Individual Lessons

At Stage 1 Music, we provide instruction to musicians at all stages of their development. Whether you’re picking up an instrument for the first time or you’re a seasoned player, our experienced teachers can help you learn a new instrument, work out that song you’ve been wanting to play, or learn the styles of your favorite musicians.

We offer private lessons for students of all ages, where our teachers can tailor the lessons to your specific interests. We teach guitar, bass, piano, drums, vocals, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, clarinet, flute, trumpet, french horn, saxophone, violin and viola.

How does it work? You choose the day and time that works for you, for a 30 minute private lesson. Once you register, that spot will be reserved for you each week. Cost is $125 per month for tuition (regardless of how many lessons are in the month) and are held in our studios.

Teacher Profiles

Our teachers have years of recording and touring experience as well as degrees from some of the top music schools in the country. They can teach in a wide variety of styles and levels of expertise. Check out our teacher profiles below or call us at 805-522-2166 and we can recommend the best teacher for your interests.

Chrys Berri, piano, saxophone, trumpet, clarinet, flute and French Horn

Chrys Berri

Piano, Saxophone, Trumpet, Clarinet, Flute and French Horn
Chrys has been a musician since childhood and currently works with several local bands and worship teams. He has been teaching music for more than 30 years, including 10 years running Berri’s Music in Simi Valley. He specializes in group piano classes for children as well as advanced keyboard, woodwinds and recording studio techniques. Receiving his education at California State University, Northridge, he is well versed in classical as well as popular performance, composition and theory. His fun and professional style of teaching helps students feel at ease as they progress toward their musical goals.
Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Monika Bruckner

Monika was born in Munich, a daughter of musicians, and started to play the violin at the age of 7. After high school, she moved to Paris where she studied voice with Yaël Benzaquen. She received a master’s degree in vocal performance from the Conservatory of Boulogne-Billancourt. She participated in various Opera productions at the Theatre du Chatelet, before becoming a permanent member of the Radio France Choir. There she sang under the baton of renowned conductors such as Ricardo Muti, M.-W. Chung, Serge Ozawa, Charles Dutoit, Jeffrey Tate and Yutaka Sado. She moved to Los Angeles in 2002 with her husband and 2 children. Since her arrival, she has been performing with the Los Angeles Master Chorale under Grant Gershon, the Los Angeles Chamber Singers and Cappella and other local ensembles. Monika has been teaching voice to students of all ages for 20 years. Singers of all types, from opera to Broadway to pop, have benefited from her expert instruction and ability to help them find their own voice.
Schedule: Tuesday

Ken Cox

Ken is a perennial student favorite, having taught drums in Simi Valley for 30 years. Ken studied with renowned drummer Ed Shaughnessy of the Tonight Show. He also published the instructional book ‘Advanced Stick Aerobics’, which was featured in Modern Drummer and is used by classic drum professor, Ed Soph. Ken has a long list of students who have gone on to professional music careers, and teaches varying styles from double bass, rock and country to jazz and funk. Generations of students love Ken for his sense of humor and love of music that comes through in his supportive teaching style.
Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday

Rana Ebrahimi

Rana Ebrahimi

Soprano Rana Ebrahimi hails from Iran, where she earned an associate degree in Instrumental Music (flute) from Rahil Conservatory in Tehran. Rana discovered her passion for singing in the middle of her musical path as a flutist and is pursuing her dream of becoming an opera singer. Rana is currently a graduate student in Music-Vocal Performances at California State University, Northridge.
Rana has performed as Adele in Die Fledermaus, Olympia in Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann, Sister Genovieffa in Suor Angelica and Gherardino in Gianni Schicchi by Puccini. She has been also singing with Pacific American Master Chorale, University of Southern California’s Early Music department and Verdi Chorus. Last year, she made her Long Beach Opera and Chicago Opera Theatre debut as Josh/Lucy in Phillip Glass’s U.S. premiere of The Perfect American under the baton of Andreas Mitisek.
Rana enjoys teaching to students of all ages and feels blessed to share her love of singing with her students.
Schedule: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday

Sepehr Eghdami

Sepehr began his studies in piano at the age of 4. When he relocated to Los Angeles from Iran in 2011, he entered Santa Monica College’s notable Applied Program where he studied under Dr. Sumy Takesue. Sepehr has been selected as a performer in multiple premier program concerts as well as the winner of a Concerto Competition with the Santa Monica College Symphony Orchestra. he is currently a full-time student at California State University, Northridge, and is studying under Jason Stroll. Over the years, he has crafted his teaching technique to encompass Alfred Basics and Premier as well as the Bastien techniques.
Schedule: Tuesday and Saturday


