Fancy yourself a singer-songwriter or a budding music producer? We got your lessons covered.....
Want to know how the industry professionals create music? You don't have to wonder about it anymore as our teachers are familiar with the latest music production software currently used. Learn Logic Pro, Cubase, Garageband, ProTools and Finale and find out how to bring your ideas out of your head and into the studio. Our teachers are also composers and music producers and have written music for films, TV, videogames and commercial spots.
Our teachers know a thing or two about the instrument they teach. Beyond their expertise with playing and performance, many of them write their own songs and can help you get the songs buzzing through your head out on paper. Some of our teachers are currently writing for major artists as well as their own projects, so take cues from their experience to start developing your creative side.
Growing up in Calgary, Canada, Olivia Laratta studied classical voice and piano through the Royal Conservatory of Music before going on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Whilst attending Berklee, Olivia explored vocal performance in a variety of different styles, including pop, rock, jazz, and musical theatre. She is an active performer and has ventured into everything from performing classical repertoire at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City to playing shows and festivals with her rock band.
Olivia has taught students of all ages, and is one of those rare people who can play piano and sing at an advanced level! Olivia has cultivated a lifelong personal passion for music and desires nothing more than to impart that same passion upon her students.
Yoshie Nakayama is a producer, trombonist, and vocalist from Tokyo, Japan. Graduated from Kunitachi College of Music with Music Education degree as well as Music Instructor's License at high school and junior high school. After 11 years of office work experience, she decided to learn music production. She graduated from Berklee College of Music with Contemporary Writing and Productions diploma while receiving scholarship and Contemporary Writing and Productions Achievement Award.
She worked as an arranger or/and as vocalist or trombonist with Alejandro Sanz, Jacob Collier, Milton Nascimento, Joyce Moreno, Color Violeta, George Garzone, John Patitucci, Danny Rivera, Ambrose Akinmusire, Stefon Harris, Tiger Okoshi, Tsunenori ‘Lee’ Abe, Shinobu Segawa, and many more.
Her priority when it comes to music instruction is to enjoy the time with students as the word ‘music’ is written as ‘enjoy sound’ in Japanese. She knows the best way to approach each individual’s goal, and work with them to achieve their musical path.
Pianist and composer, Ethan Nanev started his enduring venture into the music world back in his home country of Bulgaria. He fell in love with music and began piano lessons at an early age. Being a skilled and dedicated musician, Ethan quickly earned the status of a young virtuoso, and in 1999 he made his soloist debut performing with the National Conservatory Orchestra. The success of his performances manifested his first interview and live performance via broadcast on Classic FM radio. Later that year, Ethan and his family immigrated to the United States where he continued to advance his education at Mannes College of Music, winning a full scholarship under the guidance of Pavlina Dokovska.
In 2001, Mr. Nanev made his U.S. debut as a soloist performing with Mannes Preparatory Division Orchestra. Upon his entering the Bachelor’s program, Ethan had the privilege to attend a master class with Eteri Anjaparidze and Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Further, he received an Honorable Mention Award at Five Towns Competition in Long Island, New York.
Ethan made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2006 and later took part in numerous music festivals; Fontainebleau France, Viana do Castelo in Portugal and Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. Additionally, Ethan participated in numerous master classes given by Jerome Lowenthal, Gilbert Kalish, and Joseph Kalichstein. Some of his concert venue highlights include Chateau de Fontainebleau in France, Steinway Hall, Yamaha Hall, Miranda Hall, Paris Conservatory, and The Kosciuszko Foundation in New York City.
In 2010, Ethan decided that he needed to expand his performing and compositional skills in Manhattan School of Music, where he was accepted as a doctoral student. Throughout the diverse course of this program, Ethan was provided with an opportunity to collaborate with Columbia University Film students and apply his unique music style into the composing and recording of original film scores, while still performing and composing music for commercial release, as a published composer.
In 2017, Ethan moved to Los Angeles where he was due to complete his ten years of ground-breaking doctoral research. His theory was one of the first to suggest that Biomechanical Kinesiology and Neuroplasticity play a critical role in playing the piano. Ethan’s life-long fascination with the legendary Argentinian pianist Martha Argerich resulted in the first ever to be written analysis of a living legend’s performance technique in the music history.
Anna Mezentseva is a Los Angeles based Singer-Songwriter and Performer. Anna has been teaching Voice and Piano for the past 7 years, constantly improving her methods, vocal techniques and adding new topics to her lessons.
Born and raised in a small town in Siberia, Russia, Anna started her career at the age of 5 by playing piano, performing with a church choir and participating in piano and voice contests. Anna took an intensive vocal course in Tech Music School in London, and then moved to the US in hopes of becoming a professional singer-songwriter. Inspired by artists such as Amy Winehouse, Michael Jackson, Christina Aguilera, and many more, she continued her journey by studying songwriting and performance in Boston. Later on she decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue her own music career. Anna has collaborated with award winning artists such as two times Grammy Awards winner Peter Eldridge, Grammy nominated mastering engineer Jonathan Wyner, Japan’s version of Grammy Awards winners Darrin Bolden and Perry Geyer, and others.
"In my lessons I focus on vocal warm ups, breathing exercises, vocal/piano performance and music theory. I think it’s important for students to not only listen to music but to understand how it’s written and structured. I'm always open for new ideas and suggestions from the students and their parents to make the best out of every lesson."