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2258 PICKWICK DR CAMARILLO CA

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ROCK CITY STUDIOS

TEACHERS

ROCK CITY STUDIOS

TEACHERS

All of our Teachers & Staff have been Live Scanned, Fingerprinting, and Screened.

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Justin has been studying the art of playing drums for over 20 years, and received a performance degree in percussion from Musicians Institute. He has been an instructor at Rock City Studios since 2008.  In the past few years he has built a huge reputation from playing extensive tours in over 40 different countries including England, Scotland and Wales with his band.  Justin has also recorded 3 full length studio albums on 2 different record labels and is continuously summoned to work with a number of different artists in the studio or on stage. Justin teaches his students technique, basic fundamentals, coordination, reading rhythms, rudimental concepts and patterns in creative ways. Justin encourages his students to create their own music and prepares them to play music with others.

Drum Instructor, Music Director

JUSTIN DEMPSEY

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Oscar Rivera is a long time accomplished musician with 20+ years of teaching experience. He has been an instructor at Rock City Studios since 2009. Oscar graduated with a B.A. in Music from California State Northridge University. He has also studied classical/jazz guitar with Matthew Greif (from LAGQ) and has received Master Class training from Dusan Bogdanovic and Elliot Fisk among others. Oscar specializes in guitar, bass, voice, music theory, composition, improvisation and piano. Currently, Oscar is the Spanish Choir director at St. Mary Magdalene in Camarillo. He also performs on a regular basis in Ventura, Santa Barbara & Los Angeles counties either as a solo guitar player, as an accompanist or with various ensembles. His preferred styles of music are Classical, Rock, Jazz, Latin and anything with a beat.

Guitar, Bass, Piano Instructor (Bilingual English/Spanish)

OSCAR RIVERA

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Vivian is a multi-talented music instructor and has 4 years of teaching experience and has been playing music since she was 7 years old. She studied music at Pierce College.  Vivian specializes in getting kids to "break out of their shell" and gain more confidence while also making each lesson very fun and exciting.  Vivian also incorporates music theory into all of her classes and makes sure her students progress every week. In her vocal lessons, she focuses on making her students attain their dynamic range and strengthen their singing voice. Besides teaching, Vivian is also part of local bands "Grizzly Buddha"and "B&V Acoustic." 

Voice, Piano, Guitar Instructor

VIVIAN PONDELLA

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Max has been playing music since he was 7 years old and has over 10 years of teaching experience. He graduated in Audio Engineering from Musicians Institute in 2013. Max combines music theory and songwriting within his classes.  Outside of teaching, Max is the lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter in local experimental rock band, "Two Brothers" and also plays guitar in local alternative rock band, "Once a Wolf."  His teaching philosophy is to make sure that each student is having fun and reaching their musical goals while remaining inspired.

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Mandolin, ProTools Instructor

MAX DICKENSON

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Austin is a trained musician from Musicians Institute and started playing guitar at age 5. Austin can teach all levels of  essential guitar techniques from chords to shredding and soloing. Austin is also able to teach music theory, songwriting, stage performance, and can provide a better understanding of music gear & guitar maintenance.  Austin is able to connect with kids of all ages and adults.  He loves to make his guitar and bass lessons fun and catered towards what his students are interested in learning in music. Besides teaching, he is also the lead guitarist in local metal band "Disrupted Euphoria."

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele Instructor

AUSTIN MONZON

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Chris Traylor started playing guitar when he was 11 years old in his hometown of Hailey, Idaho.  His family relocated back to California in 2009 settling in Camarillo. Chris quickly involved himself in music joining local bands as lead guitarist, songwriter and lead vocalist. After recording a few albums with his band he had the opportunity to be in the first narrative virtual reality music video ever commercially produced with Springbok Entertainment and Academy Award Winning New Deal Studios. Musically, Chris was featured in Guitar World Magazine, on Good Morning Texas, performed over 500 live shows and toured across the USA.  Chris is familiar with several aspects of music and music production and brings his knowledge to you! Currently, Chris directs Sonic League bands and leads our Band Aid programs.

Sonic League and Band Aid Instructor

CHRIS TRAYLOR