Shaun
McDonald

Guitar

Shaun McDonald is a guitar player, composer, and performer from Merced, CA. with over 18 years of experience on the instrument. He has performed in a range of settings and styles, ranging from popular local bands (such as “Seamus the Dogs”), performing as a solo artist, as well as accompanying national touring artists such as Mic Gillette (of Tower of Power). Shaun has been a private guitar instructor since the year 2000, and has years of experience teaching in high school and junior colleges as well.
Email: mercedguitarplayer@gmail.com
Phone: 209-658-8441
 Mike
Mancebo

Percussion

Mike has been playing drums for over ten years with a teaching experience of two years. He Instructs beginner to advanced lessons on snare drum, drum set and multiple percussion instruments. (xylophone, marimba, bongos, congas, etc.) With a background in concert band, marching band and playing in rock bands since age 14, he strives to always practice and refine his craft. "I've personally found that there is an abundance of guitarists with very little drummers. I'm going to make it easier on the next generation by evening that out and arm my students with all the knowledge they need to pursue a successful musical endeavor.
Email: mmancebo.ca4@gmail.com
Phone: 209-232-5964
 Jon
Abel

Guitar
Bass Guitar
Eukulele

Bio coming soon.
Email: jon_abel@yahoo.com
Phone: 209-489-8656
 Youjung
Choi

Piano
Violin
Viola

Youjung majored in viola at Sungshin university in Seoul. After she graduated, she was interested in teaching children, so she studied more in music education in graduate school. Youjung lived in Houston, Texas where she was an orchestra conductor at church for 6 years. Youjung worked as an assistant at a public junior high school and high school's orchestra and was an orchestra member in the Mariposa symphony. Youjung has taught piano, violin & viola for 25 years. Her specialty is instructing novices in such a way as to help them learn instruments easily. Youjung's  teaching methods are Suzuki, Adventures, Theory, Sight Reading, Ear Training, Etudes, Repertoire, Scale, Position, etc.

Phone: 713-703-9054
 Emily
Wallace

Piano

Emily Wallace has been playing piano for more than 15 years. For nearly a decade, she has shared her love of music through teaching, and accommodating students of all ages and abilities. She has taught students everywhere she has lived, from Merced to Fresno, and even in Oregon. Emily is a passionate teacher who believes that the enjoyment of music is for everyone. In her students, she seeks to instill a lifelong passion for music. Her teaching is always adapted to the needs of the student, while also keeping in mind the reality of musical challenges ahead. Emily has years of experience as a church organist, choir accompanist, solo pianist, and harpsichord continuo player. Emily studied piano performance under Andreas Werz (CSU Fresno). Emily holds an MA in Musicology from the University of Oregon, a BA in Music/Piano Performance from CSU Fresno, and AA in Music from Merced College.

Email: pianolessonswithemily@gmail.com
Phone: (209) 326-1665

 BJ
Humpal

Brass
Woodwind
Percussion
Piano
Guitar

BJ Humpal has been teaching music to children and adults in Merced County including the Merced City School district, the Weaver School district and the Merced Union High School district. Instruction will include an enthusiastic and educational experience. BJ was raised in the Church surrounded by music. Their background includes being a band director at both public and private Schools, private lessons, marching drumline and Winter percussion, volunteer after-School, Church and non-profit organization programs as well as several professional performances. They have successfully taught students of all ages. In their experience, every age group learns differently and even students of the same age will differ from one another regarding learning curves on different aspects of the instrument and music. BJ likes to have students explore several styles and genres including those more difficult-to-master, while keeping in mind what works best for the individual at their current level of ability and experience.

Email: raddude4christ@hotmail.com
Phone: (209) 723-3833

In Memoriam

Adam
Trelatsky

December 24, 1984
-
October 26, 2019

For more details on Adam's life and biography, please visit
ADAM TRELATSKY
The Full Biography
In Memoriam 
 Joe
Onzo

February 17, 1952
-
September 3, 2020

For more details on Joe's life please visit

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