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Meet the Teachers

Meet Our Talented Teachers

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BARUN SINHA

Barun Sinha has been teaching for 8+ years and is also an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, composer, producer and sound designer.  At Music Junction, Barun teaches Piano, Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Voice, Violin, and Music Theory.

 

Learning instruments from an early age, what got him started was focussing his attention on the bass guitar through which he provides rhythmic support and melodic interplay.  From there he stemmed out to other string instruments, voice and drums, becoming well-versed in a variety of instruments.  Barun has experience in several musical genres too, including progressive, alternative, indie, RnB and singer-songwriter.  Barun has played for several touring bands across different countries and also works as a sessions musician in the recording studio.

 

Barun got into music production early in his career and he works with artists from around the world.  He has recently completed certificates for Music Production and Game Audio Design from Berklee College of Music.

 

Barun is a firm believer in bringing organization, time management and teamwork into the structure of his lessons so that the students benefit optimally while learning the techniques and creative aspects of instrumentation.  He is a collaborative team player who is always searching for opportunities to impart valuable insights and opportunities to enhance his students’ and his own skills too!

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Sally Bates

Sally Rose Bates has been teaching Voice and Piano for over 20 years and teaches all levels up to advanced in both Piano and Voice at Music Junction.  Teaching is what she has an aptitude and passion for!  Sally is great with all ages of students, as young as 4 years old and up to adults of any age.

 

Sally teachers many styles including Classical, Broadway, Pop, R & B, Rock, Contemporary Christian and Jazz.   She’s been studying and teaching Piano since college, and is an accompanist for her vocal students as well.  Sally has taught preschool through 8th grade general music at private schools too.  She has been an adult choir director for numerous Churches.  Sally is a very positive and encouraging teacher who works together with the student to foster a lifelong love of music!

 

She earned her undergraduate degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  She earned her Masters degree also in Vocal performance from Georgia State University.  Sally continued to do Doctoral studies in Vocal Performance at the University of California Santa Barbara.  She also did Masters level studies in choral conducting from Cal-State LA.

 

Sally has performed numerous lead opera and musical theater roles.  She has sung with the Santa Barbara Opera, Atlanta Opera, Madison Opera, Peach State Opera and Stoughton Opera companies.  Sally has even performed at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York with her voice students and noteworthy choir.  Sally was the winner in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Advanced Women category and also a previous finalist.  She was an American Traditions Competition and Pro-Mozart Competition finalist.  Sally sang in the Young Artist Program La Musica Lirica in Italy for three summers.  

 

Music Junction is honored to have Sally on our team.  Schedule your lessons with Sally in Piano or Voice today!  

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Mark Brown

Originally from upstate NY, Mark Brown is a classically trained musician who has been teaching piano and guitar for 22 years as well as playing professionally throughout the world since he was 16 years old.  

 

Mark, a member of the The Music Teachers' Association of California (MTAC) is sanctioned to train and develop Music Junction students for the Certificate of Merit (CM) Program which is a standardized music curriculum for musical excellence in performance, technique, ear training, sight reading/singing and music theory created by the MTAC in 1933.  Ask about how you can add the Certificate of Merit training to your music lessons with Mark!

 

Mark graduated from Lebanon Valley College in 2003 with a Bachelor of Music in Recording Technology.    As a professional musician, he has worked in musical theater and toured internationally with rock, blues, jazz and pop artists.  As a session musician, Mark has been recorded on over 200 albums. In 2012, he founded the funk trio “Hambone Relay” in which he plays Hammond Organ.  The band has toured consistently for 5 years and recorded five albums of original material.

 

As a teacher, Mark owned and managed a music school in New Jersey where he taught piano, guitar and bass to students of all ages. He believes that music can and should be both fun and educational for all.  He encourages all of his students to perform in front of any audience big or small at any level of experience. "Sometimes, the best rehearsal is a gig."

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Adrian Bañuelos

Adrian Bañuelos is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and composer born in Los Angeles. He began his music studies in a rock and roll setting which eventually led him to study classical music at California State University of Northridge and California State University of Fullerton. He has been teaching music since 2010 and enjoys teaching what he’s learned over the years to students who share the same passion for music.

 

Adrian has performed in various types of productions such as rock bands, church choirs, operas, wedding and funerals; just to name a few. His passion lies in composing and performing new music. Adrian is a very talented and passionate teacher, and Music Junction is thankful to have him on the team!

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Luis Gutierrez

Luis Gutierrez is a Music Educator, Session Guitarist, Composer, Producer and Orchestrator for Visual and Interactive Media.  At Music Junction Luis offers lessons in Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, Bass, Banjo and Drums.  

 

He holds a Dual Major Degree in Film Scoring and Professional Music (Performance, Composition and Jazz Composition) from Berklee College of Music.  With over 16 years as a Guitar Performer, and 5 years of teaching in the Music Education field, he is highly proficient in different ranges of genres that go from Rock, Pop, R&B, Classical to Fusion, Contemporary Progressive Metal/Rock and Jazz.  

 

Education highlights include Guitar Private lessons with Virtuoso guitarists Tim Miller and Berta Rojas; Big Band Arranging and Post Bebop Advanced Modal Harmony classes with Jazz Legend Greg Hopkins.  He has toured with the Peruvian band Ankh, and works as an arranger and producer for the Solo Artist Noir.

 

Originally from Peru, Luis is also the feature Composer, Orchestrator, and Music Editor for Best Narrative Award Winner (Special Jury Mention at the Oscar-Qualifying New Orleans Film Festival NOFF) short film Burnt Roux (2023) by Director Keisha Davis.  He is featured also as a guitar player in the upcoming Colombian film Colibri (2024).  Other works include indie games such as Wobble Warriors, District N and The Double.  Luis has also worked for Hollywood composer and Emmy nominee, Ryan Shore, as a Music Editor and Composer Assistant.

Luis' philosophy of "Painting with Sound... One Note at a Time" characterizes his friendly and patient approach to teaching music in an engaging way.  Music Junction is proud to have Luis on their team of talented and experienced teachers!  

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Hua-Hsuan Tseng

Hua-Hsuan Tseng teaches piano, cello and violin at Music Junction and has been actively involved in music instruction, production, composition and performance since she was young.  She takes the experience of all of this well-rounded background in music to nurture the talents of her own students, and her passion for teaching others the joy of music is evident through her attentive, personalized instruction.  

 

Originally from Taiwan, she has been inspired from an early age with the exposure to piano and cello.  Hua has specialized in music education since childhood throughout high school and then at university levels too.  Holding a Bachelor of Fine Art degree in Chinese Music from the National Taiwan University of Arts and a Master of Art degree in Music Composition for the Screen from Columbia College Chicago, Hua’s background in music lends to her delivery of comprehensive and engaging lessons.  Her expertise spans all ages and levels, creating a tailored and engaging learning experience for each student.

 

When Hua is not teaching, she continues to thrive in the world of music whether it be composing, writing, recording and playing live!  She’s worked for composers Stephanie Economou, Allyson Newman, Tom Howe, Nathan Wang, to name only a few, assisting on their film and television scores.  Some projects she was involved with include 'Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Dawn of Ragnarök' (2022), 'Commitment to Life' (2023) and 'More Than Robots (2022).  She was also a mentee of the 2022 Society of Composers and Lyricists (SCL) Mentorship program.

 

Hua's music covers a wide range of musical styles, including classical, electronic, Chinese, and pop.  Her experiences in the Western and Eastern musical worlds extend her musical palette by exploring refreshing sounds, unique techniques, and colorful textures.  Her impressive blend of these musical voices allows her to bring something new and exciting to her compositional techniques within her scoring process.

 

Hua’s teaching style incorporates fostering excitement for learning music while instilling discipline and setting attainable goals.  She prioritizes creating a positive learning environment, infusing each lesson with enthusiasm to cultivate a genuine love for music!

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Kurman Lam

Kurman is an independent artist from England based out of LA, who teaches Voice, Guitar, Piano and Ukulele at Music Junction.  

 

At a young age, Kurman didn't initially want to be a musician.  His passion was playing Soccer (Football), and still today, he plays soccer and coaches kids in soccer programs and camps. However, once his studies in music allowed him to progress to the point of writing songs and eventually performing for audiences, his love for music was solidified, and he then knew that music would be the dream he lives every day for the rest of his life.

  

His inspiration comes from all genres across the industry, and his sound and influences rely heavily on earlier decades, including 70s classic pop rock. The music industry's rich history deeply touches every song he composes and writes.

