We pride ourselves on our ability to find and also attract the best music instructors from the Bay Area and beyond. To join the WOW team, a teacher must be truly passionate about the craft and love music. Teaching experience and music knowledge are the baseline - you must know your stuff. Most of our teachers are professional gigging musicians at night, oozing with cred and inspiration for our students. WOW teachers also love to collaborate and share ideas about teaching and jam together. We encourage you to get to know the WOW teaching team.
Anthony is a third generation Mill Valley native who began his musical journey in third grade and hasn’t stopped since. Anthony's musical muses were realized when he attended Humboldt State University, graduating with a BA in Music with an emphasis on Percussion and Performance. At Humboldt, he learned of his passion for world music including Calypso and West African Dunun styles, while also furthering his skills in contemporary percussion through his teacher Dr. Eugene Novotney.
After graduating, Anthony joined several ensembles including the Mill Valley Philharmonic, Golden Gate Brass Band, and local rock group, The Sonic Steps. Anthony enjoys teaching music to new students with as much care and attention he received as a youth as well as leading classes in another passion of his, Dungeons and Dragons. He is looking forward to continuing his journey and sharing his extensive knowledge of music to anyone interested in learning.
Baylor Odabashian is a musician, songwriter, and producer with an interdisciplinary background in many genres and fields. He plays guitar, bass, ukulele, sings, writes songs, programs drum machines, and produces music, bringing 12 years of experience in study and performance. After earning an Interdisciplinary Degree in Anthropology and Music from UC Berkeley in 2016, Baylor explored the life of a gigging musician in Los Angeles before returning to the Bay Area, where he teaches music and lives his life as an independent artist. His songs and recordings have been streamed around the world tens of thousands of times (his most recent release, “State Bird of No One”, can be found on Spotify) and he has dedicated his life to sharing his instrumental and creative passions with students.
A Denver, CO native, Charlie made his way to the west coast to pursue music and architecture. It all started when the family upright piano, dime store classical guitar, and wood recorder drew a young Charlie to bring to life the notes in his head. Two piano teachers and one cassette player later, his first high school band debuted at Stephanie Ryan’s senior party (this was a big deal). Fast forward through a vast and varied number of bands and recording sessions across the 80’s, 90’s and beyond, he currently entertains the masses in a funk/dance band. Splitting time between frets and keys, and occasionally a cow bell, he now enjoys a full life in Fairfax with his family, and family of instruments too numerous to mention.
Connor was one of the first students to take piano lessons at WOW Music Studios, and after 15 years, he is now a music teacher at the very same studio. Just one year into his lessons, Connor discovered his joy for improvisation and composition. Starting from simple songs made up of 3 chords, he would go on to create complex pieces utilizing all the tools learned throughout his WOW education (and the depths of youtube).
Connor studied Cognitive Science at UC Berkeley. Throughout his studies, Connor would constantly encounter music's incredible effect on the human mind from creating bonds to causing neural growth, to playing a key role in Alzheimer's research. Connor would love nothing more than to share the gift of music and all its benefits with a new generation of students.
Eli spent his early years in West Marin soaking up the sounds of Jimi Hendrix and Santana from his Dad's record collection and gravitating to the energetic sounds of Nirvana and GnR. After taking guitar lessons for some time, he realized that many of his music buddies also played guitar so he took up the bass and drums as well, enabling him to join more after-school bands at Petaluma High.
Eli enrolled at SRJC to take part in their excellent jazz program, where he learned to play the piano to get jam time among the many bass, drum, and guitar players. Thus began an enlightening voyage into the world of piano, synth, and the Fender Rhodes.
Eli is an accomplished composer and recording artist, touring on bass guitar opening up for Les Claypool, playing keyboards opening up for The Wailers, and playing guitar at The Fillmore Jazz Fest with local San Francisco band, Bayonics.
Elliott has played bass, recorded and produced music for over a decade. He graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.A. in Audio Production. Elliott enjoys the crossroads of teaching when a student is having fun and having a-ha moments! When not making music he is working out, spending too much money at restaurants and spending time with family and friends!
Evgeniia "Jane" Leshchinskaia
Jane became obsessed with music in kindergarten when she would always try to sit closest to the piano during music class. At the age of nine, she began her studies of classical piano in Irkutsk, Russia.
Jane studied Music Performance in Irkutsk Music College of Frederic Chopin and Irkutsk Siberian Pedagogic Academia. Jane's journey led her to Atlanta where she taught piano for eight years as well as performed as a synthesizer/vocalist in local bands, toured with the Atlanta Balalaika Society Orchestra, and worked on film scores for American independent filmmakers. In 2021, Jane moved to the Bay Area to continue her musical journey.
You can find her original music on Apple Music and Spotify as The Meridiana.
