Meet Our Teachers

Amanda C.

Amanda is passionate about helping people to recognize both the personal and global value of music and likewise encourages her students to be ambassadors of music. She teaches saxophone, flute and clarinet. Amanda is currently pursuing a certificate in Music for Early Childhood Education at Pasadena City College. She has been playing music for ten years and has performed all over the country. Having been a private music instructor for many years, she has extensive knowledge of various reading materials and musical supplies in addition to experience teaching students of all ages. Amanda is committed to having her students recognize that regular performance is an ideal method to further their musical educations.


Candace M.

Candace is warm, friendly, and always gives great musical insight to her students. She teaches violin, piano, and Pre-K.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky and Master’s degree in Violin Performance from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she also studied violin pedagogy.  Candace was a performer with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra and a substitute violinist with the Bowling Green State Orchestra. Candace typically teaches violin with the Suzuki method.  Her incredibly supportive personality makes her an ideal match for both children and adults.

Deborah A.

Deborah guides her students to high achievements by instilling in them a solid work ethic, which she models herself; her enthusiasm for personal growth and development are infectious. She teaches voice, piano and violin.  Deborah earned her Master’s Degree in Music Education and Vocal Performance from Azusa Pacific University and then went on to teach beginningpiano for APU’s conservatory.  She has been the Workman High School Choir Director since 2012, where she practices a variety of styles but developed an impressive classical program that prepares students for college-level musical training and the professional world.  Deborah coordinates music lesson material in adherence to California state educational standards and builds a strong foundation of reading, vocal production, and practical musicianship.

Effie V.

Effie is motivated by her passion for music and her desire to foster positive reinforcement in children’s lives.  Bilingual in Greek and English, she studied Music at Citrus College and is currently finishing her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Azusa Pacific University.  Effie has been a Manager at JFMA for over five years and before that was the coordinator at Waltrip’s Music. She has taught piano for eight years and has been a worship leader at Pasadena International House of Prayer for six years.  Effie focusses on creating an encouraging and nurturing environment for her students to comfortably develop their musical abilities, and she is especially gifted with young children.

Fernanda A.

Fernanda is an incredibly encouraging teacher who builds the confidence of each of her students so that their learning is both self-motivated and fun.  She teaches piano, voice, guitar and Pre-K.  She joined the JFMA staff in 2012 having earned her Associates of Arts degree in Music Performance with the Vocal Department at Los Angeles College of Music.  Fernanda is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, and English.  With regard to her teaching, Fernanda specializes in: vocal technique, songwriting, music theory, ear training, the physicality of performance, and song arranging.

Gideon G.

Gideon is a skillful communicator and has a warm, easygoing demeanor with his students. Well versed in a variety of styles, Gideon teaches both acoustic and electric guitar.  Having taught both privately and in groups for over seven years, he teaches a wide variety of musical styles to students of all ages.  Well-versed in rock, pop, and contemporary styles, Gideon is an active performer who has played at many prestigious venues throughout Los Angeles.  As a teacher, Gideon excels at creating an inspiring and motivating relationship with each of his students.

Jennifer N.

Jennifer is a very patient instructor and highly skilled with multiple styles of piano playing.  She teaches piano, songwriting, Math, English, and guitar.  Jennifer graduated Summa Cum Laude from Life Pacific College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies and a Minor in Music.  She has been the worship leader for Emmanuel Assembly of God Church and the Musical Director for Bible Mission church.  In her teaching children of all ages and adults, Jennifer emphasizes performance skills.  She enjoys teaching all types of musical genres including: baroque, classical, romantic, worship, gospel, ragtime, and contemporary.

Jessie M.

Jessie is committed to seeing steady progress in her students to keep them confident, motivated, and consistently improving as musicians.  She teaches voice, math, and piano.  Jessie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of the Redlands, where she was a Music Talent Award Scholarship recipient, and studied theater, jazz dance, swing dance, and ballet at the College of the Desert.  She is skilled in multiple genres including: pop, jazz, musical theater and is highly accomplished in jazz singing, sight singing, and vocal improvisation.  She was a choir member for productions at Opera by the Glass, the Pacific Opera Project, the University of the Redlands, and the McCallum Theater.  Jessie believes that a solid musical technique is the ideal foundation for a lifetime of musical development and enjoyment.

Jeremy B.

Jeremy is wonderfully creative in his teaching and uses a diversity of methods to engage all kinds of students. A JFMA instructor since 2004, he teaches guitar, piano, drums, ukulele, bass, and banjo.  Jeremy earned both his Bachelor’s in Psychology and his Master’s in Music Performance from Azusa Pacific University.  As the Music Director for Mission Pointe Church, he prepared all the music for weekly services, led congregational singing, and ran rehearsals and performances for the worship band.  Currently he performs as a freelance musician in the Los Angeles area.  Dedicated to the success of his students, Jeremy develops personalized curriculums of music theory and guitar techniques for his students.

Matt B.

Matt is committed to providing a fun and interactive learning environment for his students, creating custom lesson plans and  practice routines to fit every individual’s learning style.  While he pushes the fundamentals to give his students the necessary foundation to become independent musicians, his teaching approach is always patient and friendly.  Matt teaches trumpet, trombone, french horn, piano and guitar.  His Bachelor’s Degree in Music is from the University of Southern California and his Master’s Degree is in Trumpet Performance from the New England Conservatory in Boston, specializing in classical music.  In his lessons with students, Matt focuses on sight reading, theory, and personal artistry.

Seth V.

A multi-talented teacher, Seth is both extremely knowledgeable and patient.  He teaches voice, piano, guitar, theory, and French horn, having graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from Azusa Pacific University.  Seth studied voice with members of the LA Master Chorale and the LA Opera Chorus.  He has performed as a vocalist and choir member with APU’s Men’s Chorale and Chamber Singers, and competed nationally and internationally.  Also while at APU, Seth was employed with the Learning Enrichment Center as a tutor in music theory and sight-singing. Seth’s teaching style is characterized by developing students’ problem-solving strategies and with his extensive pedagogical knowledge, he has a great understanding of how to work with a variety of disabilities.

Tim C.

Tim is a highly experienced musician with over ten years of teaching experience, yet is consistently patient with and supportive to his students.  As an instructor, Tim creates a fun and relaxed atmosphere while instilling confidence in his students with positive reinforcement.  He teaches guitar, bass, drums and piano.  Tim’s Bachelor of Music is is in Jazz Guitar Performance with a concentration in classical and jazz composition from the Berklee College of Music.  He is an accomplished performer having toured all over the world as a musician, composer, film score composer, and producer.  Tim is continually excited to share his musical knowledge and experience with aspiring musicians.  His goal as a teacher is to provide a balance of music theory, sight reading, and instrument proficiency in the genre/s that each student is most interested in pursuing.

Vicki S.

Highly experienced, Vicky gives her students the perfect balance of encouragement and technical instruction.  She teaches violin viola, piano and cello.  Her Bachelor’s degree is in Violin Performance from the University of Buffalo, New York.  Vicky has written orchestral arrangements of pop songs and classical music for school orchestras at varying levels of technical competence for the student players.  She has taught group string lessons to students grade levels K-6th at several local schools, led masterclasses for violin students, and taught private lessons to students aged 4 to adults, ranging from beginning to advanced, for over ten years.  Vicky’s educational philosophy is that music is meant to be shared and so regular performance is the best way to improve one’s skills.