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Tamraloo Studios offers a unique teaching structure unparalleled in the Placer County Area: Our crew believes arts and education should be affordable and accessible to everyone who is eager to learn. In order to maximize our outreach and minimize expense, Tamraloo offers a variety of teachers from student instructors to educators with Doctorate degrees. All Tamraloo instructors are hand-picked and trained extensively. Each teacher goes through a shadowing period, followed by individualized mentoring by select experienced instructors, and do not begin teaching until they are fully prepared. Tamraloo keeps overhead down in order to avoid having to pass on cost to its students, and as such, we will always look for ways to keep education affordable. Our teachers are encouraged to continue their education, receiving pay raises as they pursue advanced degrees, and we encourage our staff to enlarge their skills, experiment with new classes and methods, and develop as artists in their own right by performing out and about the community. Every instructor is background checked and fingerprinted for safety. 

 

Tamraloo knows that there is truly a teacher for every student and will work to find that magical teacher/student combo that brings out the best in both!

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TAMIE ROGERS

OWNER / DIRECTOR / LEAD INSTRUCTOR

Tamra Rogers was born and raised in the Bay Area, then spent 18 years in the beautiful Pacific Northwest before coming back “home” to California. Miss Tamie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from William Jessup University.  She has taught piano and voice for over 30 years, and currently owns and operates Tamraloo Studios, voted Lincoln and Sacramento’s Best Music Instruction 6 years in a row. She also currently serves as CEO and Artistic Director of The Stage, a 501c3 non profit theatre company. An accomplished collaborative pianist, choral conductor, vocal coach and music director, Miss Tamie has accompanied multiple church, community, and university choirs, as well as conducted children’s and adult choruses in both the Pacific Northwest and Northern California and coached vocalists all over the area.  She most recently lent her talents onstage as Judy Bernley in RCT's production of 9 to 5 and as Musical Director offstage for William Jessup's production of The Secret Garden. She is a multiple SARTA Elly award winner, for both her musical direction and performance roles. She also carols professionally as a Soprano in the Merrie Olde Christmas Carolers. Tamie is passionate about community service and has served as president of her local PTA, women’s ministry, and currently serves as music coordinator over the Lincoln/Loomis area LDS congregations. As head of Tamraloo Studios, Tamie trains, mentors, and coordinates studio schedules for all her teachers, as well as maintains a current roster of over 80 personal and group students. Her greatest blessings in life are her four incredible children and superhero husband.  

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CLARA ASVITT

LEAD INSTRUCTOR - PIANO

Clara Asvitt studied Music Education and Elementary Education at BYU-Idaho, where she played in symphony orchestras, bands, and sang in the choir. She joined choir and band in middle school and continued on at the High School level, performing in State and Regional Bands and Choirs. A musical theatre performer and fan, she has accompanied local church and school choirs, as well as assisted in teaching beginning orchestra. She has a passion for learning and expanding her knowledge so that she can better be able to teach music and share her passion for it with others.

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SIERRA BAMSEY

LEAD INSTRUCTOR - PIANO, PRIVATE VOICE, GROUP VOICE

Sierra began her path in music as a child in choral competitions, through the Davis Children's Chorale and Sacramento Children's Chorus. She was introduced to Musical Theatre through a competition trip to see the Chicago cast of "Wicked", and was absolutely hooked. Sierra graduated with a BA in Musical Theatre and a minor in Applied Music Theory from Point Park University. She has performed professionally all over the country, including a national tour with Missoula Children's Theatre, off-broadway sketch comedy shows, and nominations for regional work. 

Sierra has worked with a variety of companies in the Sacramento area as an instructor and vocal director, and has an absolute passion for teaching pain and tension-free singing through a variety of techniques. 

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MEREDITH BARNACK

LEAD INSTRUCTOR - VOICE

Meredith earned her B.A. in Music with an emphasis in vocal performance from William Jessup University in 2016. Meredith has been singing since she was 11 years old. She got her start in music when she joined her middle school choir, and then fell in love with the art of singing. She performed with different school choirs during her time as a student, including the William Jessup University Choir and Orchestra. While attending Jessup, she also had the opportunity to co-lead the soprano section her senior year. She has been able to study different genres, from pop and gospel to show tunes and classical. Meredith loves to teach students of all ages and believes music is for anyone! She currently leads worship at Fair Oaks Church.

