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Evan Chong

       Evan started playing the piano at age of 7. His father who played multiple instruments such as piano, guitar, and violin greatly influenced his musical journey. It was during his college years that he discovered the only rival for his love of playing music was teaching that love to others. He taught elementary and middle school students before attending the Musician's Institute, a world-renowned music college in Hollywood, in 2010. He had the privilege of learning from some of the greatest contemporary guitarists and musicians such as Dean Brown and Allen Hinds, just to name a few. He performed rock, blues, and smooth jazz in bands with his colleagues at local venues around Hollywood before acquiring a Bachelor's Degree in guitar performance in 2015. In October of 2017, he opened Evan's Guitar Academy in Ladera Ranch, California, where he taught multiple instruments such as guitar, ukulele, piano, bass, and drums to students of all ages and garnered a good reputation in the community. Now he continues his mission to teach music under the name Evan's Music Academy.



Donnie Rasmussen

       Donnie Rasmussen has been playing piano/keyboards for almost 40 years. He is well versed in Jazz, Classical, R&B, Blues, Gospel, CCM, and Traditional Worship, and numerous other styles.  He has played on over 50 recordings of various groups and artists that have been played around the world.  A published songwriter, he enjoys bringing out the creative side in people and teaching them new ways to enhance the quality of their own music.  In addition to regular piano-teaching styles, he has also developed a blended method of teaching that gets new students to play songs within their first session.  His goal is to help grow his students' love for music and piano while they learn the 'mechanics' of playing. He believes that if you love the instrument you play, it makes the learning experience more fun, rewarding, and long-lasting. He teaches music theory in addition to reading various styles of music notation. A father of 2 children himself, Donnie is a patient and encouraging teacher and works with all age groups at all skill levels.



Rachel Kim

With over a decade of teaching experience in Piano, Ear Training, and Sight-Reading, Rachel's journey began in South Korea, culminating in a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston. She furthered her musical education with a Master's degree from the Bobcole Conservatory of Music at CSULB. Rachel's extensive training under renowned mentors in both the United States and Korea has enriched her with a diverse range of playing styles and teaching methods. Her remarkable performance history includes three decades as a pianist for the Youido Full Gospel Church choir and Praise Team, as well as key roles in major events such as the 717 Christian Concert at Jamsil Olympic Stadium in Seoul. Rachel's accolades and captivating musicality have earned her prestigious awards and appearances on television shows. With her impressive credentials and engaging personality, Rachel Kim is set to become one of our most cherished instructors at the Music Academy & Conservatory, inspiring and guiding the next generation of musicians.




       Music has always been a significant part of Taylor’s life. He began playing piano at the age of 7. His mom played piano and cello while his dad played guitar. Since picking up guitar at the age of 12, Taylor has been a part of providing worship music for churches. These experiences have ranged from small intimate settings to larger conferences. Taylor graduated in 2019 with a bachelor of worship arts from Nebraska Christian College and Hope International University in Fullerton, CA. Taylor has also recorded on various projects as an electric guitarist. Today, Taylor serves as one of the worship leaders at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA. As a teacher and coach, Taylor enjoys helping others develop a love for their instrument while learning music theory and technique.



Dennis Jackes

       Dennis has been singing since he was seven years old. All the way through school he sang in choir and honor choir, in high school performing with the Madrigals. In tenth grade, at age fifteen, he traveled with his choir to New York to sing Vivaldi's Gloria in Carnegie Hall. He has spent years honing his craft both professionally with his various bands, and academically. He earned an Associate's degree in guitar performance with an emphasis on audio engineering from Musician's Institute in 2020, making the Dean's list twice while earning this degree, and taking more advanced vocal instruction at the time. A dedicated and encouraging teacher, his aspiration is to pass on what knowledge and skill he has to young singers and players. Dennis has a wide and eclectic taste in music, and a passion for helping others explore their favorite music and to find their voice.



Tivoli Treloar

       Mezzo-soprano Tivoli Treloar is a Voice Performance major at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. In 2020, Tivoli appeared in UCLA Opera's production of La descente d'Orphée aux enfers under the direction of James Darrah and Grammy Award-winning conductor, Stephen Stubbs. Currently, Tivoli is singing Cherubino in UCLA Opera's filmed version of Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro. Tivoli also sings with the UCLA Chamber Singers and is a member of the Vocal Gluck Ensemble at UCLA. Tivoli is a pianist and has played keys during weekend services at Saddleback Church Lake Forest for over 8 years. She has also played clarinet for several years in concert bands, jazz big bands, and jazz combos. Tivoli strongly believes in the importance of music education and is passionate about sharing her art with the community.

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