Meet Our Teachers

Pika G.

Piano, Guitar, Bass, Flute, Cello
is the director of Prince Music Company and has a passion for learning, and music education. She believes strongly in the importance of remaining focused during lessons, and practicing at home to achieve optimal results. She teaches piano, flute, guitar, bass, and cello to students ages five and up. She pushes her students, expecting them to perform at their highest level. Her teaching methods tend to work best for the highly motivated with parents who encourage routine at-home practice. Her lessons are very structured in order to create disciplined musicians.

Studied at the University of Minnesota School of Music and Jazz Studies at Delgado in New Orleans, LA. She has extensive music education, studying in institutions and privately for over twenty years. She has taught privately since 2012 and during that time has put in over 2000 teaching hours. Before that, she taught class guitar at The Boys and Girls Club of America.

At night, Pika is a highly active performer. She plays the blues, funk, soul, motown, and rock & roll.

Ukulele, Voice, Piano, Guitar, Violin, Saxophone
Michelle has been involved in music and the arts her entire life beginning early on with the church choir. She was heavily influenced by her father who a music educator himself. Learning the importance of music at such a young age has made her want to influence our youth as well. She wants others to see how much joy they can get from learn to play an instrument and music in general. Michelle attended the University of North Dakota bachelor of fine arts program for theater performance.

She is a multi instrumentalist who is able to pick up a new instrument and learn it quickly. Her passion for music is noted by her peers as she has demonstrated her ability in teaching others how to learn as well. When Michelle is not teaching you can see her perform in the midwest on her primary instruments, the ukulele and voice.

Michelle M.

Matt E.

Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano
Matt eliminates borders between genres, creating new and complex sounds that are easy on all ears. He never stops studying music, applying new concepts into his music as he learns. Every note has an important meaning, and Matt fully enjoys using his musical talent to express his honesty and happiness.

Musicianship and Acheivements:
Matt grew up near the St. Croix River, in River Falls, WI, rocking out to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Slash. He picked up swing jazz in high-school quickly. It was at a Gungor concert that filled Matt with a passion to pursue music further. He then enrolled into McNally-Smith College of Music and began studying under amazing guitarists such as Eva Beneke, Greg Koch, and many more.

Teaching Philosophy:
Matt founded The Common Cassettes, a funk/rock band reaching as far as Seattle, gigging alongside other groovy groups like Pocket Watch. He performed in many school ensembles such as Hot Club, Indie Rock, and a classical guitar quartet. He has performed for music theater productions, like Crazy For You, and Grease. He has been contributing his guitar skills to churches throughout the Twin Cities.

Voice, Piano, Ukulele, Guitar
Emma is a vocalist, performer, teacher, and songwriter with a passion for exploring and sharing a diverse array of music. She is a recent graduate from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree with minors in Jazz Studies and Psychology. During her time at UMD, Emma’s vocal training has included jazz, opera, classical/art song, and musical theater styles. She also plays ukulele and piano, and likes to accompany herself often. During her senior year, Emma was elected as Vocal Representative of the Music Student Association at UMD. In the spring of 2016, she had the opportunity to study music history abroad in Italy, touring several cities in the Northeastern areas of the country. Emma has been involved in several top ensembles at UMD including Jazz Combo I, Vocal Jazz (Lake Effect), Chamber Singers and University Singers. She has also performed as a soloist with Jazz Ensemble I and the UMD Wind Ensemble. Last year, Emma was involved in a free-jazz improvisation based on her original poem, “To Feel”, which she performed with UMD’s Jazz Combo I.

She has also had the opportunity with the Lake Effect ensemble to open for Damian McGinty on his Slow Dance Tour in 2018. Through UMD’s University Singers, Emma has had the opportunity to perform with Ethan Bortnick in a televised concert event and has participated in master classes with artists such as Chanticleer. Emma has performed with The Association, a six-piece jazz combo, in cities throughout Minnesota and were recently featured at the Hormel Nature Center holiday show for the second year in a row. Emma now lives in the Twin Cities pursuing her music career through performing, teaching, and collaboration with artists everywhere.

