Find a Teacher

         Are you looking for a music teacher for yourself or your child?  While there are many music teachers in our area to choose from, those who belong to the MTAC are highly trained professionals who possess a high level of competence in teaching their respective instruments.  Thus, you can be assured that you are studying with a truly qualified teacher. 

       The Pleasant Valley-Ventura County branch of The Music Teachers' Association of California has a roster of approximately 40 teachers in piano, strings, and woodwind instruments, and voice.  We invite you to review the "Find a Teacher" listing.  We look forward to sharing music with you!

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Maria 'Ongkit' Arce

Guitar | Piano | Ventura County

Teaches in Port Hueneme.

Contact Maria 'Ongkit' Arce by phone at (805) 874-1483 or by e-mail at ongkit5214242@aol.com.

Joy Asenas

Piano | Ventura County | Makes House Calls

Joy Aseans is a graduate of California Institute of the Arts holding a degree in piano performance. Principle teachers were Peter Yazbeck and Earle Voorhies. She is a long-time member of MTAC, and has held many positions and chaired many programs. She performs regularly in the county and is currently a church pianist. Joy has taught hundreds of students of all ages and abilities over a long and rewarding career. Joy travels to homes in Fillmore, Ventura, and Camarillo.

Contact Joy Asenas by phone at (805) 524-0878 or by e-mail at pianojoy.asenas@gmail.com.

Karen Becker

Piano | Oxnard

Contact Karen Becker by phone at (805) 983-1286 or by e-mail at Keys2Muzc@msn.com.

Molly Brown

Piano | Camarillo

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Contact Molly Brown by phone at (805) 484-7312 or by e-mail at MolzinChrist@aol.com.

Burns Nicole

Nicole A. Burns

Music Theory | Piano | Camarillo

Please email Nicole Burns for wait-list status, bio, studio polices, and affiliations. Referrals from students who currently study with me or have previously studied with me are highly recommended.

Contact Nicole A. Burns by e-mail at BurnsPianoStudio@aol.com.

Tyler Carlisle

Tyler Carlisle

Music | Camarillo

Tyler Carlisle graduated with a Masters of Music in Piano Performance. Teaching for the last 17 years, Tyler focused solely on children's pedagogy. Each lesson is planned and focused on student's needs according to their learning patterns. Using different methodologies Tyler has become a well-rounded instructor with practical application as music instruction is his full-time career. Whether its performing or teaching, Tyler hopes that students hear and desire to create music.

Visit Tyler Carlisle's website at http://www.carlislemusicstudio.com

Contact Tyler Carlisle by phone at (208) 589-2199 or by e-mail at carlislemusicstudio@gmail.com.

Chiliachka Siliana

Siliana Chiliachka

Piano | Camarillo | Makes House Calls | Openings Available

Siliana Chiliachka is a dedicated music educator who has performed and taught piano throughout North America, Canada and Europe. She debuted as a soloist with the Vratsa Philharmonic Orchestra in Bulgaria when she was 10 years old. She is a graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada and holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has received training from renowned artists such as Jerome Lowenthal, Charles Asche, Yuval Yaron, Anne Epperson, Peter Yazbeck and Richard Bosworth. She is a recipient of numerous scholarships including the UCSB Music Affiliates Quarterly Performance Award, the SB Music club, and an awardee of several competitions and festivals in Bulgaria, Canada and the U.S.

Visit Siliana Chiliachka's website at http://www.silianamusic.com

Contact Siliana Chiliachka by phone at (805) 284-3005 or by e-mail at silianac@gmail.com.