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EMILY BARNEY

ADMINISTRATIVE EXECUTIVE

Emily Barney went to Ricks College where she studied Child Development and Family Science. She worked as a pre-school teacher and for Horizon Charter School before taking 18.5 years off to be a stay at home mom to her 5 boys. She has always enjoyed being around children and helping them thrive and learn. She loves to travel and spends her free time with family and friends. She is happy to help with anything that you might need at Tamraloo Studios.

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SARAH BOURG

LEAD INSTRUCTOR - GUITAR, UKULELE, PIANO, BASS GUITAR

Sarah Bourg has been playing music all her life. Her father started teaching her guitar at age 4, and then she started piano at age 7. She graduated William Jessup University with a BA in Music with Vocal Emphasis in 2016. Sarah loves all styles of music, especially jazz and blues. She has performed with many bands and groups as guitarist, bassist, and vocalist. Sarah also loves playing in pit orchestras for musical theater productions. Sarah loves being a music teacher, she has so much fun helping students love music as much as she does!

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ANTONIO BENITEZ-BALDSARI

LEAD INSTRUCTOR - VIOLIN, ADMINISTRATIVE EXECUTIVE

Antonio has been playing violin since he was 2 years old and has since ventured into many other facets of music. He grew up internationally and played with many orchestras and studied with many teachers in countries such as Spain, Belgium, Japan, and Thailand. Antonio is a second-generation Suzuki student and a fourth-generation Jascha Heifetz student. After graduating from Jesuit High School here in Sacramento, he continued to play violin with local artists and groups and began teaching. At his first teaching job, Antonio experienced the joys of other instruments and began playing guitar. Within a few years, he had formed a band and did a west coast tour with another local rock band, Flight Mongoose. Now Antonio is finishing up his schooling in Recording Arts and Audio Engineering under Dr. Van Reggenmorter at American River College and spends his free time at his own studio in Rancho Cordova finishing his album and recording new songs.

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LOGAN BITTER

INSTRUCTOR - TUTORING

Logan is a Computer Science major at Brigham Young University-Hawaii with 3 years of tutoring experience. He believes that no one should be left behind when it comes to math understanding and seeks to make difficult concepts accessible and learnable to anyone. He is a strongly visual learner and instructor.

Hoping to one day publish his own video game, he enjoys programming, playing video games, drawing, and teaching.

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SUE BRADLEE

LEAD INSTRUCTOR - PIANO

Miss Sue has been involved in music her whole life, starting piano lessons at age 6 and continuing for 10 years. After high school she began singing in choral groups, jazz sextets, church, and various ensembles, and now sings with the Placer Pops Chorale as well as teaches classical piano. She's been instructing students for 15 years, and loves working with adults as well as children to make it a fun learning experience so they can be inspired to enjoy it for a lifetime! In her spare time, she reads, sews, does craftwork, and spends time with her family.

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IAN BROWN

STUDENT INSTRUCTOR - CLARINET

Ian Michael Brown is a young multi instrumentalist and composer who has spent the entirety of his life in the Sacramento area, but he has lived in Roseville since he was 8. He began playing piano at 13 and later picked up the Recorder, Clarinet, Saxophone, and a little bit of Mallet Percussion. Ian has spent the last 2 years as a Pianist, Organist, and Assistant Song Leader at Landmark Missionary Baptist Church in Granite Bay, California. In Highschool Ian spent two years in the Woodcreek High School bands and a single semester in the Woodcreek High School Chamber Choir, where he was the Tenor and Bass section leader. Besides music, Ian has always held a love for history, culture, and linguistics showing and how he speaks French at a conversational level. Currently, he is working on getting his degree in Musical Composition and hopes that he may one day either teach music or become a film compose

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HAYLIE COBB

INSTRUCTOR - PIANO

Haylie Cobb has been playing the piano for over 10 years. She has studied privately with multiple instructors and currently is taught and mentored by Tamra Rogers.  Haylie also plays violin and guitar and has studied music theory. She plays keys in her church worship band and enjoys raising animals and taking classes at Sierra College. 

