Our Staff

Begin Your Journey as a Musician


Ian Wasdin

Bass, Guitar & Ukulele

Ian Wasdin is an Austin, TX-born and based guitarist and composer with over 20 years of musical experience. Initially self-taught, Ian would go on to study with John Dearman of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Dr. Mollie Miller (Jason Mraz, Black Eyed Peas), Dr. Thomas Echols, and Dr. Dragos Ilie while attending the Butler School […]

Jake Stuart

Guitar, Bass

Jake Stuart is a dedicated music educator with 10 years of experience. Graduating from Florida Atlantic University with a degree in Commercial Music and a specialty in rock, jazz, blues, and classical guitar, as well as bass guitar, they inspire students of all ages to explore their musical talents. Through personalized instruction, Jake fosters creativity, […]

Cristian D. Martínez Vega is a multifaceted professional with a background in music, education, research, and technology. He holds a PhD in Music History from the University of Auckland and a master’s in Musicology and Violin Performance from the University of Oklahoma. His career spans diverse fields such as digital marketing, metadata management, data quality […]

Renata Estrada

Voice, Piano

Renata started her musical studies in Caracas, Venezuela at the age of 5, focusing on piano and voice. She attended the Manuel Alberto López Experimental School of Music and IUDEM (University Institute of Musical Studies), where she received instruction from esteemed music educators, including Mayre Martinez, the first Latin American Idol. At 19 years old, […]



“Israel, or simply, Izzy, started his musical journey at the young age of five. His first encounter with the drum set was in his home church where he became well-aquatinted in Spanish Gospel and Contemporary Christian Music. Throughout his childhood, Izzy developed his musical knowledge by self-study but received guidance from many great mentors in […]

Kimberly Pennington

Music Explorers, Group Violin, Violin & Voice

Kimberly Pennington has been teaching children for over 25 years in public and private sectors, both with regular education students and children with special needs. A mother of five and grandmother to one grandson, she is very aware of the ages of development and stages of learning. She appreciates taking a holistic approach while teaching […]

Jason Schimmel

Guitar (Electric, Aacoustic, and Bass) & Piano

Guitarist, Pianist and Composer Jason Schimmel is a native of southern California and has been performing and teaching professionally for over 20 years. He holds multiple degrees in classical, jazz, film scoring and electronic music from the University of California Santa Cruz and the University of California Los Angeles. He has performed at many notable […]

Peter Martin

Piano, Violin, & Guitar

Peter Martin is an American composer, educator, multi-instrumentalist, and live performer. He began his musical studies at age of 12 and within three years, he was invited to perform for two seasons with the Houston Youth Symphony at Jones Hall. He began attending college classes at age 16 for violin, piano, voice, and advanced music […]

My name is Barbara (Barbi) Irizarry-Rivera and I have a degree from Florida Atlantic University in Commercial Music Business and have been teaching vocals and keys for 3 years now. I first started singing in school when I was in Elementary School learning through music class and soon through chorus. I was always looking for […]

Katherine Clinch has established herself as a versatile and engaging educator and performer who is driven towards fostering her students creativity and individuality through music. At age 14 she enrolled in Juilliard Pre-college in New York City, where she had the opportunity to play timpani with the Manhattan School of Music Graduate Opera, as well […]