Our Staff

Joshua Jack, Guitar

Joshua Jack is a 2-time Grammy Award Nominated Music Educator and is frequently noted for his virtuosic skill on the guitar. He has performed all across the United States in Rock Bands, Jazz Bands, Worship Groups, Musical Pit Ensembles, Symphonic Bands, Classical Chamber Ensembles, and as a Solo Classical Guitarist.

As an educator Joshua has taught thousands of students of all ages. Joshua’s students have won the All State category for Guitar in Nevada for several years. Joshua’s students have also won 1st place in the Best in Southern Nevada Guitar Competition for several years as well as a National Mariachi Competition, Battle of the Bands Competitions, and 2 students were finalists in the Dan Stover Instrumental Competition. Joshua’s students have performed at the NAMM Show, a GFA Regional Symposium, the Hard Rock Café Las Vegas, The House of Blues Las Vegas, the Smith Center, the Cannery, the “Extreme Thing” Concert Tour, University of Nevada Reno, and University of Nevada Las Vegas. Several of Joshua’s students have been accepted into universities all over the United States to major in music while many others have begun playing music professionally. Joshua is the owner of Nevada Music Academy and the Music Director at Truth Christian Ministries International. Joshua was also a music teacher with the Clark County School District for 8 years. Joshua has received degrees from the Crane School of Music in the areas of Guitar Performance and Music Education.

Dr. Julie Jack, Violin/Viola/Piano  Julie

Dr. Julie Jack is one of NVMA’s founding members. Dr. Jack is a professional violinist and a full-time orchestra and band director at the Advanced Technologies Academy in the Clark County School District. Dr. Jack has received her Bachelor’s of Music degree in Music Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, as well as her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in School Counseling and Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix and Nova Southeastern University. Her violin teachers included Byron Tauchi, Mary Straub, and Oscar Carrescia. She has also studied piano at UNLV under the direction of Jie Bu. In addition to being a certified teacher, Dr. Jack is a certified and licensed school counselor and school administrator.
Dr. Jack has performed in professional classical ensembles, musical pit orchestras, worship groups, all while maintaining a challenging repertoire of solo violin music. She currently plays both piano and violin for Truth Christian Ministries International (TCMI). Dr. Jack has also adjudicated and judged for the Clark County School District’s Orchestra Festival, Honor Orchestra, and the Las Vegas Youth Orchestra. In addition to all of this Dr. Jack currently serves as the Music Director at TCMI. Outside of teaching and performing, she is an avid marathon runner, a certified holistic nutritionist, and a certified personal trainer.

Isabel Guerra, Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano 

Isabel Guerra is an instructor of violin, viola, cello, and piano. She has been playing the viola for over 14 years, and along the way has studied the violin, cello, and piano. She is a recent graduate from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she received her Bachelors in Viola Performance under the direction of Kate Hamilton and Jason Bonham. During her time at UNLV she was a member of the Chamber and Symphony Orchestras, and she co-founded a student orchestra with the UNLV Honors College. The Honors College String Ensemble became a regular performing group for university events and ceremonies. In addition to her work at the university, Isabel also attended the Hot Springs Music Festival on a full scholarship.
Isabel has been teaching privately in Las Vegas for over 7 years. She currently teaches students of all ages all across the Las Vegas Valley. Her students have joined Las Vegas Youth Orchestra, Honor Orchestra, received superior ratings in Solo and Ensemble, and have become leaders in their own school orchestras. In addition to teaching privately, she also teaches elementary music at the Coral Academy of Science. And her teaching experience extends beyond the music room. Isabel has been regularly teaching and coaching swim and running for many years.
Along with her extensive teaching experience, Isabel also plays professionally around Las Vegas. Notable performances include the Latin Grammys, Latin Billboards, UNLV Galas, and other special events. She continues to maintain her skills as a professional musician so she can impart practical skills to her students.
Isabel has a strong passion for music and teaching. She believes every student has their own unique musical voice. Her mission is to help her students find and nurture that voice.

Derrick Deluca, Drums

Born and raised in Las Vegas, Derrick Deluca has been playing drums and touring with different bands all over the United States. With 15 years of drumming experience, the last 7 have been spent actively gigging and touring. Derrick Deluca has played in multiple bands that have been featured in numerous magazines such as Smash Magazine, and the Las Vegas Weekly. He has also shared the stage with bands featured at the Ozzfest.  During his time in college Derek performed with the CSN and UNLV jazz bands. Derrick has received his Associates Degree in Education in 2014 from the College of Southern Nevada and received his Bachelors Degree in Music from UNLV in 2016.
Derek’s vast and diverse performing experience serves as an asset to his teaching. When taking drum lessons with Derek you will learn the fundamentals of technique and music while learning the music that you love. Derek has the experience and ability to take you  as far you want to go!

Ryne Weir, Guitar/Electric Bass/Banjo/Ukulele/Mandolin/Piano

Ryne Weir started playing guitar in a high school guitar ensemble and fell in love with the instrument immediately. He would continue to study and perform in many bands and ensembles around Las Vegas, finally deciding to pursue a degree in music education. Ryne holds an Associates of Music from the College of Southern Nevada, and a Bachelors of Music, Concentration in Education. He has played and written music for several jazz, classical, musical theatre and rock ensembles around the city,

Ryne has been teaching music in Las Vegas since 2013. He believes that a firm understanding and well rounded education in music will allow musicians to play and create any kind of music they imagine. Ryne also believes that learning music should be fun, creative, silly, and, most of all, rewarding.

Ryne Weir currently works at Jesse D. Scott Elementary as the music specialist.

Joshua Greenberg, Guitar/Electric Bass/Piano/Ukulele

Joshua Greenberg is from Las Vegas, Nevada, and has been playing the guitar since he was 11 years old. He is a teacher, composer, session musician, and performer. Josh holds a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. There, he studied guitar under Jake Langley and vocals under Jo Belle Yonely. Josh has played in many groups including classical and jazz guitar ensembles, big bands, combos, and rock bands. He is a guitar player for the show Zombie Burlesque at Planet Hollywood Casino and has performed at events such as First Friday and in musical productions such as Carrie and American Idiot.

Josh also attended Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, where he studied guitar under the direction of Bill Swick. There, he has had the honor of being distinguished as one of the best guitarists in Southern Nevada in multiple Solo and Ensemble tournaments and was able to record his pieces onto CD as well as play them in many command performance showcases with duo groups and as a soloist.

Josh started out learning the blues, got classically trained, and then pursued jazz. He has had many amazing mentors and is grateful for their instruction and how they shaped him as a musician. It is with their great leadership and friendship, he found love for the art. Without their inspiration, he would not be where he is today. He takes great pride in following in their footsteps with the students that he teaches.

Artem Alexanyan, Piano

 Artem Alexanyan has shown himself to be one of America’s most promising young pianists, with competition victories and acclaimed performances both in recital and as soloist with orchestra. At just 18 he became a member of the coveted piano studio of Van Cliburn Competition Gold Medalist, Stanislav Ioudenitch at the ICM at Park University. In 2007 Artem Alexanyan made his orchestral debut as a soloist with Nevada Chamber Orchestra playing J.Haydn’s Piano Concerto in D major, studying at that time with his initial piano instructor, Ekaterina Melkamini.  In January of 2010 Artem Alexanyan performed L.V. Beethoven’s 1st piano concerto with the Henderson Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Taras Krysa. In the same year he performed Camille Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No.2 with Las Vegas Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2012 Artem Alexanyan was one of the winners of the Las Vegas Philharmonic Concerto Competition and in January 2013 he was invited to give two concerts with the LV Phil at the Smith Center.Throughout the years Artem has participated in several different music festivals to enrich his musical studies. In the summer of 2011 he was invited to study with Stanislav Ioudenitch at the International Piano Academy in Lake Como, Italy. In the Spring of 2013 Artem Alexanyan was invited to take part in the April 11th Cooper Laureate concert which was part of the first-ever Thomas & Evon Cooper International Festival. While at the Cooper Festival, Alexanyan also got a chance to work with the Oberlin piano faculty and record at the Clonick Studio. During the summer of 2013 he was invited and given a full scholarship to participate at the IKIF (International Keyboard Institute and Festival) at the Mannes School of Music in New York.