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LESLIE CORNETT

LEAD INSTRUCTOR: TUTORING & Literacy Intervention & Enrichment Program

Leslie graduated from Chico State with a Bachelors in Liberal Studies. Her area of concentration is in special education with a minor in Psychology. She has worked in schools for over twenty-five years. Leslie is currently a certified substitute teacher in the state of California. She also has been a certified guest teacher in the state of Nevada. Leslie has been selected to perform long term teaching assignments in elementary grades Kindergarten through 5th as well as middle school grades 6th through 8th. She has also completed long term teaching assignments as a resource specialist/special education teacher in both elementary and middle school.

 

Leslie and her family have lived in a variety of locations thanks to the United States Air Force. She is happy to be back home in Lincoln.  She enjoys traveling, music and history, which all ties in with her passion for teaching.

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DYLAN CRAWFORD

STUDENT INSTRUCTOR - GUITAR: BASS, ACOUSTIC, & ELECTRIC

Dylan has had the guitar in his life since he was little and has played the instrument since the 6th grade! He began playing bass in 7th grade. He is currently a member of the Emerald Brigade at Granite Bay High School playing upright bass, electric bass, and guitar. The guitar & bass guitar are instruments he loves and is so excited to share that love with others. 

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ELIOT CUMMINGS

STUDENT INSTRUCTOR - VIOLIN

Eliot Cummings is a sophomore at Western Sierra Collegiate Academy and has been playing violin for 8 years. She has played in the Charleston Youth Symphony and the Sacramento Youth Symphony, where she currently plays in the Premier orchestra as a first violinist. She is designated by the Music Teachers’ Association of California as level 7 with honors. She has experience playing fiddling and bluegrass music, as well as classical. In her free time, she likes learning about renewable energy and space travel.

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DRUMS 4 ALL

INSTRUCTOR- PERCUSSION

Drums 4 all encourages a healthy balance between having fun and building a strong rhythmic foundation through the study of music. With over twenty years of experience in drum set performance, Drums 4 All offers ear training and learning traditional drum notation. Let's start a fun rhythmic journey together!

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MADRONA EADS

STUDENT INSTRUCTOR- TUTOR, CHINESE

Madrona Eads wishes to instill academic confidence in today's youth and show them that anything is
possible. As a high schooler, she maintains a 4.0 GPA and has tested in the 99th percentile in both math and language arts. Madrona is enrolled in college-level Mandarin Chinese and has a passion for foreign languages. She enjoys tutoring and helping others create skill sets to ensure that they can succeed. Her interests include engineering, traveling, gardening, knitting, and animal husbandry. She resides in Lincoln with her family, 2 cows, 2 cats, a dog, and 26 chickens.

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REGAN FURGESON

INSTRUCTOR - GUITAR

Regan is 19 years old and has been playing guitar since she was fourteen. She loves music and playing guitar is her favorite thing to do in her free time. Regan is  currently enrolled in an online degree program through BYU Idaho. 

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JOSE HERNANDEZ

LEAD INSTRUCTOR- BASS GUITAR, GUITAR

I grew up in Yuba and started playing guitar at fourteen years old after playing the flute and trumpet in middle school.  I recently earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Sacramento State University in Music Education and Guitar Performance. I am excited to build my career in music. I enjoying playing rock and acoustic/classical.

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KAY JONES

LEAD INSTRUCTOR - PIANO

Kay Jones is new to Lincoln, having lived in the Bay Area most of her life. She started piano lessons at age 7 and has been playing ever since. She is classically trained in piano and also plays violin and organ. As a young adult, she minored in music at Brigham Young University. She enjoyed performing in musical theatre productions growing up, has accompanied choirs in her high school and church choirs for over 20 years, and has also directed her church choir and children's singing groups. Kay currently works as a paraprofessional, teaching special education in a K-3 class. She loves working with children and sharing her talents with the next generation.

