We have the most talented teaching staff in the area.

All of our teaching staff have degrees and are fully qaulified. Lessons range from $120-$160 per month. However they are private contractors that handle their own business.

Jane Brody - Piano, Guitar, Vocal

Songstress Jane Brody is a professional, critically acclaimed recording artist/singer-songwriter and teacher from Maryland and later New York City. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Education from the University of Maryland. Ms. Brody has been teaching since 1988. Jane Brody has toured as special guest for Mike Scott (Waterboys), performed with members of Bonnie Raitt’s band, and opened shows for Aimee Mann, John Prine, and Peter Buck from REM to name of few. Her original music has received critical acclaim from such magazines as The Village Voice who say “Jane Brody has a cinematographer’s eye for angles and textures, her flying spirit is anchored by a thrilling strong voice and a clear mind.” As a teacher Jane has a calm, welcoming, and creative style that encourages the students to practice because they find it fun and hallenging. Her students love to perform and can be heard at their own Coffeehouse Showcases.

Spencer Chan - Piano

Spencer Chan received his B.A. in music from San Jose State University. He has performed with a variety of artists including Bobby McFerrin,The Temptations, Bonnie Raitt, and most recently, Beach, Blanket Babylon. His goal as a teacher is to encourage students to become "well rounded" and to have fun with music

Phyllis Chang - Violin

Phyllis Chang has been teaching violin professionally since 2002. She is highly enthusiastic, patient, and technically as well as musically focused. She uses the Suzuki core repertoire in a traditional/classical teaching approach, emphasizing fundamental musicianship, and supplementing with scales and ear training, theory and sight-reading.
Phyllis's comprehensive reference book for violin finger positions titled "Violin-ing Illustrated!" is available to her students to help them master the violin. Phyllis is a talented musician who has played live in both large and small groups.

Guido Fazio - Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Jazz Piano

Guido Fazio is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area. He majored in music at San Jose State University, Cal State Hayward, and Chabot College. He studied with prominent woodwind teachers in the Bay Area which include saxophone, clarinet, and flute. He also studied jazz piano with Frank Sumares (jazz educator and author). Guido also studied jazz improvisation and co-authored a book with his mentor and author of multiple instructional books, the late jazz guitarist, Warren Nunes. Guido is a composer and arranger for big bands, small ensembles, duets and solo pieces. Genres include classical, jazz, pop, Gospel, and ethnic styles. Guido has been teaching for more than 30 years and has surpassed 3,000 students to date. Guido has been a woodwind clinician for students from elementary school through college level, including jazz improvisation clinics at local college and high school festivals. He has also taught beginning music recorder classes for third graders for 10 years. Guido is currently performing with the "Fog City Stompers," a traditional style of jazz with the intent to preserve our national treasures art form. Their newest CD release is entitled "All Fogged Up." Guido's music literature includes classical, jazz classics, big band, The American Song Book, Afro-Cuban, country, folk, pop, Italian, Jewish, Portuguese, and South American styles. Guido has performed with and backed entertainers and renowned jazz artists, including Steve Allen, Phyllis Diller, Mel Torme, Patsy Cline, Sarah Vaughn, Rich Little, Louis Bellson, Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Bill Watrous, Phil Woods, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Bruce Forman and Gordon Goodwin. He is currently writing a series of jazz improvisation books that are suit to fit a workbook for jazz ensembles, or for individual use.

Paul Hanson - Bassoon, Clarinet, Saxophone

Paul has performed and taught masterclasses at IDRS festivals from Rotterdam to Texas. He has given masterclasses at at many Universities-all specializing in modern performance techniques and improvisation for bassoonists and other classical instrumentalists. Paul has also been bassoon professor at Ithaca College School of Music in 2004. Paul was a featured clinician/performer at the 2013 IDRS Conference in Redlands CA. AWARDS AND EDUCATION Paul was the 1996 Grand Prize winner of JAZZIZ Magazineʼs WOODWINDS ON FIRE award-the first bassoonist ever to win. He also was the winner of the Robert Mondavi Woodwind concerto competition in 1984 in California. Paul was awarded an NEA Jazz Fellowship in 1995. Paul Hanson appears on Bela Fleck and the Flecktones album OUTBOUND which won a Grammy for best contemporary jazz recording of 2000. Paul has a BM in Bassoon Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.


Robert Hamaker - Drums

Robert Hamaker graduated from Cal State Hayward in 1983 with his B.A. in Music Performance. While at CSUH he studied with Jack Van Geem (Principal Percussion with San Francisco Symphony) and Jerry Neff of Oakland Symphony. He currently studies jazz drumming With Chuck Brown in Novato, and teaches private students at his studios in Walnut Creek, House of Woodwinds in San Ramon, and Fiat Music in Pinole. He is on the Faculty at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg where he teaches private students and directs the LMC Percussion Ensemble.He is currently Principal Percussionist for Vallejo Symphony Orchestra, and is also Principal Percussionist, Personnel, and Stage Manager for Diablo Symphony Orchestra. He stays active playing with Pacific Sticks Percussion Ensemble and also plays with many other Symphonies, Bands, and Theater groups around the Bay Area.

Terri Knight - Oboe

For Terri, it all started when she heard “The Firebird Suite.” Because at the time she was playing viola (it was what had been available at her school in Atlanta, Georgia), taking lessons from a violist in the Atlanta Symphony. By seventh grade, Terri was playing viola in the Junior High All State Orchestra. And, oh, she had also picked up clarinet so she could be in the band with friends.
But then she heard the Firebird. She had to play oboe. The teacher gave her an oboe and a fingering chart and said, go learn it. After she’d struggled to play oboe as if it were a clarinet, her viola teacher demanded a real oboe teacher be found for Terri, and that was that. She played both viola and oboe through high school, and tried a double major at Stetson University in Florida. After two years of a split personality, she settled on oboe, going on to Boston University in oboe performance.
She now teaches oboe and runs the music programs at several local schools.

