Tiffany is founder and director of Rockin’ Kidz and the Creative Learning Studio. She is passionate and dedicated to providing quality instruction in the creative arts to
children and adults. She teaches guitar, piano, voice, drama, songwriting and educational support and career guidance. She studied at the University of Oregon, ACT
(American Conservatory Theater) in San Francisco and the GATE performing arts school in NYC. She is an accomplished songwriter, performer and actor. She remembers
writing her first song at age seven and is very much aware of the joy and the importance of including music and dramatic education as part of a child’s development and
life-long learning experience.
She started Rockin’ Kidz to help encourage musical education and provide a positive learning atmosphere for her students.
Tiffany is an active member of the music community, a voting Grammy member and enjoys traveling and singing in her band, “Wildflower.”
Alecia Petzinger – Piano, Guitar, Flute, Ukulele, Intro to Music, Rockin’ Toddlerz, GarageBand, YouTube, Coding (Java, C++), Minecraft
Alecia has a diverse background in music, sound design (creating and editing sound effects, music, ambience), mixing, video editing, and
computer coding. She currently teaches piano, guitar, flute, coding, Garageband, YouTube, and educational Minecraft classes.
Alecia started piano at the age of 5 and picked up flute, piccolo, and french horn at Branham High School. During high school she participated
in the field show competitions on the keyboard, marching band with the flute and piccolo, and symphonic band with the flute and french horn.
She graduated from The University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelor’s degree in Arts and Technology with a focus on Sound Design.
In regard to Digital Audio Workspaces, she has experience working in Garageband, ProTools, Audacity, and SoundTrack Pro; with Video Editing
she has experience with Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, iMovie, YouTube, as well as Adobe Photoshop, if needed. Regarding coding, She is
fluent in Java and C++ and can teach beginner to intermediate learners. She uses code alongside Minecraft for students to design their own
mods for the game and give them a basic understanding of the videogame – code relationship as well as introduce them to basic coding
principles. She believes that music and technology are a powerful combination that can enrich any life no matter how young/old or level of skill.
Alecia is thrilled to work with students who share the same interest and passion.
Musician – Songwriter / Composer of music for film and television/ Educator
Andrew Boyd is an awesome teacher at Rockin’ Kidz. A graduate of Berklee School of Music in Boston, MA, he is also a Lead vocalist,
songwriter, guitarist, producer, and composer of music for film and television. He is familiar with the art and technology required to produce
and write music for radio advertisements, intro’s for radio spots and shows. The song “Here I am” was featured on PBS nationwide for the
show Road Trip Nation.
Andrew is experienced with recording software, Apple OSX, Logic, Ableton, and Pro Tools. He has a working knowledge of plugins, effects,
mixing techniques and a myriad of music products, extensive knowledge about musical instruments, tonalities, and sound and studies in bass, keys, guitar, vocals, clarinet, sax, ukulele, and music composition.
Jesse Gullicksen- Art, Guitar, Ukulele, Garageband and beginning Piano
Jesse loves to teach art and music at Rockin’ Kidz. He is a multi-disciplinary artist and musician who creates original artwork and writes his
own music as well. He has an upbeat, supportive and engaging style of teaching both children and adults.
Jack Edward Vernon- Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Beg. Piano, Drums/Percussion, Songwriting and Tutoring
Jack Vernon is a Musician, Biologist, and Teacher. Born in Amarillo, Texas he grew up around rural country and blues music. After falling in
love with rock n’ roll as a young child he studied the great artists of the earlier generations. Beginning in 2004, He learned classical music
under the instructions of Dr. James Bogle and Rade Amanovic at Texas Tech University. In 2010 he also earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the
University of Texas at Austin. He was a founding member of a band in West Texas called Comanche Moon.
In 2015 he moved to Santa Cruz, California to teach the music he loves most and pass on his hard-earned skills in the classroom. He loves
teaching. He wants his students to know things about him and his teaching style: he will respect them, he will trust them, and he will
believe in them. He is very happy to join the team at Rockin’ Kidz where he will teach a variety of music courses!
Malachi Hernandez- Guitar, Piano, Bass & Ukulele
Malachi Hernandez has been teaching and composing in the Bay Area since 2000. He did his undergraduate music studies at De Anza College and San
Jose State University. Currently, Malachi is in the music composition program for film and media at the Berklee School of Music. He began his classical
guitar studies under Kenneth Andrade at the age of 12 in San Jose, CA. Then at the age of 18 he began his theory and harmony studies with the
blues guitarist David Lamar in Santa Cruz, CA.
By the age of 20 Malachi forwarded his musical career by composing original music for Watsonville High School’s 2000-2001 school year. Since then,
Malachi has composed original music for film, weddings, and birthdays. On tour in 2011, Malachi had the honor of performing his compositions in New
York, London, Paris, and Vienna. Malachi is passionate about his artistry and sharing it with the community. His mission is to spread his musical
knowledge with his students and their parents in order to make a lasting difference in their lives.
