Nicholas De Anda

Nicholas has been composing and performing on various instruments for over ten years. He is studying musics of the world at San Francisco State University. He is most proficient on guitar, piano, saxophone, and drums; and plays several more instruments. Nicholas also teaches the Drums!

Nicholas has been composing and performing on various instruments for over ten years. He is studying musics of the world at San Francisco State University. He is most proficient on guitar, piano, saxophone, and drums; and plays several more instruments. Nicholas also teaches the Drums!

Leo Nava

Leo Nava is a passionate musician and educator. He graduated from the California Jazz Conservatory with a B.M. In Jazz Studies. He is a versatile musician who started off as a folk guitarist and is now well versed in blues, rock, reggae, cumbia, salsa, bossa nova, funk, and R&B. In addition to being an accomplished guitarist he is an enthusiastic drummer and bass player.  As a teacher Leo stresses patience as the key to becoming a good musician and his versatile musical background allows him to tailor each lesson to the students individual needs.

Leo Nava is a passionate musician and educator. He graduated from the California Jazz Conservatory with a B.M. In Jazz Studies. He is a versatile musician who started off as a folk guitarist and is now well versed in blues, rock, reggae, cumbia, salsa, bossa nova, funk, and R&B. In addition to being an accomplished guitarist he is an enthusiastic drummer and bass player.

As a teacher Leo stresses patience as the key to becoming a good musician and his versatile musical background allows him to tailor each lesson to the students individual needs.

Lorenzo Arreguin

Lorenzo is an exceptionally talented guitarist and drummer who has completed his studies at San Francisco State University, where he earned his Degree in Jazz Studies. He picked up guitar and drums at an early age, studying music theory and technique with individuals such as Tommy Armstrong-Leavitt (smartguitaronline.com) and Brian Schlegel. His versatile skills have allowed him to perform with a wide variety of bands and musicians. Lorenzo’s diverse musical tastes and creative teaching methods allow him to tailor every lesson to each individual. He is adept at teaching the necessary fundamentals of music and technique while incorporating the musical interests of his individual students.

Lorenzo is an exceptionally talented guitarist and drummer who has completed his studies at San Francisco State University, where he earned his Degree in Jazz Studies. He picked up guitar and drums at an early age, studying music theory and technique with individuals such as Tommy Armstrong-Leavitt (smartguitaronline.com) and Brian Schlegel. His versatile skills have allowed him to perform with a wide variety of bands and musicians. Lorenzo’s diverse musical tastes and creative teaching methods allow him to tailor every lesson to each individual. He is adept at teaching the necessary fundamentals of music and technique while incorporating the musical interests of his individual students.

Phil Surtees

'Phil studied Clarinet and Piano under the Royal School of Music in the UK, and played 1st Alto Sax with the prestigious Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra. He then proceeded to study Music and Performing Arts at University in London. After university he played in two successful bands touring the UK and Europe before moving to San Francisco to become a composer, songwriter and sound designer for theatre.'

'Phil studied Clarinet and Piano under the Royal School of Music in the UK, and played 1st Alto Sax with the prestigious Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra. He then proceeded to study Music and Performing Arts at University in London. After university he played in two successful bands touring the UK and Europe before moving to San Francisco to become a composer, songwriter and sound designer for theatre.'

Sean Thompson

Sean has been playing music for more than 13 years. Originally self-taught for a few years, he later began lessons with his local teacher while growing up in the mountains outside Chico, honing his own personal style of fingerstyle acoustic guitar.

Since picking up guitar, Sean furthered his hunger for knowledge in music, and has since studied musical composition at San Francisco State University, writing music for a variety of ensembles.

As an instructor, Sean has much experience, not only in guitar and composition/theory, but in piano, trumpet, trombone, drums, and bass, and has performed in a variety of styles and situations. With all of this experience, Sean has learned that teaching kids their instrument is only the first step.

Sean holds to the belief that each student should not only develop a familiarity with their instrument but be able to apply that familiarity to any situation. Ear training skills and theory are paired with a philosophy that one must always have their ears and mind open to the musical possibilities.

He currently plays lead guitar in The Silhouette Era, as well as a singer in The Holloways, an acapella vocal jazz group."