Faculty

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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Amy Hartman

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.

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Jake Sherriett

Teacher: Drums, Guitar, Bass, Vocals, Songwriting

Jake is an experienced musician, teacher, and songwriter. He teaches full-time music at Paul Ecke Elementary School In Leucadia, and mentors kids at RIOS in the areas of drums, guitar, piano, bass, and songwriting. He loves inspiring children to try new musical instruments and to help them excel at their favorites. 

 
Teacher: Drums, Percussion, Performance

Jarrod Alexander

Teacher: Drums, Percussion, Performance

 
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.

Christian Love

Teacher: Guitar, Bass, Band Coach

 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.
Guitar, Bass, Drums, Ukulele Piano, Songwriting, Recording

Fernando Kairuz

Teacher: Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano, Songwriting

Hello! My name is Fernando Kairuz and I love complex rhythms and I love to rock. I teach guitar, ukulele, bass, drums and ensemble. I have been teaching for 10 years now and I like to focus on what the students want to learn and keep them engaged and hungry for more. I started playing music at age 10 in Buenos Aires, Argentina where I grew up. I enjoy leading band practice and teaching individuals at the RIOS Music Project because of the supportive and creative environment here.