Teachers

Jammin’ Music instructors are both professional musicians and dedicated teachers. They relate well with and instruct all ages and skill levels, from beginning to advanced.

 

Geoffrey Parry

Geoffrey Parry

BASS, GUITAR, PIANO AND PRESCHOOL MUSIC: Geoff Parry. Also known around the studio as “Mr. Geoffrey,” Geoff is the founder and CEO of Jammin’ Music. Geoff began his music studies at the age of 10, singing in choirs and playing piano. By age 12, he added bass and guitar and formed his own rock band, in addition to playing in the school jazz band. At the age of 18, he was hired to go on the road playing bass with renowned Motown band The Drifters. He studied music composition at UCLA and was signed to Capitol Records at the age of 20. He has toured every state in the U.S. and around the world as a working musician, has recorded music for movies and continues to play with numerous bands, currently with the Moshav Band.

Esther Song

PIANO & VOICE: Esther Song. “Music is both academic and creative,” says Esther, who began her piano studies at the age of 4. As a young girl in Korea, Esther was dropped off daily at music school, where she would spend the entire day practicing, eating and playing in a musical environment. After moving to the U.S. at the age of 9, she continued to excel in music, becoming a Redlands Young Artist Competition finalist, a PAFAA music competition winner, and earning a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance at Cal State Long Beach as well as a teaching credential in Music Education. Her dedication to music education was further rounded out by her studies in early childhood music education, attending Orff workshops and becoming certified in Kodaly Level II. “I love the relaxed and creative atmosphere at Jammin’ Music,” Esther says. “Watching students improve and learn discipline through consistent practice is very rewarding to me.”

Nick Dollinger

PIANO: Nick Dollinger. After starting piano studies at the age of 8, Nick went on to win numerous awards in local performances for his prolific playing. A member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers, he greatly enjoys passing along his knowledge to his students at Jammin’ Music, looking to “light the fire” that inspires students to learn music from a place of “genuine interest.” “There’s an informal, laid back atmosphere at Jammin’ Music that eases tension and allows for a more fertile learning environment, where students aren’t afraid of making mistakes,” Nick says. A lifelong movie lover who majored in Film Studies at Cal State Long Beach, Nick enjoys screenwriting and composing on the side.

Cymbaline Olsen

PIANO, VOICE, GUITAR, FLUTE: Cymbaline Olsen. “What I enjoy most about teaching music is watching a student’s mind and imagination open up as they grasp the tools that will help them express themselves in a new way,” says Cymbaline. A lifelong performer in music, singing, dancing and acting, Cymbaline has been teaching since 2007 in academies, schools, and camps. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and Vocal Performance from Azusa Pacific University and a Masters in Secondary Education from Grand Canyon University. “I love seeing the sense of accomplishment and excitement when a student plays or sings a piece of music well. They can smile and say, ‘Yes, I did that. I am a musician.’”

David Kahlid Woods

David Kahlid Woods

GUITAR, PIANO, VOICE: David Kahlid Woods. “I like helping people reach their goals and achieve their dreams,” says Kahlid, who has enjoyed a long and prolific career as a musician, instructor and producer. “My first instrument was the bass guitar when I was 9 years old. I played nothing but funk!” Since then, besides attending San Diego State College, he has toured the United States, Europe, Japan and Canada as a musician and songwriter, and has had several songs nominated for Grammys. He continues playing professionally and producing up and coming acts.

 

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Elizabeth Chavez

VIOLIN & VIOLA, PIANO: Elizabeth Chavez. A proficient multi-instrumentalist and composer, Liz has a foot in both the classical and non-classical worlds of music. She has a bachelor’s degree in music composition from Cal State Long Beach, and her original works have been performed by the Grammy-nominated Los Angeles Quartet, VEDA Quartet, Southern California Brass Consortium and other groups. As a string player, she moved from a classical-heavy background to branch out into playing in jazz combos and popular music, currently playing with the indie-rock “folkestra” Leather Tramp. As an educator, Liz has taught at various private and public schools. “When it comes to teaching, I especially enjoy breaking down challenges for my students to help them overcome something they initially found difficult,” Liz says. “I hope to inspire my students with the love of learning music and motivate them to achieve their goals.”

 

Doug Sanborn

Doug Sanborn

DRUMS: Doug Sanborn. “It’s a great feeling to see the light bulb click on with a student,” says Doug, who’s been playing drums since the age of 14. After drumming his way through high school, Doug played with numerous groups including the Untouchables, The Hula Girls, Angel City Records and K2. He has been a drum line coach since 1986 and has taught drums privately and at various music camps since 1992. “I like sharing what I’ve learned through years and passing on the tradition,” Doug says.

 

Cliff Goodrich

Cliff Goodrich

VIOLIN & VIOLA: Cliff Goodrich. “I like to share with others a deeper appreciation of music, whether it’s in improving technique or listening to the shape of a phrase,” says Cliff. Cliff began his violin studies at the age of 10 and earned his bachelor’s degree in music from Cal State Northridge, and a Master’s Degree in Music from Cal State Long Beach. He has played with numerous groups, including the Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra, Musica Angelica, the Rio Hondo Symphony, the Downey Symphony and the Huntington Beach Symphony. In addition to his prolific music career, Cliff plays and teaches competitive bridge, for which he is a Silver Life Master. 

 

Diana Parmeter

Diana Parmeter

CELLO: Diana Parmeter. “I love discovering how to reach each individual student,” says Diana Parmeter. After studying the violin from ages 5-10, she switched over to cello, eventually achieving a Master’s Degree in Cello Performance from Rice University. Diana has played in a wide variety of musical ensembles, including the Mozart Classical Orchestra, Downey Symphony, and the Chicago Civic Orchestra, and has loved every musical moment. “Besides becoming skilled at performing, musical studies helped me learn how to express myself and opened a lot of doors for higher education, traveling, and getting paid to play music!” Teaching at Jammin’ Music, Diana enjoys “the casual, fun, yet professional atmosphere.” Diana teaches all levels, and is trained in the Suzuki method, which is especially effective for beginning players.

Tim Struven

Tim Struven

“Teaching is a passion of mine,” says Tim Struven. After starting his musical journey playing piano in elementary school, he discovered a love for woodwinds, taking on the clarinet, alto saxophone, and eventually adding tenor saxophone and flute. He is currently finishing up his undergraduate degree at CSULB in the Jazz Studies Program, and balances his time between school, teaching, and performances in the Los Angeles area. “I love seeing when something I’m teaching ‘clicks’ with the student and they just get it. That’s when the real magic starts to happen. The open and nurturing atmosphere at Jammin’ Music helps that become a reality.’”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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