Teacher Directory

James Clarkston

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Banjo, Mandolin, Dobro, & Harmonica

Guitarist James Clarkston was originally inspired to pick up the guitar by the rock group KISS and has played in several Hard Rock Bands. Having become well known for his expressive,  instrumental Classical/Flamenco Guitar Music, James Clarkston’s original song “Dos Guitarras” has been played on the National Radio Show Coast to Coast.


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.  


James performs on a regular basis in the San Diego music scene, and has recorded 12 cds. 

Drew Decker, M.S.

Guitar / Bass / Ukulele / Keyboard / Piano / Harmonica

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. 


Mr. Decker has a master's degree in instruction and uses leading edge digital tools to make the highest quality print and digital teaching materials. 

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.


The last 28 years have provided Will with a broad range of experience as a performer and instructor, exploring a variety of instruments and musical styles (from classical guitar to electronic music).   He offers clear, accessible lessons for beginners and experts alike.

Mike Evans


Mike has playing by guitar by since he was nine years old.  Some of his main influences are Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and The Beatles.  


He’s host of the very popular MMCM Week Four Jam on the fourth Monday of the month.  Mike is an active member to the San Diego jam scene and help organize and teach music throughout San Diego County.


Mike has a gift for helping beginners relax and play by ear as well as for arranging popular songs so they’re easier to play.

Jeff Finley

Guitar / Percussion

                A classically trained percussionist, Jeff began his study of music when he was fourteen and continued his study and training at Boise State University from 1979 to 1982 under Dr. John Baldwin.  While in college, Jeff learned to play the guitar.  At first, the guitar was just another instrument he needed to learn as a music educator, but soon it became about camp fires and sing-a-longs at the ski lodge. In a short time, the guitar became one of his best friends (and it’s lighter than a drum set!). 


                Jeff joined the Navy for a short six-year enlistment. Twenty-three years later, after starting bands on four ships and teaching Sailors guitar, Jeff retired from active duty and decided to devote more time to helping people learn music. Today, with a B.A. in Psychology, a Master’s in Human Behavior and four decades of musical experience, Jeff is uniquely qualified to help people find their musical “voice” and explore and develop a personal relationship with music.  


               Jeff has performed with the Boise State University Concert Band, Orchestra, Jazz ensemble and Keyboard Percussion Ensembles, as well as the Eastern Oregon State Community Orchestra. During the 1980’s Jeff explored a diversity of genres through a number of groups where he was the principle percussionist, drummer or guitarist. 



Ken Herman

Piano and 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 Campbell
and 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.

He taught Music History and Appreciation at San Diego State
University until he was hired by the Los Angeles Times’ San Diego
Edition to cover classical music in San Diego County. He continues to
cover music for SanDiegoStory.com and has won numberous awards
for his music criticism. He is currently organist for Our Savior’s
Lutheran Church.

Christine McClurg

Violin, Piano, Viola, Cello

Ms. McClurg earned her Bachelors of Arts in Music Performance from Point Loma Nazarene. She has performed at Copley Symphony Hall and toured twice in Europe and Russia and continues to perform locally.  


She is a credentialed Suzuki teacher and teaches in group settings (including Montesorri classrooms) as well as private lessons. Christine has a passion for sharing the gift of music with students of all ages.

Bari Zwirn

Guitar / Ukulele

Bari Zwirn is a self taught guitarist who especially enjoys teaching beginning musicians. Whether you're a young child who has never played before, or an adult who just wants to play camp fire "sing alongs", Bari is comfortable helping you coordinate strumming, chording and singing. Focus will be on keeping rhythm, finding your vocal key, and becoming comfortable with simple styles of playing. Theory and tablature are touched on but not emphasized.


Bari has been a long time classroom teacher and enjoys leading school song assemblies. She also teaches guitar and ukulele for after school programs. Bari enjoys teaching individuals and family groups (parent-child, siblings...). She currently plays and sings in a local folk/pop group www.woodnlips.com and helps to host a weekly open mic in Santee on Thursday nights.


Please contact her at bzwirn@me.com or cell:

954-594-0068 (voice only, please)

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