Compinsky-Tinturin Noelle

Noëlle Compinsky Tinturin

Music Theory | Piano | Camarillo | Openings Available

Noëlle Compinsky Tinturin has performed as soloist, accompanist, in orchestras, and as a chamber music artist throughout North America and Europe. She was born and educated in Los Angeles, studying piano with her aunt, Sara Compinsky, and chamber music and orchestral music with her father, Manuel Compinsky, both members of the internationally renowned Compinsky Trio. Noëlle continued her musical education at Mt. St. Mary’s College, CSUN, and USC. She has been teaching piano since 1969, and has developed many award-winning students at The Tinturin Music Studio. She teaches private piano lessons in Camarillo to students of all ages and levels from beginning through advanced. She teaches sight-reading, theory, ensemble, and performance skills, and offers many performance opportunities for students throughout the year. Noëlle is also an evaluator for the MTAC Certificate of Merit program. Noëlle has recorded three CDs of solo piano music, Romantic Miniatures (1999), Romantic Miniatures II (2000), and American Portrait (2006). You can contact Noëlle at 805-419-4229 or Noelle@TinturinMusic.com. For more information, visit www.TinturinMusic.com.

Visit Noëlle Compinsky Tinturin's website at http://www.TinturinMusic.com

Contact Noëlle Compinsky Tinturin by phone at (805) 419-4229 or by e-mail at Noelle@TinturinMusic.com.

Xiangyang Fang

Piano | Ventura County

Speaks Chinese

Contact Xiangyang Fang by e-mail at xiangyangf626@gmail.com.

Linda Fern Fay

Organ | Piano | Oxnard

Fern Fay is a teacher, pianist, organist and entertainer who enjoys performing a wide variety of music from classics to jazz. She is retired from the piano faculty at Ventura College and still performs regularly in recitals and concerts, as well as restaurants and hotels, is organist at First Presbyterian Church of Oxnard and accompanist for the Channel Islands Choral Association/CSUCI choir. Fern holds a Bachelor of Music degree in piano pedagogy from Eastern New Mexico University and a Master of Music degree in piano performance from Pacific Lutheran University, where she served on the faculty. She serves on the board of the Pleasant Valley-Ventura Branch of the Music Teachers' Association of California and the Ventura County Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. She is active in the American Federation of Musicians, the Dominant Music Club and Sigma Alpha Iota.

Visit Linda Fern Fay's website at http://www.fayproductions.com

Contact Linda Fern Fay by phone at (805) 985-0405 or by e-mail at fernface@roadrunner.com.

Gietzen Celine

Celine Gietzen

Cello | Music Theory | Camarillo | Openings Available

Celine Gietzen has been teaching since 1986, and she currently has a full studio of private cello students in Camarillo. She also teaches an Adult Cello Ensemble and is a coach for the Junior Chamber Music program. Her students have been awarded college scholarships, have received honors in the Certificate of Merit program, have achieved principal chairs in student orchestras, and have been chosen to perform in the MTAC state convention. She regularly adjudicates for competitions, scholarship auditions, and the MTAC Certificate of Merit program. Celine Gietzen attended the Cleveland Institute of Music, one of the most prestigious conservatories in the nation, with a merit-based scholarship as a student of Alan Harris. In 1997 she received a Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance and was elected to the Dean’s List. She then received a Master of Music degree from UCLA in 2009 as a scholarship student of Antonio Lysy. Another of her influential teachers has been Dr. Richard Naill of the Colburn School of Performing Arts. She has performed professionally in solo recitals, chamber music groups, and in many orchestras. Celine is an active board member of the MTAC and is also a member of the American String Teachers’ Association.

Visit Celine Gietzen's website at http://celinegietzen.com/

Contact Celine Gietzen by phone at (805) 484-4721 or by e-mail at celine@celinegietzen.com.

Gary Hammond

Piano | Ventura

Tuner/technician.

Contact Gary Hammond by phone at (805) 647-3202 or by e-mail at gary@garyvhammond.com.

Ruth Johnson

Piano | Ventura | Openings Available

Ruth Johnson is an experienced piano teacher with 30 years teaching experience. She holds a Master of Music degree from Boston University and is an instructor at Ventura College. She teaches students of all ages, from beginner to advanced. She enters students regularly in the MTAC Certificate of Merit program as well as in other MTAC recitals. She is also a member of the National Piano Guild and her students participate in the Guild auditions every year. Ruth has a studio in Ventura near Ventura High School, and she also teaches at Hensons' Music Store in Camarillo.

