Teachers

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Jared Canchola (Guitar/Bass)

Jared Canchola began playing guitar at the age of 13, unlike most teens who only do it as a hobby, Jared knew that this was for the rest of his life. After year of learning on his own, Jared knew that professional instruction was needed to get him to the next level, so he began taking guitar lessons at Big Valley Music in 1995 with lane Wesley.

Jared continued studying under lane for three more years and then took with several other teachers till studying with Phil Ernst from 2002-2003. Under Phils' teaching, Jared's whole musical style changed from being hard rock and metal player, to learning about blues, jazz and other styles of music that have only helped him become a better teacher and musician.

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Phil Ernst (Guitar/Bass)

Phil Ernst’s history of working with bands performing originals continues on to this day. After graduating both "The Dick Grove School of Music" and "Musicians Institute of Technology", Phil has continued his education individually with veteran studio player Carl Verheyen.

He progressed from a top 40 band called Solid State covering beach cities perfecting his craft and to original bands to showcase bands working as a sideman for hire.
Phil played with a number of singers and bands over the years. A few of them were; The Gabriel Black Band, Tim Mank, Alana Sweetwater, John McAdam, The Blessed Devils, and several more… Phil is currently playing with the bands Cash up Front and Kris Colt.
Phil has been teaching guitar for over 17 years now. Phil teaches his students to conceptualize music theory proactively so that not only can his students be great guitar players, but great music creators.

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Kim Benicke (Voice)

A Chicago native, I have studied both in Chicago and in Los Angeles with a variety of vocal pros, focusing on different techniques and styles. As an active performer, I bring real-world singing experience to my coaching, and a passion to help you find your voice. Your instruction is tailored individually and takes you to the next level by means of developing balance, coordination, consistency, and strength of the voice through your entire vocal range. With a background in clinical psychology and a warm sense of humor, you will find a safe environment to challenge yourself and grow vocally, artistically and in self-confidence. I look forward to working with you!

I have been with Anthem Music Lessons since 2012. Currently, I perform with my cover band, In The Mixx; Johnny Cash tribute, Cash Up Front (June Carter); the Anthem Music Lessons Teacher Band; and the worship band of The Bay Church.

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Dillon Yoder(Drums/Piano)

Dillon began drumming as a young teenager and almost instantly he knew that music was what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. He began pursuing his passion in high school by being apart of many bands, playing for drums for his church and learning from many skilled and some renowned drummers. Dillon also attended CSUN for a couple years as a Music Performance(Percussion) major.

Through out the years Dillon has also picked up many other instruments such as guitar, bass, piano and others. While, at first he just learned each instrument to be a better drummer and have a better understanding of music he became so much more than just a drummer. This gives Dillon a unique perspective as he knows what it's like to play each role in a band scenario and he can pass that on to his students. Dillon has an extreme passion for music and drumming who he partially attributes to his teachers and loves pass that on to his students. Dillon has been teaching drums at Anthem Music lessons since he was 18 while simultaneously attended college, joined and created a multitude of bands, played countless shows, played for multiple churches, recorded and continues to do anything and everything with his passion of music!

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Steve Bauman (Piano/Trumpet)

Steve is a musician / composer / songwriter who has worked with Chaka Khan, Paula Abdul, Thomas Dolby, Teena Marie, Michael McDonald and Solomon Burke. He's written and performed music for movies and television shows such as Touched By An Angel, Soul Food, Old School, Ice Princess, C.S.I. and Army Wives.

Currently, he works for composer Danny Elfman, doing music prep for films such as Oz The Great & Powerful, Epic, Men In Black 3 and Dark Shadows. Steve teaches piano, contemporary keyboards, trumpet, ukulele, songwriting and studio techniques

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Jessica Alvillar (Violin)

Jessica started playing the violin at the age of 9, and now 15 years later, has not been able to put it down. Jessica attended the Academy of Performing Arts at John Marshall High School and the Silverlake Conservatory, both located in Los Angeles, Ca.

While in high school she also performed with the Los Angeles Community College Orchestra and various chamber groups formed within the college.
Jessica has just recently graduated from California State University, Northridge receiving a Bachelors of Music degree in orchestral performance. During her time in college, she performed with the CSUN orchestra all 5 years, had the opportunity to tour with them to Palm Springs and also participated in their Chamber Ensemble. And even while being a teacher she understands more than ever the importance of continued learning, thus, she still studies under Michael Ferril and plans to go back to school for her Masters degree.
Her performance credits include venues such as The Greek Theatre, a private party at the Staples Center and theme parks like Disneyland, Knotts. She also has had the great honor of recording at Capitol Records three years in a row. She has also been able to branch out from classical/orchestral music to experiment in some side projects that included playing for Janet Robin, guitarist and singer/songwriter.
She credits teachers for having influenced her greatly and for keeping her interested in the violin. It is for this reason that she would like to give back and return that love for music to others, young or old.

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Jennie Gappinger (Piano)

Jennie Gappinger started playing piano when she was 5 years old and the oboe at 13 years old. She's been involved in music through most of her life, and she's taught both piano and oboe since 1996.
She got her Bachelor in Music Education from West Texas A&M University and her Master in Music in Oboe Performance from the University of Arizona.

She performed with the Amarillo Symphony, the Tucson Pops, the Tucson Symphony, the Arizona Opera, the Westlake Village Symphony and the LA Symphonic Winds.
Jennie also taught at Granada Hills Baptist and LifeHouse Christian Academy.