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George Sanger

George Sanger

Guitar / Bass / Songwriting

George A. Sanger learned to pick guitar and bass back in '72, from Coronado Marching Band director and surf guitar legend Bob Demmon of The Astronauts.  Inspired with a thirst for jamming and forming bands, George has loved teaching his friends to get up and playing quickly on those instruments ever since.   That thirst led to a degree in composition from Occidental College.  In the '80's, his band played the LA hot spots during the New Wave scene. 

Valentine Byrne

Valentine Byrne

Piano / Keyboard

Valentine is a ghostwriter and classically trained pianist with a degree in Music Theory & Composition from New York University. She has been teaching for over 10 years and loves introducing new students to the world of infinite possibilities that is music and sound. Valentine encourages dialogue and creative expression in her classes and she believes the most effective way to teach begins by first understanding how her students learn.

Sharon DuBois

Sharon DuBois

Voice

Sharon DuBois is a Jazz Artist who has been performing professionally since the age of 20 and teaching Jazz education and voice lessons for the past 8 years.  DuBois has been writing songs since she was a teenager and plays piano and guitar. 

James Clarkston

James Clarkston

Guitar / Bass / Ukulele

James has over 20 years of teaching experience in public, private & charter schools, and for the last three years he has taught private lessons and group workshops, as well as teaching kids who have been through the Juvenile Court System in San Diego County.  


Ken Herman

Ken Herman

Piano / Organ

A native of Chicago, IL, Ken started studying piano when he was in grade school, and he served as an accompanist for his high school choir. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, where he studied piano with Arthur Campbelland organ with David N. Johnson and Paul Ensrud. He received his Master of Arts in Music History at San Diego State University, where he studied under the musicologist Jaroslav Mracek.

John Lyon

John Lyon

Guitar

John began his formal music training at SDSU where he received a masters degree in classical guitar. He has taught at Mesa College USD and the Blue Guitar.  

Luke Henning

Luke Henning

Bass / Guitar / Ukulele

Luke is a San Diego-based professional touring musician who studied bass and guitar for 8 years under the tutelage of MCCM's own Drew Decker. Over the past few years, he has toured across the US extensively with his bands Elektric Voodoo and Rally Club and logged hundreds of studio hours as a session bass player.

Will Edwards

Will Edwards

Guitar / Bass / Electronica

Will Edwards is a full-time musician who began playing guitar so that he could be in a middle school band. Music became a lifelong passion and Will studied music at the university level - focusing on advanced music theory.

Sylvia Mariposa

Sylvia Mariposa

Dance

Sylvia has over 25 years of dance experience and has been teaching and dancing American Tribal Style Dance for close to a decade.

Drew Decker

Drew Decker

Group Guitar

Founding MCCM Director, Drew Decker, has a passion for teaching people to play music in groups. Having played professionally for many years, he learned how music can bring people together in powerful ways, and he has found in his two decades of teaching that the student who really stick with it and succeed are those in play with others. 

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