Ric Fierabracci (Visiting Faculty)

Fretted and Fretless Electric Bass
Ric Fierabracci is a graduate of the University of Miami’s prestigious Studio Music And Jazz Program and has performed and recorded for artists like Billy Cobham, Chick Corea, Dave Weckl, Steve Smith, Vinnie Colaiuta, Mitchel Forman, Police Guitarist: Andy Summers (with Sting as a special guest), Planet X, Frank Gambale, Eddie Jobson’s UK, to Pop artists: Sir Tom Jones, Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Paige, Bill Evans Soulgrass and many others. Ric is also a three time Grammy nominee, including the debut CD from Ric’s band, “Hemispheres” which was nominated in the 51st Grammy as “Best Contemporary Jazz Album” and has also been nominated twice for “Best Instrumental Jazz Solo.” He has performed professionally all over the world for over 30 years from Albert Hall and Madison Square Garden to the Taj Mahal. Bass lessons concentrate on technique, reading, improvisation and all aspects of becoming a professional musician.
If you’re interested in studying with Ric, please email him directly.
Schedule: Contact teacher for openings

Evan Hillhouse

Evan Hillhouse

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Piano and Drums
Evan Hillhouse brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his craft, from years spent touring the country to local session work. He is also an artist/producer and founding member of 3 Theory Music, a team of music producers and artists who have written and recorded songs for major and Indie label artists, including singers from NBC’s “The Voice” and produced music for Toyota, Nike and Amazon and TV networks such as NBC, HBO, ABC and Showtime. Evan’s friendly style helps students learn while allowing them to develop musically by playing the songs they love.
Schedule: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

Alejandra Moreno

Alejandra Moreno González

Violin and Viola
Alejandra is a classically trained violinist who has been playing the violin for over 20 years. She has a degree in performance in violin from the Institute of Fine Arts of Mexico and a master’s degree in performance from the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia. She has played as a violinist in the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (Mexico) and the Sydney Youth Orchestra (Australia), among other orchestras. Alejandra was the winner of the Soloist Competition of the Superior School of Music and Dance of Monterrey in 2016. Her favorite performance setting is chamber music and orchestra. She is a Suzuki certified teacher and enjoys teaching students of all ages.
See Alejandra perform at www.vimeo.com/alejandramoreno.
Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday

Sid Samberg

Sid Samberg

Piano, Violin and Viola
Sid Samberg is a pianist, composer, and violinist/violist originally from Chicago. He has performed his compositions, along with more traditional repertoire, in both North America and Europe. His notable performances include concerts at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Oslo Konserthus, the John Cage centennial at New England Conservatory, and the soundSCAPE festival in northern Italy.  Sid earned his BFA in music from the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia and has been teaching for over 13 years with students of all ages and skill levels. He employs an open and patient teaching style, allowing the student to choose their own repertoire in any style–from classical to pop–and tailors each lesson to suit the student’s needs. He emphasizes music reading, technique, and efficient practice habits from the very beginning.
Schedule: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday

Dan Shortley

Dan Shortley

Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin and Ukulele
Dan has taught guitar and banjo since earning his music education degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2000. His main guitar styles are Jazz/Fusion and Metal. For banjo, he teaches 3-Finger Bluegrass and Old Time/Clawhammer. He also runs a home recording studio where he produces his own projects as well as recording demos for local artists. Before moving from Las Vegas, his Smooth Jazz band “Forte” played the MGM Garden Arena as well as other events on their properties. He is currently recording and performing his Rap/Metal project as well as his Electronic/Dance music available for free download on his website.
Visit Dan’s website at www.danshortley.com.
Schedule: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday

Steve Skaggs, guitar teacher

Steve Skaggs

Steve received his degree from Musician’s Institute in Hollywood and has been a professional musician for over 30 years. He has also written, recorded and published music for numerous albums and television shows. Steve has been teaching in Simi Valley for more than 20 years to students of all ages. His experience as a professional musician has helped countless students reach their musical goals. As a teacher, he prefers to allow his students to explore those genres that most inspire them. By structuring the curriculum around each student’s own listening preferences and individual goals, he emphasizes fundamental practice techniques designed to minimize frustration and maximize enjoyment and success.
Schedule: Thursday