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Flute/Winds      Drums      Guitar      Piano      Violin

The instructors at Play Music Studios are highly skilled professional musicians with extensive teaching experience. Availability, lesson policies and rates vary depending on the instructor.

To learn more or to sign up for lessons right away, please submit a request form online. You can also contact the teachers directly.

Ai Goldsmith - FLUTE

Ms. Ai Goldsmith is an active professional concert flutist with 16+ years of teaching experience.  While her strengths as an instructor are most evident in working with intermediate-advanced students, Ms. Goldsmith works well with beginners and will accept a limited number of focused beginning flutists per each school year.  More Info

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday


Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Ken Moran grew up in a very musical environment and studied with many renowned saxophonists in the area.  Ken began playing saxophone in elementary school and soon discovered his love for Jazz and music around age 12.  Ken was recognized for his musical talent at a young age, winning numerous awards in high school like the Woody Herman Jazz Award and Outstanding Musicianship at the Reno Jazz Festival every year from 1998-2002.  More Info

Tuesday, Saturday

Bob Belanski - DRUMS

Bob Belanski is a versatile musician with extensive experience in a variety of styles. Students will learn Rock, Jazz, Big Band, Latin, Hip-Hop, Funk, and traditional classical styles. Having apprenticed with James Sewrey (a founding member of the Percussive Arts Society), Bob is an expert in rudiments and technical snare performance. He stresses the importance of proper technique, reading music, and developing a deep groove across several musical mediums.  

For fans of Peanuts and Charlie Brown, Bob is the drummer on Vince Guaraldi's album: Charlie Brown Suite and Other Favorites.

Also, Bob appears on various tracks from the newly released Vince Guaraldi: Complete Warner Bros.-Seven Arts Recordings.

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Neil Bettencourt - DRUMS

I have 44 years of drumming experience, most as a professional. I love playing, but my passion is teaching others which I have been doing for the past 25 years. I am great with kids, and I have taught many adults. I have numerous students who developed into pro drummers. 

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Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday


Brian is a graduate of Berklee School of Music (1998, B.M., Magna Cum Laude), and has been playing guitar since 1987. He teaches Classical, Jazz, Latin and Contemporary styles (both pick style and fingerstyle), and has been teaching professionally since 1998. Brian's approach to teaching focuses on a fun and positive environment, mixing fundamentals of technique and musicianship with the study of songs that students participate in choosing as a way of demonstrating key musical ideas while putting the music in a context that students best relate to. More Info


Claudia Gantivar - PIANO, RECORDER

Claudia holds a Master of Arts in Recorder Performance from the Conservatory of Music in Geneva, Switzerland (2004). She also earned a diploma in Early Music from the same conservatory in 1998, and in Music education and Piano by the University in Bogotá (Colombia, 1992). She has performed and taught in Europe, US and South America. She has recorded with the Ensemble Elyma (Switzerland-1997), Musica Ficta (Colombia-2007), and the group that she founded in 2006, Esfera Armoniosa  (Colombia, 2009, and 2015).  More Info


Ph. (415) 806-0023


Yongyu Gao - PIANO

“The piano keys are black and white, but they sound like a million colors in your mind.”

Have fun playing music, enjoy what you are listening to, don’t mind who’s listening to you, be your true self. If you think that’s what you are looking for, come join piano lessons with Yongyu! Of course, if you want to challenge yourself, CM (Certificate of Merit) and ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) are also provided. More Info


Ph. (925) 323-4266


Hera Herawaty - PIANO

Hera earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Santa Clara University. As an undergraduate student, she was awarded a music scholarship and received the Senior Award for Artistry Achievement. At SCU, she worked with the department chair, Professor Hans Boepple. Hera continued her studies and earned a Master of Arts degree at San Jose State University, studying with Professor Gwendolyn Mok.  More Info

Tuesday, Friday, Saturday

Grant Kondo - PIANO

Grant Kondo was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he began playing the piano at the age of 6.  He enjoyed playing in countless recitals and other performances, but things really took off in middle school when he was able to sightread very quickly.  He became a very versatile musician, as he played the saxophone in the school wind ensemble, marching, and jazz bands, and also accompanied other students on the piano at various festivals.  He also participated in piano competitions, where he won 2nd place in the Hawaii Music Teachers Association competition in 2006. More Info


Ph. (415) 810-1618


Crystal Lee - PIANO  *Lessons available in English or Mandarin

Born in Taiwan, Crystal started her musical journey at the age of 4 with piano lessons and cello lessons after she turned 10. Her K-12 education experience in Art Schools has led her to achieving a Master and Bachelor degree in piano performance at San Francisco State University. Her teachers include Victoria Neve, Machiklo Kobialka, and Alexander String Quartet (chamber music). She has also studied in master classes with Alfred Brandel, Roberta Rusk, Richard Angeletti, Lydia Brown, William Wellborn, and Joseph Kalichstein. More Info

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Ph. (650) 452-5675


Kate Johnson Metcalf - PIANO

Kate earned her Bachelor of Music cum laude from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music and her Master of Arts in Music with distinction from the University of London. Before moving to California, she taught students from beginning to advanced levels in the Chicago area and was an active member of the Illinois Music Teachers Association. She regularly has her students participate in the Certificate of Merit program.  More Info

Tuesday, Thursday

Ph. (408) 507-9616


Amonte Jon Parsons has been teaching piano for over 20 years. Equally at home playing jazz standards, classical repertoire, and modern-improvisational styles, he specializes in helping students find their own unique “voice” on the piano. Amonte teaches music as a dynamic language of human expression, and invites every student to be an active participant in the creative realization of whatever they are playing. More Info

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Ph. (408) 646-5705


Amy Tseng - PIANO

"Why I teach music - not because I expect you to major in music, not because I expect you to play or sing all your life, not so you can relax, not so you can have fun but so you will be human, so you will be sensitive, so you will be closer to an infinite beyond this world, so you will have something to cling to, so you will have more love, more compassion, more gentleness, more good: in short, more life "

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Ph. (626) 202-4495


Theresa Woo, D.M.A. - VIOLIN

Theresa Woo’s teaching philosophy and methods have been influenced greatly by inspiring mentors including Yo-Wen Liang, James Stern, Ronda Cole, David Salness, Arnold Steinhardt, Naoko Tanaka, Suli Xue and Alice Schoenfeld.  Dr. Woo received a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Southern California, a Master in Music in Suzuki Pedagogy from the University of Maryland at College Park and a Bachelor in Music degree from the University of the Pacific.  More Info

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday