Meet Our Teachers

Bravo Academy of Music is proud to work with teachers, who have dedicated their lives to music and who are university trained musicians with experience in teaching private music lessons and classes.

Our teachers love working with children and students of all ages. They make learning music fun and engaging.

Students love our teacher and spots are limited. For available days and times please call or text us at 562.774.2224


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Juliana Polyanskaya

Voice or Piano

 Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

 How long have you been playing music? 30+ years

What instruments do you teach?  Piano and Voice
 
Where did you go to college? I graduated from Russian Federal University of Culture and Arts (Saint Petersburg)  with an emphasis in Music Education. Currently holding MD in Conducting, proud to be  musical and pedagogy professional with solid history of successful performances in such venues as Julius Littman Theatre, Hollywood Performing Arts Centre, and Michailovsky Theatre. Multiple national and international award winning performer. My extensive knowledge of musical theatre complemented by advanced study and practice in chorus conducting, piano, music interpretation, and music theory. Member of American National Association of Teachers of Singing.
 
How long have you been teaching? I have been teaching for 8 years.
 
Do you have hobbies other than music? I'm a multifaceted person:) I love reading, cooking as well as modeling, hiking and  life coaching.

Message to new students:  By enjoying the music performance field, I learned the vocal art as a science and a combination of physical, psychological, and creative ability of the artist. Singing has the power to bring a lot of positive effects to people’s lives through opening their personality and engaging their well-being. This is why teaching is not just a profession to me - it’s also a mission to pass all the knowledge and experience I have to young enthusiasts and talents. I enjoy productive relationships with students of all ages and I have a friendly and supportive manner. I  teach  in a way that every student feels special, valued, and encouraged.


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Juan Zuniga

Guitar, Bass or Ukulele

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

How long have you been playing music? 12 years

What instruments do you play? Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, and Piano

Where did you go to college? What type of degree?  I graduated from the Bachelors of Music program in Guitar Performance (Contemporary Styles) at the Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music. I received the Outstanding Student 2016 Award. I've studied under such instructors as Russell Ferrante (the Yellowjackets), Wayne Kramer (MC5) and many others. In 2011, I had the opportunity to study at the prestigious California Institute of the Arts receiving the award of California Arts Scholar.. Having been a part of the Santa Monica College Jazz Band has given me the opportunity to perform at the Broad Stage Performing Arts Theater. I've also had the pleasure of performing on Green Day's Broadway American Idiot Musical at the Cupcake Theater in Los Angeles. 

How long have you been teaching?  5 years 

Do you have any other hobbies besides music? I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.. When not rehearsing or performing, I like to go to concerts and seeking new trails for hiking. 

Message to new students: I believe that everyone has the ability to learn music. I promise to help you learn rock, funk, latin, jazz or anything in between. I like jamming from day one and listening to all styles of music.


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MaCall Potter

Violin

Hometown: Fullerton

How long have you been playing music? 20 years

What instruments do you play? I play violin and guitar. 

Where did you go to college? What type of degree? I have a Bachelor’s degree in violin performance at CSULB and a masters in Ethnomusicology at Goldsmiths, University of London. 

How long have you been teaching? I’ve been teaching for 7 years. 

Do you have any hobbies besides music? I like to volunteer, read, and do photography. 

Message to new students: Music can be life changing or just a really fun hobby. With some passion and focus you can learn to play an instrument and express yourself through music. 


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Christopher Rogers

Guitar, Bass and Ukulele

Hometown: Claremont, CA

How long have you been playing music? 14 years

What Instruments do you play? Guitar, Ukulele, and Bass

Where do you go to college? California State University, Fullerton. Bachelor's of Music 2017, Receiving Master's of Music in the Fall semester of 2019

How long have you been teaching? 7 years

Do you have any hobbies other than music? Reading and bike riding.

Message to new students: I believe that music is uniquely a human skill, however I have heard countless individuals say, “There is no possible way I could play an instrument, I’m completely tone deaf.” This statement couldn’t be farther from the truth. Just as everyone can communicate in their native language, everyone can learn to express him or herself through music.

“What is classical guitar?” It is more than just music from the era of Mozart. The variety of music the ‘classical’ guitar can play ranges hundreds of years. We can play music of the Renaissance, the samba and tango from South America, and new music that can definitely rock. The guitar is one of the most versatile instruments and, personally, the ‘classical’ guitar is the most rewarding.


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Christy Lee

Piano and Violin

Hometown: Glendale, CA

How long have you been playing music? Over 25 years

What instruments do you play? Piano and Violin

Where did you go to college? What type of degree? I attended California State University Northridge and earned a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education

How long have you been teaching? Over 20 years

Do you have any other hobbies besides music? Working on my cooking blogs and editing movies for my YouTube channel.

Message to new students: Learning to play a musical instrument and acquiring the unique habits of mind that come with it is one of the most incredible opportunities I want to share with my students! It’s one of the best things that you can do for your personal growth and development in all areas of life. Learning a musical instrument helps students in other areas of study including memory, self-discipline, motivation and even literacy. How meaningful and positive does that sound? Now let me help give you the best chance of developing a lifelong relationship with music making!


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Katherine Naffie

Voice and Beginning Piano

Hometown: Midland, MI

How long have you been playing music?: 15 years

What instruments do you play?: Piano, Flute, and Voice

Where did you go to college? What type of degree?: I attended Biola University and received a Bachelor's of Music in Vocal Performance.

How long have you been teaching?: 2 years

Do you have any other hobbies besides music?: I also enjoying spending time with friends, trying new foods, working out, and being outdoors.

Message to new students: Music is something that will always be beneficial to be involved in. It can help us better communicate, help us pursue our goals, and mostly allow us to just have fun! I am excited to teach you in whatever you goals may be.


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Fernando Hernandez

Piano and Trumpet

Hometown: Whittier, CA

How long have you been playing music? 20+

What instruments do you play? Trumpet, flute, piano, guitar, percussion and DJ turntables

Where did you go to college? What type of degree? I attended both CSU Monterey Bay and Sonoma State University for my undergraduate degree in music education. I recently finished a masters in commercial music from Cal State University Los Angeles. In the commercial music degree at CSULA, I had an emphasis in composition and arranging and basically got to do a ton of fun writing and recording projects including a full length album of original music.

How long have I been teaching? 12 years

Do I have any hobbies besides music? Yes! I love camping, surfing and hanging out with my two small dogs and cat.

Message to new students: Listen to lots and lots of music from all over the world! Music is universal and connects us all and is really awesome when enjoyed with others and is played live. Enjoying music is the best motivation for learning music!


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Rj Oliveros

Drumset and Percussion

Hometown: Pittsburg, CA

How long have you been playing music? 15+ Years

What instruments do you play? Drums and Percussion

Where did you go to college? What type of degree? Biola University, Music in Worship Major - Drum set Emphasis

How long have you been teaching? 5+ Years

Do you have any other hobbies besides music? Basketball, Snowboarding, Barbering,

Message to new students: Music is constantly changing and shifting into varying styles and sounds. That's one of my favorite things about listening to music, however, finding new ways to incorporate other musician's ideas into your own bag of tricks is something I found to be helpful in my playing. Music has taken me to places I never thought I'd find myself in and because of that, it's helped me grow in more ways than one. I challenge you to find music that is out of your comfort zone that intrigues you. Be open to all kinds of music, sounds, and styles and see what kind of impact it has on your musicianship.