Meet Our Instructors

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Donato McDermott

Donato McDermott

Donato McDermott

(Guitar, Piano, Bass, Drums, Voice, Violin, Ukulele, Production) 


Donato McDermott has a background in playing music as well as teaching. Music is Donato’s life, which led him to be the founder of Evolution Music Conservatory. He has been involved in several successful bands (Legs on Sale, Royal Heist, Dondo and the Mothership). Donato is a graduate of Musician's Institute, where he studied a multitude of instruments extensively. He has over 15 years experience instructing at professional music schools and loves teaching anyone with a desire to learn. Donato developed his own teaching curriculum which is implemented here at EMC. He teaches guitar, drums, piano, and bass to beginners up to professional levels as well as songwriting, recording, theory, harmony, sight-reading, and ear training. 

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Nick Bergere

Donato McDermott

Donato McDermott

(Guitar, Bass, Piano, Drums, Violin, Cello, Ukulele, Production)


 Nick Bergere is a seasoned performer and musician, thanks to his wide skill set on multiple instruments. Starting on cello, he soon learned guitar, violin, piano, drums, and bass, where he played all these instruments almost daily during the completion of his music degree at Florida State University. Marching in the Rose Bowl, playing bass in sold out stadiums across the country, studying guitar, and playing keys for worship bands since 2008, Nick has gained an appreciation and skillset over many genres, from jazz, to metal, to contemporary, to funk. Nick is also an experienced audio engineer, and has engineering credits on dozens of tracks, writing, recording, comping, tuning, mixing, and mastering music of all styles.

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Sheri Pearlman

Donato McDermott

Sheri Pearlman

(Clarinet, Saxophone)


Sheri Pearlman is an American clarinetist based out of Los Angeles, California. Sheri received her musical education from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in her native city of Baltimore, Maryland, where she studied under New York Philharmonic's Principal clarinetist, Anthony McGill. She received a talent scholarship from this renowned institution, as well as numerous awards. One distinction of note includes the Peabody Institute's Award for Excellence in Chamber Music as well as an additional scholarship to concertize and perform chamber music throughout Europe.

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Matt Koelsch

Matt Koelsch

Matt Koelsch

(Voice, Guitar, Bass, Piano, Songwriting)


Matt believes that music education is a rewarding experience which will instill a love of music, one that students will carry with them for the rest of their life. He believe's that all young students should be taught the fundamental building blocks of music theory, an introduction to instruments and songwriting so they can continue to explore music on their own or in a group. Matt has had a passion for music from his early experiences in school playing the piano, clarinet, guitar, and composing/ recording music. Matt thrives on exuding the enthusiasm and dedication his early music teachers brought to his classroom in Massachusetts. He looks forward to helping his students grow musically. Matt Koelsch’s achievements to date include selling thousands of physical records/CD’s, performing over 150 shows per year, winning a summer scholarship to Berklee College of Music, signing a two-year performance agreement with the Walt Disney Company as well as sharing the stage with members of legendary bands such as REM, Pink Floyd, and Toto. 

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Liam Kevany

Matt Koelsch

Matt Koelsch

(Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano, Rockband)


Liam firmly believes the best way to learn music, is to learn songs that you love. Liam has many years of experience when it comes to teaching students and especially shines when it comes to teaching rockband classes. He also has a lot of touring experience as he has been around the world with his own band. He has also recently produced and released an EP of his own.

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Ryan Wykert

Matt Koelsch

Ryan Wykert

(Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drums)


Ryan Wykert is a drummer / multi instrumentalist living in Los Angeles, CA. Originally from Casper Wyoming, Ryan began playing drums and percussion at a young age, continuing throughout jr high and high school and eventually graduating with a degree in music from the University of Northern Colorado, where he studied with drummers Jim White and Chris Smith. During his time at school, Ryan played with many bands in Colorado and began traveling around the country playing music.

After graduating college, Ryan moved to Los Angeles in 2013 to begin pursuing a career in music. He has since toured and recorded with multiple groups, played shows all over southern California, and studied with drummers such as Dave Elitch and Thomas Pridgen. Ryan began teaching at the School of Rock in Santa Clarita in the summer of 2018.

Ryan has been studying and playing various styles of music throughout his musical career, including jazz, rock, metal, free-jazz, experimental, latin music, and indie-rock. Some of his musical influences are as follows: Miles Davis, Elvin Jones, John Bonham, Travis Barker, Wilco, Nine Inch Nails, Thundercat, Steely Dan, Nirvana, Frank Zappa, Alexisonfire, Black Sabbath, Squarepusher, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Avett Brothers, and many more. He very much appreciates the opportunity to share his knowledge of music and performing with those who are eager to learn!

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Sophia Bouhaddou

Chelsea Obermeier

Chelsea Obermeier

(Voice, Piano, Beginner Guitar)


Sophia began piano at the age of 5 years old and voice lessons at 9 years old. She graduated from San Francisco State University and Los Angeles College of Music. She has  performed with Grammy Award Winners Mya and Patrice Rushen. Sophia has opened for Haily Reinhart, SOMO, and Sammy J. She competed in American Idol, The Voice, and America's Got Talent. She released an all original music album and has toured nationally and internationally playing and singing on piano as well as with her 8 piece band.

