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Orange County's Premiere In-Home Music Lessons 

 

Meet the Dexters

 

Dexter Music founders Paul and Kim Dexter are 30-year music industry veterans with more than 25 years teaching experience. As touring recording artists in the nineties, the Dexters learned the performance techniques, industry ins-and-outs, and artistic commercial balance that only a professional musician fully comprehends. During this time, the Dexters also wrote/produced songs for other recording artists, created music for animated television/video shows, wrote/produced music for an award-winning children’s music/video series, and Paul even earned Grammy and Dove Award nominations for his work producing and engineering various pop artists. With such experience under their belts, the Dexters can provide a full-spectrum approach to teaching students the many aspects to learning, writing, and performing music.

To ensure the highest standards, Paul and Kim Dexter seek out music teachers who share their passion, understanding, knowledge and unique personable approach to music. In coordination with Dexter, all music programs are custom-tailored to meet needs ranging from casual players to professional aspirations with an overall view toward long-term goals. Performance recitals twice per year give each student an opportunity to showcase their skills in front of family, peers and friends. Best of all, the Dexter Music Academy offers busy parents a break by providing in-home lessons that give students the ultimate in personal attention and parents a break from driving and waiting. Dexter Music operates exclusively for families in Orange County and Long Beach, CA.

Dexter Music works hard at finding the right instructor for you and your child’s needs. We wanted my son to continue to want to play piano after taking a break from 3 years of playing. We had some scheduling challenges based on our location and small window of time we could schedule a lesson. My son looks forward to his lessons and has developed the confidence to play alongside other young musicians.
— Laurie S • Orange CA via Yelp
I highly recommend Dexter Music! My son, who is 8 and my daughter who is 10 absolutely adore their teacher and playing the piano is never a chore. They look forward to seeing her each and every week. Their highlights are the recitals where they can show off their hard work! Good job Dexter Music!
— Alyssa H • Yorba Linda CA
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MUCH MORE THaN JUST LESSONS

Instruments

All instruments including Piano, Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Bass, Drums and String and Band Instruments. Don't forget Ukulele and Harmonica. 

Voice

Voice is a unique and challenging instrument. Available in styles from opera to pop and everything in-between.

Performance Recordings

Particularly for our Vocal students, but any of our students can opt in for periodic professional studio recordings of the songs they are working on.

Band Rehearsals

We love working with budding young bands! Weekly band rehearsals in your home. We even help connect you to other musicians to build a group to grow with.  > More info

Music Production

Learn how to produce, record, edit and mix your own music with weekly lessons right in your own home! > More info

A Few of our music instructors

Paul and Kim Dexter seek out instructors whose passion for music flows down to their students. Dexter Music prides itself in its wide range of teaching personalities sharing a common strength in their ability to relate and inspire. Playing an instrument at a high level is one thing ... instilling that skill into a young open mind is something else altogether.

Matt Ballamaier Orange County,& Long Beach California.

MATT BALLMAIER
Drums, Percussion

With a diverse interest in both modern drums and band percussion, Matt covers a lot of ground. Pulling from his music performance degree from Vanguard University, this working musician loves to share his love and dedication to music with his students.

 
Ashley Zimmerman ORANGE COUNTY,& LONG BEACH CALIFORNIA.  

Ashley Zimmerman
Piano, Voice, Ukulele

Ashley is a graduate of Vanguard University with a bachelors in Music Education and over the last 10 years has found her zeal in singing, playing and teaching many different kinds of music.

Nate Sousa ORANGE COUNTY,& LONG BEACH CALIFORNIA.

Nate Sousa
Guitar, Drums, Piano

Nate Sousa began playing music from the moment he was able. Beginning on piano, then moving to drums, and then landing on guitar, Nate has a wide experience in musical instruments and expression. Teaching music has been a huge joy for Nate and he's always excited to help people wherever they are in their journey!

 
Katie Kuroshi ORANGE COUNTY,& LONG BEACH CALIFORNIA.

Katie Kuroshi
Piano, Voice

Inspired to play the piano when she was very young, Katie showed exuberant promise to play and to create. She started taking lessons at the age of five and began experimenting with songwriting as soon as she could carry a tune. 

Byron Tomes ORANGE COUNTY,& LONG BEACH CALIFORNIA.

BYRON TOMES
GUITAR

Music and music teaching is Byron’s first love and passion. Byron holds his degree in music from Biola University. He has been teaching music for 11 years Trained in various styles including classical, jazz, pop, rock, blues, and finger-style on both acoustic and electric guitars,

 
Megan Grafton-Cardwell ORANGE COUNTY,& LONG BEACH CALIFORNIA.

Megan Grafton-Cardwell
Violin

Megan received her Undergraduate degree at Biola University in Viola and Voice Performance. She has been teaching for over 12 years and really enjoys teaching people of all ages and helping them to express themselves through music.

Lisa Baker ORANGE COUNTY,& LONG BEACH CALIFORNIA.

LISA BAKER
FLUTE | PIANO

Lisa comes from a very musical family and started playing piano at age 7, and flute in junior high.  She is very passionate about teaching and passing on a love of music to the next generation. 

 
Melissa Miles ORANGE COUNTY,& LONG BEACH CALIFORNIA.

Melissa Miles
Violin, Piano, Viola

Melissa holds Music degrees from Biola University and Seattle Pacific University. She brings this knowledge along with an ability to instill the love of music to each of her students.

LAURA OCHIKUBO
SAXOPHONE | FLUTE | CLARINET | PIANO

Starting with a foundation in classical piano. Her growing interest in jazz and other world musics led her to move on to a variety of woodwind instruments including saxophone, flute, and clarinet. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelors of Music.

 

ROCKY KUNER
VOCALS | DRUMS

Rocky Kuner began studying voice under a Seth Riggs instructor , Gregg DeCastro, when she was nine years old. She attended the Orange County School of the Arts for 7 years begining in the Music and Theater conservatory and then graduating in 2015 from the Commercial Music program.

ANGELE NALBANDIAN
PIANO | VOICE

Angele started playing the piano at 4 and continued to play the Liturgical Services at church on the pipe organ at 10. She attended University of Massachusetts Music School for piano performance, theory and harmony and voice instruction. Her passion for music and caring personality are perfect for her students young and old.

 

DREW DE LA CRUZ
GUITAR | DRUMS

Starting out on the drums after seeing his dad perform live with his band, Drew knew his passion was music at a young age. He landed a position as the Youth Praise Band leader in 7th grade which is where he fell in love with teaching. He continued his studies at the Orange County School of the Arts where he graduated from the Commercial Music program.