We are a team of extraordinary musicians
and highly qualified and experienced music educators
Francesca Draughon, Ph.D. (Founder, Piano)
Francesca is a classically trained musician and musicologist. She received an undergraduate degree in music performance and music history from Indiana University's famed School of Music, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Musicology from UCLA. Her career started at Stanford University, where she taught interdisciplinary humanities courses in the Introduction to Humanities Department as a post-doctoral Fellow and music history courses in the Music Department as Adjunct Faculty. She began teaching private music lessons to children and adults in 2009, and found that to be her greatest joy. She also plays keyboards and sings back-up vocals in a local rock band.
Sedat Aydin (Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Mandolin, Piano, Percussion)
Sedat is a practicing lawyer and rock musician in his native country of Turkey. He studied Guitar and Music Theory in Istanbul, receiving his Certificate from the Modern Guitar Music Academy along with his Law Degree. He has over 8 years experience teaching music, and 15 years experience playing guitar and recording with well-known bands in Turkey and throughout Europe. He plays and teaches a variety of styles including rock, blues, jazz, funk, pop, fusion, blues and reggae.
Todd Sandigo (Guitar, Piano, Bass, Ukulele)
Todd studied music performance at Foothill College and jazz composition at Berklee College of Music. For the past 20 years he has been playing guitar in local indie rock bands, performing and recording original music, as well as performing in a jazz trio. He has recently been concentrating on composing experimental electronic music. He has been teaching guitar, bass, and piano to students of all ages and skill levels for the past several years at various music schools throughout the bay area. He also teaches lessons on music engineering and recording arts.
Afsaneh Marandi (Piano, Voice)
Afsaneh is a highly experienced music teacher. She has taught piano to students of various ages for more than 20 years, and some of her music students are now music instructors themselves. Afsaneh studied classical piano at the Tehran Arts and Literature School, and she studied counterpoint, orchestration, harmony, and music theory with famous Iranian musicians and music teachers. Most recently, Afsaneh has been studying vocal instruction at Skyline College and the College of San Mateo, and is currently volunteering as a "Music for Minors" Docent in local public schools.
Brit Ness (Guitar, Ukulele, Piano)
Brit is a UX Designer and Musician with a love of Jazz and improvisation. He graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2013 with a degree in Jazz Performance, and has taught Guitar, Ukulele, and Piano for the past 3 years. Brit focuses on helping students learn tools to be creative and passionate in their musical endeavors. His own musical inspirations range across Jazz, Indie Folk, Hip Hop, R&B, Blues, Funk, and Classical/Neo Classical styles.
Ed Landels (Ukulele, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Piano, Guitar, Drums/Percussion)
Ed is a multi-instrumentalist who has performed with numerous rock, jazz, and funk bands through the Bay Area, primarily on drums, percussion, and trombone, but more recently as a jazz ukulele player and vocalist. He studied music performance and theory at San Jose State University and graduated from San Francisco State with an emphasis on teaching. He has greatly enjoyed teaching ukulele over the past five years, both with group classes and privately. He studied classical trumpet for five years and fits in time for the tuba, euphonium, guitar, and piano, as well.
David Chaidez (Voice, Piano)
David is a professional musician who has been teaching and playing in the Bay Area for over 15 years. He plays and sings a wide variety of musical styles including jazz, blues, and contemporary pop. He earned his BA in Jazz Studies from SJSU and has had the privilege of playing in many prestigious clubs and festivals such as Yoshi's SF and the Monterey Jazz Festival. David enjoys teaching students of all ages, spreading his love for music wherever he goes.
Joey Chang (Cello)
Joey, a classically trained cellist (Berklee College of Music), now performs as a beatboxing, rapping, and singing cellist. Joey records live on stage with a loop pedal and produces intricate tapestries of harmony, melody, and rhythm over his beatboxing and funky cello grooves. He has performed all over the world with countless musicians and bands, at numerous festivals, and is the world's first long-distance musical bike touring cellist.
Gabrielle Baum (Violin, Viola)
Gabrielle has studied violin since the age of 4. She was a member of Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, formed and performed in a piano trio at school, and is currently a Merit Scholar at the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View. She is classically trained and particularly enjoys playing in small ensembles, but she also arranges, rearranges, and performs rock and pop songs for violin.
Kris A. (Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, Voice)
Kris is a professional artist with over 20 years experience. He began college as a double major at age 16, studying both jazz and classical performance. Kris grew up in a musical family, with a father who played with some of the biggest artists of his time and numerous family members who are professional musicians and music teachers. His own private instructors were internationally known musicians as well. Kris has worked in youth development, charter school programs, and in private music instruction. He thinks music education should be fun, and believes that inspiration is key!