Sheffen Kuehn - Trumpet

German-born trumpeter and composer Steffen Kuehn is considered one of the rising stars in today’s popular Jazz and Latin music with a unique voice that appeals to many music lovers around the globe!
Steffen’s Latin Salsa Big Band ‘Pacific Mambo Orchestra’ is the 2013 Grammy® Award winner for Best Tropical Latin Album. After a successful 2013 National Tour that was produced by Columbia Artist Management, PMO just signed exclusively worldwide with The Agency Group (February 2014).
Since its release in October 2012, the CD “PMO” by Pacific Mambo Orchestra has received rave reviews and continuous airplay around the world; the 2009 release ‘Trumpop’ was in the Smoothjazz.com Top 50 Radio Charts for 23 weeks and continues to receive airplay nationally and worldwide (October 2015). His Jazz composition ‘Vivienne & Simone’s Lullaby’ and Salsa composition ‘Cuando Estoy Contigo’ were voted semifinalist in the International Songwriter Competition 2012 & 2013 respectively, His 2009 Smooth Jazz release ‘Trumpop’ was in the running for a 2009 Grammy nomination for “Best Contemporary Jazz Album.”
Steffen’s unique writing also secured him a publishing deal with LA publisher Monica Benson’s “Wild Pink Music” company. This resulted in the placement of the Jazz Ballad ‘Vivienne and Simone’s Lullaby’ on CBS’s TV series ‘The Good Wife’ (October 2015), the title track “Trumpop” in the Miramax movie “Birthday Girl,” starring Nicole Kidman and Ben Chaplin and his original Latin Jazz composition “One for Louie” in the USA Cable Network summer blockbuster series “Burn Notice”.

Grant Leimbach - Saxophone, Flute

Bay Area native, Grant Leimbach has been a member of the teaching faculty of House of Woodwinds since 2001 teaching woodwind instruments such as saxophones, flute and piccolo, clarinet and bass clarinet. Earning both Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Saxophone performance at California State University, East Bay, he is well versed in classical and jazz studies, flute and saxophone pedagogy and repertoire, advance music theory, jazz studies and history and literature. He has studied saxophone and flute from Daniel Zinn, Michelle Caimotto, Rory Snyder and the masterclasses of many great musicians including Michael Brecker, Phil Woods, Joe Henderson and Jeanne Baxtresser. Past student accomplishments include music scholarships from major universities, top placement in college ensembles, CMEA command performances, all state and county honor bands, Oakland youth orchestra, San Ramon youth orchestra, Diablo Winds Band.

Joe Livoti - Guitar, Electric Bass, Banjo, Ukelele

I have been a full time guitar instructor since 1986. I play and teach jazz, rock and blues, country and a little classical/flamenco. For information about lessons, please click on the "Lessons" link above.
I studied guitar privately in New York and my teachers included Ernie Arti, Joe Monk and Howard Morgen. I have performed in wedding bands, rock and blues bands, theater shows, fusion and jazz ensembles, acoustic duos, solo gigs and show bands.

Chris Marquis - Trumpet

Music has definitely been a second vocation for me. I have been playing trumpet since 1976. Whether it be practice, rehearsal, performance, coaching, writing/arranging or coordination, music in one form or another has been part of my daily routine.

Craig McAmis - Trombone, Baritone

Craig received his bachelor’s degree in music from the University of the Pacific and a master’s degree from the New England Conservatory in Boston. He is an active performer and teacher in the greater Bay Area with two teaching studios and a full schedule of performances with groups as diverse as the Marin Symphony, the San Francisco Opera, and the Oakland Municipal Band. Craig has toured the United States with the Western Opera Theater, and he has played in several music festivals in Europe, including the Festival de due Mondi and the Stagione Lyrica Opera Festival.

Vince Mellone - Guitar, Electric Bass, Ukelele

Vince Mellone has been playing guitar for 20 years, inspired to pick up the instrument after hearing The Beatles at age 14. He studied electric guitar with Joe Livoti and then classical guitar with Richard Savino while attending Sacramento State University. Vince also has a wealth of performing experience in varied settings, including live clubs, musical theater and private events. Vince has a B.A. in Music from California State University, Chico. He began teaching privately while in college and has been an instructor for 12 years. As a working musician, he has worn many different hats, including producer, accompanist, engineer, band manager and booker and promoter. He has recorded six albums with two bands.

Gary Mendonca - Saxophone, Clarinet

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MaryEllen Reinthaller - Piano

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Georgia Schohl - Piano

After receiving the Bachelor of Music degree, Georgia moved to California and attended Mills College, where she studied piano and music composition. She received the Master of Arts degree in 1980. She also studied electronic music and counterpoint at UC Berkeley. Since that time she started teaching piano in Berkeley, Concord, Danville and San Ramon where how she is a full time teacher.

Georgia Schohl is also a member of the California Music Teachers Association and participates in the Certificate of Merit program for students who want to participate in this course of study.

Tambre Thompson - Flute

Tambre Thompson specializes in private flute & piccolo lessons, since 1984. She has been teaching at the House of Woodwinds since 1997. Tambre's students learn fundamental flute techniques including: Tone development, Rhythm, Scales and Etudes. Lessons also focus on musical interpretation, such as: solos, duets, sight reading, band music, auditions. As a member of the Music Teacher's Association of California (MTAC), students have the opportunity to perform monthly recitals and participate in the annual Certificate of Merit (CM) program. EDUCATION Bachelor of Arts in Music, Flute Performance California State University East Bay (Formerly CSU Hayward) For more information about Tambre, see her website: www.tamtamflutes.com

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