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Joseph is a British composer, pianist and teacher with a Master’s degree in Composition from the University of Cambridge, UK. His music has been played by the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and members of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, as well as the criticallyacclaimed Amatis Trio, Carducci Quartet, and the GRAMMY-nominated Sandbox Percussion. Joseph […]



Mindy was born and raised in Fairfield, CA. She began learning piano at the age of five, and and was involved in band throughout middle and high school. Although she started out learning classical music, she began learning to play jazz and pop music in middle school. In high school, she ran clarinet sectionals, standing […]


Voice, Piano

Oksana was born in Western Ukraine; it was there that she earned her degree in voice and piano from the M. Lysenk Higher Music Academy, where she also taught voice. She was the lead soloist of the Lviv opera and performed at various opera houses throughout Europe. She’s won many international competitions in Europe and […]

Alex Wilcox is a guitar player and teacher originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from San Francisco State University in 2018. For the past 8 years, Alex has taught guitar and ukulele for a number of diverse communities in both California and Arizona. He […]

Dimitri Perera

Piano, Voice, Guitar & Drums

Dimitri was born and raised in Palm Springs, CA. He taught himself how to play bass guitar in 9th grade from reading tabs and watching YouTube videos. He then joined his high school marching and symphonic band, Spirit of The Sands, in the percussion section. Spirit of The Sands was invited to tour South Africa […]

Norman Keown

Piano, Drums, Guitar, Brass, Woodwinds, Ukulele & Strings

Norman Keown holds a Bachelor’s degree with honors in Music from the University of California, Sacramento with an emphasis on Music Education. He holds a California Teacher’s Credential as well. He has taught at Natomas School of Music since 2008 teaching a wide variety of instruments and has organized modern bands as well as other […]

Lucas Bakker

Guitar, Voice & Piano

Lucas Bakker is a Dutch and Mexican-American composer, music producer, and teacher, who prides himself in blending his multi-cultural heritage into his works. Recent accomplishments include scoring the Feature Film Search and Destroy (available on Hulu, Amazon Prime), and upcoming indy horror film Pendulum which is currently hitting film festivals. When not producing music at […]

Chee Tien Choo

Piano & Voice

Tien is from Malaysia and moved to the Sacramento region not too long ago. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Classical from UCSI University (Malaysia), and she is also an ABRSM and Trinity College London music exam board-certified instructor. Growing up, she spoke three languages: Chinese, English, and Malay. She is a dedicated and […]

Alex Bird

Piano & Guitar

Alex Bird began learning piano at age seven and music stayed part of his life since. He built his first guitar in middle school prompting him to teach himself guitar. At 15, he started making full songs for the first time using digital audio workstations. This prompted a fascination with synthesizers, electronic instruments, and music […]

T. Theresa Jackson

Piano, Voice & Guitar

T. Theresa Jackson received her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Therapy from the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music in Stockton, CA in 2007 and her AA Degree in Music from Sierra College in 2003. She became a Board Certified Music Therapist in 2008 and received her certification in Neurologic Music Therapy in 2009. […]

Philip is an award winning composer, pianist and founder of Sacramento Piano Day. He graduated with the highest of honors in Film Scoring from the Berklee College of Music. By exploring and expressing the spaces in-between, he takes his listeners on a journey to familiar memories and new experiences. His debut album “Connected”, was awarded […]

Mark Petrowsky

Piano, Drums, Guitar, Brass, Woodwinds, Ukulele & Strings

I am Mark I directed high school music programs for 18 years. I retired from public school and have been teaching privately for over 5 years. I work with 70+ students each week, both online and in-person, and I have a California Teaching Credential in Music (K-12). As a school music director I taught: Concert […]

Luke Martin

Guitar, Drums, Piano & Ukulele

Luke began his teaching career in 2004 and joined NSM in 2012. He is a guitarist, and singer/songwriter for the rock bands Ostrich Theory and Ear Kitty , as well as a hired gun on guitar for R&B/top 40 acts like Middle C and Mix n’ it Up. His musical journey began in elementary school […]

Kevin Martinez began learning the piano in 2010 and received his degree in piano performance in 2016, the same year he started teaching at the Natomas School of Music. He has traveled to Europe, twice, for piano competitions and lessons. He is currently on the MusicTeachers’ Association of California Board, Sacramento Branch. Before music, Kevin […]

Ken Dulay

Piano & Voice

Ken Dulay has been teaching both voice and piano at NSM since June 2022. He is currently a student at Sacramento State University, double majoring in Vocal Performance and Music Education. His journey with music started at a very young age, singing in a children’s choir at 7 years old, and learning how to play […]

Babak Sabetian

Violin & Piano

NSM is proud to introduce our new teacher Babak Sabetian. Babak has more than 25 years of experience teaching music, and, in addition he plays in the TOCCATA-Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus as a first violin. He began playing Violin at age 11, and studied western classical and Persian traditional music with multiple instructors including […]

Austin Blanchard

Drums, Bass, Guitar & Ukulele

Austin Blanchard has been teaching for 12 years, ten of which he’s taught at Natomas School of Music. He’s been a performer for 20 years to which he’s played car shows, sponsored events, etc. When he’s not teaching, he’s playing in a cover band, a recording artist at local studios, running open mics, and is […]