de Musica de Ponce”. He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, The Instituten Der Jazz & Rock Schulen in Freiburg, Germany and the Cornell School of Contemporary Music with studies in arranging, composition, and piano. After College, he moved to Los Angeles, where he began working with Latin Music Specialists as an Assistant Engineer. He has also worked at the Pasadena Playhouse as a keyboard technician and has directed and performed in 4 piano concerts in his hometown of Ponce, Puerto Rico.
Instruments: Piano, Keyboard, Sequencing, Songwriting, Music Composition, Arranging.
Steve Collom is an Australian singer songwriter, composer and multi instrumentalist with an Advanced Diploma in social science and music theory from the Australia Jubilee International College Brisbane.
Steve studied under singing success with Brett Manning (Vocal coach to Taylor Swift and Keith Urban) and after 3 world tours and many albums later his music has been heard on many leading brands such as AAA, Circle K, Nationwide, ABC, NBC, CBS, Access Hollywood, TLC, The Big Bang Theory, HBO, MTV NBC, The Fosters, University of Phoenix, Law and Order, Styled to Rock, Giuliana & Bill, E network. HGTV, History Channel, Golf Channel, Oxygen and Bravo.
Instruments: Guitar, Voice, Piano, Drums, Bass, Brass, Violin, Music Theory, Songwriting, Producing, Mixing and Mastering and of course the Didgeridoo with circular breathing.
Award-winning songwriter and pianist/vocalist Sascha Dupont has four successful albums to her name, and did more than 80 shows on prime time TV in her native Denmark.
Being a well acclaimed pianist, her playing has taken her around the world and already as a teenager she had the honor to play with Duke Ellington’s Big Band when they were visiting Denmark.
Since relocating to the US in 2008 Sascha has been playing with top musicians such as John Leftwich (Chet Baker, Rickie Lee Jones), Richard Perkins (Michael Bublé) and Nicole Falzone (George Benson).
These days Sascha is working on several new and exciting projects, one of those is the all women’s jazz trio, Divine Jazz Trio.
Instruments: Piano, Voice, Bass, Guitar, Drums, Songwriting.
Sarah Brenay is a music educator who specializes in voice, piano, and music theory. Sarah enjoys teaching students of all ages ranging in ability from beginner to advanced. She has experience performing and teaching various styles including classical, pop, musical theater, and jazz.
Sarah recently received a bachelor’s degree in music education from Utah State University before moving to LA where she currently works full time teaching private lessons for multiple music studios. She is a member of prominent music organizations including NATS and NAfME, which keeps her up to date with the latest advances in music education.
As a teacher of voice, she encourages students to study diverse styles of music, become versatile musicians, and discover their natural sound through healthy vocal technique. In piano lessons her students will discover the world of music by playing, composing, analyzing, and experiencing music as they learn about piano technique, music theory, and ear training. Above all, Sarah’s goal is for her students to establish a fun, positive relationship with music.
Instruments: Piano, Voice, Songwriting.
Colin Jensen has been studying to become a professional drummer/percussionist since 2004. Colin has studied percussion at Snow College and Utah State University where he received his Bachelors Degree in Music Performance. His continuous years of drum set study have enabled him to perform in a large variety of styles: jazz, rock, latin, funk, metal, punk, country, reggae, New Orleans and hip hop.
In addition to studying to become a drum set player, Colin has also studied to become a professional orchestral percussionist and has performed in many classical ensembles during his career. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2015, Colin has kept himself busy performing with a large variety of different groups/artists, performing music from broadway musicals to hip-hop and R&B songs. He has preformed in Night Clubs, Concert Halls, and even Cruise Ships traveling around the world.
Colin has had the great opportunity, through a series of workshops and clinics, to work and study with world renowned musicians including Jay Lawrence, Carl Allen, Ben Wolfe, Scott Wilson, James Burton III, Ron Blake, Rich Dixon, Rodney Jones, Benny Green, Steve Meredith, Bernie Dresel, Gordon Goodwin, Andy Martin, Wayne Bergeron, Eric Marienthal, Sal Lozano, and Steve Davis.
Instruments: Drums, Percussion.
Ramon Velarde got his Masters in Music Performance from the Cornell School of Contemporary Music at Shepherd University. He also had the privilege of studying privately under guitarists such as Carl Verheyen (Supertramp), Ross Bolton and Steve Trovato.
Ramon has played and toured with numerous bands since 1998, including the band “Fonos” with whom he won the second prize at the Hard Rock Stage National Band Contest in Mexico. He also recorded an album with Warner Music under the direction of legendary Bass player from the band “Caifanes”, Sabo Romo.
Ramon Velarde has been teaching privately since 2007 and enjoys teaching all styles of guitar and working with students of all ages.
Instruments: Guitar, Ukelele, Bass.
Born in Southern California, Karmann began taking piano lessons at the age of 6. He took 10 years of classical piano lessons completing the certificate of merit program at the age of 16. Upon entering high school, he joined the jazz band and began learning about other types of music and styles outside of classical music. While in high school he began playing the guitar, drums and the trumpet. After high school, Karmann attended Cal State Northridge graduating with a degree in music business. He took a job playing on cruise ships afterwards and spent the next few years traveling around the world playing in various orchestras, trios, combos, and solo.
He has experience teaching various instruments to students of all ages. For him, it’s important that the students enjoy the classes and learn songs and styles that interest them. “Helping students of all ages learn and enjoy music, is a gift that keeps on giving”.
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Trumpet.
Johnny Tredent grew up in Calabasas and graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston with a bachelors degree in Songwriting. He has a musical project called Walk Forever which has taking him up and down the West Coast playing shows. He’s been teaching since 2011 and has the ability to learn any song by ear.
Johnny played in high school rock bands and has played in famed venues such as the Whiskey a go go, Viper Room, and key Club. For him, music is communication at its purest form. His goal is to develop ‘artistic muscles” in younger students. Johnny particularly enjoys the process of having a student request a song and learning it together. His favorite artists include Ryan Adams, My Morning Jacket, Taylor Swift, The Beatles, DJ Shadow, and countless other unique voices. When not playing music, he enjoys working out and watching movies.
Instruments: Piano, Voice, Drums, Guitar, Bass, Songwriting.
Stephen is a professional woodwind doubler born and raised in Southern California. He has 13 years of playing experience, in which time he has studied extensively with woodwind specialists in the LA area such as Bruce Babad, Kevin Garren, and Rob Lockart. He has recently graduated from the prestigious jazz studies program at California State University of Northridge.
He has been playing professionally and teaching for the past 8 years. He has had the pleasure of performing in all styles of bands (jazz, blues, hip-hop, rock, and more) in venues all across Southern California, as well as recording for various projects. One of which was in collaboration with composer Austin Wintory, who composed the award winning music for the game Journey.
Stephen believes in creating a strong base of fundamentals for his students, reinforcing good technique and understanding basic music theory so they have the tools to push themselves further. He understands that everyone learns differently, and is accommodating to each student in a way that best suits them.
Instruments: Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute.