Grayson's Lessons

 

Grayson's Tune Town has been providing quality and friendly music lessons to the Crescenta Valley since 1978.

Here at Grayson’s, we believe that anyone who has even the smallest desire can learn to play an instrument.

Our main priority has always been to give our students the chance to explore their creativity through the gift of music, no matter what age or skill level they may be. This in turn not only gives personal satisfaction, but also affects many other areas of their lives.

Many of our teachers have recorded, toured, performed, and written for nationally acclaimed artists. Whatever your style may be, there are teachers who share their joy of music with each and every student.

Grayson’s friendly and helpful desk staff are always eager to answer any of your questions.

Our highly qualified teaching staff can provide personal training for a wide range of instruments.

If you have any questions, our wonderful staff would be more than helpful in answering your questions.

 

Our policies:

--There is no Registration fee.

--Students receive an Extra 10% off all purchases (only extra 5 % on special promotions)

--Lesson rates are currently $30.00 per half hour, $45 per 45 minutes, and $60.00 per hour.

--We also now offer semi-private lessons of two students per lesson at $45 per half hour.

--Scheduled times are automatically reserved for students for each week and new month unless otherwise notified.

--Tuition is to be paid monthly in advance.

--Cancellations must be made 36 hours in advance.

--Only two cancellations are permitted per quarter/season (does not apply to July, August, or December).

--Only one emergency cancellation permitted per quarter/season.

--Make up lessons are given under special circumstances and based upon approval.

--A 48 hour notice is all that is required to withdraw from the program. Any payments due must be handled at that time.

--If a student’s teacher is not present, a well qualified substitute is provided for the lesson.

 

Our Teachers

Evan Zee

Guitar, Ukulele

Evan Ziegenmeyer is a Los Angeles based guitarist and singer-songwriter. He received his masters at USC’s prestigious Studio/Jazz Guitar program, where he studied with a number of prominent guitarists such as Bruce Forman, Pat Kelley, and Frank Potenza. Evan continues to work as an independent artist, educator, and singer/songwriter in the Los Angeles area.

Justin Smolian

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele

Biography: Justin Smolian is a lover of all music styles. His training and professional experiences has allowed him to tour internationally performing everything from rock, blues, classical, jazz, flamenco, country, middle eastern music and more. He has taught both bass and guitar for over 10 years. He received his B.M. from CSUN where he was winner of the Randy Rhoads classical guitar competition, and the recipient of the Guitar Salon International Endowment.

Tieg Johnson

Guitar, Ukulele, Voice

Background: Tieg Johnson has been teaching guitar and voice for over 10 years. Tieg graduated “Student of the Year” from Musicians Institute at the age of 17 and was awarded the highest honors attainable at the school. Since graduating he has recorded for films and television ads which have aired to over 135 million people on more than 700 stations around the world. As a performer, he has toured the United States and Canada playing in front of thousands of people with major label recording artists. He is currently recording a record with his band “Shelby & Tieg”.

Grethel Bonilla

Guitar, Ukulele, Bass

Background: It’s clear to me that music is an adventure. From the moment I picked up a guitar to stepping on stages around the world, learning how to play music is one of the greatest feelings I’ve ever experienced. With students I pay attention to the pace of learning and their goals so that we can break through barriers and take on challenges without losing any of the fun in the process! Education: Musician's Institute

Hector del Angel

Guitar, Ukulele, Bass

My love for music has granted me many opportunities and privileges to play and teach guitar.  Guitar playing is and should be an enjoyable and satisfying experience, as well as the lessons one takes. A lot of attention is taken to each individual’s personality, level, and short term and long term goals. Styles:  Metal, Rock, Blues, Classical, Fingerstyle, Folk

Jon MacLennan

Guitar, Ukulele, Bass, Banjo, Mandolin, Dobro

Jon MacLennan is a Los Angeles-based guitarist, artist, composer, producer and professional educator. MacLennan is already on his way to becoming one of the busiest, upcoming session guitarists in Los Angeles.  Performed on the Disney Channel's hit T.V. show "The Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode entitled: "What the Hey?" Composed soundtrack material for 3 independent surf films. "The Perch" (2005) and "Gettin' Loose" (2003) The Perch has sold over 3,000 copies worldwide. "Longboard Habit" (2008) Katz Eye Prod. Currently working on many projects including: solo,accompanying, and teaching. He graduated from UCLA.

Kevin Tiernan

Guitar, Ukulele, Bass

Background: After graduating from the University of Southern California with a degree in studio guitar performance, Kevin has played countless sessions and gigs in the L.A. area
Recent performances include: World premiere musicals with grammy and tony award winning composers and performers: Pest Control (NOHO Arts Center), Surf Orpheus (Getty Villa), Little Fish (Matrix), various performances at Disney Hall, and Joe’s Garage-the Frank Zappa rock opera.
Film and televison credits include: The Fox Kids Network, Lars and the Real Girl and Desperate Housewives.

Kevin Tiernan

Mandolin, Dobro

Background: After graduating from the University of Southern California with a degree in studio guitar performance, Kevin has played countless sessions and gigs in the L.A. area Recent performances include: World premiere musicals with grammy and tony award winning composers and performers: Pest Control (NOHO Arts Center), Surf Orpheus (Getty Villa), Little Fish (Matrix), various performances at Disney Hall, and Joe’s Garage-the Frank Zappa rock opera. Film and televison credits include: The Fox Kids Network, Lars and the Real Girl and Desperate Housewives.

Jon MacLennan

Mandolin, Dobro, Banjo

Jon MacLennan is a Los Angeles-based guitarist, artist, composer, producer and professional educator. MacLennan is already on his way to becoming one of the busiest, upcoming session guitarists in Los Angeles. Performed on the Disney Channel's hit T.V. show "The Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode entitled: "What the Hey?" Composed soundtrack material for 3 independent surf films. "The Perch" (2005) and "Gettin' Loose" (2003) The Perch has sold over 3,000 copies worldwide. "Longboard Habit" (2008) Katz Eye Prod. Currently working on many projects including: solo,accompanying, and teaching. He graduated from UCLA.

Sean Paxton

Piano

Bio: Sean Paxton is a graduate of the USC School of Music, Sean Paxton has been teaching in the Crescenta Valley for over ten years. His experience with classical, jazz, pop, and theory caters to any student of any level. Sean also works as a composer and arranger for film and various other media.

Kelly Whitworth

Piano

Background: Im a composer and performer that “fell into teaching” seven years ago and was surprised to find that I love it! Ive taught group classes for a few orginazations including Sound Art Los Angeles and have been here at Graysons since 2006. I do two to three shows with my students per year and encourage students to do both solo pieces and try to play with a professional rhythm section for each show

Leila Milki

Piano, Voice

BIO: Leila Milki is a multilingual Lebanese-American singer, pianist, and songwriter based in Los Angeles. As a graduate of USC’s Communication, Songwriting, and Music Industry programs, and a recipient of The Royal Conservatory’s ARCT Diploma in Classical Piano Performance, she continues to polish her craft as an artist, performer, and teacher full-time. Her flexible, student-driven lessons balance technique with musicality, providing essential structure and relating exercises to traditional and contemporary examples that the student can truly embrace.

Darryl Winseman

Woodwinds, Horns, Piano

Bio: Darryl has traveled and played with many Motown acts including: The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Four Tops and Ray Charles. Darrly has experience playing and teaching such instruments as Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Basoon, Oboe, Piano/Keyboards and Trumpet. Having taught and performing in cities such as: Mexico City, New York, Los Angeles and Paris. Also having studied with Henry Mancini, Billy Byers, Nelson Riddle and Sammy Nestico.

Brian Ferraro

Drums

Brian Ferraro is a graduate from Berklee College of Music. He has professional experience playing rock, pop, jazz (big band to be-bop), and various latin styles. He has extensively toured worldwide with various artists. Brian continues to play and teach around the LA area, He has been at Grayson’s for 10 years.

Josh Doyle

Drums

Josh Doyle uses current, real-world professional experiences to help his students become well-rounded musicians that can handle any situation they find themselves in. Josh doesn't just teach you how to play the drums, he will teach you how to play music. He graduated from LA College of Music.

Nate Laguzza

Drums

Background: Nate Laguzza is an American drummer based in Los Angeles, CA. He has appeared on every national commercial television network, including NBC, ABC, CBS, and FOX, sidelined for Paramount Pictures’ “The Gambler,” and has toured internationally as one of the youngest drummers ever to work with living legend Engelbert Humperdinck. Nate is known for his ability to play in many musical settings comfortably with strong dynamic control and mature musicianship.

Reade Pryor

Drums

Obsessed with hitting things from a very early age, Reade Pryor left his native Colorado for Los Angeles to attend the Jazz Studies program at the University of Southern California. Reade has worked with Dan Wilson, Jaret Reddick of Bowling for Soup, Kina Grannis, Outasight, Avalanche City, Shawn Hook, Linus of Hollywood, Josiah Leming, Josh Kelley, legendary producers Nick Launay and Krish Sharma, and many others. He has appeared on national television including Dancing With The Stars, CBS’s Early Show, and the CW’s “Oh Sit!”.

Leila Milki

Piano, Voice

BIO: Leila Milki is a multilingual Lebanese-American singer, pianist, and songwriter based in Los Angeles. As a graduate of USC’s Communication, Songwriting, and Music Industry programs, and a recipient of The Royal Conservatory’s ARCT Diploma in Classical Piano Performance, she continues to polish her craft as an artist, performer, and teacher full-time. Her flexible, student-driven lessons balance technique with musicality, providing essential structure and relating exercises to traditional and contemporary examples that the student can truly embrace.

Corrine Dekker

Voice

Biography: Corinne Dekker is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory, where she earned her BFA in Musical Theatre. An accomplished singer, actress and teacher, she is highly sought for both her performing and teaching abilities.
As a teacher, Corinne spent many summers coaching singing and acting at one of Canada’s leading summer theatre camps for children, “Camp Poco a Poco”. Since then, she has taught and coached privately, with a focus on singing for musical theatre and acting/auditioning for film and TV.

Tieg Johnson

Guitar, Ukulele, Voice

Background: Tieg Johnson has been teaching guitar and voice for over 10 years. Tieg graduated “Student of the Year” from Musicians Institute at the age of 17 and was awarded the highest honors attainable at the school. Since graduating he has recorded for films and television ads which have aired to over 135 million people on more than 700 stations around the world. As a performer, he has toured the United States and Canada playing in front of thousands of people with major label recording artists. He is currently recording a record with his band “Shelby & Tieg”.

Darryl Winseman

Woodwinds, Horns, Piano

Bio: Darryl has traveled and played with many Motown acts including: The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Four Tops and Ray Charles. Darrly has experience playing and teaching such instruments as Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Basoon, Oboe, Piano/Keyboards and Trumpet. Having taught and performing in cities such as: Mexico City, New York, Los Angeles and Paris. Also having studied with Henry Mancini, Billy Byers, Nelson Riddle and Sammy Nestico.

Araksia Nazlikian

Violin

Araksia Nazlikian began her violin studies at the age of 7 in Yerevan Armenia. After receiving her Bachelor of Music Degree in Romanos Melikian Music College, she emigrated to United States. While in Fresno she continued her studies in Fresno College then Fresno University where she made her debut solo recital and performed with the orchestra.

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