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Cindy Su
Owner & Instructor @ Natomas Music Square

Cindy Su is the owner and instructor at Natomas Music Square (est. 2011), where she shares her lifelong love of music with students of all ages. Adults and children alike enjoy her unique, relaxed piano, viola, and violin lessons, which she’s been teaching for nearly two decades.

She began playing piano at age 4 and attended the Taiwan Music Institute for three years before moving to the U.S. She then joined orchestra and took private lessons until age 16. Cindy was an active member of Camilla Symphony for three years.

In addition, she’s participated in many musical competitions and received numerous 1st and 2nd place awards for viola.

Cindy enjoys music as an outlet of expression and inspiration, and she aspires to help others appreciate and love music the way she has. Her passion is meeting new people and building relationships with her clients.

Cindy is also a mom, and her six year old son is currently learning how to play the drum. Cindy’s interests and hobbies outside of music include swimming, cooking, and decorating.

Piano Lab, Violin, and Viola


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Alex Fong

Alex has a passion for music education, performance, and piano pedagogy, and brings over a decade of experience teaching classical piano.

Since graduating from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Business Economics, Alex has performed at the Laguna Beach Music Festival and taught at the Irvine School of Music, where he established a strong reputation preparing young artists for competitions, music exams, and pre-college division programs.

Alex is driven by a commitment to inspire the next generation of future musicians with fun, individualized ways to learn. Whether it’s learning aural skills on an iPad or playing rhythmic exercises on a bongo, having a comprehensive foundation empowers students with the skills to tackle advanced music as well as a variety of musical idioms, including Classical, Jazz, and Pop.

Born in Placer County, Alex resides in Sacramento and enjoys learning how to play the organ and play chamber music.

Piano


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Christian Celis

Christian Celis began taking piano lessons at the age of 5. He was classically trained until he reached high school, which is when he got a taste of Jazz. This is when he decided to switch focus and start taking Jazz piano lessons from local music teacher Daryl Howard. He played in his school Jazz Bands and Combos for all four years of high school and continued playing in several Jazz groups at venues in and around Sacramento. He made the decision to pursue a career in music and attended Cosumnes River College for 2 years where he played in the CRC Big Band.

Piano


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Daletza Benitez

Daletza has a varied and exciting background in music. She began participating in musical theatre as a senior in high school and continued her musical career throughout her education at American River College (ARC). In high school she created the role of Emily in an orginal play called Resolutions by Cody Yanez. She has also performed her dream roles as Rosie Alvarez in Bye, Bye Birdie, and Madame Thenadier in Les Miserables.

In addition to performing in musical theatre, Daletza has held other positions such as Stage Hand, Stage Manager, Props/Set Maker, Assistant Direction, and Assistant Music Director. This gives her an unusual perspective in helping others prepare for life in musical theatre.

Daletza has learned invaluable vocal techniques by taking voice lessons with local well- known teachers such as Michelle Coder and Dr. Art LaPierre. In fact, she spent four years in Dr. LaPierre’s highly acclaimed vocal jazz ensembles. Daletza has performed in bands as well as performing with her brother at local coffee shops, and in a vocal jazz quartet called “Full Circle.” She entertained as part of the Andrew Sisters Tribute Concert with the ARC Big Band for four years, and has recorded for a cutting edge music company called MagicCarpetMusic.com.

She received her A.A. in Jazz Studies at ARC and Voice Instructor Certificates in Classical and Jazz/Pop. She is preparing a concert in October 2019 in which she is co-directing and co-arranging the music. The concert includes a unique sound of vocal jazz, acapella, and musical theatre.

Daletza has the talent, skills, experience, and passion to teach her students how to enjoy music and reach their goals. When asked what she likes about teaching, she responded, “I like helping students push past the challenges in music, giving them a love for music and singing, and a space to express themselves without fear.”

In addition to teaching private voice lessons at Natomas Music Square, Daletza is currently coordinating a six-week Musical Theatre Workshop to help students prepare for real- world auditions. Contact the office for more information on the workshop and for Daletza’s available teaching time.


Voice


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Eddie Roa

Eddie Roa holds a Bachelors in Music from Sacramento State and has been teaching guitar professionally for over 5 years and playing for over 15 years. He loves working with students of all ages and levels including those with special needs.

As a music teacher, Eddie’s goal is to provide students with fun and inspiring lessons that enable quality practice sessions at home. Eddie’s lessons emphasize music fundamentals from the perspective of the individual student’s interests and goals. He loves to teach all styles including rock, pop, blues, jazz, country, folk, and classical. Eddie’s specialties also include songwriting (lyrics and music), improvisation, and composingarranging in popular styles.

Eddie is also an active performer. He fronts his own band and plays original music, which has been described by a music website as a “timeless take on rock’n’roll.”

Guitar, Ukulele, and Bass


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Erik Stillabower

Erik Stillabower has been playing and performing music for the last 21 years. Starting on the violin in the classical method until leaving high school. Erik has performed in the Fort Wayne Indiana all city Orchestra, Indiana state school music association competitions, and with various artists since starting his musical career. In his teens he began to focus on early jazz and American old-time music learning guitar, bass, banjo, and ukulele along the way.

Erik has been teaching for the last 6 years and believes that music should be accessible to all people at any age. No matter what kind of music you want to play Erik will take the time to personalize the lesson to help you get what you want out of your music.

Living and teaching music in Pittsburgh, PA for the last 6 years Erik has recently moved to Sacramento with his wife and two dogs (Hank and Hank) So she could start an exciting new career.

