Meet our instructors
I was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, and I have been a resident of the East Bay since 2000. I studied piano pedagogy at a local college, where I earned certificates in teaching Beginning and Intermediate Piano.
Every lesson, I love seeing the smiles on my students’ faces.
I believe that learning music should be fun and exciting, so I like to provide well-rounded piano lessons with many hands-on activities. My lessons use a lesson book as a guide, but also cover rhythm exercises, ear training and improvisation as well as music theory.
For group lessons, I introduce classical composers along with live performances of their piano music. I believe that listening to a variety of music is also important to developing musicianship.
Chelsea Randall began playing the piano at 5 years old. She studied classical music for 14 years, and later branched out into playing other styles of music. Chelsea now has a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University East Bay in jazz studies, with an emphasis in jazz piano performance. She has been trained in teaching both Suzuki, and traditional piano methods. Her diverse musical style studies have positively influenced both her playing, and teaching styles.
Dr. Hannah K. Harrington holds a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She has been a member of the Modesto Symphony since 1981 as well as principal cellist of the Patten Symphonette in Oakland, CA. She has substituted as a cellist in various local professional orchestras. She especially enjoyed the two international tours with youth and college orchestras (2004, Italy; 1990, Russia). Dr. Harrington is known for her love of teaching and coaching young musicians. She also holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in Near Eastern Studies and has been a professor at Patten University for many years.
Michael Booker is an upcoming musician in the bay area that is comfortable playing a variety of styles and has been studying music for over 10 years. He plays Classical, Jazz, Funk Fusion, Acid, Rock, Rockabilly, and many more.
His unique style of playing has touched the hearts of many people throughout the Bay Area and beyond as he has performed in many different groups ranging from parades at Disneyland, marching band for his school, and performances with his church.He’s studied under Dann Zinn, Marcus Stephens, Erik Jekabson, and Glenn Richman. He’s also played with artists Bob Sheppard, Andy Martin, Mic Gillette, Bobby Shew, Bryan Lynch, Geoffery Keezer, Edgardo Cambon, Mike Sopko, and Terrence Brewer to name a few.Michael has been teaching private lessons for many years and volunteers with a local music camp as a counselor every summer.
Nate Guinto is a contemporary violinist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He graduated from the Berklee College of Music with a Degree in Violin Performance (Magna Cum Laude) in 2016. He has studied with some of the best contemporary violin players in the world. Names such as Darol Anger, Matt Glaser, Rob Thomas, Mads Tolling, Jason Anick, Jeremy Kittel, Mimi Rabson, and Mike Block. Nate Guinto specializes in playing modern day music that you would usually hear on the radio. Also as a trained jazz musician he also makes the concept of improvising a really important skill to have. Nate has played in a number bands/ensembles during his music career such as CGC Chamber Groove Company (2016), The Berklee Contemporary String Orchestra (2013), The Cuervoz Quintet (2016), but nowadays Nate Guinto is more of a solo performer. Nate Guinto has performed for many weddings, private events and parties as a solo performer. He is also currently an aspiring producer. Nate Guinto uses unorthodox methods of teaching that try to best suit the student. Nate still teaches proper technique through some classical methods. At the end of the day Nate just wants the kids to have fun playing and will cater to whatever they want to learn.
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