Aside from performing Artem enjoys sharing his passion for music with his students. Artem has been engaged in pedagogy since his early years in High School, his students have won prizes in competitions such as Legacy and MTNA State Division.  Currently, Artem holds a Bachelor Degree of Piano Performance from Park University’s “International Center for Music.”

Michael Rabadan, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Baritone, Euphonium, Tuba, Piano 

Michael Rabadan has been teaching since 2006.  After graduating from the Berklee College of Music in 2004, Michael found a home in Carnival Cruise lines’ show band where he was required to play all styles of music with minimal preparation.  Michael was promoted to music director for Carnival in 2011.  In 2017, Michael decided to move to Las Vegas and is currently working with the band The Lucky Devils as well as being a freelance musician for many shows on the Las Vegas strip.  Throughout his career, he has shared the stage with such greats as Carl Denson, The Bomb Squad, G.E. Smith, and Randy Brecker to name a few.  Michael is a very in-demand instructor, and he draws from his vast performance experience while teaching.
When taking lessons with Michael students will receive positive reinforcement and will learn the ability to think critically and honestly about their own performance.  The student will learn that patience and persistence are the keys to success.  Michael firmly believes that music should be a fun and rewarding journey.

 Arianna Perroots, Piano/Vocal Coach

 Known for her poised and dynamic performance, soprano Arianna Perroots brings a vibrant, bell-like voice to every stage.  In addition to her position as a Singing Gondolier at the Venetian, she is pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she studies voice with Dr. Kimberly James and piano with Maria Kolesnyk.  In 2019, she appeared as a selected member of the Illinois Wesleyan University Collegiate Choir, singing with Andrea Bocelli at the Universtas Cantat concert in Poznań, Poland, and the UNLV Concert Singers, singing with The Eagles in Las Vegas, Nevada.As an educator, her chief aim is to inspire a lifelong love of music in her students.  She is experienced in popular music styles, opera and musical theatre.  Recently, she appeared in Orpheus in the Underworld and Hansel and Gretel with UNLV Opera, Le nozze di Figaro with Vegas City Opera and Candide with the Henderson Symphony Orchestra, in addition to productions of The Music Man and Little Women.

A decorated performer, she won first place at the 2019 National Association of Teachers of Singing competition in Nevada, and was a finalist in the 2018 Schmidt Vocal Competition, as well as a semi-finalist in the 2017 Classic Singer Competition, and is the recipient of the 2017 Maddy Summer Artist Award from Interlochen Arts Camp.  She attended a young artist program at the Oberlin Summer Vocal Academy and worked with baritone Nathan Gunn and director David Paul.

Nicole Harris, Piano/Vocal Coach

Nicole Harris is from Las Vegas and has been studying voice for 15 years. She is an active performer around the valley. She can often be found performing with Vegas City Opera and Opera on Tap Las Vegas. Productions with Vegas City Opera include The Magic Flute (Third Spirit), La Perichole (Hinoyosa), L’Etoile (Chorus), Pagliacci (Chorus), Seven Deadly Sins (Brother), The Pirates of Penance (Ward), and Das Rheingold and Die Walküre (Wellgunde/Rossweise). She also performed regularly at The Venetian as a vocalist for the Streetmosphere program. She received her Bachelors of Music and Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from UNLV. During her studies, she was able to perform roles such as Third Spirit in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, La Badessa in Suor Angelica, Dryade in Ariadne auf Naxos, and The White Cat and The Squirrel in L’Enfant et les sortileges.

Nicole is also a very experienced choral singer and has been singing in choirs since she was 10 years old. While at UNLV, Nicole had the opportunity to perform major works including Ein Deutsches Requiem by Brahms, Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, and Gloria by Poulenc. Nicole is also an active member of the Las Vegas Master Singers and has been singing with them for 9 years. With them, she has been able to perform alongside the Las Vegas Philharmonic.

Nicole endeavors to help her students succeed no matter their skill level. Her teaching style focuses on building a healthy technique and keeping lessons engaging and fun.

Adam Stiber, Cello 

Active throughout the greater Las Vegas area as a performer and teacher, Adam Stiber is currently on faculty at the College of Southern Nevada and a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at UNLV, where he served for three years as the Graduate Teaching Assistant for Dr. Andrew Smith. Born in Louisville, Adam holds his BM and MM degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was a student of Uri Vardi. His other principal teachers have been Peter Howard, of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Paul Critser, of the Pittsburgh Ballet and Opera Orchestra.

 During his time in Nevada, Adam has appeared as principal cellist with the Henderson Symphony Orchestra, held the principal chair in the UNLV Symphony Orchestra, and held the cello chairs in the University’s Graduate String Quartet as well as its nationally-acclaimed Wind Orchestra. Highlights of his freelance work have included performances on the Latin Grammys and in Celine Dion’s music video, “Ashes.” While in the upper Midwest, he held chairs in the LaCrosse and Mankato Symphony Orchestras and played in the premiere run of Theatre Lila’s critically-acclaimed Suitcase Dreams, named among the “Best of the Arts 2014” by Madison’s Capital Times. Currently, Adam can be heard performing weekly as part of a trio in the Venetian’s Grand Canal Shoppes.

 Adam has taught cello at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels, with one of his students recently taking second place in their division at the Silver State Competition. Adam’s goals as a teacher are to help students explore their individual voices on the instrument develop a reliable technique free from excessive tension.

 Jason Guzman, Violin/Viola/Piano

Jason Guzman has played the Viola since 7th grade and has fallen in love with music and the beauty of teaching. Growing up in Vegas, Jason has had the opportunity to share his musical adventures with everyone he comes in contact with. While studying Viola, Jason has also been able to learn other instruments as well such as Violin and Piano. Jason has learned the piano under the direction of Professor Valeria Ore at UNLV for two years and the Violin under the direction of Shelley Burger for over 4 years. Becoming well-versed in all these instruments has allowed him to reach entirely new audiences and students. He is currently pursuing a degree in Music Performance at UNLV under the direction of world renowned violist, Kate Hamilton.

Throughout his musical career, Jason has been able to travel across the country performing and spreading the beauty of music. He has performed at Lincoln Center in New York, the National ASTA festival in Louisville, Kentucky, and the International Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois. Jason was also involved locally in both the Nevada Honor Orchestra and the Nevada All-State Orchestra for many years. He has studied under many professional musicians such as Shelley Burger, Jason Bonham, Monty Belknap, Matthew Hunter, and Dr. Christopher Kelts.

Jason’s musical dream is to become a conductor so he can bring his own orchestra to countries who are not usually able to experience the beauty of orchestral music. Jason hopes to instill the same love for music in his students that he felt growing up while also helping students become the best version of themselves. His life changed the minute he picked up the Viola and he is excited to see where this journey takes him.

Miranda Kennedy, Violin/Viola

Through an extensive music education, Miranda Kennedy has played the violin for 12 years. Miranda first attended the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts and then moved on to study Violin Performance at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on a full music and academic scholarship. Miranda studied under the direction of violinists Lee Schrieber and Weiwei.

Miranda had the opportunity of performing around the world including venues in Spain, Hawaii, the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, California, Arizona, and Reno. Miranda has been a member of several orchestras which include the Las Vegas Young Artists Orchestra, Nevada All-State Orchestra, Las Vegas Youth Philharmonic, CCSD Honor Orchestra, Henderson Symphony, UNLV Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, and the Nevada Chamber Symphony’s Orchestra Futura. Miranda has performed for various events such as the Sir Anthony Hopkins Art Show, Nathan Adelson Hospice Foundation fundraisers, local art shows, the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts Gala, the Gospel Grammys, and productions at the House of Blues.