 

Kurman started off teaching music lessons to whomever was close to him, family members, friends and co-workers.  Then he moved into teaching in private music institutions, developing an effective and unique teaching style.  Kurman’s teaching style is based in positive-encouragement creating engagement and accomplishment in each of his students.  He tailors his lessons to each student’s goals, and allows room for discoveries to happen in any given lesson. Kurman’s goal is to have every student walk out of each lesson with something new and inspiring to keep them practicing and exploring their instrument at home and out in the world!

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Manfred Anaya

Manfred Anaya is a multi-instrumentalist and classical singer in the LA area, teaching voice, piano, flute, clarinet and saxophone at Music Junction.

 

Manfred has been involved with music since the age of 9 playing in orchestras and bands.  He became proficient in the flute first, studying for ten years straight, which then led him to exploring other winds, the sax and clarinet.

 

In voice, he specializes in classical training, musical theatre, pop, contemporary christian, and jazz.  

 

A recent graduate of University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music, Manfred is a professional musician having worked with companies like Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Dayton Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Pacific Opera Project, and Opera Santa Barbara.

 

His prolific background, scholastically and professionally, is also complimented by a passion and dedication to fostering inspiration and growth in his students’ musical development.  Manfred brings his skills, his patience and his kind demeanor to each lesson with students of all ages, creating the space for each student to thrive and find the fun in the music learning process!

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Thomas Graeff

Thomas Graeff is a multi-instrumentalist originally from the Pacific Northwest. He holds a Music Performance degree from Western Washington University after studying jazz with Chuck Israels and the tuba with Dr. Carla Rutschman.

 

Thomas has been teaching music professionally since 2011, and in that time has helped hundreds of students learn the guitar, bass, ukulele, piano, drums, and brass instruments.

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Reese Massey

Reese Massey is a recent music education graduate from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Having grown up in Los Angeles, Reese spent her childhood singing in every choir she could find. She started taking vocal and piano lessons at a young age, but soon learned that her passion was singing with others. At Berklee, Reese performed in countless shows as a soloist, background vocalist, choir member, and accompanist.

 

Additionally, she spent her time arranging a cappella music, songwriting, and directing numerous choirs. With vast performance experience, Reese enjoys singing and performing all genres from classical to jazz! However, her biggest passions lie in teaching music.

 

Reese has a focused and engaging teaching personality. She strives to be genuine in everything that she does and believes her teaching reflects that. Being a preschool music teacher at Small World Child Care helped her to become comfortable teaching younger ages and meeting students where they were. She learned how to balance making music class fun while also making sure the students were learning important skills. Additionally, during her time at Berklee, Reese focused on vocal pedagogy where she learned vocal anatomy as well as how to communicate vocal concepts and techniques to a variety of different ages. She prides herself in her ability to teach the same concept in a multitude of ways, an essential skill for a voice teacher.

 

To Reese, teaching music is not a back-up, but her goal. The more she learned about music education and vocal pedagogy, the more she fell in love with teaching. In fact, Reese comes from a long line of music teachers. There has been a music teacher in every generation of her family starting with her great great grandparents! Reese truly feels a passion for teaching and showing children the joys of music as an art as well as sharing the socio-emotional benefits of music with her students.

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Keven Ulrich

Keven Ulrich is a pianist, vocalist, songwriter, and music producer from Tallahassee, FL.  Starting piano at 9 years old, Keven got his beginnings as a musician in both church and band, also playing the tuba.  Taking a non-traditional route into working with children, Keven received his Masters in Social Work from Columbia University and from there has fused music and his love for working with students into a profession as a music teacher and musician.

 

Keven has taught in youth social services lending his skills to social and emotional music therapy groups, and also has experience working with kids on the spectrum.  Teaching music and social skills to kids and adults as a social worker & teacher have allowed him to develop unique, meaningful relationships with students who sometimes traditionally have difficulty opening up for others.

 

In addition to teaching at Music Junction, Keven also leads the Music Production department at James Madison Middle School, teaching youth how to produce music and also play the piano.  Keven’s versatility as a mentor and musician is evident in his skill in many areas of music including composing, performing, recording, and developing song concepts for other artists.  He’s even led his own touring, 8-piece disco-funk band!

 

Keven has worked in New York and Los Angeles as a music artist and teacher for the last 10 years and continues to inspire and nurture the next generation of musicians.  His dedication to music education and social impact resonates through his teachings, leaving a lasting imprint on the hearts and minds of those with whom he works.

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