Reiko Israel

Reiko Israel

Piano

Ms. Reiko’s life long goal is to creating a school where students attend with joy and excitement in engaging in music studies and performances. In 2009 she and her husband Ben started MusicAlley, and it has been a place where students have numerous opportunities to study both performing and fine arts according to their individual goals.

Being a dedicated piano teacher for 25 years, Ms. Reiko appreciates individual students’ interests and purposes; she constantly strives to develop different kinds of teaching styles and approaches to better suit student needs. She strongly believes that any student, regardless of capability, should receive an equal opportunity of studying music. Her passion for teaching and dedication to students are especially shown in working with 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 cherish music.

Building strong foundations in Japan, Ms. Reiko completed her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at Cal State Fullerton under the instruction of Argentinian pianist Eduardo Delgado. In addition to being a devoted music teacher, she is also an accomplished accompanist and collaborative pianist..


Mike

Mike Caffell

Guitar / Drums

Mike has been teaching, recording, and performing music for over 25 years. After starting out on guitar at age 11, he began playing drums at age 18, with percussion soon becoming his main area of expertise. He has toured in nearly 50 states and over 10 countries, and released over 10 albums with multiple projects.

He attended the Los Angeles Music Academy and earned a certificate for the one-year drum program. Regarding drumming, Mike has studied technique, reading, jazz, theory, rock, metal, hand percussion, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and big band; he also teaches guitar, piano, bass, ukulele, and recording techniques.

Mike holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from UCLA where he was also given the Donald Kalish Prize for intellectual excellence, and he previously held board certification in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis, providing behavioral intervention and consultation for special needs clients for over 15 years.


Mike

Apryle Dalmacio

Guitar / Voice and Song Writing

Apryle Dalmacio is a multi-award-winning Singer, Songwriter, and Guitarist from Riverside, California who has captivated the hearts of listeners around the world with her dynamic vocals, expressive performances, and relatable lyrics for over 10 years. She has been a contestant for ABC’s American Idol, NBC’s The Voice, Sing-Off & Songland.

Dalmacio was born a singer, and began her passion for singing in elementary school choir. At age 13, she taught herself how to play guitar and began sharing her songwriting skills in Middle School Choir. In 2010, Dalmacio earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Media Communications with an emphasis in Radio and Television, applying her music studies into the entertainment industry.

In 2011, Dalmacio released her first EP Fairytale, and was signed to Jamboe Entertainment, giving her music the opportunity to be heard by millions of people a day in retail chains, restaurants and hotels worldwide. With her self-titled full-length album release in 2014, Dalmacio set Tour around the world. She continues to share her original songs with her most recent album, Among the Stars, released November 2019.


Tina

Tina Whitley

Piano

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.


Richard Kang

Guitar / Piano / Ukelele

Richard began his journey on the guitar with classical studies; focusing on the foundations and fundamentals. Before he encountered Jazz, he experimented with many different genres and styles; like country, rock, pop, fingerstyle, and bluegrass. While in school he also spent time learning about recording techniques and sound designs.

Richard spends most of his time composing and teaching. He streams music production once a week going through his process of songwriting and sound design. He teaches guitar, piano, ukulele, and bass guitar at different levels.  

 


Nico Vasquez

Drums

 

For 15 years, Nico Vasquez has studied the art of drumming and music. Having played in school big bands, orchestras, and drum lines, he developed his musicianship through education and a variety of musical contexts. Nico plays and teaches a range of styles including; rock, jazz, hip hop, classical, soloing, and Latin. He earned an Associates degree in Art and Human Expression at Fullerton College and is on his way to earning his BM in Jazz and Commercial Music from Cal State Fullerton.

Nico performs in numerous groups weekly, ranging from jazz trios, original singer songwriters music, fun, and explosive rock and pop music, and everything in between. Nico has performed at the music festivals Camp Flognaw and Soulection at the Shrine in Los Angeles.

He has also performed on one of NPR’s Tiny Desk performances and has recorded drums from numerous projects. Learning music is such a unique process that teaches students a plethora of skills; reading music, learning and exploring different genres, the history of music, cooperating with other players, and ear training. Nico’s goal is to share his love of music with everyone around him and encourage people of all ages to listen and to play it!


Andrea Martinez

Andrea Martinez

Voice / Dance / Acting / Music Theatre Performance

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 she 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 AMDA (College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts) in Los Angeles, where she honed her singing, acting, and dancing skills.

After graduating, she was immediately casted into an original musical, Norman’s Ark, directed by Peter Scheider (producer of Toy Story). Andrea has been featured in several television shows on VHI, TruTV, Estrella TV, and Telemundo, and has had acting roles in films, music videos, and commercials.

Andrea has shared the stage with many notable all-star performers and musicians such as; Biz Markie, Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray), DJ Richard Blade, Gunnar Nelson (Nelson), 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, performing with groups such as 80′s tribute band Pop Gun Rerun, and her family band, Funk’d Martini. Her most recent adventure has been joining the World’s Greatest Tribute to No Doubt and Gwen Stefani, No Duh. Joining No Duh has been a full circle moment for Andrea’s career, as she had been performing No Doubt songs with her family band since she was a young girl. Andrea has traveled extensively throughout the US, performing shows with No Duh. Andrea has many exciting ventures always in progress!