Emma S.

Scott N.

Piano, Guitar
Scott was born in Tehran, Iran, and started to play piano when we was five. He began as a teacher's aid when he was 15 years old. He received his music certification in 2016 and started teaching kids age 7 to 13 years old at the Aria Institution. He has performed in several concerts and universities on the piano. He works mostly with classical piano and also enjoys contemporary music. Scott is able to teach beginner to advanced, all ages and skill levels on the piano. He studied for three years under the direction of Mr. Safri in Iran, and continues his studies here in Minnesota. He currently teacher beginner guitar to youth and focuses on developing technique and note reading.

Teaching Philosophy
Scott enjoys teaching to kids and adults. His technique is tailored to each induvidual student because one method won't always work the same for everybody. He believes knowing how to play the piano makes you excell greater at other areas of life. Scott's piano lessons are a low pressure enviroment. He tries to make the lessons fun, especially for kids, so they enjoy coming each week.

Trombone, Trumpet, Low Brass, Piano
Neftaly is a student of Thomas Ashworth at the University of Minnesota. He is pursuing a Master's degree in bass trombone performance. In 2018 he obtained his Bachelor's of Music Performance degree at the University of Central Arkansas. He teachs beginner to advanced trombone and specialized in classical and jazz trombone. He teachers beginner to intermediate trumpet and low brass and beginner piano. He is a multi instrumentalist with a strong footing in band and small combo arrangements.

Neftaly G.

Isabel D.

Violin, Viola, Cello
Isabel is an accomplished classical violinist and fiddler currently living in Minneapolis, MN. Originally from Portland, OR, she graduated from Lawrence University in 2017 with Bachelor’s degrees in Violin Performance and Geology, and has spent the last few years exploring various musical styles. She currently plays with fiddle-tabla-guitar fusion trio Sprig of That, Americana folk trio Lady Spruce, and movement/music improvisation group Painting the Room.

She has attended festivals such as the Silkroad Global Musician Workshop, Sewanee Summer Music Festival, Mike Block String Camp Apprentice track. She has studied classically with Samantha George, Wen-Lei Gu, and Clarisse Atcherson, and jazz and improvisation with Matt Turner, Jose Encarnacion, Zach Brock and Darol Anger. Isabel teaches at the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony’s Harmony program in West Saint Paul, as well as violin, fiddle, viola, cello, voice, and mandolin lessons around the Twin Cities.

Piano, Accordion
I have played the piano and other instruments all my life, plus singing, and am passionate that learning music is probably the best thing in life! I would love to work with you with hopes that you will be very rewarded for your hard work. Currently I am semi-retired, a church accompanist, accompanying several other groups, and looking forward to teaching again. I also have a Bachelors Degree in music.

Diana L.

Carlos R.

Drums, guitar
Carlos is a drummer, guitar player, and recording musician. He started learning and playing drums at a young age with private instructors and has 25 years of experience with the instrument. Having played with numerous bands, he has been able to master rock, soul, blues, funk, salsa, and samba rhythms.

Besides, his experience in songwriting allows him to connect and dialogue with whatever aspiring musician towards developing a career in the music industry. He's planning to stay for a couple of seasons in Minneapolis, sharing his love and passion for rhythm.

I am a 21-year-old college student who has been playing guitar for five years. I have performed in three rock bands and I love sharing my passion for music with others. I play an Epiphone Les Paul, a Fender acoustic and a 1962 Gibson acoustic that my grandmother played in Greenwich Village in the 1960s and recently gave to me. I am a graduate of Hopkins High School, attended two years at Drake University in Iowa (where my favorite class was a freshman seminar on The Beatles), recently took classes at Normandale Community College (including the History of Jazz), and am planning to transfer to a Twin Cities four-year college.

Logan B.