Contact Ruth Johnson by phone at (805) 653-1689 or by e-mail at roojohnson@sbcglobal.net.

Kim Sharon

Sharon Kim

Piano | Ventura County | Makes House Calls | Openings Available

Sharon Kim has taught piano for over twenty-five years to hundreds of students from various age groups in private lessons and at the Selah Music Studio that she owns and directs since 1996. She has been an active member of MTAC and MTNA for many years. Her teaching skill and experience have helped many students to successfully advance quickly in piano performance through piano competitions and programs such as MTAC Certificate of Merit, the National Guild Program, Holiday Festival, and piano competitions at local and national levels. Her students have won Gold medals and honor awards including scholarships in Piano performance competitions. Sharon Kim holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degree from University of Illinois at Urbana where she studied with Ian Hobson. At that time, she taught at school and was a member of various music organizations such as Orchestra, Junior Symphony, etc. She won many piano performance awards in piano competitions. Since moving to California, Sharon continues teaching piano at private student homes, at her studio, and at home school sites. Sharon also plays piano as an accompanist at Los Cerritos Middle School and churches in Westlake and Thousand Oaks. She speaks and teaches in both English and Korean.

Contact Sharon Kim by phone at (805) 807-4266 or by e-mail at selahmusicstudio@yahoo.com.

Korn Alyse

Alyse Korn

Chamber Music | Composition | Piano | Ventura County | Openings Available

Alyse Korn,MFA, BM. Alyse is the founder and teacher at Ojai Suzuki Piano School and Suzuki Early Childhood Music programs. She is a Jazz pianist, performer, recording artist, composer, arranger, Suzuki Piano and Early Childhood Music Educator, and Biofield Tuning Practitioner, with over 30 years performing around the world, and teaching music to all ages. Alyse is a Doctoral candidate in Jazz studies at USC and graduated from the CalArts School of Music, Jazz Piano and World Music Performance (MFA), and the University of Miami School of Music, Studio Music and Jazz Piano (BM). Her teachers (Jazz) include Russ Ferrante, Alan Broadbent, Alan Pascua, David Roitstien and Vince Maggio. Alyse has served in many positions with the SCV-MTAC branch 1996 - 2019, as well as State Chair of Composer’s Today, Improvisation Celebration and Community Outreach. She teaches at Suzuki Summer Institutes and workshops across North and South America. Alyse performs on a regular basis as a freelance musician and with her Ojai based Jazz, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban ensemble. She enjoys spending time in Ojai with her husband Robert and their dog Rickie-Lee, reading, traveling, gardening, hiking and Casino-Rueda dancing. Alyse is accepting students online and at her studio in Ojai.

Visit Alyse Korn's website at http://www.suzukipianosc.com

Contact Alyse Korn by phone at (661) 510-7506 or by e-mail at alysekorn@sbcglobal.net.

Kramer Kary

Kary Kramer

Composition | Piano | Ventura County | Openings Available

Kary Kramer is an active composer, pianist, and teacher who has been a member of the MTAC for many years. He currently serves on the board of directors for Southern California Junior Bach Festival. Kary teaches in Carpinteria and Santa Barbara and is also highly sought after as a judge for MTAC Branches, competitions and festivals throughout California. Mr. Kramer holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he studied with Dr. Betty Oberacker and Peter Yazbeck. He is an alumni fellow of the prestigious Music Academy of the West, where he studied with Jerome Lowenthal. Additionally, he holds an Artist Diploma in Piano from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Anne Epperson, Eunice Podis and Paul Schenly, and where he is the recipient of the first Robert C. Weiskoph Memorial Award in Piano. Mr. Kramer has also received several Corwin Awards and commissions for his work in Music Composition.

Visit Kary Kramer's website at http://sbstudioofmusic.com

Contact Kary Kramer by phone at (805) 453-3481 or by e-mail at KaryKramer@gmail.com.

