Margaret Hayashi : Piano

Margaret Hayashi


Rate: $110.00/ 4 Weeks

Fluent in both English and Japanese, Margaret is working towards a BM in Piano Performance and Music Education and was awarded scholarship for UH Manoa. Margaret was also awarded First and Second Prize and other awards at the Yamaha Competition.

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Jan Shima : Voice-Violin-Guitar-Ukulele-Songwriting

Jan Shima


Rates:  $38 for half hour class (includes tax)

Jan worked as an entertainer in California, Japan, and Hawaii and toured internationally. She performed with many bands including  SaFire, Navatek Cruise Band, Jubilation, NewDay, and New Hope Christian Fellowship Vocal team. Along with extensive studio work for others Jan’s recordings include 3 CD’s nominated for Na HokuHanoHano Awards and 3 nominations for Hawaii Music Awards. Her latest CD "Light to Soar" was written, arranged produced, designed, and recorded by Jan. A fusion of Jazz and World styles it was inspired by the wild beauty of the National Parks. “Who is to Come” was written, produced, vocal arrangements, and cover design by Jan. It was one of the top Gospel CD’s in Hawaii, receiving national airplay. “PowerPraiseHawaii" written by Orlando Tumacder, was produced, arranged, and cover design by Jan. She worked with OnTheRock Recording Studio as Producer, Arranger, Vocalist, and currently produces music for songwriters and students at her studio. Instruments are Vocals, Violin, Guitar, Piano, Ukulele. She taught Music workshops in Japan, Taiwan, S.Africa, Hawaii, and currently teaches at Kailua Music School. As a popular radio personality with KAIM 95.5FM, she hosted programs including Voice of the Islands, Youth Alive, and Saturday Nights. Educated in music and dance since age 6, she has a BFA from the University of Michigan, and is currently studying Writing & Producing at Berklee College of Music.
Chie Blakeney : Piano, Voice, Harp, Music Theory

Chie Blakeney

Piano, Voice, Harp, Music Theory

Chie has a Bachelor of Music in Harp Performance from Soai University in Japan.  She also has performance experience with the piano as well.  Chie was one of the privileged performers chosen to be in the university orchestra during her tenure there.

A bilingual (English-Japanese) native of Osaka, Japan she started to play the piano at the age of 2, and began playing the harp at 15.
Under the tutelage of Nippon Harp Association Executive Directors Eiko Masui and Junko Tabuchi, she took the master class at the international harp festival at 17. She has also studied the piano under Juilliard Graduate Izumi Nagayama.

Chie is the owner of "Sound of Harp Hawaii", and an authorized dealer of "Aoyama Harp Hawaii".  She aspires to nurture the future harpist and introduce the healing and calming benefits of the harp to Hawaii.

Rates: Harp 30min $40, 60min $75. Piano: 30min $35, 60min $65. Solfege•Music Theory 30min $35, 60min $65


Jesse Morgan :

Jesse Morgan

Rate: 160 per month

Jesse Morgan has been playing drums for over 40 years experienced in Rock, Funk, Shuffles, R&B and Blues drumming styles.
Jesse performed with Ginai, Bobby Thursby & Night train, JP Smoketrain and the rock group Paradise Xs.
Before moving to Hawaii; From St. Louis Mo. he was the drummer for the local phenom "BIG FUN" who held the house band position for the premier showcase club
"Mississippi Nights"
Also drummed on several recording projects.
Teaching the student: Tempo control, Single and double bass drum development, Accent control, Linear fills, pocket and groove control.

Kari Magaruh : Voice Oboe Piano

Kari Magaruh

Voice Oboe Piano

Rate: $100 per Month

Kari Magaruh is a credited stage performer who is now offering to teach vocals, oboe and piano in Kailua, Hawaii.

Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, and a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

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Frildo “Ferd” Andersen : Guitar-Bass

Frildo “Ferd” Andersen


Rate $35/Lesson

Basic Open Chords and Bar Chords

Advanced Jazz or Bossa nova Chords


Major and Minor Scales, Modes and Arpeggios

Music Theory – ability to write and communicate

Treble and Bass Clef, Guitar Tab and Fake Book


Performance and Education:


2015 – On Stage: Jazz, Blues, Bossa nova, Fusion Quintet

2014 – On Stage: Rock and Blues Quartet

2014 to Present – Participation in Independent Musician Network of Hawaii


2013 – JJ’s Bistro: Kris Chun vocals and myself on guitar - Bossa nova and Jazz Standards


2009 to Present – Play Out at Open Mics


2007 UH Manoa – BA in Economics and Minor in Anthropology


Cal State Hayward and San Jose Community College

Bass Guitar, Tuba and Music Theory


Abraham Lincoln High school

Marching Band and Concert Band – Trumpet and Sousaphone

Jazz Band – Bass Guitar

Dixie Land Jazz Band – Sousaphone

(Played Monterey Jazz Festival and Shoreline Amphitheatre)



Chase Buestad : Rate: $25/Lesson (1/2 Hour Lessons)

Chase Buestad

Rate: $25/Lesson (1/2 Hour Lessons)

Chase Buestad teaches guitar mainly focused on classical guitar. He has studied music at the college level and has a BA from saint Mary's college of California mainly focused in the performing arts. Chase has recently moved to Kailua from the Bay Area this past February 19th. Looking for new motivated students ready to play some guitar and learn about how to more appreciate the art of music and its capabilities. Charging around $25 per half hour

Tatiana Grecic :

Tatiana Grecic

Tatiana has a PhD in Music Theory and Composition from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master's in Composition and Theory from Carnegie-Mellon University and she is certified in two children's teaching methods, Suzuki and Kindermusik. During her high school years, she won “The 1981 October Prize in Composition” for the city of Belgrade. Some of her best compositions have been performed at some of the most famous stages in the world. Her piece for chamber orchestra, was performed at the Fulton Theatre in Pittsburgh her symphonic piece was performed by the Carnegie-Mellon University Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Tatiana has been teaching music at various schools, colleges, and universities (piano, composition and theory, basic musicianship, harmony, counterpoint, piano ensemble, orchestration, improvisation, notation, voice, and many other subjects) for over 20 years. She taught at Carnegie-Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, Chatham College, Community College of Allegheny County, New Mexico Highlands University where she founded and led the composition program, Bermuda Conservatory of Music, and Bermuda School for the Performing Arts. Since 1991, she has also been exploring the sound of pop, new age and rock. She was involved as a singer, keyboardist and songwriter, performing with various bands in the Pittsburgh area. Her compositions have been influenced by many styles: new-age, pop, progressive rock andclassical (especially impressionism). Many of her pieces and songs were performed internationally and she has composed, recorded and produced five CD’s through Core-Age Records. Check out Tatiana's recent composition for choir and piano here: YouTube

Rate: $140 per month

Marshall Kaniho :

Marshall Kaniho

Rate $35/Half Hour

Marshall Kaniho was born and raised in Hawaii where he graduated from Punahou.

Began taking piano at 4 years old. Started playing professionally at  age 19.  In Las Vegas from 1978 until 2000.
Marshall is versatile in all styles of music.
I am currently  playing piano and keyboards with different venues with different musicians
It's the time in my life to give my knowledge and experience to a new generation of aspiring musicians.

John Campos :

John Campos

Rate: $35 per 1/2 Hour, $65 per Hour

Jessica Morin :

Jessica Morin

Rate: $30/ 1/2 Hour, $60/ Hour

Jessica has been teaching piano since 2006, including:

  • Legato Music School
  • San Jose Academy of Music
  • Noteworthy Music School
  • Cyperian Catholic School
  • Little Mustard Seed

Jessica's education background includes:

  • Music Teacher Association of California Certification-Level 9 and currently obtaining Music Degree at San Jose University
  • Little Mustard Seed-Child Day Care After School Program
  • Child Development course at De Anza College
  • Piano Instructor for Catholic Charities
  • Noteworthy Music School
  • Piano Instructor at Recreation Plus

Jessica has extensive experience in early child education and speaks English, Chinese and French

Max Dutton :

Max Dutton

Price: $40.00 per lesson

Maxamillian Dutton is a professional drummer and percussionist with a passion for music. He has been playing drums for 12 years and has experience in all styles including rock, jazz, hip-hop, gospel, metal, reggae and even latin. Max have played in multiple indoor drum lines as well as with Legends in Concert Waikiki. He is currently a United States Marine playing with the MarForPac band. Max has been teaching both children and adults for years and loves spreading the  word of music to everyone around him.

