Ben Wiles
Instruments Taught:
  • Guitar  
Bio: Ben has been teaching at Gottschalk Music Center for over 6 years. He started playing piano when he was 8 and later moved on to guitar, bass, and has dabbled in several other instruments including violin and mandolin.

Phone: 559-285-2191

Christina Bellotta

Instruments Taught:
  • Flute
Bio: Christina Bellotta is a classically-trained flutist from California. She has dazzled audiences with her elegant technique and expressive interpretations of well-beloved flute classics.

She has performed with contract orchestras for Fresno Grand Opera and Jackie Evancho, toured internationally with wind ensembles through England, performed in music festivals in New Orleans, Las Vegas, and San Diego, participated in workshops, masterclasses, and clinics in New York City, NY, Long Beach, CA, Fresno, CA, Dunlap, CA, Bakersfield, CA, and Arcata, CA. Masterclass artists have included international artists Alexa Still, Elena Duran, Susan Milan, Nancy Andrew, Dr. John Barcellona, Mary-Karen Clardy, Jill Felber, Keith Underwood, Sato Moughalian, The Quintet Of The Americas, Yamaha Performing Artist Tracy Harris, Carol Wincenc, and world-renowned piccolo artist Nicola Mazzanti.

Ms. Bellotta earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Flute Performance from California State University, Fresno, where she studied with Dr. M. Teresa Beaman. While a student, she performed with the scholarship woodwind quintet The President’s Quintet, the New Music Ensemble, the CSUF Flute Ensemble, and as Principal Flute of the Wind Ensemble, Wind Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, and the Intercollegiate Honor Band in Reno, Nevada. She has also been featured on public radio stations in Fresno and Arcata, California.

Currently, she studies privately with Yamaha Performing Artist and Clinician Tracy Harris, performs regularly with Ms. Harris on The Wyndfall Chamber Music Series, and is a Certified Tracy Harris Flute Boot Camp Instructor for the acclaimed Tracy Harris Flute Boot Camp throughout the United States. Ms. Bellotta maintains an active private flute studio in various locations throughout California.

Email:iplayflute@gmail.com
Phone: 559-907-3391


Jim Cook
Instruments Taught:
  • Guitar
Bio: Jim has been teaching acoustic/electric guitar and bass guitar for 20 years. Playing throughout the lower 48 states and Canada for the last 25 years. He's comfortable teaching beginners to advanced players and enjoys seeing the progression. Lessons are structured and developed on an individual basis. Jim beleives that everyone is capable of playing with practice and that learning to play should be fun. "When you’re having fun, learning comes easy!" says Jim.

Phone: 559-451-1040
Kelsey Brannon
Instruments Taught:
  • Piano
Bio: Kelsey has been teaching piano lessons since 2006. She graduated from CSU Fresno in 2015 with a BA in Piano Performance. She worked as an accompanist for Fresno and Clovis Unified. Kelsey enjoys teaching all ages and has a great rapport with her students.

Phone: 559-284-9620

Marisa Aoki
Instruments Taught:
  • Trombone
Phone: 559-301-0658
Pete Van Der Paardt
Instruments Taught:
  • Trumpet
Phone: 559-824-6577
Steve Ono
Instruments Taught:
  • Guitar
Phone: 559-266-4762
Will Bollman
Instruments Taught:
  • Guitar
Bio: Will has ten years of teaching experience and is well versed in a variety of musical styles which include rock, blues, bluegrass, country, jazz, fingerstyle, and slide guitar. Many of his students have gone on to form bands and become teachers themselves. He has hundreds of hours of studio session playing under his belt and has toured the country as a professional musician opening for acts such as Peter Frampton and Sublime. He studied music at Fresno City College and Fresno State University. It is his opinion that sharing the gift of music is the best gig he has ever had.

Phone: 559-355-2628

Nathan Nau

Instruments Taught:

  • Piano

Phone: 559-270-6847
Suzanne Botha
Instruments Taught:
  • Violin/Piano


Phone: 559-770-4232
Conner Habib
Instruments Taught:
  • Low Brass/String Bass


Phone: 559-862-5215








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