“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 the Arts, 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.
Ms. Yangsun Clara Kim was born in South Korea and started studying piano at the age of six. She started having solo performances at the age of ten. When she was in high school, she had solo performances and was also the accompanist for the high school choir. During college, she made the dean’s list and received a scholarship. As a piano performance major, she was the vice president for two piano societies on top of being the accompanist for the college choir, Zion Coral. She was a double major for piano performance and music education which earned her the teaching certification for higher music education in South Korea. Graduating top of her class, she received the opportunity to have an honors graduate student solo recital at Jeonju Korean Broadcasting Station. Right after graduating college, she came to the United States, specifically to New York City, to attend Manhattan School of Music to obtain her Master’s degree in piano performance. When she was pursuing her Master’s at the Manhattan School of Music, she studied with Dr. Marc Silverman and Ms. Constance Keene for two piano ensembles. She also studied ensemble with violist, Ms. Karen Dreyfus. She was very lucky to have a mentor like Dr. Barry Salwen, her first mentor when she came to the United States. His musical thought and teaching was very influential to her musical journey as a pianist. After acquiring her Master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music, she entered the Doctor of Musical Art in piano performance at the University of Maryland. She had three solo piano recitals and numerous piano performances with strings and vocals. After she completed her coursework, she moved to California because of her marriage. As a pianist and piano teacher, music consumes her life and is a lifestyle, not just something she studied at college. She is currently the piano accompanist at East Sarang Community Church. Being a mother of three children has helped her greatly in understanding how to interact with children. Learning music, especially piano, helps children grow more patient, persistent, and disciplined. These characteristics help them all throughout life.
Yeun started her piano studies at the age of 5 and is currently in her senior year as a piano performance major at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music. Throughout her years of playing she has won numerous awards in competitions such as Southern California Jr. Bach Festival, Southwestern Youth Music Festival (SYMF), and Celebration of Young Talent Concerto Fest. She holds a Certificate of Merit through Advanced Panel level with a Branch Honors. Yeun also received multiple scholarships with her entry into the Bob Cole Conservatory. Yeun loves kids and enjoys sparking musical interest to those who are learning piano. She is outgoing and passionate about spreading the joy that music can bring, through MusicAlley!
Tina Koyuki Whitley has dedicated her life to music education and performance, and loves sharing music with everyone she meets! She has a B.A. in classical piano performance and 16 years of teaching experience. She is an active member of the Music Teachers Association of California and regularly has her students participating in Certificate of Merit, competitions, and recitals. Tina also does music direction and performances in the fields of sacred music, musical theater (regional), and ensemble accompaniment.
Voice / Dance / Acting
If you wanted to tell the story of Andrea Esperanza Martinez, you’d have to do it with a musical. Or an opera. Or one really good ballad. That’s because Andrea lives a life of music. Even the way she says her name sounds like a song.
Born into a musical family, Andrea’s early influences ranged from The Beatles and No Doubt to Broadway musicals and mariachi. In her early teens her father started a family band which started her career as a working singer. In school she took advantage of every opportunity to sing whether it be 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 in an original musical, Norman’s Ark, directed by Peter Scheider (producer of Toy Story). Martinez has been featured in several television shows on VHI, TruTV, Estrella TV, and Telemundo, and has had many lead and supporting roles acting roles in indie films, music videos, and commercials.
Andrea has shared the stage with many notable all-star performers and musicians such as; Biz Markie, DJ Richard Blade, Doug Wayne (Andy Grammer Band)Gunnar Nelson (Nelson & Ricky Nelson Remembered, Christmas with the Nelsons), Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray), Thomas Anders (Modern Talking), Tony Snow (Dramarama), and Vince Neil (Motley Crue), 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.
Aside from living on the stage, Andrea also teaches and directs shows for children at MusicAlley School of the Arts… Such as Frozen, Disney Revue, Christmas Celebration, The Muppet Show, Descendants of Good and Evil.
Voice / Dance / Musical Theater
TJ Punchard is a professional singer, actor, and dancer who just relocated from the East Coast. Although originally from Lake Elsinore, California TJ ventured to New York City to pursue a career in Musical Theater after getting his BFA in Musical Theater from Cal St Fullerton. While on the east coast TJ was blessed with several opportunities including originating a role in an Off Broadway musical, several local and national tours in leading roles, in addition to producing several shows ranging from cabarets to choral to full-length productions. TJ is ecstatic to be back on the west coast and teaching at MusicAlley.
Hip Hop / Jazz
As a professional choreographer/dancer Jenn’s passion for the arts has taken her everywhere from New York to Paris where she has directed competition teams, educational theatre, and master classes with a focus on Hip Hop, Jazz and Musical Theatre. Regionally she has directed/choreographed multiple productions of Forever Plaid, Little Shop of Horrors, Footloose, The Wiz, and The Marvelous Wonderettes, which won seven Inland Theatre League Awards in 2011 including Best Choreography and had the privilege of choreographing a web commercial for MSN.com. Proud former cast member of the Disneyland Resort performing in various stage shows including a thirteen year run at Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular. She has also had the pleasure of being a back up dancer for Paulina Rubio, Aaron Carter, and pop sensation P!NK. She is excited to be teaching in her hometown and hopes to inspire many young performers.
Jacquie Bernard is originally from Corona, California. She started dancing at the age of six at Corona Dance Academy and has had a passion for the sophisticated science of ballet ever since.
In order to pursue a better knowledge of dance, in 2010, Jacquie auditioned and was personally chosen by the late Artistic Director, Mignon Furman, to participate in a week long ballet technique intensive for American Academy of Ballet in New York. In 2011, Jacquie auditioned and attended Ballet Chicago’s five week Summer Course and was extended an invitation to attend the Advanced Intensive where she performed in excerpts of George Balanchine’s Swan Lake and A Midsummer Nights Dream under the supervision of Daniel Duell and Patricia Blair. In 2015 she was blessed with the privilege to have been a Ballet Soloist for the local ballet company, Redlands Dance Theatre, but retired to finish her undergraduate career.
Throughout the many years that Jacquie has been dancing she has taken classes from various artists and companies such as Travis Wall, Liz Imperio, Mia Michaels, Martha Graham Dance Company, and many, many more. In August of 2012, Jacquie packed up her bags and moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma to continue to expand her dance education while attending Oral Roberts University. While at ORU she became established in various genres of dance, performed various roles in ballets, and helped co-found the dance departments “Bring A Boy to Ballet Day”.
Her undergraduate career presented her with many performance opportunities including the Exchange Dance Festival and American College Dance Association Central conferences located throughout the Midwestern region. Among these performance opportunities, Jacquie was blessed to have one of her choreographic works premiered at the 2015 dance conference, an opportunity that will forever be close to her heart.
Since then she has graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance, Cum Laude.
Jacquie is now living back in Corona and still educates people from all walks of life in the art and Science of dance. Currently she is attending Concordia University, St. Paul, online, to receive her Masters of Science in Exercise Science, Health Science, and Kinesiology. She looks forward to bringing forth a new generation of dancers and entertainers!
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.
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.
Drums / Percussion / Composition / Music Production
Mike Enriquez is a lifelong lover of music, a drummer, music producer and music educator. He has been teaching drums, composition, and music production for 11 years in many contexts including private lessons, group ensembles, summer camp ensembles, non-profit after-school programs, drum circles, and high school band clinics. He studied Jazz Studies and Music Education at Cal State Northridge’s renowned Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication. Most of all, he finds great joy in sharing musical traditions with others.
Guitar / Mandolin / Ukulele / Banjo
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.
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.