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BRITTA JOSEPH

LEAD INSTRUCTOR - PIANO

Britta Joseph is a classically trained pianist with a passion for collaborative performing and composing. She holds a BA and MA in piano and has been playing for over twenty years, studying under international contest winner Daisy de Luca Jaffé. Britta draws inspiration from Chopin, Brahms, and Rachmaninoff, as well as modern artists and bands such as Touché Amoré, blink-182, Tigers Jaw, and Pile. She is excited to share her love of music with colleagues and students through collaboration and teaching. 

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EMILY KERNS

INSTRUCTOR - PIANO

Emily began her passion for music at a young age by playing the piano by ear. She has studied with Miss Tamie for several years and now has a thriving student list of her own. Emily has been homeschooled her whole school life and is now taking college courses at Sierra.  In addition to piano, Emily studies guitar & drums. When not practicing on her grand piano at home, she can be found volunteering at Fieldhaven Marketplace and at the Fieldhaven Shelter working with Dr. Heather. Eventually, Emily wants to be a Veterinarian. She has a wide variety of pets at home (17 animals and counting!) and also enjoys swimming on the Rec Swim Team and bowling competitively. An avid reader, she enjoys learning about all different subjects!  

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SOPHIA LEE

INSTRUCTOR - VIOLIN

Sophia Lee has played and taken lessons for violin for 8 years. She has participated in several honor orchestras, including CODA, an all-state orchestra held in Southern California, and Capitol Section Honor Orchestra in Sacramento (in which she served as concertmaster with multiple solos.) Sophia spent years working privately with prestigious violin instructor and conductor Angelo Moreno. During her years at Lincoln High she also participated in the Sacramento Youth Symphony as concertmaster of the Academic String Orchestra for several seasons. Sophia is currently attending Sierra College- she plans to transfer to Sac State to earn a degree in music education. Other hobbies of hers include caring for farm animals and pets, writing, playing piano, and spending time with loved ones. Sophia loves to work with students of all different walks of life, ages, and experience levels, and she strives to balance lessons with challenge, support, and humor!

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ARIANNA MCHUGH

STUDENT INSTRUCTOR - FLUTE

Ariana is currently in College and a recent graduate from LHS.  She began her musical education with mallet instruments, cello, and voice but switched to flute in 7th grade and that became her passion. She played piccolo and flute in high school band and is learning guitar and piano. In her free time, she enjoys reading, sketching, playing video games, listening to music, and spending time with friends and family. 

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MICHAEL MENCARINI

STUDENT INSTRUCTOR - TROMBONE, TRUMPET

Michael is currently a college student who recently graduated from LHS. He has been playing trombone since the 4th grade. In the 7th grade he started learning trumpet, and his sophomore year of high school he started learning the baritone. He currently plays in the LHS marching and jazz band and has gotten accepted into the Capitol Section Honor Band 4 times, placing 1st chair trombone twice. Last year he placed 1st chair trombone at the Norcal Honor band, and marched with the Vanguard Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps in their 2019 season. In his free time, he enjoys composing music, practicing, and hanging out with friends.

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SARA MISIEGO

INSTRUCTOR - BELLY DANCE

Sara was born in Spain and started dancing at the age of 13. She has a BA (Hons) degree in Dance and Related Arts from the University of Chichester in the UK where she studied Contemporary Dance and Ballet. She discovered Belly dancing more than 10 years ago and it has since become her passion. She moved to the US 11 years ago. She was a former member of the Hala Dance Company. Now she is one of the members of the troupe Raks Haniah where she choreographs and performs at different events and venues.

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JOLAYNE NASH

INSTRUCTOR- PIANO

Mrs. (Jolayne) Nash was born and grew up in Alberta, Canada. She started playing the piano when she was 5 and began formal lessons a few years later. She studied piano through the Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music to Grade VIII. Since then Mrs. Nash has been an accompanist for multiple choirs, large and small. She especially enjoys playing for children at her church (LDS) being actively involved on the piano. She currently plays the organ for her congregation. Mrs. Nash recently graduated with a BA in Child Development with an emphasis in Early Childhood. She and her husband have 5 daughters and a son who is amazing, and musically talented who love to go dirt biking as a family. She loves living on their farm with their cows, chickens, goats, and dogs.

