Faculty

Ms Anna (Piano), is the founder and managing direction of Piano Forte Music and Art Academy. A native of Armenia, Yerevan, pianist, performer and teacher, Anna Avetisyan, began her piano studies at the age of 6. She graduated from Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California in 2019 with Honors (Cum Laude), Piano Performance major. Ms Anna studied with Dr. Stewart L. Gordon and Dr. Peter Green. She is awarded Professional Piano Diploma for qualification as an accompanist, ensemble performer, instrumental performer and teacher from Musical College after A. Babajanyan in Yerevan, Armenia, where she studied with such well-respected pedagogues as composer Dr. Ashot Zohrabyan and pianist Ms Elena Galstyan.   Ms Anna has participated in many piano concerts, competitions and performed as a soloist both in Armenia and United States. She is a member of Music Teacher's Association of CA (MTAC) and Golden Key Association; USC Chapter.  Ms Anna is a recipient of many prestigious awards and scholarships, such as Dean's Honor List for academic achievement, (Thornton School of Music, USC, September, 2017), Dick Charles Memorial Scholarship and Helen Nern Memorial Scholarship for academic excellence, (July, 2015, USA), Alicia Thorp Scholarship, Markrouhi Jamgochian Scholarship and Jane Knecht Scholarship for academic excellence, (July 2014, USA), Honorable Mention Certificate for Sonata/Sonatina Competition by MTNA (April, 2015, USA), Musical Honorarium for concert dedicated to 100th commemoration of Armenian Genocide (April, 2015, USA), 1st Prize recipient of Senior Piano Performer by Armenian Allied Arts Annual Competition (May, 2014, USA), "The Best of Show and Most Promising Talent" by Armenian Allied Arts Annual Competition (June 2014, USA), Second Prize recipient of Piano Honor's Competition by CAMPT (February, 2014 USA). With a huge desire of giving the best knowledge, Ms Anna focuses on each student’s needs, abilities and tailors each lesson accordingly. With the professional response she teaches beginners to professionals.

Ms Elizabeth (Piano), has been teaching piano for more than 20 years. As a gifted child, she started her musical education at the age of 4. She graduated from Musical School after Spendiaryan and Yerevan State Conservatory after Komitas in Armenia, Yerevan. Teaching has always been her passion. Many of her students successfully passed Certificate of Merit Exams by MTAC, performed in seasonal recitals and recordings. By addressing each student’s needs and abilities, she develops well rounded educational plan, engages students in learning different musical elements including ear training, sight reading, theory etc. Ms Elizabeth provides professional music education to students of all levels and ages. Currently, Ms Elizabeth teaches in our studio located in Lancaster, CA.

Ms. Rebecca (Piano, Voice) has great passion for the study, teaching, and performance of music and has been pursuing this interest her entire life. She began studying the piano at the age of five and has experience in many genres and performance venues. She also enjoys singing and has had the opportunity to perform in many choral ensembles and as a solo artist. Ms. Rebecca earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Murray State University and a Masters degree in Piano Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma. She has over nine years of teaching experience with students ranging in age from four years old to adult. She also has experience with students of all levels ranging from the very beginner to advanced. Ms. Rebecca enjoys individualizing her instruction and curriculum to best fit each student’s learning style and goals as a musician while helping them develop their musical interests and skills. Currently, Ms Rebecca teaches in our studio located in Lancaster, CA.

Embarking on her musical journey at a tender age of five, Ms Victoria immersed herself in the world of piano. Alongside her personal pursuits, she graced the stage as the concert pianist from a very young age for both the West Coast Classical (WCC) Concert Orchestra and Symphonic Orchestra, accumulating a wealth of performance experience over the years. With a teaching tenure exceeding three years, Victoria endeavors to tailor her pedagogy to the unique abilities of each student, ensuring a personalized and enriching educational experience. Her passion for teaching extends beyond the mere impartation of knowledge; she aspires to cultivate a lifelong appreciation for music within her students, aiming to be a source of illumination and inspiration, much like her own mentors have been to her. Currently, Ms Victoria teaches in our studio located in Lancaster, CA

Mr. Jesse specializes in teaching percussion instruments, specifically drums and marimba, to students at various skill levels, ranging from beginners to intermediate and advanced players. He has undergone numerous private instructions and devoted six years to the comprehensive study of music theory and rhythm. Throughout this extensive musical journey, Mr. Jesse has consistently focused on imparting advanced music theory and rhythm skills to elevate his proficiency in percussion. His experience extends to actively participating in competitions for various schools and presenting solo performances in recitals. Driven by a genuine passion for motivating students to exceed their limits and relish the satisfaction of reaching musical milestones, Mr. Jesse is dedicated to guiding and bringing joy to students at every stage of their musical pursuits. As of now, Mr. Jesse conducts his teaching sessions at our Lancaster studio.

Mr Zoskie (Acoustic and Electric Guitar) is an active studio/touring musician, with more then 20 years of teaching experience. His eclectic taste and rich cultured background allows for diversity in his musicality and teaching approach. He has experience working with students of all levels ranging from the very beginner to advanced. Students delve into a rich variety of genres during their sessions-spanning pop, classical, rock, jazz, funk, country, and beyond. Moreover, they’re invited to explore traditional repertoire alongside regional styles, such as the evocative melodies of Spanish and Latin American music. Staying actively involved in the music realm, Mr Zoskie consistently collaborates with fellow musicians, and performs. With a heartfelt passion for art and unwavering dedication, he leaves a significant imprint on the education of each student.
Currently, Mr Zoskie teaches in our studio located in Lancaster, CA.

Mr Jeff specializes in teaching saxophones, flutes, clarinets, oboe and bassoon. He has taught for over 27 years and welcomes students of all levels and ages. Jeff is Vice-President of West Coast Classical and is the director of the West Coast Classical Wind Ensemble, Flute Choir and
Jazz Combo Ensemble. Jeff also serves as an Adjunct professor of music at Antelope Valley College. Aside from teaching, Jeff is an active musician in the Los Angeles area performing in studio sessions, clubs, theater orchestras, symphony orchestras, private events, and concert venues. He has over 150 musicals to his credit and has performed and recorded with such artists as Bob Newhart, Tom Scott, Tom Wopat, Fee Waybill, Jello Biafra, Stephen Lynch, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, The Lawrence Welk Orchestra, and the Robert Ward Blues Band. Jeff also has performed in such places as Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Disneyland, Jamaica, Fiji Islands, New Zealand and Australia. Jeff received his Master of Music from the University of Southern California and Bachelor of Music degree from Western Michigan University.

Master Ruben (Group/Individual Chess) is a US Chess Federation Certified Instructor, National Chess (Title Awarded, January 2011)  and Original Life Master (Title Awarded, March 2015). He is a champion of multiple chess tournaments; including Hawaii State Rapid/Open, Antelope Valley 1st Winter/1st Easter/ 2nd Easter/1st Spring/3rd spring/4th Christmas/1st Beat a Master Chess,  Glendale 1st Summer Open, Santa Monica FIDE and Los Angeles FIDE, West Valley Chess Club All Winter Long Swiss, Western State Open Reno, (Nevada)etc. Currently, he holds rating above 2200. Master Ruben brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table. With a mastery of advanced chess strategies and a deep understanding of the game’s intricacies, he will guide students of all levels. Whether you’re a beginner eager to learn the fundamentals or an experienced player seeking to refine your skills, Master Ruben’s expertise will take your game to new heights. Currently, Master Ruben teaches in our studio located in Lancaster, CA.