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Jason is a Guitar, Bass, and Ukulele Instructor at our Pearl City Location. He has been teaching guitar, bass, and ukulele for eleven years. He plays professionally in various bands around the island, performing rock, blues, funk, country, disco, reggae, and folk music. In addition to playing in working bands he has also worked as the band leader and sound engineer in bars, nightclubs, weddings, and parties. He has had several television appearances and co-composed and engineered the theme music on the television show Entertain Me. His studies in advanced Music Analysis and Music Theory at University of Hawaii allow him to offer his students a fuller, more comprehensive understanding of music and his degree in philosophy and five years experience working with young adults in a psychiatric hospital brings a deeper perspective to his teaching. Check out Jason in his element here: YouTube
Landon is a Guitar and Ukulele Instructor at our Honolulu location. Landon has over 15 years experience in professional music and teaching. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Music from University of North Carolina at Asheville and two Master’s degrees in Jazz Studies and Music Education from University of North Texas, and he was a lecturer at Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou, China, for 4 years in the Jazz Studies department there. At the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Landon has lectured on the topic of early African-American music for the World Music course and performed in concerts at Orvis Auditorium. Landon’s music background is extensive and throughout his career in music, he has studied jazz, blues, pop, reggae, heavy metal, rock, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, classical, folk, contemporary, funk, soul, bluegrass, etc… Presently, Landon is composing and arranging songs for acoustic guitar and ukulele, studying the music of Jake Shimabukuro as well as some very challenging songs by acoustic guitar phenom, Andy Mckee. He also studies guitar with jazz education and guitar education guru, Corey Christiansen and he has extensive experience teaching guitar students of all ages. It's never too late or too soon to start. You can see videos of Landon performing on Guitar and Ukulele at his website: http://www.landonmattox.com
“Najee” Marie Lynne
Najee is a piano/keyboard instructor at our Pearl City Location. Her love affair with the piano began as a little girl, when she would venture downstairs to the basement recreation room to play on the old upright in her Detroit home. Her mother noticed she played in a way that made sense and she sought a private instructor for Najee. She was 4-1/2 years old at the time she began lessons. For the next 12 years, she studied classical music, performing in annual piano competitions and festivals in Detroit. Later in college, she became fascinated with the spontaneity and creativity of jazz music, learning about jazz theory, improvisation and performance from some of the city’s top jazz artists and instructors. She also taught children, ages 5-13, to play piano. Here on Oahu, she continues to play the piano in private and public venues, teach children and adults and pursue her lifelong study of the instrument.
Dr. Tatiana Dutoit
Tatiana is a Piano, Voice, Composition and Music Theory teacher at our Honolulu location. She has a PhD in Music Theory and Composition from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master's in Composition and Theory from Carnegie-Mellon University and she is certified in two children's teaching methods, Suzuki and Kindermusik. During her high school years, she won “The 1981 October Prize in Composition” for the city of Belgrade. Some of her best compositions have been performed at some of the most famous stages in the world. Her piece for chamber orchestra, was performed at the Fulton Theatre in Pittsburgh her symphonic piece was performed by the Carnegie-Mellon University Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Tatiana has been teaching music at various schools, colleges, and universities (piano, composition and theory, basic musicianship, harmony, counterpoint, piano ensemble, orchestration, improvisation, notation, voice, and many other subjects) for over 20 years. She taught at Carnegie-Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, Chatham College, Community College of Allegheny County, New Mexico Highlands University where she founded and led the composition program, Bermuda Conservatory of Music, and Bermuda School for the Performing Arts. Since 1991, she has also been exploring the sound of pop, new age and rock. She was involved as a singer, keyboardist and songwriter, performing with various bands in the Pittsburgh area. Her compositions have been influenced by many styles: new-age, pop, progressive rock andclassical (especially impressionism). Many of her pieces and songs were performed internationally and she has composed, recorded and produced five CD’s through Core-Age Records. Check out Tatiana's recent composition for choir and piano here: YouTube
Scott is a drum set and percussion teacher at our Honolulu location. With over 32 years experience, Scott is considered by many a ‘chameleon’ of music, he’s able to adapt to many styles convincingly. Receiving his bachelor’s degree in music from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston he’s been a highly sought after musician since returning home to the islands. His work experience is extensive to say the least. His theatre work includes Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, Song and Dance as well as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. His spectrum of ensemble work includes but is not limited to : Sean Naa’au, (reggae), Naleo Pilimehana, (island contemporary), Hula Joe and the Hutjumpers (swing, jump swing), Jazz Hawaii Big Band, Bad Mojo, Resistors (hard rock, classic rock), Gilbert Batangan quartet (bepop, modern jazz) as well as tribute shows : Stars in Concert and Blue Hawaii, playing the music of Elvis, Micheal Jackson, Madonna, Tina Turner, Whitney Houston, Little Richard, Elton John, and The Blues Brothers. Currently working with Hawaii’s hottest R&B/Soul band Eight-0-Eight, 16th Ave. Jazz Quartet, The Fat Cats Blues Band, and folk music with The Art of Whimsey not to mention countless freelance work, it is evident the broad stroke of his passion. Scott has been teaching for over 20 years and he pride's himself on recognizing an individuals learning strengths to help design each lesson to utilize those strength to their fullest. Here are some samples of Scott's teaching and performing: YouTube YouTube 2 YouTube 3
Nick is a Blues, Rock, and Metal teacher at our Honolulu location. Nick Gertsson is a guitarist of epic proportions. His unique melodic voicings and driving rhythmic patterns are the foundation of his music which he continually pushes to new levels on both electric and acoustic guitars. As a listener, you are compelled to pay attention and as a player you want to study his techniques to find out what is going on under the hood. Nick is fascinated by alternate tunings, experimenting with string gauges and understanding music theory in a practical way up and down the fretboard. Teaching is his passion and playing is his mission.