Christoph Hoffman : Piano-Drums-Ukulele

Christoph Hoffman


Rate: $108 for 4 Weeks

Mr. Christoph Hoffman teaches piano including jazz, blues, classical and popular styles. He also teaches computer music. Christoph studied at the Institute of Audio Research in New York City and with piano great Nina Isidora. He has been an instructor with Kailua Music School since 1995.

Erin Smith :

Erin Smith

Rates: Half Hour Private lesson: $45, Full Hour Private Lesson: $90, Half Hour Duo Lesson (2 people): $60

Erin Smith is a singer, guitarist, violinist, and a fashion and music writer for the Honolulu Star Advertiser

Currently Erin's Schedule is close to being full and there may be wait times for openings. Please contact the school, Erin would be happy to speak with you. There are also group classes (Friday evening young adult group vocal from 6:00-7:00, etc.) that have space available.

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Jegaan Faye : Voice-Guitar-Drums-Piano-Ukulele

Jegaan Faye


Rate: $120 for 4 Weeks

Jegaan Singh Faye was born in Alexandria Virginia in 1987. His mother worked for the U.S. State Department which allowed Jegaan to experience life at a young age overseas. He spent 8 years in Japan, 4 years in the Philippines, and 1 year in Africa to name a few countries where he lived long term. Jegaan first started playing the drums at the age of 6 in Tokyo, Japan. In the Philippines Jegaan studied the guitar. He then studied Vocal Performance for 5 years and sang in the touring advanced choir ensemble in Hawaii at the Leeward Community College under Marilyn Liu Kim. Jegaan is working as a freelance musician and teacher. He is involved and has performed in many venues in Hawaii including, JazzMinds Art & Cafe, Hawaiian Brian’s, Tiki's, Corner Kitchen, Real Gastropub, Lu Lu’s, Sheraton Waikiki’s Rum Fire and other similar venues. The group that Jegaan is currently performing with is called Young Souls. Their music is a blend of jazzy acoustic renditions, up-tempo funk, soulful modern-day crooning. Jegaan aspires to enhance his musicality, his performance career, and to tour internationally back to all the places he knew and loved as a child.

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The President :

The President

Bob Frost rescued Kailua Music School in 2003 after 10 years of operations. As a professional bass player and music lover, Bob Frost or "Frosty" saw a need for a quality music school in the Kailua community. Bob has a BSBA from Hawaii Pacific University and owns, Up Your Assets, Inc., an accounting firm specializing in tax planning, preparation and intervention. Bob believes that music will save the world and he has put his money where his mouth is.

Scott Shafer : Drums

Scott Shafer


Rate: $120 for 4 Weeks

Scott specializes in drumset (electronic and acoustic ) percussion, instruction and composition. He earned his bachelor's degree in professional music from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. With over 35 years of experience his history covers a broad musical landscape including Big Band Jazz, bebop, Jazz Fusion, Musicals, Hard Rock, Classic Rock, Orchestral, Funk, R&B, Hip Hop, Reggae, Island Contemporary and World Music. He is currently working with Hawaii's hottest R&B band : Eight0Eight, Island Music band: Redemption InC, Jazz quartet : 16th Ave.Quartet, Island Contemporary band : Manoa DNA as well as a healthy dose of various freelance projects. Scott's has been teaching professionally for over 20 years. Through these years he's developed a keen sense for recognizing an individual's learning strengths thus utilizing those strengths to maximize one's learning experience.