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ANGELA OSMAN

LEAD INSTRUCTOR - PIANO

Angela Osman is a fourth year UC Davis student studying to get a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and an Associates in Music. She has played piano for 17 years been teaching for 6 years.  Angela was  hired as the accompanist for all of Forest Lake Christian choirs, which was a position she held for 2 years, winning Best Accompanist at the Disneyland performance.When she’s not studying, Angela loves dedicating her time to fitness and eating healthy. After completing her Masters, she intends on becoming a pediatric therapist and incorporating music therapy into her profession.

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CARLA PAGE

LEAD INSTRUCTOR - SPANISH

Carla Page was born in Madrid, Spain, and moved to the United States 16 years ago.  She has spent the last 15 of those years translating and teaching Spanish, as well as homeschooling her five children in both Spanish and English.  She loves teaching!!!

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SAURA PAL

STUDENT INSTRUCTOR - PIANO, UPRIGHT BASS

Saura has been playing piano since she was 5 years old, and in 6th grade, she fell in love with playing the tuba. Since then, she has made it her mission to learn as many instruments as possible. She now plays the upright bass, electric bass, guitar, trumpet, baritone horn, flute, clarinet, and she sings opera and musical theater! In addition to music, she also takes classes at Sac City College and is the color guard captain for the JFK marching band.

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ALISON PATJA

STUDENT INSTRUCTOR -  PIANO

Alison is a sophomore at LHS and has been playing piano for eight years. She also plays clarinet in the LHS band and has participated in Capital Section Honor Band three times, including once as First Chair. Alison has trained under Miss Tamie and is excited to share her passion for music with her students.

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NATALIE QUILICI

LEAD INSTRUCTOR - DANCE & THEATRE

Natalie Quilici is a Bay Area native who spent 25 years in the Bay Area dancing and entertaining the masses. After receiving her undergrad at San Jose State, she went on to produce the first site-specific dance festival in the South Bay and transitioned her career to creating. Ranging from competitive dance to choreographing weddings, musical theatre, and pageants, she received her Masters of Dance with honors from California State University, Long Beach for choreographic composition. Focusing on highlighting individual strengths and ensemble storytelling, she continues to serve the greater Sacramento Area. 

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TONY REYES

LEAD INSTRUCTOR - MATH TUTOR

Tony Reyes grew up in California. Late in high school Tony has a great teacher who mentored him and he began to develop a greater appreciation for math. Under his tutelage, Tony was able to assist in creating a math tutoring business as well as building his skills as a mathematician and teacher. Tony has served as the assistant director of tutoring for Mathnasium Roseville for 12 years and has experience working with students from 1st grade all the way up through and including college math. He also helps students with physics.  When he’s not working and doesn’t have math on his mind, he enjoys listening to music and playing guitar or spending time with his dog, friends, and family.

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JAYNE SAFHOLM

LEAD INSTRUCTOR - VIOLIN

Jayne Safholm comes from a musical family and began  formal music lessons (violin and piano) at age  8. As a child she was  immersed in music and had daily classes and lessons but in 2006,  made the transition from student to teacher and served as an assistant teacher for the STAR Orchestra program in Granite Bay as well as the  Placer County Youth Orchestra until 2011. Currently she enjoys teaching and assisting with the string and music classes at Live Oak Waldorf School and Inspire Learning Academy, as well as private teaching.  she is thrilled  to see students begin to love music and make the effort to succeed. Besides music,she loves being a wife to a guitar player and a mom to a future violinist and enjoys reading, writing and games.

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JUSTIN SMITH-WILLIAMS

LEAD INSTRUCTOR - SAXOPHONE

Born and raised in Detroit, MI, he was raised and influenced in the city know as Motown. Justin began saxophone training in the 4th grade. He has traveled the world while Playing with Tops in Blue for the United States Air Force. Released his first album in 2013, and just released his first all-cover album Justin X Justin, featuring Justin Timberlake tracks. 

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ROSE STEARNS

EXPERIENCED INSTRUCTOR - VOICE

Rose is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist based in Sacramento, CA. She began learning guitar at 8 years old and soon began vocal and drum lessons at a local studio. She grew up on a farm with her musical grandparents and spent her time practicing instruments and listening to vinyls. In high school, she joined honor choir and performed on prestigious stages such as Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, and the Cotton Club in Harlem. She has also performed on Good Day Sacramento and sang the national anthem at her high school graduation. She went on to study Jazz and Opera at Sierra College and began teaching at a performance arts center for adults on the Autism Spectrum. She has since spent 5 years teaching at local studios and also joined a band. She is looking forward to instilling in her students the same confidence, joy and passion she has found in music. 