Miranda is passionate about teaching music. Miranda focuses on providing students with an all-around great experience. She believes that a musical education is something to be enjoyed. When Miranda is not embracing her love for music, she can be found at the gym, swimming, reading, discovering new restaurants, and spending time with friends and family.

Thomas Domschot, Guitar/Electric Bass/Banjo/Ukulele/Mandolin/Piano

Thomas Domschot is a Las Vegas native and has been playing music since he was 13. Thomas studied jazz guitar at UNLV and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Music Education. Thomas has performed in many music ensembles including The Joe Lano Guitar Ensemble, many jazz combos, big bands, and many musicals around town on various string instruments.

Thomas has been teaching music in Las Vegas for the past several years. Thomas integrates his performance experience into teaching his students. He teaches them to be prepared for any situation that they might encounter. Thomas also teaches his students the fundamentals of music and technique so they will have a good foundation with whatever type of music they want to pursue.

Mr. Domschot is also the music specialist at Martin Luther King Jr Elementary.

Brooke Herndon, Piano

Brooke Herndon started studying piano at the age of 4. Brooke continued her studies all throughout her childhood and into college. Brooke studied at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and received her Bachelor’s in Music Composition with a concentration on piano performance. During her time at UNLV she also provided lessons on piano and music theory to students of all backgrounds. In addition to being an educator, Brooke is also an active performer and an active music composer. She has written and performed for numerous ensembles which include: The TaiHei Ensemble, The Red Rock Wind Quintet, and the UNLV Contemporary Jazz Ensemble. Brooke has written music for numerous films. Her most recent score accompanies the multi-award winning short independent film, “My name is Art,” directed by filmmaker Shahab Zargari.

Brooke has been invited to participate in numerous festivals across the United States, some include: Curtis Institute of Music’s Young Musician Program, The Charlotte New Music Festival, The Composition Intensive at St. Mary’s College, The Hot Air Music Festival at the San Francisco Conservatory, and the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium. In addition to the performances at these festivals, Brooke has had numerous performance opportunities in Las Vegas including multiple performances with NEXTET. NEXTET is UNLV’s own music ensemble that is dedicated to performing some of the best new and unusual repertoire as well as established works from the 20th century.

When working with students Brooke draws from her vast experience and caters the learning experience to each student’s individual needs. She focuses on giving students a solid foundation while also developing each students creativity. Brooke believes that all students can succeed in music.

Christopher Vivas, Violin/Viola/Piano

Christopher Vivas is born and raised in Las Vegas and was greatly influenced by the entertainment around him. Christopher had been studying music since his early childhood and is continuing his education with a full tuition scholarship in Music Performance at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Christopher is versatile teacher specializing in viola, violin and piano.

Christopher Vivas is known throughout the valley for having assisted, coached, instructed, and taught at several musical events, and schools. Christopher has also had several students receive a superior rating at solo and ensemble, participate in the Clark County School District Honor Orchestra, play in the Las Vegas Youth Orchestra and Las Vegas Young Artist Orchestra, and perform in the Nevada All-State Orchestra.

Christopher has performed both nationally and internationally. Christopher was recognized as an artist in residence at Arkansas’ 24th Music Festival in Hot Springs. Christopher has also toured through cities and conservatories in Italy including: The Alessandria Vivaldi Conservatory Of Music, The Milan Conservatory, The State Music Conservatory “Giuseppe Verdi” in Turin, and Conservatorio di Musica Arrigo Boito in Parma, with professors Marcello Bianchi and Claudio Pavolini. His talent was recognized at the famous Interlochen Center of the Arts receiving an award in Excellency of Leadership and Artistry in quartet performance. Christopher has also previously performed with artist Clint Holmes, Paige O’Hara, Frankie Moreno, Suzanne Vinnik, Members of Rock of Ages, and Members from bands Asia, Meatloaf, and Santana. Christopher has studied with notable musicians as Leanoard Schranze, Michael Ouzounian, Jason Bonham and currently studies with Kate Hamilton.

Christopher loves to teach and gets great fulfillment when he sees his students progressing. It is his goal that students will leave each lesson encouraged by the progress they are making striving towards their performance goals. His intent is to give students the highest level of education possible while keeping lessons enjoyable.

Sean Carbone, Guitar/Electric Bass/Ukulele/Piano

Sean Carbone studied Jazz Guitar Performance at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and graduated in 2017 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts. Sean has been greatly influenced by jazz, rock, hip-hop, and funk. His eclectic musical interests have driven him to create a unique playing style that combines the language of jazz with other genres of music. While Sean performs with many groups throughout Las Vegas, Sean’s main performing group is his band, The Lique. The Lique features a funky, jazz-inspired sound accompanied by bold and clever hip-hop vocals. In 2015, The Lique was named the Best New Hip-hop/Jazz Combo by Las Vegas Weekly. In 2016, the band was honored to appear on the cover of the Las Vegas Weekly as One of the 10 Acts To Watch in 2016, as well take part in the Life Is Beautiful Festival. Currently, Sean is gigging, writing, and recording new music.

As a teacher Sean hopes to inspire his students to find their own creative voice.  Sean makes learning to play an instrument fun while also focusing on the fundamentals. Sean structures his lessons in way that encompasses the student’s interests while using solid pedagogy.

Patrick Garcia, Saxophone/Clarinet/Flute

Patrick Garcia is a very talented performer and music educator. His flair for performance on the saxophone and flute have earned him acclaim throughout his career. He is the recipient of multiple scholarships including the Joe William Jazz Scholarship and the UNLV Music Department Scholarship. He also was a regional finalist for the MTNA solo competition. Patrick has recorded five albums which cross both Classical and Jazz genres. All five of his albums have received glowing reviews and widespread acclaim.

Patrick has performed with great artist such as Eric Marienthal, Carl Saunders, Brandon Fields, Wayne Bergeron, Ben Vereen, and Bobby Shew. Patrick has also performed for various shows around Las Vegas, a composers showcase at the Smith Center, frequent appearances on the Zombie Burlesque show at Planet Hollywood and a UNLV sax quartet appearance on The Morning Blend on KTNV channel 13. As an educator Patrick has a passion for bringing attention and awareness to the saxophone and flute. Students taking saxophone lessons or flute lessons with Patrick will be inspired by his passion, while his expertise in performing and his solid pedagogy will help students experience high levels of success.

Susan Diane HowellSusan Diane Howell MBA, Vocal Coach/Artist Development Specialist

Susan Diane Howell’s vocal clients have performed in top venues such as the Las Vegas MGM, House of Blues Hollywood and Las Vegas, The Century Club, America’s Got Talent (FOX), Skin Tight (Lead, Tropicana Resort), Motown Hitzville USA, America’s Most Talented Kids (NBC), the U.S. White House, 2002 Winter Olympics, Las Vegas Cashman Field, NASCAR, and also on the Lord of the Rings Soundtrack. KVVU-Fox 5, Las Vegas has also turned to Susan as a trusted vocal consultant and talent judge for “Gimme the Mike” (Mic).

Susan was a columnist for the Las Vegas Callback News and a recognized voice on KPFK’s “For the Record” where she spoke in behalf of singers. Susan was recruited as Producer and Cast Vocal Coach by the Academy of the Performing Arts Japan for the double ticket seasons at the 2,000 seat Niigata Terrsa Theater.

Susan is also a highly sought after instructor for such popular institutions as Musician’s Institute (MI) and Synthesis Performing Company to share her life-study techniques and professional skills in career management.

