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Dan Welby

Dan Welby
Drums & Owner

Dan moved to Los Angeles from Massachusetts in 1999 to attend Musicians Institute, where he studied percussion. After graduating from MI, Dan started teaching and building a solid student base throughout Los Angeles and Orange County. He has enjoyed a solid schedule with an average of 40 students per week for the last 12 years. Dan’s drumming career began back in 1992, where he was playing music with friends and studying with the local drum teacher. Since moving to Los Angeles Dan has been a part of several bands and projects. He has played live shows throughout the United States while on tour, has been involved in many music videos and has also been involved in many professional recording sessions with top notch producers in Hollywood. Dan is currently the drummer for: Electra, Time And The Dragon, and Colin Reid. His past bands include: Hostile Groove, Hell Hath No Fury, Time Out, Damn Hippie Freaks, and Black Moon Dog. Check Dan out on Youtube

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Electra Barakos

Electra Barakos
Vocals, Piano
& Owner

Electra Barakos was born in Los Angeles California, but raised in Athens, Greece. Influenced by her father who is a professional Bass player, Electra started her music career from a very early age.

Today Electra holds a Bachelors degree in Music – Opera, but has spent most of her performance career focused on her solo original rock pop project. She has released an EP titled “Problem Child”, and a full length album titled “These Times”. She has shared the stage with Lita Ford, Berlin, Missing Persons, Great White, Jared Lee, Dilana, and was part of the 2010 Sunset Strip Music Festival along with Smashing Pumpkins, Slash, Neon Trees, and more, and the 2011 SSMF along with Motley Crue, Public Enemy, Bush and more. Her album “These Times” recorded with renowned producer Mike Plotnikoff (Papa Roach, Kelly Clarkson, Halestorm), includes the song “I Can’t Breathe”, which features Phil X of Bon Jovi, on guitar and bouzouki.

Electra is also known for being a finalist on The Voice of Greece, Season 2. Electra has been teaching voice for over 15 years and is a certified Vocal Power Instructor. In 2016, she earned the title of Director of Vocal Power Academy, Los Angeles, founded by Elisabeth Howard. She has helped her students get on television singing competitions, accepted in prestigious music schools, and get signed to major record labels. As her students have stated “Electra works MAGIC! She helps you find your voice! A voice you never thought you had!!”

Check out Electra on YouTube

Darren McGuire

Darren McGuire
Bass, Guitar, Ukelele, Piano & Sax

“And in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love…you make.”  When your parents met working together at a record shop in the ‘70s, it’s kind of hard to avoid being indoctrinated with music and eventually taking it on as a career.  The Beatles, The Police/Sting, Led Zeppelin, Billy Joel, Elton John, Pink Floyd and other similar artists became the aural fabric of my life.  I was filled with music from day 1; it got in me, it’s still there and it’s never going away.

From those humble beginnings in Allentown, Pennsylvania, it led me to live in places such as Brooklyn, New York and Los Angeles, where I’ve been based since 2010.  It has influenced every decision in my life.  I’ve been fortunate enough to tour all over the United States, and perform on cruise ships internationally, all while playing just about every style/genre of music you can imagine.  I may have come up with rock, but jazz, Latin, R&B, soul, gospel, reggae, hip hop, country, classical and even musical theatre have all had a major influence on me.  I’ve recorded multiple instruments on a multitude of albums.  7 different instruments to be exact, but my biggest love, the bass, is the instrument I have logged most of my work on.

However, my two most favorite things to do in music are write, and teach.  Why?  Because I get to utilize the vast knowledge I’ve gained along the way.  I received my bachelor’s degree in Bass Performance from Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA in 2013, receiving the Outstanding Student Award.  I learned much about writing songs, music theory, and the business of music.  So why not share?  Music is fun, it is inspiring, and it is moving.  It’s sewn into the fabric of our lives.  It tells our stories, and mine is no exception.  As a musician, I feel it is my duty to share what I know and pass on the great tradition of music, so that it may live on with us.

Check out Darren on YouTube

Aubrey Buchanan

Aubrey Buchanan
Vocals & Piano

 Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Aubrey grew up with the music industry in her living room. It seemed obvious that she would eventually pursue a career within it. Aubrey was hired for her first session when she was 9 years old and from that moment on, she was hooked and never looked back. She has since gone on to sing for films and television shows such as the Grammy’s and The Ellen Show, as well as background vocals for major artists such as Justin Timberlake, Billie Eilish, Camilla Cabello, Kanye West, and Chris Stapleton. In addition to working as a session singer in Los Angeles, she currently sings with the Metropolitan Master Chorale and the Los Angeles based funk/soul/R&B band The Deep Cuts.

Aubrey attended the Musicians Institute and graduated with a degree in Vocal Performance and technique. She has been teaching voice, and piano for over a decade, and has extensive knowledge in vocal anatomy, technique, placement, breathing, and all genres/vocal styles. She is dedicated to helping all of her students reach their full potential, and has experience teaching students of all ages, and skill levels.

