Laurie Robinson – Director
Billboard Top Ten Composer and Vocalist, Laurie Robinson is a graduate Cum Laude of the University of Arizona in piano and composition where she was a student of renowned American neo-classical composer, Robert Muszinsky and noted pedagogue and Liszt scholar, Ozan Marsh.
During her last 18 years as a private instructor, Laurie has educated hundreds of children and adults, becoming involved in the musical development of numerous families. Laurie’s teaching philosophy recognizes the student’s necessity to gain a level of accomplishment very early on, and adapts to the natural abilities that each student brings. Understanding that in both children and adults, all students can innately play some music by ear, understand the geography of the instrument, harmony and a simple reading of the musical language.
Demystifying this musical process is the basis for her developing a unique and extremely effective piano method upon which her students thrive. In addition to providing a modified comprehensive piano method or a very traditional European classical education, Laurie also coaches aspiring songwriters to achieve their goals at the piano and in lyric writing, as well as theory and harmony for professional musicians.
Besides being an educator, Laurie Robinson is a published composer, songwriter and vocalist. Her compositions have been performed by renowned ensembles such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Philharmonic Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra. Laurie Robinson has performed twice as a featured solo soprano at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and has been featured at the Kennedy Center For Performing Arts in Washington D.C., with the National Symphony Orchestra. Laurie Robinson is teaching piano also at our Santa Barbara / Goleta studio.
Emmanuel Fratianni – Director
Born and raised in Switzerland. Emmanuel Fratianni is a former tenured professor of the Montreux Jazz School. Conductor, pianist and composer, he has guest conducted around the world and in the US prestigious ensembles such as The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra to name a few. Emmanuel is an active member of the film and video games industry.
In his 30 years of experience as an educator Mo. Fratianni has developed a “to the point” teaching method for beginners and advanced students. In addition to a traditional jazz curriculum, Mo. Fratianni offers his students an in-depth approach to the study of blues, pop, composition and conducting.
As a pianist and composer Emmanuel Fratianni has performed extensively in Europe and in the US. In 1995 with a commission by the City of Montreux, Emmanuel made his orchestral debut at Stravinsky Auditorium with the Ensemble Orchestral de la Riviera. Since living in Los Angeles, Emmanuel’s musical career has expanded to include composing and conducting for film, TV and video games. He has worked for 5 seasons as an orchestrator and additional music composer on the courtroom drama series “JAG” and has recorded on all the major scoring stages in Los Angeles.
Emmanuel Fratianni’s concert work has been performed or recorded so far by renowned American orchestras such as the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Emmanuel Fratianni is teaching piano, composition and conducting also at our Santa Barbara / Goleta studio.
Is an accomplished Symphonic, Choral, Musical Theater Pianist, and Professional Accompanist. He is currently pianist in residence with the Pasadena Community Orchestra where he also assists its music director as rehearsal conductor. His many competition awards include first prize winner in the Bradshaw & Buono International Competition in New York and performance at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Born in Manilla and raised in Los Angeles, George began the study of Piano at the young age of nine. He brings to his students the musical expertise of his professional work as well as the pedagogical lineage of his years of private instruction. He is a composition student of Bruce Reich, (former student of Penderecki,) piano student of Konstantin Sirounian and conducting student of Ken Kiesler.
When not publicly performing, George has become a veteran educator, having taught music and enriching the lives children and adults for over 12 years in Los Angeles.
A Portland area native, Jackie Miclau studied at Portland State Universtity where she obtained her Bachelors of Music in Performance. A highly gifted composer and pianist Jackie relocated to California in 2016 to pursue her goals of recording and performing her original compositions and is very active performing in the Los Angeles area as well as touring with the Liz Vice Band . Jackie’s background in keyboard studies, music theory and composition allow her a fresh perspective in teaching early beginners of piano and group lessons. Students and parents alike enjoy her dynamic and contagious teaching method allowing both young and old students to thrive.
Sean Knapp received his Master of Fine Arts in Piano Performance from Tulane University, under the instruction of international concert recording artist Faina Lushtak of the Moscow Conservatory. His culminating thesis explored the correlation between sound and movement, resulting in an original book of piano compositions aimed at teaching piano technique through Laban Movement Theory – a system of analyzing and notating movement often used in ballet companies. Sean is a winner of the New Orleans Concerto and Aria competition and Caudell Cup International Piano Competition.
Sarah Ann Palma
Sarah Palma is a pianist and piano instructor based in Los Angeles, CA. She is currently completing her final undergrad semester as a Piano Performance Major at California State University, Northridge. In addition to performing solo and collaborating with chamber ensembles, she is passionate about Piano Pedagogy. Her interest began after taking a Piano Pedagogy course at CSUN where she received the Piano Pedagogy Award and scholarship for two consecutive school years. She plans to continue her education and pursue a Masters Degree in Piano Performance with emphasis on Piano Pedagogy. It is important to her that both piano and music education are approached with fresh ideas and methods.
Marina Desmarais is a well-loved instructor of our Early Childhood group music program. A multi-instrumentalist in voice, brass and piano, Marina earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Keene State College in New Hampshire. She maintains her membership in numerous professional music educator guilds, having led as a music director, numerous children’s voice and brass ensembles. With an extensive background in musical theater, Marina recently moved to Los Angeles to continue her professional work as a performing and recording soprano, as well as vocal music director for children.
Pianist and songwriter Anna Beatriz came to the United States from Santos, Brazil, where she flourished in the arts during her childhood as a student of piano, theater and dance. Beginning at the age of 8, she received her early education at the Conservatory Lavignac, in Santos, Sao Paolo Brazil, in both classical piano and Orff pedagogy. Graduating as a teen, she then enrolled in “Universidade Católica de Santos” – Santos, Sp – Brazil and received her Bachelors Degree in Advertising and Marketing.
Throughout her education Anna continued her position in her local community as liturgical pianist and accompanist, as well as private music teacher, specializing in children’s education. In 2010 her composing and performing passion brought her to Los Angeles where she completed an artists’ Associate Degree at the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood in 2012, she was awarded Outstanding Student of the year.
Anna is very active in both public performance as a composer and recording artist, and in her liturgical music director commitments in the Los Angeles area, inspiring her many students. A specialist with children and beginning students, her 15 years experience as an educator in multiple pedagogies and warm personality has allowed her students to thrive.