Dedication. Expertise. Passion.
We are proud to offer a wide array of instructors, all with expertise in their chosen field of study.
With over 12 years of experience playing and 5 teaching, Jacob McDonald is an excellent musician and teacher. With a degree in Piano Performance from Chico State he can teach you anything you want to play.
Jacob plays keys in the Melli Farias Band in addition to being a solo pianist for private events and local venues.
Kevin Killion is a locally born and raised musician, who has taught music for over 15 years to a variety of people and skill levels.
Their instrument focus is brass /woodwinds, and can teach everything from stringed instruments to keyboards.
Kevin has developed a unique teaching style that meets the needs of any student, from the bedroom guitar strummer to the determined professional performer.
Kevin leads and plays in Smokey the Groove,
Teddy Reese Villafranca
Teddy Reese is a musician from the Bay Area with over 20 years of drumming experience. Currently attending Chico State's Recording Arts Program (2023) he freelances around Chico both drumming and engineering for various Chico artists.
Reese plays for various local bands, including the Melli Farias Band.
Acie "Twitch" Shiff
Enthralled with theater and music from a young age, Acie "Twitch" Schiff gravitated to the arts after seeing countless large musical productions in Hollywood. Twitch began training in drama at age seven and since then has lived a life of creating art and music and drama that communicates art through the human experience. They are currently working on a production company focusing on creating safe space shows and events, emphasizing on safety towards queer people like themself.
Acie plays in the local bands Spacey Acie and the Space Cadets and Squidgrrrl.
Kat Johns picked up her first pair of sticks at 10 years old and progressed from a tabletop to a full drum set in two years, playing with the traveling middle school band as a 6th grader. She started her first rock band in 2007 in Orland, CA at 17 with some friends and has actively been playing in a variety of bands ever since, constantly trying new things and improving her skills.
Kat has over 15 years of experience playing in bands and has been teaching drums since 2015, previously teaching at Guitar Center, privately, and at Chico Rockstars: School of Music, which she owned and operated from 2015-2016. Kat currently plays drums in Squidgrrrl and Kat & Whiskers with fellow teachers Acie Schiff and Eric McAnlis respectively.
Simon is a multi-instrumentalist who has been performing live music for six years. His instruments include guitar, bass, piano, ukulele, and vocals. He is studying at Chico State for a Bachelor’s in Recording Arts.
Eric is a professional singer with over 20 years of experience. Eric studied Vocal Pedagogy at Vanguard University, and also ethnomusicology at UCSB, where he learned to play Egyptian oud and darbuka, Greek bouzouki, and Turkish saz. He has taught voice, guitar, piano, percussion, and more over the years. As a performer, he sings solo with his band Whiskers006, and has performed with members of Foo Fighters and The Beach Boys. Currently, Eric is pursuing an early childhood education certification at Butte College while also developing educational gardens for local preschools. His teaching philosophy focuses on nurturing each student's musical inspirations and keeping the love of playing alive.
Danny spent their childhood surrounded by art and theater. They attended many drama camps and spent most of their free time playing with watercolors or writing poetry.
What started as a love of painting blossomed into a passion for creating. Danny graduated with a BA in Art from Evergreen State College. They now have an impressive portfolio that includes darkroom prints, watercolor paintings, conceptual studio photography, and a handful of unfinished scarfs.
Danny is in the local duo, Twitch & Bug as well as Spacey Acie and the Space Cadets.
Ben Daw's expertise in the Professional Audio Industry includes former work as an Audio Repair Technician at GrandMaster Recorders in Hollywood, CA and Lead Tech/General Manager for Alan Dickson at Aurora Audio. Ben now continues his professional career as the Pro Audio Dept Manager, In house Repair Tech, Audio Engineer, Bass Guitar Teacher, and Performer in the local band, Pretty Pills.