Check out Aubrey on YouTube

Jayme Palmer

Jayme Palmer
Vocals & Piano

Jayme Palmer is a multi-genre singer and voiceover artist, born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Jayme spent the last year traveling around the world as a backup singer for legendary crooner, Engelbert Humperdinck. Besides Mr. Humperdinck, Jill Scott and Matt Cermanski, of The Voice, are just a couple of the other artists she has had a pleasure of backing up in a live setting. Her voice can be heard on the most recent television shows, “Vanderpump Rules”, “The Flash” and “Sleepy Hollow”. Jayme is a featured vocalist on albums by artists Ben Labat, Tribal Campagne and released her own EP, “Christmas Wishes” in 2015. Besides live and in-studio backup and solo work, Jayme also travels and performs with many live bands, including Los Angeles’ premiere 1940’s-style big band, Wartime Radio Revue.

Check out Jayme on YouTube

Richard Wynne

Richard Wynne
Guitar, Vocals, Keys, Songwriting & Music Production

You wouldn’t know it from his “Top Forty” style songwriting discography,  but Richard Wynne has been touring the world as one of LA’s “top gun” guitarist and vocalists for years. Sharing the stage with groups like LMFAO, Fall Out Boy, Kehlani, and even his own band on countless tours and sessions, Richard is lucky enough to endorse multiple brands like Ernie Ball Strings, Roland, DW Drums, and Burns London Guitars (the later inducting him as their Youngest Artist yet at the ripe age of 14) from the arenas to the recording booth. One day he may be in the studio with Ariana Grande, and the next he’s playing solos behind his back at the El Rey in Los Angeles, but either way a guitar’s probably not too far.

A true “multi instrumentalist” and theory buff, his musical vocabulary knows few bounds; placing songs with artists like Rihanna and G-Eazy while composing for TV networks like Nickelodeon. Currently Richard tours and records with the internationally acclaimed band BlckBx (Pronounced black box) who’s song “MGNTK” debuted on Radio Disney prompting a 2 week long take over of the station, and is currently in full rotation on Disney, 97.9 FM, DASH Radio and more.

Still, he knows one of the most lucrative gifts he was ever given was one of knowledge by passionate teachers and mentors. Richard developed a passion for teaching early on, giving his first lessons out of the local NOVA Community College program at 16. Since then he has taught guitar at University of Maryland, George Mason University (as well as Jazz Big Band Composition/Arrangement), well as given master classes in both Guitar and Production at UCLA and Loyola Marymount. He maintains the best method for learning is one based on passion. If the students don’t want to stop playing, then you’ll never have to ask them to practice.

Check out Richard on YouTube

Nathan Douglas

Nathan Douglas
Guitar, Bass, Drums & Keys

Nathan is a multi – instrumentalist/vocalist born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Nathan’s love for music started at an early age, tuning in to what was on the radio and playing any instruments he could find. 

In elementary School, Nathan started piano lessons, in Jr. high he began drums, and in high school Nathan began playing guitar. He developed as a musician while playing in church and high School jazz band, singing in choir and jamming with friends. 

Nathan graduated from Cal. State Northridge with a Bachelors Degree in Jazz studies. After that, Nathan traveled the world on cruise ships playing drums in the stage band and performing as a guitar soloist. 

Nathan has taught guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, and voice students as well as directing bands. He taught at the Claudia Roberts music studio, Pali Rockstar Camp, and the California Arts Program. 

Tom Plumb

Tom Plumb
Drums

Born and raised in Sacramento California, Tom began taking drum lessons at the age of 10. He participated in school music programs from elementary through high school played snare drum for the Concord Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps. He was awarded a music scholarship to CSU Fresno in 1999. Tom received his bachelor’s degree in business in 2003, and in 2007 moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music.

With an appreciation for playing all styles of music, he has accepted gigs and session work from a large cross section of artists in Southern California. Tom is also a passionate educator and has been teaching since 2001. Early teaching experience included working with drum lines for the Concord Blue Devils B, Sacramento Freelancers, and the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps. Tom began teaching private lessons in 2006 and has worked with students of all age and skill ranges. In 2013 Tom became a member of the drum faculty at the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood. Since joining the staff at MI he has created a fundamentals focused elective called The Rudimental Workout. The class draws from years of drum and bugle corps experience to teach drum set students valuable lessons and short cuts to developing a strong rudimental foundation.

Jason Fahn

Jason Fahn
Drums

Jason has been an active drummer over the last 18 years. His passion for drumming and music led him to attend Musicians Institute in Hollywood CA. Upon graduating, Jason has remained busy with both studio work and playing with his current band, Awake Through Sleep. Other bands he has performed with include Portrait of Gray, Clarion Concept, Music By Show, and Corporate Villains. The bands he has played in range in styles from Rock, Pop, Punk, Alternative and Metal. Teaching has been an important part of Jason’s musical journey as well. His patience and ability to make the lessons fun while keeping them focused and productive have made him a valuable asset in the music community.

 

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Adrian has learned so much, he knows how to read music now in such little time, also always has so much fun! Great music teachers.

Nancy Maradiaga Reyes

My 13 yr old has been taking drum lessons for almost a year now and has made a lot of progress under Dan's supervision.  Dan is an amazing instructor and my son actually enjoys learning new materials. They even have an annual Holiday program where all the kids showcase their talents and it was really fun.. Dan is great with kids and brings out the best in them. I highly recommend this music school and his wife gives singing lessons as well. Great team!

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