Reiko Israel – Piano
“How can I create an environment where students are happy and excited to learn music?” After searching for the answers to this question for years, Ms. Reiko finally opened MusicAlley School of Music, where the curriculum are designed for each student’s interests and needs. She creates the materials to better suit each student, so that they can learn music through their favorite songs and genres.
Classically trained, Ms. Reiko believes in the importance of theory, musicianship skills, and technique to enjoy playing the piano regardless of genre; she makes sure that all her students learn strong foundations in all areas.
After being a dedicated piano teacher for 25 years, Ms. Reiko continues finding the best suitable teaching method for her individual students. Her passion for teaching and dedication to students are especially shown in working with the students with special needs, which she considers the most fruitful and rewarding experience in her teaching career. Ms. Reiko’s wish is all her students will forever enjoy music.
Building strong music foundations in Japan, she completed her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at Cal State Fullerton under the instruction of Argentinian pianist Eduardo Delgado. Before opening MusicAlley, she taught privately and at several schools, including Santa Ana College. She was also an accomplished accompanist who has performed at numerous schools; USC, CSUF, CSULB, Golden West College, Cypress College, Santa Ana College, and Riverside Community College.
Caelin Eager – Piano
Caelin Eager is a classically trained pianist with extensive performance, accompanying, and teaching experience. Born and raised in San Diego, she completed her bachelor’s degree in Music, Piano Performance, and received several awards including Academic Recognition in Music and Summa Cum Laude.
With an emphasis on classical music tradition, her teaching style lays a solid foundation of technique and theory, as well as having fun expressing yourself through music. Music encourages us to push ourselves while learning something new and creating something beautiful, and this is a belief Caelin strives to instill in her students, wherever they may be starting from.
Andrea Martinez – Voice/Musical Theater
Born into a musical family, Ms. Andrea’s early influences ranged from The Beatles and No Doubt to Broadway musicals and Mariachi. In her early teens her father formed a family band which started her career as a working singer. In school she took advantage of every opportunity to sing whether it was jazz band, choir or musicals. She completed her education at the prestigious American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Hollywood, where she honed her singing, acting, and dancing skills.
After graduating, she was immediately cast into an original musical, Norman’s Ark, directed by Peter Scheider (producer of Toy Story). Ms. Andrea has been featured in several television shows on VH1, Estrella TV, and Telemundo, acting roles in music videos, and commercial work and print for Carmind.com and Suzuki.
Ms. Andrea has shared the stage with many notable all star musicians such as: Brent Woods (Vince Neil), Brian Tichy (Whitesnake), Chas West (Foreigner), and Stephen LeBlanc (Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience) to name a few. Today you can see her doing what she loves throughout Southern California and Nevada, performing with groups such as 80′s tribute band Pop Gun Rerun, and the current incarnation of her family band, Funk’d Martini.
At MusicAlley, Ms. Andrea teaches voice and acting classes, and the kinder choir. She also works as the Artistic Director for MusicAlley’s Musical Theater productions, such as Frozen performed in August 2014 at Munson Chapel, Azusa Pacific University.
Kristin Chai – Violin/Viola
Kristin Chai is a graduate of Northwestern University, where she earned her Bachelor of Music in viola performance and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. While studying in Chicago, she was principal viola of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago as a Civic Scholar of the George L. Shields Foundation, Inc. She holds a Masters of Music degree from the Yale School of Music and has studied in Barcelona. Kristin attended the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London as a Leverhulme Arts Scholar and recipient of the Pauline Holden Scholarship. During her stay in London she was a participant in the Chipping Campden Festival Orchestra and gave solo, orchestral, and chamber music recitals throughout central London. In addition to her performing, Kristin has also maintained a private studio in London and teaches violin and viola in Chino Hills, Diamond Bar, and Irvine.
Frances Martinez – Bass/Voice
Born and raised in Southern California, Frances was brought up in a musical home. Her childhood mainly consisted of singing and playing bass in her family band with her father and two siblings. Little did she know, this lifestyle would pave the way for her success in playing music professionally at such a young age.
Frances’ bass styles include Pop, Funk, R&B and Rock. She also has experience performing various types of Spanish music including Gypsy Rumba, Rock en Español, and Cumbia.
Specializing in vocals, bass and guitar, Frances continues to perform local shows with different groups across the Inland Empire, Orange County and Los Angeles County.
Nicholas Barrett – Guitar/Mandolin/Ukulele
Nicholas Barrett studied classical guitar under Matthew Elgart and Peter Yates of the Elgart/Yates Guitar Duo at Cal Poly Pomona, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education. While at Cal Poly he performed with a variety of ensembles such as the Kellogg Chamber Singers; the MIDI band, where he played the MIDI guitar, electric bass, keyboards, sang, and arranged many songs for the group; the jazz band, where he played the banjo in the original orchestration of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue; and the guitar ensemble, where he was often a soloist.
Mr. Barrett continued his studies with Dr. Elgart at Cal State Los Angeles, winning the Friends of Music-Phillips Scholarship for String Performance and playing with the guitar ensemble and the newly-formed early music ensemble. He completed his Master of Music degree in Instrumental Performance in 2010, and has since remained active as an instructor, transcriber, and performer. Mr. Barret is currently pursuing a DMA in Guitar Performance at the Claremont Graduate School.
Danny Morledge – Drums/Percussion
Danny Morledge is an American drummer, percussionist, and vocalist who specializes in soul, funk, R&B, and rock music.
He has performed on 30+ records and has played shows throughout the United States, Canada, Asia, and Australia.
Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Danny began playing the drums at age 6. His first paid gig was playing in the orchestra of a community theater at age 12. At 20 years old, he participated in and won the 2007 Singapore Drum Fest “Drum Challenge” (under 21 category).
Currently living in sunny Los Angeles, California, Danny enjoys hiking, playing soccer, snowboarding, watching Netflix documentaries, and spending time with his dog Leia.
Lisa Galindo – Art
Lisa Galindo is originally from Guatemala in Central America and grew up in the city of Antigua. She started working with paints when she was a young child and won many contests during her childhood years. Her specialty is acrylic murals, which she has painted on the walls of businesses, children’s theme rooms, and baby nurseries.
As an instructor Lisa enjoys teaching her passion to all ages. She is constantly exploring different cultures from around the world, which has greatly influenced her painting style. Her works have been displayed in “La Fuentes Gallery” and La Casa De Las Legendas Gallery” in Antigua. In the United States, has been displayed in the Azo Gallery in downtown Covina and she has been invited by Studio “A” in Hollywood for a special showing of her work.