After college, Sophia began teaching voice and piano. She teaches piano out of the Alfred's Basic Piano Library. She invented the music theory game called 'Match' which helps students learn music theory 30% faster than out of a book and music lessons combine. In her vocal lessons she teaches the anatomy of the voice and proper vocal technique, allowing any student to sing any song. Her music genres include Pop, R&B, Jazz, Rock, and World Music.

Sophia teaches songwriting, playing instruments while singing, and the art of performing.

Her students participated in the Musa National Music Competition -- three of them taking 1st place titles and one 2nd place title; two years in a row.

Sophia speak French, Arabic and English. She is learning Spanish and is happy to teach songs in different languages.

Most importantly, she loves music and looks forward to sharing her knowledge and passion with all of you.

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Chelsea Obermeier

Chelsea Obermeier

Chelsea Obermeier

(Voice, Piano)


 Chelsea is a light lyric soprano originally from the Midwest. She has studied piano and voice since the age of 12. She received her bachelor's of music in vocal performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2014 and her master’s of music in vocal performance from Temple University in Philadelphia in 2016. Chelsea has been teaching private voice, piano, and piano/voice fusion lessons for the past five years. In addition to teaching privately, she is the K-8 music teacher and choir director at the Woodcrest School in Tarzana. In addition to teaching, Chelsea has a long history of performance. She has performed in Los Angeles with Pacific Opera Project, with Opera Carolina in North Carolina, and Opera Omaha in Nebraska. 

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Tim Conley

Chelsea Obermeier

Tim Conley

(Guitar, Piano, Ukulele, Bass, Drums, Rock Band)


Tim is a highly experienced musician with over 15 years of teaching experience. Born in Philadelphia, Tim majored in jazz guitar and music composition in college. As an instructor, Tim creates a fun and relaxed atmosphere while instilling confidence in his students with positive reinforcement.  He teaches guitar, bass, piano, drums, and ukulele.  An accomplished performer, Tim has toured all over the world in prestigious venues such as Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Lincoln Center in NYC; and festivals including the Halifax Jazz Festival in Nova Scotia and Gilles Peterson’s WWS in Tokyo, JP.  He has also performed with many rock, jazz, hiphop, and electronic artists like Bernie Worrell, Mike Watt, Digable Planets, Jose James, Mark Guiliana and Taylor McFerrin. Tim is continually excited to share his musical knowledge and experience with aspiring musicians.  His goal as a teacher is to provide a balance of music theory, sight reading, and instrument proficiency in the genre/s that each student is most interested in pursuing.

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Zach Nazar

Grant Jordan

Grant Jordan

(Drums, Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, Rock Band, Violin, Cello, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Flute, Voice)


Raised in the suburbs of Chicago Zach Nazar picked up the drum-set at age 8 and took weekly lessons for twelve years before moving to Boston in 2004 to attend Berklee College of Music where he took up World percussion as his primary instrument. There he began finding a love for traditional music from around the globe. In 2013 Zach began teaching orchestral instruments with El Sistema through the Longy School of Music of Bard College’s Master of Arts and Teaching Program in Los Angeles. Since then, Zach has been teaching all instruments as the Music Director at the Muse school in Calabasas, Our Community Charter School, Guidance Charter High School, and Foothills Music Academy. Incorporating all of his previous experience into his teaching and curriculum, Zach has developed his own unique approach to education with an emphasis on fun! He is also teaching private lessons for all instruments, composing original music, performing, and is frequently called to “sit in” on recordings and performances of various styles. Through this experience, Zach has acquired a unique passion, perspective and ability to adapt his style, allowing him work with a vast range of individuals. 

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Grant Jordan

Grant Jordan

Grant Jordan

(Drums, Ukulele, Guitar, Voice, Piano)


Being a musician in Los Angeles has provided Grant with many wonderful opportunities. He has traveled the world, shared the stage with some of the greatest players in L.A., played on records, and taught students all in the name of music. Throughout his youth Grant played in school jazz bands, local rock bands, and in college music became his primary focus. He studied jazz performance, earned a degree in music business, and juggled multiple original projects during his 4 years at The University of Redlands. In 2008 Grant moved to L.A. and began learning what it meant to be a professional musician. Not just what was expected of him as a player but also the importance of preparedness, being on time, and a good attitude. Grant has toured the country and abroad, was a two time finalist at the "Next Great Drummer Competition" sponsored by Sam Ash Music and is the drummer featured on the popular interactive music toy "Paper Jamz" Drum series.

  


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Evan Denisiu

Grant Jordan

Evan Denisiu

(Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano, Logic X)


Raised in the Los Angeles area, Evan has been playing Guitar, Drums, Bass, and Guitar for around five years, and is a published artist! He and his band 

Mt. Pool, began playing shows at the end of every month here at the school, and loves to work with people! He lives and breathes music, and wants to spread the love it gives! Being a California School of the Arts graduate, as well as have played many notorious venues around the area! His friendly smile and energetic personality, is sure to connect with any and all!