Ada Lovingfoss

Music Theory | Piano | Ventura

Contact Ada Lovingfoss by phone at (805) 647-7213.

Modell Niccole

Niccole Modell

Flute | Music Theory | Piano | Camarillo | Openings Available

Niccole Modell is an active freelance performer in the greater Ventura County area. In addition to performing for weddings and special events, she also performs with the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic. When not performing, Niccole owns and operates the Modell Music Studio, where she teaches private flute and piano lessons in Camarillo, CA. She is a professional member of the Music Teacher's Association of California (MTAC) and the National Flute Association (NFA). Niccole also serves as adjunct flute professor at California Lutheran University. Niccole earned her Masters degree from California State University Fresno in Flute Performance, studying under Teresa Beaman. Niccole also earned bachelors degrees magna cum laude in both flute and piano performance from La Sierra University, and later completed the Performer Certificate program. While at LSU, Niccole studied flute with Dr. Martin Glicklich and Peter Sheridan and piano with Dr. Elvin Rodriguez. Her previous piano teachers include Vadim Serebryany and Edward Francis.

Visit Niccole Modell's website at http://www.niccolemodell.com

Contact Niccole Modell by phone at (805) 279-0017 or by e-mail at niccole.modell@gmail.com.

Newman-Lessler Daniel

Daniel Newman-Lessler

Piano | Ventura County | Openings Available

Teaches in Somis. Daniel Newman-Lessler started studying classical piano at age four and was taught by Peter Yazbeck from ages eight to eighteen. During this time, Daniel performed as a Rising Star at the Ventura County Music Festival in 2006 and as a concerto soloist with the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic on three occasions; participated in summer music festivals at the Idyllwild Arts Academy and the Franz Liszt Piano Academy in Sopron, Hungary, where he studied with William Wellborn from the San Francisco Conservatory and Professor Adam Wibrowski from the Paris Conservatory in 2007; excelled in competitive circuits, winning the Anne George and Bernice Bernard Scholarship Competitions, the 2008 SYMF and 2009 MTAC State Concerto Competitions, and the State Certificate of Merit Panel Competition, which resulted in his receiving a master class from Steinway Artist Jon Nakamatsu. Daniel graduated magna cum laude, as a Discovery Scholar, and as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Musical Honors Society with a Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance with emphases in composition and conducting from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, where he studied piano with Daniel Pollack. Additional teachers in performance, composition, theory, history, and orchestration include Morten Lauridsen, Frank Tichelli, Stephen Hartke, Donald Crockett, Erica Muhl, and Lucinda Carver. Daniel often performed the new piano music of fellow student composers and occasionally his composition teachers. As a member of the USC Concert and Chamber Choirs, Daniel sang Bach’s b minor Mass conducted by Helmuth Rilling and in performances with Andrea Bocelli, Mary J. Blige, Natalie Cole, David Foster, and Jennifer Hudson. He was a founding member of Remedy Through Music – USC’s musical therapy club that performs in hospitals and retirement homes in downtown Los Angeles. In 2011, Daniel participated in a summer music festival as a pianist and composer at the Landesmusikakademie in Ochsenhausen, Germany. Daniel has decided upon a career in conducting and to date has studied with Kenneth Kiesler at the first Los Angeles Conductors Workshop, Helmuth Rilling at the Oregon Bach Festival, Maurizio Ciampi from the Conservatorio Santa Secilia, Jo-Michael Scheibe, Christian Grases, and Michael Christ Powers. He is currently the pianist for the Oceana Trio and the Music Director and Founder of the Boys and Girls Club Choral Singers.

Visit Daniel Newman-Lessler's website at http://www.danielnewmanlessler.com

Contact Daniel Newman-Lessler by phone at (805) 407-5855 or by e-mail at dmnlessler@gmail.com.