Adrienne Brown

African Dance / Hip Hop / Ballet / Tap Dance / Musical Theater / Acting / Voice

Adrienne Brown is a singer, actress, model, and vocal coach originally from Chattanooga, TN. Singing in her dad’s gospel singing group, at the age of five, fueled her curiosity and led her to study Opera, Jazz, and Musical Theater. She first made a splash winning the title, NATIONAL GOLD MEDALIST in Contemporary Voice and NATIONAL BRONZE MEDALIST in Classical Voice in the annual NATIONAL NAACP ACT-SO COMPETITION. She then took her talents to Germany and Italy in the touring show, ON THE ROAD AGAIN. From there, she starred in various regional theater productions and graduated from UARTS in Philadelphia, PA. Following graduation, she performed in her second International Tour, out of New York, IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE.

Adrienne’s notable Los Angeles credits include a six week run in CTGLA’s, THE CHRISTIANS (Mark Taper Forum), playing TINA TURNER in a six week run at the SAYER’S CLUB, and singing background for the Steve Lacy’s “APOLLO XXI” tour (The Wiltern, Los Angeles)! She has appeared in numerous hand modeling print campaigns for ANASTASIA of BEVERLY HILLS, PIZZA HUT POPEYES, AMAZON, ALBERTSONS, an AMERICAN AIRLINE commercial, a PSA with WOMEN IN FILM, and secured lead singer in a cover band performing at HOLIDAY INN-BURBANK every weekend. She still finds time and such joy in vocal coaching all different types of voices throughout LA. Some of her vocal students include Taylor Mosby (THE LAST O.G., TBS) and Alma Lake (THE FOUR on FX).

​Adrienne loves teaching, believes that her students teach her so much, and is grateful to be a part of  Music Alley School of the Arts.


Ethan Dunning

Hip Hop Dance

Ethan Dunning discovered dance as his passion and has been poplocking since the young age of 5-6 years old. He has been performing and teaching choreography for about 7 years. He learned the value of working hard to achieve what he wants. He greatly appreciates his peers, and he strives to be understanding of everyone around him.

These important life lessons he learned through his experience dancing. He hopes to pass these life lessons onto his students. A majority of his dance and teaching experience comes from competitive team dancing and learning from his family.

This experience has also shaped the way he views all of his classes. He sees his classes as small teams, families, or cohorts. As a result, his goal with his classes is to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for all of his students so they can learn and grow as a team.

 


Marissa Johannesson

Jazz Funk / Tap Dance

Ms. Marissa discovered her passion for dance at the age of 4 when her mother enrolled her in tap classes at Carolynne’s Dance Studio in Fontana, CA. She took tap and jazz classes up until 6th grade when she took a break from dance after an injury to pursue her other interests of singing and playing the clarinet.

She then went to Riverside Community college and enrolled in a jazz class and rediscovered her love and passion for dance. She then fervently took all the dance classes that she could over the next four years.

She is trained in jazz, hip hop, contemporary, tap, modern, and ballet and loves to share her passion with her students. Teaching dance was something she always dreamed about and she’s glad to have the opportunity here at MusicAlley!


Lisa Ramirez

Art / Painting / Drawing

Lisa Ramirez 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.

Lisa enjoys being an instructor because she has a passion for teaching art to people of 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.


Isabella S. Valentine

Digital Art / Detail Drawing
MusicAlley Marketing Director

Isabella is a professional artist who specializes in graphite portrait drawings, intricate ballpoint pen drawings, charcoal drawings, digital artwork using Adobe Photoshop (and Autodesk Sketchbook), book publishing, and audio/video music production. Isabella began publishing magazines as associate editor of Melting Trees Review in 1994 and began using Adobe Photoshop professionally in 1999 while working as a graphic artist for Gannett, a newspaper company. Later she designed Car Lot Magazine for Publications Press and published her own cookbook, coloring book pages, tattoo art designs, and helped start-up companies publish their own magazines.

She has over 20 years experience using Adobe Photoshop for all types of artwork ranging from cartoons, painting digital fantasy art, pixel art, photo correction and full manipulation, physical product development, online media, book publishing, and more! She has over 10 years experience using Adobe Illustrator and general print and web design knowledge. She also has over 20 years experience using Quark XPress for layouts and pagination, which works similarly to Adobe InDesign.

Isabella has over 15 years experience in sound editing and video editing using various programs ranging from Audacity, Sony Audio Studio, Sound Forge, Vegas Video, Adobe Premiere, Adobe After Effects, Cubase, many VST plugins, and other applications that can integrate with Adobe Photoshop.

Isabella double majored in Mathematics and Art Appreciation at Columbia Basin College and San Diego City College. At Syracuse University she earned a research fellowship for her contributions to Nobel Prize-winning LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory), which included her classifications of over 17,000 glitches for astrophysicists and her initiative to design a visual flowmap to sort them.