Cindy Su has been studying the piano and violin since the age of 4. She began her musical teaching career in her early 20s. Cindy has studied a variety of professional musicians and learned various methods of musical training such as the Suzuki Method. She has also received training in Musickgarten materials and curriculum, and for 3 years she played with the Camellia Symphony. Over the past ten years, she has taught piano and violin to all ages. Cindy studied at a Music Institute in Taiwan starting
that the age of 7– she won many music competitions and placed very high at others. After graduating with a degree in Music, she taught at home and at Granite Bay Music School for four years before opening Natomas Music Square. Cindy loves teaching piano because not only can she share beautiful music, but she can also be a friend to each of her students; she is appreciative that her students trust her as a teacher and as a friend. Often times Cindy uses comparisons of a rabbit and turtle race to illustrate that slow and steady wins in the end, just like being patient during the process of learning how to play an instrument such as the piano. She teaches her students that having patience when playing the piano is the key to success in playing the piano and life.
Cindy’s approach of teaching is to expose children and adults to different types of music. They then realize that music holds plenty of choices and variety! Not everyone plays piano forever, but as long as they enjoy playing, that’s all that matters.
Cindy teaches here Monday to Thursday and Saturday.
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.
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.
Nick Bentz is a piano player living in Sacramento. He has been playing the piano for 14 years, and currently attends American River College as a Jazz Studies major, studying under Dr. Joe Gilman. Nick currently plays in several local jazz groups, performing regularly in Sacramento and the Bay Area. While focusing on jazz, Nick has played with a variety of other bands performing different styles including indie, rock and roll, and acoustic singer-songwriter. Nick enjoys teaching piano because of how important he thinks it is to share music with people.
Linda Herring Received her bachelor's in vocal performance and is currently working on her master's at the Sac State School of Music. Growing up in a musical family, 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 most recently performed in Hunchback of Notre Dame at Music Circus. Due to her varied background, Linda is asked to sing everything from country music, jazz and even 20th century classical music. Linda teaches voice and beginning piano at Natomas Music Square.
Linda Herring teaches here on Mondays and Thursdays.
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.
Patrick teaches here on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Michael LaPlante began teaching music in 2009 and happily joined the team at Natomas Music Square to continue his career. Alumni of California State University Sacramento, Michael received his B.A. in theatre with an emphasis in musical theatre and an “undeclared major” in rock! A multi-instrumentalist, Michael has sung his entire life and played guitar, bass, drums, and piano for over 20 years. Having worked in professional studios and on stage with major label industry professionals, including members ofCake, Tesla, Die Trying, and Stoneground, Michael brings a professional perspective and approach to his students. Over the past decade, Michael has performed with numerous popular local bands at nearly every venue in the Sacramento area, sharing stages on coveted shows and festivals with countless other local favorites. Michael has been blessed to perform at the legendary Whiskey A Go-Go in Hollywood, internationally in the British Virgin Islands and at several other well-known venues in L.A., Salt Lake City, the S.F. bay area, and locally. He has also performed professionally at many Theatres, restaurants, lounges, weddings, and private parties. In April 2010, “LP Sessions” released his first high end studio solo album “Walk With Me”. The album was financed entirely by his professional musical endeavors and in May 2011, he will begin recording his sophomore effort with the same approach.
Chloe Ybarra was raised in Santa Clara, California. She was exposed to the world of music at the age of 9 where she began playing classical clarinet. After just two short years she decided to switch to saxophone and joined the Buchser Jazz Band. During that time she rehearsed with them regularly, played gigs with them all over the bay area, and was given the opportunity to play in Disneyland each year. By the time Chloe entered high school, she had been awarded the most achieved player in her school and had advanced to the leader of her section. She was then a part of 2 different bands, the Buchser Advanced Jazz Band, and the De-Ja-Vu Jazz Band. By the end of her senior year, she was preparing for a trip around the world to play in Europe’s most famous musical festivals. Since then she has continued to further her musical education and pursue higher goals. She taught middle school students throughout her 4 years of high school and is now continuing to teach lessons at Natomas Music Square.
Ed Roa has been playing guitar for 14 years and teaching for 4 years. Originally self-taught, he was accepted into the CSUS music program where he would graduate with a Bachelor of Music emphasis in Jazz Studies for guitar. At CSUS, he studied under Steve Homan and soloed in the Jazz Ensembles and Combos. Though he specialized in jazz improvisation in college, Ed also loves punk, country, blues, classical (especially STRAVINSKY) and basically all forms of rock and roll. A double major in college, Ed also graduated with an English degree emphasizing creative writing – skills he employs in his own songwriting and teaching processes. Currently Ed is rehearsing with the Roa Brothers band while teaching at his home studio and other local music schools.
Edward Roa teaches here on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (All levels welcome).
Allison has been playing piano and violin for about fifteen years. She recently finished her Bachelor's degree in piano performance at Sacramento State. She has been teaching since 2012 and enjoys performing at senior retirement centers as well as helping with the music ministry at her church.
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.
Stephen teaches here on Tuesdays.