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Meet

Our Teachers

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.

Akiko Sampson

Voice|Songwriting

Akiko (they/them) is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter with 20 years of performance and recording experience. After releasing several albums on various record labels and touring throughout the US, Europe, and Japan, Akiko is excited to pass on what they’ve learned from the studio and the stage to voice students of all ages. 

 

With a whole-body mindfulness and movement-based approach to vocal performance, Akiko encourages students to explore and get in touch with their own voices, and loves to help students develop their unique talents and ability to express themselves through music.

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Anthony Gordon

Drums|Percussion|Guitar|Bass|Ukulele|Piano

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.

Cheyenne Vincent

Voice|Songwriting

Cheyenne's passion for music started when she was young and has only kept growing since. She has a range of performance and music experience with genres ranging from classic rock, choral, jazz, hard rock, metal, and alternative. Cheyenne believes it is so important to connect with music and to teach younger generations all we have learned about music, through theory and experience. She is very excited to continue her own learning and teaching experience at WOW music studios, encouraging students to explore their passions.

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Elliott Jacobs

Bands|Electronic Music|Recording|Bass|Guitar|Piano

 

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!

Gus Sandage

Guitar|Bass|Ukulele|Piano

Gus comes from a family of musicians and music teachers, beginning his own musical journey when he picked up a guitar left lying around the house. From that moment on, he spent all his time learning everything he could about guitar technique and theory from books, videos, and, most importantly, the many musicians around him. Although he spent most of his teenage years rocking out in a garage, college exposed him to a variety of different musical styles. After college, he found himself rocking out again, though this time on stage instead of in the garage (usually). One day he gave a guitar lesson to a family friend and found that passing on musical knowledge was just as awesome as learning it! Over time, his teaching expanded to include other instruments and his instruction style became focused on a strong technical foundation. He believes music is a universally enriching experience, regardless of instrument or genre, one in which everyone should have a chance to partake.

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Jon Nolan

Piano|Guitar|Bass|Bands

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.

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Lili Briar

Electronic Music|Production

Lili Briar is a Marin native who teaches electronic music composition and home recording. With 15+ years of composition, recording, and production experience under her belt, she is currently working and gigging as a musician online and in-person. She releases an abundance of music through various record labels, DJs in clubs, and works sporadically as a recording engineer.

Her own style of music ranges wildly, but broadly, Lili focuses on song-writing, artistic cohesion, and sample-focused sound design. One of her greatest strengths in music is finding creative and unique ways to express familiar ideas. She brings this philosophy to teaching electronic music as well, encouraging explorative creativity and discovering ways to integrate active listening into the student’s music-writing process.

Martine Xenja

Guitar|Bass|Ukulele|Piano|Bands

Martine loves writing, performing, recording and producing music, and has been doing so for over a decade. He started out on guitar and has since branched out to many different instruments. In 2020 he graduated Cum Laude from UC San Diego with a BA in Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts (Music Emphasis). He believes that music has something special for everyone to discover and enjoy. When he isn’t singing or playing an instrument Martine enjoys drawing, biking, trail running, and spending time with his friends and family.

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Pablo Quintero

Drums|Guitar|Bass|Ukulele|Voice

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.

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Tommy Toy

Piano|Bass|Bands

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.

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