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

Age: 24

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

Age: 23

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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Brandon Johnson

Guitar, Bass, and Ukulele

Age: 25

Hometown: Santa Rosa, California

How long have you been playing music? Sixteen Years

What instruments do you play? I enjoy playing Classical, Jazz, and Rock Guitar. I also like to play mandolin and bass for fun.

Where did you go to college? What type of degree? I received my Bachelors Degree in Jazz Studies from Sonoma State University. After receiving my Bachelor's Degree, I attended California State University Long Beach to work on my Master's Degree in Jazz Studies.

How long have you been teaching? I have been teaching for 4 Years.

Do you have any other hobbies besides music? I enjoy playing video games like Rocket League and Runescape.

Message to new students: Each and every day I am excited to wake up because I cannot wait until I get to practice the guitar for hours on end. Whenever I teach, my goal is to pass on my enthusiasm and knowledge of the instrument to each and every student. I am here to serve the student's needs and I enjoy teaching multiple styles of guitar, sight-reading, music theory, ear-training, composition, and transcription techniques. Please do not be afraid to ask questions during the lessons! I love receiving and answering all musical questions!


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Elaine Lay

Piano and Voice

Age: 27

Hometown: Irvine

How long have you been playing music? I have been playing music since I was 5 years old.

What instruments do you play? I play piano, vocals, and a little bit of guitar.

Where did you go to college? What type of degree? I received my degree from Cal State University Long Beach, Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance

How long have you been teaching? 4 years

Do you have any other hobbies besides music? I like drawing, psychology, connecting with people, watching netflix, photo-editing, and exploring new places.

Message to new students: I am here to help you to reach your musical goals, however big or small.


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Brian Rodriguez

Guitar, Bass and Ukulele

Age: 24

Hometown: Whittier, CA

How long have you been playing music? 11 years

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

Where do you go to college? I received my Bachelor of Arts in Music in both Classical Guitar performance and Composition from Loyola Marymount University. I am currently at USC working to complete my Master's Degree in Classical Guitar Performance.

How long have you been teaching? 5 years

Do you have any hobbies other than music? Yes, I am really into magic so let me know if you want to see a trick. I also love film/tv whether it be going to the movies, or scoring music for films or coming up with new creative video ideas for my own Youtube videos I have always been interested in the art of filmmaking.

Message to new students: Music is such a mysterious and incredible thing. I have dedicated my life to not only mastering my instrument, but to understanding the secrets to a wide variety of genres of music as well. If you are interested in taking lessons with me whether you want to be a professional musician or you simply enjoy jamming and want to improve your skills, I can help you take the necessary steps toward achieving your goals and have fun while doing it.


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Christy Lee

Piano and Violin

Age: 40

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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Marco Sanchez

Drumset and Percussion

Age: 34  

Hometown: Bogota, Colombia

How long have you been playing music? 17 Years

What instruments do you play? Drumset, Percussion(Latin, Orchestral, Marching Band) 

Where do you go to college? What type of degree? California State University of Northridge. Bachelors of Music in Jazz Performance

How long have you been teaching? 11 Years

Do you have any hobbies other than music? Besides Music, I like to read and learn about General Psychology and Neuropsychology. I also enjoy hiking and spending time with Family and Friends. 

Message to new students: Playing a Musical instrument is about having fun and developing your creativity to express yourself through the language of Music. No matter the age, anyone can learn and enjoy the experience of learning Music and its benefits!