Meet Our Staff and Learn About Their Musical Journeys
Get Inspired by Our Skilled Team of Teachers
- Violin & Cello
- Woodwinds: Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone
- Brass: Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn
- Preschool music and preschool piano (early piano)
Meet Our Staff
and Learn About Their Musical Journeys
Mr. Michael Hemsworth - Director
Mr. Jareth CulwellI first practiced martial arts before expanding my love of piano and ventured into a piano-teaching career. My favorite music is usually loud and dramatic! I love finding ways to approach the complex task of playing the piano into simple pieces, encouraging both discipline and creativity for students. In my spare time I also enjoy other creative disciplines such as painting and woodwork.
Mr. Josh Drazil
Mr. Jake Rottier
Mr. Maxwell Zarzuela
- My name is Mr. Max and I teach piano. I cant remember the earliest time I fell in love with music but I guess Ive always had a strong love for music ever since I was able to talk. I will listen to different types of music. One piece of music I love is Rachmaninoff's Prelude op. 3 no. 2. His piece is an example of how music is a form of expression, feeling, and interpretation. An important attribute of music: to be able to connect with the music you listen to. Creativity as a whole is important because it expands how we view music, as well as the world. When we make and interpret music, we learn something about our personality, our personal style, and our cultural style. I would describe my teaching style to be:
-full of thought
I hope you I can show you how to play Disney songs on the piano using a violin bow and drum sticks! You will be surprised how awesome it sounds
Mr. Maxwell Pease
Maxwell Pease is an experienced singer and performer. He performed with the Sacramento Children’s chorus for 12 years, Christian Brother’s HS vocal jazz for one year, and Sacramento State Vocal Jazz for four years. He has finished a four year Bachelor’s of Music degree in jazz voice and plans to continue composing, performing, and teaching throughout his career to come. Currently, he sings with “Symphonia Phonotone”, singing syncopated dance music from the 1920s and 30s, as well as the “E-Regulars”, who play many different genres but mainly rock and ska. He has also recently taken a position as worship leader at First Christian Church in East Sacramento. Maxwell is proficient in both the piano and the guitar and has had excellent training in musicianship, arranging, and music theory.
Ms. Grace Clark
Ms. Heidi Vo
I learned piano when I was 9 years old with a priest, and I started playing for my church when I turned 12 years old. I attended a music school while I also went to university for my bachelor of Chemistry. After graduating, I went to work at an Agricultural University and also taught piano/keyboard privately at the same time for 9 years.
When I came to the US, I took music classes as my minor degree at SJSU alongside my major degree of Finance and Accounting. After graduating, I continued teaching piano at San Jose Music Center for 15 years and up to now.
Teaching piano has always been a big passion of mine! At Newsong, I continue to help young kids play well and further explore the music world.
Ms. Mariliegh Ramp
Ms Madison Barrett
Ms. Hosna Alacozy
My name is Hosna Alacozy and I teach piano. I don’t have an exact moment of when I fell in love with music. I just know that I have always had a love for music from a very young age. One piece of music that I love is Melody of the Night No. 5 by Jin Shi, because it’s one of the pieces that first made me interested in learning piano. I think that it’s important to be creative because our imagination has no bounds and sometimes we just need an outlet in order to express it. I would describe my teaching style as the following: supportive, open to communication, and adaptive to the student. As a teacher, I am always growing and learning new things with every student I teach. So I can’t wait to meet you and help you with your journey to learning more about music!
Ms. Susi Owens
Ms. Jenna Magaziner
Ms. Amber Moore
Mr. Dustin Goodrich, Department Leader
Mr. Logan Vicars
Mr. Zac Gosser
1. Adaptive (I’m flexible to all levels and styles of learning)
2. Passionate (I’ll focus on what brings out your passion for music)
3. Fun (The ultimate goal of learning music is to have fun while learning and playing)
I can’t wait to get started and find what makes you passionate about music!
Mr. Noel Gallard
Hello, I'm Noel Gallard and I'm a teacher for Guitar and Production. I have a certification in Audio Engineering from SAE Institute in Atlanta, GA and have been playing guitar for over a decade. I've been a part of the music world for years, having been in Jazz Band, Orchestra, Chorus, as well as working as a stagehand and audio engineer for professional productions. At Newsong, I'll guide you to learn how to make the most of the freedom of expression you can find through music.
Mr. Nate Furgason
I am primarily a bass player but in addition I have experience playing and teaching guitar, drums, ukulele, and piano. I earned my BA in Music from CSU Chico and my MA in Jazz Studies from New York University.
I grew up in a musical family and have been playing since I was about 3 which means I have over 30 years experience working and teaching in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York.
I have a special love of Jazz and all things improvisational. I strive to find music that my students love and use their joy to build lessons around what they are interested in. I have found that any music can be a vessel for learning.
Strings (Violin, Viola and Cello) Department
Mr. Luis Lugo
Ms. Jannella Gaza
Hello! My name is Jannella. I am a violin teacher at Newsongs. I have been playing the violin for over 10 years and have been part of the Sacramento Youth Symphony and was the Concertmaster for Camellia Juniors Symphony Orchestra. I was also the CalASTA Sacramento Section 2019 Solo Competition Winner for the Violin Senior Division. I hope to share my love and knowledge of the violin with you and hope that you will enjoy learning and playing this wonderful instrument.
Mr. Evan French
Mr. Jake Wilson
My name is Jake Wilson and I teach drum set here at New Songs! I got into music after watching drummers perform in music videos as a kid and I was like “Dang, I wanna do that”. I started taking private lessons soon after that and have been playing ever since. I’ve been playing drum set for about 10 years now and also have experience with marching percussion! Also my favorite genre of music would have to be anything pop or rock related since any song with heavy bass is always fun. My music philosophy is to teach music in a way that is fun and engaging while also learning correct technique.
Brass and Woodwinds
Ms. Hannah Minge
Ms. Angela Flanery
Mr. Glenn Lewis
Glenn is native to the Sacramento area and strives to be a creationary. Glenn creates music independently and with others to affect attitudes and perceptions in positive ways. Glenn’s primary instruments are Tenor Trombone, Bass Trombone and Euphonium. Routinely playing in chamber ensembles and big bands, Glenn is featured most prominently as the lead trombone in local bands such as RC Swing, and most recently the Swing Collective, a classic swing dance band.
Glenn is completing his second year as an instrumental performance major at Cosumnes River College and additionally pursuing a certificate in Independent Music Instruction. Realizing music is a life-long experience he loves to provide additional instruction to elementary, middle and high school students in the art of playing brass instruments.