Our Team

Coastal Music Studios is proud to have a team of working music professionals who excel in teaching and coaching our students.


Pam Allen | Piano & Voice Instructor

Pam AllenAn educator at heart, Miss Pam is our lead instructor here at Coastal Music Studios. With a Bachelors in Music Education and over 30 years experience teaching music, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better music teacher.

Along with 15+ years of professional touring experience, Pam is also a published songwriter, accomplished classical pianist, orchestral & choral conductor, arranger, recording artist, humanitarian and Mom to 5 kids.

As owner of Coastal Music Studios, Pam now has the opportunity to pour all of her passions into one beautiful endeavor. Combining her love for music and teaching and people into one space is beyond fulfilling…it’s a a dream come true.

 

 


Andy Allen | Vocal Coach & Event Production

Andy Allen

Andy toured extensively as an Indie Recording Artist and Songwriter for more than 18 years. He recorded 3 albums, traveled internationally, worked as a producer, studio-session singer, in Artist Development, Performance Coaching and serves as a World Vision Artist Associate. While Andy has spent most of his career as a performing artist, his work has increasingly led towards building into other artists and musicians.

Starting Coastal Music Studios with his wife, Pam, has been the perfect opportunity to help inspire the next generation of musicians and creatives. Andy continues to record, travel and perform in addition to running Coastal Music Studios.


Zach O’Brien | Piano Instructor

We love it when great things come together. So we couldn’t be happier to have Zach on our team. He’s a great musician…a great teacher…and a great guy!

Zach has been playing piano for 20 years. By the time he was 10, he was seriously competing in classical piano competitions. In his early 20’s he even played a gig where Taylor Swift was in rocking out in the front row…pretty cool.

Zach studied Math, Economics and Music Composition with a Piano Emphasis in both jazz and classical piano at Belmont University in Nashville, TN and at Oxford University in England. He’s like…totally smart and an awesome musician!

A consumate pro, Zach is proficient in Pop, Classical, Hip Hop, R & B, Folk and Modern Church musical styles. If it has keys…he can play it. He performs regularly with several different musical groups and is also a recording studio session player.

With a special gift for communicating his love for music, we can’t wait for you to have the chance to take piano lessons with our amazing Mr. Zach!


Liz Buss | Piano Instructor

It’s impressive when someone is not only great at their craft, but also a fantastic educator…so get ready to be impressed with Miss Liz!

Liz studied Piano Performance and Music Therapy while getting her BA in Music Education from Arizona State University. She’s been playing piano for 20 years and teaching for the past five.

Not only is Liz an award-winning pianist, she also plays the Oboe, Clarinet and Saxophone. In high school she became a Drum Major and led the Marching Band to State…yeah, she’s got cool trophies and stuff.

Performance has also been a key part of Liz’s journey. She’s played for and accompanied a host of performing choirs, ensembles, student showcases and musicals like Fiddler On The Roof, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, and The Sound of Music.

Liz is a kind, patient and incredibly proficient educator. We’re fortunate to have her on our team and confident you’ll love taking lessons with her.


Jennifer Argenti | Violin Instructor

Miss Jennifer

We like to think of Miss Jennifer as having straight-up violin street cred! She’s always smiling, always fun and a musicians musiciian. Jennifer is originally from Maryland, graduated from the Baltimore School for the Arts, studied violin performance at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music in Cleveland, OH, and has performed all over the world. She has continued her life-long study of violin at Mark O’Connor fiddle camps and Master classes. She studied blues/rock/jazz at the California College of Music and received a scholarship for jazz performance at the Colburn School of Music.

To top that off, Jennifer was recently featured in concert by the legendary Willie Nelson! She’s appeared in TV commercials, ‘The Bachelor’, ‘My Fair Wedding’ ‘David Tutera Unveiled’, ‘Swedish Hollywood Wives’ and Nicki Minaj’s latest video, playing violin. She’s also played for a plethora of other artists, including grammy winning country artist Travis Tritt. Did we mention she’s legit?!

If you haven’t yet, make sure you get to know Miss Jennifer. We love everything that she’s done…but most of all that she’s a wonderful person who loves life!


Greg Schmitt | Guitar & Bass Instructor

Sometimes you meet someone and you just have to take some time and get to know them…that’s how we feel about our very own Mr. Greg…or Schmitty as we affectionately refer to him.

Greg is a dedicated and educated pro. Fluent on the guitar from Classical to Jazz to Punk to Metal to Indie-Rock to Funk. Not to mention he’s kind of a music theory nerd. It’s just downright impressive.

He’s been playing guitar for 19 years and holds a BA of Music & Mathematics from UC Santa Barbara…so yeah…he’s like crazy-smart and stuff.

His performance experience spans years of playing solo shows and in Jazz Combos to Afro-Brazilian & Middle Eastern Ensembles and rockin’ out in a Punk Band.

Students love Mr. Greg’s paced and patient approach to teaching and sharing a laid-back laugh about the quirkiness of life. If you’re thinking about learning to play guitar, you’ll love taking lessons with Mr. Greg!


David Reihm | Guitar, Drums & Ukulele Instructor

You ever meet one of those people who is just so ridiculously talented that it just doesn’t seem fair to the rest of us mere mortal types? Yeah, that’s Mr. David.

David plays guitar, drums, bass, piano, ukulele, sings and to top it off is a recording engineer….so there’s that! We haven’t asked…but he could probably play the spoons and juice-harp if given the chance.

He started playing guitar at age 11, drums at 13 and then recording/producing at 14. He holds an Audio Engineering degree though the Recording Connection Audio Institute and has been involved as an artist with 6 different groups/solo-acts releasing 15 projects between them all.

