Hanna Kogan moved to the United States from Moscow 24 years ago. She graduated from the Moscow Conservatory of Music and has taught piano for over 40 years to students of all ages. Many of her past students have or are currently attending conservatories of music all over the globe. Hanna is a member of five Music Teachers Associations, including the Music Teachers National Association, the Music Teachers Association of California, the American College of Musicians, the National Guild of Piano Teachers, and the Royal Conservatory in London. Her students have a chance to get a high school diploma in music. Her studio has an official title of Conservatory of Music. In addition, she has a degree in Child Psychology and Family Counseling, and is an experienced conductor, performer, and composer.
Phone Number: (760) 310-1924
John Pedersen was born in the suburbs of Chicago, IL in 1960 and moved to California just prior to his 8th birthday. Organ lessons started at age 11, and by age 15, John was already in his first band playing every weekend. At this time he also began playing organ at his church, a position that lasted 29 years. Although groomed into a proficient musician from further instruction in college, John went to work as a lab technician and it wasn't until a layoff 12 years later in the 1993, that he returned to his calling. For several years, John worked on backing tracks for musicals, was an accompanist for school choirs, continued as a church organist, played in a variety of rock and country bands and started teaching piano. In his spare time, John enjoys hiking and spending time with his wife and family. He listens to a lot of music as well, everything from jazz to classical.
Web Site: www.findingparadisejazz.com
Phone Number: (760) 703-7597
Shagay Huffman is a Washington state native where she grew up taking music lessons from the time she was seven. Part of a large family, music was an integral part of their lives because of her mother who introduced her at a young age to everything from Bob Dylan to Tony Bennett to Luciano Pavarotti. She was involved in band as a trumpet player, sang in many choirs and took private lessons for piano and accordion while living at home. Having a goal to become an English Professor she pursued these classes in college until she was thrown off course because of a Music Professor whom she became good friends with and whom inspired her to change her course for a career. As a piano instructor she strives to inspire her students to not only love playing music but to understand music through teaching a solid foundation of reading and theory.
Phone Number: (760) 803-4479 or (760) 740-5103
Sarah Lopez, M.M., Ph.D.
Dr. Sarah Lopez has enjoyed a life career of teaching voice for more than 30 years. Dr. Lopez earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Voice Performance from USC and her Ph.D from UCSD where she studied the effects of lullabies and play songs on newborn infants. Having had a successful career winning first place as the Young Artist of the Future for the City of Los Angeles, Sarah has soloed with major symphony orchestras in opera at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion in Los Angeles and musical theater productions earning her reviews for her lustrous voice and sincere acting abilities. She continues to sing professionally in her own trio, singing original arrangements of Latin jazz, Bossa Nova and classical music. Dr. Lopez has taught voice at Palomar College, UCSD, USC and MiraCosta College for 27 years. She is also the choir director at Garrison Elementary Glee and in her private studio in San Marcos. Many of Sarah’s students have gone on to have professional careers on Broadway, singing in Europe and New York as well as leading roles in television series, musical theater and opera. Her students also go on to teach voice and music. Her traditional Bel Canto and cutting edge vocal techniques have served students in the recording industry in pop, R&B, country, rock and rap styles. Dr. Lopez is continually studying the best methods of voice training that produce well-rounded, genuine, creative and unique vocal and acting talents. She is also trained as a certified Listening Fitness Trainer in Canada.
Dr. Lopez is dedicated to teaching each student on their own level so each can realize their dreams and aspirations to become the best singer possible. Her focus on the body as the instrument, and the “think” system are grounded in her work with the Alexander Technique used by famous singers, actors and dancers. It is remarkable how optimizing posture and learning mental directions of energy and sound put the voice and the singer in right relationship for outstanding results. Sarah is an enthusiastic and inspiring voice teacher who is wise, patient and effective. Most students are amazed at how much they learn that they can continue to work on their own with noticeable improvement every week. Whether it's for sheer pleasure and fun or for a professional musical career, Dr. Lopez is dedicated to serving the needs and dreams of each student to help them realize their full potential and talent.
Phone Number: (760) 518-8502