Grant began playing music at the age of 8 years old, starting out on the piano. Eventually he found his true passion when he discovered Led Zeppelin, and almost immediately became serious about music and guitar. Grant started playing in bands at the age of 12 and hasn't stopped since, expanding his knowledge of improvisation, composing, and arrangement. Over the years he has studied a wide variety of genres such as blues, rock, jazz, funk, RnB, and many others. Grant has played with some of the bay area's finest musicians - on stage and in a studio setting. As a recent grad of Sonoma State University, Grant is thrilled to be able to share and teach his passion at Wow Studios.
Jon's passion for music began practically from the moment he could talk. His music education took off with the piano at eight years old when he was classically trained in his hometown of Kansas City. He played at churches, retirement homes, and competed in local piano festivals where he won three years consecutively. Over the years, Jon discovered a love for playing by ear and composing his own pieces; he also plays the trumpet, guitar, and euphonium. Jon enjoys sharing his passion and love for the world of music with students of all ages.
Joshua James Jackson and his guitar share all the best stories and jokes, the highest highs and the lowest lows of life on the road, and begs difficult questions like: “do we do away with the dewey decimal system?” For the last decade and a half, it’s been easy to find Joshua onstage or in a lesson with a bass, a trumpet, or a guitar in his hands. Like a good recipe for chicken, Josh has toured nationally and internationally as a sideman in some of California’s finest bands. Since 2015, Josh has been piloting the jazz punk outfit Sharkmouth.
Lars began his musical journey as an infant, showing a strong passion and skill for singing. After years of playing a wide variety of instruments and genres, Lars earned a Master of Arts in Music from San Francisco State University, diving deep into historically informed relationships between the voice and the guitar. Lars loves opening students’ minds to a wide variety of musical cultures and styles, finding a healthy balance between technical command, creativity and music exploration. When he’s not teaching you can typically find Lars gardening and/or chilling with his family!
As a highly energetic child, Maddy adopted music and performance as forms of emotional and creative expression from an early age. She's spent her life learning to sing, play the piano and guitar, write, and perform, and producing both music and visual arts.
Maddy's focus in her lessons centers around encouraging students to channel their creative energy, passion, and personality into the music.
When she’s not working on music or teaching lessons, you can find Maddy running her online clothing shop. You can check out her music under the name Ha Vay on Spotify and Apple Music, as well as her imaginative, highly visual music videos on YouTube.
Martin is a drummer and music director who has toured internationally with a diverse range of acts, including Yuna, Postmodern Jukebox, Amber Coffman, Haley Reinhart, Casey Abrams, and GIVERS. He still makes time to write and arrange music for his own ensemble, including the EP, 'Martin Diller Quintet Live at Bluewhale'. He received his Bachelors of Music from College Conservatory of Music (CCM) at University Of Cincinnati and his Masters at California Institute of The Arts.
Matt May is a Berklee College of Music graduate who started his career playing in the Duke University State Jazz Band and also competing in high level Marching Band competitions as well as playing for many church choirs.
At Berklee, Matt studied unded Tony “Thunder” Smith, the drummer for Lou Reed. Matt also played with a number of international artists and groups.
Nowadays he plays in a few bands, including members from the Jerry Garcia Band and is also the drummer for electronic artist Koresma. He is also a DJ and produces records, many which have been added to top Spotify and Apple Music playlists.
Matt fell in love with the piano during high school, and has been teaching at WOW for over a decade. He received his BA in Music from Humboldt State University, where he played in just about every type of band possible, from symphony and wind ensemble, to jazz big band and small jazz combos, to Mariachi. In addition to being an avid musician, jamming on songs by his idols like The Beatles and Miles Davis, Matt is an avid explorer of the wonderful North Bay along with his wife and two wonderful kids.
Pablo's passion for music began at the age of five in Bogotá, Colombia, where he was born and eventually began playing the snare drum in his school's marching band. At the age of nine, he took up the drums and guitar.
Pablo earned his Bachelor of Contemporary Music and Bachelor of Music Production and Engineer at Universidad San Francisco de Quito. While there, he formed the bands "La Matilda" and "Los Jitters".
In 2020, Pablo moved to the Bay Area to pursue his career as a teacher, musician, composer, and producer.
A classically trained multi-instrumentalist with over 40 years of music performance and teaching experience, Tommy has played both professionally and recreationally in a wide variety of ensembles ranging from symphonic orchestra to jazz big band, to R&B / Motown, and rock cover bands. Besides running around the studio teaching, Tommy can also be found running around the local pickle ball courts or hiking the trails of Marin with wife, Emily.
Verónica discovered her passion for singing at age six when she joined a children´s community choir in her hometown Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was the beginning of a musical journey exploring a breadth of styles, from tango and bossa nova to jazz, rock, and pop, also singing as Cantor in Jewish communities in Buenos Aires for over ten years.
Verónica loves to accompany students in the discovery of their own unique voice and to help them build healthy habits that lead to a lifetime of singing and enjoyment, where every style and genre is welcomed.
When she is not teaching or practicing, Verónica can be found riding her bicycle, enjoying nature, and discovering new places around the Bay Area, her new home.