Bass, Guitar & Ukulele Teachers
Chris earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from San Jose State University, and has studied with Tuck Andress. Chris is a songwriter, recording artist and performer. With his extensive music experience, Chris has authored 5 guitar books, composed and produced 4 albums of instrumental music, and directs SJG Music School to be the foremost music school in the South Bay. Chris is also the inventor of a line of innovative guitar tools, under the name of JackTight.
He teaches most styles of music and all levels of proficiency.
Emphasis and styles of instruction include: Beginning guitar, Rock, Blues and Jazz and improvisation, Classical, fingerstyle guitar and Music Theory.
Take a free lesson with Chris.
Bill’s teachings emphasize music theory, reading standard notation and guitar tablature, overall musicianship, building repertoire and playing for pure enjoyment. Take a free lesson with Bill.
Melody is currently playing and performing in multiple guitar ensembles. Melody has performed continuously for SJG School of Music and has made multiple appearances for South Bay Guitar Society in San Jose, Santa Clara, and Campbell. Melody has been a guitar music teacher at SJG Music School for over 7 years in group and private lessons. She has taught group lessons for both elementary and middle school students in Campbell. Melody specializes in classical guitar while also teaching rock, jazz, flamenco, popular music, beginning ukulele and more.
As an music teacher, you will find Melody to be knowledgeable, professional and friendly as she imparts her love of music to her students. Take a free lesson with Melody.
When teaching guitar, Adams adopts a playing-based approach that emphasizes facility with playing the guitar before introducing theory, reading or technique. This is to ensure that students can have the satisfaction of being able to enjoy music from their first lessons. Adams is able to use his classical training to help students acquire the skill set necessary to play many different guitar styles.
Drum & Percussion Teacher
Jemal’s education, skill and experience allows him to perform and teach a wide spectrum of musical styles, including Rock, Jazz, Country and Classical. He has valuable real-world work experience and is a talented musician and educator. Jemal has taught for Music Create in Schools Today, Stanford Jazz Workshop and South San Francisco High School and St. Francis High School. He currently teaches music at University Preparatory Academy and drums and percussion in both private and group lessons at SJG Music School. Jemal has earned his Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Music Credential at San Francisco State University. Take a free lesson with Jemal.
In addition to his teaching experience, Joey brings a songwriting background to his students. He served as song writer for his bands, Distant Dice and Colour Notes.As a teacher, you will find Joey Trombly to be knowledgeable, patient, talented and easy to work with. He specializes in classical, jazz and pop music. Beginners are welcome. Joey is a talented educator who uses his skill and experience to impart his love of music to his students. Take a free lesson with Joey.
Josephine Cheng has been working with kids for over 25 years and comes to SJG to share her love of music by teaching piano to students of all ages. Her training includes a level 8 certification from the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), musicianship and teaching. Josephine also has a rich educational foundation in early childhood development. Because of this, one of her specialties includes teaching students ages 4-6 years old.
She is highly regarded by both her students and their parents. She has worked in both private and group lessons. Josephine is passionate about teaching students to fully enjoy playing the piano while achieving excellence in musicianship.
Josephine is both knowledgable and patient in working with students of varying abilities. As a teacher, you’ll find Josephine to be warm and professional as she imparts her love for music with her students. Take a free lesson with Josephine.
Heidi Arnott has been teaching piano, voice and music theory in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past ten years. While her passion has always been working with young children, she loves bringing music to people of all ages and skill levels. Heidi teaches a variety of musical styles, and believes that music education should be a fun and healthy experience.
Heidi spent the first four years of her college education studying classical piano performance under Professor Noel Benkman at Chabot College, with an emphasis on collaborative piano. She began classical voice performance with April McNeely at California State University East Bay. While studying music education at San Jose State University, Heidi studied voice under Professor Joseph Frank, and was a section leader for the SJSU Concert Choir under Dr. Jeffrey Benson. Heidi sang with the SJSU Choraliers on two European tours, at Carnegie Hall and with such renowned artists as Josh Groban and the King’s Singers. She regularly performs with a vintage jazz duet, The Arnott Sisters, singing at car shows in the East Bay Area.
Heidi’s teaching experience includes teaching private and group piano and voice lessons through SJG, directing the youth and high school choirs at Fairhaven Bible Chapel in San Leandro, developing a children’s vocal program (which includes choirs, group voice classes and musical theatre productions) as a Chabot College Community Education Instructor, and teaching before and during school music programs in the Santa Clara School District through Starting Arts.
Hillary Arnott discovered her love for teaching when she began teaching privately in 2011. Since then, she has been teaching voice and piano both privately and through group lessons, and has been part of SJG for almost a year now!
Hillary believes that all children should have the opportunity to be at least exposed to the basics of music in the most fun way possible, so that no matter how extensive their music lessons were, they can feel comfortable and confident approaching it later on in life!
Hillary began piano at the age of four and quickly discovered her love of singing through choir, musicals, and pop. She graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in Vocal Performance. As a soprano, she was part of the SJSU Choraliers with whom she performed at Carnegie Hall, toured Ireland, and was hired to perform with singers such as Dionne Warwick, Josh Groban, and the national musical tour of Game of Thrones. Opera roles include Amore from Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, and Lady with a Cake Box from Argento’s Postcard from Morocco.
Hillary also works at Starting Arts where she teaches general music and choir in schools around the San Jose area.