Guitar, Ukulele,Violin, and Stringbabies


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Linda Herring

Linda Herring received her bachelor’s in vocal performance in 2015 and is currently completing her final project for her master’s at the Sac State School of Music. Linda learned to sing and play piano, went on the road at nineteen and ended up in Nashville where she pursued a recording career. Linda has fronted her own band, been cast in principal roles in opera at Sac State, and performed in Hunchback of Notre Dame at Music Circus in recent years. Due to her varied background, Linda is asked to sing everything from country music and jazz to 20th century classical music. Linda teaches voice and beginning piano at Natomas Music Square.

Voice and Piano


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Macey Robles

Macey Robles has been playing music for 16 years, beginning as a flute player in the 4th grade. She continued flute and picked up the alto sax, piano, ukulele, and violin throughout high school. She attended Sonoma State University where she received her B.A. in Music Liberal Arts in 2017. During her time in University, she also studied Philosophy and German to eventually teach music abroad over the Summer of 2016. After graduating she began working as a music teacher in the Bay Area, teaching private lessons and small music theory classes. She has since moved back to her hometown of Woodland, where she is continuing to teach music and music theory to kids of all ages. 

Woodwinds Instruments and Stringbabies


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Patrick Hennessey

Patrick Hennessey has been playing the drums since the young age of six, when he received his first drum set. He joined the youth orchestra at his grade school as the snare drummer, bass drummer, and timpani player. 

It wasn’t until his junior year in high school that he formed my first band, and started playing shows, dances and other events. He graduated high school from Minneapolis, Minnesota, playing every style from jazz to metal and folk to soul. He was also starting to record albums, eventually appearing on seven various albums 

with different musical styles. It was during this time that he shared stages with artists like Cake, Flogging Molly, Arlo Guthrie, Bob Mould, Jonny Lang, Semisonic, Soul Asylum, The Wallflowers, and The Young Dubliners. 

Since 2014 he has played with the Irish influenced rock band The Pikeys. His newest project is the eclectic folk trio Rayleigh Scattering. He is also a first call fill in for many bands in Northern California. 

Drums 


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Ronald Jackson

Ronnie has 12 years of music experience and has performed all around Sacramento. He has studied genres like rock, country, jazz, and traditional classical music. Ronnie currently studies music at Arc with a Jazz Studies Major. Lesson with him will focus on learning how to read rhythms from simple to complex, working on limb independence, keeping good time when playing by yourself or with others, creativity on the drum set, learning different styles of drumming and of course having fun!

Drums


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St. John Fraser

St. John Fraser started playing the violin at the age of 7. It was his first love. He started off learning violin in the Suzuki method. He then switched over the traditional classical method. He was part of the Saint Louis Youth Symphony for many years. He auditioned and was accepted into the Encore School for Strings. Also he participated in many local and state competitions, auditions, and solo performances. Life happened and he put the violin down for many years. But found his way back to it with his original love of the instrument. Since then he has worked with many different local artists also recording tracks for their projects when requested. He has received positive reviews in Sacramento Magazine, as well as a few other local publications. Since 2012, he has been an integral part of One Eyed Reilly, a regional band that has been very active with over 80+ gigs a year including releasing 3 albums of their own.

St. John believes strongly in building good fundamentals so the student has the ability to take their musical experience in whatever direction that they would like. Through experience he has learned that everyone absorbs information differently and at their own pace, so he is happy to teach at the pace that works the best for the pupil. Music is fun, and that is at the core of his teaching philosophy. Violin is a beautiful instrument and worth taking the time to learn and enjoy playing it.

Violin


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Stephen Pocus

Stephen Pocus is a jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and teacher who brings his infectious enthusiasm into the teaching arena. Before the age of 16, Stephen was recognized as a gifted musician and became the pianist for the San Jose All Star Youth Jazz Ensemble as well as the San Jose Youth Latin Jazz Ensemble.

At the age of 16 Stephen graduated high school and began performing with various groups in the Bay Area while teaching Jazz and Concert band classes at Buchser Middle School in Santa Clara Stephen was awarded a full scholarship to attend The Jazz Institute in Berkeley, CA studying under Susan Mascarella and Marcos Silva. While attending, he performed at various venues including the Boom Boom Room, The Sheba Lounge, Yoshi’s in Oakland, and Yoshi’s in San Francisco.

Upon finishing his two years at the Jazz Institute, Stephen moved to Brooklyn New York, where he played in many of the local Jazz clubs in Brooklyn and Manhattan and studied with the legendary Barry Harris.

His career as an entertainer and teacher is still in its early stages. His unique ability to relate to all ages and his charismatic personality make him an extraordinary instructor.[Text Wrapping Break]

Piano and Trumpet


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Suzanne Bruggman

Suzanne Bruggman has been playing and performing piano for 25 years. She started classical training at age 5, and was preforming by age 9. She started teaching piano in high school and has continued to share her love and knowledge of music to her students since then.

As a music teacher, her goal is to impart confidence in her students in a fun, relaxed environment. From working on the fundamentals to preparing for a performance, she believes that music should be fun and fulfilling for everyone of all ages and works to make that possible for all of her students.

Friday and Saturday Piano


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Talyana Smith

Talyana has been singing and performing for 13 years. From age 6 to 12, Talyana sang and acted in the Rainwater Music Company’s drama choir. Then, she grew up to graduate with a distinction in musical theater from the Natomas Charter School’s Performing and Fine Arts Academy. Soon thereafter, Talyana began building her career in music. She spent a quarter at the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles in the Independent Artist Program where she enhanced her skills in songwriting as well as producing. She has continued to sing and write original music and enjoys helping others learn how to sing.

Voice