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.


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.


Greg Schmitt | Guitar, Bass & Ukulele 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.


Kieran Allen | Guitar, Bass & Ukulele Instructor

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 16 years and teaching professionally over the past five. He studied guitar and music theory at Arizona Conservatory for Arts and holds a Degree & Certificate in Guitar Performance from 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.


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.


Rachel Challender | Piano Instructor

Miss Rachel has been singing ever since she could talk. Her first live performance was at age 4 in front of about 100 people at church…and her musical performance credits have grown from there.

She started playing piano at age 9 and within a few short years began performing piano competitively all the way up to national piano competitions. She continued with both private piano and voice lessons on through her college years.

A graduate of Biola University, Miss Rachel holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music with an emphasis on Voice and Worship. Her cross-disciplinary studies in music included piano and voice…even singing classical style in Italian and German.

She has had a lot of performing experience as a musician, vocalist and worship leader for many youth, college and adult groups as well as staffed positions with churches.

We love Miss Rachel’s kind and encouraging approach as an educator. She’s definitely a well qualified musician, well-rounded in many styles, in addition to having a keen understanding of what it takes to help students develop on their unique musical journeys. Her students are quite fortunate to work with someone so genuine and talented.


Clair Allison | Voice & Piano Instructor

There are a myriad of reasons we love having Miss Clair on the team here at Coastal Music Studios…but above all we really dig the way she cares about helping her students succeed and reach their musical goals.

Like many of our students here at the studio, Miss Clair grew up taking private lessons and singing in children’s choirs…and fell in love with music..so much so that she pursued a music degree at Point Loma Nazarene University right here in San Diego. She studied voice, piano and cello and holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. She was also a core member of the Point Loma Opera Theater for four years as a performer and costumer.

She’s been teaching voice, piano, cello and violin for the past 4 years and deeply loves sharing her love of music with all of her students.

Her students love her…we love her…and we’re confident you’ll love taking lessons with Miss Clair too.


Matthew Cox | Piano Instructor

It all started at 3 years old…Mr. Matthew was turning pages, banging out notes and starting to play piano. Once he learned his first piece, there was no turning back.

By age 13 he was studying piano at the local university, BYU. This is where the dream of becoming a professional musician began. Through college, Mr. Matthew continued to refine and develop his musical skill-set through ongoing instruction and working as a performer and studio musician.

Today he is teaching and performing and completing his Music Education degree at SDSU…along with being dad to 2 incredibly awesome kiddos.

Accolades and experience aside…Mr. Matthew is one of the most incredibly kind and intuitive educators we know. He has a keen ability to engage with students right where they are…all the while helping them on their own personal musical journey.

You know you want to…so come learn piano with Mr. Matthew…he’s seriously legit!


Juliet Lyons | Voice & Piano Instructor

There is definitely not enough space in this quick bio to share the multitude of creative accomplishments Miss Juliet has achieved as a professional musician. The only thing more impressive is how genuine and heart-felt she is about sharing music with others.

As an award-winning singer, songwriter and composer for film and television, her original music has been aired more than 1,000 times in over 100 television shows on a ton of different networks…as well as in movie trailers and major motion pictures.

Miss Juliet has performed in musicals, with bands, on cruise ships and solo cabarets internationally. She has also released a solo album of vocal songs created for yoga, healing, and inner peace.

Complementing her professional music career, she has been teaching music for the past 18 years. We consider ourselves lucky to know her…and we know our students at Coastal Music are very fortunate to have Miss Juliet as a mentor and teacher in their musical endeavors.



 

Substitute Teaching Team

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Mr. Blake | Guitar & Drums

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Mr. Zach | Piano

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Admin Team

Mr. Chris

Miss Erin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

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!