OUR TEACHERS DON'T JUST TEACH, THEY INVITE, INSPIRE AND EMPOWER THROUGH MUSIC!
  1. Invite
    We invite students of all ages, skills, and faith backgrounds to partake in quality music lessons by experienced, safe teachers and within the context of a music-loving faith tradition
  2. Inspire
    We inspire students to find and develop their love for music as a God-given gift
  3. Empower
    We empower students to develop a personal practice to nurture their own skills and musicianship. Performance opportunities will be planned for enrichment for both stendents and congregation
Meet Our Team
Aki Amai
Director, Piano Teacher
Aki was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, where she began studying music at the early age of four taught by her mother, a piano teacher. She moved to Santa Barbara after graduating high school in Japan.  She has B.M. degree in Piano Performance from San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Since graduating, Aki has deeply rooted herself within the Bay Area as a piano teacher, performer, accompanist, and organist. Currently she works for Sacred Heart Preparatory , Carlmont High School and Peninsula Girls Chorus. 

Alex Anaya
Guitar, Ukulele Teacher
For his complete bio and sound samples please visit his website www.djangoafterdark.weebly.com

Alex graduated with an A.A degree in Music from Santa Barbara City College, and a B. A degree in Music from San Francisco State university, with an emphasis on Jazz & World Music. He assembled the Golden Gate Hot Club in 2004, a jazz ensemble specializing in the music of Django Reinhardt, which was the house band for the San Francisco Ferry Building's seasonal festivals and private events, and performed regularly the Cliff House for ten years. Alex has created a three music education apps for iOS , creating the first gypsy jazz app for iOS in 2011, and two apps for learning Reggae Guitar and Bossa Nova guitar rhythms. Since 2007, Alex has been teaching guitar locally in San Francisco privately and at West Portal Lutheran Music School. 
Kelly Lynn Ferguson
Voice Teacher
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Pedagogue & soprano Kelly Lynn Ferguson takes pride in nurturing and cultivating musical enthusiasm, as well as talent. She holds the belief that all musicians can benefit from having a foundation of classical technique, which can be applied to all genres of music.  In 2017 Ms. Ferguson studied at the Accademia Vocale Lorenzo Malfatti di Lucca and the Berlin Opera Academy, where she performed the title role in Ariadne auf Naxos by Strauss.  Previous season highlights include performances of Suor Angelica in Suor Angelica, Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Aunt Norris in the West Coast premiere of Mansfield Park. 
Ms. Ferguson attended the Advanced Artist Program at OperaWorks, the International Vocal Arts Institute and the Bay Area Summer Opera Theatre Institute.  In addition to performing at the Bay Area Summer Opera Theatre Institute, she was the 1st Prize and Audience Choice recipient at the first annual Aria Competition.  She also received 1st prize at the East Bay Opera League Opera Competition and was the winner of the WA district of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2016.  Ms. Ferguson holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance and a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, under the guidance of Cesar Ulloa. She is currently a Postgraduate Diploma in Vocal Performance candidate at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
    
John Hockridge
Drum Teacher
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John is a Burlingame native who has been playing drums since he was 10 years old. His first drum lessons were in grade school and continued through college. After playing in popular local rock bands in Jr. High and High School, he moved to Southern California to attend The University of California Santa Barbara. After that he located to Los Angeles to work in the television industry. At each location he was continually playing with blues, rock, and pop bands.
John has studied with renowned drummers Scott Morris and Scott Amendola.
He is currently playing drums with Healing Stream on Friday evenings and Sunday mornings at Burlingame United Methodist Church. He is also the drummer for The Chris Marshall Band, playing private parties and local clubs.
    
Mari Yoshida
Japanese Music Teacher
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Mari Yoshida, Energetic piano teacher for kids – started playing the piano and since she was 4 years old. Interested in preschool musical education such as rythmique and loves playing kids' accompaniment with improvisation on the piano.
Also, she is an interior designer and had long time experience working in Tokyo, Japan.
Fluent in English and Japanese – as she has lived all over the world – Japan, UK, Ghana, and the U.S.
Moved to the U.S. 8 years ago, and she has been here in Bay Area for 6 years.
Has lovely 2 daughters.










    
Richard Frazier
Strings and Bass teacher

 Richard Frazier is acknowledged as a master teacher of all the instruments in both the orchestral string family (violin, viola, cello, and double bass) and the brass family (trumpet, cornet, horn, trombone, euphonium, and tuba). A very dedicated teacher, he has benefited from many years of study with Arnold Jacobs, the legendary Chicago Symphony tubist and authority on respiratory function. Mr. Frazier is a professional freelance musician who performs regularly in San Francisco with groups like the Golden Gate Park Concert Band and Symphony Parnassus and has performed worldwide in such diverse settings as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, Houston’s Jones Hall, and folk clubs in Chicago and Houston. He has played for such celebrities as Andy Williams, Nelson Riddle, Tiny Tim, and Don Rickles (yes, he was insulted), as well as with jazz greats Arnett Cobb, Jimmy Ford, Ray Baduc, and the master of comedy and jazz mandolin, Jethro Burns of the music/comedy team Homer and Jethro. As a classical musician, Mr. Frazier has worked under many renowned conductors, including Sir John Barbirolli, Charles Munch, and Claudio Abbado. In 1978, Mr. Frazier founded a brass quintet, Chicago Chamber Brass, with which he performed throughout the United States and abroad for fifteen years and produced recordings that are still prized by brass players worldwide.
Richard Frazier’s musical experience reflects an eclectic mix of classical, jazz, popular, and folk music, and his musical compositions are a natural extension of this great variety. His “Emperor Norton March” receives many performances by both student and adult concert bands throughout the country, and his brass octet, “Scenes from a Life,” won an Honorable Mention in the Humboldt Brass Chamber Music Workshop Composition Contest. Mr. Frazier created an award-winning music program at Roosevelt Middle School in San Francisco before retiring from SFUSD in June 2016. Prior to coming to the Bay Area, he was on the faculty of the School of Music at the University of Oregon for eleven years. Mr. Frazier’s string pedagogy textbook, Starting Without the Books, has received a general round of applause from string teachers everywhere. He has appeared across the nation as a conductor/composer, adjudicator, clinician, coach, and performer. His former students number in the thousands and enjoy vital, music-filled lives performing in community orchestras and bands, chamber music groups, military ensembles, and professional orchestras, including the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
   
