All posts by David Lusterman

Multi-instrumentalist Chris Haugen

Chris Haugen teaching portraitChris Haugen is a music educator, performer and recording artist. He is well versed in a range of styles and voices. He is often noted for his use of space, tact and taste to create musical drama.

Chris has been on staff at the National Guitar Workshop, Blue Bear Music School, and numerous workshops and camps. Chris studied Music and International Relations at UCSD and earned a BA. Chris primary goal as an instructor are to engage student interest, and additionally to provide the skills and foundations for a lifetime of joy playing and learning music.

In the professional arena, Chris splits his time between guitar and slide guitar, often collaborating with industry leading artists. In the classroom you may occasionally catch him on ukulele. He believes in community through music.

Chris has toured and collaborated with countless acts and artists. He has had the good fortune to collaborate with Ken Kesey (Twister), and Sean Penn (Into the Wild). He has toured as lead guitarist for Melvin Seals (18 years with Jerry Garcia), and numerous other national acts. He continues to maintain a vibrant performance schedule leading his own electric and acoustic bands, as well as joining the rich community of local talent in the Bay Area. In addition to his rock persona, Chris recently signed with new age label Real Music, and released yoga inspired Falling Water Shimmering Strings in 2016.

In addition to music, Chris loves nature, yoga, and surfing.

You can find Chris’ musical catalog on Spotify. For an in depth bio, see his website.


Dave Getz, Drummer and Visual Artist

Dave GetzLongtime Marin resident Dave Getz is a musician who achieved rock and roll fame in the 1960s as the original drummer for Janis Joplin and Big Brother and the Holding Company, the multi-platinum group with whom he continues to perform and tour. Dave began to work as a professional drummer at the age of 15 in jazz and dance bands in his native New York. As a teenager her toured Europe with the traditional jazz group ‘Rick Lundy and the Saints’.

Though most well known for his drumming with Big Brother and Janis, he has performed, recorded and toured all over the world with numerous jazz and rock groups, including Country Joe and the Fish, It’s a Beatiful Day, Jose Neto, Bruce Langhorne, The Dinosaurs and many others.

As an educator he has been teaching drumming in Marin for 29 years and has taught drumming at the College of Marin (The Language of Rhythm) and local high schools, among them Drake, Novato, San Marin and Sunny Hills-Braun School. He has been on the faculty of Jazz CampWest and several of his students have become professional drummers. He teaches drumming and rhythm to students of all ages, musical interests, and skill levels.

Dave is also a visual artist and earned the Master of Fine Arts degree at the San Francisco Art Institute, was a Fullbright Fellow and also earned a California Secondary Teaching credential at Sonoma State University.

Steph Lapine

DSC00986 (2)Steph is the parent of a student, is herself a student, and is an active member of the Board of Directors at Marin Community Music School.  She believes music is good for the soul.  Steph enjoys the challenge of learning and the satisfaction of playing the guitar.

Lois Lane

Lois CropLois Lane is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a longstanding psychotherapy practice in San Anselmo where she sees individuals and couples. She was also supervisor of Children’s Services for Marin County Community Mental Health. Her other longstanding avocation has been playing music. She was fortunate enough to study violin from a young age at Third Street Music Settlement School in Manhattan. In a public high school in New Jersey she participated in a regular orchestra, a string orchestra and played in a string quartet. This early enrichment led to a life long love of playing the violin, taking lessons and making music with others.   She is very grateful to participate in the Chamber Music Program at MCMS. Her goal as a Board Member is to strengthen the music programs at MCMS so other children can have the opportunity to discover the joys of making music.

In her spare time she is an avid gardener, with a large organic vegetable garden.

Peter Penhallow, Multi-Instrumentalist

Peter PenhallowPeter Penhallow is the award-winning producer of five albums for young children, and has been a popular musical director for children’s and community musical theater in Marin for nearly 40 years, with well over 100 productions to his credit. As founder and leader of the Liddypudlians, a 30-piece rock orchestra of guitars, horns, strings, chorus, and rhythm section, he enthralled local audiences for 12 years at San Anselmo’s celebrated annual Creek Park Salute to the Beatles.

At home in rock, pop, musical theater, and related styles, Peter offers instruction on guitar, keyboard, and vocals to students of all ages and skill levels.

Music School Meets Little League

Austin Lapine Little LeagueLongtime student and board member Steph Lapine is also a dedicated volunteer for West Marin Little League, where her sons Kevin and Austin love to play ball. Always looking for ways to spread the word about the benefits of music-making, Steph and fellow board member Brent Morton generously provided funds for MCMS to sponsor a team (The Bats) and mount a sign on the outfield fence on the Fairfax ballfield in 2015.  Many thanks to Steph and Brent for renewing their support in the new year.

Beginning Chamber Music

“I am learning to play my instrument and now I want to play with other people, too.”

“I play in a community orchestra, but I want to play trios and quartets, too.”

“I don’t feel ready to tackle the great chamber music literature just yet, but I’d love to start with simpler pieces.”

If you’ve ever thought or said anything like the sentences above, you’re ready for our Beginning Chamber Music class.  Each week, you’ll spend an hour learning the fundamentals of listening and playing as a group under the guidance of an expert, sympathetic coach.  You’ll choose music with the right combination of technical and musical challenges for your group’s level. In addition to understanding the pieces you are playing, you’ll learn skills you can apply to any piece of music.

Check the Events Calendar to find out when this class is meeting.

Vocalist and Multi-Instrumentalist Gail Muldrow

gail_muldrowVocalist and multi-instrumentalist Gail Muldrow is a seasoned performing artist who teaches guitar, bass, drums, and vocals.  Gail’s career began as a recording vocalist with Bay Area rock legend Sly and the Family Stone.  She has performed with Graham Central Station, Merle Saunders, Melvin Seals and JGB, The Johnny Otis Show, Quicksilver Gold,  Brides of Funkenstein, the Macintosh Pipe Band, and her own Gail Mudrow Rockin’ Blues Band.  She brings her decades of real-world experience as recording and touring performer to her teaching, helping her students learn the essence of rock, funk, blues, and related styles.

Marin Community Music School Receives Chamber Music Grant

acmp_logoACMP – The Chamber Music Network, has awarded $500 to Marin Community Music School in support of its weekly chamber music workshop program for the Winter 2015 Session.

Each Sunday, from two to three small chamber ensembles of amateur musicians form trios, quartets, and quintets to study and play music from the classical chamber music repertoire under the guidance of professional coaches.  While most participants live in Marin County, the program draws players from San Francisco, Sonoma, Alameda, Contra Costa, and the Peninsula. The program is open to players of all ages.

The ACMP grant will be used to underwrite the program’s coaching team. For more information, please contact ACMP Foundation.

Flute Ensemble

Matt Eakle is a master teacher and performer who loves to push musical boundaries as well as explore traditional styles.  In this weekly class, you’ll join a small group of flutists to play and learn under his expert and inspiring guidance.

Repertoire includes pieces and arrangements from classical, Latin, popular, and other styles.

The class meets weekly, with occasional gaps when Matt’s touring and performing schedule makes him unavailable.

Check the Events Calendar to see when this class is offered.