Category Archives: Faculty

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.

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.

Piano Teacher Helena Tietze

HelenaTietze Heléna Tietze is a classically trained pianist and cellist and singer who is now teaching piano lessons at Marin Community Music School.

Born and raised in Marin County, Heléna has participated in several local and national ensembles (such as Crescendo Orchestra, the National Honors Choir, and the National Orchestra Festival). She attended San Domenico High School, where she was enrolled in the Virtuoso Program and studied Music Theory. In addition to instructing students and playing in ensembles, she has also worked at several churches, where she directed and led the hymns and music.

Heléna doesn’t limit her students to one teaching method, but incorporates aspects of a variety of methods (such as the Kodaly Method) into her teaching style. During lessons, students are encouraged to play musically, as well as accurately, and a combination of technique, theory and repertoire are utilized to make for more well-rounded musicians.

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.

Violinist and Fiddler Turi McClain

Turi hails from the great state of Minnesota and began playing violin at the age of 3. She learned how to play through the Suzuki method and her first teacher was her mother, Julie Turi-McClain_largeHoiseth. She studied with Professor Sally O’Reilly at the University of Minnesota while in Jr. and Sr. High school. She went on to receive her Bachelor’s degree in violin performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the tutelage of Professor Vartan Manoogian. While attending the University, Ms. McClain performed with the Madison Symphony Orchestra as well as the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Upon graduation, Ms. McClain moved to Houston, Texas to pursue her Master’s degree in violin performance at Rice University. She studied under Professor Kenneth Goldsmith and graduated in 2005.

While pursuing her Master’s degree, Ms. McClain began to experiment with other styles of music and joined an Irish Rock band called Blaggards. She recorded a CD with the group and toured the country before moving to San Francisco in 2007.

In 2007 Ms. McClain joined Montana Slim String Band, a new grass ensemble based in San Francisco, CA. The group performed both locally and nationally and completed a full length CD. She can currently be seen performing as a member of Tim Flannery and the Lunatic Fringe as well as with Nor Cal rockers Poor Man’s Whiskey.

As a performer, Ms. McClain has shared the stage with Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, Brett Dennen, Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon, Great American Taxi, Hot Buttered Rum, Dead Winter Carpenters and Kiyoshi Foster.

Turi began teaching lessons while in high school and continued through college. While in Houston, she taught lessons to middle school and high school students at a local high school. She received her certification in the Suzuki Violin method in 2007.

Ms. McClain currently teaches violin at the New Mozart School of Music in Palo Alto, CA, Marin Community Music School in San Anselmo, CA as well as at her home studio in San Rafael, CA. She employs the Suzuki method as well as a traditional style depending on the student. She also incorporates improvisation and fiddle tunes into lessons.

Pianist David DiGrazia

David-DiGrazia_mediumDavid DiGrazia grew up with a piano in the house and started playing “by ear” (like his father) when he was five years old.  He was mostly self taught until high school when he learned to read music for the first time.  He went on to study music privately in Marin with Dmitri Mihailoff while attending College of Marin where he had the opportunity to play chamber music and perform a solo with the College of Marin orchestra.

David earned his Bachelor of Music degree from The New School of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied chamber music and accompaniment with Vladimir Sokoloff (piano), members of the Curtis String Quartet, and members of the Philadelphia Orchestra.  After graduating from NSM he freelanced as an accompanist and taught piano privately at the Jenkintown Music School.  His passion for music and the piano was rekindled in the mid-2000’s after many years away from the instrument working in Information Technology.  Today he belongs to various piano clubs in Marin and Sonoma counties and performs whenever the opportunity arises.

David brings a strong sense of commitment and respect to his students, both children and adults.  His teaching style is tailored to the age, personality and goals of each individual.

Violinist and Violist Tara Flandreau

Tara FlandreauTara Flandreau is a violinist, violist, composer/improviser, and conductor. She chaired the Performing Arts Department at the College of Marin, in Kentfield, California, where she teaches music theory and composition, ear training, strings, and directs the chamber music program. She conducts the College of Marin Symphony Orchestra, a community orchestra of 55 musicians. In addition to teaching, Tara performs classical, contemporary, and improvised music in the U.S. and abroad with many varied ensembles.

Pianist Laura Magnani

Laura MagnaniLaura Magnani earned a double degree in piano and voice at the Conservatory “F. Morlacchi” in Perugia, Italy, where she later completed her Ph.D. in piano, and the diploma in piano at the Accademia Di Santa Cecilia in Rome along with studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.  Laura has enjoyed a rich and varied career of performing and teaching in her native country before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2013. In addition to teaching piano to students at all levels, Laura is an accomplished solo pianist, chamber musician, and coach as well as an expert in accompanying, coaching, and training vocalists.  A native of Spoleto, Laura has been an active participant in Gian Carlo Menotti’s internationally-renowned Festival of Two Worlds and is herself the co-founder of Festival Pianistico di Spoleto. Laura’s repertoire ranges from Baroque to Contemporary, with a special predilection for Romanticism, and she recently recorded a CD/DVD of solo piano works by Chopin, Liszt and Prokofieff. Laura taught piano in the Italian public schools for almost 25 years, becoming tenured in 2004 at the ‘Pianciani-Manzoni School” in Spoleto.

Joe Marquez, Guitarist and Recording Engineer

Joe-Marquez_largeJoe Marquez has been teaching guitar for 15 years, specializing in rock, pop and country. “I like to make lessons fun first and I enjoy helping beginners gain the skills and confidence they need to experience the thrill of performing and composition.”  As an artist Joe has placed songs with major label recording artists Cher and Wasp earning gold and platinum records. His credits also include winning the John Lennon song writing contest for “Hang up Your Halo Tonight.”  Joe worked as a recording engineer at Prairie Sun Recording in Cotati, where he recorded, mixed and played banjo on the 1992 Grammy winning Tom Waits album “Bone Machine.” He has engineered projects for Greg Allman, The Doobie Brothers, Dick Dale, Guy Clark, Ted Nugent, and the Melvins among others. He specializes in teaching beginning and intermediate guitar and welcomes players of all ages. He is a father of two and shares his love of music with his family. When his daughter Madeline was 3 years old they recorded their first song together called “Bluebird of Happiness.” Joe also screens songs for the West Coast Songwriters Association and produces music for TV, commercials and film.