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MARYELLEN VOGT

DIRECTOR- LITERARY DEVELOPMENT AND ENRICHMENT PROGRAM

MaryEllen Vogt, Ed.D. is a Distinguished Professor Emerita of Education at California State University, Long Beach. Dr. Vogt has been a classroom teacher, reading and special education specialist, district reading resource teacher, and university teacher educator. She received her doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley. A co-author of fifteen books, including the SIOP Series and Reading Specialists and Literacy Coaches in the Real World (2007), Dr. Vogt has provided professional development in all fifty United States, and in nine other countries. She served as President of the International Reading Association in 2004-2005.

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SAMANTHA WALKER

DIRECTOR- MATH TUTORING

Samantha is currently a high school math teacher, hoping to spend some more time at home with her new baby, and is transitioning back into tutoring! Samantha has a bachelor's degree in Mathematics with an emphasis in Education. She has been a credentialed math teacher since 2012. Before becoming credentialed, Samantha worked in many education-related positions, starting with tutoring in high school! Samantha has tutored all levels of math from elementary through calculus and has taught middle school and high school math in the classroom. Outside of the classroom Samantha loves to travel, volunteer, and spend time with animals! She has been on 4 continents: North America, South America, Africa, and Asia! Samantha's family runs a non-profit homeless ministry that she volunteers for regularly. She loves animals, and currently has 2 cats and 1 dog!

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LIZZY WANAMAKER

LEAD INSTRUCTOR- ACTING

Lizzy Wanamaker is a local theatre nerd and has been in the Sacramento theatre scene for 20 years on many different stages. From the Vencil Brown Elementary School stage as Sandy in Grease, to performing an original works musical on a rooftop in downtown Sacramento. Lizzy has had an extensive career as an actor and as a stage manager at theatres like Rocklin Community Theatre and Sacramento Theatre Company. Wanting to share the last 20 years of character development, producing, and stage knowledge with others – she decided to start teaching everything she has learned from her time on stage and backstage. Lizzy can always be found at home snuggling her pups, belting her face off at the piano, and enjoying scripts – new works and classics!

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DAVID WILLIAMS

INSTRUCTOR - PIANO, MUSIC THEORY, STEM SUBJECTS, HISTORY, ENGLISH

David teaches any age or level for piano and music theory as well as academic tutoring in STEM subjects, history, and english. 

 

David Williams taught himself piano at the age of 12. At 15 he made the top jazz band at Rio Americano H.S. and had to set aside his passion for both basketball and academics. This fantastic music program cultivated David’s musical pursuits and led to a full tuition scholarship from the New School in Greenwich Village, NYC for jazz performance. In NY David tutored vocalists and pianists, gigged as a freelance pianist/keyboardist, and even started his own band. He also studied under Sam Yahel, Jason Lindner, and Joe Gilman among other amazing piano and synthesizer teachers.

 

David then decided to pursue a science degree at American River College and tutoring groups and individuals at their Learning Resource Center(LRC) in most all STEM topics, history, english, anthropology, and even basic accounting. After transferring to U.C. Davis, he joined the Koski material science research group where he invented and classified upward of sixty materials and was credited as a primary or secondary author on three AJACS articles. 

 

While in Sacramento David began pit playing for musicals at American River College which led to him privately teaching piano again. By the time he graduated from U.C. Davis with a chemistry degree, his work was completely freelance piano playing, teaching privately, or musically directing for various theatres around the greater Sacramento area(Sutter St., Rocklin Community, American River College,etc.). Playing for musical theatre has proven to be David’s true passion and he is lucky to live in a city that supports art the way Sacramento does. 

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MAX WILLIAMSON

 STUDENT INSTRUCTOR - DRUMS

Max has been playing drums for around six years, with the most experience in jazz and rock. Drumming is something he is extremely passionate about, and through teaching he hopes to help others develop the same love.