Midori Nakayama
Violin Teacher

Violinist Midori Nakayama is an active performer and a music educator in San Francisco Bay Area & beyond.  She began playing violin at the age of 6, received Bachelor of Music in violin performance at California State University Fullerton, Master of Music & Professional Studies Diploma from San Francisco Conservatory of Music.  Her most influenced teachers are Bettina Mussumeli, Ernest Salem, and Shumpei Kitao. 

Midori performs as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player in various groups in the Bay Area. Her recent contribution includes a contracted Concertmaster at University of Arizona Symphony for 2014 season, Associate Concertmaster at Vallejo Symphony, and a Marimba-Violin duet recital at Tokyo Opera City Hall, Tokyo Japan.  Midori is often seen as a violinist at Santa Cruz County Symphony, Opera Parallèle, and One Found Sound.

Midori is equally passionate in teaching music.  She was an instructor at Summer Music West, Conservatory in the Schools program, and was often invited as a guest coach at several community colleges’ string ensembles.  She has also taught at Yamaha Music School, ABI Instruments, Melody Academy, and Amabile School of Music. 

Additionally, Midori founded an event performance group called Corelli Strings in 2009, in hopes of connecting with people in the community with her music.  As a founder and violinist of Corelli Strings, she has been performing over 100 events every year in the entire Bay Area.  She currently lives in a suburb of San Francisco with her husband and 2 beloved cats!

Yongyu Gao
Piano Teacher

“The piano keys are black and white, but they sound like a million colors in your mind.” Have fun in playing music, enjoy what you are listening to, don’t mind who’s listening to you, be your true self. If you think that’s what you are looking for, come join piano lessons with Yongyu! Of course, if you want to challenge yourself, CM (Certificate of Merits) and ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) are also provided. 

Yongyu graduated with a BA in South China University in Music Education with an emphasis in piano study. After she moved to the States, she continued her study in piano performance in San Jose State University for her master degree. She’s currently a piano accompanist in Lincoln Elementary School, McKinley Elementary School, Hoover Elementary School, Washington Elementary School, and Roosevelt Elementary School in Burlingame. She also does gigs and other music events in the Bay Area. 
 

Ikuko Kyle
Japanese Music Teacher

Born in Tokyo, Japan, it has been 27 years since Ikuko moved to the United States and received her degree in Graphic Design, but has since realized her passion for early childhood education. As a preschool teacher with years of early childhood experience, she loves to pass on her fascination for language and culture through children's song and encouraging young children to freely express their creativity through music making. 



Katie Landreville
Bassoon Teacher


Katie is originally from Minnesota where she earned a B.A. in Music and Arts Administration from Gustavus Adolphus College. While attending school, Katie was the section leader and first chair bassoonist for the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra and the Gustavus Wind Orchestra. She was elected the Social Chairperson for the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, was a Senior Honors Recital competition winner, and was a featured concerto soloist for the Gustavus Wind Orchestra 2015 Midwest Tour. She was the recipient of the Bjorling Scholarship for Music at Gustavus, and the recipient of the John Philip Sousa award at Edina High School. 

Throughout school, she gained lots of experience teaching bassoon to younger and inexperienced students.  Outside of school, Katie has played with many ensembles throughout her musical career including the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony, the Davis Symphony Orchestra, various honor bands and pit orchestras.  She also co-founded the High Five Wind Quintet, which performed for the King and Queen of Sweden in 2012.  Currently, Katie works as the Chorus Manager for the Peninsula Girls Chorus, is loving her new life in California, and is relieved that she no longer has to shovel snow in the winter.  
    


Erin Dunning
Clarinet and Saxphone


Erin Dunning has played clarinet since the age of 11, performing with the Auburn Youth Symphony, Sierra Nevada Winds Orchestra and Sierra College Wind Ensemble while still in high school as well as 3 years as a member of the California Music Educators Association All-State Honor band and as the winner of the Sacramento Valley Concert Band Association’s Concerto Competition.
Erin continued her studies in Clarinet Performance and Music Education with Dr. Kenneth Ayoob at Humboldt State University.  (In addition to clarinet, she studied Saxophone with Virginia Ryder and flute with Nina Haedrich) While living on the north coast, Erin was a member of the Eureka Symphony as well as multiple University ensembles and chamber groups.  She also was a regular in the pit orchestra for the Humboldt Light Opera Company.
Erin played 7 seasons with Symphony of the Redwoods in Fort Bragg under the direction of Alan Pollack.  After moving to the San Francisco bay area, she has performed with the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony, Silicon Valley Symphony, College of San Mateo and Skyline College ensembles and as a member of several chamber ensembles. 
Erin has been teaching music to children and adults for over 15 years and currently is a woodwinds instructor on the Peninsula.



Stephen Austin
Jazz Piano