Oh…and he’s performed all over SoCal. You know, places like The House of Blues, Soma, Epicenter, Chain Reaction & The Jumping Turtle to name a few. He’s also got range stylistically…from Indie-Rock & Pop to Church/Worship to Electronic/House & Experimental.

And if all that doesn’t get your “wow-meter’ rockin’….he’s also a super awesome guy and an incredible teacher. We’re stoked he’s chosen to be a part of our Coastal Music Team and hope you get the chance to study with such a talented artist.


Gigi Coddington | Voice & Acting Instructor

An accomplised singer and actor, Miss Gigi has been coaching aspiring young singers and actors for the past 10 years.

A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama in New York with a Musical Theatre emphasis, she has also studied at The Groundlings Improv and Virginia Governor’s School of the Arts…bringing a wealth of knowledge to inspire her students.

Gigi has performed in touring and local productions from New York to LA & across San Diego’s theatre community. You’ll be hard pressed to find a gap in her knowledge of musical theatre.

She has a distinct passion to help her students discover and develop their vocal prowess and self-confidence as performers. You can’t help but be encouraged when spending time with Miss Gigi and her larger-than-life personality.

We’re thrilled to have someone so enthusiastic and full of passion building into the voices of our Coastal Music Students!


Hilary Osterberg | Voice Instructor

Miss Hilary grew up in a musical home…playing the piano handed down from her Grandmother as a young child…and stealing her dad’s guitar in Jr-High to learn how to play and read chord charts and lead sheets…then singing in choirs, musical theatre and performing groups throughout the high-school and college years.

She was a Vocal Performance major at Northern Arizona University and toured internationally before making her way to California to pursue a career in music.

Hilary currently performs regularly as a Worship Leader in venues all over SoCal and as a touring member of the Mike Clark Band. She also sings and performs in a Django/Gypsy Jazz Ensemble called the Blood Moon Gypsies.

So…all her incredible qualifications aside…we love having Miss Hilary on the Coastal Music Team because she adores her students and is all about helping them find their voice and grow in their confidence as vocalists and performers.


Ric Henry | Voice & Acting Instructor

We first met Mr. Ric when we performed together several years ago and were thrilled when the opportunity finally came to have him join our Coastal Music Team!

Ric began his singing career when he was 6 years old. He’s been a professional musical theatre actor for 40 years with leading roles in most every classic Broadway Show…including JC Superstar, Cabaret, Godspell & Phantom.

He took his Cabaret show on several cruise lines and traveled the world refining his skills until he moved to San Diego in 1991. He then joined the board of directors of Carlsbad Community Theatre where he is now the Artist Director of the Carlsbad Showcase Company & President of the CCT Board.

Ric has an extensive background performing, writing and directing corporate events around the U.S. He is also a recording artist and teaches Cabaret Production Workshops for Adults.

So…to say the least…Mr. Ric is the consummate pro as a performer and educator. He’s been teaching Voice & Vocal Coaching for 35 years and has an incredible track record of helping his students excel as singers and performers. We have every confidence you will L.O.V.E. taking lessons with Ric!


Sandra Taylor | Piano Instructor

Miss Sandra brings a fun and exciting international flare to our Coastal Music Teaching Team!

She started playing piano at age 3…attending the local music school in her small hometown in Austria. She continued her studies at Johann Joseph Fux Conservatory of Music in Graz, Austria…holds a Bachelors Degree from Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey and studied Piano Pedagogy at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and Saddleback Community College in Mission Viejo…all before serving as Professional Pianist for the US Navy Band…where she had the honor of performing before national televised audiences, dignitaries, governors and the President of the United States.

Sandra is accomplished in playing and teaching piano from Classical to Jazz…Contemporary Stylings to Traditional Church Music…and more. We love that she’s not only a seasoned pro, but that she is enthusiastic and empathetic in her approach to teaching and has a personal devotion to helping all of her students fully engage in the art and craft of music.

With over 20 years experience teaching piano, and a passion to see students have access to high quality education in the arts…there’s no doubt you’ll love learning with Miss Sandra!


Blake La Grange | Guitar, Bass & Drums Sub

Blake_HeadshotMr. Blake is a Grammy Winning musician, audio engineer, producer, instructor and songwriter. He has over 15 years experience playing guitar, drums, piano and bass. He’s worked with many artists including Katy Perry, P.O.D., Switchfoot, Kanye West, members of Chicago and Cheap Trick and done some work for Disney.

Blake has been teaching professionally since 2009. He focuses on teaching foundational & practical skills while specializing in building an understanding of playing with other musicians.

We’re quite impressed with Blake’s accolades and talent…but even more so because he’s just an all-around great guy. We’re fortunate Blake has chosen to teach at Coastal Music Studios…our students are lucky to have someone this gifted building into them.


Kieran Allen | Guitar Sub

Definitely one of the most genuine and kind people you will ever meet…not to mention über-talented and creative…we are stoked that Kieran is teaching here at Coastal Music Studios.

Kieran has been playing guitar for 15 years and teaching professionally over the past four. He studied guitar and music theory at Arizona Conservatory for Arts and is currently completing his Certificate in Guitar Performance at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA.

A master of guitar technique and tone, Kieran plays both electric and acoustic guitar with incredible skill. He’s toured extensively with several bands and artists over the last 7 years so he has a great grasp on teaching performance beyond the practice room.



 

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NOTE | Our team of music professionals are not just highly qualified musicians and educators, we vet every instructor and run extensive criminal history and background checks on everyone working in our studio.
Your child’s safety is our #1 priority!