Susan Diane Howell pursued her own vocal studies at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory of Music in Rome and the Juilliard School in New York City. She has a BA in Musical Theater from CSU, Northridge, and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

SerhiySerhiy Labo, Guitar/Ukulele/Electric Bass

Serhiy Labo is a classical guitarist and an instructor. Serhiy is known for his passionate interpretations of classical guitar pieces and for his dedication to music education. He has been active in musical outreach programs in Las Vegas, NV. He has received degrees from Interlochen Arts Academy, MI and the Eastman School of Music NY.

Serhiy has completed three years of graduate work in Music Education at University of Nevada Las Vegas. He has taught guitar classes and one on one lessons at UNLV for over two years. Serhiy has performed solo recitals and chamber music in USA and Ukraine.In addition to music Serhiy is dedicated to promoting well-being through the Aquastretch therapy program at UNLV.

Mark Goodin - DrumsMark Goodin, Drums

Mark Goodin is a professional drummer, instructor, and two-time Las Vegas Rock Hall of Fame inductee specializing in drum set performance (rock and metal), classical snare drum performance, and midi programming. Mark began playing drums at age 8 under the tutelage of professional jazz drummer, Irv Kluger. As a teenager, Mark played percussion in numerous school orchestras, ensembles, and marching bands. After high school, he joined the progressive-rock band Ripside (his first “pro” gig) and hasn’t looked back since.

Mark’s teachers include Wally Snow (colleague of Murray Spivack), Chuck Silverman, and Ritchie Garcia. Mark has worked with a variety of rock and metal bands and is currently working on music and soundtracks for film and television projects with platinum-selling recording artist Mark Slaughter.

Mark’s drumming can be heard on the brand new Mark Slaughter single, “Never Givin Up” released on March 18, 2014 on Amazon, iTunes, and FM and satellite radio stations.

Amber Asfour, Piano/Vocal Coach

Amber Asfour has been singing for over 30 years and has been teaching for over 20. Amber has received her degrees from UC Santa Barbara in Music and Dramatic Arts. Growing up in the music business gave Amber experience as an artist, as well as insight into the music business itself. She is a professional performer, with many years of training with some of the industry’s finest instructors. She has performed in many clubs, theaters and events as a professional singer, as well as managed her bands in New York City and Los Angeles. She has performed on such shows as: NBC’s“Showtime at the Apollo,” “The Montel Williams Show” and sang the National Anthem for the Los Angeles Clippers.

After purchasing her home recording studio in the 90’s, Amber worked on producing her demo. She had the opportunity to work with some of the industry’s finest recording engineers, some of whom have worked with such artists as Celine Dion and Alanis Morissette. Working around the clock, she quickly absorbed their techniques and was able to engineer many of her songs herself.

Having a degree in Dramatic Arts, she also coaches her students on performance and delivery of the songs, in addition to the technical aspects of singing. This results in a more well-rounded performer for recording, as well as for stage. Amber’s students’ ages range from as young as 5 years, to adult. Some celebrities’ children who have studied with Amber include: Model Cindy Crawford, Singer Pat Benetar and Soap Opera Actor, A Martinez.


Zuriel Santoyo, Double Bass

Zuriel Santoyo, born and raised in Las Vegas, earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education with an emphasis on double bass. He’s been passionate for the bass at the age of 12 and gained an extent of knowledge for classical music. He has played with the UNLV Symphony Orchestra and has had the privilege to play with guest star solo Hillary Han. He studied under the direction of Paul Firak (LVPO Principle bass player) where Firak coached him to perform successful recitals at Dr. Rando Recital Hall. Currently Mr. Santoyo teaches string orchestra at Grant Sawyer Middle School.

Mr. Santoyo’s primary focus features a strong solo playing for students. Usually the bass is seen as the foundation for orchestra yet he believes the bass has a unique tone for audiences to hear. Studying under Mr. Santoyo will develop bass an extent of repertoire for solo playing and a beautiful majestic sound for both solo and classical genre music.