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Lesley Kline : Violin

Lesley Kline


Rate: $35/Half Hour

Lesley Kline attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston and the Conservatoire de Champigny-sur-Marne, outside of Paris. Although classically trained, she has been a professional fiddle player for over 20 years. She was based in Paris for 12 years touring throughout Europe and is now actively performing in Hawaii. Her styles of fiddle playing include bluegrass, country, Irish, Mexican, cajun, western swing, jazz, blues, rock and free-style improvisation.


Aaron Carey : Guitar-Administration

Aaron Carey


Rate: $100 for 4 Weeks, $285 for 12 Weeks

Any song, in any key, at ANY speed! Aaron Carey is all about getting the aspiring electric guitarist up and ready to perform ASAP. Students looking for straight out mechanical ability, efficiency and technique, this might be the teacher for you.

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Luke Trimble : Guitar

Luke Trimble


Rate: $30/Half Hour, $55/Hour

Luke Trimble is an award-winning classical guitarist based in Kailua. Under the direction of renowned composer and guitarist Bryan Johanson, Luke graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Music from Portland State University. He has performed with members of the Honolulu Symphony, the Air Force Band of the Pacific, the UH Contemporary Music Ensemble, and numerous chamber players. Widely recognized for his versatility as a performer and educator, Luke’s diverse work has taken him across the globe as a soloist, with various ensembles, and as a dedicated teacher.

Chris Vandercook : Guitar-Ukulele-Bass

Chris Vandercook


Chris Vandercook is a masterful guitarist who also teaches ukulele. Chris believes lessons should be designed with a strong emphasis on fundamentals. He says, “I like to work with each student to find that balance between the things they enjoy doing and the things they will need to do in order to improve. Lessons should be both fun and challenging.”

Kimo Hussey : Ukulele

Kimo Hussey


Kimo Hussey has traveled the world promoting the ukulele. He has a college degree in music and extensive expeience teaching the ukulele. Kimo embraces teaching as a means of sharing and nurturing the student's interest in music and ukulele.
Kimo has produced CDs and is co-author of a Hawaiian songbook "He Mele Aloha." He is also co-founder of the Pacific Music Foundation. We are honored to have Kimo Hussey listed among our excellent music instructors.

Shari Lynn : Voice-Music Theory

Shari Lynn

Voice-Music Theory

Shari Lynn has been an important part of the entertainment field in Hawaii for over 30 years, having helmed her own radio and TV shows, starred in concerts with the Honolulu Symphony, appeared in every major showroom across the Islands - including working alongside The Brothers Cazimero in their Royal Hawaiian Monarch Room debut. She’s been the headliner on cruise ships and led several successful bands, in major hotels across the US as well as in Hawaii. She’s appeared on the stage of almost every theatre in Hawaii and is the nine time recipient of Hawaii’s “Tony” award - The Po’okela. She’s a Cabaret artist who writes and produces shows for herself and her “partner in crime,” jazz great Jimmy Borges She’s a founding member of the Andrews Sisters tribute acts, The Jive Sisters and Savoy Sisters In her 14th year as Director of Music at La Pietra – Hawaii School For Girls, she teaches voice, music theory, music history, Musical theatre performance and conducts the acclaimed Select Choir, leading them on major tours of the mainland and Europe.

Kathleen Kattija-Ari : Piano-Flute-Guitar-Music Theory

Kathleen Kattija-Ari

Piano-Flute-Guitar-Music Theory

Kathleen earned a Bachelors in Music Education from Baker University located in Baldwin City, Kansas. In 1980, upon completion of a Master's in Music Ed. from James Madison University, Kathleen began a private apprenticeship in Piano Technology with (then president of the Piano Technicians Guild Inc.) Mr. Ernie Preiutt in Independence, Missouri. Kathleen is a licensed craftsmen member of the Piano Technicians Guild Inc. with 32 years of experience in tuning and repairing acoustic pianos. She brings to Kailua Music School over 25 years of teaching experience in piano, flute, beginning guitar and music theory.