Sarah Rivera

Piano | Oxnard

STUDENT MEMBER......Graduate from CSUCI with a B.A. in performing arts/music emphasis and a minor in psychology. Has heavy classical training and performance repertoire having played in various venues throughout ventura county. In her undergraduate she fell in love with cello performance and has played in string ensembles while at college. At Brooklyn’s Conservatory of Music I specialize in piano, but welcome students who have interest in learning to play the cello. I incorporate music theory in all of my lessons along with instrumental technique as well as learning how to sight read. I have 14 years of experience in private lessons with a wide array of students varying in age and learning style. I am also a student member of the California Music Teachers Association and can offer my students enrollment in recital competitions and the Certificate of Merit program.

Visit Sarah Rivera's website at http://brooklynsconservatoryofmusic.com

Contact Sarah Rivera by phone at (805) 890-6585 or by e-mail at brooklynsmusic@yahoo.com.

Schmidt Beverly

Beverly Schmidt

Piano | Oxnard | Openings Available

I have been a member of the Pleasant Valley-Ventura Co. Branch of MTAC for 19 years. I served two terms as branch president and 15 years as Certificate of Merit Chairperson, and am currently the Certificate of Merit Chairperson. My students participate in the Certificate of Merit annual evaluation. They, also, participate in Bach Festival, and other branch festivals. They participate in National Guild Auditions and Federation of Music Clubs annually. I am an adjudicator for Certificate of Merit, Guild Auditions, and Federation of Music Clubs, Bach Festival, and other festivals. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from California State University at Fullerton, California. I was a piano studies major specializing in piano pedagogy and early childhood development. I have been a private piano instructor for over 30 years. If you are interested in piano lessons give me a call or send an email.

Contact Beverly Schmidt by phone at (805) 988-1764 or by e-mail at BevsPianoStudio@msn.com.

Seymour Zarema

Zarema Seymour

Piano | Ventura | Makes House Calls

Private piano and group music lessons.

Visit Zarema Seymour 's website at http://www.zaremapiano.com

Contact Zarema Seymour by phone at (805) 708-2905 or by e-mail at zarema101@gmail.com.

Mariana Smith

Flute | Music Theory | Piano | Winds | Ventura | Openings Available

Teaches flute, recorder, piano, chamber music, and music theory.

Contact Mariana Smith by phone at (805) 509-4895 or by e-mail at marianamusic@sbcglobal.net.

Lily Starobinets

Music Theory | Piano | Camarillo | Openings Available

Contact Lily Starobinets by phone at (805) 437-6518 or by e-mail at LilyS@Starobinets.com.

Naomi Stoodley

Cello | Ventura

Student Member.

Contact Naomi Stoodley by phone at (805) 258-3011 or by e-mail at nhstoodley@yahoo.com.

Nadia Talley

Piano | Oxnard

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Contact Nadia Talley by phone at (661) 317-7422 or by e-mail at nadiamareemusic@gmail.com.

Shirley Tat

Piano | Ventura

Speaks Chinese.

Contact Shirley Tat by phone at (805) 650-9968 or by e-mail at ShirleyTat123@gmail.com.

Megumi Tatsuzawa

Music Theory | Piano | Ventura | Makes House Calls | Openings Available

Megumi Tatsuzawa studied music at Ventura College and the University of California, Santa Barbara. She received her BA in Music from UCSB in 2015. She studied piano under Professors Fern Fay, Mariana Smith, Ruth Johnson and Dr. Charles Asche. She came to California in 2005 from Japan and lives in Ojai. Megumi teaches exclusively in students' homes in Ojai and Ventura.

Visit Megumi Tatsuzawa's website at https://www.facebook.com/GClefTravelingStudio/

Contact Megumi Tatsuzawa by e-mail at dolcegumi@gmail.com.

Hiromi Tilsner

Piano | Ventura

Teaches Suzuki and speaks Japanese.

Contact Hiromi Tilsner by phone at (805) 320-2819 or by e-mail at hiromitilsner@gmail.com.

Ngoc Tran

Piano | Oxnard

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Contact Ngoc Tran by phone at (805) 372-9341 or by e-mail at tranminhngoc25@gmail.com.