Caitlin Clarke- Voice, Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, Intro to Music & Rockin’ Toddlerz
Caitlin has been singing ever since she can remember. It was never a question of what path she would take in life. She started taking piano
lessons at age 7 and voice lessons at age 9 and never stopped! After high school, she continued her music education at San Jose State
University and then Sacramento State University, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Music and Vocal Performance. Along with
classical, she was heavily involved in the Vocal Jazz program which gave her a very well-rounded education. She then picked up ukulele and
guitar and starting writing her own music, and is now an accomplished songwriter. She and her husband play gigs around town as the
Americana duo, Fulkerson & Clarke. After all these years, her love of music has only grown and it is all due to her private lesson teachers
Mike Bastian studied at The Juilliard School in New York and taught in their summer extension division. He was a professional musician in NYC for six
years before moving to California. Here he studied with Tony Cirone of the San Francisco Symphony; studied composition with world famous composer,
Lou Harrison; studied jazz with Dan Sabanovich and participated in the San Jose State percussion ensemble; and studied electronic music at Mills
College. Mike currently has his own jazz trio, Pentimento Jazz, to which he lends his talents in drums and vocals. In addition to training many bay area
drummers for school bands, percussion ensembles and drum corps. Mike has directed percussion ensembles and also utilizes his drum expertise in
working with autistic students.
Sue Malloy – Music Therapist, Flute, Guitar, Voice, Piano, and Special Friends Music Instructor
Sue is a Board Certified Music Therapist and enjoys teaching music as well. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy from the University of
Pennsylvania at Slippery Rock. As a therapist, she uses music to help clients working on physical, mental, cognitive, or emotional issues in groups or individual
settings through singing, movement, playing or song-writing. Sue especially enjoys using the power of rhythm and drumming to energize, empower and build a
sense of belonging. For over 20 years, she has used her music therapy with both children and adult special needs groups.
As a teacher, Sue enjoys teaching flute, voice and guitar. She is also an Orff Shulwerk trained music educator and teaches elementary music classes in the public
school setting. She has performed with many bay area orchestras, choirs, and praise bands.
Megan Wong – Piano, Guitar, Drums and Ukulele
Megan has been involved in music her whole life. Starting with piano at age 4, she has since added guitar, ukulele and many percussion
instruments to her repertoire. She was involved in marching band for six years, leading her band to a state championship as Drum Major.
Since then, she has studied music in college and has marched with the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets.
Robert Allen – Guitar, Piano, Ukulele and Violin, Mandolin Teacher, beginning Drums and Cello
Robert is a talented guitarist and multi-instrument competent musician. He has his Masters of Education and also works in the San Jose Unified School district. His
students foster and grow with him as a guide as he goes above and beyond to make sure his students are provided with a quality lesson that’s clear and encourages
them to keep learning to play!
Brian Callahan – Guitar, Ukulele, Banjo, Saxophone, Piano, Voice, Songwriting, Clarinet and Oboe
Steve Funderburg – Drums, Guitar, Sax, Trumpet and Piano
Steve Funderburg is a professional musician and teacher. He has played piano, guitar, drums, and trumpet since the age of 5. He is also an accomplished vocalist,
having recorded drums and vocals on CDs with a wide range of bands. From rock to jazz, pop, country, Latin, R&B, soul and funk, Steve can teach a variety of
musical styles. Steve is currently increasing his performing and teaching expertise by studying under one of the most well-known and respected drummers,
percussionist, and educators in the world, Mr. Tommy Igoe, of San Francisco. Steve has been teaching music privately in San Jose where he and his wife, Jennifer,
now live and is very excited to be teaching drums, guitar, and piano at Rockin’ Kidz Studios!
Melanie Cantu – Guitar, Piano, Singing Fun and Voice
Melanie teaches guitar, voice and piano at Rockin’ Kidz. She loves being involved in creative arts, as music and art have always been her passion and her calling. She
grew up in the Bay Area, having a mother as a professional musician, and later marrying a professional musician. She studied music in college and then went on to
hone her skills through private lessons. She has been involved in group and solo singing her whole life and has played guitar for over 20 years. She has played with
local bands at restaurants, weddings, and events, has taught guitar from her home studio and led songwriting workshops. She has led music for schools and church
functions for many years, and has also held behind the scenes production roles, serving four different school districts.
Owning several different kinds of instruments and recording equipment, Melanie loves to dabble in many musical styles, though her emphasis has been on Jazz, Folk,
Rock and Gospel. While Melanie has a unique teaching style that includes ear-training, chord voicing, harmony, theory and improvisation, she supports the Classical, Orff and Suzuki approaches as well. Having taught many different kinds of learners, she is confident in her ability to make learning fun and help students overcome obstacles in their playing.
Melanie also has a Bachelor’s Degree in English, so has done a lot of private academic tutoring as well, including helping students with learning differences and English as a second language learners. She has also home-schooled her children, which expresses Melanie’s dedication to instilling a love of learning and encouraging individuals’ gifts.
Tamara Hopwood – Voice, Piano, Guitar and Theater
I truly believe that Music affects and reflects our lives. Society is influenced by music in so many ways, and music is influenced by society.
I graduated from Indiana University with a BS in Business after spending my freshman year in the School of Music. I spent 14 years as a corporate
executive traveling the world, and 7 years as a stay-at-home mother. Then I began my second career (15 years) as the Music Director at St. Catherine
School. I have over 50 years of musical experience, including piano, flute, guitar, voice, theatre, church and various performances. I have been
teaching private and group piano lessons for 20 years. I have a passion for music and for children to learn. I believe that music enhances a child’s life in
so many ways – aesthetically, emotionally, educationally, and historically. Thank you for sharing your children and their learning process with me! I look
forward to opening their eyes to the Magic of Music!
Alan Sabolev – Drums, Piano, Guitar and Ukulele Instructor
Alan is a drummer and also enjoys teaching guitar and piano. He has been playing drums ever since he can remember, and has played
professionally with local bay area bands. He has a calm, clear and purposeful teaching style that is easily understood and grasped by his
students. He enjoys teaching at Rockin’ Kidz and playing in the local rock band, “The Shrews.” [ez