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Teacher: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Songwriting

Amy Hartman is a Rios Music Project Teacher and Band Leader. She is also the lead singer of the L.A based band Dragster Barbie. She has her B.A in Music History from the University of Pepperdine and has completed a 2-year course in Pop Composition at the Grove School of Music in Los Angeles. She also as developed and taught original music method for primary aged children as part of the Malibu Juan Cabrillo after school program.

I enjoy teaching bass, vocals guitar and songwriting. Its fun to pass along years of experience of playing live and also what I’ve learned writing, recording and producing songs in the studio. I think you get something different from playing live than you do locked down in the studio. Being in the studio teaches you discipline and playing live gives you the joy of connecting with people. I love working with kids and nurturing the talents they have as they grow into artists.


Fall student assessments will be held at the Carlsbad Studio in the afternoons during the last week of August. Lessons will start after Labor Day If your child is interested in music for the first time, or is an experienced player we welcome them to sign up for an assessment so we can set goals, and place them with the best teacher.



Fall Band Auditions will be held at the Carlsbad Studio in the afternoons during the last week of August. If your child is interested in joining in for the first time, or if you are an existing student, you will need to complete the audition process. Please bring a prepared song on your favorite instrument to jam with the instructors.


We encourage students to learn multiple instruments at a time, and RIOS students can choose between piano, voice, drums, guitar, bass, mandolin, ukulele, and violin

Jarrod Alexander

Jarrod is a drum specialist here at RIOS and teaches all levels. He has years of professional performing experience with bands such as My Chemical Romance and The Gerard Way Band. He has also worked as a studio drum technician for artists such as The Offspring and Joe Cocker. Jarrod received a bachelors degree in music business from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, with a minor in drum performance. He loves teaching drums to the students here at RIOS and helping them reach their own performance goals.

Beginning Strings Workshop

June 19th- 22nd & July 17th-20th

We love our strings! Come to RIOS this summer to learn the basics of Violin, Cello, Guitar, Bass, and Ukulele. This fun workshop is intended for beginners musicians of any age. By the end of the workshop, students will be ready to put on a group performance of their chosen instrument. Instruments will be provided, or you can bring your own. There is a limit of 6 musicians in each workshop.

Workshop hours will be from  9:00-12:00, Monday through Thursday

Snacks and drinks are provided.
Workshop Cost $250.00

Workshop Staff

Music Teacher | Program Director

Julie Chambers

Program Director | Music Teacher

Hello! My name is Julie Chambers and I am an experienced musician with a love of teaching. I am the mother to 2 musical children, and enjoy teaching people of all ages and abilities. I teach many instruments and I feel they all overlap, enhancing the students artistic abilities.

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Lara Heck

Teacher: Violin

Lara began playing violin 18 years ago and loves sharing musical education with others. She continues to study privately and currently performs with the MiraCosta College Symphony Orchestra First Violin section.